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Psalm 145 (KJV)

Let all the children of the True God exalt their King and let them take pleasure in His everlasting kingdom.

Each day may we arise and praise Him and give Him all honor and glory as we speak of His awesome greatness to our generation.

Let us tell others of our King and of his great compassion, goodness and love.

May we boldly speak of the glory of his kingdom, and talk of his power;

Let us make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.

His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion endureth throughout all generations.

Psalm 145 (KJV)

1 I will extol thee, my God, O king; and I will bless thy name for ever and ever.

2 Every day will I bless thee; and I will praise thy name for ever and ever.

3 Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable.

4 One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts.

5 I will speak of the glorious honour of thy majesty, and of thy wondrous works.

6 And men shall speak of the might of thy terrible acts: and I will declare thy greatness.

7 They shall abundantly utter the memory of thy great goodness, and shall sing of thy righteousness.

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

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

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

11 They shall speak of the glory of thy kingdom, and talk of thy power;

12 To make known to the sons of men his mighty acts, and the glorious majesty of his kingdom.

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

14 The Lord upholdeth all that fall, and raiseth up all those that be bowed down.

15 The eyes of all wait upon thee; and thou givest them their meat in due season.

16 Thou openest thine hand, and satisfiest the desire of every living thing.

17 The Lord is righteous in all his ways, and holy in all his works.

18 The Lord is nigh unto all them that call upon him, to all that call upon him in truth.

19 He will fulfil the desire of them that fear him: he also will hear their cry, and will save them.

20 The Lord preserveth all them that love him: but all the wicked will he destroy.

21 My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord: and let all flesh bless his holy name for ever and ever.

King James Version (KJV)

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God Called Preachers Part II (Invading the kingdom of Satan)

What is the the Divine purpose of a God called Preacher?

Simply put the Divine purpose of a God called Preacher is to boldly and fearlessly invade the Kingdom of Satan with the Gospel of the Kingdom of God!

According to the words of the Lord Jesus Christ this good news of the Kingdom is to be preached throughout the entire world.

Some of theses Preachers will stand before thousands and tell the good news of the Kingdom and how one may become a Kingdom Citizen. Others may share the Gospel over a cup of coffee or tea while visiting a friend, neighbor or relative. However all will follow the example of the Apostles of the first century by speaking of the power of the cross for salvation.

1Corinthians 1:17-29 (KJV)

17 For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.

18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.

26 For ye see your calling, brethren, how that not many wise men after the flesh, not many mighty, not many noble, are called:

27 But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;

28 And base things of the world, and things which are despised, hath God chosen, yea, and things which are not, to bring to nought things that are:

29 That no flesh should glory in his presence.

We see from the above scriptures that education is not necessarily a requirement to be a God called Preacher, not to say that an educated person is excluded from this calling of God.

Romans 10:11-15 (KJV)

11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him.

13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

This section is dealing with Preachers who have been sent by God to fearlessly invade the kingdom of Satan with words that are inspired from the Throne of God with the power to impart faith so those who will to believe are saved into the Kingdom of God.

In Romans 10:17 (KJV)

17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

The Greek word for “word” in this scriopture is the word Rhema not Logos. The word Logos refers to the written word of God while the word Rhema refers to the from the living Christ which comes by way of Holy Spirit.

HELPS Word-studies
4487 rhḗma (from 4483 /rhéō, “to speak”) – a spoken word, made “by the living voice” (J. Thayer). 4487 /rhḗma (“spoken-word”) is commonly used in the NT (and in LXX) for the Lord speaking His dynamic, living word in a believer to inbirth faith (“His inwrought persuasion”).

Ro 10:17: “So faith proceeds from (spiritual) hearing; moreover this hearing (is consummated) through a rhēma-word (4487 /rhḗma) from Christ” (Gk text).

[See also Gal 3:2,5 which refers to “the hearing of faith” (Gk text) – i.e. a spiritual hearing that goes with the divine inbirthing of faith.]

God called Preachers speak words from heaven inspired by the Holy Spirit having the divine power to deliver salvation to the lost of both Jew and Greek. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved into the Kingdom of God by way of the power of the Holy Spirit.

Selah

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God Called Preachers

Who are these God called preachers?

These preachers have been called, equipped and sent sent by God are those one who will hold back nothing that is of benefit to those who hears their words.

One good example of a God Called Preacher is when Peter preached on the day of Pentecost. Peter stood up before the very men who had recently had Jesus Christ crucified. He was speaking words that gave testimony of the who, what, and where concerning this Jesus of Nazareth which the Jews had recently had crucified by the Romans. Peter held back nothing that was being revealed to him by the spirit of God.

Acts 2:22 – 24 (KJV)

22 Ye men of Israel, hear these words; Jesus of Nazareth, a man approved of God among you by miracles and wonders and signs, which God did by him in the midst of you, as ye yourselves also know:
23 Him, being delivered by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, ye have taken, and by wicked hands have crucified and slain:
24 Whom God hath raised up, having loosed the pains of death: because it was not possible that he should be holden of it.

Peter had traveled with Christ as he preached the Gospel of the Kingdom throughout all Galilee. Peter had heard the Lord state that the words he spoke and the works that he did were not of him but of the Father.

Further insight into the words of Christ concerning preaching may be found in Matthew 10:27:

Matthew 10:27 (KJV)

“What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.”

The following is from Clarke’s Commentaries:

Matthew 10:27
What I tell you in darkness, that speak ye in light: and what ye hear in the ear, that preach ye upon the housetops.
What I tell you in darkness – A man ought to preach that only which he has learned from God’s Spirit, and his testimonies; but let him not pretend to bring forth any thing new, or mysterious. There is nothing that concerns our salvation that is newer than the new covenant; and in that there are, properly speaking, no mysteries: what was secret before is now made manifest in the Gospel of the ever-blessed God.

See Ephesians 3:1-12.

What ye hear in the ear – The doctor who explained the law in Hebrew had an interpreter always by him, in whose ears he softly whispered what he said; this interpreter spoke aloud what had been thus whispered to him.

Lightfoot has clearly proved this in his Horae Talmudicae, and to this custom our Lord here evidently alludes. The spirit of our Lord’s direction appears to be this: whatever I speak to you is for the benefit of mankind, – keep nothing from them, declare explicitly the whole counsel of God; preach ye, (κηρυξατε proclaim), on the house-tops.

Today it is the same spirit of God which enables men and women to preach The Gospel of the Kingdom of God is working. This good news of the kingdom which began with Jesus Christ of Nazareth and continued through the Apostles and followers of Christ is still a viable message the Lord commissioned His followers speak to the world.

Selah

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“Thy Kingdom come Thy Will be done.”

“Thy Kingdom come Thy Will be done
on earth at it is in Heaven.”

The Kingdom of God which Christ preached and made available is a title for the establishment of God’s Righteous Government upon this earth. In the age to come Christ will reign over this Kingdom as a benevolent King having the power and resources to meet the needs of every citizen.

What many seek today in the way of world peace, overcoming hunger, disease, hate, crime, wars, terrorism, etc. will be established and maintained.

There will be never a need for elections, political parties, or judges.

There will not be any inferior worldly governments implementing their policies that are never able to put away all the things which make life miserable on this planet.

The government of the Kingdom of God will provide all things necessary for its citizens to sustain life without sin and its anti-life properties.

The Government of God will provide peace, safety and significance for all its citizens.

The ongoing issues of word peace, hunger, disease, crime, and other things which are against life will be put away.

These are but a few things this Kingdom Government will ensure.

This Kingdom of God is appealing only to those who love righteousness and eschew evil.

“Thy Kingdom come Thy Will be done.”

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Overcoming The Sin Nature

Without the help of the empowerment of what Christ accomplished by way of his death, burial, resurrection, and glorification overcoming the sin nature is not available.

It is impossible to overcome the sin nature without invoking what Christ accomplished through his selfless sacrifice on the Cross. We too must follow him and die daily in submission to what Christ accomplished for us when he suffered and died for all mankind.

Romans 6:4 states that when Christ died we died with him.
When he was buried we were buried with him.
When he arose from the dead we were raised with him to walk in newness of life.

There is a total power over sin through death that may not be fully achieved in life. But the moment a person dies they cease from sinning and the sin nature dies within them.

I believe the Apostle Paul dealt with how to overcome this terrible problem of the sin nature because the availability to sin or not to sin is always in question while we live.

The Apostle makes it clear that grace was not bestowed upon us so that we may continue to live in sin.

In the following portion of scripture Paul begins to illustrate how we should deal with this sin nature that was inherited from Adam:

Romans 1:6-18 (KJV)
6 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?
3 Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death?
4 Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.
5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection:
6 Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.
7 For he that is dead is freed from sin.
8 Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:
9 Knowing that Christ being raised from the dead dieth no more; death hath no more dominion over him.
10 For in that he died, he died unto sin once: but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God.
11 Likewise reckon ye also yourselves to be dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord.
12 Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.
13 Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God.
14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.
15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
16 Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?
17 But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin, but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered you.
18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.

Paul said we died to sin!

However this sin nature remains within us unless we allow it to be revived and then take rule over us when we submit to its tempting power.

Just as the sin nature remains in us believers now have a godly nature (Christ) within that has overcome this sin nature through His death on the cross.

If we believe what Paul has just revealed to us, then we must believe that when Christ died we died, and the sin nature no longer has dominion of us!

So then the sin nature no longer rules over us but the nature of Christ does have dominion over us so that we may serve him in righteousness.

Paul shows us the significance of the power of the resurrection of Christ in Philippians which is contingent upon being made conformable unto his (Christ’s) death.

Philippians 3:10-11(KJV)

10 That I may know him, and the power of his resurrection, and the fellowship of his sufferings, being made conformable unto his death;
11 If by any means I might attain unto the resurrection of the dead.
12 Not as though I had already attained, either were already perfect: but I follow after, if that I may apprehend that for which also I am apprehended of Christ Jesus.
13 Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,
14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.
15 Let us therefore, as many as be perfect, be thus minded: and if in anything ye be otherwise minded, God shall reveal even this unto you.

Paul admits that he had not arrived at the place where Christ desires him to be and acknowledges that he is not already perfect. Why? Because at times he still succumbs to the sin nature in his walk just like any other man alive.

Admitting this is being honest before the Lord, unlike some who hide themselves from their own flesh and sin nature.

Paul forgets those things which are behind him which most likely are the mistakes of sins he had committed. However he does not allow sin to have dominion over him because he decides daily to go to the Cross and then continues to reach ahead trying to attain the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.

So then while we are alive we are always susceptible to the sin nature within us. The only effective way way to overcome is not though our own ability or power, but the power of Christ and through what he alone accomplished for us when he willfully humbled himself and became obedient to death even the death of the Cross..

This is why the cross of Christ to so absolutely significant and powerful in a believer’s every day walk.

A personal relationship with our Lord Jesus The Messiah and his Cross is not just for a one time salvation experience. No! This relationship with Christ and the Cross are desperately needed in order that a follower of Christ may be able to die daily and thus overcome the sin nature.

The dominion of sin is real!

Christ knows the flesh is weak and by his divine grace and mercy has provided a method of forgiveness when we succumb to sin.

I John 1:7-10 (KJV)
7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.
9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness

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“Benefits of Imagination”

I have a friend who is a talented story teller and illustrator. She has a Blog where she posts articles that always you get my grey cells churning.

In her latest blog entry entitled, “Benefits of Imagination” she speaks of alternative worlds which take a bit of thinking and imagination to consider.

Her warm hearted and entertaining stories involve bushy tailed squirrels who wear sneakers, and piggy’s who ride bicycles among other things. Writing and illustrating theses stories admittedly involves a vivid imagination to create. You may visit her Blog at:

http://marycoonsdesigns.com/Blog/Blog160916.asp

Her most recent article about the benefits of imagination caused my mind to race to the fact that the kingdom of God is an alternative world in which we either believe or disbelieve exists.

This kingdom of which Jesus of Nazareth preached and demonstrated is also an alternate world which is opposite of the world in which we are presently living.

In Acts 17:6 the Apostle Paul was accused of turning the world upside down.

Acts 17:6

And when they found them not, they drew Jason and certain brethren unto the rulers of the city, crying, These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;

The followers of Christ were accused of turning the world upside down because they were going about preaching and teaching the things concerning the Kingdom of God!

My friend said the following in her article:

“. . . we might do well to believe “six impossible things before breakfast.” When I consider things in my life, so many would have seemed impossible, but they did happen, and they happened because I was willing to first consider, then believe them. Maybe a fondness for fantasy has its merits–I know I like to think so.”

Perhaps the Creator of this ever expanding universe gave mankind the ability to imagine and fantasize because He knew that one day His Son would come to earth to show us the present availability of the reality of the kingdom of God.

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There Will Be No Sin in the Kingdom of God

The way I see it sin is the absolute worst thing that ever happened to mankind. The Sin Nature that entered Adam is so anti-life and devastating it ultimately leads to death. And death causes the human body which was so awesomely and wonderfully made, to lose its life energy and then quickly decay back to the elements to which it was first made and formed from.

Death is by no stretch of the imagination a pretty sight because it is the ultimate expression of sin and rebellion against the Creator, whereas the opposite of this death is life which comes from the Creator.

The Creator loves the creation which includes the entire ever expanding known and unknown universe. This expanse of the creation is so vast it has yet to be discovered in its entirety. This is truly awe inspiring when one dwells upon what can be seen with the naked eye of the stars and planets in the night skies.

This created universe includes an exceptional planet called Earth. Although there is much speculation about life elsewhere in this creation, thus far planet earth is the only habitable place presently known that is equipped with everything needed to sustain life as we know it.

The Creator did not create man first.

God provided everything man needed before He created him. Then once the earth was ready He formed man out of the dust of the earth, breathed into Adams nostrils the breath of life, and he became a living soul.

In my estimation this creation of Adam is why the makeup of the earth we live on is so absolutely distinctive to any other place in the known universe. This is one of the reasons why humanity is also so extraordinary. God used the elements of this earth to form and fashion the body of Adam.

Today, after many thousands of years after sin was first introduced into the creation by Satan, the earth is still springing forth life! Why? Simply put God created the Earth to be the life source and maintainer of the various kingdoms of this Earth.

So then sin is anti-life. Sin is anti everything that God had purposed for His overall plan for mankind. God warned Adam and instructed Him not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil because by doing so Adam and Eve would surely die!

Why would Adam and Eve die? Because of the rebellion of the sin nature which Adam and Eve brought upon themselves which is is anti-life!

God’s ultimate plan for mankind is for man and woman to dwell together in harmony with The Father God in His everlasting kingdom where there will be no more sin or anti-life!

The Creator’s only antidote for the sin nature which entered into mankind is His Son Jesus Christ of Nazareth who was sent by the Creator to provide an escape from the sin nature which has plagued not only humanity but the entire Earth.

Romans 8:18-22 (KJV)

18 For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.

19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God.

20 For the creature was made subject to vanity, not willingly, but by reason of him who hath subjected the same in hope,

21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

22 For we know that the whole creation groaneth and travaileth in pain together until now.

Therefore sin in any of its manifestations is rooted in the sin nature of man and it is not to be taken lightly. As Seymour Leven said: “. . . one must, therefore, be taught and learn the rules, practice the necessary mental and physical skills to remain upright, and then remain alert and disciplined. . .”

By knowing the rules, remaining alert and disciplined, sin may be dealt with effectively. Although sin is always present, the disciple of Christ has been given the power of the Holy Spirit to overcome the many temptations that so easily beset us.

Hebrews 12 (KJV)

12 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

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