Big and Bold Part 11: Kingdom Finances Part 6 – Ps John & Sharon Bendixen (WTB)
The Lord is asking us: “What is your more for?” He expects a response. Inside of yourself you have been responding to God in regards to the question He is asking. It’s a personal choice to answer that or to ignore the question. God is saying, “ It’s time to build now! It’s a new era. We’re going through. Do not say that this message is not for you!
“But Jesus said to him, “A man was giving a big dinner, and he invited many guests; and at the dinner hour he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, because everything is ready now.’ But they all alike began to make excuses. The first one said to him, ‘I have purchased a piece of land and I have to go out and see it; please consider me excused.’ Another one said, ‘I have purchased five yoke of oxen, and I am going to try them out; please consider me excused.’”(Luke 14:16-19 AMP)
We are in such a time now, a time of recognition. All things are now so ready for God. We are working with God on His timeline. This is very real to God. His great supper is all in the local church. He is viewing our response. He is not taking no for an answer. He is not listening to our excuses. He is not excusing us, just in case we are thinking that He is ok with our excuses.
He is looking for our obedience. He is not interested in sacrifices. He is interested in our obedience to the local church and being involved, in seeking first His kingdom in this way. He takes it personally, so don’t think that your excuses don’t directly affect the heart of God.
You don’t come when the invitation goes out, you don’t taste, you don’t eat My things. Then just keep tasting and eating your own things. God knows when we are making excuses and He is not taking our excuses.
We say: “In this short time of my humanity on the earth what can I do Father to show You that I love You? To live for You, to be what Your plans and purposes are because I’ve got this very short time to invest in my eternity.”
“—this is not just a place for people to meet each other, but a house for GOD to meet us. I’ve done my best to get everything together for building this house for my God…””(1 Chronicles 29:1-5 MSG)
We are building for our God. God is not about church buildings. He uses a physical building to build His people together spiritually.
“I know, dear God, that you care nothing for the surface—you want us, our true selves—and so I have given from the heart, honestly and happily. And now see all these people doing the same, giving freely, willingly—what a joy! (1 Chronicles 29:14-19)
He cares nothing for the building. He was just using the building, to draw the people together to get the true selves out of them and to get their treasure, because ultimately wanted to bless them as a people.
The recognition of a time of giving. When you have a generous heart. Then you see the work of God and you see that God’s calling you to it. It affects your heart towards God forever. On the contrary, if you hold back it affects your heart towards God also.
“As soon as Hezekiah’s orders had gone out, the Israelites responded generously…(2 Chronicles 31:5-7 MSG)
“…From the moment of this huge outpouring of gifts to The Temple of GOD, there has been plenty to eat for everyone with food left over. GOD has blessed his people—just look at the evidence!”
(2 Chronicles 31:10 MSG)
God is saying to us, “Come on Heritage of Faith people, it’s time to build now, it’s time to bring your offerings” If you recognize firstfruits, if you recognize tithing, if you recognize your offerings, giving to God, God will bless His people. There is no doubt about it.
This is the Kingdom mentality right here!
God is speaking right now. He wants to deliver you from the dark forces that want to destroy you. The way that He’s going to deliver you is not by your smarts, not by your saving, not by your intelligence, not by your careful management of your finances. I’m not suggesting that you shouldn’t be doing those things. But you should be doing that under the guidance and the leading and the wisdom of the Holy Spirit. What God’s wanting to do is, I’m wanting to show the difference between dark and light right now.
This is your deliverance time! This is where celebration begins.
Pray this prayer and declare it over your life:
We pray Father, that there will be this awakening in the hearts of Your people and those people that have just skirting around the edges of church life and all of the things that You are calling them to be. We pray Father, that they will sense the urgency of Your Holy Spirit, pulling them and calling them because You’re seeking to restore them, seeking to deliver them. You’re seeking them to come with their hearts open. Their hands open, so that You can bless them.
So that they themselves can have so much abundance that they have their own heaps. Left over. Left over and that is the nature of God.
So we pray that Father, and we pray that right now in this season, You protect Your people from illness and sickness and disease. We ask You to bring health and healing to their bodies. We ask You Father to bring restoration in relationships. We ask You to bring kindness and goodness and well-being to their finances and their overall wellness of their lives Father, as they obey Your word and they obey the invitation of the Lord to come and worship, to come and walk with God and let Him walk with them. In every area of your lives. In Jesus’ name.