I am a Jesus pusher!!! Jesus is the permanent provision for the Kingdom. There is never a hint of lack or inability contained in the Gospel account. Jesus is always adequate. No excuse is made for failure, falling, or backsliding. We are consistently encouraged to be more than conquers. Words like “abundant” (1 Timothy 1:14), “unsearchable” (Romans 11:33), “exceeding” (Ephesians 1:19), “greatness” (Ephesians 1:19), “riches” (Ephesians 2:7), “glory” (Jude 24), “faithful” (1 Corinthians 1:9), “power of God” (1 Corinthians 1:24), “wisdom of God” (1 Corinthians 1:24), “ordained” (1 Corinthians 2:7), and others fill the New Testament. This is only the beginning of the list!
Jesus introduced the Sermon on the Mount with a series of eight statements known as the Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-12). Each begins with “Blessed!” It means “Congratulations,” a statement of assurance. Now Jesus follows this with a definite statement of fact, the indicative! “You are the salt of the earth!” We lack nothing in Him! The final beatitude is, “Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven” (Matthew 5:10). We must see our circumstances in light of the permanency of Kingdom power and grace. Jesus does not speak of victory on good days, or when we are inheriting the land (Matthew 5:5), or being filled (Matthew 5:6), or seeing God (Matthew 5:8). The Kingdom is unshakable even “when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake” (Matthew 5:11). The Kingdom, intimacy with Jesus, is beyond all circumstances? We lack nothing in Him! I am a Jesus pusher!!!