CHRIST, THE CHURCH, AND THE KINGDOM

Christ church and kingdom

 

Matthew 16:15 He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? 16 And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. 17 And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven. 18 And I say also unto thee, That thou art Peter, and upon this rock I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.

 

 

Jesus’ death, burial, and resurrection is the foundation of salvation coming into our individual lives when we believe and receive Him as our Lord (Romans 10:9, 10; 1 Corinthians 15:3, 4). Jesus did not die, though, just to give us a personal relationship to Him but have no relationship with one another. If you look at Matthew 16:16-19 after Peter had a revelation of Jesus, Jesus started revealing the Church to him, and then the Kingdom. Those three are related to one another; Christ, The Church, and the Kingdom. Upon the revelation of Jesus as the Christ to Peter, the Church and the Kingdom came into his view or was unveiled to him by the Lord Jesus.

 

When we receive Jesus as individuals we receive placement as members into a Body called the Church (1 Corinthians 12:18). Jesus is Head of a Body called the Church and the Church exercises the authority of the Kingdom in the Earth with keys of the Kingdom. It is an authority that the gates of hell cannot prevail against. The Church is not one member but many (1 Corinthians 12:12, 14, 20, 27).

 

Many Christians want salvation in isolation to Christ’s Body which is not Biblical. I always ask people when Jesus was on earth could you separate His head from his body? That’s what many try to do today and if you did that literally you’d have a decapitation. Many claim they have Jesus but live with no connection to His Body, the Church. Sad to say, they are practicing an unbiblical brand of Christianity and it hurts the Church and the exercise of the authority of the Kingdom. The Body needs them and they need the Body. May God grant them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth.

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STEWARDS IN THE KINGDOM

stewards in the kingdom

 

1 Corinthians 4:2 Moreover it is required in stewards, that a man be found faithful.

 

Receiving Jesus as Savior and Lord makes us members of the Body of Christ, the Church, saints, and citizens of the Kingdom of God. Colossians 1:12-14 says, “Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”

 

The Kingdom of God is currently a spiritual Kingdom within the hearts of Believers (Mark 10:15; Luke 17:21; Hebrews 12:28). There is a Kingdom that now is (spiritual) and which is to come (physical at the Return of our Lord Jesus to Earth). In the Kingdom:

 

  1. Jesus is King.

 

  1. His primary agenda is to advance the Kingdom (We are stewards of the Gospel/bringing salvation).

 

  1. The Kingdom advances by making disciples of saved people.

 

  1. The key agent and current expression of the Kingdom is the local church.

 

  1. All citizens are to seek first the Kingdom of God and all its righteousness.

 

This includes supporting the economy of the Kingdom. An economy is a system of interaction and exchange or mode of operating. The word economy can be traced back to a Greek word “oikonomia,” and literally means the management of a household or family affairs; an administration; an arrangement. It comes from a root word “oikonomos,” which means a manager of a household or a steward. A steward isn’t an owner but manages the resources of another. To operate in the Kingdom economy is to be a steward and to be a steward is to operate in the Kingdom economy.

 

Stewardship involves a responsibility given to manage, authority to do so, and at some point in time accountability for ones management. It is required that we be found faithful in our stewardship (1 Corinthians 4:2).

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EVERY LEVEL OF PROTECTION

every level of protection

 

If there was ever a generation where people need to know how to enter into God’s protection, walk in it and live in it, it’s this generation.  Evil exists in a world God made good. This evil will be judged by God but it will exist for a time and we MUST adjust to this reality.

 

Protection is no longer optional in these perilous times and we have a part to play. Optional means something is available but not obligatory, mandatory, or required. Certain circumstances and levels of evil in men warrant different measures of protection. Our God values human life and approves of protecting it in three authorized layers of protection:

 

  1. SPIRITUAL FORCES (Angels; Faith in Promises from God’s Word; Spiritual armor and weapons …).

 

  1. SANCTIONED AUTHORITIES (Government; Law Enforcement; Military; Civil laws).

 

  1. SELF DEFENSE (Luke 22:36).

 

In an age of mass murderers, terrorism, and rise of evil men, we may have to admit as Americans that maybe our government (one of the God sanctioned authorities Romans 13) cannot always protect us. Human systems often fail us and we encounter tragedy and senseless loss of innocent life. On the spiritual level of protection we know God has given powerful promises of protection. We need to pray every day for God to help protect us.

 

  1. The God of my rock, in Him will I trust…thou savest me from violence 2 Samuel 22:3.

 

  1. “…Thou hast delivered me from the violent man…. Great deliverance giveth he…Psalm 18:18, 50.”

 

  1. There shall no evil befall thee, neither shall any plague come nigh thy dwelling Psalm 91:10.

 

  1. The Lord shall preserve thee from all evil; He shall preserve thy soul Psalm 121:7.

 

  1. There shall no evil happen to the just Proverbs 12:21.

 

  1. No weapon formed against thee shall prosper Isaiah 54:17.

 

  1. And lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil Matthew 6:13.

 

  1. Who gave Himself for our sins that He might deliver us from this present evil world Galatians 1:4.

 

  1. Deliver me, O Lord, from the evil man: preserve me from the violent man; 4 Keep me, O Lord, from the hands of the wicked; preserve me from the violent man; who have purposed to overthrow my goings Psalm 140:1, 4.

 

  1. The Lord bringeth the counsel of the heathen to nought: he maketh the devices of the people of none effect Psalm 33:10.
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THE HOLY SPIRIT COMFORTS US

 

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John 14:26 But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.

 

The Holy Spirit who Jesus said would abide with us forever is our Comforter. He is here to be to us everything Jesus was to His disciples when He was here present with them. The Holy Spirit truly fills in for Jesus, doing what He would be doing if He was physically present. He kept them on the right path for the 3 ½ years that He was with them. The Holy Spirit will be with us forever and He also will keep us from the evils of this world. That is why we need to know how to walk in fellowship or communion with the Holy Spirit (2 Cor. 13:14).

 

As the Comforter He comes alongside us to pick us up by speaking tenderly to us and in a way that soothes our pain like a medicine. He does this by:

 

  1. Communicating joy Romans 14:17; 2 Thessalonians 1:6

 

  1. Soothes us by sharing God’s love for us Romans 5:5, 8; 2 Corinthians 13:14

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  1. Teaching and leading us to the truth of God’s Word that we need John 14:26; 16:13 (He points out what we don’t know or did know, but forgot).

 

  1. Imparts hope in an abounding measure by His power Romans 15:13.

 

  1. Brings forth anointing that removes burdens and destroys yokes of bondage Isaiah 61:1-3.

 

My prayer for you today is that, “The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Ghost, be with you all. Amen 2 Cor 13:14.”

 

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THE GOD OF ALL COMFORT

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GETTING A GRIP ON OUR DESTINY

Getting a grip on our destiny

 

Psalm 90:12 So teach us to number our days, that we may apply our hearts unto wisdom.

 

God has a destiny and purpose for all of our lives Ecclesiastes 3:1. We’ve been chosen in Christ from before the foundation or creation of the world (Ephesians 1:4). Everything God has purposed for us is given time for it to be accomplished.  Jesus Himself in 3 1/2 years of ministry was able to say that He finished the work the Father had given Him to do.  Jesus was the Master of time and He wants us to learn to manage our time.  In fact, time management is actually self-management.  There is no need for extra hours if we will allow God to teach us to redeem the time that we do have.

 

Jesus is a good person to look at as a Person who seems to have never wasted a moment.  In the Gospels, Jesus is pictured as One in constant demand by friends and enemies alike.  Yet it doesn’t seem He was ever in a hurry or had to play catch up or ever taken by surprise.  He’s our Master.  He mastered time.  Jesus was the Master of time and He wants us to learn to manage our time.  Proverbs 4:7 says, “Wisdom is the principal thing; therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding.” We need to start being better stewards of time by getting understanding about time itself.

 

  1. TIME WAITS FOR NO ONE; IT PASSES

– None of us could save it, store it, stop it, or slow it down. Time is no respecter of persons; no matter who you are it keeps passing or moving by.

 

  1. WE HAVE ALL THE TIME THERE IS BUT NOT ENDLESS TIME TO USE

– We all have 24 hours in 365 days a year = 8,760 hours.

 

  1. TIME MUST BE BUDGETED IN ADVANCE
  2. Budgeting time is the central principle to managing time.
  3. We must plan to use it on what we must do vs. what we would like to do.
  4. Time needs given to priorities – Doing the right things not just doing things right.
  5. We must seize time for the most essential things far in advance and have a plan.
  6. We must know our times of maximum efficiency and use that time on our highest priorities (know your prime time).

 

  1. ALL UNPLANNED TIME FLOWS TOWARDS SOMETHING
  2. Weaknesses – We spend time on things we are not good at instead of sticking with our strengths.
  3. Weights – Things that are not sins but hinder, impede, and encumber us. Criteria should not be how bad is it, but what good is it.
  4. Dominant people – Who do not always see all you have to do, but only what you can do for them.
  5. Demands of all emergencies – Things that “cry urgent.” The most important things seem to never cry out (like prayer, study, planning) and is why they can be easily neglected.
  6. Activities that are not needful or necessary – We spend our time doing second things first.
  7. Things that may gain people approval but may not be God’s approval.
  8. Things that may be good but not best.
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WHY SHOULD WE SET GOALS?

WHY IS IT IMPORTANT TO HAVE GOALS

 

Hebrews 12:2 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.

 

Proverbs 29:18 “Where there is no vision (goal), the people perish….”

 

Setting goals and making plans to attain them is not evil or “antichrist” activity. It can be a very godly practice. Goals are like a vision. They are pictures of the future. Where there is no goal (pictures of the future), people perish or are unproductive, unbridled, and run wild. Success is not luck. It must be carefully planned for, and it begins with setting clear‑cut goals.

 

As Christians, we are not an accident going somewhere to happen. We’ve been born again by the will of God (John 1:13) and so we are an on purpose legitimate child of God. Every child of God should and can live a life filled with purpose and that honors their calling.  To live an honorable Christian life we must accept God’s goals and plans for our lives. To accept those goals and plans we have to first capture them and that is why we are exhorted in Ephesians 5:17 to not be unwise but understanding what the will of the Lord is. Any goals we set must be in alignment with God’s overall will and purpose for our lives or it’ll be a futile effort. Some Christians reject setting goals because they believe God controls everything while others set goals from fleshly wisdom disconnected from the Spirit of God. Neither are valid reasons for setting goals.

 

Jesus had a goal, the joy set before Him (our eternal redemption), and it helped Him to endure the Cross and despise the shame (Hebrews 12:2).  The Apostle Paul had a goal, the mark of the prize of the high calling, which helped him to move beyond past successes and past failures to embrace the future God had for him.  Philippians  3:13 says, “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.” The goal created focus for the Apostle Paul.

 

Goals can be godly and good for individuals, families, and organizations.

 

GOOD REASONS TO SET GOALS

 

  1. Goals GIVE US A SENSE OF DIRECTION and purpose so workers in an organization know where it is going and where they fit.

 

  1. Goals help to PROMOTE ENTHUSIASM and a strong organizational life.

 

When people know they are working together for the common good, there is an increased sense of fel­low­ship.

 

  1. Goals help us to operate more effectively, because they TELL US WHERE TO DIRECT OUR ENERGIES. Paul said, “But this one thing I do….” Singleness of purpose and effort was Paul’s secret.

 

  1. Goals FORCE US TO PLAN AHEAD.

They help us to look at the future and not focus our attention on the past. Paul said, “…forgetting that which is behind and reaching for that which is ahead.”

 

  1. Goals HELP US TO COMMUNICATE within the organization.

Goals help define what to do and who is to do it. They help us to give clear-cut assignments and who is responsible to accomplish it.

 

  1. Goals GIVE PEOPLE A CLEAR UNDERSTANDING OF WHAT IS EXPECTED.

This helps an individual know how he is doing.  Every one of us wants to know what performance is acceptable and what is not.

 

  1. Goals TAKE THE EMPHASIS OFF OF ACTIVITY AND PLACE IT ON ACCOMPLISHMENT.

Activity does not always lead to accomplishment and motion is not necessarily action or action with purpose.

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