Are You On The Same Wave Length As God?
The Lord God is speaking to His church at this time. However, not everyone who claims to be a Christian is on the same page as Him. There is alot of talk about promotion, prosperity, blessings, and abundance. But, does this line up with what He is saying at the moment? Is He preparing His Bride at this time to claim the wealth of the sinner and take over the world, or is He preparing her for the rapture where He will take her to the place that He has prepared for her in His eternal kingdom? The so-called Bride is discussing how she can pound her stakes into this earthly soil, while the Lord Jesus is finishing the plans to come and sweep her away from this ungodly world unto His Father's House.
"The cup is the Old Testament image of a man's lot, or portion, as holding what of life God pours out for him."
- People's New Testament
The Apostles James and John both encountered a total misunderstanding over the words of Jesus. They took what He said and then mentally distorted His words to mean something other than what He actually spoke. Their minds became so obsessed with their own "interpretation" that they became blind, deaf, and insensible - spiritually speaking - to what He was actually saying to them at the moment.
First of all, we read in Matthew 19:28 these words - "And Jesus said unto them, Verily, I say unto you, That ye which have followed Me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of His glory, ye also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel."
The disciples - at least James and John - got a hold of this word and seemingly ran with it. Already in their minds, they kept thinking that Jesus was going to set up an earthly kingdom and now here He is mentioning them "sitting upon twelve thrones." This just seemed to go along with their particular frame of mind at the time.
They really didn't hear what He said. They heard only what they wanted to hear. The words - "in the regeneration when" - were totally blocked from them.
In Matthew 20:20, we find a very interesting incident that occurred shortly after these words were spoken by Jesus to His disciples. This is what happened - "Then came to him the mother of Zebedee's children with her sons, worshipping Him, and desiring a certain thing of Him. And He said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto Him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on Thy right hand, and the other on the left, in Thy kingdom."
This mother came to Jesus with this sort of request right after He made the statement recorded in verses 18-19 - "Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn Him to death. And shall deliver Him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify Him: and the third day He shall rise again."
Imagine that! Here is Jesus speaking to His disciples about His upcoming crucifixion and James, John, and their mother are plotting in the background their advancement in His earthly kingdom. They were definitely on the wrong page as Jesus. Their entire perspective on things was off. Their thoughts were geared toward an earthly, temporal kingdom where He would reign on earth with great pomp and glory. Before any of the other disciples could shoot for the position, they strove for the "right hand" and the "left hand" of Jesus for themselves. In fact, to sit on the right hand and left hand of a prince was a token of confidence and highest honor granted to his friends. Notice that they were not considering a place of employment in the kingdom, only a place of honor. They wanted to be next to Jesus in power and authority - perhaps His prime ministers - so that they could have the greatest share of worldly honor, riches, and power.
What was at the bottom of this request?
Nothing but pride! They manifested a proud conceit of their own merit...a proud contempt of their brethren...and a proud desire of honor and preferment.
What did Jesus answer this mother? He said - "Ye know not what ye ask..."
It makes you wonder how many times He has to say the same to us - "Ye know not what ye ask..."
Many hear a preacher or prophet talking about prosperity, destiny, a greater anointing, or promotion, and they run with the word - not waiting on the Lord for His specific interpretation or direction. They have their mind made up as to what He has in store for them and expect Him to meet their expectations. Then when circumstances don't turn out the way they anticipated, they are ready to give up on Him.
Your mind may be centered on the promotion that God has promised to you, but He is wanting to get you to focus on the process - which entails trials, pains, strippings, rejections, losses, etc. - that you will have to undergo to get to that place of promotion. All you want to think about is the exalted place, while Jesus is trying to get your attention on the cross that you will have to bear to get there.
"...Are ye able to drink of the cup that I shall drink of and to be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?..." (Matthew 20:22).
Whenever there is a promise of reaching higher ground, you can always count on undergoing sufferings and troubles before you get there.
James and John were after the right hand and left hand of Jesus. After all, they heard Him mention that they would one day be "sitting on...thrones, judging..." Little did they realize that within a month's time, two men would occupy the places on Jesus' right hand and left. They would be the two thieves on the crosses next to His!
These two disciples were so blinded by their own self-confidence and ambition. They could not see or hear what Jesus was actually saying to them.
James never did make it to the earthly throne. He was the first of the disciples to meet a martyr's death. He was slain by the sword of Herod. John was the last to die. He was imprisoned, beaten by the order of the Jewish Sanhedrin, and then banished to the isle of Patmos.
They never did receive their thrones in this life. And Jesus never did set up His kingdom on this earth.
But then again - He never said that He would. The disciples thought that He said one thing when He said something totally different.
What about you? Are you on the same wave length as God? Has He spoken a word to you lately? Are you understanding what He is saying to you through this word or have you added your own interpretation - one that appeals to the flesh and makes you feel important?
If God has promised you a promotion to come, you can count on drinking of a bitter cup before it comes your way.
Jesus did it.
What makes you think that you will be the exception?
May God Bless His Word.