October 2001 Newsletter

VOLUME XXVIII - NUMBER X

THE FATHER'S GOOD PLEASURE

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“FEAR NOT LITTLE FLOCK, FOR IT IS YOUR FATHER’S GOOD PLEASURE TO GIVE YOU THE KINGDOM.” Luke 12:32

My letter begins with a most unusual and thrilling story… Abram (later named Abraham) and his nephew Lot had left their home as God commanded, and journeyed to the land of Canaan, known today as the land of Israel. This story, if you will hear it and act upon it as the Word clearly shows, holds the KEY TO EVERYTHING YOU NEED – even the desires of your heart! “Get ready, get ready,” as Bishop Jakes calls – because the BLESSINGS of ABRAHAM are YOURS – IF!
My story begins down near the Dead Sea, at the end of the Jordan River. Abram and Lot had separated because of strife between their herdsmen, and Lot had chosen the “well-watered plains of Jordan” and was living in the city of Sodom. War broke out between the kings of the region; Sodom was defeated; and Lot and all his possessions were taken captive. When Abram received the news, he and only 318 of his servants pursued the conquering kings, rescued his nephew Lot, won a resounding victory over vastly superior numbers, and plundered all their goods and wealth! This miracle of God deserves a whole book itself, but that is another story.

On their way home, they met a most unusual, if not mysterious person. He is identified as the King of Salem (later known as Jerusalem), and is called “THE PRIEST OF THE MOST HIGH GOD” (Genesis 14:18).

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There is some disagreement among the commentators as to exactly who this person is, but many believe that this was none other than the pre-incarnate Jesus Christ! The writer of Hebrews describes him as “without father, without mother, without descent, having neither beginning of days, nor end of life, but made like unto the Son of God” (Hebrews 7:3). We will let the theologians wrestle over this, but it surely sounds like someone not of this world to me!

But right here is the beginning of your KEY to the LAW of God’s provision and abundance to all of us. Remember, it is “our Father’s good pleasure to GIVE US THE KINGDOM!” Melchizedek, King of Salem (which means peace) blessed Abram, and brought forth “bread and wine” for all the conquering heroes. Abram, in turn, “GAVE TITHES OF ALL” (Genesis 14:20).

Right here is a “sub-key” to our blessings: WHO SHOULD WE PAY OUR TITHES TO? Ah, I can already hear the shrieks of the heretic hunters! “Crouch is after, not just our offerings, but now our tithes, or a tenth of our increase to God,” which, according to them, must be paid to your local church! But hold on – Abram paid tithes to the one who gave him BREAD AND WINE! If you eat at Denny’s you don’t go across the street and pay at Pizza Hut! So, the answer is to pay your tithes wherever you are receiving your spiritual food. Much more deserves to be taught about this, but, again, that is anther whole story. The question is: If we are to give, expecting to receive, what did Abram get? After all, Jesus Himself said:

“FOR IF YOU GIVE, YOU WILL GET! YOUR GIFT WILL RETURN TO YOU IN FULL AND OVERFLOWING MEASURE…” Luke 6:38 TLB

Well, Abram had the same question. In the very next chapter after giving to God, he asks:

“AND ABRAM SAID, LORD GOD, WHAT WILT THOU GIVE ME, SEEING I GO CHILDLESS…” Genesis 15:2

So, now, for the rest of the story: Abram had a need, and a great desire to have a son of his own seed. So what did Abram receive? Well, for starters, he got that son, Isaac, by a miracle, since Abram was a hundred years old and Sarah, his wife, was ninety! He also got a new name, from Abram to “Abraham.”

“FOR A FATHER OF MANY NATIONS HAVE I MADE THEE.” Genesis 17:5

So Abraham received a son, and a whole nation, which became the children of Israel, who are the focal point of the whole world even today! But is that all? No, there is more, much more—

“IN THE SAME DAY THE LORD MADE A COVENANT WITH ABRAHAM, SAYING, UNTO THY SEED HAVE I GIVEN THIS LAND, FROM THE RIVER OF EGYPT UNTO THE GREAT RIVER, EUPHRATES.” Genesis 15:18

OPEN UP the WINDOWS of HEAVEN in your life…step out in FAITH – YOU, too, will be SINGING the HALLELUJAH CHORUS! Get ready to be BLESSED this Praise-A-Thon!
How about a few million acres of real estate we call the Holy Land! I wonder what it’s worth today? There is sure a lot of tragic fighting over that land now, but the title deed still belongs to the children of Abraham, or Israel, as we call them today. In fact, Israel only occupies a small portion of the legal description which God surveyed for Abraham! They will have it some day – I believe soon, but that is yet another story. So, just to make sure that Abraham understood this gift, God says:
“ARISE, WALK THROUGH THE LAND IN THE LENGTH OF IT AND IN THE BREADTH OF IT; FOR I WILL GIVE IT UNTO THEE.” Genesis 13:17
And, finally, the record shows that Abraham became very rich.

“AND ABRAHAM WAS VERY RICH IN CATTLE, IN SILVER, AND IN GOLD.” Genesis 13:2

In fact, one of the reasons he and Lot separated was:

“AND THE LAND WAS NOT ABLE TO BEAR THEM, THAT THEY MIGHT DWELL TOGETHER; FOR THEIR SUBSTANCE WAS GREAT.” Genesis 13:6

So, Abraham gave to God, and he received: A son; a nation of children; a land, flowing with milk and honey; and great wealth to be able to enjoy it all! So, would all these blessings have come if Abraham had refused to GIVE anything to God? You answer that. I know the answer!

Dear Partners, it is all through the Book! The beginning of every great miracle story starts with GIVING! Even our own salvation began when God GAVE His only Son – it is THE LAW OF GOD! And what did God receive for His gift? Millions of sons and daughters, and YOU are one of them! Remember the old hymn: “I’m so glad that I can say I’m ONE of THEM.” Praise the Lord!

Sometime, I’ll tell you new stories I’m discovering in this blessed Word of God. King David, Solomon, King Hezekiah, and a host of others received what they needed as they GAVE to God. Oh, I know the critics rant and rave when we preach that you GIVE TO GET or receive. But they have reached me too late! Jan and I have PROVED it over and over. Most of you have too. That is why TBN is the greatest, and most far-reaching Voice for God that has ever existed! Those critics are from the pit of hell, because satan knows if he can keep the Church poor, we won’t have the resources to preach the Gospel to the whole wide world. So, “Go to hell, satan.” We will GIVE to be blessed, so that we CAN BE A BLESSING! AMEN! So, remember our theme scripture:

“IT IS OUR FATHER’S GOOD PLEASURE TO GIVE…” Luke 12:32

But, it all starts with you and me. And here is the clincher in Jesus’ own words:

“NO ONE HAS EVER GIVEN UP ANYTHING — HOME, BROTHERS, SISTERS, MOTHER, FATHER, CHILDREN, OR PROPERTY – FOR LOVE OF ME AND TO TELL OTHERS THE GOOD NEWS…”

Now, please get this, YOUR KEY

“…WHO WON’T BE GIVEN BACK, A HUNDRED TIMES OVER…ALL THESE WILL BE HIS HERE ON EARTH, AND IN THE WORLD TO COME ETERNAL LIFE.” Mark 10:2 TLB

Dear Partners, whether or not we continue to “TELL OTHERS THE GOOD NEWS,” is up to you and me. Our great week of REVIVAL PRAISE-A-THON is next month – November 12 thru 16, 2001. Join Jan and me, with all your great TBN family, as we SING, SHOUT, and PRAISE THE LORD for worldwide Christian television! Remember —

“IT IS THE FATHER’S GOOD PLEASURE TO GIVE YOU THE KINGDOM” …IF!