The prayer meeting was very good. It is so satisfying to come into the presence of God and find Him waiting. There is nothing like it! The children came to the altar to worship prophetically. Never underestimate their little blessed voices and hearts! Their faith in God and the confidence to worship is amazing. We the adults prayed for them. We declared that all shall be saved; all shall be filled with the Holy Spirit! No one shall be sick even with the ‘normal’ childhood sicknesses! We destroyed any spell upon them that makes them lonely, depressed or slow in school. We used them as a point of contact for all who pray for the fruit of the womb! Children are a reward from God! Even as we prayed, they continued to sing…They did not want to stop…truly, nothing compares with the anointing of the Holy Spirit! Lastly the message came:
“Then the Angel of the Lord called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the Lord, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son— blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” (Gen 22:15-18)
This is a spiritual law: God rewards obedience! God rewards Abraham for his faith and total obedience done even unto death. When God spoke he did not just pray or meditate upon the Word. He did something! He ‘offered up’ Isaac. In Greek, the word ‘offered’ means to do something, to actively deal with a situation. It is an action, not just a speech. The word describes somebody who, carrying his burden, endures to the end. This man is a champion who finishes the race. That is how Abraham passed the test: he trusted God that even if Isaac dies, yet he shall live. This faith is active and living. God rewards his faith and his obedience with a confirmation of blessings, everlasting fruitfulness and total victory. God confirms the promise of supernatural extraordinary fruitfulness. His descendants shall be many and brilliant like the stars shining in the night sky. They shall be political and social leaders and spiritual warriors. They are children of light defeating the powers of darkness, with its superstition and ignorance. Like the sand on the seashore they shall stop the waves of the sea, the restless wicked forces in this world. They shall be rulers and governors, in charge of many cities. The reward of Jesus is authority over nations and overflow of joy. In Christ, our descendants shall have both. Great shall be our children’s peace! These rewards are not liabilities. They protect you as the mountains surround Jerusalem. The more I obey God, the more peace and joy protects my soul and the less I fear the enemy’s attacks. For God has become ‘my Shield and my exceeding high reward” (Gen 15:1)
Mount Moriah is a symbol of the Bema Judgment Seat of Christ. All believers in Christ, without any exception, must appear before this throne. This throne is different from the ‘great white throne’ that separates the believers from the unbelievers (Rev 20:11-14). From the great white throne some go to heaven and some to hell. But the Bema Seat of Christ if for believers only. Their destination is sure: heaven! But their works and ministries shall be judged and rewarded accordingly.
“For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ that each one may receive what is due him for the things done in the body, weather good or bad” (2Cor 5:10).
This throne discriminates between works and ministries. Not all believers shall be rewarded. Some shall be barely saved. But others shall be loaded with great rewards, both on earth and especially in heaven.
In Greek, these are the meanings of the words:
*we must- it is compulsory, it is binding and necessary
*appear- made manifest, externally, shining publicly, visibly
*Judgment seat of Christ-“BEMA” seat of Christ is a tribunal and a throne
*the things done- practiced habitually, repeatedly, until they are accomplished
*good-“Agatha” means useful help, kind acts to benefit the victim, profit, gain to the Kingdom of God
*bad- useless help, no benefit, no value to the victim, no profit, no gain to the Kingdom of God
The question is this: Since you became saved, what type of ministry do you do? What sacrifice do you offer to God and to His people? Do your words and actions give glory to God? Do they direct men to Jesus? Do you pray before giving help to men? For example, if you give $100 to a millionaire that is a bad gift, a useless help for he does not need your money…he may need prayer, or better give Him Christ! At the Bema Seat of Christ your ‘$100 gift’ will be counted against you. God searches the motives of the heart!
Finally, this is my testimony…I am attracted by truly humble needy people. It is my desire to lead men to Christ, to give sight to the blind, to heal the sick, to bind the wounds of the broken hearted….I forbid wasting my Master’s resources entrusted to me, giving useless help that is not received with thanksgiving.
For example, next to my Bible, my best material possession is my laptop. As expensive as a Jeep is, if you give me that as a gift, it is (almost) useless to me, for I rarely drive. But a laptop is a blessing for I use daily for ministry.
(Please…I am not saying you buy me a laptop for I already have one, I am only making a point…)
Let me add another example: Many years ago a dear brother in the church freely installed an internet device in our house. He pays for our internet. He does not ask for any visible rewards or compliments from us. The other time he came, adjusted the equipment and made the internet faster than before. Once the equipment got bad….He came immediately to fix it. He said that this is the least he can do for his pastors. That is why you can read my letters…Only God alone knows the reward that brother and his family will receive in heaven for helping us do ministry to the nations. There are other many examples of true sacrificial giving to build the house of God and ‘to water’ His servants! God knows you all! You give in secret so God will reward you openly at the Bema set of Christ!
May God bless and reward all the brethren who continue to seek and serve God, who worship Him in Spirit and in truth! May your reward protect your souls and your homes In Jesus name, Amen!