I have been listening to Rick Wiles for a while, and while our eschatology and understanding of the Kingdom is very different, I share some of his views concerning what is going on in the world. I have found them to be congruent with his biblical world views.
I am hearing something about the following passages of Scripture that have I never before put together this way. The first passage has to do with what was spoken over Yahshua at His baptism, and that for the sake of John the Baptist and others who were present on that day. I do not believe that everybody present heard His voice; but for those whose time had come to believe, they we able to hear what was being said. Something powerful took place in the Spirit when this word was released over Yahshua and it preceded the His earthly ministry.
Matthew 3:16-17 And when Yahshua was baptized, immediately he went up from the water, and behold, the heavens were opened to him,and he saw the Spirit of Yahweh descending like a dove and coming to rest on him; and behold, a voice from heaven said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased.”
Note: The above passage of Scripture is what we need to hear before we step out or embark on anything that pertains to life and ministry. So many times, young believers and novices step out and embark on things for which they are neither qualified nor authorized.
That being said, it is important for us to know who we are in Him before we step out or embark on any endeavor that is not directly sanctioned by the witness of His Spirit. When young believers and novices attempt to do something for Yahweh out of a since of guilt or obligation, they will soon become frustrated and conflicted with what they are doing.
When our internal dialogue is filled with anxiety and second guessing, it could be because we do not really know who we are in Him, or we have not been empowered by His grace to perform the task at hand. We can all aspire to a lot of things for which we have not been gifted or graced; but the outcome will always be the same.
“Sonship is our destiny, and our inheritance is wrapped up in discovery” blh
Note: I am content with being a son, a joint heir and a part of His family. I have now lived long enough to know what it means to BE all of them at the same time. I have also come to realize that there is nothing greater than being a son.
Matthew 25:14-23 “For it will be like a man going on a journey, who called his servants and entrusted to them his property. To one he gave five talents, to another two, to another one, to each according to his ability. Then he went away. He who had received the five talents went at once and traded with them, and he made five talents more. So also he who had the two talents made two talents more. But he who had received the one talent went and dug in the ground and hid his master’s money. Now after a long time the master of those servants came and settled accounts with them. And he who had received the five talents came forward, bringing five talents more, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me five talents; here I have made five talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant.You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’ And he also who had the two talents came forward, saying, ‘Master, you delivered to me two talents; here I have made two talents more.’ His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’
Note: I am persuaded that until we are able to hear Him say “This is My beloved son in whom I am well pleased” that we will not be able to hear Him say “Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of Your master”
Matthew 17:4-6– and Peter said to Yahshua, “Lord, it is good that we are here. If you wish, I will make three tents here, one for you and one for Moses and one for Elijah.” He was still speaking when, behold, a bright cloud overshadowed them, and a voice from the cloud said, “This is my beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased; listen to him.”
Note: I am convinced that until we are able to hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of Your master” that we will not fully understand our purpose for living.