Just as He Said

I noticed a difference between the angels and the typical disciple.

Well, at least Jesus’ twelve.

The angels believe what Jesus said.

Check it out

“He is not here, for He has risen, just as He said. Come, see the place where He was lying. – Matthew 28:6 (emphasis is mine)

Every one of the disciples heard Jesus say over and over that He would die, and he’d be back in three days. Sometimes He used metaphors and prophetic language, but often He came right out and said it, like these three times in Mark,

And He began to teach them that the Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders and the chief priests and the scribes, and be killed, and after three days rise again. – Mark 8:31

For He was teaching His disciples and telling them, “The Son of Man is to be delivered into the hands of men, and they will kill Him; and when He has been killed, He will rise three days later.” – Mark 9:31

“They will mock Him and spit on Him, and scourge Him and kill Him, and three days later He will rise again.” – Mark 10:34

And yet, when He was in the tomb they were gone, scattered, like sheep after the shepherd has been murdered.

But the angels believed Him.

He said it.

He meant it.

All they needed to know is “Did Jesus say it? Then you can count on it.”

What about today? How much of what Jesus said do we question, do we water down, do we flat our deny?

What if we, His disciples take up the faith of the angels?

What if His word was enough, and we start showing up based on what He said.

He said, I’ll rise on the third day, so the angel came to roll away the stone.

What has He said that begs action from us?

How many of His promises do we read with a wink, as if it’s poetry and not plain speech?

Ben, what are you talking about?

Oh–here’s one of those–wink-wink–verses,

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also; and greater works than these he will do; because I go to the Father. – John 14:12

And there’s more to this one – check out the next two verses:

“Whatever you ask in My name, that will I do, so that the Father may be glorified in the Son. “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it. – John 14:13-14

If we had the faith of an angel, we’d be asking and receiving, because–well–He said it. But instead, we build theologies to explain that it’s not that simple. We tar and feather anyone who even read these verses in context as one of those “name it and claim it” prosperity preacher.

Jesus said it, not me. And the angels are wondering when we’re going to believe what Jesus said.

Did you know you could hear the voice of Jesus in your devotional time?

No, Ben. You have to be careful. You need to have learned men tell you what the scriptures mean. You can’t expect to hear from the Lord yourself. If you do, you can’t trust it. You might need some counseling if you think you’re hearing from the Lord.

But Jesus said

“To him the doorkeeper opens, and the sheep hear his voice, and he calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. … “I have other sheep, which are not of this fold; I must bring them also, and they will hear My voice; and they will become one flock with one shepherd…. “My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; – John 10:3, 16, 27

He said it three times. My sheep hear my voice.

I guess I can hear the voice of the Lord – Just as He said!

I’m not going to drone on about this, but we’re messing it up. We’re missing the simple words of Jesus, and in so doing we’re missing Spirit and Life that comes through His Words, and faith in those words.

Oh Church, we need to get back to the simplicity of the Words of Jesus.

BenThanks for coming by,

Walk in light!

Ben

His Name Poured Forth #SoSSaturday

I have been pondering last weeks post for the last few days, and it is really rocking my world. The whole concept that “As His name is declared, His passion is revealed.” WOW

I have to tell you, that was fresh revelation to me.

This phrase “His name poured forth” has been rumbling around my brain for days now.

I picture th Mary breaking open an alabaster box of ointment (worth a years wages) and pouring it out – wasting it – on Jesus’ feet. The perfect picture of you and me pouring out our lives, many would say wasting them, living for Jesus and leaving the outcome in His hands.

Some will say you waste your life on Jesus, others will notice that you smell just like Him as He gives His life as a lamb to the slaughter.

I picture that gruesome image from “The Passion of the Christ” of Mary, the mother of Jesus, sopping up Christ’s blood poured forth while He received those 40 lashes.

I picture blood and water poured forth from His side when the Roman soldier pierced Him.

I picture Jesus baptizing His Church, as He promised He would, in that little upper room as He poured forth His Holy Spirit on the day of Pentecost.

Finally I picture Jesus pouring forth His Church, shining with the light of His glory, over a dark and listless world. That light spreading far and wide as that world gets a deep breath of that wonderful fragrance.

I know there is more pouring forth to come – there are seals to be broken and bowls to overturn. But that is for then.

This is for now!

Let’s review

Ointment poured forth in Bethany
Blood poured forth at Calvary
Spirit poured forth at Pentecost
The Church poured forth globally

Each without reserve,
Each without stumbling over the cost
All with one aim

fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. – Hebrews 12:2 

You are that joy that was set before Him, and so is your neighbor!

Have you taken His name?

Will you bear the name of your Husband the Bridegroom-Shepherd-King?

Will you be His name poured forth on your circle of influence?

Will you be that sweet savor of live to them that are saved, and are you willing to bear the stench of death, and you die to your self so others can get a whiff of the aroma of Christ.

Say yes today!

BenThanks for stopping in today. I trust this helps you. I know it stirs me up.

See you next week.

Ben

If you did not read last weeks post it is worth the few minutes it would take.

Hungry?

“Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied. – Matthew 5:6

Jesus’ lays before us the next earmark of a citizen of His kingdom, and it’s all about our appetite.

Let’s start with a definition of hunger.

I walked into the house after a long day at the office, and I was starving. I had not had a bite to eat since – oh – it had to be like two hours!!!!! Can you imagine my hunger? Two whole hours without food! I was starving. And when I found that dinner was not on the table, well you can just imagine the ruckus that ensued.

OK, that was a bit of fiction. But I bet you have been there.

This is not that hunger.

When a person feels real hunger, all other priorities and passions pale. Hunger doesn’t start in the brain, it emanates from one’s innermost parts. It’s not about thoughts and wishes, it’s a primal need. Their whole body demands food.

And what of thirst? It’s worse!

Where does this primal need for righteousness come from? I never had such a longing as a natural man. As a natural man, no desire for goodness stirred my soul.

Paul talks about this some in Romans 6

For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. Therefore what benefit were you then deriving from the things of which you are now ashamed? For the outcome of those things is death. But now having been freed from sin and enslaved to God, you derive your benefit, resulting in sanctification, and the outcome, eternal life. – Romans 6:20-22

This hunger and thirst after righteousness is a direct result of regeneration. Before you knew God, you had no desire to walk right before Him. The only righteousness you may have desired had to do with people treating you right. I wanted those in my circle to treat me well, to tell me the truth, to treat me with respect, but that was the extent of my hunger for the right.

But now, walking this path of blessing…

I see my inner poverty and my need for God.
I see my sin and it breaks my heart, so I cry out for His mercy.
I submit my will to His, setting His priorities above my own.
A hunger and thirst rise up within me for His righteousness to manifest in my life.

The next step in God’s 8 step program is to pursue righteousness with the same intensity as a hungry man pursues food, or as one who is parched goes after water. Hear this. It does not promise this blessed life to someone who tries to be good, who pulls themselves up by their bootstraps, who just grits their teeth and does what is right.

What if we actually pursued righteousness, sought after it like hidden treasure. What if we searched for opportunities to increase righteousness as though it was good for us–as if it was to our advantage–oh, and just for the record it is to our advantage. What if we pursued it as if it was the only thing that mattered, like a man starving to death goes after nourishment.

I am not talking about some strange self-righteousness that makes us feel superior. No way! But how about taking your honesty to a new level, or how about the way you do your job, or your homework, or your chores, or duties–all of it. The mark of a Christian in the workplace should be unimpeachable integrity. I promise if you will quiet your spirit for a while and mull this over the Lord will show you places to find more opportunities to do right.

What may not be entirely obvious is that as we take our righteousness to the next level, we take our joy to the next level as well.

This passion for righteousness nets us a life of joy. The Word tells us this about the life of Jesus:

“YOU HAVE LOVED RIGHTEOUSNESS AND HATED LAWLESSNESS; THEREFORE GOD, YOUR GOD, HAS ANOINTED YOU WITH THE OIL OF GLADNESS ABOVE YOUR COMPANIONS.” – Hebrews 1:9

Jesus understood:

for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 14:17

No man ever walked in the Spirit to a greater measure than Jesus. Righteousness works itself out in peace and joy. The worst turmoil in life comes when you walk away from righteousness. Covering up sin, or walking the edge between good and bad deals death to all joy and peace. When you are seeking after righteousness, shame, guilt and fear leave and peace and joy remain.

Jesus is our righteousness. (1 Corinthians 1:30) Simply put, to hunger after righteousness is to hunger for more Jesus in your life. As we embrace Jesus, His ways, His priorities in our lives, we will walk in this peace and joy. We must put on Christ, and search for His presence in our lives as though our lives depended on it. You will never regret it!

Let’s ask the Father this question: Where have you hidden opportunities for integrity in my life?

cropped-BenHeadshotDon’t miss the promise for this one!

See you next week.

Ben

Things To Be Spoken Later

Now Moses was faithful in all His house as a servant, for a testimony of those things which were to be spoken later; – Hebrews 3:5

There’s something really cool going on here.

Moses lived his life some fourteen hundred years before Christ.

He spoke with God face to face as a man speaks to his friend.

He received the Word of God written by the finger of God on tablets of stone.

He saw first hand some of the greatest miracles ever recorded, parting of the Red Sea, water from a rock, daily provision of mana, pillar of fire and cloud.

But all this–his whole life–his full testimony pointed toward another Word, a Word not yet spoken, a Word who would come in the flesh. Moses’ life painted a picture of deliverance. The architect of the exodus from Egypt created for us through Moses a scale model of the temple He planned to build for Himself in the fullness of time.

That later Word: Jesus!

That later temple: Jesus!

Yes, they would tear it down and crow in victory, but three days would pass and that temple would rise out of the rubble.

Jesus, the mustard seed, planted in expectation of harvest by the sower, would burst forth from the ground, growing into the greatest tree in the garden. The grain of wheat, planted, buried, so life could come, a full harvest of life to follow.

Moses would receive the Word directly from the Father and bring it to the people. They said, “you tell us what He says, and we’ll obey every word.” So God sent His Word through Moses, and the people rejected it.

God sent His Word again. He sent this later Word to His own people, the ones who cherished Torah, the ones who knew His every jot and tittle.

They took one look at His later Word and plotted how to kill Him.

But today, you get to choose. You can receive God’s later (final) Word. You can allow the imperishable seed of God’s final Word to take root in the soil of your soul.

God wants to speak into your life.

Really all we need to do is tune in, get quiet, and listen.

BenThanks for coming by,

Blessings,

Ben

What’s going on in the temple?

So this broke my heart this morning.

Then the chief priests and the elders of the people were gathered together in the court of the high priest, named Caiaphas; and they plotted together to seize Jesus by stealth and kill Him. – Matthew 26:3-4

From what I can tell, while the Second Temple stood, until 70 AD, this hall of the high priest, where the Sanhedrin met, was located in the temple. I can’t be completely sure, but I think this is the place they met.

My heart was drawn back to the dedication of Solomon’s temple.

David had this great idea. I’m going to build a house for God. God liked the idea, but would not let David the warrior build it. David was a warrior from His youth, and God wanted His house built by a man of peace.

When Solomon finished the building of this house for God, He showed up. He filled the temple with His glory, and promises were made.

It’s a wonderful passage. It’s a few verses, but worth reading. The offer God makes to Solomon is staggering when you think about it.

Then the LORD appeared to Solomon at night and said to him, “I have heard your prayer and have chosen this place for Myself as a house of sacrifice.

“If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

“Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place. “For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that My name may be there forever, and My eyes and My heart will be there perpetually. – 2 Chronicles 7:12-16 NASB

The passage goes on to make promises and layout conditions, but essentially, God promises Solomon and Israel, as long as you walk with Me, I’ll be your God, a Father to you, and care for you.

I know this temple was destroyed, and the temple we see in the Gospels was rebuilt in the days of Ezra. No such promises are made, no such glory is imparted, but God was in the rebuilding.

The ark of the covenant is in this temple. The holy of holies is considered the dwelling place of the Most High God. It’s in this temple that Zacheriah meets with Gabriel. It’s here the Messiah is dedicated as an infant.

But here in Matthew 26, these High Priests and elders of the people plan out the murder of God’s own Son.

David’s great temple, a place for God to dwell among His people has fallen so far from it’s place of glory. Rather than a house of prayer where God’s people could come and cry out for God’s mercy, and He would hear and answer and forgive, it’s been usurped by those who would cry out “No God for me,” and “We will not have this man to rule over us.”

It so saddens me.

And it warns my heart.

How easy it is to take our own temples, the heart we once dedicated as a dwelling place for the Most High, and allow it to house sedition and betrayal. We allow the unclean into the holy of holies. It comes in through the eye gates and ear gates and settles in the halls of the high priest.

The hall of the high priest–that place designed for intercession and worship–for righteous judgment–turned into a place of darkness and secrecy–a place hidden from the light of day. The secret place turned it a place of secrets.

Lord, clean the temple of my heart today. Bring the light of Your presence into the corners where I’ve let darkness prevail. Flood this dwelling place with your presence as You did when Solomon invited You into the temple he built centuries ago.

Have your way in me today.

BenSee you again soon,

Ben

Fragrance and Ointment – #SoSSaturday

Because of the fragrance of your good ointments, Your name is ointment poured forth; (Song of Songs 1:3 NKJV)

What is fragrance?

What does it do?

Here’s the thing. When our Song speaks of fragrance it is not talking about actions. Not the visible actions of a Shepherd King, but rather the invisible aspects of thoughts and emotions – His passions.

When we talk about God and emotions we (the Church) have a strange box for God. We feel like God has this amazing joy when we are born again, and He spends the rest of our lives angry with us.

There is even theological argument out there that says that if God does not change, He cannot have emotions.

This is all so messed up. We are created in the image of God, emotions and all. If we learn nothing else from the Song of Songs, it is that we have an emotional Father.

There is however action in this verse and we don’t want to miss it. The fragrant ointment is poured forth.

Here we see the internal essence of Jesus, His thought life, His emotion, His passion, poured out by the declaration of His name. Last time we looked at His name, but today I want to draw your attention to this idea.

As His name is declared, His passion is revealed. [Tweet This]

Observe:

When He told us His name was JEHOVAH-TSID-KENU  “The Lord is our righteousness” He demonstrated His passion for His righteousness to be expressed through your life.

When He taught us His name, JEHOVAH-SHALOM–Our perfect peace–He demonstrated His passion to come to us as the Prince of Peace and demolish all that stands between us and peace with God.

When He said His name was JEHOVAH RAPHA–I am the Lord Your Physician, the Lord Your Healer–He demonstrated His passion to heal you to the uttermost.

Interestingly enough Paul talks about fragrance too.

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things? – 2 Corinthians 2:14-16

The fact is, as our lives declare by word and deed the name of Jesus, His passion is poured forth on our circle of influence, and it has an impact. It may draw some to Christ, and it may push some away. In any case, when we stand for Christ our lives will no longer be neutral.

Do you need that ointment poured forth in your life today?

Do you need that healing balm, that peace that defies understanding?

Let the name of Jesus wash over you even now. Declare His name out loud over your circumstances today.

If you are sick say out loud something like “I am yours Jehovah Rapha–the Lord who heals me”

If you are stressed instead of blessed – declare “I am yours, Jehovah Shalom”

Hey – we are not talking about magic words or secret formulas here. But there is power in the name of Jesus.

That’s good, isn’t it? Share what you learned, or what fresh revelation you received, or even what made you mad here today.

cropped-BenHeadshotCome back next week for more of the Song.

Believe me, we are just scratching the surface here.

Ben

Kingdom?

Theirs is the kingdom of heaven. ~ Matthew 5:3 & 10

I know I am getting out of order here. I was just lying in bed – it is about 10 minutes to 12 on Friday night, and I was mulling.

Now let me be clear. I have studied through and taught through the Beatitudes probably more than any other passage in the Bible. It is my favorite by far. I have notes dating back decades from preparations for this little piece of scripture.

But tonight – closing in on the middle of the night – I am trying to get to sleep, and the phrase “Theirs is the kingdom of heaven” is rolling around in my head. This phrase that is calling me to my laptop to put down my thoughts doesn’t even belong in my mind right now. I mean we are right smack in the middle of the beatitudes, and this phrase bookends the passage. I suppose I could stick it at the end of the chapter, but there is an urgency I sense in its placement right here.

Here goes:

What if “Theirs is the kingdom of heaven,” rather than meaning they gain entrance into the kingdom, as in, the poor in spirit get saved, what if what it means is the poor in spirit and the peacemakers for that matter, get the kingdom of God? What if those who are broken before God are not just given a ticket for St. Peter to punch, but they actually possess the entire kingdom. What if we are not just someday going on a long trip to visit a great place, but we actually have ownership. And not some sad 52nd part like a timeshare, but we are on the deed, of the kingdom of heaven.

Isn’t that what Paul was talking about when he said we are joint-heirs with Christ? (Rom 8:17) Doesn’t that line up with us being seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus? (Eph 2:6) Doesn’t the very fact that the Holy Spirit is in our lives as the “deposit guaranteeing our inheritance” illustrate this? (Eph 1:14) Or how about this outrageous bit from Daniel:

‘But the saints of the Highest One will receive the kingdom and possess the kingdom forever, for all ages to come.’ – Daniel 7:18 

So I have a question for you, Lord. How should this look in my life? What does it mean for me to be in possession of a kingdom? And not just any kingdom, but a heavenly kingdom, Your kingdom!

I dare you to ask God that question.

cropped-BenHeadshotLet me know what He shows you.

See ya…

Ben

Serious as a Heart Attack

Our Fourth of July celebration took place in Valley Hospital in Ridgewood, NJ. Technically it all started in my bathroom late in the afternoon, when I went to brush my teeth and went crashing to the ground. I say crashing, but I have no discernable bruises on my head or body giving me any indication that I fell, unrestrained to the floor, but there it is. I was out like a light–no pulse.

My sweet wife, Corinne, started to give me mouth to mouth.  Shortly thereafter, Sarah, my daughter who works with the public and is trained in CPR for her job, took charge having already called 911.

In a few minutes the ambulance and a fleet of police cars showed up at the house, and the pro’s got to work on me.

“Clear”–zap–“clear”–zap, and off I went to the hospital.

I’d love to tell you all my wonderful story of bright lights, mansions, falling down at Jesus’ feet, and being dragged back kicking and screaming into this mortal life, but I have no memories of any of that. In fact, my actual memories don’t kick in until late Friday, though I was conscious by 7 or 8 pm on the 4th.

They tell me I put up a fight. The doctor came out and told my family that I was kicking and fighting while they were trying to put a stent in my right coronary artery. They all kind of laughed and the Dr. said it was not funny. Hmmm–I guess I really didn’t want to be there.

I have a photo of the blockage and it’s pretty dramatic. The right coronary artery feeds the right side of the heart. It’s the smaller side of the heart because its only job is to pump blood to the lungs.

They inserted a stent and sent me into recovery. I hung out in the hospital until Sunday, and now I’m working on getting follow up visits scheduled, and generally hanging out. The only real restrictions they put on me was that I lift nothing greater than 10 lbs.

Many of you heard about this, and have been praying for me. I can’t say thank you enough. You have no idea how strong the love of Christ shows through His body until you find yourself in a bad place.

For those of you who only know me here in blog-land, I wanted to share just a bit of my fun Fourth of July festivities with you. (For the record, I don’t recommend it.)

cropped-BenHeadshotThanks for all the love and prayers,

Love you all,

Ben

Your Name! – #SoSSaturday

Because of the fragrance of your good ointments, Your name is ointment poured forth; Therefore the virgins love you. Song of Songs 1:3 NKJV

I have written about the fact that God reveals Himself by His name throughout the scriptures. At the bottom of this post are some links to other posts going through some of the Old and New Testament Names of God and what they reveal about Him.

But today I want to share 2 things from other sources about the Name that is as ointment poured forth.

My former Pastor, Chet Klope, and I were chatting about the book Les Misérables by Victor Hugo the other day. (Now a few years back.) It is one of his favorite books of all time, and I had never read it. My son had given me a 3-month audible.com subscription for Father’s day, so I got it in my head to download the audiobook and give it a listen. 

I started today, and just a few chapters in I ran across this:

“Oh, you who are!

 “Ecclesiastes calls you the All-powerful; the Maccabees call you the Creator; the Epistle to the Ephesians calls you liberty; Baruch calls you Immensity; the Psalms call you Wisdom and Truth; John calls you Light; the Books of Kings call you Lord; Exodus calls you Providence; Leviticus, Sanctity; Esdras, Justice; the creation calls you God; man calls you Father; but Solomon calls you Compassion, and that is the most beautiful of all your names.”  

Victor Hugo. Les Misérables (Kindle Locations 642-645).

Isn’t that wonderful? Pastor Chet told me that I would hear the gospel on every page, and I am so in love with the Bishop today. But hey- I am only in a few pages – so don’t spoil it for me.

This short passage made me think again of the sermon I have somewhere on audio cassette of Oral Roberts preaching a sermon called the 4th man. Today I found a website that had a transcript of a portion of the message that thrills me every time I hear it. 

Check this out:

Who Is The Fourth Man?

Oral Roberts Sermon (c. 1956)

Then Nebuchadnezzar the king was astonied, and rose up in haste, and spake, and said unto his counselors, Did not we cast three men bound into the midst of the fire? They answered and said unto the king, True, O king. He answered and said, Lo, I see four men loose, walking in the midst of the fire, and they have no hurt; and the form of the fourth is like the Son of God.

Who is the Fourth Man?

I tell you that…

In Genesis, He is the Seed of the Woman.
In Exodus, He is the Passover Lamb.
In Leviticus, He is our High Priest.
In Numbers, He is the Pillar of Cloud by day and the Pillar of Fire by night.
In Deuteronomy, He is the Prophet like unto Moses.
In Joshua, He is the Captain of our Salvation.
In Judges, He is our Judge and Lawgiver.
In Ruth, He is our Kinsman Redeemer.
In I and II Samuel, He is our Trusted Prophet.
In I and II Kings and I and II Chronicles, He is our Reigning King.
In Ezra, He is our Faithful Scribe.
In Nehemiah, He is the Rebuilder of the Broken Down Walls of our human life.
In Esther, He is our Mordecai.
In Job, He is our Dayspring from on high and our Ever-Living Redeemer.
In Psalms, He is the Lord our Shepherd.
In Proverbs and Ecclesiastes, He is our Wisdom.
In the Song of Solomon, He is our Lover and the Bridegroom.
In Isaiah, He is the Prince of Peace.
In Jeremiah, He is the Righteous Branch.
In Lamentations, He is the Weeping Prophet.
In Ezekiel, He is the Wonderful Four-Faced Man.
In Daniel, He is the Fourth Man in the burning fiery furnace.

Who is the Fourth Man?

In Hosea, He is the Faithful Husband, forever married to the backslider.
In Joel, He is the Baptizer with the Holy Ghost and Fire.
In Amos, He is our Burden-Bearer.
In Obadiah, He is the Mighty to Save.
In Jonah, He is our Great Foreign Missionary.
In Micah, He is the Messenger of Beautiful Feet carrying the Gospel.
In Nahum, He is the Avenger of God’s Elect.
In Habakkuk He is God’s Evangelist, crying, “Revive thy work in the midst of the years.”
In Zephaniah, He is the Savior.
In Haggai, He is the Restorer of God’s Lost Heritage.
In Zechariah, He is the Fountain Opened in the House of David for sin and uncleanness.
And in Malachi, He is the Sun of Righteousness, rising with healing in His wings.

Who is the Fourth Man?

In Matthew, He is the Messiah.
In Mark, He is the Wonder-worker.
In Luke, He is the Son of Man.
In John, He is the Son of God.
In Acts, He is the Holy Spirit.
In Romans, He is our Justifier.
In Corinthians, He is the Gifts of the Spirit.
In Galatians, He is the Redeemer from the curse of the law.
In Ephesians, He is the Christ of Unsearchable Riches.
In Philippians, He is the God Who Supplies All Our Needs.
In Colossians, He is the Godhead Bodily.
In I and II Thessalonians He is our Soon-coming King.
In I and II Timothy, He is our Mediator between God and Man.
In Titus, He is our Faithful Pastor.
In Philemon, He is a Friend that sticketh closer than a Brother.
In Hebrews, He is the Blood of the Everlasting Covenant.
In James, He is the Great Physician.
In I and II Peter, He is the Chief Shepherd who soon shall appear with a crown of unfading glory.
In I, II, and III John, He is Everlasting Love.
In Jude, He is the Lord Coming with Ten Thousands of His Saints.
And in Revelation, He is the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.

Who is the Fourth Man?

He’s Abel’s sacrifice. He’s Noah’s rainbow. He’s Abraham’s ram. He’s Isaac’s well, Jacob’s ladder, Issachar’s burden, Judah’s scepter, Samuel’s horn of oil, David’s slingshot, Hezekiah’s extension of life, Isaiah’s man of sorrows, acquainted with grief. He’s Peter’s healing shadow. He’s Paul’s mighty wonders and miracles. He’s John’s pearly white city. He’s the pearl of great price. He’s a rock in a weary land. He’s the prince of Peace and the Government of our life is upon His shoulder.

Who is the Fourth Man?

He’s the root system of our life. The source of your total supply. The one who is able to deliver you from the flames of human life. The one who enables you to live by your faith and empowers you to obey Him and gives you the strength to refuse to compromise. He’s the restorer of your total life. The healer from the crown of your head to the soles of your feet. The one who enables you to survive. He’s the saying one, who created you in His image, after His likeness, who says we are Whosoevers, receiving Whatsoever we say. He’s the one who resides in your heart. The one at the point of your needs. The one that’s closer to you than your breath. He bears no greater title than a Friend of Sinners. The Friend of the now. He’s wrapped in your spirit, in your soul, in your body, and in your circumstances of life around you everywhere. He’s here in the now. He is the one of signs, wonders, many mighty miracles, and marvelous works. There is no other that can deliver after this sort.

Who is the Fourth Man?

I tell you…He is the God I serve. The Written Word of God manifested in the Flesh and Spirit. He’s JESUS CHRIST, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS! He’s my Savior, my Lord

I found this here: http://launch.groups.yahoo.com/group/donniemcclurkin2/message/31445

There is more to the sermon before and after, but this so ministers to my soul.

You can watch the whole thing on YouTube too:

Next week we’ll open up why ointment and perfume, but for today – just soak in the wonderful fragrance of His Name!

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Ben

Inherit The Earth?

…for they shall inherit the earth. Matthew 5:5

Some Christians are of the opinion that the earth really doesn’t matter. They reason, God’s going to destroy it and start over somewhere down the line. Who wants to inherit something God’s getting ready to “rolled up like a scroll,” and toss in the bin? What kind of promise is this?

Bad Form! That whole attitude is bad form, start to finish. As if somehow God gave us a disposable earth that we should just use up? Not a great attitude. Let’s consider a couple things from the word.

The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. Psalm 24:1 and 1 Corinthians 10:26

Seem’s Paul thought it worth repeating for his New Testament hearers. Here’s another:

…the whole earth is full of His glory. Isaiah 6:3

It would appear that the Father places a high priority on the earth, and if our Father thinks it is valuable, that needs to factor into our thinking. In fact, we should let God’s values inform all our values, don’t you think?

What does it mean to inherit the earth? Let’s think back to our two meek men, Moses and Jesus. These two guys exhibited a special relationship to creation. Moses (in response to instructions from God) holds out a rod and splits the Red Sea in two and the entire nation of Israel walks through on dry ground! Interesting. In fact each of the ten plagues that torment Egypt come from the throne of God, but through the hands of one meek man.

Jesus, our other example of a meek man, submitted to the will of the Father, also lives without the normal earthly limitations. He walks on water, calms raging storms, and feeds multitudes with a boy’s lunch! Again, I understand that these things were done by our Father, and according to Jesus, He did not do these things of His own power or authority, but by the “finger of God.”

I am wondering about my life now. If I submit to the will and voice of our Father in my life, what can I expect? I’ll tell you one thing; it shouldn’t be church as usual! I’m thinking that as I bow my knee to the Lordship of Jesus in my life, and listen intently for His voice for my direction, I will begin to see the works that He (Jesus) did (see John 14:12) in my life, and even greater works. That may explain what Paul was talking about when he said;

The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. ~ Romans 8:19

I implore you to seek the face of the Lord and listen for His voice in your life. Begin to meditate on His Word day and night, and align your life to His word. This is what it means to be meek, and this promise is off the charts!

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Come back soon,

Ben