Everything? Yes, Everything!

Today our “Wait, did He really say that” moment comes from John 16:15.

All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose [it] to you. – John 16:15

Read that again…

All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose [it] to you. – John 16:15

Let it sink in…

All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said that He takes of Mine and will disclose [it] to you. – John 16:15

If you were skimming or skipping – go back and read it three more times.

Now let’s break it down.

“All things”

Yes–you know what all means.

But what “all” are we talking about?

“All things.”

Things? What kind of things?

“All Things.” Ok–let’s be clear. Only the things that the Father has.

OH–those things!

I know, I’m being a little silly, and I don’t want to waste your time, but I really want this to sink in, for me and for you.

My Father, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the One who owns the cattle on a thousand hills, the One of whom it is said, “The earth is the Lord and everything in it,” all of His things belong to Jesus.

But what might be more staggering yet is His method of delivery.

Everything that Jesus has received as His inheritance the Holy Spirit will disclose to us.

It almost sounds like we’ll get to see His inventory list, but that’s as far as it goes. NOT TRUE.

Disclosure–Revelation–is God’s method of getting everything to us. Let me bring it closer. His WORD is his delivery system. We receive everything through His Word. Not just things for our head. Not just things for our body. But everything that can be had comes through the disclosure of God’s resources to us through the Holy Spirit.

It was by His Word He created the entire material world, so this is not limited to Spritiaul or intellectual property. It really means ALL THINGS!

A fresh look at Stewardship.

We tend to think of stewardship as being careful with the money (and we really only think about stewardship in terms of finances, don’t’ we) He has already put in our hands.

But Jesus exercised stewardship over a boy’s lunch. It was not His lunch, it was someone else’s stuff. He received it from the boy.

[Warning: The following conversation is fictional. These are not God’s actual words, but are meant to stir your faith.]

He looked to heaven and showed it to His Father. “Oh, Abba, look at this seed My young friend planted. What can you do with this?”

Father smiled down and said, “Bread, BE, Fish, BE.” And dinner was served.

Jesus knew about the bakery in heaven. You know, the one where they made enough mana for three million Jews six days a week for forty years. It’s a substantial operation.

And Jesus knew just how to tap God’s fish supply. Remember Peter’s boat, the one that almost sank.

Where did all the fish come from? It was something God had.

As was the coin that showed up in the fish’s mouth when Peter needed to pay his taxes.

He had oil for the widow’s pots, wine for a wedding in Cana, meal to outlast a famine in another widow’s pantry.

He had eyes for blind men.
He had hearing for the deaf.
He has words for the dumb.
He has legs for the lame.
He has new digits and extremities for those eaten away by leprosy.
He has freedom for the demon-possessed, and peace for their minds.
He has companionship for the brokenhearted.
He has anointing to pour out on those who would speak for Him.
He has Salvation for any and all who call upon His name.
He has direction for those who can’t find their way.
He has all things.

He’s given them all to Jesus.

Jesus through the Spirit will give it all to you.

That’s what you are stewarding. Not the ten-dollar bill in your wallet.

How are you going to help Him give away all His stuff?

– Mind blown –

BenHeadshotBlessings,

Love you,

Ben

Far Above

So Ben, What’s God talking to you about?

I found my self on a rabbit trail into Ephesians this morning and read something that blew my mind. I need to share it with you. The crazy thing is that all these verses I’ve marked up in my Bible with colors and arrows and notes written in the margins, but today – they got a fresh coat.

I begin to understand why CT Studd the pioneer missionary used to get a new Bible every year. He must have written in his as much as I write in mine.

Anyway – back to the rabbit trails.

There were a number of ah-ha moments, but here’s the biggy.

which He brought about in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in the one to come. – Ephesians 1:20-21

Let’s take that slowly.

Christ is where?

Seated at the right hand of God.

…in the heavenly places

…far above all rule and authority and power and dominion

…and every name that is named

…not just now, but in the age to come as well

Got it?

Where is He?

Read it again… no really – go back and read it one more time.

Ok – check this out.

In the very next chapter (in my Bible it’s right across the page) we learn:

and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, – Ephesians 2:6

So where are we?

Seated in Christ.

Seated in heavenly places.

Ok – that’s awesome…but that’s not all…

If we are seated in Christ in heavenly places.

We are…

…far above (say “far above” out loud)

…all Rule

…all Authority

…all power

…all dominion

AND

Far above every name that is named

AND

Not just now but in the age to come

I have to tell you. We’ve made Christianity all about trying really really really hard not to sin. But God’s idea was that you would walk in authority and dominion over all the power of the enemy, over every circumstance life throws at you, over all of it.

As we walk in submission to God and His will,
as we listen and attend to His voice,
as we step into the works that God ordained for us from before the foundation of the earth,
we can live above all the power of the enemy in every way.

He doesn’t stand a chance against the likes of us if we’ll just fill our hearts, minds, and mouths with this wonderful word of God.

I’m so excited about this truth.

BenHeadshotThanks for coming by today.

See you again soon,

Ben

Provision

So Ben, What’s God talking to you about?

God’s been talking to me about provision but from a strange place.

In Matthew 4 after Jesus is baptized by John in the Jordan, the Spirit leads Him into the wilderness to be tempted.

And the tempter came and said to Him, “If You are the Son of God, command that these stones become bread.” – Matthew 4:3

I want to focus on just one aspect of this temptation, though there are many. After all, Jesus experienced every temptation we do.

My thought…

The devil tempts Jesus to provide for Himself.

Again–I know that’s not all that’s going on here, but I realized that the devil tempts Jesus to do the very thing we spend our lives doing.

The more I ponder this, the more I think I’ve been missing something in my understanding of kingdom living my whole life.

Before I dig deeper, let me highlight the Lord’s answer.

It is written, ‘MAN SHALL NOT LIVE ON BREAD ALONE, BUT ON EVERY WORD THAT PROCEEDS OUT OF THE MOUTH OF GOD.'” – Matthew 4:4

Jesus says we are to live by every word God speaks to us. The “Word” here is Rhema, not Logos–spoken word, not written word. And in fact, Jesus lived this way. He said, I only do what I see the Father do and say what I hear the Father say. How did Jesus live day to day, how did He eat and drink?

When He wanted to throw a party, He sent the boys to a particular man who would give them a room to use. When He wanted to feed multitudes all He needed was a boys lunch–more accurately–all He needed was a word from God. When the tax man came, He sent Peter fishing–and not net fishing which would have been like saying “go work for it,” but “throw in a line” fishing. When He needed a donkey to make His entrance into Jerusalem, He didn’t call Uber.

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

We all know this verse, but here’s a fact–most of us believe something much different. The average Christian I know believes this version:

I will supply all my needs according to my toil and hustle, and if I have a shortfall, desperate prayer to Jehovah Jireh, and some belt-tightening will rescue me.

Peter tell 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. – 2 Peter 1:3

If you have ever given to a Christian charity then you know the mountain of junk mail that you’ve just signed up for. Have you ever had this thought which I have all the time: Why can’t you be more like George Mueller who never asked for support, but simply trusted God. If God ordained it, He’ll supply it. Stop begging.

Does this mean God didn’t ordain my life? Am I toiling for a living because that’s what God ordained for the common man, but the full time Christians should live by faith. Woops. There it is. I’m exposed. I’ve chosen to fall for the lie Jesus resisted. I’ve taken the bait and spent my life toiling.

Let me drop two more scriptures into the mix here.

…Cursed is the ground because of you; In toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. – Genesis 3:17

Christ redeemed us from the curse of the Law, having become a curse for us–for it is written, “CURSED IS EVERYONE WHO HANGS ON A TREE” – Galatians 3:13

I’m not suggesting all the Christians in the world quit their jobs. Work is not the enemy here, but toil originates with the curse.

We know Paul made tents for a time to support himself and his ministry.

Let’s start with a simple change in perspective.

Let’s make hearing the voice of God our first and most important job. Stop thinking of Him as the safety net or the One Who fills our shortfalls, but rather the One responsible for all supply. Let’s ask Him to light our path and show us how to walk in His provision.

Paul, in his discourse about giving in 2 Corinthians 8 and 9 says the Lord gives seed to sow, food to eat, and plenty to share. If our finances drive our lives from stress to stress instead of from glory to glory, we’re not doing it right.

Finances place high in reasons for divorce.
Finances figure among the top reasons for suicide.

God does not intend for His people to be stressing over money. Stop trying to provide for yourself! If you are a child of God, it’s His job to provide, and your job to listen and obey.

cropped-BenHeadshotWhat do you think?

Ben

Announcement – So Ben, What’s God talking to you about?

So Ben, What’s God talking to you about?

I love to ask people this question once we get past “How’s your day?” or some other greeting-like phrase.

We’ve lost this from our day to day language as a church. We can gather hundreds of Christians together on a Sunday morning, and the lobby conversation consists of baseball scores, kids sports, and health updates. Don’t get me wrong. There is no problem with talking about life-stuff with other believers.

But my simple question, “What’s God talking to you about these days?” goes a long way toward discipleship. It says a few things.

1) God’s talking.

2) Are you listening?

3) Are you processing what you hear?

4) Are you putting what you hear into action?

It brings accountability into our day to day conversations.

The man who discipled me asked this all the time often it caught me off guard. I had to either dredge up something a few weeks old or come clean. Often when I was out of earshot of the Lord’s voice, it was because my circumstances were dominating all my time and attention. I would use my circumstance as an excuse for why I come with nothing fresh from God’s heart.

But this question brought light to my mixup of priorities. It brought me over to the door where Jesus daily knocks requesting entrance into those very circumstances which blocked His access to my heart.

I read some material recently in preparation for a class I’m helping to teach, and the man in the book said: “You can’t expect to hear from God every day.” I know, I’m tearing this out of context, but it begs the question, does God have something for your heart every day? Or is it hit and miss? Is mana a daily provision?

Well, God’s definitely not hit and miss.

One morning recently, after a particularly late night, I had set my alarm so I would not oversleep my time with the Lord. When the alarm went off, I hit snooze. To be clear, I’m a morning person. I almost NEVER hit snooze. I rarely set an alarm because I’m usually just up. But as I hit snooze that morning I heard the gentle whisper of the Spirit to my spirit.

“I have something really sweet for you if you’ll come and meet with Me now.”

What could I say but “Alexa, turn off my alarm,” and off I went and, true to His word, He had much to speak into my heart.

Hear me folks. I’m not preaching a legalism. I’m not bringing condemnation. But I have learned that God offers daily bread–daily.

And now for the announcement.

I’m glad to introduce a new set of posts on my site. I’m not going to abandon Hebrews, but some days, the Lord is pressing something upon me that just needs sharing.  Now and then, I’m going to share what the Lord is pressing into my spirit in the moment.

At the same time, I want to urge you to share with others what God’s been teaching you, too.

And feel free to borrow my question as you lead others into deeper waters.

BenHeadshotThanks for coming by,

Walk in Him.

Ben