Jesus Knows

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Jesus needed a vehicle. If this happened today, He’d say, “Now go to the dealership down the road, and you’ll see a car on the lot. Just get in it and bring it over here. If they ask what you’re doing with the car, just say; “My Master has need of it. We’ll bring it back.” There was a need, and God provided for that need.

 

When they needed the upper room, the same thing happened. In Mark 14:12-16, the apostles said they needed a place to get together for the Passover meal. Jesus told them to look for a man with a big pot and to follow him home. “Go in there,” Jesus said, “and tell them that we need their guest room. You’ll find everything laid out for you.”

 

God provides, no matter how impossible it looks. He furnishes a table in the wilderness. He makes the crooked paths straight. He’ll provide for you. All He wants you to do is to trust Him. Will you trust Him? Maybe you want to go to Bible school, but you’re worried about your tuition. Would you trust Him? If you can’t believe God for your tuition, how are you ever going to believe God when it comes to funding your ministry or missions operation?

 

A lot of people have said, “Well, you know, it’s great that you preach this message of provision and all that, but Jesus didn’t have anything and Jesus even said it Himself, ‘Foxes have holes, birds have nests, but the Son of man hath not where to lay His head.’” Jesus didn’t have a home because He didn’t need one. What He did need, He got. You don’t really need anything when you’re all you need. When you walk on water just as a hobby, do you think you’re going to lose one night’s sleep about a need? Jesus knows what you have need of, though.

 

He knows you have a family. He knows you need to work and earn money to provide for your family. He knows! That’s why He tells you to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added — not subtracted — unto you. He knows what you have need of!

 

For years my family didn’t need a home either. We just traveled, lived in hotels, and kept our stuff in storage. For years we’d wanted to get a home, but we’d stopped talking about it, because every time we asked the Lord if we could get a home, He said no. I said, “Lord, I’d love to give my wife and kids a house. I don’t want the kids growing up in a hotel room.”

 

When the revival broke out in central Florida in 1993, the Lord spoke to me and said, “It’s time for you to get a home, son. Go and get some property, and build a house for your family.” So we soon found the piece of property and started building the house.

 

One day, as I was walking out on the foundation, I just lifted up my hands with tears rolling down my cheeks and said, “Lord, thank You so much for this house for my family.” As I said that, the Lord spoke to me audibly and said, “Son, you’ve built My house for the last fourteen years. Now I’m going to build your house.”

 

I said, “Lord, do You really mean that? You’re going to build my house?” He said, “Yes, you watch it, I’m building your house. I’ll make a way for you.” Jesus knew my desire. It’s such a pleasure just to come home, to have a place called “home.”

 

When we moved into the house, I got my wife and the kids together and said, “This home is just a blessing from God, and if God tells us to give it away, we will.” You see, everything we have belongs to Him — we’re just stewards, managers, of what He blesses us with. As Stewards, we need to do whatever He tells us to do with everything we have. So if He ever needs my house, He has it without a question.

Seeing Jesus Clearly

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When Jesus came into the coasts of Caesarea Philippi,

he asked his disciples, saying, Whom do men say that I

the Son of man am ?

 

And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist:

some, Elias; and others, Jeremias, or one of the

prophets. He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I

am?

MATTHEW 16:13-15

 

Jesus asked the disciples two questions. “Whom do men

say that I am?” And then, “Whom do you say that I am?” I believe

that these two questions will be asked of you as you read this

book. Jesus wanted to know who His disciples thought He was,

and now He wants to know who you think He is.

Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the

Son of the living God.

 

And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou,

Simon Bar-jona; for flesh and blood hath not revealed it

unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.

And I say also unto thee, that thou art Peter, and upon

this rock [of revelation] I will build my church; and the

gates of hell will not prevail against it.

MATTHEW 16:16-18 (INSERT MINE)

 

I want you to notice something. Peter saw something that

day. His eyes were opened and he saw who Jesus really was. As

we step into this new millennium, what the world needs more

than anything is to see Jesus clearly. Unfortunately, most people

see Jesus through the eyes of religion and tradition.

 

When we went to Disney World to see their Christmas

production one year, we saw people put out their cigarettes and

stand there with tears rolling down their cheeks, singing about

the babe who was born in Bethlehem. Everybody can get tearful

about a baby. If you keep Him as a baby, you don’t have to

accept Him as the Lord of your life.

 

Jesus is born at Christmas and He dies at Easter. At

Easter, Jesus is on the cross. The world again stands with tears

rolling down their cheeks, this time about the fact that Jesus

died. But you know what? They still don’t make Him their

Lord. To be born again and make heaven their home, they have

to invite the risen Lord Jesus to come and make His home on

the inside of them. They have to see, and believe, that the tomb

is empty.

 

The world says that Jesus was just a good man. Some

say He was a prophet in a long line of prophets. Others say He

was an eccentric. Some say He was a martyr. And others say He

was a fairy tale. Children are raised to believe in the tooth

fairy; the Easter bunny; Santa Claus, and Jesus Christ. We’ve

put Jesus in there with the fairy tales, and when children eventually

find out the fairy tales are not real, they start to wonder

about Jesus too.

 

But Jesus is not a fairy tale; He’s a living reality.

What is very interesting is that every year is marked on

the calendar as the year of our Lord. 2000 AD. Anno Domini —

AD — is Latin for “year of our Lord.” You don’t see it written

down as “Year of Buddha 2000,” or “2000 Mohammed,” or

“2000 Confucius.” One man split the time of a whole planet,

and His name is Jesus. It’s more than just coincidence.

Jesus came to Jordan

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Finally the day came when Jesus came to the Jordan to

be baptized. John the Baptist baptized Jesus and God Himself

spoke from heaven and proclaimed Him to be His own beloved

Son. Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness, where He

fasted for forty days and forty nights and was tempted by the

devil. But He soundly defeated Satan with the Word of God.

(See Luke 4:1-15.)When Jesus came out of the wilderness, the

power of the Holy Spirit was all over Him to preach, teach,

heal, and deliver.

 

Everywhere Jesus went during His earthly ministry, He

left a trail of people who were set free and healed, who went

away walking and leaping and praising God. We count three

people raised from the dead: the widow’s boy outside the city of

Nain (see Luke 7:11-16), Jairus’ daughter (see Luke 8:49-56),

and Lazarus (see John 11:43-45). What’s more, at the end of his

gospel, John said,

 

And there are also many other things which Jesus

did, the which, if they should be written every

one,I suppose that even the world itself could not

contain the books” that should be written.

JOHN 21:25

 

Miracles were not the only unusual occurrences in Jesus’ ministry,

however. He habitually hung out with the despised tax

collectors and sinners. He didn’t act like them, but He didn’t

condemn them or make them feel inferior either. That’s why

they loved to be around Him, because they felt He accepted

them as they were. Then, when He looked at them with eyes of

love, and taught them the truth about God, they wanted to get

rid of their sin to get closer to Him.

 

Jesus has never been repulsive like religion can be. When

you see Hollywood’s idea of what they think God and God’s people

are like — condemning, mean, angry, and uncompassionate —

you know that they get it straight from religion. Religion focuses

on your sin and condemns you for it; but Jesus focuses on setting

you free. His love and goodness lead you to repent and give you

the power to overcome the sin in your life. Religion locks you

into sin; Jesus is the lover of your soul who sets you free from

sin.

 

God so loved the world, that he gave his only

begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him

should not perish, but have everlasting life.

For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn

the world; but that the world through him

might be saved.

JOHN 3:16-17

 

That was His whole mission. There was never a time that

Jesus did not keep in mind the divine purpose and plan for His

life. He came with one goal, and that was to pay the price at

Calvary for your sin and my sin. He was born to die — in a

remarkable, unparalleled act of love.

 

Yet if you listen to some preachers today; you’d think that

God only sent His Son into the world to tell the world, “You are

sinners and I am angry with you. I want you to burn in the flames

of hell.” Somehow they think that this is the gospel of Jesus

Christ. Jesus never came with a message of condemnation. Jesus

came with a message of love and forgiveness. We can see this

demonstrated through the story of the woman who was caught in

adultery:

And the scribes and Pharisees brought unto him a

woman taken in adultery; and when they had set

her in the midst,

 

They said unto him, Master, this woman was

taken in adultery, in the very act.

 

Now Moses in the law commanded us, that such

should be stoned.” but what sayest thou?

 

This they said, tempting” him, that they might

have to accuse him. But Jesus stooped down, and

with his finger wrote on the ground, as though he

heard them not.

 

So when they continued asking him, he lifted up

himself, and said unto them, He that is without

sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.

 

And again he stooped down, and wrote on the

ground.

 

And they which heard it, being convicted by their

own conscience, went out one by one, beginning

at the eldest, even unto the last: and Jesus was

left alone, and the woman standing in the midst.

 

When Jesus had lifted up himself, and saw none

but the woman, he said unto her, Woman, where

are those thine accusers? Hath no man con –

demned thee?

 

She said, No man, Lord. And Jesus said unto her,

Neither do I condemn thee: go, and sin no more.

JOHN 8:3-11

The Enemy Wants to Steal

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Satan tries to come with these things to sap the

very anointing from your life. He knows your weaknesses

and he’s had over 6,000 years of working on man to know

your shortcomings. He knows just what buttons to push.

 

He knows how to get you to react and he knows how to

get you to walk in a place where the anointing of God can

no longer rest upon your life. He wants to make you

ineffective.

 

As long as Samson had his long hair, as long as

Samson was under the anointing of God, he was

unstoppable. City gates meant nothing to him; he would

walk away with them. When you’re under the anointing

of God and you’re walking in that place of the call of

God, you are unstoppable in that which God has for your

life.

 

But Samson had a big weakness in his life. He

loved the world and he loved the things of the world. You

can’t have both. You can’t have the anointing of God and

the world. This is what people don’t understand. They

want to come to a meeting where the anointing of God is

and the power of God begins to move and then go outside

the door and carry on living like they did before.

 

You Cannot Live in Two Kingdoms

 

You cannot keep one foot in the world and one

foot in the kingdom of God. If you can sit in a church and

live a lifestyle that does not exemplify a child of God

without feeling convicted then I want you to know the

Holy Ghost is not a part of that place.

 

Samson was in bed with the world. Even though

the anointing of God would rest upon him, the desire for

the things of the flesh was greater in his life. Because of

the awesomeness of the presence of God, he thought he

could play with the world and get away with it. And he

began to compromise.

 

Then three thousand men of Judah went to the top of

the rock Etam, and said to Samson, Knowest thou not

that the Philistines are rulers over us? What is this that

thou hast done unto us? And he said unto them, As

they did unto me, so have I done unto them.

 

And they said unto him, We are come down to bind

thee, that we may deliver thee into the hands of the

Philistines. And Samson said unto them, Swear unto

me, that ye will not fall upon me yourselves.

 

And they spake unto him, saying, No; but we will bind

thee fast, and deliver thee into their hand: but surely

we will not kill thee. And they bound him with two

new cords, and brought him up from the rock.

 

And when he came unto Lehi, the Philistines shouted

against him: and the Spirit of the Lord came mightily

upon him, and the cords that were upon his arms

became as flax that was burnt with fire, and his bands

loosed from off his hands.

 

And he found a new jawbone of an ass, and put forth

his hand, and took it, and slew a thousand men

therewith.

Judges 15:11-15