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The Lord answered, “Who then is the faithful and wise manager, whom the master puts in charge of his servants to give them their food allowance at the proper time?”

For faithful… see and read, not only a believing person, but rather, an obedient person, a fully obedient servant who believes every word spoken by his master because he knows his master.

A believer with faith is saved by faith, even healed by faith.  However, time and again Jesus never asked those who believed that He could heal them to follow Him, but rather, He sent them away.

Disciples were those who had faith to follow Him when He called them, but again, there are enough examples to show us that though they had the faith to follow Him, many times they did not have the faith to believe and obey His commands.  Even those who did not desert Him when the teaching grew too hard as those who left in John 6.66 did, whom He called His friends, did not believe in Him, the Person, enough to go as directed to Galilee when the message came to them from the women who had received it from the angels and later from the Lord Jesus Himself.

And finally, even when He did appear to them and showed them His wounds to prove to them that He was alive, they did not hold faithfully to His words or His Person to obey Him when He said, “I am going to send you what My Father has promised; but stay in the city until you have been clothed with power from on high,” to remain in the city, but instead some went fishing so that Jesus had to chase them down that morning by the lake.

As such, for you, elect, when you hear the word ‘faithful,’ understand the different degrees of faithfulness.  A faith full enough to be healed and saved, like the women with the issue of blood who came up behind Jesus.  Both were healed, but neither was invited to follow Him.  Or a faith full enough to leave his tax collector’s booth immediately and not turn back to it once Jesus told him to follow, like Matthew did.  Or a faith full enough to obey the command and go immediately to Bethsaida.

The faith that Peter displayed in walking out to Jesus on the lake was not a faith that can sustain anyone, for it was a faith of bravado to replace the faithfulness of repentance for disobedience.  This is another reason why many who call Him, “Lord, Lord,” and prophesy, do miracles and drive out demons will be sent away.  It is not whether you have enough faith to do those things, but whether you are faithful enough to repent for your shortcomings and failures, and for your disobedience, rather than distracting yourself and others from the act of disobedience, which is the breaking of faith, with a display of faith that is really no faith at all.

Peter’s cry to the Lord, “Lord, if it’s You, tell me to come to You on the water,” was really not a cry of faith but a cry of doubt, for he said, “…if it’s You…” It was a word of doubt to veil his disobedience, and a condition, a demand, to the Lord to do as he said, “…tell me to come to You on the water.” It was the word of a disobedient disciple doubting the power of the Lord and commanding the Lord to conform to his thinking.

Learn from Peter, elect, and when we are likewise in the middle of our lake going nowhere because we have disobeyed and gone where we think we should have gone instead of where we were told to go, then do not cry out as Peter did, but rather, “Lord, I repent,” when the Lord sends you an apparition that strikes fear into your heart, even if it is the Lord Himself.

For what causes fear in the heart of a servant?  Is it not disobedience?  If they were sent to Capernaum by the Lord and yet found themselves blown off course into the middle of the lake, going nowhere, then the appearance of the Lord walking on the lake would have caused them no fear, but rather, jubilation at the sight of Him coming to their rescue.  And even then, it should have been a cry of, “Lord, forgive us that we did not make it to Capernaum.”

Learn, elect, and see your Lord, for when He said to Peter, “Come,” and Peter stepped out of the boat, it was not so that Peter would be shown to be more faithful than the others, but rather, that he was shown to be more foolish, for Peter feared and fell into the water before the eleven so that they would bear witness to these words of Jesus:  “You of little faith, why did you doubt?”

For we need to ask whenever we are commanded to do something for Him or whenever we find ourselves in a situation not to our liking, and that is, “What does the Lord have in mind?”

You should by now be familiar enough with the gospels, elect, to know that not once was Jesus ever asked what did He have in mind.  Learning to ask the Lord what He has in mind and waiting for Him to tell you is the first evidence of anyone that he desires to have the mind of Christ.  And since whoever asks receives, and those who abide in Him and in whom His word abides will receive what they wish and will, then be assured those who have the wisdom to ask, “Lord, what do You have in mind?” will always be told.

So the faithful manager is the one who has fullness of faith in the command, the promise and the words of his Master, and who also trusts his Master fully, but yet, has the wisdom not to presume on what He has in mind by His command, but rather, still asks, “Lord, what do You have in mind?” or in the Lord’s own words, “What do you think?”

It is when we learn to ask the One whom we have obeyed and whom we do trust what is on His mind that the faithful and wise manager who can be trusted to give his fellow servants their food allowance at the right time emerges.

At the same time, it is only when any lord or master knows that he has a faithful and wise manager that he would leave and go on his journey.

See, elect, that the Lord had no intention of leaving before the arrival of the Holy Spirit, for He commanded them to wait in the city until the Holy Spirit arrived.  See that when Jesus said, “Receive the Holy Spirit,” no tongues of fire appeared above the ten because Thomas was not present.  And it was to the ten that Jesus commanded to wait in the city.  However, when they did not but scattered, some going to Galilee to fish, the Holy Spirit was not sent until Pentecost, until as Luke recorded:  …they were all together in one place. It was not in the mind of Christ to leave them without the Counsellor, for there was no faithful, much less wise manager among them.  However, it was in the mind of God that the eleven would receive the Holy Spirit together.  Did their appointment of Matthias prematurely in Acts 1.26 delay the Holy Spirit’s arrival?  God knows.

How different would the answer to the eleven have been if their final question to Jesus was not, “Lord, are You at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” but rather, “Lord, what do You have in mind for the kingdom of Israel?”

“Lord, what do You have in mind?” is the question you must learn to be asking from here on, elect.  The one question that was never asked by the twelve as recorded, and a question that could have changed their whole ministry and therefore the entire history of the church of Jesus Christ and therefore the history of the world since Christ’s ascension.

For it is given to us, elect, to not only know the mind of Christ, but to know the mind of the Holy Spirit, the Invisible God.  At least the Father appears in a cloud and speaks so that a form of Him can be seen, and the Son has appeared in the flesh, but how does one get to know the mind of One who has no form?  Who can know the mind of the Wind?  No one unless He chooses to tell you.  And would the Spirit reveal His mind to those who are not faithful to the One they can see?  Yet you do know now to some extent what is on the mind of the Holy Spirit, which is, to glorify the Lord, to be His witnesses – yes, but how?

This is where, elect, this one question I am teaching you today will set you apart from the church as Saul and Barnabas were set apart for the work that the Holy Spirit had in mind, “Lord, what do You have in mind?”

So then you can see why you have been trained to recognise the voice of the Holy Spirit so that you can hear what He has to say when He chooses to tell you at the proper time what He has in mind.  For after all, who is the faithful and wise Manager whom Jesus has left in charge of His church but the Holy Spirit Himself, for who is more faithful to the Father and the Son, and wise?  No one else except Him, elect.  Yes, He is the Manager who will translate the words and thoughts of the Father and Son into action and work for each of us at the proper time.  And when is the best time to set food before your servants?  When they need it and when they are hungry, of course.

So, elect, those who see no need to “Listen to Him” or to hold onto His words and practise them as He said without altering them by their own judgment or by what seems good to them will receive the goal of their faith – the salvation of their souls – but they will not participate in the goal of the Holy Spirit, which is the fulfilment of all scriptures for the arrival of Jesus Christ so that He can reign on Earth with His kings and lords.

And since no interest is shown in what has been purposed originally, since there is no repentance, there is no need, no point, of revealing what was planned and meant to be.  That is why when Jesus stepped into the boat when they let Him onto the boat and worshipped Him, He never took them back to Bethsaida but immediately took them as far away from Bethsaida as a boat could go – to Gennesaret!  They never found out and He never showed them what He had in mind in Bethsaida to make them get into the boat immediately to go there that afternoon.  Had they repented and begged Him, acknowledging their mistake, no doubt the boat would have arrived immediately at Bethsaida and He would have revealed to them what He had in mind.

So likewise now, elect, repentance and an earnest begging of Him who knows the mind of Christ might just reveal to those of such a mind what Jesus Christ had in mind for His church that He would tell them to meet Him in Galilee on resurrection morning.  And even if He does not tell us, elect, there is another way.  It is not the way of rebellion, but the way of repentance.  But it’s just that it takes more effort than if the boat had travelled under His power.

Had they truly repented and immediately set about rowing to Bethsaida, they would still have arrived on time to see what Jesus had in mind for them the next day, for the Wind would be for them and not against them.

So likewise, elect, it can be done.  In the same way as anyone can see what David had in mind for the temple that he set aside 3,750 tons of gold, 37,500 tons of silver, and bronze and iron without measure, by accumulating such an amount and then building a temple with it, to then walk into it, see it, feel it, hear it and experience it… likewise we can build the church Jesus Christ had in mind by accumulating His gold, His silver, bronze and iron – that is, the practice of His words, tested and refined by fire – until there exists such a fellowship that bears witness to the truth of all His words and Person without exception, so that we can walk in it, see it, feel it, taste it, hear it and participate in it – the temple of God that Jesus has in mind to build for His Father and His God.

So when you are ready to listen, then ask, “Lord, what do You have in mind?” and then brace yourself like Job did, for surely God will speak His mind to all who ask.

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