The Source and the Future Part 6 – Ps John Bendixen – WTB
Scripture Reference: Psalm 63:3-5; Psalm 97:12; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Psalm 13:5 (AMPC); Psalm 33:3; Psalm 118:24 (AMPC); Psalm 119:162; Psalm 5:11; Psalm 71:23; Genesis 25:19-23 (AMPC); Genesis 25:27-28 (AMPC); Genesis 25:29-34 (AMPC); Hebrews 12:1-2 (NLT); Hebrews 12:3-4 (NLT); Hebrews 12:5-9 (NLT); Hebrews 12:10-16 (NLT); Hebrews 12:17-25 (NLT); Genesis 12:2 (AMPC); Genesis 12:3 (AMPC); Genesis 17:2-4 (AMPC); Genesis 22:16-17 (AMPC)
What a day we are going to have today. My, my, my I know that you have an expectancy in your heart the same as me, and I want to just remind you… I want to say good morning to everybody and welcome to everybody Heritage of Faith. Good morning sons of the Most High God. Good morning disciples and followers of the Most High God. Good morning Word weavers. That’s one of my new words that just popped out of me when we were doing prayer because we’ve been weaving the Word through the strands of our heart. Good morning Word weavers, hallelujah. Good morning rejoicers. (Congregation rejoicing). Good morning praisers. (Congregation praising). This is our day of deliverance. It is here. It is now. It has arrived and we are in a season of continuous praise and rejoicing, hallelujah. I’m just reminding you that Pastor John said that, “There is a voice for victory and a shout.”
I’m going to just, we are in a season of continuous praise and rejoicing. I just want to read some Scripture to you. 3Because Your loving-kindness is better than life my lips shall praise You (Psalm 63:3). We’re in a continuous season of rejoicing and praising. Our lips praise You Lord. 4So will I bless You while I live. I will lift up my hands in Your name (Psalm 63:4). This is an expression of our heart that we just do on our outsides. I will lift up my hands to Your name. Glory, glory. 5My whole being shall be satisfied as with marrow and fatness and my mouth shall praise You with joyful lips (Psalm 63:5). Hallelujah. Glory, glory glory, glory to You Lord.
12Rejoice in the Lord you righteous (Psalm 97:12). Can I see the hands of the righteous? Yes. It’s the Blood of Jesus that is shed that makes us righteous, 21we are the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:21). Rejoicing. 5My heart shall rejoice and be in high spirits in Your salvation (Psalm 13:5). We’re not, there’s no reason for us to be sad today. It doesn’t matter our circumstances they are all subject to change by the Word of God! Hallelujah, glory to You.
33Give thanks to the Lord, sing praises to Him with the harp of ten strings, sing to Him a new song play skilfully, (Psalm 33:3) on the strings today.” Play skilfully on the drums, play skilfully with your voices, instruments today, hallelujah. For the Word of the Lord is right and then Psalms 118 says this, 24This is the day which the Lord has brought about; we will rejoice and be glad in it (Psalm:118:24). (Congregation praising). Yes, glory. Then Psalm 119 says, because we are going to be also receiving the Word today… not only are we going to be enjoying God’s presence, while we are worshiping and praising and rejoicing but we are receiving the Word and the psalmist says, 162I will rejoice at Your Word, at Your Word, as one who finds great treasure (Psalm 119:162).
Glory and we thank You in advance for the Word that’s coming to us today Lord. Glory, glory, glory. Then Pastor John said this, “There is a voice for victory and a shout.” Can I just read to you what the Word says about that, 11Let all those who take refuge and put their trust in You rejoice; let them ever sing and shout for joy (Psalm 5:11). Hallelujah, we will shout in triumph at Your salvation. Glory, hallelujah. (Congregation praising). We will shout in triumph at Your salvation. 23My lips shall shout for joy, Psalm 71:23, 23My lips shall shout for joy when I sing praises to You and my inner being which You have redeemed (Psalm 71:23).
People where is your joy? Your joy is a fruit of your recreated spirits; your joy is in you and the joy of the Lord is your strength to live for Jesus. It’s your strength to overcome by the power of God’s Word. Your joy is your strength and let’s do this, let’s give God our best shout. (Congregation shouts and rejoices). Hallelujah Lord, glory to You God. Hallelujah, hallelujah.
So we are going to have a wonderful time, we are going to sing, we’re going to lift up hands and Father we ask You to show us Your glory this morning. Your manifest presence. We’re here to experience You our Father. We’re here to experience You, Your presence, the presence of the Holy Spirit; our Father, our Jesus and our precious Holy Spirit. We thank You for Your wonderful presence here. It’s what we’re expecting now. We’re singing to You Lord. We’re praising You Lord. Hallelujah, hallelujah. Glory, glory to God, praise the Lord. Let’s go Garth.
Praise You Jesus. Praise You Jesus. Praise You Jesus. Thank You Lord for this most wonderful time we’ve had in worship and praise. From our hearts we worship You this morning. We are grateful that You have given us the privilege that with mouths of clay we can utter words that have eternal ramifications and eternal joy. An eternal harvest of praise and worship to the Most High God. Thank You Lord, thank You Father that in the rest of the service this morning all honour will be given to You. Everything that is said and done will bring glory to Jesus. We thank You for the sweet, sweet flow of the Holy Spirit in Jesus’ name amen, amen.
You may be seated. Praise the Lord. Did we have a good time this morning? Oh no come on? (Congregation praises.) Yeah, I mean with praise and worship like that and you say “yayaya.” Praise the Lord. It’s a wonderful day to be in the presence of the Lord, hallelujah. Glory to Jesus. Welcome to Glory day, hallelujah. There’s a few phrases the Lord has been giving me, that’s been rolling around in my heart and I believe in the days, the weeks and the months to come you will all become more familiar and more comfortable with what God is doing. Hallelujah.
Just the last 24 hours this words started to roll around in my spirit and it’s the word –crossover, and I believe that there’s a crossing over that is happening in the Spirit. Hallelujah. Glory to Jesus. So I’m going to jump into the Word this morning and I’m going to do The Source and The Future part 6 and 7 today. And then if the Lord leads me to be able to do it tomorrow, I will do part 8, which I’m believing I’ll get to the conclusion. Hallelujah.
So just to remind you Genesis 25:19-23, 19And this is the history of the descendants of Isaac, Abraham’s son: Abraham was the father of Isaac. 20Isaac was forty years old when he married Rebekah, the daughter of Bethuel the Aramean of Padan-aram, the sister of Laban the Aramean. 21And Isaac prayed much to the Lord for his wife because she was unable to bear children; and the Lord granted his prayer, and Rebekah his wife became pregnant. 22[Two] children struggled together within her; and she said, If it is so [that the Lord has heard our prayer], why am I like this? And she went to inquire of the Lord. 23The Lord said to her, [The founders of] two nations are in your womb, and the separation of two peoples has begun in your body; the one people shall be stronger than the other, and the elder shall serve the younger (Genesis 25:19-23).
So I’ve spent quite a bit of time in the previous five Sunday’s ministering on the spiritual man and the clay man; and the things that God wants us, and the power God has given us to declare words of life. I’ve spoken about many things that relate to this particular passage of Scripture and about; how God called Abraham, how Abraham blessed Isaac and all of the confrontations that Abraham had to have with Isaac. So I can’t go back over the last five messages but I do want to say to you, as I said two weeks ago, that you really should listen to these messages over and over again. Because even for me, you know, I’m reading some of the things that I’ve said under the anointing of the Spirit and I say – “did I say that?” You know, because it’s under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. Praise the Lord.
So, I am just informing you that I am not going to touch on, because I won’t get it all done this weekend, if the Lord leads me to minister more on it then I will at some other stage, but I am not going to talk too much about Laban syndrome. You know, because the Laban syndrome is a message all on its own; where he stood neutral before God but he recognised the blessing of God on other people and he always wanted to be around the people that the blessing was on. But when the choice came he went after Jacob and he didn’t want to let Jacob go and he almost was prepared to have war with Jacob to keep Jacob with him because of the blessing factor.
So there is a Laban syndrome and a lot to the Laban syndrome that we can learn in the body of Christ. The Lord has had other ministers preach on this from time to time and it may or may not be included in my message but, you know, other ministers have written books about this what they call merchandising the anointing or commercialising the anointing. So what that is, is that people recognise where the anointing is and they hang around where the anointing is and they commercialise it for their own profit and their own benefit. You know, and so we have to always be careful of Laban syndrome. Our spiritual father that brought the faith Word to us said to Christians, but specially to ministers, that if you pursue money, money will cause your downfall spiritually.
We cannot afford to be money-minded and the Laban syndrome is about being money-minded; not anointing-minded, not seed-minded but money-minded, wealth-minded and there’s a difference. But I am not going to talk about that in this particular session because of the things that the Lord wants me to share in terms of Jacob’s constellation.
So I have said to you, “Constellation is a configuration of stars as seen from the earth; an assembly of splendours or excellences. It can be seen as fortune or destiny. An arrangement of parts or elements, the outcomes depends on the configuration of influences at the time. The gathering of famous or important people.”
So when the Lord gave me this message all the way back in 2010 about the constellation. He showed me that it is an assembly of splendours and excellences. This has a lot to do with alignment and being in the right place that God needs you to be and understanding and recognising the timing of God. It is the arrangement of elements, different elements that are at work, the outcomes depends on the configuration of influences at the time. One of the things that lead me to understand divine alignment and divine assignment was when the Lord spoke to me, and we were driving Brother Copeland, and Gloria, and Jerry Savelle, and Jesse Duplantis and Creflo Dollar in 1996. We were driving them around in a Microbus, you know, and the Lord really began to deal with me that my connection is with Jerry Savelle. When the Lord connected me with Jerry Savelle, you know, it was like I was pregnant and I had to speak to him about our divine connection. And, you know, those men that were there where in the speakers lounge when Brother Jerry called, and he said, “I want you to witness a divine connection between me and John that God has established. And if you have anything to say right now, about this divine connection, speak up.” I thought, Lord, don’t speak all my sins out to all these men of God in one go, you know.
But it was a divine alignment that couldn’t wait for another time; it was an assemblage of splendours, you know, it was an arrangement, an assemblage of excellences. Parts and elements… The outcomes depends on the configuration of influences at the time and all the influences were, were in alignment at the time for my configuration – our configuration. There was a gathering of famous and important people at that time. So Jacob’s constellation includes all of these things. I am using me as an example but Jacob’s constellation includes all these things.
I want to remind you as I get into the message this morning that all the way back in 2010, I said this: Our God is the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. The blessings of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob are upon us through Jesus. If we follow Jesus, it’s the constellation. It’s the assemblage of parts and elements. It’s a time frame when all these components are coming together. It’s a time frame when there’s this season in the configuration of the earth where there is so much turmoil. Japan has had an earthquake and Tsunami. There’s this unrest in the Middle East. The world is trying to recover from economic distress and disorder and implosion if you like. There are these things are happening. So much turmoil in Africa, transitioning of powers and authorities in governments. Many things happening in the world around us. I want to tell you none of these things intimidate me. None of these things make me afraid because my God says, “It’s Jacob’s constellation – it’s time for us.” I’m not talking about one month, three months, six months – this is a thing that was activated and accelerated in Jacob’s life. It was something that moved him for the rest of his life. The Lord said to me, “It is Jacob’s constellation; it’s time for the body of Christ.” The people who are going to follow after God, Jacob’s constellation has kicked in. The beginning of new things, new momentum, new developments in our lives. This is the time. This is the time. This is not a prophetic word I am telling you, thus says the Lord, “Tomorrow you are going to open a business and by Friday it is going to be a successful business.” This is a season we are going into that has got impact for decades.
That was what I said in 2010. So that was under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit and so the Lord has lead me to give a (and why we are now on part six) to give a more meaningful and more carefully examination publically of Jacob’s constellation. Pastor Sharon, on the 2nd of June 2012, she made reference to Jacob’s Constellation message, and she said, “The wars that you have had for 20 years, I will convert war to wealth in one year.” So that is the word that has also come from Brother Jerry to us, “10 years in one, 20 years in two.” If I believe this, I must act on this. That means everything that is supposed to be in my life is accelerated; which means, I am going to be making decisions much quicker than I have made decisions before. I will be making decisions quicker. I will see the results quicker. I will see the productivity quicker. I will see a greater anointing and a greater favour to make things happen. Amen.
So, I want to just cover for a moment, I want to cover the subject of birthright, inheritance and heritage. So if you receive an inheritance; that is something you inherit by legacy, it’s ownership by virtue of birthright. It’s the right to inherit. I have ministered on this, I’m just making sure that we’re all on the right, same page this morning for five minutes. Anything received as if by inheritance from a predecessor. So if you have a heritage then you have property that can be inherited or something handed down from one’s ancestors or the past as a characteristic, a culture, a tradition. So, along with heritage comes the rights, the burdens or status resulting from being born in a certain time or place. Again it refers to birthright, if you have a heritage. So our ministry is called Heritage of Faith so if we have to say we have a heritage of faith then we say – we have the rights, the burdens or status resulting from being born in a certain time or place. So we have the burden, the rights and the status resulting from being born into this ministry, into this legacy, into this lineage of faith.
I can tell you for sure there are many churches around the world that preach a very good Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, they do. And they do a very good and outstanding job for Jesus, but they are not preaching what we are preaching and they are not living what we are living and we are supposed to be what we are supposed to be, because God needs people like us on the earth. Hallelujah.
So a birthright is the right or the rights that a person has because of being born in a certain family or nation. So those are rights that come with your birth. This becomes very important for the Christian, because most Christians do not think to actually live in their rights. Most Christians are content to live in redemption because redemption is salvation, redemption gives you walk with God, redemption gives you a status of birthright and guarantees your access to heaven but it doesn’t give you any place for going after the rights that come with redemption. So the rights that come with redemption are largely untouched by the believer.
You will often hear me preach when I preach on faith, and that’s why I preach on The Seven Active Ingredients of Living Faith because living faith – is an active living faith. It is not a formula for success. Faith is not a formula for success. It is a living relationship, it is a pattern for victory. Hallelujah, praise the Lord. God is good. Praise the Lord.
So when I preach on faith, often I will preach on faith when it comes to relationships. I will preach on faith when it comes to living life from your inward man successfully because your outwards life success depends on what happens on the inward man. So if your inward man is successful then your outward life will review, will see the success. The inward man’s success is a dependent on how you see your walk with God. So if you only see your walk with God as redemption then all you’re going to have in your life is a general knowledge of being redeemed and having redemption. But if you see your life with God as having rights that you can access by a birthright, by inheritance, by heritage then you are willing to put yourself out there and say I’m going after those rights to make them mine. Hallelujah.
So the birthright is the biblical tradition that bestows upon the firstborn son the father’s possessions upon the father’s death. That is the biblical tradition. The birthright promises came from God’s original promises to Abraham. It was a dual promise of both material and spiritual nature. So when God began to talk to Abraham about his birthright and He began to talk to Abraham about, “Follow Me and I will take you to a country, I will take you to a place, you will be My people and I will be your God.” He began to talk to him about birthright. And so, birthright is a thing that God instituted and when He started to give blessings to Abraham as part of his birthright the blessings were both natural and they were spiritual. So that’s important for us to see. Part of what’s so great about Jacob’s Constellation is; when we talk about Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and then we come to Jesus and again I’m not going to go back because I’ve already made this connection from the book of Galatians and various other books… the book of Colossians, other books, the book of Hebrews in the connection between Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and Jesus and us being the seed.
The great thing about this message is that it kind of bypasses all of the issues that Christians really want to get stuck with that have to do with the Mosaic Law, the Levitical Law and all of the laws that were written in the Torah. So there are so many laws and applications of law. But if you live with Abraham, Isaac and Jacob – they had a covenant of faith that was connected to a covenant of blessing. And Jesus came to fulfil all the law, all of what the prophets and the law stood for. He came to fulfil that because it was a requirement. But what He came to do was leave the blessing of Abraham. So the blessing of Abraham bypasses all of the stuff that you can get caught up in of the law. It just goes straight to your faith walk. Hallelujah.
So Genesis 25:27, 27So the boys grew. And Esau was a skilful hunter a man of the field; but Jacob was a mild man, dwelling in tents. 28And Isaac loved Esau because he ate of his game, but Rebekah loved Jacob (Genesis 25:27-28). So if you had any doubts that the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach, here it is, you know. Even though Esau was the man that was making the food and he was the one killing the game. So Rebekah loved Jacob because she’d already had a Word from God that the inheritance and the birthright was going to pass on to Jacob. So she had an understanding of spiritual things.
29Now Jacob cooked a stew and Esau came in from the field and he was weary. 30And Esau said to Jacob, “Please feed me with that same red stew, for I am weary.” Therefore his name was called Edom, which means red. 31But Jacob said, “Sell me your birthright as of this day.” 32And Esau said, “Look I’m about to die; so what is this birthright to me?” 33Then Jacob said, “Swear to me as of this day.” So he swore to him, and sold his birthright to Jacob. 34And Jacob gave Esau bread and stew of lentils; then he ate and drank, arose, and went his way. Thus Esau despised his birthright.” (Genesis 25:29-34).
So I just, you know, I have made reference to this before and I need to make reference to it again, just so that we have the right context. So Esau comes in and he says, “I’m so tired that I’m about to die so please give me some food Jacob.” So Jacob says, “Sell me your birthright.” So his reason and his argument is, if I die, what good is my birthright? So if I sell my birthright, I might as well sell it because I’m going to die. So either way he was making a decision in despising his birthright because if he ate the food and he continued to live, he had no birthright. So, you know, if he died he had no birthright. So the question all was a matter of birthright to him. So when the Bible says he despised his birthright, it’s because he never considered the birthright of real value, otherwise he would have gone to someone else to look for food or he could have negotiated and bartered something else.
You know, Esau calls Jacob a deceiver. Certainly he deceived his father into thinking he was Esau. I often wonder what would have happened if there wasn’t that interaction. It would appear though, to God, it didn’t have a material difference on what was going to happen anyway. However, God did have to address that part of Jacob in his constellation later. When he had to have an identity change, because there comes a time in our walk with God where you can get away with living the way you want to live for much of your life, and in many ways, but the time will come when God says, “I have to change your name and I have to change your identity to be like My Son.” Now we have to deal with the things that you brought with you from your past.
So it didn’t change the outcome that Jacob would be the seed for the 12 tribes of Israel. He would be the seed for Joseph and Judah and all the 12 tribes of Israel who would ultimately usher in Jesus – Who would ultimately be our Redeemer – that didn’t change. But there had to be a time when God had to deal with the things that happened in the past.
So, Esau stands for and he is the type of Christians. So if his name is Edom and that means red; it is a reflection of the red blood, the red earth, the red blood. There are many things that you can interpret about Esau and being red; the name Edom, and there are many Scriptures, particularly in the book of Isaiah, about He who walks through Edom, meaning Jesus. I want to say this, that Esau despised his birthright. We have birthright through the Blood of Jesus. So there are many Christians that live in the birthright of redemption, but they don’t live in the birthright of all the other things that come with it. So if we despise all the rights we have in Jesus, then we are living in the Esau syndrome or the Esau characteristic. The Esau nature which says – I have my birth by right, but I don’t value the rights of my birth.
So when Christians say, “I don’t need faith to go after finances or material things because I can do that on my own.” What you’re saying is, “I have a birthright but I don’t care for the rights of my birth.” And when Christians say that they don’t have to go after their healing because they can go to the doctor. They are saying that they have a birthright, but they don’t care for the rights of their birth. Believing God for your healing is not a question of convenience, because you can take a tablet to change the symptoms. Believing God for your healing is a matter of faith, because it’s part of the rights of your birth, and you do not despise the rights of your birth when you go after your healing with the Word. But if you go after your healing only through the medical profession, then you are saying, “I am despising the rights of my birth, even though I live with a birthright.”
I’m already preaching very good. (Congregation agrees.) And that is the same with relationships, with marriage, with friendships, with work issues, careers. You can have a right because of your birth or you can just live in your birthright. Most believers that live out there in the corporate world, that live in the broad economic world out there, they are content to identify themselves with the red of the men of clay.
“I identify myself with the structure of the men of clay, of the men of the earth.” And now, if you go back to The Source and the Future part 2 and part 3, when I talked about the man of clay and the man of the spirit; the first born Adam and the second born Adam. We come right to the full cycle where we get to this point where we in our birthright can choose; whether we only want to live in identity with the man of clay, the red man, the man of the earth, where we have already been covered by the red Blood of Jesus, that gives us the birthright; but we must live in the rights of our birth.
And so, if we go out into the world and we say, “The world system is my provider, so I depend on my contacts, my connections, my intellect, my education, my everything else,” and that becomes your only source. Remember when I said, “You have to be born into clay to be able to have a second man which is the Spirit man.” So there is a relationship that the man of clay must have with other men of clay. I’m not despising the man of clay relationship man-on-man. I’m saying that in birthright, you have a higher right. And so, you only live with the rights of men on the earth then you need to say, “Well, okay, that is what I am going to get while I am on the earth,” whereas, you can have the rights of your birth.
Jacob understood the rights of his birth much more than Esau did. Esau despised them. Jacob said, “I’ll get my rights, regardless, no matter what actually, I am going to go after if even if I have to deceive somebody and steal somebody’s stuff.” He actually didn’t steal anything – he just deceived. He just deceived. Praise the Lord!
I need to read this to you, Hebrews chapter 12. Hebrews 12:1, and I am going to read quite a lot out of this passage of Scripture now. 1Therefore, from the New Living Translation, 1Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us (Hebrews 12:1). Endurance is the key. Anyway, I don’t want to talk about that. I have to move along; otherwise you will be very enduring.
2We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honour beside God’s throne (Hebrews 12:2). So let me tell you, when you go after the rights of your birth, you have to do that with faith. When you do that with faith there is often a shame that comes with it, that you will have to endure. But when God, when you get through the place of shame that you endure God will always honour you.
So, you know, I don’t want to talk too much about my past and my history today, because I am really into a teaching mode but when I went into the military and I decided, no matter what happens, my walk with God is my primary and number one thing that is going to, that I am going to live for. Whatever else that happens in the military, I am going to keep my walk strong. So, you know, I had watched many of my… my brother, my brother’s friends, many of the men in the church go to the army and then when they came out of the army, they never came back to church because they back slid. They left God because when they came into the culture of swearing, and drinking, and smoking and carrying on they gave themselves over to that and so they felt that they wanted to continue to live in that way rather than living in God’s way.
So I decided I was going to live for God. So, in my living for God, I attracted a lot of abuse, because I will read my bible and I will pray and all the people that were around me wanted me to live like them. They wanted me to talk like them; they wanted me to live like them. Partly, I suppose partly, they were just vessels that were used by the enemy to try and undermine my faith, you know. And so, the longer I stood in my faith, the less they could move me. Until, I have shared this with you before, until one night about 11 months or so into our training… And we did a whole year of training at that time, but 11 months into my training, we had a confrontation.
And to me it was the confrontation of light and dark. It wasn’t about the guys. They tried to baptise me in beer and they tried to make me and force me, physically force me to do stuff with them that I wasn’t willing to do, you know. And it was … we were out in the, staying in tents, very cold Bloemfontein Bloemhof, very cold winter’s night when they baptised me in beer. So you can understand what the impact was, you know. They wanted me to compromise my walk with God.
So, but here’s the thing. When I can through the endurance of that shame and we got into military fighting situations, then this very person that they would shame and they wanted to stop me from living for God is the very person they turned to because they knew that my walk with God was genuine, it was true, it was substantial, it was without compromise. And they knew I wasn’t perfect, you know. They saw me one day when a guy was throwing ‘doppies’ at me – that means empty cartridge shells. He was standing, throwing after I’d been carrying boxes and we’d been shooting the whole day and nobody was in a good mood and he was throwing empty shells at me. And I asked him to stop and he wouldn’t. And so, I got up and he was like, “Uuhh… what you going to do?” And when he was standing there I hit him so hard that he never stood up again, not for a long time. He didn’t see it coming because the man of faith, the man of the cloth could never touch anybody. You know. This man of the cloth knew he was bigger than me and he was a lot stronger than me and I knew if I’ve got to hit him I’ve got to hit him once and only once. Because otherwise he’s going to pummel me into the ground. But I hit him hard enough for him to stay down. They knew I wasn’t perfect. But they knew my walk with God was completely genuine. It was completely without compromise.
That’s the thing about Christians. Your birthright does not make you immediately perfect. It makes your inward man perfect but your clay man still has to grow to perfection. In the New Testament it’s called sanctification. Hallelujah. Praise the Lord. And that same thing happens when you’re in the corporate world. If you’re a person of faith in the corporate world, people will not understand how you operate. It doesn’t matter whether they understand or not. You’ve got to live by faith.
3Think of all the hostility he endured from sinful people; then you won’t become weary and give up. 4 After all, you have not yet given your lives in your struggle against sin (Hebrews 12:3-4). Have you? Anybody died because of your struggle against sin recently? I don’t think so. You’re still here today that means that you haven’t died yet, in your own warfare against sin.
5And have you forgotten the encouraging words God spoke to you as his children? He said, “My child, don’t make light of the Lord’s discipline, and don’t give up when he corrects you. 6For the Lord disciplines those he loves, and he punishes each one he accepts as his child.” 7As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as his own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? 8If God doesn’t discipline you as he does all of his children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really his children at all (Hebrews 12:5-8). So if you ever wanted to know about whether you should discipline your children, here is the verse. Regardless of what anybody else says this should tell you, you need to discipline your children. 9 Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever? (Hebrews 12:9).
I’m reading you this passage of scripture because I want you to understand that the relationship that you have with God is you are a son of God. As a son of God you have birthrights. So you have the right of birth and the birth that gives you rights. But you are also in the birthright, setting yourselves to have discipline from God. It’s His right that birthed you, to discipline you. Why would God want to discipline us? So let’s be clear about this. God does not discipline you with sickness, disease, poverty and any kind of bad stuff. He disciplines you with the kind of things that’s happening right here, right now. He speaks the word of truth. This word of truth penetrates your spirit man and it will bring a correction to you.
When you receive these words of life and these words bring correction to you, your life will turn from a defective way… Remember Pastor Sharon has preached on sinful ways is wicked ways or twisted ways, I’m using the word defective. So when He disciplines you He will say, “Your way of life is defective. I’m bringing you words of truth that bring revelation, so your revelation can change your defect. And so when your defect is overcome you now become someone who is whole and you now can access all of your rights of your birth.” Who doesn’t want discipline from a God like that? So here’s what happens. When God’s Word of Truth comes to you and you say, “I don’t take that discipline,” then what happens is that your ways remain defective. When your ways are defective, you receive the harvest of defect.
The book of Galatians says if you sow to the life of the Spirit you will from the life of the Spirit reap life. If you sow to the spirit death you will from that spirit reap death and destruction. If you sow to the flesh you will from that flesh reap death and destruction. It’s not because God is putting death and destruction on you, it’s because your defective way takes you on a defective path. And that defective path has death and destruction on that path. So if you allow God’s discipline to come into your life, He rectifies the defect and puts you onto a path of blessing and as you are on the blessing then the birth that you are birthed into – Jesus, you can now access the rights – which is the blessing. That’s why the Father cannot leave you the way that you are.
That’s why everybody should have as their middle name “John Change Bendixen.” “Sharon Change Bendixen.” Because the middle name of every Christian should be change. If you want to use a Biblical word you could call it being transformed. The word God has been giving me this last 24 hours is crossover. I’m crossing over from my defective state into my rehabilitated, restored, renewed state. I’m crossing over. Discipline crosses me over. So I don’t have to live in a poor condition, I can live in a great condition. Hallelujah.
So I ask you a question. If you discipline a child, I didn’t intend to say this this morning but this is by the Holy Spirit. If you discipline a child as the child is growing up, and this child continues to set their will against your discipline…So let’s say for example they’re always late coming home from somewhere. And from a little child you begin to discipline the child: if you come home late you’re going to get a hiding. So they come home late, they get a hiding. Next time they go out they come home late, they get a hiding. They go out, they get a hiding. And so if that child continuous to set their will against you, they get to a point where they’re too old for you to discipline them. So what happens is now you can’t spank their bum anymore. And if you think spanking bums is not in the Word and it’s not for our modern day world; I’m sorry to tell our government that they are wrong. Plenty Scriptures that says we spank our children in love. Hallelujah. Not in abuse but in love. So when you get older and that child has continually set their will against you, now you can no longer discipline them. Now you begin to discipline them with withholding. “I want to go out with my friends.” “You always come late. So you’re not going out.” So now that child either has one of two options: I submit to the discipline or I don’t have the benefits. Come-on now.
So already you will begin to feel the withdrawal of benefits. It’s not that God’s not blessing us; it’s that if you are on a way and a path that is not God’s discipline working in you so that you crossover. You find yourself eventually God says, “You’re not listening. So the benefits that you’re believing for – you can’t have them, because you’re not listening.” So then, what inevitably happens to a child is, if they have got that strong will that they don’t listen, they become rebellious. So they find ways of doing what they want to do without your blessing. They get what they want; but they are away from your protection, they’re away from the blessing, and they are away from all the good things that come with who you are. What happens in the future life of that person when rebellion gets what they want? Then they continue to pursue rebellion because they get what they want. So they get to understand, if I just do what I want, and I make it happen for me all the time, I get what I want. So they live their whole lives getting what they want. What does the Father want from them? They don’t care anymore. Because rebellion takes you away from the Father’s will.
So the Word of God, Jesus and the Word of God – His Word is final authority – so if you rebel against authority you are rebelling against God. So God will bring you to a place where you must make a choice to submit yourself to authority. Must do. Because His Word is the ultimate authority and He will put delegated authority into the earth, so that you can submit to it. If you don’t believe me you should read Romans chapter 12 where He actually commands you to submit yourself to government authority. If God commands you as a Christian to submit to government authority, do you think He has no government in His church? He has government in His church. So then what are we supposed to do with the government that is in His church? Submit. Hallelujah. But if we submit to the discipline of the Lord, then submission to government is no longer setting my will against it because I submit to the will of God in my life and as I submit to the will of God in my life, my submission to Him becomes easy to recognise where God’s government is. Hallelujah. And when I see God’s government, I say, “I understand the order of the government and I submit here.” Hallelujah.
10For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they know how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in his holiness (Hebrews 12:10). So in His holiness is where all the restoration happens. You know people see holiness as sinlessness but holiness is not sinlessness. Holiness is the process of crossing over from being twisted in your ways, what was the word I just used? Defective in my ways and crossing over into being very effective in my ways. So that’s the holiness thing, you know, people want to say “don’t talk to me about holiness because inevitably it talks about all my sin.” No sin is nothing but defective ways against the ways of God… and so God is going to just bring you so that you don’t walk defectively but walk effectively. Quick definition of holiness.
11No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening – it’s painful! But afterward there will a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way (Hebrews 12:11). Now you get the harvest of right living, because I crossed over from defective living into the right way of living and so now I have a harvest of living in the right way. Praise Jesus.
12So take a new grip with your tired hands and strengthen your weak knees. 13Mark out a straight path for your feet so that those who are weak and lame will not fall but become strong (Hebrews 12:12-13). So we have an obligation to help each other. 14Work at living in peace with everyone, and work at living a holy life, so work at crossing over to having an effective life, for those who are not holy will not see the Lord (Hebrews 12:14). That is not saying – if you are not holy you’re not going to go to Heaven. This is where incorrect teaching has been taught by the church for years that if you are not holy you will not see the Lord. In other words if you sin you can’t go to Heaven. No, it’s not that you won’t see the Lord – you wont see the Lord on this earth while you’re living because your ways are defective and you can’t see the Lord in defective ways. In fact you live in darkness and such confusion, you’re always crying out, “Help me Lord, help me Lord, where are You Lord, I can’t talk to You, I can’t hear You. Where are You? I can’t see the Lord!” Of course you can’t see the Lord, your defective ways have been leading you away and away and away and away. The good news is – submit to discipline of the Lord and you crossover.
So watch this, 15Look after each other so that none of you fails to receive the grace of God (Hebrews 12:15). When you see someone that’s not living for God -talk to him, talk to him. What happens when you keep talking, keep talking, keep talking and the person won’t listen, what happens? Come on, what have I just said? Rebellion sets into their heart. What happens when there’s rebellion in someone’s heart? There is no way you can change it; only God can change it. There is nothing any man can ever do, only God can change it. Let me tell you, that’s why the prisons are full of people because they’ve been rebellious against the law and the government of the land and so, you think people will be in prison will change it? They carry out their rebellious against government ways in the prison and then when they come out they’ve just found smarter ways of having to live amongst men – sinfully. Because only God can change what’s in their heart.
And let me tell you if rebellion sets into Christians it’s even worse and the reason it’s worse is because the Word of God can’t impact them… only their walk with God they themselves can deal with it and if they won’t see – you can’t say anything about it. How many Christians have you seen that are rebellious and they just refuse to come back to church? It doesn’t matter what you say. Some of them are very bold and outward about it and some of them are very hidden about it.
15Watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, this is the point of this whole conversation here, watch out that no poisonous root of bitterness grows up to trouble you, corrupting many (Hebrews 12:15). I want to tell you, if the Lord has got a praying church He will remove poisonous roots out of the church. He must because He cannot allow those poisonous roots to grow alongside good roots.
Watch,16Make sure that no one is immoral or godless like Esau (Hebrews 12:16). Come on now, listen to me. I’ve just got through talking about the discipline of God, walking as holy people. If you don’t walk as holy, you can’t see God. If you don’t submit to the discipline of God you can’t see the right way of living; so you can’t live effectively, you will live ineffectively, right? One way is a defective way and the one way is an effective way. So what happened to Esau is Esau despised his birthright, so what he said was, “I don’t care for all of the blessings and all of the rights and privileges that have come down from my grandfather Abraham, my father Isaac who is still here amongst me. I don’t care that much for it. I care more about the food on my table, then I care about my destiny.”
Now I will tell you the first place where you can spot rebellion and unfortunately Christians cannot ask the question, or they don’t ask the question…The first place where rebellion shows up, is guess where? Money. So if wonder, if anybody around you, if you have any questions about anybody around you whether they are rebellious or not or what’s happened to their lives. You go and ask them if they are a tither and have been tither. Because if they have been a tither there is no rebellion in them and the root of bitterness cannot grow in them and it cannot corrupt many.
Here’s where the corruption comes; the corruption comes is where people come into the church and they looks like they have got all the blessings of everybody else in the church and they talk the same language but they are not tithing. So they are coming into the church as Esau’s and saying, “I’ve got all the birthrights and I want all the contacts and I want all the fellowship and I want all the blessing, but I’m not tithing.” Who knows about that? God knows about that. Who is going to deal with that rebellion? God’s going to deal with it not man. Because here on earth man receives tithes but in heaven it is the Heavenly Father who receives them.
So when you tithe to the natural, earth church, you not tithing to me or this church or where ever you tithe, you’re tithing to God. That’s why Jesus says you cannot serve God or mammon at the same time. You will love the one or hate the other. You cannot walk in between. Magtig man (Afrikaans word used as a sign of complete exasperation). So that is why I am saying to you, if you want to understand, you know, this passage of Scripture of how Esau despised his birthright then in our natural world he’s talking about that. Who traded his birthright as the first born son for a single meal. So there are Christians that are trading their birthrights of what they are capable of getting in tithing for the natural possibilities on the earth. So, it’s a single meal… but it’s a whole lot more than a single meal. A single meal refers to an eternal blessing.
17You know that afterwards, when he wanted his father’s blessing he was rejected. It was too late for repentance, even though he begged with bitter tears. 18You have not come to a physical mountain, to a place of flaming fire darkness, gloom and whirlwind, as the Israelites did at Mount Sinai. 19For they heard an awesome trumpet blast and a voice so terrible that they begged God to stop speaking. 20They staggered back under God’s command: “If even an animal touches the mountain, it must be stoned to death.” 21Moses himself was so frightened at the sight that he said, “I am terrified and trembling.” 22No, you have come to mount Zion, to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to the countless thousands of angels in joyful gathering. You have come to the assembly of God’s firstborn children (Hebrews 12:17-22). You today have come to an assembly of Gods firstborn children!
23Whose names are written in heaven. You have come to God himself, who is the judge over all things. You have come to the spirits of the righteous ones in heaven who have now been made perfect (Hebrews 12:23). How? Through our faith. Through Jesus death and our faith. 24You have come to Jesus, the one who mediates the new covenant between God and people, and to the sprinkled blood, which speaks of forgiveness instead of crying out for vengeance like the blood of Abel. 25Be careful that you do not refuse to listen to the One who is speaking (Hebrews 12:24-25). In your case today, I’m the one whose speaking, I preached that message – God Sends a Messenger with a Message. 25For if the people of Israel did not escape when they refused to listen to Moses, the earthly messenger, we will certainly not escape if we reject the One who speaks to us from heaven! (Hebrews 12:25).
So He will speak directly to your spirit but He will also speak through messengers. If we do not listen to the one who speaks we cannot walk in the blessing. Hello. Who knows the hearts of men? Only God, eventually men will see the fruit and then often times you may be confused. That’s often what happens in the body of Christ is you get confused because somebody amongst you has been talking the language, they have been talking the talk and they seem to be walking the walk… and then one day something happens and they are no longer walking the walk or talking the talk. And you say, “Well what happened?” Well they stopped listening to the one; and maybe they never even started listening to the one who started disciplining them because the first time when He started disciplining them they said, “No thank you. I prefer something else. I prefer something else. I prefer my meal. I prefer my material world. I prefer the thing that strengthens me on the earth. Earthly substance that strengthens me I prefer that rather than the substance of God that wants me to bring me into an effective way of living.”
Most often what happens is when that happens to a person they start to speak out against spiritual leadership. Most often, because the fault, “Cannot be with me, it has got to be with them.” And so when others listen to their complaining they listen with reason and all they hear is “All I wanted was a bowl of food. All I wanted was the stuff that belongs to me so that I don’t die. All I wanted was the natural stuff that.” Who, who would be so crude so bad as to say you can’t have what is rightfully yours? And then when they talk like that then people say, “You’ve got a point, she’s got a point. Yeah of course, of course those leaders of course they must have been wrong there.” But God is watching, God’s listening. God has always been watching.
I was talking to the worship group last night and I was saying, you know, God has brought, and I made reference to a particular wealthy businessman that was in my life… And I was sharing with the worship group where I felt that because of the relationship with that particular man, that we were supposed to have had world class musicians in our ministry. That particular man was listening to a man who knew me and had a high respect for me, who had a prophetic ministry. He was dying from a disease and before he died, he turned to this wealthy businessman and he said to him, “Pastor John is a true man of God and he’s your man of God and God has assigned you to him and you must look after him.” So this wealthy businessman had already been orchestrating his whole life by what prophecies this prophet had brought to his life. But when it came to that prophecy, because I stand for authority, it wasn’t long after that he and his family left our church. And as he was leaving our church he said to other businessmen, “You better take care of him because this is a man of God and he is on an assignment and you must take care of him because I can’t.” … but God’s watching.
And so, I know that God, that’s why there is this boldness and this confidence in me, and I’m telling you now, I’m jumping. I’ve told you this before I’m jumping. I’m going flat out for God right now. God has restored my boldness in faith. Because all of these targets, all of these arrows that the enemy has formed against me, have been hitting me and hitting me and hitting me, and I can say like Brother Jerry, having done all to stand, I’m still standing! Not like a Parktown prawn, like a Jerry Savelle. I’m standing. I’m still standing.
And now, the prophetic word comes true for us that what would’ve happened in ten years God is going to make happen in one year. It is already happening Church. It is already happening, in many, many areas of our ministry it is already happening. And you watch in these two years God is going to make things happen so fast that we’re going to think, “how did it takes so long for this stuff to come?” It wasn’t how long it was that the enemy has tried to stop us all this time and then eventually he couldn’t, because eventually our time for crossover came. Hallelujah! Jacob’s constellation is happening for us right now.
So next session, I’m going to introduce you, well we’ve still got a bit of time, I think you must just stand up and, you know, take a deep breath. Because this will help me if I can do fifteen more minutes then we can break for lunch. We’re going to have awesome praise and worship after lunch again. I said take a breath and half the people leave the auditorium. What’s that all about? Everybody needs a body break. Well why don’t you just greet somebody for a minute and just welcome somebody and say hello to the person next to you. But don’t go anywhere! Please don’t leave! “Brynn, give me a water there please.” (Congregation takes a water break).
Praise the Lord! Let’s keep going. The body breaking people can bring their bodies back whole when they’ve had a break. Hallelujah! Glory to God! So Jacob’s constellation is about three blessings. I want to just show you the awesome, the awesome pattern in which God works, because we have it available to us. Abraham had three blessings. So Abraham had three blessings; he had the blessing of Heavenly Father, which you can find in Genesis chapter 12:2, 2And I will make you a great nation and I will bless you [with abundant increase and favours] and make your name famous and distinguished, and you will be a blessing [dispensing good to others] (Genesis 12:2). So if you are a Christian, you can use this as a confession for yourself. And you may say, “I thank you Father that You make me a great nation. And I thank You that You bless me with abundant increase of favours. I thank You that You make my name famous and that You make me distinguished and I will be a blessing and dispense good to others.” This is a good declaration to make over your life.
3And I will bless those who bless you [who confer prosperity or happiness upon you] and curse him who curses you or uses insolent language towards you; in you will all the families and kindred of the earth be blessed [and by you they will bless themselves] (Genesis 12:3). So, just so that we understand this when God says, “I will curse somebody.” He’s not saying, “I am going to bring death and destruction on you.” What He is saying is, “I’m ring-fencing you so that you no longer have access to My protection, My blessing and My life.” So you are a defect rather than effective. So God, when He says, “I’m going to curse people” He says “I’m just going to ring-fence them so they have no access to My blessing.” Which means if you’re ring-fenced out of the presence of God, then you have permitted all kinds of other things to come into your life… and will continue to come into your life and lead you down wrong paths. I feel like I must just talk about money here for a second, and just let me say that it does not take a Christian, I’ve said this many times, it does not take a spiritual man to become wealthy. There are very, very many wealthy people in the world and they have nothing and want nothing to do with God. But they are gifted to make money.
So, we cannot confuse walking by faith and submission to authority with a gift that is called to make money. Two different things. So, Abraham was blessed with the Father’s blessing. The second blessing he was blessed with, was the blessing of the future which is in Genesis chapter 17, and I’m not going to read the whole passage of Scripture, you can read it for yourself later. But verse 2 says, 2I will make My covenant (solemn pledge) between Me and you and I will multiply you exceedingly. 3Then Abram fell on his face, and God said to him, 4As for Me, behold, My covenant (solemn pledge) is with you, and you shall be the father of many nations (Genesis 17:2-4). And He speaks blessing over him, but He speaks about his future. Okay, so you must read this all the way to verse 10. Then the third blessing that Abraham receives is the blessing of identity change, eternally. This is not an identity change that happened in the beginning when God said to him, “Let Me be your God and you will be My people.” There was an identity change there. This is an identity change that is eternally and it speaks of the resurrected Christ.
So, Genesis 22:16, 16And said, I have sworn by Myself, says the Lord, that since you have done this and have not withheld [from Me] or begrudged [giving Me] your son, your only son, 17In blessing I will bless you and in multiplying I will multiply your descendants like the stars of the heavens and like the sand on the seashore. And your Seed (Heir) will possess the gate of His enemies (Genesis 22:16-17). This is the first time that the blessing includes the defeat of your enemies. So that’s why we don’t have to be defeated by our own self. We don’t have to be defeated by our own self anymore. We can have victory even over our own self that is undermining our own self, or the other things that are in our world. Hallelujah. Praise Jesus.
So, Isaac received three blessings. Isaac received three blessings; he had the blessing that was given to him of the future which was the blessing the Father gave over his life while he was on the altar. Hallelujah. So, while he was on the altar, God spoke and said, “This seed, Isaac, will be the father of many nations.” Yes, He was talking to Abraham, but this is the seed that He was saving. So, he received the same blessing his father in the same moment, because he was saved from his life. You get that? Hallelujah.
Number two, he had the blessing of his father who went and fetched him a wife and he understood that all of his future depended on him having a good wife. A wife that had the right birthright. Hello. Number three, Isaac had a blessing, when his father died everything became his. So, Isaac had three blessings, three blessings. Abraham had three blessings. Isaac had three blessings. The blessing of the Father, he had the blessing of the future and when he died he received the patriarchy of his father which meant he’s identity changed from being the son on the altar to being the son that would confer blessing. Hallelujah. So that’s important because the pattern is set because Jacob has three blessings. Jacob had the blessing of the Father. Jacob had the blessing of the future and Jacob had the blessing of identity change. And I’m going to close this session with this statement, just to remind us when we come back. When someone says, “I bless you.” Who’s got the power to bless? God. The power belongs to God, but if you are a delegated authority under the anointing that comes upon you to speak blessing, then God honours that blessing as though He was speaking it. This is not a casual, “Let me pray for you, brother.” This is a powerful, anointed, inspired blessing.
As a general rule it’s important that we speak words of blessing to each other. Yes, I empower you to prosper. When you are around me I do not want to disempower you with my negativity. If you’ve ever been in a room where you’ve got a lot of positive people and you have one very negative, strong-willed person. It’s like all the positive energy is working really hard to overcome one negative person. You think, “How can five, or seven, or ten positive people not overwhelm one negative person?” Because the negative energy just is so demanding – “Look at me, you must bow to my negativity.”
So, it’s important that we bless each other. What does that mean? That means, I don’t come into your presence even with my thoughts and my negativity and my bad day. Well, let me just say this, if you are allowing your own bad day to affect yourself, then you should change your own talk to yourself, so that you change your own bad day. So, your own bad days now becomes a good day. So you should talk to yourself so that you change your bad day to becoming a good day – its because you have the power to bless yourself like that. So that’s the first thing you should do, is speak to yourself and say, “Hey self, catch a wake-up here. You’re feeling bad, don’t. You’re feeling disenfranchised, don’t. You’re feeling disrespected, don’t. You’re feeling all kinds of bad feelings. Shut up self. I command you to be better at your day, think better about yourself, because you are awesome self.”
Well why do you say you’re awesome? Well, because I’m child of God kind of awesome. Even if myself is not awesome, the child of God in me is awesome, so speak to yourself as an awesome child of God and you say, “Hey awesome child, child of God, wake up awesome child of God. Wake up, don’t beat down on self, child of God, because why would you want to be down on self when the greatest Self is inside of you, self? Shut up self. I don’t want to listen to myself anymore because you’re just making my bad day bad.”
And if you do that to yourself everyday, you know, then when you’re having a bad day and you meet someone else then you should say, “I’m not going to put any of my bad day on you. I’m going to make sure that you have a much better day than me. So I’m just going to bless you. I’m going to tell you how awesome you are. I’m going to tell you how great God is in you and I’m just going to tell you that God’s blessing is all over you. His favour is all over you and whatever you put your hand to is going to prosper, and wherever you go, God’s going to show up there for you. And all of these blessings are overtaking you and just have an awesome day for yourself, won’t you?”
You know, if you talk like that to people, it prevents them from, “You know what that leader said?” Shut up about the leader already, have a good day. You want to disempower yourself and talk about someone else then, you know, go away from me. I’m having a great day. Hallelujah. And so, it’s important that we talk like that to each other, all the time, you know, and that might sound like, “But where’s the real person?” I don’t like the real clay person. He’s giving me a bad day. I want to be the spirit person. I crossover, I crossover. I’m not going to walk over there where I’m, you know, ineffective. What’s the word I was using? Defective. I don’t want to have a defective day. I’m going to have a highly effective day. “But you’re not being real man?” I really don’t want to have a defective day! I really want to have an effective day! “Ja, but what’s going on in your heart and your emotions?” Shut up about asking me that question already! I don’t want to answer that question! It’ll take me down bad thoughts and bad words!” “Ja, but I want to touch the real you.” “I don’t want you to touch him! I don’t want to touch him! I want to come over here and be effective!” “Yeah, but you know, that’s kind of like in a fanatic-kind-of-status stuff.”
“Yeah right, exactly me. Exactly me. I’m fanatic about being effective. I’m fanatic about being blessed. I’m a fanatic about being joyful and happy and a smile on my face! Try and hold me down at your peril, I’ll draw my sword and stick you with my blessing. I will, I’ll stick you with my sword of blessing and just as you try to hold me down, I’ll stab you with my sword of favour and then I’ll take my other little blade and I’ll give it to you and say may God bless you wherever you go.”
And you might just think well what happened to this man, I can’t talk any negative to him, I want the real person and he won’t come out and say… Yes, exactly. He’s dead and buried long time ago with Jesus. I got a whole new person inside of me. I’ve got the blessing of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. I’ve got the blessing of the Father, I’ve got the blessing of my future and I’ve got the blessing of identity change. I don’t want to live in the past. So let me talk to you about Jacob’s constellation when we come back. What do you say? (Congregation agrees.) Praise the Lord. We’re getting there. We’re getting there, we’re getting there, we’re getting there. Hallelujah.
Are you going to eat something, hey? When you come back here, we’re going to have awesome praise and worship when you come back. Because I know when people go out on Saturdays for lunch, they come in here and I get up to talk, it’s like “magies vol, ogies toe” (Afrikaans for tummies full, eyes closed). You know, it’s like, “eeehh, ehhh, can I get another word please Pastor John?” Not today. Today we’re going to have praise and worship and all that food is going to slosh in your stomach and it’s going to digest quickly while you’re worshiping God. And you go, come on digest food quick, so that when the Word comes I’m alert and ready and alive. I bless you in your eating of your food, and may it do your body good and not any harm, in Jesus’ name. I’ve ‘sommer’ prayed for your food too. Oh, you should be back at 1:15 pm.