I Will Take The Children Part 13: Calling – Ps Sharon Bendixen (JHB)
Big Shift: We are in amazing times now. There has been a very big shift. I’ve been saying it over and over because it’s a recognition of the present time, of what is happening to Pastor John and me. If it’s happening to Pastor John and I, then those that are aligned and assigned with us in the messages will be impacted too.
The meaning of 2020: When we got the meaning 20, that it’s the perfect period of waiting and it’s a completion of a cycle, I knew it was significant but I did not have the revelation of it as I have now because in this month of October. I received it in my heart from the Holy Spirit, October is our month. In 2000 Pastor John and I began in full-time ministry, and in this month, the perfect period of waiting is over. It was a perfect period where God did many things and He said and imparted many things. There’s been a holy weave and Pastor John gave his obedience to many things and many messages have come to us to get us to this place and this point in time. The perfect period of waiting for everything that God wants is done-The cycle is complete.
No coincidence: The Lord shows me that we’ve been married for 40 years, 20-20. It’s no coincidence that Jeduthun was born 5/10/2020. It’s no coincidence that the perfect period of waiting for Moses to go to Pharaoh was 40 years, 20-20 and that the Israelites wandered around for 40 years, 20-20. After that perfect period of waiting, there came a time when there was a transition from a perfect period of waiting and a completed cycle into the next. And Joshua and the people came to that place of a perfect period of waiting, 20-20.
Messy and Marvelous: From that cycle of completion into the next period (we are right there between the two). There was a period awaiting us and we’re right there. Things in transition are messy as Pastor John said in Witbank. They’re messy but they’re marvellous. And they were messy at the time of Moses when his perfect period of waiting was over. It was God’s perfect period of waiting because He said, “now I call you, Moses”. Now it’s My perfect time to go, now, and you’re going to go and bring them out and you’re going to bring them in.
Circumcision: Moses, after receiving the call from God took his son and his wife, he hadn’t even got to Egypt or his first audience with Pharoah, yet he was physically dying. His wife knew exactly what was going on because things were out of order going into the next cycle. Things became messy because things had to be fixed. Moses hadn’t wanted to circumcise his son because it wasn’t his wife’s custom. He was dying, Zipporah, his wife recognised what was happening and she circumcised her son, threw the part of flesh at Moses and said, 25Surely a bloody husband art thou to me (Exodus 4:25 KJV). You are a bloody husband, messy, but marvellous in the outcome. Immediately through her obedience, she came to a place of not only her coming into the covenant but also her son coming into the covenant.
The time came: for Joshua to enter the Promised Land. And the first thing that happens is that – it’s very important to note that at the time when God was bringing His people out of, into, He personally came down. He said, “Now I’m come down to do this.” He was present in all of His dealings with them; very personal and very powerful in all His dealings with them.
Joshua sees a man and his sword is drawn: He looks up, he’s busy preparing people – we’re all getting ready, we’re going. And he sees a man with his sword drawn. This man puts himself right in Joshua’s sightline. Joshua moves to him and says,13Are you for us or (for our adversaries) against us? He says, 14“I Am” (Joshua 5:14 TLB). Joshua falls to His feet. I Am says to him, take your shoes off for the place whereon thou standest is holy. (Joshua 1:15 AMPC). Same God, 40 years later that came 40 years earlier to Moses in the burning bush experience, “Take off your shoes.” This was the same God, Jesus showing up, His sword drawn and ready.
Just hold Me: Jesus is right there with us in that same place right now. He is come, now, this month, He is come. Perfect period of waiting over. Now, this month, our October. I said to the Lord, “What does that mean? What do I do? You are come.” He said to me, “Just hold Me, just hold Me, just hold Me.”
When Jesus spoke to Mary Magdalene, His words were so powerful that He could say to Mary, 11go and sin no more (John 8:11 NKJV) She went and sinned no more, so powerful were His Words, carried such power to carry her to sin no more. That same Mary came looking for Jesus at the tomb, weeping. She didn’t know it was Jesus and she says, “Where have you laid my Lord?” And He just says, “Mary,” He just called her by name. And she says, “Master.” He says to her, “Don’t hold Me.” I know the King James says 17Touch Me not (John 20:17 KJV). But the Lord said to me, study that word and it means, “Mary, don’t hold Me here with your love. You’re holding Me here because I love you, and you love Me. Don’t hold Me. I’ve got to go to My Father. There’s going to come a time that the Holy Spirit is going to come to you and you can hold Me all the time. You can hold Me all you like and all you want.” So when I said to Him, “Lord, what do I do? You are come now.” He said, “Just hold Me.”
Circumcision time: We are right there. Jesus is there and then after that the Lord spoke to Joshua and said, circumcise everyone. Circumcision time. We need to have a recognition of our time. Glory to You Lord. 2At that time the Lord said to Joshua, Make knives of flint and circumcise the [new generation of] Israelites as before (Joshua 5:2 AMPC).
The book of Isaiah talks about circumcising the foreskin of your hearts. This is a heart thing that God is doing with us now as a people, Heritage of Faith because we are right there. We are right there between the perfect cycle of completion, the perfect period of waiting. We are going now. Circumcise the new generation-that is why God is circumcising the hearts of children here. He is endeavouring to circumcise the hearts of the children. His anointing is certainly here for it. He is saying; I will take the children.
READ (Joshua 5:7-9, 11-15AMPC)
The Lord said; With circumcision and dedication will come visitation. When the covenant between us and God is a sure thing and we’re adhering to all of the requirements of the covenant from our side, then there’ll come a visitation.
Pastor John, 6 September: I am calling for you today to turn around and repent in your heart. I am here today to call for your repentance which means a turnaround, it means you understand that your life must live in the purpose that God wants you and your lifestyle must follow the purpose. Repentance doesn’t happen because I say something, this turnaround happens because you receive something into your heart and this will change your future. It will bring you to your purpose. It will cost you your current life. But if your current life doesn’t bring you to the purposes that God called you to, then what is the point of any other life? It is just doing the next thing and the next thing. And Saul said, “Who are You, Lord?” And He said, “I am Jesus Who you are persecuting.” It will turn out badly for you to keep kicking against the goad.
This is a time like no other: It’s a defining moment in time, just as Jesus told Brother Jerry – what you decide now, how you respond now, what you say now, and what you do now, will determine your future. It turned out badly for the Israelites who wandered around for 40 years. This is a time where it will turn out badly for us to not think that God is serious here. You could find yourself wandering around for forty years and wondering what life is about if we do not go with God and what He is saying. I tell you this, I am preaching to you today is a message that God inspired me to bring and if you resist Jesus after this day it will not go well for you. It cannot go well because God has got a life for you that is so superior to anything that any of us could ever encounter, until this point. Your lifestyle choices will tell the story of what is in your heart, I ask you today, please, will you turn around? Holy Spirit is asking you, please, will you turn around? Ask Him what it is that He wants you to do with your life because that is what the Apostle Paul said, “What should I do? What should I do?” Ask Him, what it is He wants you to do with your life, these moments can be quiet. Moments, this word is coming up all the time. Moments can be quiet, they can be very deep. They can be loud, they can also be full of wailing if you want. They can be full of words that you have to say to God if you want. But in your heart, you get back to what He has for your future. In your heart, you must be true in your desire. I am not saying that when you make this decision that everything is going to be perfect tomorrow. You see there is the messy; the devil. You know why it will be messy? Because the devil will mess with your mind. Because you are still living with habituation. But I assure you, when you are true to your desire, God will help you, with the strength to unhabituate you from the stuff that you got used to doing in the past. This is your moment to repent. Turn around from holding on to your children and saying, “They’re my children and their achievements are important to me.” You have no ownership of what happens to their lives you are only a manager of their lives for a very short period of time.
Pastor John, 11 October: Unexpected outcome. God is speaking to us as a church. He is saying; I will take the children. If we as parents say we must push our children to be first, they could very well end up finding themselves last, but if we allow them to come in the moments of God – and that is for all us children, all of us that are becoming like little children. Matthew 18, allow them, let the little children come unto Me says Jesus, unless you become like little children. But then if you become like little children then let the little children come to Me. Let them come hold Me at this time. Allow them to come into the moments of God and they decide that they want to put God first, then God has the power, then God has the authority to transfer into their lives, moments with Him. Glorious moments of encounters with Him that do not just change this thing of whether I should go here or go there or this place or that place, but their encounters establish them on a foundation of truth in the moments of God, that when they enter into wherever God chooses to show them that they must flow in the future of their lives, He is always with them, every moment. And never will they be wanting once to push themselves into the first place they will always take the last place and God will put them in the first place. This is a moment where God is talking to you like Peter; If you do not let me wash your feet we cannot be part of each other. The Lord wants me to do this, He said this morning, “I want to be clear about this, this is not about your future decisions this is about a walk with God.”
I want to say to the parents here; God is taking the children. I want to make this statement so that you know; I am the pastor of the children. Even though you may be the parents of the children, there is a big difference. If they are in this church, I am their spiritual shepherd and their leader so the Lord has instructed me to do this today. He is saying; I will take the children.” And then he went on to say, I had an encounter with God when I was 32 years old. God chose my move and he said, “I called you from the foundation of the earth, so I am telling you that your time in the corporate world is over. It is time to come follow Me, son. Since I have called you, it’s time to come follow Me.” So I said, “I am ready, Lord.” I said, “Lord, why did you interject this into everything, Lord?” And He said, “Because I am not just speaking to the children that are children of age but I am speaking to all those that are becoming like little children now because they’re becoming like little children now, they are saying, “What do you want me to do now, Lord, in my life? Lord, I am dedicating my whole life to You. Lord, I am surrendering everything that I am to You. I am being like Paul now who was not a little child but he was being like a little child and saying, ‘What do you want me to do?’ when God changed the whole direction of his life.” God is saying that is the environment that I have got people in, I want people in now, in this environment that My Word is creating, My messages are creating, this environment because I will call, I will call, I will call, I will call.
Pastor John, 18 October: Big rock moments. We as a ministry, with the young children and the people and the young adults that are among us that God has been speaking; we are in a big rock moment. A big rock moment. He says, there is a bigger blessing, a more accurate way of living that God wants because really that is where the real future lies. “Abraham, offer up to Me your son whom you love.” What kind of God does this? I have to say, it is a God with a great plan, with a grand plan. It is a God with a grand plan that you can’t see until you are obedient. And only when you are obedient can you start the next phase of the grand plan. But God has got the plan that you need. That is all plans that do everything beyond your wildest imagination that He has got the grand plan, not you.
33Who are My mother and My brothers? 34And looking around on those who sat in a circle about Him. because the crowd was saying, 32Your mother and Your brothers and Your sisters are outside asking for You. 33And He replied, Who are My mother and My brothers? 34And looking around on those who sat in a circle about Him, He said, See! Here, here are My mother and My brothers and My sisters. 35For whoever does the things God wills is My brother and sister and mother! (Mark 3:32-35 AMPC). I ask you; was Jesus making a distinction? There is a level of relationship with Jesus that is about to become about the Father’s will, that there will be a difference between a blood-born family relationship versus the blood-bought family relationship.
Messy and Marvelous: The reason I named my message, Life and Liberty, Messy and Marvellous is because the transition from living in the world system, under society and cultural expectations, is a messy process, but it is marvellous in the outcome. We live messy because we are transitioning. It might be messy to reach the marvellous but it is okay to be messy as long as we love each other and give each other scope to be messy and not judge each other for the messy stuff that we have done along the way. It might be a bit of a messy business but it is marvellous in what God is trying to get us to become because He wants us to be like Him. He wants us to live like him.
Let the pure Love of God drive you: We have to give place for each other’s messiness so we can all be marvellous together because that’s the true life and liberty that’s in Jesus. He doesn’t come down on us because we’re a bit messy and we didn’t quite hit the mark and live perfectly all the time. You’ve got the Holy Spirit inside of you, inside of us, that’s drawing us and He says, “I’m not going to live with you by demanding things from the outside. I’m going to live with you from the inside out.” That’s why you have to hold Him, to hold Him close. You’ve got to let Him hold you close. So instead of trying to adhere to a set of rules, let the pure life of God, the desire of God’s love drive you. Let it come out of you in words, let it come out of you in spirit, let it come out of you in the glory of light and so life and liberty, sometimes it’s messy, but it leads to marvellous things and we’re not to be afraid of the messy and back off of it. Glory to God.
1I will show forth (recount and tell aloud) all Your marvellous works and wonderful deeds! (Psalm 9:1 AMPC).
His name shall be called Marvellous, Wonderful (Isaiah 9:6 AMPC). His name shall be called Wonderful. His name shall be called Marvellous. His name shall be called Remarkable. His name shall be called Astonishing. His name shall be called Amazing. His name shall be called Wonderful. It’s the same Hebrew word, Hallelujah
He is calling: 1Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God (1 John 3:1 KJV). We are called to be sons of God. That is the high calling – to be a son of God as Jesus was a Son of God. 1…The reason the world doesn’t recognise who we are, is that they didn’t recognise Him (1 John 3:1 TPT).
Strongs definition: To call: is a Greek word kaléō which means to call forth: to call by name at the annunciation in which the future of a child is revealed; his or her unique destiny in history. Called to be sons of God. Then as a son of God, called to be a son first and then He will give you the other parts that call to be a son of God. It’s the high call.
We are holding Him in our hearts: 2Beloved, now, children of God are we, and it was not yet manifested what we shall be, and we have known that if he may be manifested, like Him we shall be, because we shall see Him as He is (1 John 3:2 YLT). He is come. When you hold Him, you will see Him as He is and you will become. As you are in these messages now, you are holding Him very tight in your heart. The Holy Spirit is real in you, He is the Spirit of our Father, He is the Spirit of Jesus. You hold Him like that because He’s holding you. Glory to God.
A moment is for movement: This word moment, the root word meaning of this word moment means – it comes from Latin, momentum – and means movement. So a moment is for movement. A moment is for movement. So when there was a big rock moment for Moses for example – he hadn’t had a big rock moment for movement for 40 years – and now here’s a big rock moment for movement; come now. It’s unmistakable. God announces Himself. I’m telling you this morning God is announcing Himself to us. He’s telling us this is our big rock moment.
He is coming to this House: That big rock moment for Zacchaeus – today I’m coming to your house. This is that – He has come to Heritage of Faith House. He has come to the houses of all the people. He has come to your house where you live. He has come to your house now to bring you personally into glory. 19For the earnest expectation of the creature waits for the manifestation of the sons of God (Romans 8:19 KJV). Sons of God. There is a strong call to son-ship. It’s huge right now.
He calls a few to call all: Pastor John and I are anointed by God to bring messages now that carry resurrection life in them. You’ve got to put your foot in the message. You’ve got to be holding Him now, you’ve got to be paying close attention to your own personal intimacy with your Lord and your Saviour, your Father and your Holy Spirit now. Make the switch, now! He told me to tell you this; He has called us so He can call you, it’s the only reason He has called Pastor John and I. God calls a few, just a few five-fold ministers so that He can call all. He called Moses to call all out of Egypt. He called Joshua to take all in. It’s the ‘all’ that’s important to God. He has a destiny in every person’s life that He wants to unfold.
The High calling: In this House, the waiting is over. The call to sonship that is the high calling. You have been predestined to become like the Son, to be in the House of your Father being about His business, to have zeal for the things in the Kingdom of God. My part is vital. I’m a cog in this machinery. I’m a part of the Body. I bring my supply of the Spirit, my part is vital to God.
Pastor Sharon’s calling: On the 23rd of June, I had an experience in my prayer room at 6 am. He visited me in my prayer room and told me, “A new mantle comes on you now, now, right now.” It was a moment, a big rock moment. “It comes on you now and you will go to the children of my people and you will tell them what I have told you to say to them.” A big rock moment.
God said to Pastor Sharon: “There are particular, peculiar, special, specific, strategic mantles that I want, people I want. They’re going to come on people, they are going to know, they are going to encounter Me in a way, they are going to have moments with Me where they are going to know.”
Callings like John the Baptist: 15For he will be great and distinguished in the sight of the Lord. And he must drink no wine nor strong drink, and he will be filled with and controlled by the Holy Spirit even in and from his mother’s womb (Luke 1:15 AMPC). There will be those too, who will get peculiar particular strategic anointings. There will be fivefold mantles that will come. They will come on children and they will come on people and God will call them. God will have His way here. Everything that should be will be and everything that should not be will not be. His purpose,16And he will turn back and cause to return many of the sons of God. I’m putting God there in place of Israel because in Galatians chapter six we are the true Israel. READ (Luke 1:16-17 AMPC).
Elijah had a mantle and a calling upon him: to turn, to call all to the holy love of the will of God for their own lives. Listen to the Christian English version (it won’t go up there but I want you to listen). 17He will go ahead, so this is the anointing that has come on Pastor John and I. It’s on Pastor Christi, it is on this House right now. To go ahead of the Lord with the same power and spirit that Elijah had. And because of John the Baptist, because of Pastor John and Sharon, parents will be more thoughtful of their children. And people who now disobey God will begin to think as they ought to. That is how John will get people ready for the Lord (Luke 1:17 CEV).
17He will be a man of rugged spirit and power like Elijah, the prophet of old; and he will precede the coming of the Messiah, preparing the people for his arrival. He will soften adult hearts to become like little children’s (Luke 1:17 TLB). He will soften adults’ hearts to become like little children. So this is the anointing that’s upon Pastor John and I even to soften adults’ hearts to become like little children. Glory to God.
May the fear of God be upon us: May the holy love of God’s will be within us. God calls all His own. Many are called but few choose to give their all. They go their own way. They make their own plans. Narrow and constricted with pressure is the way that leads to real-life and few there are that find it. For few, there are that even look for it. Wide and broad is the way that leads to nothing because if it’s not the will of God, it’s nothing.
READ: (Isaiah 30:18 NLT).
Go through the humiliation, go through the disgrace, go through the nothingness, the void of any kind of purpose. 18So the Lord must wait for you to come to him so he can show you his love and compassion. For the Lord is a faithful God. Blessed are those who wait for his help (Isaiah 30:18 NLT). Blessed are those who wait for His help.