A BOLD MINISTRY:Blueprint to TheUnderstandingthe InheritanceTransformed Factor: Part 9Life Inheritance DayBOLD Ministry is one of New York City’s original marketplace outreaches.It currently holds meetings in the Financial District and every Tuesday at Life ComesSt. Bart’s Church, 50th Street and Park Avenue, 12:45pm in the Small with Tests:Chapel. Visit the BOLD Ministry blog www.boldministry.org/ andsubscribe to the BOLD monthly newsletter. Take Notes
Inheritance Factor Part 9PROPHETIC WORD FROM STEVEN BLISS: Keep LookingIt has been a cool spring. It is very wet and rainy in our area of the country. But lately I’veseen the green thicken in the woodsy area where I walk the dogs. Places where I fewweeks ago I could see several hundred feet into the woods, where now the view is quicklyobstructed with thickness and depth.Today as I was walking I heard God say, Be more like the dogs. Look forward withexpectation. Look past the obvious, through the expected and into what I shall show you.Keep looking.This is not a time to be disquieted by what you dont see or think you should see. Allowme to direct you.Do not always be looking for what you already know, but allow me bring newness intoyour vision. If you trust me I will open you into a new world. Allow me to align your wayswith my ways, to bring my thoughts into your being and interpret them with my lens.Every fear is a wall that has a threefold effect:Effects of Poverty: It robs - Pro 6:11 It makes vulnerable - Pro 10:15 It expands - Pro 11:24 It isn’t teachable - Pro 11:24 It can’t get out of bed - Pro 13:18 It’s blind to opportunity - Pro 20:13Other Symptoms of a Poverty Spirit:DepressionApathyUnforgiveness
Creating a Wealth CultureWealth is the by-product of three things: Access Confidence InfluenceToday we are going to cover Access.1. ACCESS The reason why you need access is because life happens. And when life happens, you need access. Access is a two-way street: you want access to God and you definitely want God to have access to you. You just don’t want any unidentified flying object to have free access to you; and conversely, when you need to dial into the heart of God.When Matthew wrote in chapter 6, ‘Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and allthese things will be added unto you,’ it isn’t a quid pro quo statement. Theyget added at the point they are needed.When I was discussing the rediscovering of the biblical foundation of wealth,I wrote that biblical wealth is comprised of the convergence of threeelements: Access Confidence InfluenceSounds simple. Too simple, right?Well, so is salvation. Simple, straight to the point, but rock solid and airtight.Why is Access so important?Until Jesus returns, we all live in enemy territory – that is, until the kingdomof God is released into the place, situation and the atmosphere.One of the ways to penetrate an atmosphere is with worship. Praise andworship are still the avenger, and my friendly prophet, Angel Moreno, is soquick to remind me.
Praise and worship keep the pipeline of power surging into the situation.God was the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob; but today, He’s got to be theGod of Anthony, Carol, John and Mary.We need a real-time God for a real-time life. When we come across adangerous situation, we can’t go about spouting off about David and Goliath:that was then, and now is NOW.We have subjugated the power and role of Access.Paul, the architect of the New Covenant, is the only one to use this word. He,above everyone, understood what the Cross did, does and guarantees.The funny thing about Biblical access is that you really don’t feel it, eventhough you have it at your fingertips or on the tip of your tongue.Let me just explain what this access connects us to:No one is closer to the Father than Jesus. No one.Paul tells us what this means: “Therefore being justified by faith, we havepeace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ” [Rom 5:1].Then, in the next verse, Paul explains what this peace means:“Because of our faith, Christ has brought us into this place of undeservedprivilege where we now stand, and we confidently and joyfully look forwardto sharing God’s glory” [Rom 5:2].This means we have VIP passes to the throne.VIP means that you have this front-of-the-line ability to get to God in aheartbeat.Now here is the beauty of access: there are times when access trumpstiming.
The next day there was a wedding celebration in the village of Cana in Galilee. Jesus’ mother was there, 2 and Jesus and his disciples were also invited to the celebration. 3 The wine supply ran out during the festivities, so Jesus’ mother told him, “They have no more wine.” 4 “Dear woman, that’s not our problem,” Jesus replied. “My time has not yet come.” 5 But his mother told the servants, “Do whatever he tells you.” 6 Standing nearby were six stone water jars, used for Jewish ceremonial washing. Each could hold twenty to thirty gallons. 7 Jesus told the servants, “Fill the jars with water.” When the jars had been filled, 8 he said, “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions. 9 When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come from (though, of course, the servants knew), he called the bridegroom over. 10 “A host always serves the best wine first,” he said. “Then, when everyone has had a lot to drink, he brings out the less expensive wine. But you have kept the best until now!” 11 This miraculous sign at Cana in Galilee was the first time Jesus revealed his glory. And his disciples believed in him.I love this miracle: it is significant in so many ways, but let’s just study it fromthe point of view of grasping the first principle of wealth: access.Jesus, Mary, and the disciples are at a wedding. Obviously a lot is happening,and it is no cheap affair. Just counting the disciples and their wives and Jesusand Mary, plus of course there are Jesus’ three brothers and two sisters, wehave now got 30 people sitting at the Jesus table alone.We know that the disciples drank wine, we also know a good many of themwere fishermen, and so I am sure whatever the amount of wine ordered wasgoing to come up short.Life happens: they run out of wine.People start to whisper.The band stops playing.
People start looking at each other.Mary tells Jesus the obvious: They have no more wine.I am sure Jesus probably did a double-take.Jesus provides his mother with an intelligent answer: “That’s not ourproblem.”Talk about putting a demand on God…Momma don’t give up.Jesus don’t give up.She just stares at Jesus and doesn’t say a word.Then Jesus explains the significance and meaning of spiritual timing. “My time has not yet come.”Mary still doesn’t budge.Now Mary is getting impatient with the savior of the world; she turns aroundand calls the waiters over and points to her son and says: “Do whatever hetells you.”Then Jesus tells them: “Fill the jars with water.”By now everyone is silent in the place.Waiters are pouring 22 gallons of water into these empty jars.It takes a while to fill those containers, and so like any miracle from the Lord,there is a period of processing the solution before the miracle.The waiters are probably thinking and whispering to each other: forget aboutour tips for tonight, these guys are going to be passing out kool-aid. “Now dip some out, and take it to the master of ceremonies.” So the servants followed his instructions. 9 When the master of ceremonies tasted the water that was now wine, not knowing where it had come fromBut I want us to pay attention to what just took place.Sure, a miracle of turning water into wine.Sure, Jesus had a lot He would be demonstrating about the power of God.But watch carefully: Jesus, who is Messiah, explains in no uncertain termsthat this was not the time or place for Him to be performing any miracle,especially, just one of culinary content.No raising of the dead.No casting out of a demon.
No healing.No walking on water.Water into wine.Plus Jesus TELLS HIS MOTHER, HER TIMING IS TOTALLY OFF BASE.Still Mary unabashedly remains steadfast, because she was operating fromthe first element of kingdom wealth: Access.Access gives you not only entrance and communication, but access can alsotrump timing.Jesus tells his mother: it wasn’t his time. Still, she understood the power ofaccess. There was no doubt that timing wasn’t an issue, when that individualhas access.Mary’s access to Jesus gave her: In real time what she needed More than she needed Better than she needed In spite of its awkwardness In spite of the commonness And outside the proper sense of timingAccess gives you entrance to the vaults of heaven – even on a moment’snotice.Now do you understand why Access is one of the three elements of Wealth?In God’s kingdom it’s not what you know, but Who you know and how wellyou know.Our access isn’t for the purposes of just getting us UP TO HEAVEN, but it is allabout the power to bring Heaven Down! Eph 2:18 For through him we both have access by one Spirit unto the Father. Eph 3:12 In whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him.
In John Chapter 2 we just saw how access was the linchpin for the miraclewhich took place.But Mary’s Access Awareness did not begin in John Chapter 2 when Jesuswas 30 years old, standing on the threshold of His ministry. Mary’s accessawareness was a carefully developed skill which she acquired over threedecades.Access Must be MaintainedIn Romans 5:1, Paul writes that our faith justifies us (and as an aside: thereason it is faith not works, knowledge, wisdom, revelation or anything else– is because faith is the expression of a relationship).The Kingdom of God is a relational culture.[That is why scripture refers to the unity of faith – faith puts us intoagreement and dependence upon Who God says He is.]OK: back to Access. In Romans 5:1 we are told that we are spirituallyjustified. Justification is the security card that we swipe in the third realmthat gets us in instantly into God’s presence. Once we are there, we have tolearn how the justified function with kingdom access. [Did you know that theword “access” literally translated means: “the introduction”?]Thankfully Romans 5 continues on to explain access in detail. Rom 5:2-4 By whom also we have access by faith into this grace wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only [so], but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation works patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope:So here is the process:We stand in grace [not works]We rejoice in hope [lift up your expectation]We glory in tribulation [get up, get out and get over]We experience the power of patience
All of these spiritual ‘exercises’ help to maintain the ‘accessible mind ofChrist.’You see, the work of justification, provided by Jesus, is because before it wewere incapable of even receiving the gift of the kingdom.Romans 5:6-10 goes on to tell us just how bad things were:Without strength (powerless)Ungodly (depraved and enslaved)Sinners (programmed for death)Enemies (haters of God and His holiness)That about describes it.Satan will constantly remind us of what we were: but Access reveals to uswho we are, and even more so what He did for us to:Stand in GraceRejoice in HopeGlory in TribulationPut Patience to WorkSo going back to the Wedding at Cana: every time it looks like you’ve run outof wine (which is joy), remember -Why do you think the Gospel writer never tells us whose wedding it is?That’s because it is your wedding and it’s Jesus’ wine, His blood. He’s got youcovered… all because YOU HAVE GOT ACCESS!
Wealth is the by-product of three things: Access: Access is established by information, individuals and ideas Classic explanation of this is Mary, the mother of Jesus, had the information (which it seemed no one else at the wedding had, that Jesus was the solution to the shortage.) Individuals: Mary also was sitting right next to Jesus, thus making the request easy, and also allowed her presence to exercise ‘influence’ upon Jesus to act favorably upon her request. Idea: ideas can sometimes translate into currency. With the right idea one can create a bridge to the accessibility to the answer. An idea is an innovation with a clock (or timer). Confidence: Comes through: Understanding Ability/Skill Courage/Conviction Influence: Comes through: Relationships Reason/Purpose Righteousness