POSSESSING THE REIGN – A Classroom

Now we’re going to take a look at the Beatitudes in Luke chapter 6. We never, ever, ever, ever, ever read the Beatitudes from Luke 6. I encourage you, if you are not wanting to put your friends off be sure and not read the Beatitudes from Luke 6. It’s not a pleasant reading. I would dare say that none of you have ever, ever, ever heard the Beatitudes preached from Luke 6. Let’s begin in verse 20.

And turning His gaze toward His disciples, He began to say, “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God. Blessed are you who hunger now, for you shall be satisfied. Blessed are you who weep now, for you shall laugh. Blessed are you when men hate you, and ostracize you, and insult you, and scorn your name as evil, for the sake of the Son of Man. Be glad in that day and leap for joy…”

 

Leap for joy when they persecute you and insult you and slap you in irons and scorn you and name you as evil, jump for joy. We have not believed that God’s reigning in our lives and we are resisting…

Do you really think that anything that is happening in your life is by chance? Do you think that the enemy can do anything to you without permission? If he can, it means you are not the Lord Jesus Christ’s. If you are His, the Lord Jesus Christ’s, been born again, and the enemy comes, it’s by permission.

It was God who brought you up and said, “Have you considered my servant Bob (or Ralph, or Mary; insert your own name here)?” Then the evil one could say, “You remove a little hedge around this person and they’ll buckle.” Well, the point I am making is, why are we resisting the course that God has given us? I’m not talking about our sin. He does not lead us into sin. He does not lead us into temptation, He tells us to pray not to be led into temptation. He doesn’t lead us there where another would lead us. We need to pray against that. But I’m talking about our own thing, our coming out from under the reign. But everything else, finances are out of your control, weather is out of your control, the car breaking down, the air conditioning breaking down, Johnny’s sick, the boss at work, and work!

It’s like a school. This is a class room. It does not begin until we graduate. This is all preparation for entering in. We must begin to see it that way so that we recognize that God is reigning and see that it’s through many tribulations that we must enter into the reign.

The word tribulation literally means pressure from outside. Do you even feel like there is pressure from outside? You wouldn’t feel that way, would you? It is God ordained. And unless you say, “Amen, Lord!” Unless you can in all things give thanks, you’ve not learned the lesson. If you don’t learn the lesson, you may spend ten years in the first grade or third grade when you should have graduated years ago. He’ll keep you there until you learn it. You just go around that mountain again. Until you get it you’ll not move into the promise. It’s taken me a long, long time, I have been around some mountains so many times that they’ve named a street after me. I still see that sign with my name on it on some of these mountains but I think I have finally understood some things and have moved on.

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6 Responses to “POSSESSING THE REIGN – A Classroom”

  1. Joe Says:

    Jerald,

    Thanks for this post. I don’t think you’ll ever heard Luke 6 preached at that little church down in Texas…Lakewood, is it? I think the pastor’s name is Joel?

    More and more I keep having to tell people that living your “best life now” has zero to do with material blessings. The abundant life is full of Christ’s love, compassion, grace and peace in the midst of the storms that come at us daily.

    Thanks for this. I’ll be linking to it on Friday!

  2. Jerald Says:

    Sadly that ‘little church down in Texas’ is not the only fellowship that doesn’t hear this kind of thing. There are a lot of them.

    Thanks for stopping by, brother.
    Blessings to you.

  3. timbob Says:

    Hi Jerald. I mentioned this in a comment elsewhere, but Job 13:15 hit me a few years ago and I haven’t been the same since. To trust in the Lord Jesus; love him and seek him with a pure heart. Regardless of what’s going on in the ambience, our confidence is in the Lord and our treasures are laid up in heaven. Tribulation will come and and even intensify as we draw increasingly closer to Jesus, but they should not shake us.

    Blessings always in Jesus name.

    timbob

  4. brotherjohnny Says:

    Hi Jerald,
    Again, I want to thank you for posting these messages.
    I believe that I spent many years in His classroom with a big pointy dunce cap on my head.

    Like your message implies, it’s good when we finally learn the lesson at hand….
    so that we might learn another that is just a bit higher.

    I pray that you and Marie are well in the Lord.
    There’s a possibility that we might see y’all soon within the next couple of months; Lord willing.

  5. Jerald Says:

    Tribulation is shaking and the church will be shaken before the great and terrible day of the Lord. We too will be shaken and that’s good. If you equate tribulations with persecutions you’ll need to see many things the Lord said starting with the last Beatitude.
    Paul says that the day of the Lord will not come unless the apostasy comes first – the great falling way. That will shake the church to its roots.

    Thanks so much for your keen insight into these things.

  6. Jerald Says:

    Johnny, I’m praying that we’ll see each other sooner than a couple of months. The 17:23 Initiative has kicked off and I believe that you might have received something from us about that.
    If not, just go to http://www.1723initiative.org and check out the website. Let me know what you think.

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