It has occurred to me that Jody’s studies are available on the website twice, once as a “sermon” and the second as a “podcast.” The second instance of her teachings in this space, as a post, is redundant because they are already a “podcast.” If you need a podcast feed for Jody’s Bible Study, use…
This address has always been available. The one I added back in September turned out to be unnecessary. All her teachings are, as they always been, available in the right sidebar under “Recent Teachings,” but going forward I won’t be posting them in this space, too.
When I started the process of studying the economy of
the kingdom vs. the economy of the world, my intention was to address what I considered ‘foundational’ topics first. In doing so, I started off with “The Nature of the Two Kingdoms”. We are so used to navigating only what we see with our natural eyes, what our senses can see, smell, taste or touch, that we have paid little attention to the systems and structures overseen by the prince of darkness. In that first study, when I asked, “What is the difference between the kingdom and the church”, I found out how little thought we have ever given to the topic of KINGDOM. We have shared the gospel of salvation and invited people to come to church, but know little about the gospel of the Kingdom, where Jesus invites us to partner with Him to go to the world. After that first ‘ground-breaking’ study, I began to look at God as Creator–where He establishes His ownership, and then at God as Provider–where He establishes His nature and character. In both Old and New Testaments, we watch the lessons of provision unfold. Lessons are continually a part of God’s nature and character as both Father and Provider.
Then they set out from Elim, and all the congregation of the sons of Israel came to the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departure from the land of Egypt. And the whole congregation of the sons of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. And the sons of Israel said to them, “Would that we had died by the Lord’s hand in the land of Egypt, when we say by the pots of meat, when we ate bread to the full; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.” Then the Lord said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you; and the people shall go out and gather a day’s portion every day, that I may test them, whether or not they will walk in My instruction.”
When we consider the pattern of God continually ‘testing’ us concerning provision–don’t interpret that to mean that He will always proceed provision with ‘lack’, in order to see if we are as ‘grumbly’ as Israel was. God doesn’t test for the purpose of failing us, but to tutor us into the ways of His Kingdom. We have lived so long in the same manner that the world lives, that often, our faith has become corrupted. I believe I have picked up on one of His ways through a story I read last Sunday in the newspaper. There was a story of a young woman who had gone to Uganda and saw the plight of young women trying to get an education in that country. She came home with a heart commitment to make sure at least a few of these women received the needed funding. Instead of raising funds/money from friends, she came up with an “inspired idea” for starting a business that made a unique sandal. Martha Stewart saw this “idea” and featured it in one of her catalogues, and success multiplied overnight. I don’t know if this particular story concerns a Christian seeing a need and then meeting that need through an “inspired thought”, but it should certainly be a lesson for us concerning His ways. Jacob claimed to have an “inspired thought” (Genesis 31:1-13) and God used this for a transfer of wealth from Laban to Jacob. We see Joseph given an “inspired thought”–and provision is secured for the known world.
As you look in your corner of the world, perhaps there is a level of provision that you have yet to see. It is not coming as money, but as a “seed”–an inspired thought. Pay attention, and see what the Lord might accomplish.
I sat in our livingroom on Saturday night and shared with a group of friends who were at varying degrees of understanding God’s gifts and callings. How do we know Whose we are…so we can begin to understand the gifts we have been entrusted with? I have realized over the last few weeks that I was supposed to write….to try to capture, frequently (rather than every 6 months) what the Lord has shared with me. I am being called to reexamine stewardship of kingdom resources, and realized that many nuggets I have gained in one setting could have multiplied influence if I would only capture them in print. So–this new year has a new commitment…to try to interpret for a wider audience many of the Kingdom lessons I am learning.
I am in the middle of a study of the Economy of the Kingdom and all that I am examining requires a ‘people’ to put it into practice. As I share with each study group, I am endeavoring to cross-pollinate the ideas of the Spirit and see the whole fertilized. Over the course of the next weeks, I will attempt to share in some kind of sequential way this course of ‘Sonship’ that I have been traveling.
Along my journey I came to consider this: Perhaps we have missed the pattern of discipleship that Jesus had in mind, and in fact, had imparted to His disciples. Instead of passing on an acquired knowledge of a set of prescribed doctrines (new covenant of course), perhaps the Father sent the Son to reacquaint us with how to walk in restored relationship with Him as our Father. I spent the first year of this “Sonship Study” looking at the earthly mission of Jesus and how we could mature by submitting ourselves to these lessons that the Son had come to teach. The second year of the study focused on the Lords’ Prayer ( the Son’s Prayer) and the High Priestly Prayer, and then years three and four looked at Hearing the Voice of the Lord. Now, year five, we are examining the Economy of the Kingdom vs. the economy of the world, and realizing that mature ‘sons’ are entrusted with a stewardship that they will give an account for. My contributions will draw from all of these, as the lessons are not linear, but internal, and continually being addressed as such by the Holy Spirit. (Reposted from Jody’s blog) .
Well, we’ve been uncertain whether doors would be opening for Jody to go to the Balkans to introduce the concept of a Prayer Summit to local Christian leaders. It looks as though the team is coming together and that we may need to start making the travel arrangements and such for October. At this point we don’t really know how we’re going to take care of the costs and other details so, as always, we’d appreciate your prayers. We’ll give you details as we get them.