The God-Called Preacher

The God-Called Preacher

There are Man-Made Preachers and there are God-Called Preachers.
The difference between the two lays the facts between truth and error.

Man-Made Preachers weaken members of the church by feeding people “Apple Pie and Ice Cream” sermons that do not challenge and equip the Saints to face the “sin” issue head on.

Therefore the hearers are not able to see their individual need of true salvation.
To these hirelings the Good News is all about feeling good because Jesus will get you a better job, a bigger home or a nicer car.

To the Man-Made Preacher this is what John 10:10 is all about. Somehow they link the New Covenant scripture with wealth and worldly riches. Rarely is the subject of suffering for Christ sake ever mentioned.

Unfortunately many times when these Man-Made Preachers teach, the Cross is not spoken of, the blood of Christ is minimized or not mentioned, and the problem of the degradation of man is completely overlooked. All the elements for a true conversion to Christ are missing in their messages.

However a God-Called Preacher is one who has been called of God to invade the kingdom of Satan with the power of the Gospel of the kingdom of God.

C.H. Spurgeon said this about those who have been called to Preach: “The Word of God must be unto us as a fire in our bones, otherwise, if we undertake the ministry, we shall be unhappy in it, shall be unable to bear the self-denials incident to it, and shall be of little service to those among whom we minister.”

The divinely called preacher gradually becomes aware of the fact he has embarked on a whole new manner of life for which he was born into this world, but of which he probably never dreamed before. All the goals of his life before his call become meaningless, discarded as ashes from last winter’s fire. “I’ve never felt that way.” Someone may protest. We can only reply with the kindliest intent, “You were never called of God. Please quit preaching.”

We need more God-Called Preachers today who have the guts to invade Satan’s Kingdom with the true Gospel of the Kingdom of God.

“Thy Kingdom Come”

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“Lord teach us to pray”

“Lord teach us to pray.”

Luke 11:1-4 KJV Matthew 6:9-13KJV

Jesus of Nazareth taught how to pray and how to live in the Kingdom of God.

I believe there are pro-active positive, scripture based solutions to the many problems our nation and the world are facing as we move into the future.

Some will not accept this and seek other ways to try and rectify these global problems. They outright reject any biblically based solutions. Others will say we will hear you again later, however others will listen and embrace the scripture based solutions that will bring Heaven’s Kingdom blessings upon them.

True this Kingdom will not be established on earth during this present evil age we are now living in. However, the Kingdom of God of the age to come has the power to reach back to this present age and bestow Heaven’s Kingdom blessings upon those who will do one thing. This one thing is to seek first the Kingdom of God and learn God’s way of living (righteousness). The institution of both the Millennial Kingdom and God’s final kingdom will occur at some unknown future time but God’s blessing are available now.

Faith is needed in order to see the kingdom of God because for now the kingdom is invisible, however by faith we are able to see what our natural eyes cannot see. Faith is actually seeing life as our heavenly Father sees it. With God nothing is impossible.

This faith I speak of is only available to those who have been born again from above as it is not available to the un-regenerated natural man. Therefore the natural man cannot see or even perceive of this kingdom of God. This is why Jesus of Nazareth the Son of God was born into this world . . . to teach and show us by His example what the kingdom of God is and how to become a citizen of this kingdom by being born again or more properly born from above.

When Jesus taught the disciples “How” to pray He said, “Our Father Who art in heaven.” One might say this popular prayer known as “The Lord’s Prayer” may also be called “The Kingdom Prayer.”

When we pray, we communicate, talk to, and acknowledge not a distant god but the True God Who is Our Father Who is in Heaven. This is powerful, personal, and intimate!

“Hallowed be thy name.”

We acknowledge Him by giving Him all glory all honor and all praise!

“Thy Kingdom come”

We are anticipating the coming of His kingdom by seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. Through this prayer we are reminded we have been given the authority to invoke His kingdom’s power and blessings on earth until the Age come when Christ returns to set up the Kingdom of God physically upon this Earth.” We as Kingdom Citizens are Ambassadors for Christ. We have been given the authority of heaven itself to represent Christ to the world. Like Peter and John on the way to the Temple we have been freely given the keys to unlock the Kingdom of God on earth.

“Thy Will be done”

The Kingdom of God is wherever God’s Will and rule is accomplished in the name of Jesus Christ Who is the King of the Kingdom.

We have an example of this type of living in the book of Acts which is filled with recorded accounts of men and women doing wonderful mighty works in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

“On Earth as it is in Heaven.”

It is interesting the goal of many churches is to help people get to “Heaven.” This seems to be opposite of the Lord’s goal which is to get “Heaven to come to earth.”

We are to look with anticipation for The Lord’s government alone and not to man’s government to provide the remedy for our world’s problems,. Especially if the people running the government are not acting according to the truth of God’s Word. When the time comes for Christ’s government is established by Him upon the earth, He alone will rule with righteousness over the entire Globe.

I personally believe part of our responsibilities as God’s Children is to follow the example of Jesus of Nazareth and to be going about “Our Fathers Business.” We have all been sent by Christ to preach the good news of the Kingdom of God to every creature. This begins with learning as much as we are able about “The Gospel of the Kingdom of God”

Preaching does not necessarily include standing before crowds of thousands, but at times it is simply sharing the good news of the Kingdom of God on a one to one basis.

The establishment of the Kingdom of God is the only viable remedy for this decaying earth.

“Give us this day our daily bread”

The Father knows we have needs even before we ask Him. He provides for the birds that do not sow, reap nor do they store up into barns. This is a beautiful picture The Lord painted with words to illustrate to us “How” Our Father will always provide for those who “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness”.

However the Lord said, “Man shall not eat of bread alone but every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.”

There is a physical hunger that only food may satisfy. There is also a spiritual hunger that may only be satisfied by way of receiving from the heavenly Father the spiritual food of the word from heaven.

“And forgive our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”

This is the part of the “Kingdom Attitude” we are to have as “Kingdom Citizens.” Jesus taught the Eight Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount. Notice these are Be-Attitudes and not Do-Attitudes, meaning these are the attitudes a Kingdom Citizen should endeavor to live by in the manner in which we treat others as we live our daily lives.

The very first beatitude is one of being “Poor in Spirit” or having the attitude of true humility.

“Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.”
James 1:13 (King James Version)
Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

The Heavenly Father does not tempt us with evil; however He does deliver us from evil. Our Father does not lead us into temptation in order to test us to see if we will resist temptation or not.

“And forgive us our trespasses as we forgive those who have trespassed against us.”

How can we expect forgiveness if we will not forgive? “
Forgiveness is a powerful tool that releases us from hurts and injustices inflicted upon us by others. When we forgive we are complying with God’s Will or Rule in our life.

“For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever. Amen.

The Lord Jesus closes His instruction on “How” to pray by teaching His disciples to again submit by acknowledging the Fathers Kingdom, Power, and Glory!

This topic of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God is what I have come to believe was the main focus of the Lord Jesus Christ’s mission while living on the earth. His main mission during the days of His flesh was to preach the Kingdom of God and then to teach those who responded on “How” to become a Kingdom Citizen and to live in this world as a Kingdom Citizen in the attitudes (Be Attitudes) of the Kingdom of God.

If we too will learn to live as our example Jesus showed us how to live in the gospels we may be persecuted and suffer injustice for His sake, however we also will truly be blessed by God with His Kingdom Blessing. By learning to live this way we will be blessed (happy) and prepared to be with the Lord during His Millennium Kingdom and beyond.

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Living in the Kingdom Law of Love

Living in the Kingdom Law of Love

In this life we will encounter people who create so much frustration that you may ask God, “Please help me show them extra grace.”

Who are these people in your life?

The slow driver in the fast lane?
The coworker who refuses to apologize?
The ungrateful friend?
The rude and obnoxious neighbor?
The demanding, demeaning, and disapproving family member?

Many people have developed unhealthy responses to frustration. They might avoid difficult people, but denial only delays the problem. It doesn’t solve it. They might try to make them happy, but some people will never be happy. No matter what they do, it’s not good enough.

How can you respond like Jesus Christ?

Consider the fact that God has put these people in your life to be “heavenly sandpaper.” Although you are irritated, God is using them to take off your rough edges. God is more interested in your character than your comfort.

Learn to look past their behavior to see their pain. Hurt people will often hurt others. They’re full of fear and insecurity. Maybe they’re shouldering a pressure you don’t know about.

Instead of dismissing these frustrating people from your life, look at them as a gift from God to help you become more like Christ.

Frustration reveals something in you, and you can give this to God by having a change of heart.

“God, help me to be more patient.”
“God, help me to be better at apologizing.”
“God, help me to be more thankful.”
Frustration also gives you the opportunity to show grace to others.

One of the reasons God has forgiven you is so that you can reflect this forgiveness to others.

Ephesians 4:30-32 KJV
And grieve not the holy Spirit of God, whereby ye are sealed unto the day of redemption.

Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice:

And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ’s sake hath forgiven you.

John 13:34-35 KJV
A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.

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What if tomorrow is the Last Day?

What if tomorrow is the Last Day?

Every day of our lives are important but in what Jesus calls the Last Day will be the most important of all.

In John chapter 6 verses 39, 40, 44 and 54 Jesus said that in the Last Day He will raise up all the Father has given to Him.

John 6:39 KJV
And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.

John 6:40 KJV
And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.

John 6:44 KJV
No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day.

John 6:54 KJV
Whoso eateth my flesh, and drinketh my blood, hath eternal life; and I will raise him up at the last day.

Yes each and every day of our lives are precious but in the Last Day we who are Christ’s shall be raised to eternal life in the kingdom of God’s dear Son.

So then how important is it for us to share the Good News of the kingdom of God while we are still living on this earth?

God sent Christ from heaven to preach the Gospel of the kingdom of God.

Luke 4:43-44 KJV
And he said unto them, I must preach the kingdom of God to other cities also: for therefore am I sent. And he preached in the synagogues of Galilee.

Christ sent the Apostles to preach the Good News.

Mark 16:15-16 KJV
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Since Pentecost the Saints have been empowered by Holy Spirit to be witnesses of the King and His kingdom.

What if tomorrow is the Last Day?

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Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom

Psalm 145:8-13 KJV

The Lord is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.

The Lord is good to all: and his tender mercies are over all his works.

All thy works shall praise thee, O Lord; and thy saints shall bless thee.

They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power; To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.

Thy kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and thy dominion endureth throughout all generations.

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The Battle between God’s Kingdom and the kingdoms of this world

For those who have ears to hear and eyes to see it is evident that there is a battle going on today between God’s Kingdom and the kingdoms of this world.

The victory will be ours, but for now this battle rages between good and evil.

Jesus came to usher into this world the Kingdom of God.

He said “My kingdom is not of this world.”

He said that the Kingdom of God is at hand.

He also instructed His followers that the first thing we should be doing is to be seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.

Where today is the preaching of this glorious Kingdom?

Where are the preachers of the gospel of the Kingdom?

Do we even know what the gospel of the Kingdom is?

How much do we really know and practice Kingdom Living?

In the first century as recorded in the book of Acts the followers of Christ were Kingdom minded.

In Acts 2:42-47 God set up His Kingdom Economy and the new followes of Christ had all their needs me.

Jesus taught His disciples about how to live in the Kingdom of God. He did this not only by word but by deed also.

The Four Gospel tell the story of how Jesus ushered in the Kingdom of God. Jesus of Nazareth the Messiah basically taught this way of living to the Twelve Apostles so they could later, after they were empowered by the Holy spirit, teach this Kingdom Living to others also.

The book of Acts, which covered about 38 years, is full of signs miracles and wonders because the followers of Christ were seriously living in the Apostles Doctrine which is the gospel of the Kingdom.

So then the Gospels teach us about this wonderful Kingdom of God Jesus introduced to the world and the Church Epistles teach us the particulars that each individual must strive for to be a part of this Kingdom Living.

I will leave you with this:

Colossians 3:1-18 (KJV)

3 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:

7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

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What did Jesus preach?

What was his gospel? Availability of life in the kingdom of the heavens, the kingdom of God, NOW…
– James Catford

The gospel of the kingdom Jesus preached is not complicated and one doesn’t need to be a biblical research Guru to understand it or accept it by faith.

Christ was sent by His Father to make available immortality to all who would embrace Him as king and Lord.

His kingdom in an everlasting Kingdom so grand it is beyond the capability of human language to fully describe.

Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Luke 12:32 KJV

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