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POSSESSING THE REIGN – A Classroom

May 13, 2009

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.