Num 27:21-23 “And he shall stand before Eleazar the priest, who shall ask counsel for him after the judgment of Urim before the LORD: at his word shall they go out, and at his word they shall come in, both he, and all the children of Israel with him, even all the congregation. And Moses did as the LORD commanded him: and he took Joshua, and set him before Eleazar the priest, and before all the congregation: And he laid his hands upon him, and gave him a charge, as the LORD commanded by the hand of Moses.”
Joshua 1:5-8 “There shall not any man be able to stand before thee all the days of thy life: as I was with Moses, so I will be with thee: I will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.6 Be strong and of a good courage: for unto this people shalt thou divide for an inheritance the land, which I sware unto their fathers to give them. Only be thou strong and very courageous, that thou mayest observe to do according to all the law, which Moses my servant commanded thee: turn not from it to the right hand or to the left, that thou mayest prosper whithersoever thou goest. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success.”
In the relay race in the Olympics, one of the racers dropped the baton. ‘By the time I went to grab it, there was nothing there.’ It’s difficult to hand off the baton, but it must be done. They were in first place, but all because one man could not pass on the baton to another man, they did not finish.
In order to win the football game, the ball has to pass the line. It’s not the running-back, it’s the ball that’s important.
We are in a race. Paul said to run to win. Paul has handed it off to us. We may not hand it off, we may be the ones to finish the race. What are we carrying? It is the Apostolic anointing, truth, holiness that we must carry on.
I’ve read of men who have prayed that men be raised from the dead—in our time. T.W. Barnes saw many, many healed. Deaf people were healed, blind, lame.
C.P. Kilgore had a car break down and during the wait time, an entire city was converted. People wanted to be baptized in a river and C.P. Kilgore rebuked the water moccasins out so they could be baptized. Since then, there has never been another siting of a water moccasin in that part of the river.
These men ran their portion of the race and did their part.
Bro Mangun exemplified prayer. A girl had to be transported because she was dying of tuberculosis. He went on a week-long fast and the Lord told him to go pray for her. She was completely healed. The man fasted three days a week. Anthony Mangun was his son and he said it was rare that he didn’t hear his father praying. He had a great anointing on him.
I had dinner with Kenneth Haney, a great honor. He was one of the greatest soul winners in our nation. He has a church in California with over two thousand. A vision was cast for a thousand and all the staff gave their speeches, he got up and said, ‘We are not going to hit a thousand. We’re going to hit two thousand.’ A pin drop could be heard, then someone got it. They let go of the lid they had put on God.
It is so comforting to have a pastor in my life.
J.T. Pugh had great wisdom and a profound ministry. He has passed on.
I think we’re past the days of high-profile ministry. Now, it’s the church, not a man. It’s too easy today to be fed by pride and lose your soul. Let God use the church and let Him get all the glory.
We do not often cancel church because our pastor doesn’t want to let his pastor down. I am on my way to the end zone. The last thing I want to do is fumble the ball. There are so many men who have turned from this truth and fumbled the ball. Let this not happen to us.
Joshua was commanded not to turn left or right. He went where Moses never went. ‘If you hang on to what Moses gave you, you will be prosperous.’
We’ve got this oneness doctrine, what are we going to do with it? God has called a team together. We all have a baton in our hands. We’ve got to carry it. Holiness matters, outward and inward. There is only one God and you will speak in tongues when you receive the Holy Ghost. You must be baptized in the Name of Jesus. You have got to pray and read the Word and fast regularly. Then, you will hear from God. We don’t need anything fancy, we just need to keep ahold of what we’ve been given.
We owe a great deal of thanks to our elders. If we understand our position in this hour, we have to make it across the line holding in our hands what was given to us in the first place.
I Cor 15:1-2 “Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand; By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.”
We don’t want it to be in vain!
I Cor 15:3-4 “For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures; And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:”
We are the church of Joshua’s generation. We’ve got what Moses gave to us, we can’t drop the ball.
Don’t fumble the ball.
Excerpted from a sermon by Pastor Anthony LoCascio.
If you are in the Chicagoland area, come to The Life Church located at 3030 Central Road in Glenview, IL. Services are Sundays at 1pm and Wednesdays at 7pm.