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The Key of Blessing

Hearts are shaped by Blessing

“You are blessed with all spiritual blessings” (Eph 1:3).

Blessing is a powerful key. Blessing is God’s primary tool of confirming identity and establishing you into your purpose. When God blesses you, He accepts and receives you as His own. In Hebrew, the word blessing means: to be empowered to prosper.

“Empowered to Prosper!”

A simple way to recognize blessing is through honoring treatment. To be regarded as ones who have great worth and value tells others that favor and blessing rest upon our lives.

Jesus used the word “blessing” more than anyone in human history. When Jesus blessed people (children or adults) He was empowering them to prosper.

Blessing is a powerful form of communication.

The highest form of blessing comes from a parent to their child. God’s original intent was to provide a safe place to release and nurture identity into children. To communicate blessing and transfer values among family members is why God established the home. The home is to be a haven where children are loved and affirmed as their identity is being uncovered and embraced as their own. Home should feel like a house of blessing.

The Key of Blessing… affirming words.

Every child needs to hear the words, “I love you, and I am proud of you.” A parent’s affirmation and blessing can empower their children to prosper and thrive as adults. The effect of parental blessings affect each of us throughout our lives; in our marriages, businesses, and even in our ministries. One of the biggest misconceptions about blessings is that they should be given only to those who deserve them. I would propose, that the door of any child’s heart can be opened by using the key of blessing.

Access to Glory

Lake Victoria

Our access to God’s Glory is through entering into His Presence. We enter the gates of God’s Presence with thanksgiving and step into the courts of His Glory with praise (Ps 100:4-5). The Psalmist tells us that in doing this we will experience God’s goodness, mercy and truth in ways that both transform and increase from generation to generation.

The Glory Realm:

When we spend time in God’s Presence, we are accessing the Glory Realm. Its an atmosphere that revives the heart and renews the mind of the believer. I remind folks often that we enter the Glory Realm through the Presence, because Scripture clearly tells us that Jesus is the only Door into the Father’s heart. Through activities like praying, meditating on the Words of Christ, praise and worship, and looking into His eyes, our faces reflect His influence in our hearts. At the same time, we are being changed on the inside so that our lives begin to reflect His character. As we are transformed in this way the supernatural light that radiates within us illumines our path and increases with even greater splendor.

Moses Our Example:

“When Moses came down from Mt. Sinai with the two tablets of the Testimony in his hands he was not aware that his face was radiant, because he had spoken with the Lord. When Aaron and all the Israelites saw Moses, his face was radiant, and they were afraid to come near him. When Moses was finished speaking to them, he put a veil over his face. But whenever he entered the Lord’s presence to speak with Him, he removed the veil until he came out. And when he came out and told the Israelites what he had been commanded, they saw that his face was radiant. Then Moses would put the veil back over his face until he went in to speak with the Lord.” (Ex 34:29-35).

Glory is Visible:

From this passage, it is abundantly clear that the Glory of God on Moses was visible; it was not merely a spiritual or moral characteristic. His face was radiant. This means that there was a shining or a glow about it. We also observe a cause and effect relationship here. Whenever Moses would spend time in the Lord’s presence and speak with the Lord, this glory would appear on his face. We also know that this was limited to Moses at that time, as it did not happen to all the Israelites. It was so unusual that everyone else who saw him was afraid of the splendor radiating from his face. That’s why he covered up his face with a veil.

New Covenant Access:

Now under the New Covenant, the Glory Realm is not limited to one man. All believers have access to God’s Presence and the Glory that radiated from the face of Moses is available to all who know Him. In fact, this glory is even more glorious than what Moses experienced. Notice how the Apostle Paul spoke of the ministry of the Spirit to the Corinthians:

“Now if the ministry that brought death, which was engraved in letters on stone, came with Glory, so that the Israelites could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of its Glory, fading though it was, will not the ministry of the Spirit be even more glorious? If the ministry that condemns men is glorious, how much more glorious is the ministry that brings righteousness?” (2 Cor 3:7-9)

The Ministry of the Spirit comes with even more Glory!

“Therefore, since we have such a hope, we are very bold. We are not like Moses, who would put a veil over his face to keep the Israelites from gazing at it while the radiance was fading away…But whenever anyone turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into His likeness with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” (2 Cor 3:12-13 & 16-18).

Lack of Knowledge

“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge.” (Hosea 4:6)

Ignorance is simply a lack of knowledge, but as the Bible clearly indicates; it causes confusion and division… even destruction among those who are content to live in it. Confusion, division, and disagreement abound in religious circles. I would even go as far as to say Christianity is experiencing its greatest challenges to date, because the Body of Christ will not find its footing on Biblical foundations. God’s people are divided, because they have become Biblically illiterate and spiritually blind and deaf. The Church promotes hundreds of different denominations, wearing different names, worshiping in different ways and teaching different doctrinal beliefs. It is important that we consider why there is so much confusion, disagreement, and division, because Jesus does not approve of this reality. His words have not changed, “I will build My Church” upon the Rock of Revelation, that I am the Christ, the Son of the Living God (Mt. 16:18). Jesus is seeking a people who will become “one” in spiritual unity (Jn. 17:20-23) and once again walk in the Glory of God.

So What’s Going On?

Does the Bible contradict itself? Is it impossible to understand? Do people fail to study diligently enough, resulting in ignorance? Are the problems caused by following man-made creeds and authority instead of following the Bible? What does God’s word say? Well first we need to understand that its not a new problem! Even in Christ’s day, the People of Israel had a zeal for God, but not according to knowledge (Rom. 10:1-3) and the Sadducees were in error, because they did not know the Scriptures (Mt. 22:29). Many things can lead to a lack of knowledge, but in order for the Body of Christ to exhibit the kind of character that pleases God and the kind of power that makes a difference in the world; we must be continually growing in our knowledge of the truth.

Spreading the Word of Life!1. Some Have Not Heard: (Rom. 10:14)

This might be difficult to believe, but many people have never had opportunity to hear and become a disciple of the truth. This was the case of Cornelius (Acts 10:1-11:18) and the Ethiopian traveler (Acts 8:26-39). Such people need to hear a clear presentation of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, whereby they can be saved (Acts 11:14) and discover their true identity and freedom from sin (Col. 1:13-14).

2. Some Ignore the Truth: (2 Tim. 2:15)

Many people, even those who say they are believers; simply do not study the Bible diligently enough (Heb. 4:12). To discern good from evil, we must have our “senses exercised by reason of use” (Heb. 5:12-14). In other words, we must grow our spiritual senses beyond the level of our natural senses. We must “search the Scriptures daily” (Acts 17:11) in order to renew our minds and cause our lives to conform to God’s will. More spiritual error and division result from lack of study, than anything else, because God watches over His Word to perform it (Jer. 1:12). If we are diligent, He will reveal Himself in the pages of Scripture. He does not allow the Word to return void or leave us spiritually barren (Jn. 15:7-8)… we will bear fruit!

3. Some are Spiritually Blinded by the Devil: (2 Cor. 4:4)

Even if a person studies and quotes the Bible, he may not use it properly (Mt. 4:5-7), but twist its meaning for personal gain or self-justification. For example, some people try to prove their practices by the Old Testament, not knowing that we are no longer under Law (Rom. 7:2-6; Heb. 10:9-10; Gal. 3:24-25; Col. 2:14-16). Others take only part of a Bible teaching, but ignore other verses on the same subject. As a result, they reach conclusions that contradict other Scriptures (Mt. 4:4-7; Acts 3:22,23; Mt. 28:20). One of the most important realities of the Bible is that it renews the mind, lifts a veil and carries a power for transformation. We can truly be made free from the blindness of the devil… if we know the truth, love the truth and abide in the truth (Jn. 8:32).

Jesus said – “Whom the Son sets free, is free indeed!” (Jn. 8:36)

The Key of Knowledge: It is Jesus!

  • Jesus said “I Am the Way, the Truth and the Life…” (Jn. 14:6).
  • “Woe to you lawyers (Pharisees)! For you have taken away the key of knowledge. You did not enter in yourselves, and those who were entering in you hindered.” (Lk. 11:52)
  • “In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld His Glory as of the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth.” (Jn. 1:1 & 14)

Jesus came as the Logos or “Word” made flesh… He was – and still is, the logic of God and the truth made manifest in human form. Jesus is perfect theology. He walked in perfect unity with the Father, opening blind eyes and revealing the knowledge of God and the Kingdom of God, to which access would be offered by His own Blood. He is the only door into this knowledge, because He is the Only Begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth. The key to knowledge is found in Jesus (Heb. 1:1-3)! The breakthroughs we are after are held in His hands, and to know Him is to know the Father’s peace… a peace that goes beyond merely understanding information (Phil 4:6-7). Jesus came that you and I might know God (Jn. 17:3), know His heart (Jn. 15:15) and have abundant life through a personal relationship with Him (Jn. 10:9-10).

Indeed my friends, we must avoid the destruction that comes because of a lack of knowledge. When we turn toward God through Christ… a veil is lifted from the heart, and the Holy Spirit reveals the key to knowledge (2 Cor. 3:15-18). It is found in Jesus (2 Cor. 4:6), the Glory of God! There is no need to walk without the knowledge of God.

When we abide in the love of God by believing and obeying the truth… He makes Himself known to us! (Jn. 14:21)

Taste and See

Every journey offers a process of tasting new things. 

A few days ago I was watching a conference called ”Piercing the Darkness” and one of my favorite speakers – Graham Cooke was teaching. Something He said struck me as very important to my spiritual journey.

“You know what a taste is? It’s a little sample of the whole buffet to come!”

I love the thought of tasting what God has given in the Heavenly Realms -“the whole buffet to come”.  The things that are being experienced in Kenya and Uganda are just a small taste of what God desires to do. The experiences with my Heavenly Father are just a sample of the buffet to come and not just in Heaven, but also here on earth! 

Little boys love sugar cane in Kenya!

Ron has sampled many dishes while in Africa… ugali, flying ants (that’s a great story), chipate’ and sugar cane, just to mention a few. While all of those experiences of tasting a new culture are fun and delicious, they are not the whole buffet. And I’m not sure the texture of the flying ants would pass for “good”. Yet I can testify that sampling the Lord’s goodness far outweighs anything we could physically taste. 

God is Good!

One taste of His Glory, His Presence, His healing touch or His still small voice only wets our appetite for more… of Him!  This is true, no matter what continent you are on or culture you are experiencing. Once you have had a real taste of His goodness, it ruins you for anything this world can offer.

God is Good – all the time?

There are experiences that ruin our taste buds. Have you ever taken a sip of really hot coffee or tea and burned your tongue? You know how damaged taste buds can make it hard to enjoy food for a little while. I find that there are experiences in life that damage our ability to taste and see God’s goodness all of the time. God has not changed, but our perceptions of our journey certainly can!

There are experiences in life that can ruin our spiritual “taste buds” for Kingdom priorities. 

When we allow anger, bitterness or disappointment to come in and literally “burn” the goodness from our spiritual journey, we find ourselves in a tough place. When this happens it’s hard to “taste and see” the Lord’s goodness in the midst of hurt feelings. We do not obey God willingly and often feel taken advantage of when we risk for the sake of God’s love. If you are in this place, ask God to forgive you and restore your ”seeing”, so that you begin again “tasting and seeing” the truth.

GOD IS GOOD – ALL THE TIME!

Here is a great testimony:

Hello Pastor Ron,
Greetings in the name of Jesus Christ the King of Kings.
There is real fire arising in the land of Kenya. We have experienced the fire of God at work in our lives and the lives of the people, pastors and leaders in the Church of Kenya. Your timely words have made us marvel at what the Lord has in store for us. The power of God to heal, deliver and give hope to people is testified to date. I have received many testimonies from people about what the Lord did in their lives through your ministry. Another great miracle is the high level of conviction in the hearts of the people in response to the message, it is still evident to date. People’s hearts are encouraged. Many people have begun to act on the messages. Even in your absence they are still responding. They are rising to do the work of the Lord, because you ministered to the real hearts and lives of people. I have personally seen God express His goodness to us through your ministry, because of the time spent in Webuye. It was like a great call to awareness, the work of God is waiting and we have to arise and do it. Many times I have heard one statement from the pastors and leaders and it is… “Pastor Ron has greatly challenged me!”

As things are - you haven’t finished with Kenya yet. It is the beginning of your ministry here and you are preparing the ground. We are making our hearts ready for the work of real ministry. A door is wide open and you are very much needed Pastor Ron! The time has come and after the appetizer, real food is needed. People have tasted and they say it is good and now they are ready to eat. Welcome again my friend…

BISHOP PHILIP NYONGESA LUSWETI

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