POSSESSING THE REIGN – Blessed are the Poor

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.

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3 Responses to “POSSESSING THE REIGN – Blessed are the Poor”

  1. timbob Says:

    Hi Jerald. I guess it’s been a while since I’ve been by. What a timely piece of writing this is. The equating of gain with godliness is so rampant today in the west that we cannot even wrap our minds around it. I hear folks with obvious abundance (oh; this is going to sound mean-spirited. Please delete this comment if necessary) talk of their stuff and while they rightfully give God the glory, their continual focusing on the trappings causes one to wonder if the stuff is their first love. The dominant theme of ones causal convrsation will always reveal what’s reigning in their heart.

    May we all grasp the seriousness of the issue that you bring forth here. Blessings in Jesus name.

    timbob

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  3. Gerald Collins Says:

    Before one can understand chapter five and six of Matthew it is necessary to go to Matthew 6:32 and make a correction to the corrupted English text. Remove the word gentile and insert the romanized word ethnee, No gentile has ever had God as his father. therefore the translators errored in the choice of words. The people to whom Jesus was talking was the people of him located in the area of the Sea of Galilee, The benjamites. No gentiles were included in the passage. Read the prophesy of Zacharias when John was born in luke 2 and 3. He was going to save the people of him out of the hated enemy. The heathen gentiles had been against the people of God from the day that Isaac was born to Sarah and Abraham by the first born son Ishmael. Paul repeats the accounts and says “throw the mother and the son out” in the book of Galatians.
    Jesus came to rescue his people out of the hated rejected gentiles of this world. Jesus says in Revelation 2:27 that it will be the ethnee ruling over the ethnoon evil gentiles with a rod of Iron.
    The ones being poor here in Matthew 5 are seed of Adam the sons of God from the foundation of the world no gentiles were included.

    Jerry Collins

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