Where is your Joshua?
It seems that God and man are constantly looking for leaders.
Daniel 2:21 (NKJV)
21 And He changes the times and the seasons; He removes kings and raises up kings;
1 Samuel 13:14(NKJV)
The LORD has sought for Himself a man after His own heart, and the LORD has commanded him to be commander over His people,
Jeremiah 5:1 (NKJV)
Run to and fro through the streets of Jerusalem; See now and know; And seek in her open places If you can find a man, If there is anyone who executes judgment, Who seeks the truth, And I will pardon her.
Ezekiel 22:30 (NKJV)
So I sought for a man among them who would make a wall, and stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one.
Moses was a mighty man of God, but he had to ensure that God’s work would go on long after he was gone. In all probability, he was waiting for the right young man to come along with a heart for God.
Many are called or summoned, but few are actually chosen. Many hands are in the air saying, “Choose me, Choose me,” but God needs someone who has the ability to stand in the gap and face down the opposition.
I believe that God is aligning His church with new directions that come from a fresh anointing that must be handed down through the generations.
The bible declares that the iniquities of the fathers are handed down to the third and fourth generations.
I contended that the blessings of God are handed down through the generations, if He can only find a man to stand in the gap. I will be held absolutely accountable for doing all I can to ensure that the truth I know is passed along to others so that the Christian faith will continue into the next generation. God will not accept any excuses for my failure to complete that mission.
The world has brought about the feminization of the church by removing the father figure. Eighty to ninety percent of the inner city churches are run by women.
It’s the ladies that have carried the load and have been holding things together by taking care of the infant Christians who have just come to know the Lord. They have been holding the fort while the man is nowhere to be found.
We are very much aware what happens when a home is without a father. It’s the very same way in the church. When the father figure is gone, things are out of order.
However, God is in the process of bringing the father figure back into the church. Apostolic houses are coming fourth all around the world. God is setting up a apostolic leaders from every nation and every walk of life.
Moses is taking his rightful position. And when there is a real Moses, there will be a Joshua to stand by his side, ready to take the baton at any given time. Moses was a visionary. He knew that what God wanted to do, would take longer than his few years allotted on earth.
Don’t wait for someone else’s mantle to fall on you. God never intended for that to be the pattern. You may have to get yours the same way they got theirs. When you have obtained your own mantle, it will not be ill-fitted.
Your own mantle will resemble you. It will fix you, and it will even smell like you because it belongs to you and no other. The scars on the mantle will become memorials to you and those after you.
You will say, “I remember where this scar came from, it was when…But I won the battle. This one came with the victory over…,” in other words, this mantle comes with blood, sweat and tears, but Joshua can handle it.
You must be willing to be a Joshua before you can be a Moses.
BUILD THE KINGDOM OF GOD AND NOT YOUR OWN KINGDOM
The day will come when it’s time to pass the baton to another, but they must not be ill-equipped. The ministry that costs you nothing will accomplish nothing.
They must be battle-wise and accomplished in defeating the enemy. Moses wisely allowed Joshua to fight and win the battle, but he gave direction to secure the final victory. Moses was calling the plays from the sidelines.
Ministry is not a place for the insecure. That will eventually destroy you. Never permit yourself to be threatened by ministries that will come to you of people more talented than yourself.
The purpose of your ministry is to build the Kingdom of God and not your own kingdom.
Moses was able to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt, but was unable to complete the vision and call that God had given him. Joshua had the privilege of leading God’s chosen people into the land of milk and honey. It is not a “one man” show. It is a Body ministry, a ministry where each member runs his own race.
Carl Lewis, an American athlete, ranks among the greatest sprinters and long jumpers in track and field history. Lewis twice set a world record in the 100-meter dash twice and the only man to repeats long jump champion winning four times.
During the Atlanta games, one question hung in the air. Would he, or wouldn’t he? Some said yes, mot said no. The debate raged in sports bars across America.
He was America’s fastest runner. But he didn’t practice with the team. He was our best hope for the gold medal.
But it wasn’t fair to the man he bumps off the team. Who cares? Just win baby. Wait a second; he’s already got nine gold medals. And so it went. In the end Carl Lewis didn’t run on the 4x100 relay team in those games. America came in second to Canada.
Replays showed that we lost the race in exchange between the second and third runners. For a micro-second they struggled to pass the baton. That little bit off hesitation slowed the down enough so that the Canadian runners were able to win the gold.
It wasn’t the running that mattered, but the passing of the baton. Our runners were easily as fast, if not faster than the Canadians. But in the end, that made no difference. When you fumble the baton, you lose the race.
Today Carl Lewis is in the process of coming out of retirement. He has already passed the baton to the next generation, and for him the competition may be over.
But the years ahead will prove more effective for those he is teaching and coaching. The passing of the baton is not the end of the race. Timing is everything.
One runner finishes his race. Another takes the baton and continues down the track. From Abraham to Isaac to Jacob to Joseph, and across the generations, the baton is passed.
To everything, there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. This is especially true when it comes to the life and seasons of our ministries. We must know when one ends and another begins.
Just because one season is over, does not mean that there is not another season ahead.
Regardless of where you have been, there is yet before you a lad to possess and a race to run. Go, pick up the next baton, and begin to run for you are well able to posses the land.
Dr. Irvin McCorkle
Coming from a family where the apostolic and prophetic gifts had great influence, the ministry of Dr. Irvin McCorkle was birthed. He experienced as a young boy what it was like to live under the shadow of the miraculous. His early days and experiences in the Latter Rain movement planted the seed of what God wanted to do in the church. As he grew, the apostolic anointing began to emerge and over the years that apostolic gift has been instrumental in the change and development of many lives.
Dr. Irvin McCorkle serves as the President of Deliverance Temple International. Since 1952 this organization has worked to develop and provide the necessary tools needed by those who have felt a call to ministry. Many lives have been changed through the annual camp meeting of Deliverance Temple International. It is a taste of the supernatural power of the Holy Spirit.
Brother McCorkle is a father in the body of Christ. His vision has been to touch those who have been through the battle of life, and feel as if they are empty and dry. He teaches that there is nothing more refreshing and satisfying than to experience the flow of the Spirit of God through our lives. It is in that experience that the Lord brings change to us. His down to earth approach will awaken your heart to the absolute authority of God's Word. Many lives have been changed through this ministry.