MIXED MESSAGES – PS JOHN BENDEXIN
New doors for the ministry: “New doors are definitely opening up for us and God has supernaturally given us increase while we have had to be in lockdown and shutdown”. “God has been very, very good to us. We’ve truly experienced new doors, supernatural increase”.
Accelerated and “I’m a son of God”: The Lord has begun to minister to Pastor John that the second part of this year is going to be accelerated. God is going to do amazing things for us in the second half of 2020 in line with what Brother Jerry prophesied, our declaration and our prayers have been preparing us for it. Today I put my hand on my heart and say, ‘I am a Son of God and I receive everything that God has for me today, in Jesus name’ Amen.
Mixed messages: It’s interesting that in the world right now, there are so many different messages that are being proclaimed by various kinds of people, different kinds of authorities, so-called influencers, there are lots of voices, messages, platforms, opportunities for information to come our way.
Information vs Knowledge: We may think that receiving information is knowledge but actually knowledge is something different. Knowledge is if you know something, versus having information about something. Information is an intellectual recognition and knowledge is actually having a more holistic experience about the information.
Example – information vs knowledge: If you are studying for a degree. First of all, you get the information, then you observe, again you increase your level of information, then you observe somebody that is experienced. After a long time of observation, you start to put what you’ve learned into practice. Pastor John gave an example of his medical training in the military, training under supervision in government hospitals before going into the field and putting what he learned into practice.
Mixed messages: We’re living in a world where a lot of information is being shared. There are many mixed messages of what’s right, what’s wrong; what may or may not be a good or bad option for me. And so people are saying today that we must follow the facts.
My life is about truth and I follow truth: Like Pastor John, my life is not so much about facts, although I can’t ignore facts; my life is more about truth. Facts can change day by day. Facts can change by circumstance. If I follow truth then I start to cut out the noise of mixed messages, and so then I become more steady, steadfast, and oriented in my walk with God because I no longer have to follow facts, but I follow truth.
I am a God-person: 16 What agreement [can there be between] a temple of God and idols? (2 Corinthians 6:16 AMPC). I am a God person, I have the Holy Spirit and Jesus living in me. Any other information that comes into my world that causes me to be distracted or influenced and causes me to want to go in a direction that is not the best for me that God wants for me, I may be opening myself up to mixed messages. I’m a temple of God and God’s child but if I open myself up to facts, then I’m more about what’s humanly real versus what’s spiritually true.
Dwell and Walk – God: 16 For we are the temple of the living God; even as God said, I will dwell in and with and among them and will walk in and with and among them (2 Corinthians 6:16 AMPC). God is saying, “I’m going to dwell with you, dwell in you, walk with you, I’m going to walk amongst you. You are My people, I am your God.”
Recognise that God is truth in me: This is significant because when I recognize that God is truth, it’s not about what facts I face, it’s about the truth that God is dwelling in me, with me, among us and He’s got my best interest at heart because I am the temple of the Living God who dwells in me. This is the best kind of life to live. There are no mixed messages here. “I will be their God, and they will be My people. I will walk with them, I will dwell with them, they’ll be in Me, I’ll be with them.” This is the ultimate life to live. This is the way God wanted us to live.
Separate yourself:17Come out from among [unbelievers], and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord, and touch not [any] unclean thing; then I will receive you kindly and treat you with favour (2 Corinthians 6:17, AMPC). So do I want kindness and favour from God? Then I mustn’t listen to the mixed messages that unbelievers give me. I must listen to the truth that Father God is bringing to me. 18And I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty (2 Corinthians 6:18, AMPC).
Personal: Now God is making this really personal, He’s making this the ultimate, personal, connected relationship – sons and daughters, I want to live with you, dwell with you, be in you, walk with you, I’m going to be part of you and you’re going to be part of Me. I want to be your Father and you can be My son and daughter. This is personal, it’s legacy, heritage and covenant. There is no way God’s walking away from me if I separate myself from unbelieving things – those conversations, thinking, ideas, unclean things and those mixed message that want me to doubt who God is in my life or those messages that cause me to doubt in desperate times God is going to come through for me. On the contrary, it’s the desperate times where God wants to say, “I am your Father, you are My son, you are My daughter, I will walk with you, live with you, dwell in you, be with you everywhere, every time, all the time, there is no separating us, because We are family.” This is the ultimate covenant experience. What an amazing awesome God we serve.
Cheating God & God seeking intimacy: 4You’re cheating on God, if all you want is your own way, flirting with the world every chance you get, you end up enemies of God and His way (James 4:4, MSG). God is actually really making this personal. I’m cheating on God if I’m flirting with the world, listening to things in the world and I follow suggestions that say, “I want things my way”. The proverb says that “He’s a fiercely jealous lover.” God is saying, “This is not a time for you to listen to mixed messages about whether God can take care of you, whether God wants to take care of you, whether He desires to be taking care of you and wants to be part of everything that’s happening in your life.” On the contrary, God is a jealous God and He’s seeking intimacy and love with me – especially so that in times of difficulty He can show me just what a wonderful, loving, supreme God He really is. 6And what He gives in love is far better than anything else you’ll find. What God gives in love is far better than anything else I find. Why? Because His love for me is unconditional.
Proud person vs humble person: 6And what he gives in love is far better than anything else you’ll find. It’s common knowledge that “God goes against the willful proud; God gives grace to the willing humble.” (James 4:4-6 MSG) If I’m a proud person who says, “I can take care of myself. I can live my own life. I can pursue my own agenda. I can pursue my own thing. After all, I’ve got gifts and callings and talents. I can make things happen for myself.” Well, God certainly is not going to impose Himself on me. He’s going to say, “Sure, I gave you a will. I gave you gifts and callings and talents.” A humble person recognises the love relationship. It is in the love walk with God that I willingly say to the Father, “Father, I want to walk with You, dwell with You, I want You to live in me, I want to live my life through You, I want you to be among everything that I am dwelling in,”. As I’m dwelling among my business dealings, among my relationships, among every part of details that I am doing, driving my motorcar from place to place going about my business, there You are with me and I am with You and we have this really powerful relationship, this union, this awesome, awesome development, this awesome growing intimacy that is between me and You, so God says, “Then I will treat you kindly and I will give you favour.”
Kindness and Favour of God: The kindness of God and the favour of God is so beautiful and so powerful that it is the kind of thing that money can’t buy, it is things that just happen to me, that I can’t begin to even account for. No wonder He says that He is my Shepherd, He leads me, I shall not want, He prepares good things for me and He gives me all blessings to enjoy and daily He increases me with benefits, I have really everything to be thankful for.
Prayer for the week: This week I will not allow myself to be distracted. I will focus, stay strong, stay steady with the Word as my primary source. The truth of God’s life is the primary source for my future and my future is just a moment away and it will be filled with His Word and my love for Him.