Blow Your Mind with the Love of God – Ps John Bendixen (WTB)
Scripture reference: Romans 12:1-2 (TPT); Romans 12:1-2 (MSG); Romans 12:2 (AMPC); John 3:10-14 (TPT); John 3:10-12 (MSG); 1 John 3 verse 16-23 (NKJV); 1 John 3:18-22 (TPT); 1 John 18:20-21 (AMPC); Romans 8:38-39 (NKJV); Romans 8:39 (TPT); Romans 8:39 (MSG); Hebrews 10:22 (NKJV); Hebrew 10:21-22 (TPT)
I trust you enjoyed the praise and worship or the sound and song that you’ve just been listening to. Certainly, I was awake quite early this morning, really early, around about three o’clock. I was awake and I spent a number of hours this morning, in my own time, in sound and song, just worshiping the Lord; just praising Him and spending time with Him.
I found myself doing some things this morning, I haven’t done in a long time. You know, can you, have you got the image in your mind if I say to you, “Titanic, Titanic.” A guy and a girl standing on the front of the ship. She’s leaning into the wind like this. I think he’s got his arm around… I think, anyway. Picture the image of just standing watching the sun come up, watching early in the morning with your hands out wide, just worshipping the Lord, giving Him praise.
Well, I was like, doing that and running up and down and dancing around. I was having a good old time with the Lord this morning. I trust that the sound and song that you heard inspires you and we’re getting ready to launch, not too distant future, our new album; Song of Psalms and I know that it’s going to minister to you. I want to encourage you that in these times, when there’s lots of serious conversations going on, there’s lots of things happening in the world that are kind of very serious by nature and they really have meaning and impact. Like when, you know, there’s more COVID restrictions or less COVID restrictions, or there’s more deaths or less deaths or whatever.
It always seems to be that there’s either an economic conversation going on or a health conversation going on, or lots of stuff that’s happening. I want to encourage you that you make a choice to rejoice, make a choice to praise, you make a choice to give thanksgiving. Hey, do some private room dancing, maybe we should come up with a whole new sort of concept you know, private room dancing. If you want training for a private room… No, I’m teasing, I’m teasing, I’m teasing. You do your own private bedroom, or your or your kitchen or wherever if you have a moment by yourself, do some, do some dancing and worshiping before the Lord; or at least jump up and down or at least put your hands in the air or do something that you would not normally do if you were on your own and just do some praising and do some thanksgiving to the Lord.
Because He’s really great, God is really great. God is really amazing. His goodness is before us every day. I truly am amazed and continually in awe of, of the God that I love, the God that I serve. How much He loved me, and how He served me before I was even anything on the earth. He loved me. It’s quite exceptional. If you start meditating on it and think about it, it’s quite exceptional, and of course, I’m gonna blow your mind this morning. I hope the Holy Spirit just blows up your mind. The last time I spoke to you I said, “Imagine throwing grenades into your thinking and blow it up.” Do some more of that. Blow up your natural human thinking, blow up your ideas and your philosophies about life, that don’t line up with the Word of God. Just shattered them, just scatter them, just make sure that they don’t ever come back. Because whatever you got, whatever you’re doing, thinking about how everybody else is thinking, has impacted your life to get you where you are now. It’s got not even a patch on the, on what God’s got for you. Not even close and even in the same space together. Wow, the only way you’re going to get to the good things that God has for you is you’ve got to blow up your thinking. Wow.
The closer you get to God, the more you’re going to think like Him. You know, one of the things that Oral Roberts used to have on his table on his desk, which impacted brother Jerry Savelle and he has on his desk, is no small plans made here. So, you know, if you got the mind of Christ on what He’s got for your life, you got the mind of Christ, it’s going to be big, it’s gonna be great, it’s going to be spectacular, it’s going to be amazing. If you get the mind of Christ in you, no small things are going to happen in your life. Only big things, only good things.
So, I’m going to blow up your mind a little bit today, but I’ve got to get to my reference scriptures. My reference scripture that we’ve been going through is Romans chapter 12, verse one and two, in the Passion translation, ¹Beloved friends, what should be our proper response to God’s marvelous mercies? I encourage you to surrender yourselves to God to be his sacred, living sacrifices. And live in holiness, experiencing all that delights his heart. For this becomes your genuine expression of worship. So, verse two is really where it gets really great. ²Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think (Romans 12:1-2 TPT).
Whatever you’re thinking now, you have to reform it. You have to reform it. Otherwise, you just keep imitating ideals and opinions and the culture around you. What’s the point in that? Then it just means I’m doing it, everything everybody else has been doing. “I’m expected to do what everybody else has been doing because that’s obviously the next thing I must do in life. I got to do this next thing in life because everybody else does that.” Actually, everything that’s measured in the world system says that if you don’t do that, then what are you going to do? Change your mind. Just let His thinking become your thinking.
²…be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will (Romans 12:2 TPT). How are you going to discern God’s will if you don’t have this transformed thinking? Okay, I’ll tell you what I’ll do, I’ll do what the culture wants me to do, I’ll have the opinions of people around me, and I’ll imitate their ideals, but I still want to seek what the ideal will of God is for my life. No, not gonna happen. Because you can’t live in two camps. I think I’ll go with their opinions, I think I’ll go with their culture, I think I’ll go with their norms. Because that’s what everybody does, I’ll be the best there. Well, how are you gonna find the perfect will of God for your life then, if you are still thinking like that? You can’t be hot or cold. You can’t live in light and dark, you’ve got to be in one or the other. You can’t serve mammon and serve God at the same time. You can’t drink, I’m using old scripture now across the Bible, you can’t drink bitter water and sweet from the same well.
2This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes (Romans 12:2 TPT). I am going to go to the Message Translation. 1-2So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him… And for you by the way. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you (Romans 12:1-2 MSG).
That’s what God will do for you. That’s what He does. I haven’t done this in the last couple of weeks, but I’m going to read this time round. I’m going to read to you from the Amplified Bible verse two only, verse two from the Amplified Bible. It goes like this. 2Do not be conformed to this world (this age), In other words, everything that is culturally relevant to this timestamp, this kind of realm of worldly living that we’re doing. Worldly life, the life of this world. So don’t be conformed to this world [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude]. So where do the new ideals and the new attitudes come from? The inward man, Holy Spirit, when you tap into the inward man, you have new ideals, and you have new attitudes, so that when you have these new ideals, and that you have these new attitudes, so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you] (Romans 12:2 MSG).
So anybody that’s been around me for the last 20 years will know that I’ve always preached this, there are not three kinds of wills of God, there is not a good will of God, there is not an acceptable will of God and there’s not a perfect will of God. Many, many years ago, before 20 years ago, I used to actually think that there were three kinds of wills, as a lot of people still do. There is the good will of God, there is the acceptable will of God and there’s the perfect will of God. It’s just I got a revelation, God corrected my thinking about that a long time ago. How can God say, “This is alright, it’s okay. My will is only good, and My will is sometimes acceptable, and My will is sometimes excellent.”
No, no, it’s either His will or it’s not. You can’t have a marginal will of God. Now what might happen is that you might walk in the will of God marginally and so then it might be that as you marginally walk in the will of God, that you experience some of His goodness and some of what’s acceptable and some of what’s good for you. That might happen when you marginally walk in the will of God, or part of His will for your life. You might experience a part of His goodness and a part of what’s acceptable and a part of that of God. But God’s will isn’t marginalist, it’s either His will or it’s not.
There’s no in-between in God’s will. That’s a big revelation to understand right there. You’re either living in the will of God or you’re not. There’s no in-between, of what the will of God is for you. So there’s a lot of things, there’s a lot of stuff that goes on that talks about the permissive will of God. Well, the permissive will of God is the will of God that allows humanity to live on the earth, while they’re busy making choices either to receive Jesus or not. He permits humans to live on the earth, that is His permissive will. But there is no other will that says, I permit you. I permit you to just walk in a part of My will. So if you walk in My permissive will, something I permit. It’s not actually My perfect will. There’s no such thing as the permissive will of God and the perfect will of God; they are the same.
He’s perfect will, will permit you to do what He does, and need, whatever He permits you to do is His perfect will. There’s nothing different about it, it can only refer to the right of humans to live on the earth, and what their choices are. That’s the only thing that you can say, is a permissible will of God. But it’s also He’s perfect will… a little bit technical there. But anyway, just in case, you needed an answer for it.
I want to blow your mind today because really I’ve been speaking about the importance of blowing your mind, and that as you blow your mind, one of the things you’ve got to blow your mind with is to have joy in your life, especially at this moment in time. I really felt strongly in my heart. I’m not sure that I’ll be continuing any more of the series after this session, God may want me to continue with it, I’m not saying one way or another but I do need to talk about this. Blow Your Mind with the love of God. Blow your mind with the love of God. Because if you understand the love of God, then you can do what Romans 12 says. If you don’t get the love of God, then doing what Romans 12 says becomes a very difficult thing to do.
This is a very interesting passage of scripture. I’m going to read to you now. And it’s in John chapter three, and I’m reading from verse 10 in The Passion Translation, 10Jesus answered, “Nicodemus, aren’t you the respected teacher in Israel, and yet you don’t understand this revelation? 11I speak eternal truths about things I know, things I’ve seen and experienced—and still you don’t accept what I reveal (John 3:10-11 TPT). So obviously, He was speaking to Nicodemus about being born again and so it gets to this part of the scripture and still you don’t accept what I reveal. So Jesus is clearly telling him, I have experience and knowledge about the things I’m telling you about and yet you don’t accept what I’m saying. Because as a teacher in Israel, he, the teacher of Israel, a respected teacher in Israel would expect that from the people that he teaches about the law. He would expect them, I know things about the law that you don’t know.
So if you don’t receive what I’m telling you, then why would you not accept because I’m the one who sees it. So now He’s doing the same to Nicodemus, saying, I’m talking about things I know about and, yet you won’t receive it. 12If you’re unable to believe what I’ve told you about the natural realm, what will you do when I begin to unveil the heavenly realm? 13No one has risen into the heavenly realm except the Son of Man who also exists in heaven” (John 3:12-13 TPT).
Wow. I mean, this is quite a statement. He’s speaking to Nicodemus. He is actually saying, “Nicodemus, the son of man that is standing in front of you also exists in the heavenly realm. I’ve been there, and I’m here now. And I’ve been there. So I know what I’m talking about.”
14“And just as Moses in the desert lifted up the brass replica of a venomous snake on a pole for all the people to see and be healed,so the Son of Man is ready to be lifted up, 15so that those who truly believe in him will not perish but be given eternal life. 16For here is the way God loved the world—he gave his only, unique Son as a gift. So now everyone who believes in him will never perish but experience everlasting life (John 3:14 TPT).
Why did Jesus do this? Why did God the Father do this? Because for this much, God loved the world, God loved the world that much. This is a concept that is perhaps better understood if you try and bring it down to a very natural, as much as possible, natural example. That is that you sometimes see a natural father or a mother who would give their life for a child and would actually put themselves in harm’s way or protect the child in that is in harm’s way, and their life might be taken so that the child’s life might be saved. That is a natural love that is very, very powerful.
Well, God’s decision wasn’t based on an emotion, God’s decision was based on His agape love, which is an unconditional love, which His love actually demanded, that He redeem mankind. His love demanded of Himself that He redeemed mankind, so that’s why He gave His son to redeem mankind.
I’m going to read this passage of scripture to you from two different translations. The Message Translation, verse 10, goes like this. 10-12Jesus said, “You’re a respected teacher of Israel and you don’t know these basics? Listen carefully. I’m speaking sober truth to you. I speak only of what I know by experience; I give witness only to what I have seen with my own eyes. There is nothing second hand here, no hearsay. Yet instead of facing the evidence and accepting it, you procrastinate with questions (John 3:10 MSG). Oh, I’m telling you, when a lot of people are faced with the very real power of the love of God, they are faced with the power of the love of God amongst us, amongst the people of God, in their own heart, and yet they procrastinate with questions. Does God really? Is He really? Should I really? Can I trust Him? Is He trustworthy?
12If I tell you things that are plain as the hand before your face and you don’t believe me, what use is there in telling you of things you can’t see, the things of God? (John 3:12 MSG). So if you can’t believe the love of God that you see in me – and I’m speaking to you on TV – if you can’t believe the love of God that you see in me, and in all the other believers, that we love God. If you can’t recognize that this is real, then how will you be able to understand anything that is a spiritual revelation that gets shown to you? Fundamentally, we have to understand the love of God that we all show Him, and that we then show to each other and we function together. That’s why the body of Christ and the way it’s supposed to operate, is so important on earth.
I’m going to read it to you from The Passion Translation. I’m going to go to 1 John. I’m going to go to 1 John chapter 3, verse 16. 1 John chapter 3, verse 16. So are you convinced now? That God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. That’s the old version of the scripture. God so loved the world, that He gave his only begotten Son. God so loved the world, He gave His one and only unique son – Jesus – to die for us. Do you understand love is the motivator here? Okay.
So now we go to 1 John 3 verse 16. This is a passage of scripture that’s very close to my heart, because it is the passage of scripture that actually freed me in my spirit to serve God, in faith, with everything I’ve got. So 1 John 3 verse 16; 16By this we know love, because He laid down His life for us. And we also ought to lay down our lives for the brethren, each other. 17But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? 18My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth. 19And by this we know that we are of the truth, and shall assure our hearts before Him. 20 For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart, and knows all things. 21Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confidence toward God. 22And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight. 23And this is His commandment: that we should believe on the name of His Son Jesus Christ and love one another, as He gave us commandment (1 John 3:16-23 NKJV).
Okay, I’m going to go back here a little bit, and I’m just going to just walk you again, through the experience that I had, because it blew my mind. It blew my mind then, and that, it liberated my spirit, because what it did was, it took all of the questions that I had in my mind, and it took all of the limitations of what was in my mind, and as the Word of God came through my spirit by revelation into my mind, it literally blew up my limitations and my distrust or my lack of wanting to give my everything to God. And so here’s how it happened. If I understand that God loves me, and He laid down His life for me, because that’s what it says in verse 16. By this we know, love, because he laid down His life for us. Right? So I know He gave His life for me. I’ve always known that. He gave His life for me.
By this truth, this truth that He laid down His life for me, we can assure our hearts before Him. So we can assure our hearts before Him because His love is in our hearts, and we see love amongst each other. We have an assurance. An assurance. How can I put this to you? If you’re one of the top playing cricketers, rugby players, soccer players in the world. I want to give you just a few names so that you can relate to it. If you were AB de Villiers playing cricket in South Africa if you were… If you are Siya Kolisi, South African rugby, if you are Lionel Messi who used to be a Barcelona man from beginning to end, and now he’s moved to PSG, but he has been nominated as the best footballer in the world for six years, for six times he has won, best footballer in the world. I mean, that’s quite an achievement.
If you’re one of those guys, you would have a level of assurance that for the foreseeable future -injury, if there’s no injuries, you would have assurance that you’re likely to be selected for the team. If you were AB de Villiers then, if you are Siya Kolisi now, if you are Lionel Messi… If you’re at that level, you have an assurance that you are likely to be picked for the team. There are other people like in the South African rugby squad that are coming through the squad, they may be newly introduced to the full squad, there is no assurance that they’re going to get picked for the team. They obviously have some talent, and they’re obviously quite committed and dedicated to what they have to achieve. But there’s no assurance. It’s like iffy, because I don’t know if I’m going to get picked or not. I don’t know if I’m good enough. I’m not sure if I’m going to be in favour or not. There’s no assurance. But if you’ve got some track record here, and you’re one of those elite guys, you got some assurance you got to get picked.
If I say, if I read that scripture like that, and I say, I can assure my heart, then I have an assurance that because He loves me that He died for me, I have an assurance that actually, as He puts it here, my heart is assured before Him. I assure my heart, I assure my heart. Whatever’s happening to you, John, whatever is likely to happen to you, assure your heart, because His love is there for you. You don’t have to do something extravagant to earn it. You don’t have to do something special to get it. You’re already picked. Assurance. I’m assured He’s already picked me for His love, by His love. I’m already, I’m on His side. I’m in His team. He’s already picked me. I have assurance, My heart is assured before Him.
20For if our heart condemns us, God is greater than our heart. Why would your heart condemn you? Your heart would condemn you if you have a lack of assurance. Why would you have a lack of assurance? Or maybe I’m not perfect enough? Maybe I’m not good enough? Maybe I haven’t done enough. Maybe I haven’t confessed enough. Maybe I haven’t prayed enough? Maybe I haven’t. So there’s two components here. The one component is: my heart doesn’t condemn me because I have assurance before Him, but now my heart is condemning me because I did something wrong… but still God is greater than my heart. So if my heart wants to say “you’re not assured”, tell your heart to shut up because God has already picked me.
Now there’s no performance that you can do any more, to get yourself on the good side of God, it’s already done. It’s already done. So God is greater than our heart and knows all things. 21Beloved, if our heart does not condemn us, we have confident towards God (1 John 3:20-21 NKJV). So on the one hand, I can assure my heart that He loves me because He died for me, but if my heart for some reason is lacking confidence, I tell my heart to be quiet, because God is greater than my heart and He knows all things. So either way, I can be assured before God. This is good news. This should blow your mind. Because actually, there’s nothing more you can do in your life to get God’s approval on anything. He already approves of you. You’re already picked. Glory to Jesus.
How does this play out? 22And whatever we ask, we receive from Him, whatever we ask we receive from him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight (1 John 3:22 NKJV). You see, the thing that happened to me is I was saying, “Lord, I need results here. We don’t have food in the cupboards. I’ve got two little kids. I’m working as hard as I can in my job and I don’t… I’m not getting the financial result. I don’t have petrol for our car. I don’t have food in my cupboards. I’m behind on the rent, I need results here.”
So what’s the natural thing if you’re not getting a result? You start to examine reasons why you might not be getting the result. Come on this is human nature. This is not something, don’t look at me like that with that tone of voice like you don’t go there. Come on, this is how your evil conscience, your human nature wants to work. What do I have to do to do something better, to get God to actually come through for me? So I was lying on my bed on a Sunday afternoon with all of these things going on inside of me. And I read this passage of scripture, the Holy Spirit took me to this scripture. He then said to me, “John, the very fact that you are lying here reading the Bible tells Me that you are doing what He commands you to do, that you are seeking His will in the scriptures.” Yes, Lord. Assure your heart. He died for you, is going to come through for you. I get it. But what about all the things that I could have done and should haven’t done that? I haven’t done-that’s maybe the result. You say, “So now you’re lacking confidence before Me?” “Yes.” “I’m greater than everything that your conscience or your confidence could tell you that you can’t get. I know all things about you and I still tell you that I’m coming through for you.” I said, “What? You mean, I’m that special?” He said, “You that special, I sent Jesus to die for you. And now I’m asking you to receive My specialness about you and just take what I give you, take it, go for it. You can go anywhere with your faith and I’ll back you. You’re chosen.”
So when Siya Kolisi runs on the field or Lionel Messi or AB de Villiers would go on a cricket pitch, when they would go on there, they might have had a plan for the match but when AB de Villiers is informing cricket and that when he starts smacking that ball around there’s not a coach in the world that says, “I’m not backing you boy. Hold back, hold back, hold back.” No, no, because you can see today there’s no ball that’s coming my way that I can’t hit and I’m going to hit this ball anywhere I want to and nobody can bowl any ball against me I just know. His track record tells it. Right, come on. God backs me, He’s saying, “I’m putting you in the middle in life so go for it.” “So, but what if I miss a ball and I get caught out?” Not out! “Well how can you say not out? He’s clearly out?” “No, no, I’m the umpire, I say not out.” And there’s no artificial kind of electronic review. When the umpire says, “Not out” even the electronic review can’t review anything about you. Not out. “But he clearly nicked the ball, he’s out.” “I say he’s not out.” You play until you hit the next six.
Come on, huh? If you are Lionel Messi and you got a plan to go into defense and suddenly the ball is at your feet, and you start running at the defenders and they don’t know how to deal with you and you clearly making gaps in the defense and creating space for other people and suddenly you’re an attacking force when you actually set up the team to defend. Nobody is going to say to Lionel Messi, six-time Footballer of the Year Award winner. “Hey, you know, hold back a bit, Lionel.” No, because the guy’s got a track record. He scores easily a hat trick in a game when he’s on form against the best defenders in the world.
“I back you.” God’s going to back you. His love backs you. I’m trusting that this blows your mind as your natural man thinks, “I have got to do something to earn whatever I got to earn.” If you’re in it with God, He backs you. How do I know that? He says, 22And whatever we ask we receive from Him, because we keep His commandments and do those things that are pleasing in His sight (1 John 3:18-22 NKJV). So, what is this commandment? Just love Him back. This is not about how much sin you have, or you don’t have in your life. It’s how much you choose to keep loving Him and loving Him and just keep walking with Him. Because there’s no level of perfection you can ever achieve in your life that can get better results for you.
You can’t be like AB de Villiers that goes and stands in the net another two hours extra to try and get better at it. When you got the talent. You got the talent. When you walk out there in the middle of the pitch, you just go hit the ball. When you’re Siya Kolisi coming out the side of the scrum, you just got it. You just know when to run, how to run, how to put the ball down, how to make things happen. That’s what happens. You’ve got the Jesus in you. You love Him. Go for it. Hallelujah.
I’m going to read this to you out of the Passion Translation. 18Beloved children, our love can’t be an abstract theory we only talk about, but a way of life demonstrated through our loving deeds. 19We know that the truth lives within us because we demonstrate love in action, which will reassure our hearts in his presence. 20Whenever our hearts make us feel guilty and remind us of our failures, we know that God is much greater and more merciful than our conscience, and he knows everything there is to know about us. 21My delightfully loved friends, when our hearts don’t condemn us, we have a bold freedom to speak face-to-face with God. 22And whatever we ask of him we receive, because we keep his commands. And by our beautiful intentions we continue to do what brings pleasure to him (1 John 3:18-22 TPT).
Now, obviously, this is not applying to someone that says, “I think what I’m going to do is; I’m going to go and get drunk every night. And I’m just going to go and live a lifestyle that I choose for myself. Then I’m just going to let God, I’m going to ask God, and He’s going to give me whatever I want.” No, that is not the person that He’s talking about. He’s just talking about someone whose heart is already towards God, believes that God loves him and then something comes in here and wants to try and stop you from getting what you ask of Him. God is saying, “Doesn’t matter what it is, I’ve got it covered. I’ve got it covered.” Praise the Lord.
I’m going to read this to you, just verse 20 to 22 out of the Amplified Bible. Because it was the Amplified Bible that I read on that day that really spoke to me and brought me the liberty. 20Whenever our hearts in [tormenting] self-accusation make us feel guilty and condemn us. [For we are in God’s hands.] For He is above and greater than our consciences (our hearts), and He knows (perceives and understands) everything [nothing is hidden from Him]. 21And, beloved, if our consciences (our hearts) do not accuse us [if they do not make us feel guilty and condemn us], we have confidence (complete assurance and boldness) before God (1 John 3:20-21 AMPC).
Those words were so big in my heart, we have confidence, complete assurance and boldness before God, when I realized that God has taken care of every part of my conscience that wants to do something more or wants to accuse me. I just knew I could have a boldness. This assurance is confidence, boldness before God. I knew that God was backing me in my life. I mean, I jumped off my bed. I took the scripture downstairs to Pastor Sharon. I went to read it to her. I said, “Sharon, Sharon, let me, let me read the scripture to you. Let me show you what the Lord said to me.” From that day, from that day to this day. I’ve never ever doubted God with my faith. I’ve always known that God would come through for me. The biggest challenge that I’ve only had in my life is whether I have the endurance to stay the course and stay the distance.
That’s my part; to have patient endurance, to stay the distance. I’m nearly finished here but I’m going to read a verse to you from a couple of translations. Romans 8 verse 38 says, 38For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Hold on a minute, there’s neither death, so death can’t separate you, neither can life. I just got to read you the things of life that can’t separate you, neither death nor life. Neither angels nor principalities, in other words demons or demonic forces. Nor angels nor demonic forces, nor things present nor things to come, 39nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord (Romans 8:38-39 NKJV).
No one. There’s only one person that can separate you from the love of God. Who’s that? You, and that’s only about your choice. If you say, “I don’t receive this love of God and I don’t trust Him. I don’t have that confidence and that boldness.” That is your choice, no other created thing can do that. But you have the right to choose it. I must read this to you. Verse 39 from the Passion Translation, 39There is no power above us or beneath us–no power that could ever be found in the universe that can distance us from God’s passionate love, which is lavished upon us through our Lord Jesus, the Anointed One! (Romans 8:39 TPT).
The message translation is great on this one, 39I’m absolutely convinced that nothing—nothing living or dead, angelic or demonic, today or tomorrow, high or low, thinkable or unthinkable—absolutely nothing can get between us and God’s love because of the way that Jesus our Master has embraced us (Romans 8:39 MSG). Hallelujah.
I’ll tell you what, if you get a revelation of the love of God in your heart, it sustains you through everything. It sustains you to seek Him for your purpose, it sustains you in your assignment that sustains you as you’re reaching out for God, to do bold and great things in you and through you. The love of God sustains you. It’s the thing that sustained Peter when he got out of the boat and walked on the water. He had a confident assurance that Jesus would rescue him, or he would walk all the way to Jesus. I mean, he had to have confidence in something. He had confidence in the love of Jesus, he had confidence in the word of Jesus and he knew that if I get out of this water because He said come, this can happen. Hallelujah.
So finally, Hebrews chapter 10, verse 22 says, 22let us draw near, let us draw near to God, with a true heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled, sprinkled with what? With God’s word, with the blood of Jesus, sprinkled from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water (Hebrews 10:22 NKJV).
So you can say you sprinkled with the blood of Jesus, you sprinkled with the Word of God, because you are, the Bible refers clearly that the Word of God washes you. In the book of John Chapter 17, Jesus speaks to His disciples, and He said, “And you are clean,” because He had spoken the Word of God and taught them and said they were clean. The Word of God makes you clean the Blood of Jesus has made you clean. So we have our hearts sprinkled from an evil conscience. What is the evil conscience? The evil conscience is the conscience in you that human conscience in you that says you have to still do something extra to be able to get what God has for you, or you’ve done something that makes you unable to get something from God.
It’s an evil performance related conscience. It’s about performance. It’s about saying, if I do ‘a – z’ I’ll get a result. One plus one equals two. That’s the equation. If I do one plus one I will get to two. That’s not the way God works when it comes to the love of God. He says, “I’ve already done the one plus one, I’ve already done the A to Z for you there’s nothing more you can do. You just have to accept that that’s it. It’s done.”
So verse, so the Passion Translation and I finish this is my last close. My last verse of scripture I’m going to give you 21 and 22 from the Passion Translation. 21And since we now have a magnificent High Priest to welcome us into God’s house, 22we come closer to God and approach him with an open heart, fully convinced that nothing will keep us at a distance from him. For our hearts have been sprinkled with blood to remove impurity, and we have been freed from an accusing conscience. Now we are clean, unstained, and presentable to God inside and out! (Hebrew 10:21-22 TPT).
Wow. I’m gonna read that to you one more time and then I’m just gonna close because I can say nothing more about the love of God that can blow your mind then this scripture so, 21And since we now have a magnificent High Priest to welcome us into God’s house, 22we come closer to God and approach him with an open heart, fully convinced that nothing will keep us at a distance from him. For our hearts have been sprinkled with blood to remove impurity, and we have been freed from an accusing conscience. Now we are clean, unstained, and presentable to God inside and out! (Hebrew 10:21-22 TPT).
There is nothing that should prevent you from receiving everything that God has for you. He loves you, 100%. He loved you by dying for you, He loves you now the same way as He did when He died for you. He loves you unconditionally. He made sure that there is nothing that can come between you and Him, because His great love makes sure there is nothing between you and Him. Blow Your Mind with the love of God. Hallelujah. Let me pray for you.
Father, it is my prayer right now that Your people will get a great revelation of Your love. It is my prayer that they will live so fully in this love that the confidence in the assurance that they’re looking for, that assurance that they need in their lives Father, that they will just receive it by revelation into their hearts through this message. They will step up into a boldness, they will step up into a confidence with You that they can go forward in life with Your plan and Your assignment; and all of the good things that You have planned for them from before the beginning of the foundation of the earth. You’ve planned good things for them to walk in. So I pray, Lord, that Your peace rests upon them now that Your joy rises up inside of them, that they will dance for joy because of Your great love that frees them and liberates them to be in Your presence, to receive everything that you’ve paid for, to walk in life with assurance and confidence.
So Lord, I pray that with confidence, I pray this, that You will protect their income, You will protect their relationships, You will protect all the things that they are doing in their lives right now. No weapon formed against them will prosper. And that even their physical wellbeing from sickness or disease or any form of violence, that You protect them by Your Word and the Blood of Jesus. You give Your angels charge over them. And I thank You Father that You bless them, You bless them with wisdom and understanding in the inner man but You bless them with all the natural things that they have need of in their lives. Hallelujah. Thank you Father that You hear me and that You are in agreement with my prayer because my prayer is in line with Your Word and Your will for their lives. I thank You for it Father in Jesus’ name. Thank you for listening to the service, be blessed.