God’s Master Plan Part 2 – Session 2 – Ps Sharon Bendixen (WTB)
Scripture reference: Psalm 8:4-6 (AMPC); Hebrews 2:6-7 (AMPC); Galatians 1:4 (NLT); John 3:16-17 (AMPC); John 3:16-17 (AMPC); John 3:3-7 (AMPC); Acts 4:12 (AMPC); Genesis 1:26-28 (AMP); Genesis 2:7 (AMPC)
Glory to God. We thank You for Your master plan, Lord. We thank You for Your master plan. Glory. You may be seated. Thank you. Thank you so much.
Well, this song is a song that I am teaching, I am ministering on and I’m continuing today. It’s been quite wonderful for me because this song that we’ve just sung now is made up of scripture. This song, all the words, like Heritage Worship words, are gleaned and taken from scripture. The Bible says about itself that all scripture is God-breathed.
What’s supposed to happen now is, this is part of God’s plan, while we assemble together, as we come to minister to Him in song. We see the pattern in the Old Testament, and then we see the pattern of Ezra; it was the time when a pulpit was mentioned. It says; Ezra stood behind the pulpit so that the people could see him. So, it’s just a practical thing, you know, but it’s a very powerful thing that happens when God has a servant bring a word from Him, to His people. We have really been taught wonderfully in this house. In this house, people are growing very healthily and growing strongly because they understand that if they’re planted in this house, then this is where the messages will come to them from the Lord. They understand the simplicity of God’s way of being planted and then receiving the message from the messenger of this house.
Many of you have been growing beautifully from that understanding that we keep our foot in every message that Pastor John brings us. That’s what I do. I do. I stay up to date on the messages that Pastor John brings because that was the first thing that the Lord said to me when He called us into the ministry about 20 years ago. I said to the Lord, because He called us out of the corporate world into the ministry, and I said, “Lord, what do I do?” “You do what Pastor John, what your spiritual leader will tell you to do. You listen to all of his messages as I taught you, where you were planted in your church for 19 years and every Sunday you would listen to the messages that came from your pastor. You wouldn’t do what so many of My children were doing – listening to TBN, and listening to everybody else’s message. I taught you and I trained you that this is your shepherd. I’m speaking to him during the week to come to you on a Sunday and bring you the message from Me.”
You know my story, many of you, I would be so surprised when people would come, “Did you hear this? Did you read this? Did you hear this?” and just put things in my hands and I was like, “I don’t know how you have time because I’m so in the message during the week, that came from my pastor on Sunday. I’m so in it. It’s so rich. There’s so much in it, I don’t know how you find time.” Only to find out afterwards that they’re on information overload and they’re “jack of all trades, master of none.” You know what I mean? And so, the Lord taught me the simplicity of being planted and listening and growing like a child. Glory to God. Many of you are being nourished beautifully in this house.
Assembling of the brethren, is an instruction that God gives us. It’s not something that we chose to do because we want to get together. God says in His Word; don’t neglect the assembling of yourselves together, as is the habit of some, as is the manner of some. It’s for this reason that we can come together and minister to Him and have His presence among us and we can hear His Word that He specially prepared for us for this morning.
I’m ministering to you from God’s Master Plan. The words are; Like lightning, he fell. I started off with that already, like lightning he fell, you can go and listen to that message if you haven’t heard it. These are the words of the song we just sung; Like lightning, he fell. Jesus said, I saw Satan fall like lightning. Iniquity found, found in Satan. Disgraced from glory. I read Ezekiel 28 to you and then the third line of our song is; Desiring man’s crown.
Now, I went into it somewhat the last time that I ministered to you, but in preparing for this morning, the Lord wanted me to just go a little bit deeper and just stay a little longer on this point of desiring man’s crown. We’re going to just have a look from scripture what this crown is and why Satan would want the crown of man.
I’m going to read to you, from Psalm 8:4 to 6 from the Amplified Bible. Desiring man’s crown. 4 What is man that You are mindful of him, and the son of [earthborn] man that You care for him? 5 Yet You have made him but a little lower than God [or heavenly beings], and You have crowned, You have crowned, You have crowned him with glory and honor. Look what this crown is leading to, in the next verse. 6 You made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands; You have put all things under his feet. (Psalm 8:4-6 AMPC) You see, this was God’s original plan and intention in creation. God created Adam and Eve to be just like this. He created man for this purpose; to have dominion, to be just a little lower than God. Crown him with glory and honor. Make him to have dominion over the works of God’s hands, which is earth, and put all things under his feet.
God’s original plan and intention in creation has never changed. He did not bring a different plan because man fell. He did not bring a different intention because of redemption. If redemption was His intention from the beginning, then in creation, He would have said, “Let’s make man bad, so then Jesus can die for them.” He didn’t. He made Adam and Eve perfect in every way to walk with God in the garden. In creation we see God’s intention. God had to bring redemption because man fell from God’s original intention. So, God then brought in redemption. Redemption was there to stop the fall of man going, going, going… Redemption was there to redeem mankind to go, go, go, rise, grow, become like Jesus, become the son of God that I made Adam to be.
We don’t minimize redemption because it cost Jesus His life and His blood, but we see God’s intention, His purpose, in creation. Redemption came to restore back that original purpose.
Hebrews 2 verse 6 to 9, we read from the Amplified Bible again and it says here, 6 It has been solemnly, or seriously, and earnestly said in a certain place. Which place is that? That’s the Psalm 8 that we’ve just read. What is man that You are mindful of him, or the son of man that You graciously and helpfully care for and visit and look after him? 7 For some little time You have ranked him lower than and inferior to the angels; You have crowned him with glory and honor. (Hebrews 2:6-7 AMPC)
Crown, crown, crown. Desiring man’s crown, Satan desired man’s crown. He saw when God created man and woman in the image of God. He saw the crown, he saw it, he saw the right to have authority and to rule and have dominion over the works of God’s hands.
7You have crowned him with glory and honour and set him over the works of Your hands (Hebrews 2:7 AMPC). What was the works of the hands? The earth, the earth, the earth. The earth. The Bible says that the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof. Satan is the god of this world system, he is not the god of the earth. Satan is the god of the world system because Adam handed it over to him, but this earth belongs to God, the Bible says and the fullness thereof. Jesus came to redeem us from this evil, I’m going to read this to you.
Galatians 1, the New Living Translation verse 4 says, 4Jesus gave His life for our sins, just as God our Father planned, in order to rescue us from this evil world in which we live (Galatians 1:4 NLT). It is an evil world in which you live. It’s evil, it’s evil, it’s evil and I will say it is evil because the Bible says it is evil. I will say that this world system is evil because the Bible says it is evil. Why is it evil? Because, 2 Corinthians 4 verse 3 says that Satan is the god of this world. Satan is the god of this world system, that’s why this world system is evil. There can be nothing good about it. That’s why the Lord tells us, in first John, do not love the world. God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever should believe in Him should not perish in the world system.
We are to love the world as He loves the world. We are not love the world and the things that are in it. The ways of the world and the philosophies of the world and the entertainments of the world and the ideologies of the world and the ways … of, we are not to love it. The Bible says, don’t love the things of the world. If you love the things of the world and the love of the Father is not in you because the world is not of the Father, the world system is not of the Father.
When you love the world, you squeeze the love of the Father out of you. Because I love to do this and I love that and I love that and I love that. I do not love the Lord, my God with all my heart. I will just be born again, so that I can miss hell and go to heaven one day. In the meantime, while I am on earth, while I am in the world, I am going to love the world. What’s that? What are you doing with the precious Blood of Jesus, that He shed for you, so that you could be free from the world system?
Listen, listen, the Bible says the wages of sin, that comes from this world system, is death. Sin has pleasure for a short season the Bible says. Just for a short season, it gives you pleasure, but at the end of it, I’m telling you, when you don’t walk in the ways of God and you walk in the ways of the world, at the end of it the Bible says is death. It’s too late for you to say, it is not true.
Especially young people, young people think that they can do whatever they want to, and they’re not going to have the consequences of it. You can not go against the Word of God. God knows how you should tick and how you should work. He made you in His image, He gave you the Manual, how you can live. When you buy a new car, you get a manual on how this car works. When you were born into this earth and when you were born again, He gave you the Manual of how to live your life, so that you could be free, so that you could be free from the world system.
I’m going to read this, He gave Himself for our sins, that He may deliver us from the present evil world system. He has taken us out of this evil world system and set us free through our salvation. Glory to God.
I am going to read you another scripture because this is just what the Lord wants me to do today. There is somebody here that needs to hear this. It says here, in John 3 verse 16, 16For God so greatly loved, John 3 verse 16, Amplified, 16For God so greatly loved, and dearly prized the world that He [even] gave up His only begotten (unique) Son, so that whoever believes in (trusts in, clings to, relies on) Him shall not perish (come to destruction, be lost). This world is causing you to come to destruction and be lost, … (be lost) but have eternal (everlasting) life. 17For God did not send the Son into the world in order to judge, you in order, (to reject, to condemn, to pass sentence on) the world, He did not, God did not send the Son in the world in order to judge, in order to judge the world, but that the world, but that the world, who is the god of the world? Satan is the god of this world…. but that the world might find salvation and be made safe and sound through Him (John 3:16-17 AMPC). Hallelujah. Hallelujah.
He is not here, speaking to you today to judge you and condemn you. He is seeking for you to walk in your salvation to make Jesus the Lord of your life. Give your life to Him completely, surrender your ways to Him. Love not the world or the things in the world because Satan is the god of this world. It’s wicked and it is evil. It appeals to the lust of your flesh. If you train your flesh, but I’m telling you after a season the wages of sin brings death. It does, it does. Hallelujah.
It is too late for you to tell me that it doesn’t. I’ve been alive in this earth a long time to see, people choose the ways of the world and it looks good for a while, but then there is that, and it is not death, physical death, necessary, but it is marriage death, it’s the relational death, it is the financial death, it’s the emptiness and just death. Separation from God, from the life of God and what He’s provided for us. Glory to God.
“You must be born again,” Jesus said in John 3 verse 3. John 3 verse 3 in the Amplified Bible Jesus said 3I tell you, that unless a person is born again (anew, from above), he cannot ever see (know, be acquainted with, and experience) the kingdom of God. 4Nicodemus, in verse 4, said to Him, How can a man be born when he is old? Can he enter his mother’s womb again and be born? 5Jesus answered, I assure you, most solemnly, solemnly that’s a seriously, I tell you unless a man is born of water, you born of your mother, and [even] the Spirit, he cannot [ever] enter the kingdom of God. 6What is born of [from] the flesh is flesh [of the physical is physical], and what is born of the Spirit is spirit. 7Marvel not [do not be surprised, astonished] at My telling you, You must all be born again (John 3:3-7 AMPC).
You see when man fell, when man, Adam fell, Jesus came to die for us so that we could have life. We could have that life of God back in us. Acts 4:12 in the Amplified Bible says, 12And there is salvation in and through no one else, there is salvation in, Acts 4:12 Amplified, 12And there is salvation in and through no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given among men by and in which we must be saved (Acts 4:12 AMPC). God did not send Mohammed. God did not send Buddha, He did not send Allah, He did not send all the gods, that this world has manufactured and made up. They made it up. It says in Romans chapter 1. They made it up what they thought God should be. Because they didn’t want to know the true God. They made up what God would be.
From that time onwards, men have lived in man-made philosophies. God did not create hell for human beings, He created it for the fallen angels, for Satan and his fallen angels.
Satan, it says, the god of this world is blinding the minds of the unbelievers, so that they don’t see the gospel in the face of the Lord Jesus Christ, but today, the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ is coming to you, that you can and you must be born again. You must be born again. Hallelujah. Born of the Spirit, you have already been born of water of your mother, but to be born of the Spirit, hallelujah. So that you can be made safe and sound, so that you can come out of loving the world that is destroying you. It’s a lie people, it’s a lie, it’s a lie. The world system lies, Satan is a liar, Jesus says he is a liar. He lies to you about things that seem to glisten, and seem to shimmer, in the world system, it’s a lie, it’s a lie. It’s a lie to deceive you and trap you and hook you and bait you, to ultimately destroy you, but Jesus came so that you can be made safe and sound. Hallelujah. Glory, glory, glory, glory to You Lord. I must say that God has gone in a different direction here with me today, with you, not very much, but somewhat.
So, man’s crown, man’s crown, desiring man’s crown. The crown is a symbol of authority, it’s a crown of a victor, of victory, that you can walk in victory in this life, through everything that the blood of Jesus purchased for you. You can be walking in your salvation, walk-in victory, that’s your crowning glory, that you can be in dominion.
It is the symbol of triumph, it’s the reward of victory, so it’s Jesus’ reward. God has rewarded Jesus’ death and resurrection, and the shedding of His blood. He has rewarded it by giving a crown to every man that now receives that breath. I want to just read to you what I am talking about here.
In Genesis chapter one, God makes all things good. He makes all things good. In the beginning, Genesis chapter one says, He formed you. He formed the heavens, the earth was without form, God said let there be light and there was, and He saw that it was good, and He made the seas and He separated the waters, and He said it is good and He made the creatures and the earth brought forth vegetation and plants, and it was the third day. He made the sun, and He just created. He is the Creator people, He is the Creator.
You see what the world system made up, you know what Satan has made up? “There is no such thing as the Creator, it happened with the Big Bang.” Well, I tell you what, when God wraps all this up on the earth, he is the one who will go out with a big bang. Let me tell you, those are man-made ideologies and theories and philosophies. You can go and read all about that in Romans chapter one, what men have done when they recognized God as the true God. They made up stories about Him, so that they didn’t have to serve Him, they made up stories about Him. Everything this worldly philosophy says about “all ways lead to Rome” – that’s the deception of the enemy.
God so loved the world, God so loved the whole world, God so loved the whole world. Jesus came for the whole world. God does not have another plan through another man that died – Jesus is the only one that ever died and was raised from the dead, and lives now, seated at the right hand of God, the Father.
God made, God made, He made the great lights, and God saw that it was good, it was good, it was good. Then in verse 26, that’s what I would like you to see here, if it comes up, I would like you to see God’s purpose with you:26 Then God said, “Let Us (Father, Son, Holy Spirit) make mankind in Our image, according to Our likeness [not physical, but a spiritual personality and moral likeness]; and let them have complete authority. There is man’s crown, there’s man’s crown: Let them have complete authority over their entire environment. Look at verse 28: and God blessed them. Oh, no no no, verse 27. 27 So God created man in His own image, in the image and likeness of God He created him; male and female He created them. 28 And God blessed them [granting them certain authority] and said to them, God blessed them and said to them “Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue the earth (Genesis 1:26-28 AMP), using all its vast resources in the service of God and man, and have dominion, that’s man’s crown is to have dominion. Use all the vast resources God has given to us. That’s the crown that Satan was after.
When God was telling Adam and Eve, you don’t eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, it wasn’t an apple tree people, it was a spiritual thing that God was guarding them from. He said don’t do that because it is going to cause separation between Me and you. If you eat like that from that. That tree, the knowledge of good and evil, was the very thing that Satan wanted them to eat, because he knew he had them, he knew he would have them, and he would get their crown.
I am here to say to you today, that God created man, and if we have a look at Genesis two, and we look at verse 6. There went up a 6 but a mist (fog, dew, vapor) used to rise from the land and water the entire surface of the ground— 7 then the Lord God [d]formed [that is, created the body of] man from the [e]dust of the ground, God made mankind. God is the only Creator, He is the only true and living God, He is the God that so loved the world that He sent His only son. 7 then the Lord God [d]formed [that is, created the body of] man from the [e]dust of the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of the spirit of life; man was just a clay form, beautifully clay formed with all the parts and things that make a man, formed man. Then breathed Himself into man, breathed Himself into man, with the crown, and the man became a living being, (Genesis 2:2-7 AMPC) – man became a living being.
Thank you Lord, so now, God, man, we know what Adam did, he had a fall, he fell, I just want to read this to you. He fell. Of all the mighty wonders which God created, the greatest wonder is man. Side by side with the dust of the earth out of which man was made, there resides in man a lofty intellect and a Holy Spirit – the stuff of heaven. Glory to God.
In his prime, Adam could see from one end of the world to the other. His scope, his spiritual and intellectual scope was all in composing, unlimited, unhampered by distortion. Adam changed profoundly after he erred. Eating of the tree of knowledge of good and evil; eating of the tree. Adam took the enemy into himself and thereby made evil an integral part of his makeup. His inner harmony was disrupted, his entire being was shattered into two rival camps.
Now Adam’s life became a bitter conflict, an endless struggle between good and evil, truth and false, death, and life. He hesitated, he stumbled, he fluctuated between ascent and descent, success and failure. No longer was he a creature of truth whose achievement is truth. Not deviating from the paths set for his mission. The universal song he had conducted was interrupted in all, but silenced.
But Jesus, God had a plan, a master plan, a master plan. When you come again, you’ll hear more about the master plan. When you get born-again, God breathed into Adam. This is what the Lord gave me yesterday as I was preparing. “When you receive Christ, you come to your Creator, to receive His original breath that He breathed into man.” When you come and you say, “Jesus, I recognize you as Lord and Saviour that you came to die for me and I’m in this world system, I’m in this evil world system and I’m coming to You for salvation, to be safe and sound, and to recognize that You shed Your blood so that I can actually become a child of God, a son of God and I can be born-again of the Spirit; I can be born-again of the Spirit.”
That means the Holy Spirit comes in and does the work in you and makes you brand new. So, that from that point onward, you can ascend into God. You don’t have to go fall, fall, fall, fall, fall, fall down. The fall of man, fall, fall, fall, fall. Redemption came to stop that fall. And now, when you’re redeemed, you can rise, rise, rise in Christ, and become. So when you receive Christ, you come to your Creator to receive His original breath that He breathed into man. Isn’t that beautiful? Hey? It’s beautiful, Nick.You got that, hey?
When He said this to me yesterday, He said it, so that I can say it to you. “When you come to receive Christ, you come to your Creator to receive His original breath He breathed into man.” That’s why you know Him now, when you’re born-again. You know Him and you can know Him more. Now, you can know, you can grow, you can come up, up, up, up, up to God’s original plan and intent for you to walk and rule, and reign as a king in this life, on this earth. In this earth that belongs to God. On earth, on earth, as it is in heaven.
Not the world system, on earth as it is in heaven. In my environment and in our environment together, we are rising, there is a rising, there is an occupying. Hallelujah. The church, the true church of the Lord, Jesus Christ, the sons of God, disciples are rising in maturity, walking in authority. Being, knowing what it’s like being under authority, to be in authority. Glory to God.
You become born-again into a perfect environment; into the church you should come. The church is not man’s idea, it was birthed by the Blood of the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the head of the church. As flawed as you may see and as excuses that you may want to find about the church, and “the church hurt me and they’re Hippocrates” and you want to talk the way the world talks, and you want to make your own backslidden conversations. You want to make backslidden conversations? You want to have them so that you can have an excuse to not come to church. Shame on you!
Jesus is the head of the church; He loves the church. He died for the church; He loves the church. Shed His blood for the church to be and the way things should be in the church. If things have gone wrong in other places, that’s not your business. It’s between them and God,.but it’s your responsibility to obey the Word of God and be planted. The Bible says, “And God added daily to the church” in the book of Acts. He didn’t save people to not be in the church. It says, “And He added daily to the church.” Such as should be saved.
Because it is God’s way, that the only way you will grow spiritually is in the church. God says in Ephesians, “That when Christ rose, He gave gifts to men.” He gave gifts to you, to bring you to maturity. You can’t take that scripture out of the Bible, you can’t. It was breathed by God and written by the Apostle Paul. Hallelujah. Glory to God. Like I said in the last service, “To be a mature son of God is the highest calling.”
Not to be an apostle or a prophet or a teacher or Pastor or evangelist. Those were gifts given so that you can come into full sonship. That’s the highest calling, is to be a son of God. That looks like Jesus, talks like Jesus, walks like Jesus, feels like Jesus, thinks like Jesus. Wow. Romans 8:26 says it’s our destiny, Romans 8, there’s a scripture in Romans 8 that says, we’ve been predestined to be moulded and transformed and transfigured into the image of Christ. To share inwardly His likeness, but you can’t do that independent of the church, of the Lord, Jesus Christ.
You need the messages that the messenger brings. So you ask God to be planted, somewhere where you can grow and develop. Where has He got you? Where’s the place that He has got for you to be planted? My, my, my. My, my, my.
Can we all pray this prayer? Right now. Hallelujah. There may be one, or two, or three that have never made Jesus the Lord of their life. You may be moved upon by God this morning, in your heart, moved upon by God, to say this prayer. We can all say it together.
Say, “Jesus, thank You for coming to earth and dying for me so that I can be set free. I ask You today, to come into my heart. I want to be born-again, right now, and I believe in You and I receive You. Thank You, for making it so easy for me, to be born-again. I believe in my heart and I speak it with my mouth. I am now a son of God and I’m going to grow and I am going to get to know You, and I’m going to be planted. In Jesus’ name.”
Father, under the authority, God, Your delegated authority under Pastor John, I bless Your people now. I bless them, they are blessed coming in, they are blessed going out. I thank You that the Word and the Blood of Jesus surround each and everyone and protects them, Father. I thank You that Your drawing power is in work in drawing them to Jesus. Closer and closer to Jesus. Even all Your children here this morning, Father. Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, Thank You, for blessing Your people with spiritual growth and maturity, Father. In Jesus’ name, and everybody said, “Amen.”
Be blessed everybody, have a great day