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The Kingdom of God is the “Big Story” of the Bible

The Kingdom of God is the “Big Story” of the Bible

There are countless accounts and stories recorded in the scriptures. These all have one common denominator by which they must be understood if we are to get a clear picture of The Kingdom of God and how import this is in our daily lives.

This common denominator or big story of the Bible is the Kingdom or the city of God named “New Jerusalem.”

The Big Story of the Kingdom of God is the key which unlocks the scriptures so that we may fully comprehend what the Father desires we should know today.

For instance in the Lord’s Prayer “ Kingdom come Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven” is the Father’s promise and empowerment of the truth of His promised coming Kingdom to His children.

Therefore by learning as much as we can about this Kingdom we may learn to act as Kingdom Citizens in this world today.

If we keep in mind the Kingdom of God when we read the various Old Testament and New Testament accounts or stories we will see and understand how the entire Bible fits together to bring enlightenment to us concerning the Father’s ultimate plan of His coming Kingdom. The Kingdom of heaven will one day be established upon this earth which also includes the promise of the City of God.

One recurring theme I have noticed throughout the scripture is that of Life, Death, and Resurrection. In my journey of learning more about the Kingdom of God I am beginning learn more about this pattern of Life, Death, and Resurrection and its application to our everyday lives.

I am learning that having the understanding of how this reoccurring theme relates to my life has given me hope, comfort and patience in order to endure some of the persecutions and hardships of life on this planet.

This simple truth applies to all living things in the Plant, Animal, and Mineral Kingdom’s. There is Life, Death, and Resurrection in every area of what we know today as life.

Because of this awareness even the thought finality of death somehow loses its negative impact.

Why?

Because there is hope for every follower of Christ!

I Corinthians 15 states that the last enemy to be destroyed is death!

However in the age to come when God’s Kingdom will be established on this earth forever, death will no longer be a factor. Before the Kingdom is established on earth death snd the devil will have been destroyed

never to return again.

What I am beginning to realize is this cycle of Life, Death, and Resurrection is all a part of the life process especially when it pertains to seeing and understanding the Kingdom of God.

Could it be that what Christ is referring to in John 10:10 as the “more than abundant life” is speaking of what life will be like when the Kingdom of God is established on earth in the Age to come?

Truly this “Kingdom Life” Christ came to give us must be a more than abundant life He spoke of in John 10:10 which is the hope of a life without sin, death, disease, pain, tears.

This gives us hope!

However if this is true, then the opposite must also be true when Christ said. “The thief comes not but for to steal, kill, and destroy.”

Again by keeping in mind the overall Big Story we realize this applies to our knowledge of the Kingdom of God. So then when we ask, “Destroy what?” we find our answer is “Destroy Preaching of the Kingdom of God!”

The one mission we as Kingdom Citizens were given by Christ is to go into all the world and Preach (Herald Out) the Good News of the Kingdom of God to every creature.

The mission of the Adversary is to steal, kill and to destroy the Preaching of the knowledge of the Kingdom of God.

How is this destruction of the Kingdom of God accomplished? Once again by stealing, killing and destroying the knowledge of God’s Kingdom from the people who are made in the image of God.

So keep this in mind when you see Haters killing Lovers. When you see darkness trying to surpress light.

I pray that we who have been called and chosen to stand as Ambassadors for Christ will rise up wearing the whole armor of God and having done all to victoriously stand in the evil day!

As the Body of Christ may we unify under His banner of the Kingdom of God and in Christ to prevail over His enemies.

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One Day the World Shall Live as One

One Day the World Shall Live as One

I believe Jesus came to reveal to mankind the availability of living our lives in the Kingdom of God where we all will be One united with The Father and His Son Jesus Christ.

In the Kingdom of God there will be no male or female.

In the Kingdom of God there will be no distinction of color, sex or religion or politics.

In the Kingdom of God there will be absolutely nothing left of that which divides and separates us from one another.

In God’s Kingdom there will only be a Kingdom People called from out of every Nation, Tribe and Tongue and they shall not be divided.

Galatians 3:26-29 KJV

For ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus.

For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ.

There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.

And if ye be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.

Today during this worldwide upheaval there is still time to become a citizen of God’s Kingdom.

Time continues to move on but there is still time to ask Jesus to forgive us from all of our sins.

We all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.

Acts 26:18 KJV

To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.

We have not even come close to living a life that glorifies Christ. However it is not too late.

Here is how one may become a New Creation, a New Man that has been translated from the power of darkness into the Kingdom of His dear Son:

Simply by confessing with our lips that Jesus Christ is our Lord and in our hearts BELIEVE that God has raised Him from the dead. By doing this simple act we shall be saved into the everlasting Kingdom of God.

Christ is the King of God’s Kingdom and He welcomes all who will come to Him and find rest for their weary souls.

Matthew 11:28-30 KJV

Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

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Learning to See through the Eyes of God

The sun had not yet risen as I slowly awoke from a sound sleep. Walking to my chair in the living room I noticed it was 4:30AM. . Sitting quietly in the dark my thoughts began to ascend to the Heavenly Father in Praise and Thanksgiving for all He is, and all He will be, and for all He has made obtainable to those who believe and trust in Him.

It was during this time of quiet meditation and of offering the sacrifice of praise that a series of thoughts began to come to me. These thoughts prompted me to consider a new idea that altered my perspective on life.

Once again I realized that I was in the presence of the Father and He was taking me to school by imparting what I needed to know into my sprit in order to give me a clearer understanding of how to live in His Kingdom during my life each day.

This gentle but firm instruction came by way of quiet peaceful thoughts as I began to hear the beginning of the Lord’s Prayer within my mind.

Our Father Who art in Heaven

Yes! I am your heavenly Father and I love you more than you realize.

Hallowed be thy name

I love when you stop to take the time to give me your attention and recognize me giving me honor as your Father.

Thy kingdom come
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True My kingdom has come to earth through the birth, life, death, resurrection, and ascension of my Dear Son Jesus of Nazareth The King. “The Kingdom of God is at hand.”

Give us this day our daily bread.

Gently He spoke and said, Have I not supplied all of your needs?

Do not fret about tomorrow, or next week, or next month, or next year, for I am your endless and bountiful supply.

Did I not freely provide all that Israel needed during their forty years in the wilderness. I even blessed them all with good health?

You need to learn how to trust in me completely and see life through my eyes because my eyes see from everlasting to everlasting!

My eyes see impossibilities as possibilities .

I am not limited by time or space.

My ways are not dependent upon the ways of men.

The natural eyes you were born with are limited in that they may only see what is before you as you live each day.

However when you were born again from above I equipped you with a new and different set of eyes!

I gave you eyes of faith so that you might see what I see, and accomplish what I equipped you and called you to achieve.

I have called and equipped you to achieve the good works which I ordained that you should walk in.

Your natural eyes are limited in that they may not see what will be tomorrow, or in the future, but my eyes see all things.

Therefore desire to learn to see your life through the eyes of your heavenly Father. This is where your treasure is and my Kingdom Life exists.

I have translated you to the Kingdom of my dear Son where all things are possible and faith alone is your sight!

Proverbs 22:17-21

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America is About to be Awakened

Hear this:

I declare that there is a soon coming awakening of the Church in America from spiritual slumber which will spark a revival of a consuming fire that will spread around the world.

The true Good News of the Kingdom of God shall be preached and many will be invited to enter into this glorious Kingdom of God.

Are you ready for this?

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Hear this:

Prejudiced people come in all colors and are not the majority of any one color.

Prejudice is not a Race issue it is a heart defect.

The only remedy for Prejudice or injustice is a heart transplant from hate to love.

There is only one Doctor that may successfully perform this procedure.

His name is Jesus!

His appointment book always has openings.

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Christ Highly Exalted

When one approaches the scriptures with humility and reads the many accounts and NT scriptures one thing becomes apparent and this is the Father desires His Son is to be highly exalted.

Acts 2:32-33 KJV

This Jesus hath God raised up, whereof we all are witnesses.

Therefore being by the right hand of God exalted, and having received of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost, he hath shed forth this, which ye now see and hear.

This is the first time the word exalted is used concerning Jesus of Nazareth.

This scripture tells us that Christ is at the right hand of the Father exalted!

This also shows that Christ received the Promise of the Holy Ghost from the Father and then he hath shed forth this which you see and hear.

Christ as the first ever risen, ascended and glorified man received (lambano) of the Father the promise of the Holy Ghost.

Then he Christ sheds it forth.

Wow!

Colossians 1:13-19 KJV

Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:

We are now kingdom citizens!

Wow!

In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:

Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature:

Christ is the Word become flesh! He is the image of God.

Christ in the flesh makes known the invisible God.

Everything Christ did and said was the divine expression of the invisible God.

Wow!

For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers:

When God said “Let there be light” creation began.

What was this light?

It was a form of Christ the only begotten Son of God.

Christ said, “I am the Light of the world.

all things were created by him, and for him:

And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.

Christ holds all creation by the power of his word.

Christ is awesome!

Wow!

And he is the head of the body, the church: who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things he might have the preeminence.
For it pleased the Father that in him should all fulness dwell;

All fullness dwells in Christ!

Wow!

He is not absent! Never was and never will be.

So let loose and acknowledge your Lord and King.

Honor and praise and exalt him!

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Pentecost Blessing

I am sharing the following message from my dear friend Fr Simon Khurshid of Sacred Hesrt Church Toba Tek Singh, Pakistan:

Dear Frank,

Greetings in Christ. I hope this email finds you well. 

Wish you all a very happy and blessed feast of Pentecost. I wish that you’re showered with the choicest blessings of Jesus Christ and blessed with a wonderful feast time. Please be sure of my prayers for you all and America. 

Today, as we are celebrate Pentecost Sunday, the day when the spirit came upon the timid disciples in the form of tongues of fire and transformed them into true messengers of Jesus.

Once they received the Spirit, they went out boldly and preached to all in Jerusalem and elsewhere.

On this day Jesus wants us to know the freedom of living in his Spirit. This feast is the culmination of the Paschal mystery where Jesus fulfils his promise of sending the Spirit of the Father and the Son on his disciples.

This feast also indicates that the Holy Spirit is an on-going reality, who will be with the church forever and who will touch our lives every single day.

We celebrate this day to recognize the gift of the Holy Spirit, realizing that God’s very life, breath and energy lives in all believers.

The celebration tells us that the same Spirit is given to each one of us, that we are all baptized by one Spirit into one body and that the Spirit which raised Jesus from the dead will raise us too.

The church tells us of the seven gifts of the Spirit.

The Seven gifts of the Holy Spirit are the following:

Wisdom

– desire for the things of God, and to direct our whole life and all our actions to His honour and glory.

Here we see God at work in our lives and in the world.

Second,-

Understanding – enables us to know more clearly the mysteries of faith.

It perfects a person’s speculative reason in the apprehension of truth.

Third-,

Counsel – warns us of the deceits of the evil one, and of the dangers to salvation.

With the gift of right judgment, we know the difference between right and wrong, and we choose to do what is right.

Fourth-,

Fortitude (courage) – With the gift of courage, we overcome our fear and are willing to take risks as a follower of Jesus Christ.

It strengthens us to do the will of God in all things.

Fifth-,

Knowledge – With the gift of knowledge, the Spirit enables us to discover the will of God in all things.

Sixth-,

Piety (Reverence) – With the gift of reverence, sometimes called piety, we have a deep sense of respect for God and the church.

And finally the seventh-,

Fear of the Lord (awe of God) – With the gift of wonder, prayerful respect and awe we are aware of the glory and majesty of God. A person with such awe and wonder has perfect knowledge, perfect goodness, perfect power, and perfect love.

Today’s feast rounds off the tremendous mysteries that we have been commemorating since Holy Week – the Passion, the Death, the Resurrection, and Ascension of Jesus culminates in the sending of the Spirit of the Father and the Son on his disciples.

This feast has been the extraordinary intervention of God into our lives by what we can only call the “mystery” of Christ.

Today’s feast indicates that it is an on-going reality, which still touches our lives every single day.

This week, let us reflect upon the purpose of the Holy Spirit in the Church. He can guide and teach us according to the purpose that He has been sent by the Lord God.

Through the power of the Spirit we ask for the grace to be forgiven and the grace to forgive.

As Jesus empowers his disciples with the new life of his Spirit, we look for the gift of Peace from the same Spirit.

May God bless you all

In communion of prayers

Fr. Simon Khurshid

Dear Simon,

Salutations and great blessings be multiplied to you and the body of believers your ministry touches every day.

Happy Feast and thank you for your powerful prayers for America and for the world against the extreme forces of darkness intent on the destruction of civilization as we have known it.

I am very blessed to receive the words you have written about the world changing event of Pentecost the birthday of the Church.

These words are both beautiful and powerful in their description of this special day when the Heavenly father fulfilled His Promise to all those who will come home to Him through His precious Son Jesus the Christ.

I will gladly share your message with those whom I am in touch with via email and social media.

Simon your words of love have brightened my day.

Standing together with you for the furtherance of God’s Kingdom.

In Christ

Brother Frank

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Pentecost and the Jesus Virus

Pentecost and the Jesus Virus

Christianity spread from a few people at Pentecost to a global force in a few short decades. This is not hard for us to imagine in this time of dealing with the effects of a pandemic.

Think this through.

A few people received the Holy Spirit ( Jesus Virus ) and boldly preached to thousands in a crowded city filled with internationals.

About 2000 souls are infected with the “Jesus Virus” and begin exposing others to the Christian message.

It sweeps through Jerusalem and the surrounding area.

Suddenly thousands strong, infected individuals begin to return home on-board crowded ships. Many traveling in groups on Roman roads sharing their faith as they went.

It has all the makings of a “Holy Spirit pandemic.” That is how Christianity spread then and how Christianity must spread now.

And who is going to spread the Good News?

You and I.

We have been called and equipped to take the baton from the disciples until Christ’s last promise is fulfilled. The coming kingdom of God.

— adapted from an article on Pentecost

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Please take a moment to join us today in world-wide kingdom call to prayer.

We pray for the elimination of the Corona Virus worldwide and we stand against any covert or overt threat to the God-given freedoms which are rightfully ours.

We come against any power whether they be human or demonic.

Lord we ask you in Christ’s name to thwart and put an end to any and all schemes and activities designed to alter the minds and souls of any man,  woman or child made in your image.

We pray that you strengthen and infuse your spirit into every minister of your Gospel and that they with all boldness spiritually invade the kingdom of Satan and preach the Good News of the kingdom to every creature.

Lord we pray that you will continue to cause your children to hunger and thirst after righteousness and that they will seek first your glorious kingdom.

Dear Father in heaven we pray for all those afflicted to be healed in Christ’s name.

We pray for our brothers and sisters around the world to receive your provision for them to sustain life and health. Food to eat, clean water to drink and a safe place to sleep.

We pray for the unrestricted use of technology and social networking to be used for the furtherance of the Good News of the kingdom of God worldwide.

We pray as believers and followers of Christ that you strengthen us with the ability to exert the God-given power and authority of our prayers against any and  all Principalities and Powers of darkness and that they be eliminated by their own device’s.

We pray the extreme unprecedented power of the holy, pure and precious blood of Christ to absolutely foil and defeat all enemies of Christ and His Kingdom.

We pray for the supernatural healing of the inhabitants of all Nations, Tribes and Tongues in the name of Jesus The Messiah of Nazareth.

We call upon you Father to send the angelic powers of God’s Army to the aid of any and all who are persecuted.  

We pray for Thy kingdom and Thy Will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. 

We as you dear children humbly and joyfully in Christ’s victory offer up all honor, and praise and glory to you.

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Kingdom Dynamics the Power to Overcome By Frank J Manaseri

Kingdom of God

Today with the corona virus pandemic many are wondering what is going on?
How did this happen?
When will it end?
Why is this happening to people in over 184 Countries?
Sometimes it is difficult to figure out what’s going on in life. Much of life is an enigma.
It is during tragic times like these many wonder if God has anything to do with what is going on.
Man cries out to God in desperation and asks why is this happening?
We do this because we think that if there is an all knowing God then surely He must know what is happening.
I have found that God has a tendency not to inform us of everything He is doing, or not doing on a day to day basis.
God does not reveal to us the specifics of everything going on in our lives.
I have also come to understand that God desires that we place our complete trust and faith in His unlimited abilities.
To trust God gives Him joy!
The one thing God asks for is to be trusted completely through any and every situation and storm we face in life.
We ask if this situation is of God.
Is that action from God?
Lord what are you doing?
Do you even hear my cry?
God please save us from all this pain!
We may not know everything but what we we do know as believing followers of Christ is that His kingdom is coming soon.

Yes! The answer to the Lord’s prayer is imminent!
This is our greatest Hope when we pray “Thy kingdom come, Thy Will be done in earth as it is in heaven.
His kingdom shall be established on this earth and nothing or no one has the power to stop this from occurring.
Only our heavenly Father knows the timing of this magnificent universal event and all He desires is that we have peace by putting our trust in Him.

We know as each day passes the kingdom draws closer to becoming a reality.
We know this as we see the mystery of iniquity manifesting through the action of evil in the lives of those who embrace hate and death.
There is so much uncertainty in life today therefore we must be awake! We must awake thou that sleepest and arise from the dead and Christ shall give thee Light.(Ephesians 5;14)
We must watch and be sober! We must embrace the kingdom Christ has prepared for us. Prepared to invite everyone we see to become a member of God’s Kingdom.

This transcends church or any other worldly organization in that the kingdom is not limited to these but is greater than all. This is why Christ told His disciples to Go into the entire world and preach the Good News of the Kingdom to every creature.
Kingdom business is serious business!
With each passing day we can see and perceive the deepening contrasts between those who are of the darkness and those who are of the true light.
This separation of light and darkness indicate there are two basic cultures in this world. These are the cultures of hate and death and the cultures of love and life. These are complete opposites in every way.
There were only two trees in the Garden to choose from. We must choose either the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil or the Tree of Life and we must choose wisely.
If we have chosen wisely then we are Sons of the kingdom. Therefore we are of God who is Love and Life.

The law or code of the kingdom is love but it is not a selfish love but a selfless love.

God’s Love is a selfless love and nothing can ever separate us from God’s love!
Christ was/is the full expression of this perfect love.
Christ is the Word become flesh!
What does this mean?
Christ is the perfect reflection of the image of God to humanity.
Christ fleshes out for the entire world to see the invisible God so mankind may learn to see what God is like.

We see the character of God in Christ’s words and actions. Through Christ we may now experientially know our Father and become imitators of Him as dear children.
At the same time, Christ is the example of how we as people should live if we really do love God.
In this Christ is the prime example of our personal and social behavior.
How is this realized?
It is realized in our loving others even as we love our selves.
It is not enough for us to just love God with all of our mind, soul, heart and strength!
We must love the people around us also.
Loving God without loving people and your own self cancels out the benefits of the greatest love ever expressed.
Those who refuse to love God’s Way are the ones who lose the most in life. When a person does not love themselves they become hard and judgmental on themselves and others around them.
Paul said that if we do not love we become like a noisy clanging cymbal or a blaring trumpet. (I Corinthians 13:1- 13)
It is only in the expression of this love that fear is cast out. There is no fear in love!
It is only love which is the active ingredient of faith.
Nothing else has but God’s Love has the ability to energize true faith.
Without faith no man can please God!
The goal of the plan of the ages is that those of us who have accepted Christ may grow up into the perfect, completely, whole image of Christ, which is the image of God.
Maturity in Christ is that we become like mirrors reflecting God’s image to this world. A true light shining into the darkest darkness is what our Father desires we become.
This is the outcome of the teaching of the Sermon on the Mount!
That we may be perfect even as our Father is perfect.
This is our reward!
Too many have given up on achieving this goal because we have tried to accomplish this through our own self efforts. Thus we soon learn a lesson in futility. We become discouraged and faint in our minds.
A self-centered righteous person is hard and uncompromising, but a Christ-centered righteous person is tender, merciful and accommodating.
When we begin to learn true humility we then begin to move away from a self-centered existence to a Christ-centered existence.
We are now out of the picture so Christ may live through us as a New Man.
This is what it means to pick up your cross and to follow Christ. We are to begin our journey with Christ as one who is Poor in Spirit mourning for others as we show then the love of our Father.
This is what it means to die to a self-serving attitude and to pick up a self-less attitude carrying it through life as a servant of mankind.
Too many of us have not learned the vital role of the beatitudes for our spiritual growth into the new creation of the Sons of the Kingdom.
We have rarely taken the time and considered that the kingdom of God is relevant to life today! It is not merely relegated to the kingdom being in some faraway place somewhere in the future age.
In this many have fallen short and reduced the kingdom from its biblical center of a universal global reality into a smaller model that is not equipped to make its citizens over-comers.
In many ways over the centuries the kingdom has been reduced to a smaller concept of a place of glory (heaven) reserved for believers after they die.
To most the kingdom is not relevant now but sometime in the future as our eternal home and reward.
Is it possible this kingdom of God that Christ preached is vitally relevant for both this present evil age in which we live and also for the future age to come?

Have we as a whole lost the one and only key Christ gave that is able to unlock the doors of division and bring unity to the true followers of Christ?
What might happen if we became focused on the kingdom of God and its application to life today thus becoming one with Christ and God?
Could it be this is what Christ meant when he said that we all may be one?
(John 17:20-23)
Neither pray I for these alone, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word;
That they all may be one; as thou, Father, art in me, and I in thee, that they also may be one in us: that the world may believe that thou hast sent me.
And the glory which thou gavest me I have given them; that they may be one, even as we are one:
I in them, and thou in me, that they may be made perfect in one; and that the world may know that thou hast sent me, and hast loved them, as thou hast loved me.

Do we as God’s people need to begin to focus on seeking first the kingdom of God as the Lord Jesus taught the disciples?
Do we need to learn as the Apostles and first century Christians learned from Jesus how to live these kingdom values today?
The kingdom of God is of such a priority to Christ that he spent 40 days in his resurrected body teaching the disciples “the things concerning the kingdom of God.”
Not only was Jesus of Nazareth a living example of God but he was also an example of how man should live in this kingdom.
Paul tells us in Romans that the kingdom of God is not in food and drink, but it is in righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.
Today more than ever there is so much to be excited about and learn from the life and teachings of Christ in the Gospels. These life lessons are further illustrated throughout the New Testament scriptures.
So let us pray and continue to encourage one another to love and good works. Even the more so as we see the day of the Lord coming.
We are the Children of Light!
We are the Son’s of the Kingdom!

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