Miracles, the manifest power of God

One area of the manifest power of God is Miracles, they are not a past event but a now reality, they are the believers Heritage.

We might cry out and say where is the power? What we should be asking is where is the true servant looking for an opportunity for Fathers power to flow and glorify Him.

A well lit room needs no additional power in order to increase the amount of light, it is the dark place that needs to be lit.

Dead religion will never compete with demonic opposition.

Pharaoh said, “Work a miracle.” Aaron threw his staff before  and his servants, and it became a serpent (Exodus 7:8-13).

Jesus initiated His earthly ministry by turning water into wine at a wedding feast in Cana of Galilee. He sent His twelve disciples to preach, saying, “The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse the lepers, cast out demons.” He sent another seventy disciples, and they returned, saying, “Lord, even the demons are subject to us in Your name.”

In the context of giving the Great Commission just before His ascension, Jesus promised, “These signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover.

Unbelief is the greatest single hindrance to walking in the supernatural. Even those who walk in faith find it difficult to impossible to bring forth any miracles in atmospheres of unbelief. When Jesus went to heal the daughter of the synagogue official, He allowed no one to accompany Him, except Peter and James and John, and the mother and father of the girl (Mark 5:35-43).

When Peter went to raise Dorcas (Tabitha) from the dead, he sent everyone from the room (Acts 9:36-42).

Jesus was seen as the carpenter’s son in His home town, and could do no miracles there except that He laid hands on a few sick people and healed them. And He wondered at their unbelief (Mark 6:1-6).

Paul provided a balancing word that puts the supernatural into perspective: All do not have gifts of healings, do they: All do not speak with tongues, do they? All do not interpret, do they? But earnestly desire the greater gifts. And I show you a still more excellent way. Love never fails (1 Corinthians 12:30-31; 13:8a).

Love itself should motivate sincere believers to works of faith. Faith works by love (Galatians 5:6).

Blessings

Are you living a lie or the truth?

To be unaware of the truths is to live a lie. To be unaware of what life is all about and why we are here is to be caught up a misrepresentation. The way you see the world is a function of the way you have been taught to see it. From the time you were a small child, you were trained and conditioned to believe certain things. You were told to fit into the crowd and behave like everyone else. You were taught not to sing too loud when you were happy and not to dream too big when you were feeling inspired. You learned that those who are different would not be accepted and that conformity would lead to success. You were taught not to speak your truth and not to be too loving or else you’d be taken advantage of. You were taught that possessions and external power would bring you lasting happiness. These beliefs would be taught by schoolteachers, religious figures, friends, parents, television and the media. A lot of these things that you were taught were absolutely wrong.

First of all, we are all connected at an invisible level. We all belong to the same family. The saying that says; “you are all cut from the same cloth” is a truth. When you hurt another person, you hurt yourself as well. Most people can’t see that. We compete against each other for what we believe and we fail to support each other. We hoard and grab because we are in fear that if another wins, we must lose. We fear that there isn’t enough abundance and prosperity in the world for everyone. We fear that if we genuinely help another person we will somehow lose something rather than seeing the truth behind this lie which is that the more we help others, the more abundance will flood into our lives. The first stage is about self-betrayal. In our fear of not fitting in with the crowd, we begin to forget our original nature and adopt the beliefs, values and behaviours of the world around us. It takes great strength to leave the crowd and to be true to your original nature. That is true leadership. The deeper part of you, your conscience knows when you are authentic. When you dishonour yourself by not living up to the magnificent potential that has been invested in you, your conscience will see it. When you fail to pour love into the world, your conscience sees it. All this betrayal of our true selves leads us to a slow and painful death. You conscience cannot bear to watch these things, so it begins to withdraw and shut down. We, as people begin to lose self-respect. Our self-worth plummets. We begin to feel unhappy, angry and irritable. At a physical level we lack energy and vitality and may even grow ill. We do all this to ourselves and it generally happens at an unconscious level. We buy into this lie about who we must be and how we must live and it ends up killing us.

It all starts when we are infants. We look to our parents to teach us how the world works and we are hungry for their love and so we do whatever we need to do to become like them, hoping in that we will feel and act like them and we will receive their adoration. Unfortunately in doing so, we leave our true selves behind.

To awaken your best self, it’s a journey home. It’s a return to your original nature. We already are everything we’ve always dreamed of being. We’ve just forgotten it along the way. In Christ we have been perfected. Like a small apple is perfect and just have to grow into maturity, we cannot improve upon perfection. You don’t need self-improvement but self-remembering. To self-remember is to reclaim the state of being perfected in Christ. As new-born children of God we walked out into this fear-filled world of ours, a world that spoiled us along the way. A filter gets set up between the Truth and our human perception. This filter consists of all the lies that we were taught. The world we think we see is actually not the truth but a composite of all the ways we have been trained to see by those around us, well meaning as they were.

You can only make new choices once you have become aware of something that’s not right in your life. If you have the courage to start asking people for honest feedback about how you could improve as a person and let’s say your loved ones are courageous enough to speak truthfully and you listen to them, this would build new awareness in you.

Once you grow aware that you are following the crowd and living an unauthentic life, you are presented with a choice: continue to live as you have always been living-and in so doing, resign yourself to a life of unhappiness and mediocrity or step up to your biggest life. Nothing is more important than having the bravery to live your life and not someone else’s.

This point offers you the chance to choose your biggest life or to stay small and remain among the herd, unconsciously following those around you as each in turns falls of the cliff. You will be setting yourself up for a life of deep regret and utter heartbreak by the time your reach the end. All those people that you lived to please will no longer be around. On your deathbed, the only person you will have to answer to is the person you look at in the mirror every morning. Life is such a fragile thing. Nothing so destroys the heart as the knowledge that you had the chance to manifest the gorgeous potential you were meant to be and you refused to accept the call.

We must carve out some time each day to ask ourselves why we are here, how we are living and whether we are making the highest use of the gifts that has been given to us. We must frequently be in connection with our dreams. We will not be able to dream a dream and not having the capacity to bring the dream to life. Become a person of action. Do the best you know how to do and then let go and accept whatever comes to you with a happy heart.

The choice point is all about making some kind of a sacrifice. Nothing good comes without some kind of sacrifice. It is about leaving the world you have known and venturing out onto the unknown frontiers of your highest life and to access that highest life. You have to want it more than anything else in the world!!

RESTORING HONOUR IN YOUR WORLD

Restoring Honour in Your World

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RESTORING HONOUR IN YOUR WORLD

A DANGEROUS JOURNEY
There is an authority crisis in South Africa today. It’s been a long time in the making, and has exponentially grown to the place where—like so many other nations—there is rioting in the streets. Anarchy is becoming a more and more common way of living. Independence and lawlessness—stepping stones to violence—have become normal, even in the church world, and is increasingly being acted out.
Andrew Strom recently wrote: “We have spoken before about the dangers of mixing Christianity with ‘nationalism’ – of wrapping the Bible in the flag – and calling it ‘orthodox’ Christianity.

This stuff is not just dangerous – it is deadly. There have been countless wars and countless millions killed down the centuries by this very thing. Mixing ‘patriotism’ with Christianity and using that to motivate people – to get them angered up and mad enough to go ‘fight’ some politicians war or riot in the streets, or whatever.

Hitler used just this kind of patriotism to get himself elected. And I see this very same anger rising amongst some Christian radicals in South Africa, and many other countries are being ‘driven’ toward something – and it is very ugly.

OUR TRUE PLACE OF ALLEGENCE
“Every Christian should know that our present and future home is in heaven and its kingdom – not in any particular “nation.” Our allegiance is towards GOD’S kingdom, not any kingdom on this earth.” (1)
Violent crimes and murder have increased.
Diminishing respect for authority is at the root of this downward spiral. The church is to reveal a higher way, another culture, to the world.
Jesus, the One to whom all authority has been given, spoke these strong words:
“Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of My Father in heaven. Many will say to Me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord’ have we not prophesied in Your name, cast out demons in Your name, and done many wonders in Your name?’
“And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me you who practice lawlessness!’” (2)

THE BASIS OF HONOUR

Behavioural patterns are normally formed early in life. A significant key is found in the fifth commandment, the first commandment with a promise:
“Honour (esteem and value as precious) your father and your mother—that is the first commandment with a promise—that all may be well with you and that you may live a long life on the earth.” (3)
There are many synonyms for honour. Respect is the one that speaks loudest to me. I also am thankful for the insightful expressions for honour offered in the Amplified Bible: esteem and value as precious.
Our Father has placed a value on all people. Being all inclusive, “God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” (4) God is long-suffering (patient) toward us, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. (5)
To that end, we are exhorted to:
*  Warn those who are unruly,
*  Comfort the fainthearted,
*  Uphold the weak,
*  Be patient with all. (6)
Even our most intense confrontations (7) are to be redemptive in motivation, “For God did not send His son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.” (8)
“Let each one of you speak truth with his neighbour,” for we are members of one another. “Be angry, and do not sin;” do not let the sun go down on your wrath, nor give place to the devil. (9)
We are in measure the products of our environment—at least until we begin to be transformed by the renewing of our minds. (10) Simply stated, we have good habits and we have bad habits. Jesus comes to live in us and helps us retain good habits and replace bad habits—a lifelong process.

*Christ in us produces a transformation of habits*
He who is forgiven much loves much. (11) The elder brother of the prodigal had no idea of his significant inheritance until his father threw a party for his sibling. (12) Those who have lived uprightly must be careful to not rely upon their own righteousness, but to fully embrace the new creation (13) in Christ, surrendering all to Him in favour of newness of life in the power of the resurrection.

THE PROCESS OF DECLINE
The Cultural Revolution began during World War II, when Dads went to war and Moms went to work.

Today, we are faced with the full-grown fruit:
The moral deterioration of this nation
The lack of respect for our leaders
The loss of God’s favour

HONOUR RE INTRODUCED
Honouring or respecting authority is not primarily about the person(s) in authority. It’s about us honouring God by honouring His authority—civil and spiritual—in faith and obedience. Civility is furthered in any sphere of life where people honour one another. Such knowledge begins with the fear of God. (14) But fools despise wisdom and instruction.
I was trained and still believe in honouring positional authority, not necessarily because I believe in the individuals, but because I believe in the One who administrates all authority! (15) I am not so naïve as to believe that my honouring another—deserving or not—improves his or her status. We need the revelation that doing so in faith is for our good and the good of others, regardless of the character or conduct of those whom we so honour.
Dishonouring governmental, community, or church leaders can be “vanilla” in texture and flavour, and still rob us of the promise that attends our faithfully honouring others.
Honour is not always spoken. We often communicate through our attitudes. Dishonouring others in either attitude or action is akin to nailing one of our feet to the floor, and wondering why our lives are going in circles.
God cares for us! He keeps His promises. The command to honour is for our benefit! That’s where so many miss it. Are you living in the favour of God?
If we read Romans 13, beginning with verse 1, we may miss the supernatural implications of God’s higher thoughts and ways concerning authority. Let’s back up a chapter for context.
Romans 12…begins with an appeal for us to not be conformed to this world so that we might be transformed by the renewing of our minds. What makes sense to the world should be at least suspect to us.

Kingdom administration is demonstrated as we:
* Bless those who persecute us (verse 14)
* Repay no one evil for evil (verse 17)
* Do not avenge ourselves (verse 19)
* Give place to wrath (verse 19)
* Feed our enemy, and give him drink (verse 20)
* Overcome evil with good (verse 21)
Now, with this kind of renewed mind, perhaps we can embrace the Holy Spirit inspired instructions pertaining to our attitudes and actions regarding authority written in Chapter 13.
The kingdom of God is not of this world! Consider these intellectually unreasonable propositions:
* “Do not resist an evil person.”
* “Whoever slaps you on your right cheek, turn the other to him also.”
* “If anyone wants to sue you and take away your tunic, let him have your cloak also.”
* “Whoever compels you to go one mile, go with him two.”
* “Love your enemies.”
* “Bless those who curse you.”
* “Do good to those who hate you.”
* “Pray for those who spitefully use you and persecute you.”
All of the above are unreasonable to un-renewed minds, yet are insights into the higher way of God’s kingdom. This higher way cannot be fulfilled by the man of flesh. It is by faith in the Word of God and the enabling power of the Holy Spirit that we can walk in this way.

JESUS OUR EXAMPLE AND PATTERN
Jesus failed to honour His parents on at least one occasion (I understand many may have different interpretations of this), when He stayed behind at the temple in Jerusalem. It is possible that Joseph and Mary got to the “seat” of the problem with the “board of education,” providing Jesus the correction and training He needed.(Though some could interpret this differently) Scripture testifies of Him:
Though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. And having been perfected, He became the author of eternal salvation to all who obey Him. (16)
* He went down with them to Nazareth
* He was subject to them
* He increased in wisdom and stature
* He increased in favour with God and man
This, is not a call to blind obedience or passivity. Jesus stood His ground, angrily condemning those who opposed God. The ways of the kingdom are for the sons of the kingdom. We cannot always speak unto men as spiritual. (17)
My generation was brought up honouring authority—parental authority, educational teacher authority, governmental authority: “Yes, Ma’am, yes, Sir.” “No, Ma’am, no, Sir.” It is still natural for me to use these expressions of honour. I enjoy watching the reaction of teenagers who are packaging my groceries when I refer to them as “Sir” or “Ma’am.” And show gratitude to them for the important task of packing groceries in a bag. (I really mean it when I do it, because God has put a high value on their lives—much higher than they realize!)
Render therefore to all their due, taxes to whom taxes are due, customs to whom customs, fear to whom fear, honour to whom honour. (18)

JOSEPH AN EXAMPLE
Joseph had learned how to submit to authority as a child in his home, beginning by honouring his mother and father. The promise of God—that it may be well with you and you may live long on the earth—remained intact throughout the life of Joseph. The favour of God rested upon him while in the household of Potiphar, while in the prison, and while in the palace of Pharaoh.
We need to “connect the dots,” and realize that respecting those in authority affects our lives in a variety of positive ways. Life is not always fair. Joseph was not always fairly treated, but he honoured those in authority, and lived in the favour of God.

Paul was not the only one to define Kingdom administration in terms of honour. Peter wrote,
Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, * “Be holy, for I am holy.”(19)
* Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lord’s sake.
* Honour all people.
* Love the brotherhood.
* Fear God.
* Honour the king.
* Servants, be submissive to your masters with all fear, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh.(20)
Conditions do not alter the character and conduct of those who have been rightly discipled through their service to parents, guardians and stewards,(21) who know Father’s voice and walk in His Spirit.
And now, friends, we ask you to honour those leaders who work so hard for you, who have been given the responsibility of urging and guiding you along in your obedience. Overwhelm them with appreciation and love! (22)

HONOUR WITHIN THE BODY (CHURCH)

Material response is an appropriate way to honour those who serve us.
Paul wrote to Timothy,
Let the elders who rule well be counted worthy of double honour, especially those who labour in the word and doctrine. For the Scripture says, “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads out the grain,” and, “The labourer is worthy of his wages.” (23)
Paul responsibly taught those within his allotment about honour, and the tangible demonstration of that honour, while making certain that they understood that he was not exercising his rights, he spelled out the rights of those who preach the gospel:
* Do we not have a right to eat and drink?
* Do we have no right to take along a believing wife?
* Who goes to war at his own expense?
* Who plants a vineyard and does not eat of its fruit?
* Who tends a flock and does not drink of the milk?
* “You shall not muzzle an ox while it treads the grain.”
* He who plows should plow in hope.
* He who threshes in hope should be partaker of his hope.
* If we have sown spiritual things for you, is it a great thing if we reap your material things?
* Those who minister the holy things eat of the things of the temple.
* Those who serve at the altar partake of the offerings of the altar.
The Lord commanded that those who preach the gospel should live from the gospel. (24)
The church at Corinth was yet carnal, babes in Christ, and could not be addressed as spiritual. For that reason, Paul added this:
But I have used none of these things, nor have I written these things that it should be done so to me; for it would be better for me to die than that anyone should make my boasting void. For if I preach the gospel, I have nothing to boast of, for necessity is laid upon me; yes, woe is me if I do not preach the gospel!
For if I do this willingly, I have a reward; but if against my will, I have been entrusted with a stewardship. What is my reward then? That when I preach the gospel, I may present the gospel of Christ without charge, that I may not abuse my authority in the gospel. For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more. (25)

FAITHFULL STEWARDS
Faithful stewards and generous givers are not necessarily spiritually mature in every respect. However, those who are not responsibly honouring the Lord with their possessions and with the first fruits of all their increase cannot expect their barns to be filled with plenty, and their vats overflowing with new wine. (26)
Some are living well below the favour of God today because they have adopted an ungodly attitude and/or believe a humanly logical apologetic that continually questions authority. It is better to exercise a childlike faith in the simplicity of the command with promise, and render honour to all men—especially those who have been given responsibility with authority in our lives, not only to the good and gentle, but also to the harsh.(27)
If you are among those who have suffered abuse at the hand of someone in a position of authority, find the help you need to be healed.

If you have been wounded by leadership, God will likely deliver your healing through someone in leadership. Resisting authority is not helping you to be healed. God wants to abundantly provide for your complete victory in wholeness.

Please take a risk in faith. Ask God to direct you to the person(s) who can help you.
Whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves.(28) (This is not been judgemental, it is saying that there is consequence to our behaviour and so Paul is urging people to walk wisely and so doing walk in the way of the kingdom and its righteousness)

THE PLACE OF HONOUR
Rendering honour to whom honour is due, beginning with our fathers and mothers, is linked by principle to the favour of God. Being enlightened and empowered by the Holy Spirit—Christ in us the hope of glory—brings this principle to new levels of faith.
Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end . . . The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. (29) Isaiah used a word that translates “government” in this passage, and links it to peace. We will experience more peace as we find ourselves submitting (30) to more of His government that comes to us by His Spirit, through His body—the church, including His appointed leaders.
The Lord knows how to deliver the godly out of temptations and to reserve the unjust under punishment for the day of judgment, and especially those who walk according to the flesh in the lust of uncleanness and despise authority.
They are presumptuous, self-willed. They are not afraid to speak evil of dignitaries, whereas angels, who are greater in power and might, do not bring a reviling accusation against them before the Lord. (31)

THE CALL TO WALK IN CHRIST’S ABILITY
This is not a call to perform. This is a call to faith in the ability of Christ in us to do what needs to be done—to fulfil the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus. (32)
One moment of faith and repentance, with the forgiving of others, can cancel a lifetime of hurt and fear and frustration. It’s not too late for a new beginning!

Are you hurting? Pray. Do you feel great? Sing. Are you sick? Call the church leaders together to pray and anoint you with oil in the name of the Master. Believing prayer will heal you, and Jesus will put you on your feet. And if you’ve sinned, you’ll be forgiven—healed inside and out.
Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. (33)

1   Mathew 6:33

2   Matthew 7:21-23

3   Exodus 20:12; Ephesians 6:2-3

4   John 3:16

5   2 Peter 3:9

6   1 Thessalonians 5:14

7   Examples: Jesus’s encounter with the moneychangers in the Temple, His

confrontations with Pharisees, etc.

8   John 3:17

9    Ephesians 4:25-27

10   Romans 12:2 – We begin to live and function in the environment of heaven.

11   Luke 7:47

12   Luke 15:11-32

13   2 Corinthians 5:17

14   Proverbs 1:7

15   Romans 13:1-7

16   Hebrews 5:8-9

17   1 Corinthians 3:1

18   Read Romans 13:1-10

19   1 Peter 1:13-16

20   1 Peter 2:13-18

21   Galatians 4:1-2

22   1 Thessalonians 5:12-13a TM

23   1 Timothy 5:17-18 – Suggested reading: 1 Corinthians 9:1-14

24   1 Corinthians 9:4-14

25   1 Corinthians 9:15-19

26   Proverbs 3:9-10

27   1 Peter 2:18

28   Romans 13:2

29   Isaiah 9:7

30    Submission is an inward attitude of the heart. Obedience is an outward action.

There will be times when we cannot in good conscience obey. But, we can

maintain a submissive attitude. See Acts 4:5-20.

31    2 Peter 2:9-11

32    Romans 8:2

33   James 5:13-16 TM ;

Mathew 5 and 6 …Maybe it’s time to revisit the constitution of the kingdom

 

Trevor

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Organic Reality within the True Church

A Challenging short discussion

There is no inherent spiritual significance to moving a meeting out of a sanctuary into a living room. The question to be asked is not related to how we meet (form), but how we live life together in Christ (substance) and the values we embrace. Whenever love wanes, efficiently administered corporation ethics subtly and subversively displace family (kingdom) values.

The only way a family grows is by giving itself away. A family remains a family by giving away life. A family is bonded in covenantal love, but love lets children grow, and through tears of love, releases them to “increase” the family by “scattering.” In a sense, the individual family decreases, the greater family increases. A family cannot experience increase by clinging to what it has.

Children grow up, leave, most often marry, and new life  is often the result. The gene pool is diversified for the overall health and well-being of the greater family.   A family that never releases its members–a family that never allows the introduction of diverse DNA into the family–will soon cease to be a family, or become a pocket of isolated genetic defectives. A family that is obsessed about the purity of its own image, is headed for trouble.

Introduction of diversity, is key to genetic health. You have to be willing to allow one’s own image to seem to be lost,  to see it again in modified reflections (family resemblance) of one’s self in new life, that you have no direct control over. Seed most be sown to reproduce. We are the seed, not our money. We are sown in death, raised in newness of life, to bear a family image and likeness. A new creation.

On the other hand, a corporation sustains itself by insulating its assets from risk. It has no life to give away. Because a corporation does not have life and does not operate on love, it requires structure, order, and rules to maintain its identity. When love is absent or diminished, systems become a necessity to maintain group order and to perpetuate the group. A corporation grows/survives by protecting itself, assuring that it experiences no decrease. A corporation grows through accumulation of resources, not the scattering of them. A corporation can only experience increase by clinging to what it has, and trying to acquire more.

The kingdom of God is a family, not a corporation. If we gather in a living room with a corporate mindset, Jesus’ kingdom will have  experienced no increase. We will delude ourselves into thinking we are involved in something spiritually significant simply because of our spatial geography at the moment.

Jesus’ family grows by scattering–the giving away of resources because we are animated by the power of love, and love’s compulsion is to scatter. Love compels us to release resources: time, money, people, gifts. We gather to love, nurture, and disciple for the sole purpose of seeing the greater family increase through the scattering/release of resources, not the maintenance of our singular group, through the accumulation of resources and the aggrandizement of individual egos and reputations.

It makes no difference if we gather in a living room or a sanctuary if the values of “asset protection,” the perpetuation of pet doctrines, gift addictions, the ego need of teachers/preachers for a weekly audience, and a misdirected sense of purity are present, we will become nothing other than an isolated pocket of spiritual defectives.

A greater change has to take place than the location of our posteriors during a meeting. A deep purging and realignment of our values must take place, lest we fool ourselves by just running a “mom and pop” religious shop.

The time is at hand to ask questions. You might add “What Questions ?”

A suggested start would be:

  1. What is my world view regarding, a) Church, b) Christ, c)  My purpose and maybe even, 4) What do I  understand is meant by Kingdom Family.

Now is my view purely from a religious perspective, meaning has it been formed by what I have heard and been taught by others according to the doctrine of a local church denomination or is it from a biblical perspective that you have acquired from a true relational walk through scripture inspired by the Holy Spirit. By a walk that has connected you to men and woman who demonstrate love  by revealing the reality of Christ and Him crucified. The power of the cross and the power of that New Creation that you have become if you have recieved Christ the Son.

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IT IS AND WILL BE A CORPORATE WORK

 A follow on from my previous posting “The church on Trial” highlighting the consequence of an individualistic mind-set not set on the way of the King and His Kingdom. Christ revealed in us will cause and bring forth the corporate pattern set by God. Replacing the “I” and revealing the “we” in all areas of the Christ life bringing forth the reality of what the new creation looks like. As we are His body I believe what will and is emerging is not coming forth in a few dedicated sons but will find expression “through and in”, the corporate son.

To get perspective look back only fifteen years and see the change and understanding that has come pertaining to the Kingdom of God and be encouraged, many who rejected the message of the kingdom now preach that very gospel. Father is building His church and His new creation man is finding expression.

Be encouraged as this teaching will revisit many areas as to what is already a complete and finished work by Jesus Christ and now these truths once again need revisiting and find stature in the body of Christ.

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CORPORATE KINGDOM 

One of the results of personal, individual, kingdom righteousness is that corporate patterns of life will begin to be ordered by the ways and will of God. Men begin to rule everything over which they have authority according to the ways of God instead of the ways of fallen man.

Some people are beginning to realize the degree of dominion and potency delegated to mankind for ruling the world systems and the planet. Mankind is not at the mercy of “mother nature” or any other aspect of the world. On the contrary, the world systems and planet Earth are at the mercy of mankind. The collective effect of multitudes of people living their lives according to the ways of the Babylonian kingdom of darkness is great disorder and stress on all the systems of man and earth. Left unchanged this could eventually lead to total destruction. In contrast, the collective effect of multitudes of people living their lives according to the ways of the New Jerusalem kingdom of God is great peace, order, and prosperity for mankind and the planet.

All systems of life on earth will be positively affected by the kingdom of God lifestyle in men.  Social, economic, political, and ecological systems will prosper and eventually come into peaceful order. The negative trends of destruction and disorder brought about by selfishness will reverse and the earth can become renewed. Even the weather will improve as delicate ecological balances damaged by man’s selfishness and greed is repaired. Storms will decrease in number and intensity as global warming is reversed and stabilized causing tropical temperatures to moderate slightly.

Romans 8:19, 21-22: For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God…because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.  For we know that the whole creation groans and labours with birth pangs together until now.

With natural understanding, we cannot see nor understand the link between man’s beliefs and actions and the natural systems of the planet. Even with all the knowledge we have acquired, natural man cannot see very far into the spiritual realm. Therefore, we have little understanding regarding the impact of what we believe, say, and do upon the natural occurrences of the planet. We can, however, with the application of some wisdom, begin to realize the cost of the negative ways of man upon the ecological, social, economic, and political systems of our world.

It may be impossible for us to imagine all the ramifications of mankind living in obedience to God. There is more than plenty of everything on this planet that mankind could ever need. Consider what good could be done with the vast amounts of money, resources, and manpower that mankind would not spend on war, if nations no longer went to war. What about the many billions of rand’s and dollars and man-hours spent on sin-related diseases like AIDS or property loss due to violence and negligence? Consider the tremendous cost of crime. Unbelievable efforts and resources currently go toward providing law enforcement agencies, costly prisons, and an expensive judicial system. And what about the therapy and counselling needed to try to put back together the confused psyche of masses of people damaged by stress and fear? Who can even imagine the total cost of productive lives lost due to drugs and alcohol? The list of costs for disobedience goes on and on. If all this cost could be saved and applied to doing good and loving one another, there would be plenty of everything for everyone.

“Oh!” you say, “This is an impossible dream and can never really happen.” Tell that to Jesus! This is why He came to earth and taught the kingdom of God way of life. This is why He died on the cross, was resurrected, ascended into heaven, and returned to earth in the Holy Spirit to live in man and produce His kingdom lifestyle! You tell Him it can’t be done! Personally, I know by the authority of His Word, it is being done one heart, one life at a time; he is establishing His rule, His kingdom. God is looking for and finding people who will give up their ways, their greed, their needs and wants, to obey Him and walk in intimacy with Him.

Yes, the wicked are becoming more vile. Yes, the numbers of greedy men who despise the way of God are increasing. Yes, the enemy is having a blast stealing, killing, and destroying men, women and innocent children while much of the church seems powerless to do anything about it and, often, even becomes a part of the problem. Yes, we see governments faltering and unable to even slow down the degradation of society. Yes, we see mankind on the verge of destruction by his sinful ways. No doubt the fires of judgment are kindled on earth and the wrath of God is stored up against this evil. Yes, it may get worse before it gets better; but as Christ Jesus lives in godly people it will get better.

What part of this worldly wickedness is greater than God?  Even during this rampant evil, there are many extremely godly men and women that God is raising up in the world. These are men and women with levels of commitment toward God and a sense of destiny that compels them to live godly in Christ Jesus. These are not just churchy, religious, baby Christians. They are a mighty army of mighty men and women of God, people of valour that God is raising up in business, in the military, in government, in the family, etc., as educators, scientists, apostolic ministers, prophets, evangelists, shepherds, and kingdom teachers. Their primary purpose in life is to intimately know the Lord and totally serve Him.

People of God, it is not time to draw back nor to be downcast. We are entering the most victorious season of earth—the season in which the wrath of God’s love will cleanse the earth and the season when the mercy and grace of God’s love will cause the righteous, mature sons to shine forth as the sun (Matthew 13:40-43).

The focus of Christians has been so greatly diverted by theological teachings toward events in the future, that many have missed and are yet missing the awesome potential of God’s provision for today. We are now living in the “end of the age.” This is the time looked forward to by the writers of the New Testament. God is ready and everything is in place to restore His ways to our world. Many individuals are bringing forth the kingdom of God on earth in their own lives and families. Some are doing it without realizing what they are actually doing. Enlightenment and understanding of the kingdom will move our focus from “future end-time theology” to overcoming the kingdom of darkness and bringing forth the kingdom of God now on our planet.

THE END TIMES   

End-time theology is an area I have not received great revelation on or that I greatly enjoy looking into. By no means do I think I have all the answers. Bible school and years of being taught different teachers’ views gave me traditional knowledge through other men. Please do not think the things we present are because of ignorance of the traditional views as taught on the “pre’s and post’s” of eschatology. Though I know the views and at different times have held different ones, I cannot rest in any of the many camps of theological traditions. The revelation of the gospel of the kingdom that Jesus preached and taught replaces our many end-time theological views.

We must begin with the firm realization that the kingdom of God is now, always was, and forever shall be.

We must also fully recognize that Jesus has completely and forever defeated the devil and given authority to believers in His name over all the power of the enemy.

There is no more for Jesus to do apart from mankind to establish His kingdom over the kingdom of darkness on earth. He does not need to return bodily to defeat the enemy and set His people free from the devil’s bondage. Neither has He surrendered this planet or His people to the devil. He does not need to plan another rescue attempt for His children. Jesus has already gained the victory and now Christ lives in His people as the Victor. He waits only for us to stop listening to the deception of the devil and begin to hear and believe the good news of the sovereign “ruler/dominion” (kingdom) of God in us.

Before getting deeply involved in what happens next, we need to fully grasp what is happening now. The urgent matter is not when or exactly how the next theological event will occur. The most important thing by far is that we get a real revelation of who we are in Christ now according to the Word and the Spirit of God.

We would think it very strange if some people were seated at a table of wonderful, tasty food, which included all their favourite dishes prepared just the way they like them. Yet, all they could think or talk about was what they were going to have for supper later. We would think it a real shame and loss for them to miss the wonderful meal prepared for them. The one who prepared the delicious meal would probably be very disappointed as the bountiful gift was ignored in favour of what might come later.

If I was an enemy and desired to steal a bountiful meal from you, one of the things I might do is try to divert your attention elsewhere. Diversion is a trick used by pickpockets and sleight-of-hand artists.  God, help me not to be tricked out of Your wonderful provisions. Open my eyes to see who I really am and what I really have in Christ Jesus NOW.

 THE NOW TIME

  • I AM THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS!

2 Corinthians 5:21:For He made Him Who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. 

  • I’M BLESSED WITH ALL SPIRITUAL BLESSING IN HEAVENLY PLACES!

Ephesians 1:3: Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places in Christ. 

  • AS JESUS CHRIST IS IN THE WORLD SO AM I!

I John 4:17b: as He is so are we in the world. 

  • I’M BORN AGAIN BY THE WORD OF GOD!

1 Peter 1:23: …having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever. 

  • I’M REDEEMED BY THE BLOOD!

Ephesians 1:7: In Him we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace. 

  • I AM COMPLETE IN JESUS!

Colossians 2:9-10: For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, Who is the head of all principality and power.

  • MY SINS ARE NAILED TO THE CROSS!

Colossians 2:14b: And He has taken it out of the way, having nailed it to the cross. 

  • I’M SEALED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT OF PROMISE!

Ephesians 1:13b:  in Whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise. 

  • I RULE AND REIGN IN THE NAME OF JESUS!

Romans 5:17b:  those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One Jesus Christ. 

  • I AM MORE THAN A CONQUEROR!

Romans 8:37:  Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors  through Him Who loves us.

  • I TAKE DOMINION!

Genesis 1:28:  Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion”

  • I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME!

Philippians 4:13:  I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me. 

  • I AM STRENGTHENED IN ALL MIGHT BY HIS GLORIOUS POWER!

Colossians 1:9b-10a:   being fruitful in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God; strengthened with all might according to His glorious power…

  • ALL THINGS ARE UNDER THE FEET OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST! HE HAS BEEN GIVEN TO BE THE HEAD OF ALL THINGS TO THE CHURCH!

Ephesians 1:22-23: And He put all things under His feet, and  gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him Who fills all in all.                                      

  • MY WEAPONS ARE MIGHTY IN GOD, TO THE TEARING DOWN OF STRONGHOLDS, CASTING DOWN IMAGINATIONS, SPECULATIONS, EVERY HIGH THING THAT EXALTS ITSELF AGAINST THE WORD OF GOD! I BRING EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE TO THE OBEDIENCE OF CHRIST!

2 Corinthians 10:4-5: For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ. 

  • THE LORD JESUS CHRIST HAS ALREADY APPEARED FOR THIS REASON, TO DESTROY THE WORKS OF THE ENEMY!

 1John 3:8b: For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 

  • HE DISARMED HIM, MADE A PUBLIC DISPLAY OF HIM!

Colossians 2:15: Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them triumphing over them in it. 

  • HE HAS GIVEN ME AUTHORITY, WITH THE WORD AND IN HIS NAME TO HAVE POWER OVER ALL THE POWER OF THE ENEMY!

Ephesians 1:19, 3:20b, 6:10:  and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power, — according to the power that works in us, Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord  and in the  power of His might.

Philippians 2:10: … that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow…

Colossians 2:9-10:   For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him, Who is the head of all principality and power.”

Hebrews 4:12a: For the word of God is living and powerful…

Luke 10:19a: Behold, I give you authority to trample on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy… 

  • I ALWAYS TRIUMPH IN JESUS’ NAME!

2 Corinthians 2:14a:  Now thanks be to God  Who always leads us in triumph  in Christ… 

  • HIS WORD NEVER RETURNS VOID!

Isaiah 55:11:  So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it. 

  • I COME BOLDLY BEFORE THE THRONE OF GRACE! I RECEIVE MERCY AND GRACE!

Hebrews 4:16:  Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need. 

  • IN THE NAME OF JESUS I COMMAND THE POWERS OF DARKNESS!

Mark 16:17a:  And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons…

What I bind on earth is bound from heaven, and what I loose on earth is loosed from heaven (Matthew 16:19, 18:18). If any two agree on earth, they will have what they ask (Matthew 18:19). If I believe in my heart when I pray and doubt not, I shall have what I say (Mark 11:24). All things are possible to him who believes (Mark 9:23). If I abide in Him, I ask what I will, and it shall be done (John 15:7). I receive the finished work of the cross, proclaim liberty and freedom, and speak peace.  God, help me to realize my potential and to be who I am in Christ NOW.

These attributes are promised in the Word of God. If you are not experiencing them in your life pray in faith and ask God to make them real in your life. Believe you receive them when you pray and you will have them (Mark 11:24). If you have difficulty believing them in your heart, begin speaking them out loud repeatedly. You will find that your heart will begin to believe the truth that you are speaking and eventually you will have what you say (Mark 11:23).

With the heart we believe unto righteousness and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation (Romans 10:10). It will greatly benefit our life to plant these truths of the Word in our heart. A good way to do that is to stand and speak them out loud with strength until they become planted in our spirit.

NOW:

I AM THE RIGHTEOUSNESS OF GOD IN CHRIST JESUS! 

I’M BLESSED WITH ALL SPIRITUAL BLESSINGS IN HEAVENLY PLACES!

AS JESUS CHRIST IS IN THE WORLD SO AM I!

I’M BORN AGAIN BY THE WORD OF GOD!  

I’M REDEEMED BY THE BLOOD! 

I AM COMPLETE IN JESUS! 

MY SINS ARE NAILED TO THE CROSS! 

I’M SEALED WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT OF PROMISE! 

I RULE AND REIGN IN THE NAME OF JESUS! 

I AM MORE THAN A CONQUEROR!  I TAKE DOMINION!  

I CAN DO ALL THINGS THROUGH CHRIST WHO STRENGTHENS ME! 

I AM STRENGTHENED IN ALL MIGHT BY HIS GLORIOUS POWER!

ALL THINGS ARE UNDER THE FEET OF THE LORD JESUS CHRIST! HE HAS BEEN GIVEN TO BE THE HEAD OF ALL THINGS TO THE CHURCH!

MY WEAPONS ARE MIGHTY IN GOD, TO THE TEARING DOWN OF STRONGHOLDS, CASTING DOWN IMAGINATIONS, SPECULATIONS, EVERY HIGH THING THAT EXALTS ITSELF AGAINST THE WORD OF GOD! I BRING EVERY THOUGHT CAPTIVE TO THE OBEDIENCE OF CHRIST! 

THE LORD JESUS CHRIST HAS ALREADY APPEARED FOR THIS REASON, TO DESTROY THE WORKS OF THE ENEMY!

HE DISARMED HIM, MADE A PUBLIC DISPLAY OF HIM! 

HE HAS GIVEN ME AUTHORITY, WITH THE WORD AND IN HIS NAME TO HAVE POWER OVER ALL THE POWER OF THE ENEMY!

I ALWAYS TRIUMPH IN JESUS’ NAME! HIS WORD NEVER RETURNS VOID! I COME BOLDLY BEFORE THE THRONE OF GRACE! I RECEIVE MERCY AND GRACE! 

IN THE NAME OF JESUS I COMMAND THE POWERS OF DARKNESS!                                  

We must recognize our potential and become the purified, powerful Bride. Now is the time to lay aside our powerless religious traditions and be prepared as the Bride of Christ, the Body in which Christ dwells. There is a need for healing in the church. The concepts of Babylon have become unhealthy traditions within the church. The faith and practices of individuals have been perverted by relentless attacks from the enemy. God has provided and is providing all that is needed to heal and prepare His Bride.
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I trust this was encouraging to you

“Teachers of the scriptures maybe we need revisit these truths in order to establish and encourage the community of believers in order to live and give expression, now, today”

Trev

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