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Kingdom of HeavenMonday I asked if you could feel God's dissatisfaction.

Today, I’m compelled to press this further.

When we sulk about, meditating on our unworthiness, it is a disgrace to His wonderful grace.

This idea that the Father is not satisfied with us actually tramples under foot the blood of Christ, treating it as though it had no power to pay our debt nor give us His righteousness. I’ll say it again. It’s a disgrace to grace. It’s a lie from hell. It has held the Church back far too long.

Our enemy painted this image we have in our head of a God who is angry with His children. He mocks the words of Jesus, the promises of God, and the teaching of the apostles. He employs the same tactics he plied in the garden.

Hath God said?

It is finished! - John 19:30 NASB

Hath God said?

Then I will sprinkle clean water on you, and you will be clean; I will cleanse you from all your filthiness and from all your idols. Moreover, I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit within you; and I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh. I will put My Spirit within you and cause you to walk in My statutes, and you will be careful to observe My ordinances. - Ezekiel 36:25-27 NASB

Hath God said?

Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come. - 2 Corinthians 5:17 NASB

Hath God said?

God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and He has committed to us the word of reconciliation. - 2 Corinthians 5:19 NASB

Hath God said?

and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen. - Revelation 1:5-6 NKJV

What rises up in me is a resounding,

Thus saith the Lord!

Deal with it satan.

And deal with it saint - you are pleasing in His eyes. [Tweet This] It’s not of your doing, The blood of Christ has made you so. He, the Lord God Almighty, will never again be dissatisfied with you. You are His beloved child.

Hallelujah!

[I need to say that again]

Hallelujah!

cropped-BenHeadshot.jpgSee you again soon.

Ben

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Ask Anything

Truly, truly, I say to you, if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you. - John 16:23 NASB

I have always loved the amazing ‘anything’s and ‘everything’s in Jesus’ language. But this one really struck me last night as we studied John 16, because it seems out of place here.

For one thing – it’s not even a whole verse (not that Jesus spoke in verses and chapters – but someone, somewhere, thought that it should not stand alone. Many translations have it near the end of a paragraph that speaks about the sorrow the boys would be feeling as…

…they stood by and gaped from the side lines as the Jews – the Romans – the Father puts Jesus to death. Their hearts would break as this One who they trusted – they believed – they abandon all to follow – would be torn apart just hours hence. He promised them joy at the end of the ordeal that was just around a Jerusalem corner. He likened it to the way the pain of childbirth fade as you gaze into the eyes of your newborn daughter or son.

In the broader context He had also just be telling them about the ministry of the Holy Spirit. How the Father had given Him everything and it was the Holy Spirit’s ministry to disclose – reveal – all to the disciples (and to us.)

As we surveyed this passage, there was a clunk in my spirit as something locked into place.

Follow this thought with me, will you?

Jesus has everything that belongs to the Father – OK – so everything – right?

How did Jesus deal with all of His needs and wants throughout His ministry?

For instance:

How did Jesus come up with the provision to feed 5,000 men? (Probably a crowd of 10,000 or 15,000 by the time you add in all the women and children.)
How did He heal the sick?
How did He pay the taxes?
How did He raise the dead?
How did He come up with material for His teaching ministry?

Well, according to Him, He did what He saw the Father do, and said what He heard the Father Say. (John 5:19, John 12:50)

His relationship with the Father and His communication with the Father gave Him access to (as Peter put it) everything needed for life and godliness.

So when we read “if you ask the Father for anything in My name, He will give it to you” in John 16:23, we are learning that revelation is the key to everything in life.

Our connection to the Holy Spirit, who will take of the ‘all’ that Jesus has (yes –everything) and disclose – reveal – it to us, is the most powerful and plentiful source on the planet.

It’s why Paul could say:

And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. - Philippians 4:19 NASB

How will He do it? How will I gain access to these amazing riches? How can I get them into my area of need?

REVELATION

Let me say it again.

REVELATION

It is God’s chosen method of delivery.

That’s why Paul prays like he does in Ephesians 1:

…that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you will know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, - Ephesians 1:17-18 NASB

That’s why Peter tells us

…seeing that His divine power has granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness, through the true knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and excellence. For by these He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises, so that by them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world by lust. - 2 Peter 1:3-4 NASB

Let me break that one down just a bit.

His divine power” – the power of the Holy Spirit in the believer

granted to us everything pertaining to life and godliness” – that which belongs to Jesus (that's the everything of John 16)

How?

through the true knowledge of Him” – and what did John tell us the Holy Spirit would do – disclose everything of Jesus to us – this transfer of knowledge is called REVELATION.

There’s even a who – those called “by His own glory and excellence

you may become partakers of the divine nature” – you can walk like Jesus walked.

Tell me how once more please

He has granted to us His precious and magnificent promises” – there it is again – REVELATION.

The promises of His word revealed to our hearts gives us access to all that the Father has, and has given to the Son by the indwelling Spirit.

Father, today I ask you to open my eyes, reveal to me what I need to walk in everything you have for me today. Keep me attuned to Your voice this day.

BN Writers Page 150Have a great day.

Come back again soon.

Ben

 

Have you ever noticed how Jesus' first promise...

And He said to them, "Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men."

...and last promise...

And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.

...are related?

Jesus promises that if you will follow Him, He will make you a "fisher of men," and if you are a "fisher of men" He will "be with you always, even to the end of the age."

This is so like Jesus.

I promise to take what you give me

  • Your Lunch
  • Your Life

I will turn it in to more than you can even imagine

  • A new creation
  • New species never before seen
  • A human filled with the Spirit of the Living God!

I will supply you with exactly what you need to succeed in what I create you for

  • My Authority
  • My Commission
  • My Abiding Presence

For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them. (Ephesians 2:10 NASB)

His promises hold wonder for us, and give us a life to walk out. With every promise is the ability, authority, and desire to do what He is calling us to do. [Tweet This]

And notice the calling does not change either.

  • Fishers of men
  • Make disciples

Let's get about the Father's business.

Thanks for reading today

Ben

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