The Image – Father – John Bendixen (WTB)
Scripture Reference: Genesis 1:26-27 (NLT); Isaiah 14:12-19 (NLT); John 10:12-18 (NKJV)
Pastor Christi Prayer:
Father, in the name of Jesus we come to tell you how much we love You. Father, we celebrate You, not because it’s father’s day once a year. We love You. You are our Heavenly Father, thank You for Jesus, Father. You are always giving us Your best, thank You for Your Word, yes Lord, our faith comes from Your Word. Thank You for Your precious Holy Spirit, here with us every single day. Holy Spirit showing us Jesus, and our Heavenly Father. Father, You are our God but first and foremost You are our Father. We love You. Father, this whole week we say thank You, thank You, thank You for Your goodness, thank You that You are the most wonderful Heavenly Father.
Father, You are a relational God and You have said, You, Father, Jesus and Holy Spirit, in the beginning, You said, “Let Us make man.” We want to say to You today, Father, we are so grateful that You are a relational God because we want to come with our spiritual father, Pastor John, today and we want to say to You, let us worship You, let us come and sing, let us do our life callings and assignment together, just like You, let us.
You are wonderful, Father. And then, Lord, You gave us Jesus and Lord Jesus, You gave us Pastor John. We want to say thank You today. Thank You, Lord, for Pastor John, Your Word says, Lord, for him and his well-spent life, Lord, in front of us, a living example. Father, we want to say to You today, thank You for Your great grace upon him, Lord, since he was very little and all the way. Thank You for his revelation, Lord, and his revelations in Your Word about relationship, Lord. Thank You, Father, for the way that he is always loving and will always love Pastor Sharon, his two sons Lord, and now all of us; his spiritual family, Father. Thank You, Lord, for helping him. We want to say today, Lord, anoint him. Anoint him with all the anointings, Lord, and all the mantles that must now come for Pastor John. Father, this apostolic mantle that is on him is a passport to go to the places and the spaces, Lord, for people just like us. Lord Jesus, show Pastor John Your glory, Lord, show him Your glory.
Lord, let him go and bring the good news, Lord, bring revelations, Father, bring Your Word like he did to us, but we say, Lord, the fullness of the plans, purposes and the pursuits; how he must spend his energy, Lord. We come and we say, Lord, let us pray for him today, let us say thank You to You, Heavenly Father, for our spiritual father, and let us come like never before, in the power of walking together, Lord. How all the revelations and insights in Your Word Lord; it has saved us. We have all been lone rangers in our lives but now, Lord, we walk in the power of being together.
Father, we bless all the fathers here today, with their children, Lord, the wonderful sons of God, the men in our congregation, we celebrate them. Lord, not only once today because it’s fathers day but because we live with them, we see them, Lord, we say thank You, they are pillars in our community, Father. You knew, like Abraham, they would bring their children to the house of the Lord, to be taught by the Lord, to learn how to walk in His ways. We bless them, Father. Your precious men in this congregation of Heritage of Faith, Father and we thank You for them, every single one of them. Now, Lord, You know them very personally today, and we bless them. You have set an open door for them that no one can shut. We are in agreement today, Lord, no one can shut the door that You’ve got for them. Today Father, in Your blessings, only supernatural increase is coming to them, is coming in them and is coming for them, Lord.
Just as we sang, Lord, we are believers, we are believers because we believe Your Word. Thank You, Lord, that Your prophetic Word, Your messages, Lord, is doing in them and for them now like never before; supernatural increase that the world cannot give them but You, Lord, Your Word, Your ways. Lord, You are causing iron floating on water miracles and opportunities and marvels and wonders for them today.
We call them blessed Father. Blessed in their marriages, blessed are they in their working places, Father, and as fathers, sons of the Most High God and fathers, wonderful fathers to their own children; we bless them, Lord and this we pray and say in the name of Jesus today. We all say amen. You may be seated.
Pastor John, we love you so much, we really say, all of us together like never before, thank you for your obedience, your great obedience to the Lord since you were very little and now every day, more and more. Thank you for loving us, we love you so much. Again this morning, our hearts are open to receive everything that God has for us. Thank you. We love you, Pastor John, and we will always say thank you to our Heavenly Father and our Lord Jesus, and the Holy Spirit for sending us a messenger like you, our spiritual father here. We love you, Pastor John. Thank you for the Word today.
Praise the Lord.
Well, we continue to have unusual services, unusual they may be but powerful they are too, spiritual they need to be, because, in times like this, we need to have a better and a greater insight of who God is for us, who God is to us amen. It’s a great day to celebrate fathers today but I also want to just say that for me, every day is a celebration of manhood, maleness. So, normally I wouldn’t speak like this because I wouldn’t necessarily single out men from women because to me women may be, actually superpower people. You know, and men happen to just be super strength men, you know, in their bodies but women aai ja jaai, they are powerful creatures, you know? To me, every day is a celebration of men and maleness, manhood, because it takes courage in these modern times to be a man, it takes courage in modern times to be a man that is not a wimp, but a man that has courage, bravery, but above all a man that will follow the image of the Heavenly Father; that takes more courage than anything else.
Pastor Christi was just, she briefly touched on the scripture when she was praying and Genesis one, twenty-six in the new living translation says; 26 Then God said; “Let Us make human beings in Our image, to be like us” (Genesis 1:26 NLT). Then verse twenty-seven, He said; 27 So God created human beings in His own image, in the image of God He created them male and female, He created them (Genesis 1:27 NLT). So, this is a fact that God created two beings. This is a truth that God created two beings. God did not create beings that were confused about their identity. He created two beings. I don’t want to get political today or do anything that will cause anybody to think that I’m running down one set of people and judging some other people. I merely want to say that God did create beings and He created them in His image and He created them to be powerful spirits and powerful on the earth and He created them to actually behave like Him, to speak like Him and to dominate like Him. That’s how He created them.
I feel compelled, actually, in recent days to just highlight a few things to the Body of Christ. One of the things that I want to say is; it is very rare that the enemy of God, darkness itself, evil itself, will reveal itself in the way that it has revealed itself so completely, over the last three months. And when the Corona Virus started and it began to spread across the world and it began to bring death and destruction to the globe, to nations of the world. Death, destruction, poverty, disease, many things began to happen. It’s very rare that the enemy of God will reveal itself in such a fashion, and even as it is revealing itself it is really bent on actually disguising itself and so in the garden when the enemy of God came to mankind and came to them, he was previously the most beautiful being that ever existed in the universe besides God, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, and I want to just read it to you for a few seconds.
This is from Isaiah chapter fourteen, and this is what happened. He is now speaking about the archangel Lucifer, yes he was an archangel, meaning he was the head of all angels or one of the heads of all angels. 12How you are fallen from Heaven, oh shining star, son of the morning, you have been thrown down to earth, you who destroyed the nations of the world for you said to yourself, ‘I will accent to Heaven and set my throne above God’s stars, I will preside on the mountain of the God’s far away in the north, I will climb to the highest heavens and be like the Most High God’. Instead, you will be brought down to the place of the dead, down to it’s lowest depths. Everyone, there will stare at you and ask, ‘can this be the one who shook the earth and made the kingdoms of the world tremble? Is this the one who destroyed the world and made it into a wasteland? Is this the king that demolished the worlds greatest cities and had no mercy on his prisoners? The kings of the nations lie stately glory, each in his own tomb, but you will be thrown out of your grave like a worthless branch like a corpse trampled underfoot, you will be dumped into a mass grave with those killed in battle, you will descend to the pit (Isaiah 14:12-19 NLT).
This is a very powerful prophecy that was delivered by the prophet Isaiah, and God had given him special insight into something that had happened before he was born, something that had happened before all time had begun, but it was going to happen a second time, it was going to happen in the time where Jesus came and He was going to be robbed of all of His strength. I’m saying this to you because, over the years and years of men living on the earth, there have been wars that have raged. I mean, most of us have had people talk to us about maybe, perhaps, the Vietnam war with America, maybe even the South African war when apartheid was a thing, maybe people have talked about the Second World War, there are still people that are alive, very few of them, but there are some still alive that actually participated in the Second World War. History will speak to us about the First World War, in 1913 to 1917, I mean there are many references to many wars, there is the Great War, the Civil War that caused America to become the United States of America because there was a great war that was fought between essentially a people who believed in slavery and those that didn’t; essentially, I really am just generalising now. It was a great war and many, many people died.
I mean we are not even thinking about going back into the 1300s, 2400s, 1500s, where history will tell you there were great wars that were fought between kings of France and Spain and England and Europe, and there have been great wars that have been fought across the nations and I say geat in the sense that they have been huge and they have just had destructive elements for mankind on the earth. Now we find ourselves in a pandemic and of course, this is not the first pandemic to hit the earth for men, for mankind. Even now people are talking about the Ebola Virus that has hit the earth, that they found some kind of immunisation against it. There are other diseases like, many years ago, Polio was a big thing and people really struggled to deal with the disease of Polio, and of course, hundreds of years ago one of the greatest diseases that came was the Spanish Flu and there was the Black Plague; and there have been many things that have come into mankind and I ask you today, where do these things come from? These things do not come from God. These things are the created of this being that I just read to you, who came to make nations lay waste, who came to destroy kings and brought death and destruction to all of mankind in the world and yet he is a person that is easily defeated, he cannot stand against you and I, he cannot, he must bow, how do you say that?
Because the Bible says; every name that is named must bow to the name of Jesus, the most powerful name on the earth, in the universe is the name of Jesus. The most powerful force in the universe is no sickness and disease, it is not political governments or governments that think they have power, it is the Church that has the most power. Whether you believe that or not will be dependant on how you are affected and influenced and touched by the way the enemy will come and steal and rob.
Has it not been, has it not been made clear to you over this period of time, has it not been made clear to you that man, many people thought, over years, I would say decades, that perhaps they are immune from any form of attack, people that have got lots of money, more so, people that have got good government and good rules of governance, thought they were immune; well I’ll tell you if you just look over the last number of years how terrorism has increased around the earth. The terrorism is mostly ideological in other words the people who say they are terrorising on behalf of god, their god that they serve; terrorism.
Many people have believed themselves immune from, from a virus, and then even powerful people like the Prime Minister of England gets sick and hospitalised, and literally lies on his deathbed and afterwards recognised if it wasn’t for the care of the nursing staff, his chances of pulling through were very good because that virus attacked his lungs. I’m saying to you, Church, we have to trust in Jesus, we have to know what the name of Jesus means to us, and we have to know that we have a Heavenly Father that has our best interests at heart and He is not looking to destroy us, He is not looking to defeat us, He’s not looking to bring disease upon us, He is looking to bring goodness to us. I want to finish off by reading this chapter, this verse in John chapter ten verse twelve. Jesus is talking about himself and He says 12But a hireling, he who is not the shepherd, one who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees; and the wolf catches the sheep and scatters them. 13The hireling flees because he is a hireling and does not care about the sheep. 14I am the good shepherd, and I know My sheep and am known by My own. 15As the Father knows Me, even so, I know the Father; and I lay down My life for the sheep. 16And other sheep I have which are not of this fold; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice, and there will be one flock and one shepherd. 17“Therefore My Father loves Me because I lay down My life that I may take it again. 18No one takes it from Me, but I lay it down of Myself. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again. This command I have received from My Father.” (John 10:12-18 NKJV)
There was nobody manipulating Jesus, there was nobody deceiving Jesus, there was nobody with an undue influence upon Jesus to cause Him to lay down His life, he received a command from the Heavenly Father that He could lay His life down and He could take it up again and it was because of that command that He could willingly give up His Life as save us. So, the archangel, the archangel Lucifer who went from light and glory and beauty, the creator actually, essentially of music, he was the one who was the chief orchestrator of music and worship in the Heavens; he became, he tried to elevate himself up because of his beauty, he tried to elevate himself to be equal to God. He realised that his great beauty was a tool in his hands and the Bible tells us that a third of the angels were kicked out of Heaven because they believed him more than they believed the Word of God. Well, what is it that deceived them? It was his great beauty, it was his great ability to deceive, it was his great ability to act and look like God and present himself as God and in our modern-day world the devil mostly operates with the presentation to us of beautiful things, he comes to us and he stimulates our desire for beautiful things, he comes to deceive us and he comes to distract us because he doesn’t want us to worship the Most High God, the Heavenly Father, and he will cause all manner of things to come into our lives and into the world and he will disguise himself as beauty and desire and many other things, but his business is about death, deception, destruction, distraction because he doesn’t want you to worship the Heavenly Father.
I want to conclude by just saying it is rare that the enemy of God will reveal himself in such a way as he has on the earth, and even so, as he reveals all the things that he is in disease and death and destruction, so he begins to bring about a message on the earth that would seem good and right and proper to all mankind, and it was a message that says black lives matter, and so the whole world has gone crazy about black lives matter, at the same time as there is a pandemic destructive force, the enemy of God will bring a whole new wave on the earth that brings just s much confusion and distraction but it is wrapped in a beautiful message. I ask you do you think that in the eyes of Jesus, there is any life that is more important than another life? Do you think that in the love of Jesus that He died more for a white man than for a black man? Do you think He died for any particular colour skin or did He die for all of mankind? You see, the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ is very, very much on the forefront of and should be on the forefront that men, people are actually beings created by God and every being is a precious soul; every being. Yet, the enemy wants the world to go crazy, black lives matter, back lives matter, black lives matter, again this is a very good message but what is it doing? It is causing ideologies to be raised to a status of political intent and motivation and begin to distract and cause all kinds of desires to be inflamed and political powers to actually be activated, it’s time for the Chruch, for you and me to be strong and say, ‘We stand for the love of God. We stand for the love o the Heavenly Father, we receive the love of the Heavenly Father, we receive the fact that Jesus died for us and He rose from the dead again because He was perfect. He died for us.’ He died for us. He died for us. The Bible says; He took stripes on His body so that we are healed, the Bible said that He shed His blood so that we don’t have to have sin anymore. The Bible said that he was marred in His image that you couldn’t even recognise Him as a man. Why was that the case? Because, while the enemy of God wraps his message in beauty and desire, Jesus said; you can disfigure Me so completely so that I can lay My life down so that people can have the true beauty of salvation delivered back to them. We should not be taking our salvation lightly, we must raise up, rise up and we must pray for the nations of the earth; we must pray for all men. We must pray that God sends out labourers into the harvest so that many people that don’t know Jesus could be saved; they do not need to follow a purpose of black lives matter and make their life assignment to have a project like black lives matter when actually that is a substitute for the love of God.
Hello? The reason that we go into Africa and we spend our time going and doing missions in Africa is because we care for all peoples. Hello? Glory to Jesus. Hallelujah. Won’t you all stand with me, please?
These are incredible moments that we find ourselves living in this moment in time and history and it’s time, it’s a time where we need to recognise that what we do now, what we say now, how we behave now is essential to what we need to become tomorrow because if you think this is the last attack the devil is going to throw at the world and try and destroy humanity, you are wrong; this has just begun. You think we are going to defeat the Corona Virus and then there is not going to be another one? Let me tell you, the enemy has been looking for a way that he can bring all of mankind to its knees through sickness and disease but Jesus said; My sheep will know My voice and I am the good shepherd that lays My life down fo the sheep and He has already laid His life down for us so that we can live in perfect freedom, we can walk in protection, we can walk in power and strength and have no fear in our lives. No fear in Jesus’ name.
I would like you to pray this prayer with me please, I would like you to put your hand on your heart and just pray this prayer with me, and say; Jesus, You are my Lord and Saviour, thank you that you forgive me and cleanse me from all my sin, my twisted ways, thank you that you protect me from sickness, from poverty and from destruction, I declare You, the Lord of my life, I declare You the Lord of all of the things in my life; in Jesus’ name. I will proclaim the name of Jesus as much as I can.
Hallelujah. Hallelujah. Thank you for coming to church today. I ask you that as you go, you just have it in your heart this week, that you look for opportunities to tell people about Jesus, and bring them to church and let’s get them saved. Hallelujah. Let’s get them healed and delivered and let’s get them alive. Hallelujah. Thank you. Please leave the church quick, I over preached this morning.
Declaration Extracted from Session 3:
I didn’t have time to do this in the other two services, but I have time to do this today. I make a declaration to you because of what God has been putting in my spirit. I’m going to make a declaration to you today that God has given the nations of the world to the Church and it’s now up to the Church to take this moment in history and begin to speak out against the sickness and speak out against poverty and speak out against the chaos and speak out against all of this disorganisation and stuff that is coming against people. It’s time for us to stand in the gap as Jesus stood in the gap and be an intercessor on behalf of all peoples of the earth – that Jesus’ name will be lifted high and that every name that is named on this earth must bow to the name of Jesus. And He will start in His Church and the Church will stand up against sickness and poverty and disease and all manner of chaos and we will say we do not accept it, we do not receive it, in Jesus’ name. Hallelujah. And when the Church begins to stand in that authority and begins to stand in that power then the world will see that the Church is truly something that you need to be part of. It’s not something you need to stay away from because of organisation and because of ceremony and because of all manner of habits and things that come this way.
Like I said in the other services, I love to shoot holy cows because holy cows normally come from organisation and they normally come from things that happen that are ceremonies in church and God is a relational God and He wants to have a relationship with you personally all the time, every day. There’s no boring there. There’s only power there. There’s only adventure there. There’s only greatness there. There’s only His life becoming your life and your life becoming His life and there is no stopping your life when you become that kind of person. Hallelujah. Glory to Jesus. You cannot be stopped when His life is your life and your life is His life. You cannot be stopped. There’s nothing in your life that you can’t get done because if His life is your life, you can get it done. Hallelujah. Glory to Jesus.