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The Kingdom of God

September 1, 2007

The “Kingdom of God” on earth is only to be found where the Holy Spirit is moving and people are yielding to Him! That is why Jesus taught us to pray for the Father’s will on earth as in heaven, because that is what the Spirit is doing. The word “kingdom,” in the New Testament, means the rule of a king–not the things or the lands that belong to Him. In other words, you are only drawing near to this kingdom to the extent that you are actively involved in the supernatural ministry made possible by the Holy Spirit. Let me state it another way, you cannot live by the ways of this world and be Christian!

You cannot just stick “God” on your way of life and expect him to bless you.

And you cannot stick other things on your walk of faith and call them Christian! We are commanded to get His ways!

Mt 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Those who have not understood this verse have made it a message of morality, but it is a message of faith and power. The message of the kingdom is the message of power, but because the church has not walked in this power, we have a credibility problem. “Credibility Gap” used to describe our disillusionment with our national institutions- primarily government, media, and politics. Many Americans no longer feel that they can believe what government leaders and the media tell them are “facts.” It is commonly believed that there is an enormous gap between reality and what we are told.

We have developed a similar credibility gap in the church. It only takes a cursory reading of the Gospels to see that there is a huge difference between the life and ministry of Jesus in the New Testament and the experience and ministry of much of the church.

The claims of Jesus carried credibility because he backed up what he claimed to be with supernatural endorsement. When he claimed to be the Light of the World (John 8 & 9) he fed over five thousand people with a few loaves and fishes; as the Prince of Peace he brought peace not only to a stormy sea, but also to the victims of violent demons (Mark 4 & 5).

In Jesus’ kingdom message of the Rule of God (Mark 1:15, Matt. 3) his words and works were a complete unity. Jesus designed our faith so that the credibility of his ministry would continue through the church. In the early years, the church did continue to minister in both word and works, but today much of Christ’s Body is ministering in word only.

Our words tell of the wonderful works of our Savior, but the accompanying supernatural works of the Holy Spirit are missing in most cases. What our world needs most is to see and experience the Jesus of the New Testament in all his compassion, truth, wisdom, and power!

Pastor Randal

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