Placed in Time. How important is time? Time is the most valuable thing you have. Time is the stuff from which life is made. We cannot create time, only use it, lose it, or waste it. When you are out of it… You did not get to choose when you were born because there is a time to be born. You had no say about the family to which you are genealogically connected. God chose those things and you were Placed In Time.
Placed In Time
By Pastor Delbert Young
Placed In Time
Scriptures: Ecclesiastes 3:1, Ecclesiastes 3:2-8, Jeremiah 1:5, Psalm 139:14-16, Exodus 20:5, Genesis 29:34, Exodus 32:26, Genesis 49:3-4, Genesis 29:35, 1 Chronicles 12:32, Luke 1:41, 2 Samuel 6:23
HOW IMPORTANT IS TIME? TIME IS THE MOST VALUABLE THING YOU HAVE. TIME IS THE STUFF FROM WHICH LIFE IS MADE. We cannot create time, only use it, lose it, or waste it. When you are out of it… I want you to notice the word time in the following verses.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and A TIME TO EVERY PURPOSE UNDER THE HEAVEN:
How many purposes are associated with time? The answer is EVERY PURPOSE. The NIV Bible reads …
Ecclesiastes 3:1 There is A TIME FOR EVERYTHING, and a SEASON FOR EVERY ACTIVITY under heaven:
What does EVERYTHING include? Does EVERYTHING include you and your life? I will finish reading this passage from the King James’ version.
Ecclesiastes 3:2-8 A TIME TO BE BORN, and a TIME to die; a TIME to plant, and a TIME to pluck up that which is planted; A TIME to kill, and a TIME to heal; a TIME to break down, and a TIME to build up; A TIME to weep, and a TIMEto laugh; a TIME to mourn, and a TIME to dance; A TIME to cast away stones, and a TIME to gather stones together; aTIME to embrace, and a TIME to refrain from embracing; A TIME to get, and a TIME to lose; a TIME to keep, and aTIME to cast away; A TIME to rend, and a TIME to sew; a TIME to keep silence, and a TIME to speak; a TIME to love, and a TIME to hate; a TIME of war, and a TIME of peace.
The writer of Ecclesiastes covers life and shows us how life is full of things having a specific designated TIME.
People tell us we have free wills and make our own choices about life. In many areas, this is true. You do use your own will to direct the course of your life. However, some things about your life, as the verses above show, have nothing to do with your will because they are PLACED IN TIME by God. For example, you did not get to choose your parents. You did not get to choose when you were born because there is a time to be born. You had no say about the family to which you are genealogically connected. God chose those things and you were PLACED IN TIME.
Jeremiah 1:5 “BEFORE I formed you in the womb I KNEW YOU, BEFORE you were born I set you apart; I APPOINTED YOU as a prophet to the nations.”
Please get this. BEFORE Jeremiah was a person, the Lord KNEW him. BEFORE he was born, GodAPPOINTED his life. Am I correct or incorrect? Is this what the scripture says? Jeremiah was an APPOINTMENT FORMED INTO A PERSON AND PLACED IN TIME. THERE IS A TIME TO BE BORN. YOU ARE AN APPOINTMENT FORMED INTO A PERSON AND PLACED IN TIME.
Psalm 139:14-16 I will praise thee; for I am FEARFULLY AND WONDERFULLY MADE: marvelous are thy works; and that my soul knoweth right well. MY SUBSTANCE was not hid from thee, when I was made in secret, and curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Thine eyes did see my SUBSTANCE, yet being unperfect; and in thy book all my members were written, which IN CONTINUANCE WERE FASHIONED, when as yet there was none of them.
What does this mean? Before you were fashioned, (put together), God saw your SUBSTANCE. The NIV saysunformed body. The word substance in verse 16 is the Hebrew word golem (Strong’s #1564) and means a wrapped and unformed mass. Before you took human form, God saw your substance – mass, your destiny, your potential, your PURPOSE! You were PLACED IN TIME by God where you are to do something WONDERFUL!
Today, we hear a lot about DNA (Deoxyribose Nucleic Acid). Your DNA is your individual genetic code. It separates you from every individual who ever lived. God locked your individual “code” into your DNA. In the psychological area, it determines your temperament. We inherit aspects of our genetic code from our parents. Physically, it determines if or when your hair falls out, the color of your eyes, your fingerprint, diseases to which you are susceptible, etc. We readily accept the inheritance of physical and even emotional genes from our physical parents.
The Bible talks about “generational curses.” This takes the thought of “DNA code” into the spiritual level. A “generational curse” is when a great grandfather, a grandfather, a father, and a son suffer from the same problem. Alcohol, abuse, drugs, sensuality, greed, etc become a curse on the people in those generations.
Exodus 20:5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation of THOSE WHO HATE ME
In other words, the area with which you struggle could be the area your dad/mom, granddad/grandma struggled, and an area with which your child might struggle.
What I am trying to show you is there is a spiritual “DNA code” locked in you superior to any generational curse. You inherit spiritual genes as well as physical and emotional. BEFORE YOU HAD A GENERATIONAL CURSE FROM YOUR PHYSICAL PARENTS, YOU HAD A SUBSTANCE BLESSING FROM YOUR FATHER GOD! Once you understand how this works, you can break the bad by allowing the good to bless you. This too travels from generation to generation. There never was a preacher in my previous generations. There is now, and I believe will continue to be for at least four generations to come!
God puts his APPOINTMENT into our SUBSTANCE and it travels through generations. There were twelve sons of Jacob. They became the twelve tribes of Israel, which became the nation of Israel – God’s people. One of the twelve sons was Levi. Levi means attached; join (Strong’s #3878 Leviy). Attaching and joining were in him at his birth.
Genesis 29:34 And she conceived again, and bare a son; and said, Now this time will my husband BE JOINED UNTO ME, because I have born him three sons: therefore was his name called Levi.
Before God formed Levi in his mother Leah’s womb, he was a SUBSTANCE. In Levi’s SUBSTANCE was a desire to attach and join. Generations later, Moses went into the mount to receive the commandments from God. The people rebelled against Moses and made a golden calf to worship. Moses became furious when he saw the rebellion and said, “Who is on the Lord’s side?”
Exodus 32:26 Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, Who is on the LORD’S side? let him come unto [ATTACH, JOIN TO] me. And all the sons of Levi gathered [ATTACHED] themselves together unto him.
In Levi’s genes (no pun intended) was the SUBSTANCE to attach and join. Interestingly, God said the priests would come from Levi. God did not choose the priests from Reuben. Why?
Genesis 49:3-4 Reuben, thou art my firstborn…Unstable as water, thou shalt not excel…
God does not want unstable preachers and priests. He needed preachers and priests who attach and join to the things of God.
There was also a son named Judah. Judah means celebrated (Strong’s #3063 Yehuwdah). Praise and celebration were in him at birth.
Genesis 29:35 And she conceived again, and bare a son: and she said, Now will I PRAISE THE LORD: therefore she called his name Judah…
There was something in Judah’s DNA SUBSTANCE loving to celebrate, worship, and praise. People from the tribe of Judah had natural rhythm. They loved music, dancing, the arts, etc. When God wanted to add praise, music, and the arts to temple worship, he called people from the tribe of Judah.
There was another son named Dan. Dan means judge (Strong’s #1835 Dan). These were analytical people. They mentally processed and determined right and wrong. When God wanted someone to lead praise, he did not go to the tribe of Dan and get a deep thinker because praising God the way the Bible instructs does not mentally process. However, when God needed someone to judge, he said, “I’m not going to get the guy who is dancing around. I want a thinker – a Dan.”
There was the tribe of Issachar.
1 Chronicles 12:32 And of the children of Issachar, which were men that had understanding of the times, to know what Israel ought to do…
In their DNA SUBSTANCE, they had discernment of the times. They understood on the inside what was happening and what God was doing. No school taught this. It was inside them. It was in their SUBSTANCE.
My point is you need to know God put something in you. Just as important, you need to know God put something in your children. When we come to church, and get around the presence of God, it should leap and then birth.
Luke 1:41 When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the baby leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit.
Elizabeth was placed in time. Her substance – destiny, appointment, purpose – was to birth something wonderful – John the Baptist. When Elizabeth got around Mary and the presence of God, the baby leaped in her womb. Obviously, the baby had not leaped before. The baby’s leaping was a major event. She gave prenatal care and birth to her dream.
When we do church correctly, something should leap inside us and come alive. When the praise team begins singing and you have the Judah thing in your substance, something inside of you should begin leaping. You will go around all week showing the praises of God to everyone. When the preacher begins preaching on prosperity and you are a businessperson, something inside of you should begin leaping. Allow it to leap. Give it prenatal care and birth it. It is your purpose – SUBSTANCE. God will bless you and you will bless the kingdom. If you have Levi in you and people begin coming to the altars, something should leap in you. You will want to come and get your hands on someone, minister to them, and get them attached to the things of God. All week long, you will pray for and minister to people. If you will birth it, God will bless it. If Dan is in you, something should leap inside of you wanting to counsel people and help them judge right and wrong. If Issachar is there, the music and the preaching will cause something prophetic to leap in you. You understand the times and move in the prophetic. All week you help people understand.
How many remember the day or night you were born again? Something leaped inside of you and came alive in you? It was a time for you to be born again.
Let me show you something. The Bible says first the natural and then the spiritual. Just as you did not choose the seed or womb (father or mother) who birthed you, you did not choose the church that birthed you. How many of you were born again in a Baptist seed or womb (church)? How many were born again from Pentecostal seed and womb (church)? How about Methodist? Presbyterian? Catholic? You did not choose this. God did. You were PLACED IN TIME.
There is a “culture” with each church. As a boy, I attended a Methodist church, but it was in a Pentecostal church when something leaped in me and I was born again. Pentecostals have their own culture. We talked different from other church people. If we were asked, “How was church?” We would say, “Anointed! The Spirit really fell!” People from other churches might not know what we meant. Let me tell you about what we called an “anointed” Pentecostal service. Now, to some of you, this will sound strange, but if you are from a Pentecostal womb, you will know exactly what I am saying. Occasionally, “the Holy Ghost would fall.” You could always tell when he was about to “fall.” There were women in the church who were sirens. They would begin with “WOOOOOOO.” When we heard the sirens, everyone there knew what was about to happen. Some would smile. Some would shake their heads, but in some, a switch turned on. People might be sleeping, but when the sirens sounded everyone knew the show was about to begin. Before long, someone would begin “flapping.” Have you ever seen “flapping?” Then someone would begin “jerking.” Then someone began “spinning.” I remember a few times when a guy went outside and ran around the building. We watched as he passed each window. Then someone would fall out. Once a person fell into the drums and symbols and drums scattered and rolled everywhere. Someone said, “What was that?” “It was the Holy Ghost.” It was the womb I came up in.
Let’s say you came from a Baptist seed and womb (church). You basically heard the same message every week with a different poem or illustration. Every week you heard “Just as I Am” 10 times waiting for someone to come under conviction and be saved. Many Baptist churches are “Deacon controlled” (deacon possessed). Sometimes, church became political campaigns. If you were Methodist or Catholic, you read liturgies. Everything was very methodical. Was any of this wrong? No. It is where God PLACED YOU IN TIME.
The Bible tells us about David who married Michal, Saul’s daughter. David, from the tribe of Judah, was a “praiser.” When David brought in the Ark of the Covenant to Jerusalem, Michal despised David’s dancing (2Sa 6:16). Do you know what happened to her because of despising David’s praise?
2 Samuel 6:23 Therefore Michal the daughter of Saul had no child unto the day of her death.
God said she would not produce a generation who despised praise. About 20 years ago, God began to amplify praise in the church. If you will look today, you will see those churches who despised praise dried up and the churches embracing praise are going on and giving birth. Do not despise how others worship. God PLACED THEM IN TIME there.
What I am trying to get us to see is God PLACED YOU IN TIME. You are an APPOINTMENT PLACED IN TIME. Your TIME is today. God placed you to do something wonderful. Inside of you, there is a SUBSTANCEwanting to leap and come alive when you get in the presence of God.
I want to end today by praying for our young people. The greatest way I can help them is to show them God has PLACED THEM IN TIME with an APPOINTMENT. Their success depends on getting their appointment moving. How many want your children to grab hold of God’s best for them? Most students do not have a clue about what to do with the rest of their lives. I promise you God has your purpose locked away in your substance. Students, you cannot afford to be nonchalant about God. Get serious about God. Let what God has for you begin to leap within. Another thing is stop cursing your parents. I know you didn’t choose them, but they didn’t choose you either. God needed them to birth you. I want every teenager to walk down here and let me pray that you will experience the eternal purpose God has for you. You know there is something in you. Say, “God, I want my purpose! I want to begin now to experience it. I don’t want to wait twenty years. I want it now. I want my destiny!”
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