ORDINARY HEROES: JOSIAH
(Pastor Chris Jordan – Horizon Church)
This is a message I shared with our church family last Sunday morning…
- To listen to or download the audio MP3, click HERE.
INTRO TO TOPIC: If you were choosing a team, who would you pick? All stars. Not God! Look at the disciples and the heroes of faith. They were a bunch of nobodies, misfits and losers!
TEXT: “But God has chosen the foolish things of the world to put to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to put to shame the things which are mighty; and the base things of the world and the things which are despised God has chosen, and the things which are not, to bring to nothing the things that are.” (1 Cor. 1:27-28, NKJV).
JOSIAH: JUST AN ORDINARY YOUNG BOY:
“Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned thirty-one years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Jedidah the daughter of Adaiah of Bozkath.” (2 Kings 22:1).
- Josiah was a boy whose grandpa Manasseh was the most wicked King in Judah; who led the nation into idolatry, filled Jerusalem with the shed blood of innocents, sacrificed children, practiced fortune telling and witchcraft, did much evil, and angered the Lord.
- Josiah’s dad Amon became king when Josiah was 6. He served the idols his father serviced, abandoned the Lord, and was so wicked he was assassinated two years later by his own servants.
- Josiah was raised in hell, grew up without a father, didn’t have good examples in his life.
- He should have been messed up but he refused to have a victim mentality.
“And (Josiah) did what was right in the sight of the Lord, and walked in all the ways of his father David; he did not turn aside to the right hand or to the left.” (2 Kings 22:2).
- King David wasn’t his biological dad – David was his great, great, great, great (11 generations) grandfather, and Josiah chose him for a role-model.
I FOUND A BOOK!
“Then Hilkiah the high priest said to Shaphan the scribe, “I have found the Book of the Law in the house of the Lord.” And Hilkiah gave the book to Shaphan, and he read it… Then Shaphan the scribe showed the king, saying, “Hilkiah the priest has given me a book.” And Shaphan read it before the king.” (2 Kings 22:8,10).
- When Josiah got a hold of the Word of God, it changed Josiah’s life.
- You don’t have to be just like your dad, or be bound by anything in your past!
- If you read on in the story, you discover that not only was Josiah’s life changed – it resulted in a REVIVAL that changed the entire nation! Do we want revival?
THE BIG IDEA: God delights to use ordinary people to do extraordinary things. The starting point for that is to get in the Bible!
- Husband and wife not getting along? Children out of control? FIND THE BOOK!
- Struggling in relationships? Unemployed or struggling in your job? FIND THE BOOK!
- No joy? No peace? Depressed? Sick in your body? FIND THE BOOK!
- Once you find your book – read the book, obey the book!
MY TESTIMONY: A LOOK AT MY HEART AND LIFE:
- I can relate to Josiah. I come from a dysfunctional background as well.
- My dad was an alcoholic who left our family. That’s the road I was heading down.
- If I hadn’t become a Christian when I did, I know I would have destroyed my life.
- I’ve gone through a very challenging season in the past few years. Hurt and wounded.
- I have recently gone through an intense depression where I felt like giving up my life.
- BUT GOD… as I have reconnected with Him in His Word and prayer, He has given me a joy and a peace and a hope to carry on. I have met with Pastor Steve who has prayed for and helped me through this wilderness. I will not be a victim any longer! I am free!
SO WHAT? PRACTICAL APPLICATION:
- How was Josiah able to overcome and be an ordinary hero who did extraordinary things?
- JOSIAH WAS TRANSFORMED BY THE BIBLE:
“When the king heard the words of the Book of the Law, he tore his robes.” (2 Kings 22:11).
- The tearing of his clothes symbolized the tearing of his heart – broken!
- If we want to be an ordinary hero who does extraordinary things, it starts with the Bible:
- “be transformed by the renewing of your mind.” (Romans 12:2).
- The word brings faith, joy, peace, hope and revival in our lives!
- What happens when you start to see yourself the way God sees you? 1 John 4:4 (greater is He who is in us); Romans 8:31 (if God is for us), 8:37 (more than conquerors), 8:39 (nothing separates us from love of God); Eph. 3:20 (exceeding abundantly more…).
- The Bible was so important to Josiah that he gathered all the people together, read them the Bible, and encouraged them to obey God’s Word, too (see 2 Kings 23).
2. JOSIAH PRAYED AND SOUGHT GOD’S FACE:
“Go, inquire of the Lord for me, for the people and for all Judah, concerning the words of this book that has been found.” (2 Kings 22:13).
- Josiah wasn’t content to just be a hearer of the Word. We need to seek God’s face!
- Jeremiah 29:13 – if we seek Him we will find Him; James 4:8 – draw near to God…
- v.19 says he also sought the Lord with weeping. Passionate prayers!
- This is more than just saying your prayers, it’s meeting Jesus in the secret place!
- JESUS is the one who makes our ordinary, natural lives extraordinary and supernatural!
3. JOSIAH HUMBLED HIMSELF BEFORE THE LORD:
“because your heart was tender, and you humbled yourself before the Lord… and you tore your clothes and wept before Me, I also have heard you,” says the Lord.” (2 Kings 22:19).
- To humble yourself means you admit you can’t do it on your own: you need God!
- Overcomers Outreach Christian Ministry: First of the 12 Steps: “We admitted we were powerless over (our sin or addiction) – that our lives had become unmanageable.”
- It starts by getting rid of pride and caring what other people think about you.
- Morton Kelsey said, “The church is not a museum for saints, but a hospital for sinners.”
- Jesus Himself said, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor, sick people do.” (Matt. 9:12).
- It’s time to humble ourselves and start being open, honest and transparent in the church!
4. JOSIAH REPENTED:
“Now before him there was no king like him, who turned to the Lord with all his heart, with all his soul, and with all his might.” (2 Kings 23:25).
- In Second Kings 23, Josiah went and undid all of the evil his dad and grandpa had done: removed the false idols they had set up, removed idolatrous priests, tore down idols, got rid of the mediums, spiritists and fortune tellers, etc.
JOSIAH MODELED THE FORMULA FOR REVIVAL:
“if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14).
- Encouragement: to those in pain – God can turn your mess into a message.
- If you seek Jesus through His Word, prayer, and humility, you will find Him.
- Jesus is the answer – the hope, joy and peace you need in your life.
- Challenge: be a hero in your world! You don’t have to be perfect, just available.
- God cares more about your availability, than your ability. Just show up!
- The Gospel: an opportunity to respond to Jesus and be saved and forgiven.
- ALTAR CALL.
Listen to or download other sermons by Chris Jordan HERE.