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Jesus of Nazareth taught how to pray and 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 and prepare, others will say we will hear you again later, however others will listen and embrace scripture based solutions that will bring Heaven’s Kingdom blessings upon them. Notice I said Heaven’s Kingdom blessings and not the establishment of God’s kingdom upon the earth.

The institution of both the Millennial Kingdom and God’s final kingdom will occur at some unknown future time. However until these thing s take place, the blessings of the kingdom of God of a coming Age has the power to reach back to this present evil age and touch the lives of those who by faith seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness.

Faith is needed in order to see the kingdom of God because for now the kingdom is invisible. Therefore by faith we see what our natural eyes cannot see.

This faith I speak of here is only available to those who have been born again from above as it is not available to the unregenerate natural man. Therefore the natural man cannot see or even perceive the 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.

When Jesus taught the disciples “How” to pray He said, “Our Father.”

We pray, communicate; talk to and acknowledge not a distant god but 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 to seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and we have been given the authority to invoke His kingdom’s power and blessings on earth until the Age comes when Christ sets up the Kingdom of God physically upon Earth.”

“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 for our solutions, and not to man’s government. Especially if the people running the government are not acting according to the truth of God’s Word. Bur when His government is established by Him upon the earth, He alone will rule over the entire Globe.
I personally believe part of our responsibilities as God’s Children is to follow the example of Jesus of Nazareth to be going about “Our Fathers Business.” This begins with preaching the “The Gospel of the Kingdom of God” which includes the “Gospel of Salvation.” Preaching does not necessarily include standing before thousands but many times it is simply sharing the good news of the remedy (Kingdom) for this fallen 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 provide for those who “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness”.

“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 Citizens should endeavor to live by in the way they treat others.
The very first beatitude is one of being “Poor in Spirit” or having the attitude of true humility. How can we expect forgiveness if we will not forgive?

“Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.”

Matthew 6:13 (K J V)13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

James 1:13 (King James Version)
13Let 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.

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

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

The message of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God is what I have come to believe was the main focus of the Lord’s mission while living on the earth. His main mission was to preach the Kingdom of God is at hand and then to teach others 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 can learn to live as Jesus lived and also taught others to live we can again be blessed by God with His Kingdom Blessing. By living this way we will be blessed (happy) and prepared to be with the Lord during His Millennium Kingdom and beyond.

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The Cross and the Kingdom

The Cross and the Kingdom

Revelation 13:8-9

And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

9 If any man have an ear, let him hear.

Everything the Father has done for mankind since the creation will culminate when His Kingdom is established on earth. The New Jerusalem, will come to earth and God’s righteousness will rule forever.

This all began at the Cross.

Those of us who have believed in and put our trust in Jesus Christ of Nazareth as the Messiah are now citizens of His coming Kingdom. We have the promise of Jesus Christ that if we seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness all things we need in this life will be supplied to us. We may not always get what we ask, but we are promised our needs or daily bread will be supplied by the Father’s provision.

So then the ultimate Plan of God will be fulfilled at the culmination of this present evil age when His Kingdom is established on earth. At that time those who are citizens will have eternal life and live in His Kingdom in a lifestyle which the world has been clamoring for, but are not able to achieve.

A question one might ask is where does this Kingdom life begin and who is this Kingdom for?

I believe the Kingdom life begins at the Cross of Jesus Christ. I believe the Kingdom life is available for all men and women who accept God’s grace, and mercy, of the gift of salvation.

With this said, I would like to share my personal story with you:

About twenty years ago my manner of life brought me to the place where I was confronted with the reality of the Cross of Jesus Christ.

Something happened that day that changed my life forever.

I was alone at home and had come to the conclusion that even though I wanted to serve Jesus Christ, I could not because in all honesty I was still a sinner. I was well aware of my shortcomings and struggles and was ready to throw in the towel and quit trying to serve Him.

This is when I began getting a deep agonizing feeling in my gut, or as the Apostle Paul would say in my “bowels.” Like I said, I so wanted to serve the Lord but I knew I was still a sinner. Therefore I concluded that I could not do anything for Him. This deep feeling was so strong that it felt as if my gut was going to burst at the seams. I began to realize there was a battle going on within myself. I was lying flat out on my living room floor and telling the Lord with tears I could not serve him due to the weakness of my flesh. Then suddenly a scripture flashed in my mind. “Oh wretched man that I am who shall deliver me from this body of death?”

Immediately another thought quickly followed indicating that Paul was a spiritual man trapped inside a sinful body, and that whenever he desired to do good, evil was present in him. Paul was trapped and he realized that within his flesh was dwelling no good thing.

It was then I realized that Paul at one time felt similar to the way I was. After contemplating this, I finally came to understand that as long as I am alive sin would be dwelling in my flesh. I also realized that in Christ I was given a power to exercise dominion over this evil.

When I was saved I was given a gift of holy spirit which is the spirit that has the power to overcome the sin dwelling in my flesh. This may also be called the spirit of obedience.

I began to see that through what Christ accomplished on the Cross I was given the power to overcome sin and given the ability to serve my Lord.

Now I could serve Him even in my imperfection.
Now Grace made strong in my weaknesses.
Now Grace is an ever present unmerited divine favor.
Now Grace is power given by Christ which is sufficient for me to overcome the infirmities in my flesh.

Then suddenly as if in a dream I found myself at the foot of the cross at Calvary. In my mind’s eye this was as real to me as if I were watching a movie with all its color and sound.

There I was laying stretched out with my arms wrapped around the foot of the cross sobbing. As I looked up I saw His bruised and bloodied feet, and the rusty nail that had been cruelly driven through them.

As I clung to the cross I slowly lifted my head and looked higher until I saw His legs which showed the marks of the cuts caused by the whips. They were badly bruised with the blood running down and dripping on my face.

I began to weep as I heard the wind howling and saw the low hanging ominous dark clouds blocking out the sun. The wind and dust in what seemed like a crazed frenzy blowing around the place of the skull. Some of the bystanders stared at Him while some wept uncontrollably.

There He was my Lord hanging helpless. His life almost gone from His body. He had been brutalized and mangled beyond recognition. His bones were out of joint and parts of His ribs were exposed. It looked as if there was not any place on his body that was not bruised or broken, or torn. The wound made by a soldiers spear in His side was open and oozing out both blood and water. I saw Him struggle to take each breath, while some people spit on Him and called Him names.

With my eyes, now flooded with tears, began to look higher until I saw His head hung to one side with the thorns insisting on digging deep into His bloodied scalp. His face was bruised and swollen, worse than any boxer I had ever seen after a brutal fight. His left eye was swollen shut, and His right eye was barely visible.

All this seemingly happening before my very eyes and not realizing that I was in a position of prayer called obeisance with my arms stretched around the base of the cross with His blood drops falling on my face.

Then He took one last deep painful breath. Just then His almost shut right eye caught my eyes and I realized He was looking at me with a pure love, forgiveness, and acceptance. No matter what I had done to sin against God and humanity before He loved me.

Suddenly He cried, “Father forgive them for they know not what they do.”

Then came His last words.

“It is finished!”

Suddenly the labored breathing which caused Him excruciating pain stopped. He offered up His live as a sacrifice to the Father.

His head fell limp.

He was dead!

Then as they slowly and carefully took Him down from the cross, I could hear some say, “Will He rise again in three days as He said He would?”

Three days later He arose from the dead and He is still alive today active in the affairs of men. He is still calling all who will believe in His name and saving and forgiving all of their transgressions committed against God and man.

As took this all in I was filled with the most relieved emotion I had ever felt before. A flood of peace came over me as any doubts of being able to serve Him were now washed away and gone!

I was cleansed by His precious blood.

I was empowered by His grace.

In this moment of time that I spent on my living room floor, I realized without a doubt that I had been to the cross where my Lord Jesus Christ was crucified.

I cannot explain this occurrence but it is real to me. Now I am able to serve Him because His willing sacrificial death paid the full payment for all my sins. And not only my sins but yours also and the sins of the entire world.

Now I know beyond a shadow of a doubt that I am His and He is mine! He is my Lord and my savior and He is my King.

Nothing will ever be able to separate me from Him ever again.

Without the Cross of Christ there is no forgiveness of sin and there would be no Kingdom coming in the future.

Without the Cross of Christ all mankind would be still lost and doomed to misery.

Praise the Father Who sent His only begotten Son to usher in eternal life and His coming Kingdom.

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Where are those Miracles?

Someone asked why do we not see miracles today like those we read about in the book of Acts?

Speaking only for myself, I have found that I had somehow over the years unconsciously developed a sort of “spiritual inferiority complex.” This stemmed from a subtle religious attitude I picked up of comparing myself with others and falling short of those who did many wonderful works in the book of Acts.

I believe that I developed this complex when I was trapped in the prison of “Biblical Research” where I systematically mined the scriptures as I was taught with a scientific precision and mathematical accuracy in order to gain knowledge and information that would cause me to grow spiritually. But sadly this was not the case as the result of this “working the Word” was only to reap the cold factual results that were intellectually stimulating, but somehow never was able to touch the heart.

Years passed until through a determined pursuit I put myself in a position to develop an intimate personal relationship with my Lord Jesus. It was then my old ways were systematically torn up from the foundations and I became free to approach the Bible as a young child in order to receive the simple and pure words of my heavenly Father. What freedom hit my heart when I finally realized that we as His children were called to simply plant and we water and then it is God that causes the increase in all things that pertain to this life.

I discovered the simplicity of tending God’s garden is as much a part of doing the will of God than all the miracles we read about in the Bible. Miracles are God’s business, but planting and watering is ours.

Now that I have been freed to humbly approach the scriptures as a wide eyed child desiring to be nurtured by words of the heavenly Father, I have been able to live my life in the simplicity that the Father desires of me.

Living God’s will in our lives is enjoying what He created for us by doing what we decide to do each day, and going where we desire to go with Christ living in our hearts.

When a father and mother love their family and provide a safe, loving, and fun, environment for their children they are doing the work of God in their own home.

It is man-made religion that sets the bar of faith too high for people to achieve what man-made religions have set.

Living for God is simply living our lives with our whole spirit, soul and body. Which in and by itself is a great miracle.

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Building a Heart Bridge

Did you ever think that perhaps our heavenly Father would like us to become bridge builders?

Bridge Builders you may ask?

Wouldn’t this would require me to become and architect or an engineer.

Yes this may be the case if the bridges God desires we build were made of steel and mortar. However the bridges that our Father would like us to construct are perhaps invisible bridges that span the distance from our heart to another heart.

At a point in my life when I spent many hours alone in the woods each day getting quiet and listening for my inner voice, the thought occurred to me to begin to learn how to build bridges to the hearts of others in my sphere of life.

What did this mean? How do I build an invisible bridge from one heart to another?

The answer came as I began to listen to what others had to say and I discovered that people have a lot to say about their favorite subject. . themselves.

I learned that in order to construct a “Heart Bridge” I had to become genuinely interested in what others had to say about themselves instead of pushing my agenda onto them.

After awhile I began to notice more and more people that I listened to eventually became interested in me and what I had to tell them about me.

Slowly but surely these invisible bridges began to materialize into conversations of the heart between me and another person.

One of those individuals was a young woman from India who was in my English Composition class at the local Community College I was attending.
She came up to me one day and said that she would like to become my friend. With this she began telling about herself and where she was from and that she was a Hindu.

Then she asked if i was a Christian? I responded by telling her that I was a follower of Jesus Christ. She immediately looked me in the eye and sternly said, “Do not try to talk me out of my God like many missionaries in India have tried to do!”

I said, “Salli I would never do that! In fact I am happy for you that you have a God.”

Over the next year the bridge to her heart was built and I was able to learn so many things about her and her religion and culture. She also learned about how I was not a religious or denominational Christian, but simply a follower of Jesus Christ of Nazareth.

Other friendships that resulted in “Heart Bridges” being built were with students and teachers who are Jews, Muslims and avowed atheists. All of these became friends where we shared with one another what we believed and why.

Building a “Heart Bridge” may take some time and effort but it is time and effort well invested.

When we become “Heart Bridge” builders we are making it available for that other person to be linked to our heart and perhaps maybe someday they will cross over the bridge and find something they never expected to discover.

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Experientually Knowing Christ

” If a person wants to know what God’s like, take a good long look at Jesus and you’ll know!”

Precisely!

Jesus Christ the son of God was the exact image or imprint of the Father.

Hebrews 1:1-4 (KJV)
1 God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets,

2 Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds;

3 Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down on the right hand of the Majesty on high:

4 Being made so much better than the angels, as he hath by inheritance obtained a more excellent name than they.

Therefore because Christ is the express image, or exact imprint ot the Father, then He is the only one that has the ability to show us the Father. No one else was, is, or ever could be qualified, or equipped to accomplish this most amazing achievement.

When Phillip said to Jesus:

John 14:8
Philip saith unto him, Lord, show us the Father, and it sufficeth us.

John 14:
Jesus saith unto him, Have I been so long time with you, and yet hast thou not known me, Philip? he that hath seen me hath seen the Father; and how sayest thou then, Show us the Father?

Christ did not say He was the Father, but He was showing them the Father. I have learned that whenever I need to know what the Father will or will not do in any given situation, I look at the life of Christ for He always did the Fathers will, because He was the perfect example of the Father on earth…

On the other hand, Jesus Christ is also the perfect example of how we are to live towards the Father, giving honor and glory to the Father. During the days of His flesh, Christ was the living example of how men are to live before God the Father.

Only The Son of God could ever be both the example of the Father, and at the same time be the example of how men should honor the Father.

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True Christianity

I have a dream that one day Christians will rise up and allow the Christ in them to work His work wherever, and whenever, and to whomever He energizes them to go into action. This to me is the definition of True Christianity!

No degress or credentials needed for this type of Christianity.

Today, we seem to have too many credentialed, pedigreed, and passionless Pastors, or imposters in pulpits rather than the real deal. To some of these people, the sign of the times of Christianity is evidently all about Ministry building, or Church plants on many different Campuses. You know, “One Church in Many Locations.”

I used to tell a Pastor of a chuch I once attended that we (Christians) need to “get out of the seats and into the streets.”

Millions of dollars have been spent on TV, Radio, and Endless Programs. Meanwhile, real needs get missed, but certain churches are full to the brim, and wanting more membership as they see this as success. To these folks it is the number of altar call responses, memberships, TV and Radio Ministry following, Books and CD’s of teachings sold. Why some of these “Christian” TV Broadcast Ministries even have fund raising events similar to “PBS” to raise even more money.

Most of todays gospel message no longer pricks the heart, but has degraded into offering polite altar calls, and so-called decisions being made to join the church. To these, this is counted as success.

I know Pastors who have told me that while at seminary they were warned to not drive people away by mentioning the Blood of Christ, or have too strong of a gospel message.They need to be “seeker friendly.”

What is the result of this apple pie and ice cream gospel? The result is an anemic church with the possibility of many members thinking they are saved, but in reality are not. They are just another member of a nice smiley church, with all the Bless You, Bless You, Bless You.

Todays Christianity has mostly become a real money-maker for some of these men and women who live “high on the hog” so to speak. Gratefully not all of these Clergy are this way, but there seems to be a majority in todays Pulpits that are of this sort.

How do I know this?

Wheres the fruit?

Where is the maturing of the individuals within the so-called body of Christ?

Jesus told us. ” by their fruits ye shall know them.” I have seen some putrified fruits hanging from some of these type of indivdiuals. It is a plain fact that some of the nastiest folks in the world are proud church goers. They will screw you with with a kind smile and a God bless you, without batting an eye. These things aught not be!

What image of Christ are these types displaying to the world. No wonder why statistics are revealing that there are over 46 million people in the USA alone that refer to themselves as Christians, but never darken the doors of any churches. I call them “Christians in a Self-Imposed Exile.”

I beieve the time is near when the world once again will witness what true Christianty is all about. A Christianity that will turn the world upside down or actually right side up. One day they will see genuine followers of Christ who are spiritually grown up , and the faithful will finally become the church (ecclesia) that Jesus Christ initiated when He said “upon this rock I will build my church (ecclesia).”

By the way, the Rock was not Peter or some denomination. The Rock is the words of the revealtion from the Father that was given to Peter, “Thou art the Christ, the Son of the Living God.” This is the Rock. This is the church built upon the Rock that will one day rise up to glory.

Let His Church (ecclesia) rise up and show the world through the compasonate actions of our daily lives, on the streets so to speak, because it dosen’t seem to be working from the comfortable church theater seats, with air conditioning, surround sound, and the theatrical lighting of a building that looks more like a million dollar television studio than a practical place where citizens of the kindom of God come to congregate and are blessed by the sharing of the “Rema” word of God from a Minister that is truly on fire from the Lord.

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A Word for Today

With the events of our world continuing to get darker each day, I thought I would pass along the following for your edification::

II Thessalonians 1:4 -12:

So that we ourselves glory in you in the churches of God for your patience and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye endure:

5 Which is a manifest token of the righteous judgment of God, that ye may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which ye also suffer:

6 Seeing it is a righteous thing with God to recompense tribulation to them that trouble you;

7 And to you who are troubled rest with us, when the Lord Jesus shall be revealed from heaven with his mighty angels,

8 In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:

9 Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

10 When he shall come to be glorified in his saints, and to be admired in all them that believe (because our testimony among you was believed) in that day.

11 Wherefore also we pray always for you, that our God would count you worthy of this calling, and fulfil all the good pleasure of his goodness, and the work of faith with power:

12 That the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ.

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