1) The Kingdom is a Present Reality – NOW – for us today. This can be noted with many of the Parables of The Kingdom that Jesus spoke about beginning with this phrase “The Kingdom of God IS…” see more
2) The Kingdom is NOT Fleshly; that is, it is not based upon natural senses. We in this Kingdom are not moved by what we see or hear in the natural realm of circumstances – John 18:36 Jesus answered, "My kingdom does not belong to this world. If my kingdom belonged to this world, my servants would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jews. But for now my kingdom is not from here."
3) The Kingdom does Not Come With Observation – Luke 17:20 “And being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered and said, The kingdom of God does not come with observation.” Observation – “In such a manner that it can be watched with the eyes; in a visible manner”; to take notice or cognizance of by the intellect…
4) The Kingdom is entered by the New Birth – that is being Born Again of Water and of The Spirit (John 3:3). This experience gives us a New Nature; even His Divine Nature. Remember that you have not been baptised into a religion but into the Kingdom of God!Look at Col: 1:13; 1 Pet: 1: 18-25
5) The Kingdom Is at Hand – that is, it is Within Your Reach – Mark 1: 14-15 “And after John was delivered up, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God draws near. Repent, and believe the gospel.”
God is extending His Kingdom to men everywhere today – The invitation is still open!
#NewIdeas There is a dimension of #innovation that is being released for many in the Body of Christ. Even as I write this, many of you will suddenly experience 'a light' going on inside your mind. You will experience a new wave of God's #Brilliance. So get ready for a see more new season in your life. Get ready to experience God in a fresh, new way...
Seeing Beyond Your Limitations “Now Jabez was more honourable than his brothers, and his mother called his name Jabez, saying, “Because I bore him in pain.” 10 And Jabez called on the God of Israel saying, “Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and see more that You would keep me from evil, that I may not cause pain!” So God granted him what he requested.” 1 Chronicles 4:9-10
One thing that I realize is that every one of us has some type of limitation to contend with. It may be your past or present, physical, emotional, social or financial. However, if you stop and think for a while you would realize that vision looks beyond personal limitations!
• Vision will help you focus on your potential instead of your weaknesses and limitations!
• Vision will help you to focus on what you do have rather on what you do not have!
When we lay hold of our God-Given #destiny and #vision we break free from the trap of comparing ourselves with others!
Look at Jabez, born in pain but knew his destiny and cried out to the destiny Giver so that his coast could have been enlarged and it was granted…
My #encouragement – go beyond your #limitations NOW!!!
My Confession! I am destined for Greatness. My end will be greater than my beginning. Growing stronger and stronger with each and every day. see more The Lord is my sword and my shield... He causes my hands to fight and my fingers to war... I am ordained for victory after victory because of Jesus' finished work... The Lord's counsel and wisdom is in my life and guides my path... No weapon formed against me shall be able to prosper... I am a son of God and I walk in His Ways... His Love surrounds my life... I walk and live in His Peace... and there is still so much more...
Don't you just love it when dimensions of the Great God just erupts inside your heart. When you just sense know that His Presence is so real and so close, that you just burst out in tongues. And you just know that you know that deep is certainly calling unto deep. It is exciting and so so very strong! I am telling you this King and Kingdom is so, so very real... #HALLELUJAH...
Been revisiting and pondering some verses in the book of Ephesians. Here they are: Ephesians 4:11-16
"And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, 12 for the equipping of see more the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, 13 till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ; 14 that we should no longer be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting, 15 but, speaking the truth in love, may grow up in all things into Him who is the head—Christ— 16 from whom the whole body, joined and knit together by what every joint supplies, according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the body for the edifying of itself in love."
And have been thinking: so okay this passage was written over 2000 years ago and I have heard so many Christians state this-"well I am just not perfect and never will be! As a matter there is no one that can ever be #perfect!"
This have me questioning that idea. So you mean to tell me that this text is a lie? Or that the Lord Jesus Christ has failed in His Words and instruction for over 2000 years? That as a Believer one is doomed to a life of sin and error and imperfections?
I really have to disagree with that thinking... I believe that there are #mature [perfect] Christians. #justsaying
We cannot live our entire Christian life expecting to sin and fall short. No. Not for a moment. I believe with all my heart that Jesus has done/is doing exactly what He said He would do through His five-fold Ministers and there are many who have embraced the message and have walked/are walking in that perfection [maturity]... #enoughsaid #thinkingoutloud
#Understanding #Unity - Please understand this: we are called to keep the Unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace: Ephesians 4:3-6
"endeavouring to keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace. There is one body and one Spirit, just as you were called in see more one hope of your calling; one Lord, one faith, one baptism; one God and Father of all, who is above all, and through all, and in you all."
Now get this: Unity CANNOT be created; it can only be kept. All real unity intrinsically flows from the relationship between the Father and the Son, and it is essentially based upon the seven absolutes declared by the Apostle Paul in the Passage above. There is only ONE GOD!
One Body One Spirit One Hope Of Our Calling One Lord One Faith One Baptism One God And Father Of All
And as we read the Holy Scripture remember to whom this: passage and ALL other passages was written to: 2 Timothy 3:16-17
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 17 That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works."
I have been pondering on the way we do things and why… for example do you know that "our order of service was started around 1521." We have a worship service, receive the tithes and offering see more and then preach the Word…
I know, most would say: if it ain't broke don't break it – But honestly whether it's broke or not is a good question to pose.
In many circles and instances what we see happening is this – Civilization keeps advancing while the church remains antiquated…
Good thing the rest of the civilization didn't stop advancing. Could you imagine what would have happened if civilization had rejected The Printing Press or Cell Phone Technology? Saying that they never did it that way before and as such weren’t going to change!
Or if they could not accept the aircraft or automobile industry, because they just never did it that way before!
Or even the advance in medical science, and the list can go on and on…
Well this is exactly what goes on in many churches and ministries… we get stuck in these ruts and cannot #INNOVATE, because we are so used doing it a particular way…
Well I am dedicated to changing that!!! #ChangeMatters #ThereIsAnotherWay #LetUsSeekUntilWeFind #JustSaying
#NewMindsets New mindsets can be created at any stage of our lives to guide, instruct, shape and organize behaviour and action in our every day life. When Jesus chose twelve disciples and designated them Apostles, He focused on deliberately and consciously developing new mindsets - see more what I call Apostolic Mindsets - for the particular purpose of changing the world.
Jesus gives us the key to changing old mindsets into new ones. He commanded in Mark 1:15
“The Kingdom of God is at hand, repent and believe the gospel”
The word repent means “to change one's view and adopt another view.” The change is derived from a recognition that the earlier view was either one or all of the following: foolish, improper or evil, and hence, there arises the sense “to regret”, “to feel remorse”. The “regret” and “remorse” expresses dissatisfaction with thoughts cherished, plans followed, acts performed, behaviour demonstrated. The change of mind will influence and shape thoughts, feelings, actions and behaviour.
So then my encouragement is that we allow the Lord to continue His work of "changing" us. Submit to His process and continue to grow! #ChangeMatters #NewMindsetsAreAvailable #Donotbestuck
#Family I am such a strong believer in the family. God has indeed created the man and the woman who were then given the right, the honour and the means to procreate. Hence we ended up with the family - man, woman and children... Without that mix, life as we know it would have to be much different... # HonourTheFamily #ManWomanChild #JustSaying
#Mindsets Mindsets have to do with a fixed attitude or habit of the mind, the prevailing attitude of the mind - the dominant or regular belief, practice of the mind. see more
The Bible calls mindsets - the spirit or attitude of the mind.
Our mindsets are shaped through our beliefs about God, reality and life that we think are “true”.
- These beliefs mould our behaviour, emotions, attitudes and values. - These mindsets determine how we receive new information, what conclusions we arrive at, the judgments we make, the view of reality we develop, and how success is arrived at.
Mindsets are formed through early experiences, significant relationships and formal and informal educational processes.
Each mindset serves as a box that limits and determines the behaviour and action that is possible in a given situation or relationship.
So then the question becomes: what's in your box? Because as man thinks so is he... #Thinkingoutloud #ChnageMatters #ThinkChange
#Justsaying The kingdoms of this world [all (not just some,) the kingdoms of this world] MUST become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ. So please do not buy into all the hype that you are witnessing here in North America and in the kingdoms of this world, they will BOW to the Lordship of Jesus, eventually... So keep standing see more Child of God and demonstrate the Kingdom in your sphere, things will have to change... #kingdomsofthisworldmustbecomethekingdomofourLord #JesusisstillontheThrone #HeReignsforever
Look at Verse 12 "Then Isaac sowed in that land, and reaped in the same year a hundredfold; and the Lord blessed him." see more
Sowed in THAT land and received 100 FOLD – there are reasons for that which we like to explore today – He tapped into something that we all need!
Let us look at some of the prevailing situations and circumstances!
1: Famine was in the land – verse 1 – no one was receiving any abundance
2: Gerar – This Hebrew word means “circle” or “halting place”. So this place spoke prophetically to a place where one went around in circles – working hard but no progress! It was also a place of compromise – halting – “double mindedness”. – Very Interesting!
3: Gerar was also governed by a king called Abimelech (my father is king – earthy strength or reliance on the flesh for its power and relevance) who was a Philistine and whose national god was Dagon – This was OPPRESIVE territory. As a matter of fact FEAR was the dominant spirit that lived in that region. This was evidenced by the fact as soon a s Isaac arrived it gripped him – verses 6-7
4: This was a picture of the world system – I tell you famine, fear and financial lack can drive people to do all kinds of crazy stuff. It puts a demand on you to compromise, promising you that if you do you will eventually succeed – Remember that the devil is cunning – the Lord describes him as the most subtle beast in all the field and he will try all kinds of schemes to cause us to compromise our stand in Christ – I encourage all the Saints DO NOT COMPROMISE – STAND YOUR GROUND IN THE FACE OF EVERY OBSTACLE AND TEMPTATION!!!
5: He sowed in those kinds of conditions and received 100-fold increase – NOW THAT IS AMAZING!!!
Questions We Need To Answer: - What was the secret of Isaac’s Blessings? - Why did he receive 100 fold in a barren land? - Why when everyone else was not experiencing blessings, he did? - Won’t you like to step into that realm? - What was the technology behind Isaac’s success?
I firmly believe that this realm was not exclusive to Isaac but to anyone who is willing to pay the price to step into that dimension and resource.
I would like to decree and declare that for several of you reading this post that you will tap into a revelation and would see major and significant increase in your lives and situation. You will understand and walk in what Isaac experienced and would indeed see 100 fold increase in your life. #ReceiveThis #ExponentialIncrease #100FoldIncrease
1. Eagles fly alone at a high altitude and not with sparrows or mix with other smaller birds. Birds of a feather flock together. No other bird goes to the height of the eagle. Eagles fly with eagles. Never in a flock. Even when Moses (Old Testament Bible) went to commune with God on the mountain, he left the crowd at the foothills. Stay away from sparrows and ravens. Eagles fly with eagles.
2. Eagles have strong vision, which focuses up to 5 kilometres from the air. When an eagle sites prey- even a rodent from this distance, he narrows his focus on it and sets out to get it. No matter the obstacle, the eagle will not move his focus from the prey until he grabs it. Have a vision and remain focused no matter what the obstacle and you will succeed.
3. Eagles do not eat dead things. He feeds on fresh prey. Vultures eat dead animals but not eagles. Steer clear of outdated and old information. Do your research well always. In essence stay away from religion and religiosity…
4. The Eagle is the only bird that loves the storm. When clouds gather, the eagles get excited. The eagle uses the wings of the storm to rise and is pushed up higher. Once it finds the wing of the storm, the eagle stops flapping and uses the pressure of the raging storm to soar into the clouds and glide. This gives the eagle an opportunity to rest its wings. In the meantime all the other birds hide in the leaves and branches of the trees. We can use the storms of our lives (obstacles, trouble, etc) to rise to greater heights. Achievers relish challenges and use them profitably.
5. The Eagle tests before it trusts. When a female eagle meets a male and they want to mate, she flies down to earth with the male pursing her and she picks a twig. She flies back into the air with the male pursuing her.
Once she has reached a height high enough for her, she lets the twig fall to the ground and watches it as it falls. The male chases after the twig. The faster it falls, the faster he chases until he reaches it and has to catch it before it falls to the ground, then bring it back to the female eagle. The female eagle grabs the twig and flies to a much higher altitude pursued by the male until she perceives it high enough, and then drops the twig for the male to chase. This goes on for hours, with the height increasing until the female eagle is assured that the male eagle has mastered the art of picking the twig which shows commitment, then and only then, will she allow him to mate with her! Whether in private life or in business, one should test commitment of people intended for partnership.
6. Eagles prepare for training. When about to lay eggs, the female and male eagle identify a place very high on a cliff where no predators can reach; the male flies to earth and picks thorns and lays them on the crevice of the cliff, then flies to earth again to collect twigs which he lays in the intended nest. He flies back to earth picks thorns and lays them on top of the twigs. He flies back to earth and picks soft grass to cover the thorns, and then flies back to pick rugs to put on the grass.
When this first layering is complete the male eagle runs back to earth and picks more thorns, lays them on the nest; runs back to get grass and rugs and lays them on top of the thorns, then plucks his feathers to complete the nest.
The thorns on the outside of the nest protect it from possible intruders. Both male and female eagles participate in raising the eagle family. She lays the eggs and protects them; he builds the nest and hunts.
During the time of training the young ones to fly, the mother eagle throws the eaglets out of the nest and because they are scared, they jump into the nest again.
Next, she throws them out and then takes off the soft layers of the nest, leaving the thorns bare. When the scared eaglets jump into the nest again, they are pricked by thorns. Shrieking and bleeding they jump out again this time wondering why the mother and father who love them so much are torturing them. Next, mother eagle pushes them off the cliff into the air.
As they shriek in fear, father eagle flies out and picks them up on his back before they fall, and brings them back to the cliff. This goes on for sometime until they start flapping their wings. They get excited at this newfound knowledge that they can fly and not fall at such a fast rate.
The father and mother eagle supports them with their wings.
The preparation of the nest teaches us to prepare for changes in life.
The preparation for the family teaches us that active participation of both partners leads to success...
The being pricked by the thorns tells us that sometimes being too comfortable where we are may result into our not experiencing life, not progressing and not learning at all. The thorns of life come to teach us that we need to grow, get out of the nest and love on. We may not know it but the seemingly comfortable and safe haven may have thorns.
The people who love us do not let us languish in sloth but push us hard to grow and prosper. Even in their seemingly bad actions they have good intentions for us.
7. When the Eagle grows old, his feathers become weak and cannot take him as fast as he should. When he feels weak and about to die, he retires to a place far away in the rocks. While there, he plucks out every feather on his body until he is completely bare.
He stays in this hiding place until he has grown new feathers, then he can come out. We occasionally need to shed off old habits & items that burden us without adding to our lives... #EVALUATE and #EVOLVE
“As an eagle stirreth up her nest, fluttereth over her young, spreadeth abroad her wings, taketh them, beareth them on her wings:” – Deuteronomy 32:11
#AllWiseGod Another Interesting Aspect Of The Creation Of Man As we dig deeper into the creation of mankind we see some very valuable truths that assist us in getting to know the Heart of God much more intimately. see more
The first thing that we notice is the fact that when it came to the creation of mankind God created them outside the Garden of Eden and then placed them IN the Garden. “And the LORD God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living being.8 The LORD God planted a garden eastward in Eden, and there He put the man whom He had formed.” Genesis 2:7-8
This may seem simple at first but as we look deeper we will see the wisdom and foreknowledge of God. God did not create mankind IN the Garden of Eden. They were created in Eden and then placed IN the Garden. The Garden here represented what can be best described as “the Holy Place”, as it was IN the Garden that God would come down in the cool of the day and speak with them.
Are you seeing this? The revelation with this, is the fact had God created Adam and Eve IN the Garden of Eden, then their sin would have been much more problematic and here is why. Remember that when they sinned, God drove them out of the Garden and then He went about to set up a system of protection around the Garden. Here is what is recorded in Genesis 3:2-24
“Then the LORD God said, “Behold, the man has become like one of Us, to know good and evil. And now, lest he put out his hand and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live forever”— 23 therefore the LORD God sent him out of the garden of Eden to till the ground from which he was taken. 24 So He drove out the man; and He placed cherubim at the east of the garden of Eden, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to guard the way to the tree of life.”
In essence God drove them out of the Garden of Eden to protect them from the Tree of Life… Because if they had now eaten from that Tree we would have lived in a sinful state all our lives. There would have been NO HOPE for the human race. So he drove them out, protected the Garden so that the Tree of Life would remain secure, until the Last Adam—Jesus Christ appeared on the earth thousands of years later!
Here is what the Apostle John wrote in the Revelation 2:7 “He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give to eat from the tree of life, which is in the midst of the Paradise of God.”
So once again access is given to the Tree of Life to those who live an overcoming life. And there is only one way to live an overcoming life and His Name is Jesus Christ!
#Musing I am telling you, it is a sad thing to be born in sin, live a fallen lifestyle and then die and end back up in the dust without any hope. But thank God, He has provided a way for us to be eternally changed and enter into what the first Adam should have walked in. So in the see more midst of this digression into shame and death in steps the second man, the last Adam, Jesus Christ; born in the earth, born of a woman and begin to manifest the true qualities of a Citizen of Heaven living upon the earth. He conquers death and sets us free from the effects and the curse of the first man’s fall, providing the way for us to live a victorious live, just as He did!
Are you seeing this? – Jesus lived a complete victorious life – He was truly what I would like to call the Pattern Son. Then God draws Him out of the earth back into Heaven and begins to call us towards His lifestyle as the Pattern! So in the midst of every thing that we see in the earth it is designed to call us downward to death and dust. However, there is a summons or a call from Heaven that is constantly calling us upward in Christ! Hear me, the whole divine plan in life is for fallen man to answer that Call and begin to progressively walk upward to that High Call. He wants us to step into our true identity as born-again Believers; an identity that is not rooted in the earth realm, but one that proclaims and identifies us as Citizens of Heaven.
Brief Note From Book I Am Working On: As we explore life and all of its intricacies it really makes one ponder. What is out there? Why are we here? Who is the one who did all this? As we broach the answers to these and other questions we will be using God’s inspired Word the Holy Bible for our answers. see more
Genesis, the very Book of the Holy Scriptures simply begins in this way: “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth.” Genesis 1:1
In the beginning God… The only true and real account we have for our planet and the solar system of which we are a part is the Holy Bible. The Holy Bible declares in It’s very first verse this: “In the beginning God [Hebrew⎯Elohim] created the heavens and the earth.”
The word Elohim is the plural of El (or possibly of Eloah) and is the first name for God given in the Tanakh: The name Elohim is unique to Hebraic thinking: it occurs only in Hebrew and in no other ancient Semitic language. The masculine plural ending does not mean “gods” when referring to the true God of Israel, since the name is mainly used with singular verb forms and with adjectives and pronouns in the singular (e.g., see Genesis 1:26). However, considering the Hashalush HaKadosh (Trinity), the form indeed allows for the plurality within the Godhead. So this is how the Creator, God chose to reveal Himself to mankind!
From this we understand that God existed before creation began, thereby lending to the idea and thought that He had to always exist. This must be so if He had to be the Creator of all things, then He must have always existed. If not then He would have to have a Creator and so on and so on and it would be never-ending. So we have to come to the conclusion that the Creator God always existed and will always exist. From this we get the understanding that He is indeed The Eternal God, without beginning or ending!
God created the heavens and the earth… The obvious question that arises from us reading about the Creator God who always existed, is why create the heavens and the earth? Added to that it can be asked; where was this Creator God before the creation of the heavens and the earth? As I pondered on these questions thoughts began to swirl in me and several things came to light. So here we go!
When we read about the heavens being created we first have to understand that the Bible speaks of several “heavens”. For example, we have the atmospheric heaven⎯that is the blue sky that can all see as we stand upon planet earth. Then there is the heaven that is beyond the earth’s gravitational pull and finally there is the Heaven where God resides along with Jesus and the entire angelic host!
We know that the angelic host existed before the creation of planet earth and the entire solar system and our heavens and earth because lucifer, and one-third of the angels were cast down to earth when they rebelled against God.