Monthly Archives: December 2015

Some Kingdom Fruits of Salvation

Matthew 25:35-40 (RSV)

35 for I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me,

36 I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.’

37 Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see thee hungry and feed thee, or thirsty and give thee drink?

38 And when did we see thee a stranger and welcome thee, or naked and clothe thee?

39 And when did we see thee sick or in prison and visit thee?’

40 And the King will answer them, ‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to me.’

This passage is one of many contained in the Gospels that lead a true follower of Christ to become involved in true service to the world around them towards other followers of Christ first, and then to others for God loves all people.

These followers of Christ do not do these things to become saved, but because they are saved, and have been made citizens of the Kingdom of God.

As a follower of Jesus Christ of Nazareth we should be sensitive to what our heart is speaking to us as the spirit of the Lord prompts and gives us the desire of our heart.

in the first chapter of Hebrews it sates that God spoke by way of the prophets in the past but now to-day He speaks to us in His dear Son.

Christ as our High Priest is the interface between man and God, and God speaks to us from heaven through His Dear Son.

It is only when our desires and actions line up with what the the spirit of Christ speaks to our hearts, that we are doing the Will of God in that specific time and place.

In what is commonly called the” Lord’s Prayer” we find a model of a Kingdom of God prayer in which Christ taught His disciples “how” to pray and not “what” to pray.

Jesus Christ directs us to face heaven and pray to our heavenly Father and to give Him all honor, glory and praise. He teaches us to pray for God’s Will to be done on earth as it is in heaven, and to forgive others who have trespassed against us.

Christ also teaches us to ask the Father for our daily bread. What does this mean? Is it that only our physical need for sustenance is met daily? No! It is much more than this. It is also that our daily nutritional needs be met by the words that proceed out of the mouth of God into our heart!

When tempted by the Devil Jesus was challenged to command that these stones be made into bread. I’m sure He was quite hungry after fasting for forty days and nights, but The Lord’s response to this was, “Man does not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God!

A true follower of Christ hungers and thirsts for righteousness to be done, in their lives, and also in the world around them. They seek peace because they are peacemakers by doing God’s Will in any given situation as they are led by the spirit of God. Followers of Christ are willing to suffer persecution because of the Kingdom’s sake and for their sharing of the Gospel of the Kingdom, and these followers of Christ thrive in the joy of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 14:16-18 (RSV)
16 So do not let your good be spoken of as evil. 17 For the kingdom of God is not food and drink but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit;
17 he who thus serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men.

It is my contention that only true followers of Christ who have been truly saved have any desire at all to live in this manner. True followers of Christ desire to live each day as outlets for God’s love releasing into the world, in their specific spheres of influence, God’s Will

Jesus said, “By their fruits ye shall know them.”

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Some Thoughts on The Kingdom of God

The following are some thoughts on the Kingdom of God I received from my brother in Christ Keith Witt:

I am currently teaching thru the Sermon on the Mount with a trailer park youth group every Tuesday at the Loft Coffee House. Tuesday we will land on the disciple Prayer….. Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done……. What I am seeing is that at the core of our beings is a heart that either beats for self or beats for Jesus. If it beats for self we will only accomplish vanity and sorrow.

For Kingdom minded saints they are to be awestruck, impassioned, driven, and focused on living for the audience of one, for His glory, honor, praise and Kingdom. This fuels us with ” Thy Will Be Done” rather than being absorbed with the clamor of this shallow & self-fulfilling world. The result is that we will be filled with Him, His desires, His love, His bucket list of what is eternal. The Key to the Kingdom is bow before this King with total love and allegiance to show Him gratitude and honor and affectionate love. In reality Romans 10: 9-10 we should consider if we should confess Him as “Lord” or should I say LORD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

In the Way, we confessed him as lord?????????????? Sorry Jesus has to have the preeminence… He is KING of KINGS and LORD OF LORDS…. He gets all Caps and Bold type face…. He is The Almighty Sovereign King. Now when we are ready to quit playing religion, we need to upgrade Him in our hearts. Then He gives us His Kingdom to explode our reasoning, our purpose, our reality with His amazing resources. Now, we are no longer our own… we are His…. He is ours…. The SELF- Centered blaaaaaaaa is over with.. We are agents of light, truth, and eternal glory. We are Kingdom focused, & Kingdom empowered. We connect every why, what, where, when, who, and how to a purpose that is clear and brilliantly awesome…. His Kingdom….

Now we have the Kingdom within us, for the King Himself resides on His throne, in our hearts, for His Glory. We should be overwhelmed with joy unspeakable to represent our SAVIOR KING… Wow and He is honored to have us as both His servants and dear children. The reason peoples lives are so pathetically shallow and superficial is that they don’t have a cause worth living for and His Kingdom is the only one rooted in reality that will work. All others will fail, and must fail. But for those who see and live with His Kingdom mindset they will flourish.

Just some thoughts on the subject..

Love you
Keith

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The Kingdom of God Call to Prayer

This an urgent Kingdom of God call to Prayer to all Christians living everywhere around the world.

We must individually and collectively pray to our Father in Heaven giving Him all glory, honor and praise.

1 Peter 3:12

For the eyes of the Lord are upon the righteous, and his ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those that do evil.”

Especially in these days in which we are living we must individually be deliberate in putting on the whole armor of God.

Ephesians 6:10-18Revised Standard Version (RSV)

The Whole Armor of God

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his might.

11 Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.

12 For we are not contending against flesh and blood, but against the principalities, against the powers, against the world rulers of this present darkness, against the spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

13 Therefore take the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14 Stand therefore, having girded your loins with truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness,

15 and having shod your feet with the equipment of the gospel of peace;

16 besides all these, taking the shield of faith, with which you can quench all the flaming darts of the evil one.

17 And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

18 Pray at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints,

Let us as members of the One Body of Christ unite our efforts to pray invoking the power of Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, and our Heavenly Father to come against all foes foreign and domestic that would devise to do harm to any and all innocent people of this world.

Let us pray continually with our faces towards heaven “Thy Kingdom come Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”

We have been given so much authority and spiritual abilities to come against the powers of the darkness of this world remembering the battle is not against flesh and blood but against the spiritual powers of evil.

James 5:16b
The prayer of a righteous man has great power in its effects.

 

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Prayer

Most loving, gracious, and merciful heavenly Father.

First of all we give you all honor, praise, and glory for only you are deserving of the sacrifice of praise of our heart uttered by our lips to you alone.

Lord, please continue to comfort those survivors of the Islamic violence and murder in Nigeria, Paris, and San Bernardino. Give comfort and confidence and determination to those law enforcement personnel who are on the job. Bless them and their families for their work’s sake.

Lord, please reach into the hearts of our enemies and turn them toward You, so that our enemies become our brothers and together, we might worship you.

Lord, CNN is reporting that England may be next. Please strengthen the English. Give them wisdom and courage and stir within each of them a keen awareness of their environments. Give them each a double portion of English determination.

Open the eyes of the hearts of all people, Lord. Allow us to see that You are the greater than which there is none. Help us see through “political correctness” enough be able to recognize danger and warn people around us. Allow the peoples of the earth to recognize You, worship You, and live in ways that please You.

Forgive us our sins, and encourage us to forgive those who have sinned against us. Knit us together by the power of Your Holy Spirit. Tell each of us what we need to know during these painful days. Remind us that your are still Lord God of the entire known and unknown universe, that you know what you’re doing, and we know we may trust in your Divine love and wisdom.

In the name of your precious Son the Lord Jesus Christ our Lord we pray

AMEN.

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