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POSSESSING THE REIGN – Hands Too Full

June 29, 2009

Now, to Matthew chapter 5 verse 3:

“Blessed are the poor in spirit for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

This is a principal that will unlock all the riches. Stay with me. Have you ever tried to give someone something whose hands are full? Have you ever tried to speak to someone from another church to share some little tidbit that you’ve heard but they’re so full of where they are from and what they’ve seen that there’s just no room? That’s why we’re so divided. We cannot receive because we think we have everything.

You know, a man who’s poor and knows it, a man who knows he has needs, his hands are open. It’s the man who thinks he has no needs whose hands are closed or full. The New English Bible translates it this way, “How blessed is the man who knows he’s in need.”

Unless we come to a place where we see ourselves as utterly broke, in abject poverty, we cannot receive the things of God, the reign. Until we see and can say with Jesus, “I can do nothing. I can do nothing;” until we come to a place where we recognize that we, outside of Christ, are in utter bankruptcy, and are in total need in every area, we will not be open to receive His reign. It’s the Laodicean church where we began this book. The deception of the Laodicean church was that they thought they were rich, they thought they were clothed, and they thought they had need of nothing. And they were literally poor, wretched and naked and didn’t even know it.

Running On Empty –

Blessed is the man, the woman and the child who can see that He’s in utter poverty without God, who can see that he was made for God and absent of God he can’t even run. It’s the illustration of the car. You can put a car at the top of a hill and push it off with your foot, jump in and think that you’re doing something, going somewhere. But eventually you get to the bottom of the hill and you find out that it was nothing. The car was made for gasoline, and you and I were made for God. And until we come to the poverty of seeing that, of seeing that in ourselves, we have no good thing; in ourselves we have no good thing; in ourselves we have no good thing.

POSSESSING THE REIGN – Blessed are the Poor

June 5, 2009

Glory –

It’s what His heart’s been set on from the beginning. Not just before Adam, but before the creation of all things. It’s what His heart is set on: to bring His reign into His new temple, into a living dwelling place that is capable of (which is hard to fathom) displaying His glory, the radiance of His beauty, the radiance of His very nature throughout all creation. And there is not a single star or solar planet that is able to reveal glory like this throughout the entire universe. But He is preparing a sun, a light, a star that will leave no shadows anywhere and will speak, will manifest His very nature throughout His creation. And it is called man, it is called his bride. Is that not a fantastic promise?

Why are we so busy with lesser things? We must give up our small ambitions. Who could grasp anything like this? Who could even think of something greater than what is being offered to the sons of Adam in Christ Jesus?

Now, go back to verse 3 in Matthew 5 and see the Universal Principal.

 “Blessed are the poor…” In Luke 6 it says, “Blessed are the poor and woe to the rich.”

Having wealth is an awesome responsibility and an easy trap. We think it’s ours. And we think it’s for us. And we even think that it came to us because of something inherently good or right or better about us.

Ugly Americans –

 All you have to do to understand this is to see Americans overseas. I’ve traveled overseas. Americans are not pretty people overseas. They are ugly overseas. There is a reason the world has a leaning against Americans. They admire us on the one hand and on the other hand they can hardly stand us. You have to spend some time elsewhere to understand that. We think we’ve deserved what we have. Most of the world has worked harder from day break until dusk just to eat, just to eat. And we think that our abundance has something to do with us. That’s a lie from the pit.

Really Poor –

My father was a godly man who always knew more than I’ll ever know. And he had to work two to three jobs at a time to feed our family. He dropped out of medical school in the depression. I was raised in a four room house with no running water. Poor! It was not because my father was not smart or did not work harder that I have ever worked.

And in high school I had a drafting teacher that took an interest in me and taught me how to do house plans and I was in business my second year out of school and thought it was because of me.

Woe to the rich!

It does not mean it’s impossible. All things with God are possible. But it’s extremely hard for Americans to come into the reign. I believe that’s applicable. It’s extremely hard. The most difficult mission field in the world is here in the West, in America. The church is growing; the kingdom is increasing by leaps and bounds in third-world countries. Percentiles are in the 1000s. And we are dying here.

And we are so arrogant that we believe that if God’s going to move in the earth it’s going to begin here. All you have to do is listen to what we are saying publicly. Listen to our mission endeavors. We see ourselves as the largest mission country in the world. That’s a lie. That’s a lie. We are the largest funded, do it on an American scale, mission country in the world. And God has used the mission movement in America. I’m not decrying that. But I am here to tell you that there are churches in China that are sending out thousands with nothing; no purse, no bread, no support. They are doing it. Thousands! And they are looking to the Middle East and they’re praying for America and the west. And we are so trapped by that but even when we hear it from a John Brown, if we had a choice between two fronts, we’ll pick the one where we are losing. Is it starting to register a little?

We’ve got to change our paradigm. We’ve got to see out of His eyes. We cannot say that it is a mistake in Luke because it does not say, “poor in spirit.” You cannot say that’s an error; that’s a half truth, that’s not a full truth. It is a full truth, but He has something more to say.