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Satan’s strategy… (Read even if you’re busy)

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SATAN’S MEETING: (Read even if you’re busy)

Satan called a worldwide convention of demons.
In his opening address he said,
“We can’t keep Christians from going to church.”
“We can’t keep them from reading their Bibles and knowing the
truth.”
“We can’t even keep them from forming an intimate relationship with
their saviour.”
“Once they gain that connection with Jesus, our power over them is
broken.”
“So let them go to their churches; let them have their covered dish
dinners, BUT steal their time, so they don’t have time to develop a
relationship with Jesus Christ..”
“This is what I want you to do,” said the devil:
“Distract them from gaining hold of their Saviour and maintaining
that vital connection throughout their day!”
“How shall we do this?” his demons shouted.
“Keep them busy in the non-essentials of life and invent innumerable
schemes to occupy their minds,” he answered.
“Tempt them to spend, spend, spend, and borrow, borrow, borrow.”
“Persuade the wives to go to work for long hours and the husbands to
work 6-7 days each week, 10-12 hours a day, so they can afford their empty
lifestyles.”
“Keep them from spending time with their children.”
“As their families fragment, soon, their homes will offer no escape
from the pressures of work!”
“Over-stimulate their minds so that they cannot hear that still,
small voice.”
“Entice them to play the radio or cassette player whenever they
drive.” To keep the TV, VCR, CDs and their PCs going constantly in their
home and see to it that every store and restaurant in the world plays
non-biblical music constantly.”
“This will jam their minds and break that union with Christ.”
“Fill the coffee tables with magazines and newspapers.”
“Pound their minds with the news 24 hours a day.”
“Invade their driving moments with billboards.”
“Flood their mailboxes with junk mail, mail order catalogs,
sweepstakes, and every kind of newsletter and promotional offering free
products, services and false hopes..”
“Keep skinny, beautiful models on the magazines and TV so their
husbands will believe that outward beauty is what’s important, and they’ll
become dissatisfied with their wives. ”
“Keep the wives too tired to love their husbands at night.”
“Give them headaches too! ”
“If they don’t give their husbands the love they need, they will
begin to look elsewhere.”
“That will fragment their families quickly!”
“Give them Santa Claus to distract them from teaching their children
the real meaning of Christmas.”
“Give them an Easter bunny so they won’t talk about his resurrection
and power over sin and death.”
“Even in their recreation, let them be excessive.”
“Have them return from their recreation exhausted.”
“Keep them too busy to go out in nature and reflect on God’s
creation. Send them to amusement parks, sporting events, plays, concerts,
and movies instead.”
“Keep them busy, busy, busy!”
“And when they meet for spiritual fellowship, involve them in gossip
and small talk so that they leave with troubled consciences.”
“Crowd their lives with so many good causes they have no time to
seek power from Jesus.”
“Soon they will be working in their own strength, sacrificing their
health and family for the good of the cause.”
“It will work!”
“It will work!”
It was quite a plan!
The demons went eagerly to their assignments causing Christians
everywhere to get busier and more rushed, going here and there.
Having little time for their God or their families.
Having no time to tell others about the power of Jesus to change
lives.

I guess the question is, has the devil been successful in his
schemes?

You be the judge!!!!!
Does “BUSY” mean: B-eing U-nder S-atan’s Y-oke?
Please pass this on, if you aren’t too BUSY!
I don’t think I know 10 people who would admit they love Jesus.
Do You Love Him?
IF YOU LOVE JESUS, PASS THIS ON!!!!!!!

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How Would Jesus Handle This?

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Love each other as I have loved you.

John 15:12 NIV

Are you complaining because someone has disappointed you? Are you keeping score when it comes to gift-giving, initiating phone calls, or picking up the tab? Are you upset because you feel like you give more than you get? Jesus experienced all these things – and more. His closest friends let Him down. Those He called and counted on often proved to be unreliable and immature. They learned slowly and usually the hard way. One doubted Him, one denied Him, and one even betrayed Him. Yet He forgave them and loved them anyway: ‘… having loved His own… He loved them unto the end’ (John 13:1 NASB). Jesus loved His friends not because they were worthy of His love, but because His love made them worthy. Love does that!

In his book Knowing God, JI Packer writes, ‘There is tremendous relief in knowing that God’s love for me is based at every point on prior knowledge of the worst in me. No discovery can disillusion Him in the way I’m often so disillusioned about myself, or quench His determination to bless me. There is great cause for humility in the thought that He sees all the twisted things about me that others don’t see. Indeed, He sees more corruption in me than I see in myself. Yet He wants to be my friend, and desires to be my friend, and has given His son to die for me in order for me to realise this purpose.’ So before you react in anger, remember God’s grace. Use His Son as your role model and ask yourself, ‘How would Jesus handle this?’

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Don’t Give The Devil A Place

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Nor give place to the devil.

Ephesians 4:27 NKJV

When (the late) pastor Adrian Rogers wanted to attract birds to his garden, a neighbour told him, ‘If you create the right environment they’ll come.’ So he bought the right kind of food, the right kind of birdhouse, mounted it on the right kind of pole, and enjoyed hosting a variety of birds. Rogers pointed out that many of us unwittingly roll out the welcome mat for the devil by creating an environment where he feels right at home. Satan can’t take any ground you don’t give him. He’s looking for an environment where he can live comfortably.

If you’ve given the devil a place in your life today, you can reclaim that lost ground. First, by faith: ‘… every child of God defeats this evil world… through our faith’ (1 John 5:4 NLT). God empowers us for spiritual warfare, and that power is released through faith. Knowing who you are in Christ gives you confidence. Second, by resisting: ‘… submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you’ (James 4:7 NKJV). Only as you submit to God, will you have the power to overcome the devil. You must come against him in the Name of Jesus and the authority of God’s Word. Third, by fighting: ‘Put on the full armour of God so that you can… stand against the devil’s schemes’ (Ephesians 6:11 NIV). Remember, ‘The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God… will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand… ‘ (1 Corinthians 10:13 NLT). You don’t have to beg God to give you power to defeat the devil; it’s already yours. ‘… I have given you authority… you can walk among snakes… Nothing will injure you’ (Luke 10:19 NLT). Learn to walk in it!

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The Commission that God gave us is to make disciples not just converts

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Article on Discipleship from Andrew Wommack

Dear Friends,

You  can’t  fix something without knowing the problem. You can’t treat a sickness if you don’t  know  the cause. You can’t solve your financial woes if you don’t know where your money is going.

Yet  Christians are hoping and praying for change in their personal lives and in society without  dealing  with  the  real problem. Most don’t even know what the problem is. So, what’s the bottom line? Why aren’t we and this world being transformed by the Gospel, as the Lord would have it be?

It’s  because God’s Word is THE seed that He uses to release His life into our lives and world,  and  the vast majority of Christians are not planting God’s Word in their hearts and  protecting  it. I dealt with this problem in last month’s magazine and have covered it   extensively  in  my  new  book,  released  October  1,  called  Effortless  Change. Here’s  the solution: The church must obey Jesus’ command to make disciples and not just converts.

“Go  then  and  make  disciples  of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit” (Matthew 28:19, Amplified Bible).

Notice  that  Jesus  didn’t tell us to just make converts; He told us to make disciples. That  is  a huge difference. Jesus said a disciple is a person who continues in His Word until he or she is free.

“Then  said  Jesus  to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are  ye  my  disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free” (John 8:31-32).

This isn’t what Christianity as a whole has been doing. The emphasis has been on getting people  to  pray  a  prayer so they won’t go to hell. That’s been the goal of nearly all “Christian evangelism.”

So,  what’s  wrong  with that? Don’t we want people to be born again so they won’t spend eternity  in  hell? Of course we do. But that’s not what the Lord told us to do. He told us to make disciples, and making disciples is the most effective way to evangelise.

Most Christians disconnect right there. They think evangelism is the first step and then discipleship  follows.  That’s why we see mass evangelistic crusades. If there is follow up,  it  is usually an afterthought that is watered down at best. The real goal has been

to get people born again.

But  that  wasn’t  Jesus’  method.  Jesus  reached out to sinners, not just saints (Mark 2:17).  He  taught  them  of  God’s  love  and demonstrated  it through the miracles He performed.  He  taught  sinners  how the kingdom of God worked, without giving an “altar call.”

Jesus  had  a rich young ruler come to Him and display a passion that would have granted him  acceptance into nearly any church today. Yet Jesus said he couldn’t receive eternal life without total commitment (Mark 10:17-27). The young ruler went away sad.

There  was  a  multitude  that believed on Jesus in Jerusalem, but Jesus wouldn’t commit Himself  to them, because they weren’t ready (John 2:23-25). Others believed on Him, but He told them they wouldn’t be free unless they continued in His Word (John 8:31-32).

This  offended  those  who  believed  on  Jesus  (John  8:33),  just  as it offends many “Christians”  today  to  say  that simply acknowledging Jesus isn’t enough. The Jews who believed  on  Jesus said they had always been free and were never in bondage to anyone. This  is laughable when you consider that the whole Jewish nation was being dominated by the  Romans  at that time and that each individual was being personally oppressed by sin and  the  devil (John 8:34). Yet they maintained their “freedom,” just as many religious people do today, despite their obvious bondage to sin and the world.

Jesus went on to reveal to these “believers” (John 8:31) that they were relying on their nationality and human effort instead of trusting Him. Jesus then proceeded to say things that  offended  them  even more (John 8:34-43). This culminated in Jesus telling them in John 8:44, “Ye are of your father the devil.”

What  a statement! We need to remember that this was spoken to those who believed on Him (John  8:31). How would this go over today? I don’t believe Jesus would last as long now as  He  did  then. Our religious culture would have crucified Him much sooner than three years.

Most  “Christians” are so politically correct, trying not to offend, that they avoid any conflict  with  society’s  standards. They want people to just pray a prayer and receive Jesus as their Saviour, and then they hope these converts continue on with the Lord. But

to them, those are separate issues.

I remember ministering in India in the early 1980s. I had heard the reports of thousands accepting  the  Lord at huge gatherings, and I was excited to see that happen with me. I admit  that  I  didn’t  have  huge  crowds of hundreds of thousands, but I ministered to crowds  approaching  1,000. I should have seen hundreds accept the Lord. But that wasn’t my experience, and it really bothered me.

On  my plane ride home, a well-known minister sat next to me. He had been in India for a month  and  had hundreds of thousands “accept the Lord.” I was very curious as to how he did  this, so I started asking questions without telling him why I was asking. One of my questions  was,  “Did you tell them Jesus was the only way, truth, and life (John 14:6)? Did you have them commit themselves to Jesus as the only true God?”

I  asked this because I had actually taken a picture of an idol with three deities – one was  Hare  Krishna, one was Buddha, and right there in the middle was a statue of Jesus. You  see,  the  Indians  believe  in  350 million gods. They will easily accept Jesus as

another god just to cover all the bases. But that’s not true salvation.

This  minister  responded,  “Oh, no, I didn’t do that. The Lord gave me great wisdom and told  me  just  to  introduce  them  to Him and then He would straighten all of that out later.” He was out to make converts, not disciples. That’s wrong.

It’s  true  that  Philip  ministered to the Ethiopian eunuch, and then the Spirit of the Lord  caught  him  away  without  an  opportunity  for  Philip to disciple the man (Acts 8:27-39).  That  does  happen,  but that was the exception and not the rule. Today it

is reversed.  All  the emphasis is on getting people saved, and then they may or may not be discipled.  But  if  we  were to put the emphasis on discipleship, evangelism would be a necessary part of that process.

A  friend  of  mine  put  this into practice. He knocked on doors, and instead of asking people if they were saved, he asked if they needed any help from the Lord in any area of their  lives.  People  would  mention their marriage problems or sicknesses or financial problems,  and he would just start teaching them the solution to their problems from the Word of God.

Inevitably,  they  would  come  to  a  place where they couldn’t comply with the Bible’s instructions. That’s because the Christian life isn’t just hard to live; it’s impossible to live in one’s own strength.

For instance, as my friend instructed this one man about loving his wife as Christ loved the  church  (Ephesians  5:25), the man said he couldn’t do it. My friend confirmed that was  true  if  he only did it in his own power, but my friend showed him how he could be born again,  and  then  that supernatural love of Jesus would be in him. You can’t give what  you  don’t  have, so this man needed to receive God’s love for him before he could give that love to his wife. This led to his salvation and totally transformed life.

The  forgiveness of sins is an indispensable part of discipleship. However, it’s not the only  goal,  and  it  is not the end. Without intending to do so, the church’s method of evangelism  has  hindered  the  discipleship  of  converts.  The forgiveness of sins and escaping hell  have  been  the goal of “evangelism.” Once people obtain that goal, they lose  their  motivation  to go any further. They got what they wanted. This shows in the low  percentage  of  people  who,  after professing Christianity, continue to pursue the

Lord.

If  discipleship  was  the  goal,  then  people  would  have to be born again to be true disciples,  but  they  wouldn’t stop there. They would continue in God’s Word until they were  free and able to set others free too. They would become powerful witnesses for the Lord, something that is too often missing in those who claim Christianity.

Think  of  this:  If one man made 1,000 converts per year, then after thirty-five years, there  would  be  35,000  converts. Even though that would be exceptional, that wouldn’t even impact one large city. If the same man was to disciple one person every six months, who  in turn would do the same, that one person would begin a process of multiplication that  would produce over one billion disciples in just fifteen years. I know that sounds impossible, but do the maths – it’s a fact. Evangelism through discipleship is much more productive than evangelism alone.

This  has  been  on  my  heart  for  over  forty  years. The Lord instructed me from the beginning  of  my  ministry  to teach, not just preach or evangelise. That’s why I teach topically  in  series.  It’s the reason I founded Charis Bible College and its extension schools  and  developed  the  correspondence courses and online instruction. This is the command    the    Lord    gave    not    only    to    me    but    to    all   of   us: “And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, the same commit thou to

faithful men, who shall be able to teach others also” (2 Timothy 2:2).

I  recently saw an interview with an ex-Muslim terrorist. He came to America to practice “cultural  jihad,”  but  was  converted  to Christianity. What he revealed about the war being waged was scary. It made me pray, “Lord, what can I do about this?” The Lord spoke to  me, “You are already doing something about this. The greatest defence against a lie is the truth. And you are sharing My truth with people all over the world. The Gospel is the greatest weapon in this war.”

This  lit  a new fire in me for discipleship. I firmly believe this is what the Lord has raised  this  ministry up to do. We are to take a lead in making disciples, and our most effective way of doing that is through Charis Bible College.

The  Lord  spoke to me last year that we needed to plan for growth. Then He miraculously provided  property  that  will  allow  us  to  build a first-rate campus large enough to accommodate  thousands.  There,  we  will  train  disciples  to go into all the world. I believe  we  will  have  thousands  in  our  Colorado  facility and thousands more being discipled through our other avenues.

This  is  what I’ve dedicated the rest of my life to. I’m going to put a new emphasis on discipleship,  and  I’ll  organize all the truths the Lord has taught me into topics and formats that will facilitate discipleship evangelism. I ask you to join me.

I  have a brand-new teaching on this that will make these points much more strongly than I’ve  been  able  to  in this letter. In addition, I have a package of tested and proven discipleship tools called The Discipleship Evangelism Package that I am making available to  you  at a special price. I encourage you to get these and let these truths enlighten you and motivate you to become a true disciple who can disciple others.

We  have hundreds of thousands of people going through these discipleship materials all over  the world, and they are experiencing miraculous results. These resources will work for  you  too.  The  discipleship guides will enable you to start making disciples right away.

We love you,

Andrew & Jamie

 

 

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7 Mountains Mandate from GOD

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In Genesis 12, God promised to Abraham, “I will Bless you and make you a blessing and all people on earth will be blessed through you”. This promise
of God will be released through this ‘Dominion Mandate”7 Mountains MandateIf we are to impact any nation for Jesus Christ, then we would have to affect the seven spheres, or mountains of society that are the pillars ofany society. These seven mountains are business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, the family and religion. There are many subgroups under these main categories. These mountains are the cultural battlefields where the Kingdom of God needs to wage their wars in Christ and win the Darkness.In Genesis 1:26 God created humans and commanded them to have Dominion on earth and Reign over all. The Seven cultural areas / mountains to exercise the
dominion of Christ Reign on earth are
1. Spirituality and Church
2. Family
3. Education
4. Government and Law
5. Media and Communication
6. Arts, Sports, Medicine, Technology, Entertainment etc,.
7. Business and Finance
These Mountains needs to be Reigned in Righteousness, Peace and Joy of the Kingdom of God. It’s God’s will that His Sons and Daughters exercise
Dominion on all of these Mountains executing the Will of Father on earth and Advance His Kingdom on all areas of Life. It should be a burning desire
for every Son to seek God’s Kingdom First and see that Jesus Kingdom is established on earth on all these Mountains as it is in Heaven. It’s Time
to occupy the Mountains to bring Glory to the KING of Kings and LORD of lords! Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth on all these Mountains!
Amen.
Glory to God !
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Contrasting a Kingdom Mindset with a Church Mindset

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Joseph Mattera

The following is another excellent article by Joseph Mattera.  Joseph is offering some of the most relevant teaching on this subject in the world today.  And he’s putting it into practice in New York and bringing transformation to his region.

Jesus, John the Baptist, and the apostles went about proclaiming the kingdom–not the church (read Matthew 3:2, 4:17, 10:7; Acts 28:30-31). Although the church is in the kingdom, it is not the entire kingdom.

“Kingdom” denotes the rule of God over the whole cosmos, not just a single entity on the earth, like the church. In spite of this, most preaching today has as its goal to get people to make a weekly two-hour commitment to come to a building on Sundays and to give tithes to support that building! This is because a spirit of religion has captivated the church and blinded the minds of church leaders, so that we now have a very limiting church mindset instead of a kingdom perspective. The negative results of this cannot be overstated.

In essence, a kingdom mindset regards Christianity as a biblical world and life view centered on the person of Jesus Christ who is Lord of all creation. This has vast political, economic, and sociological implications! Those with a church mindset view Jesus merely as the King of the church, not the King of all earthly secular kings.

The following are contrasts between these two mindsets:

1. A kingdom mindset releases all saints as ministers in the marketplace. A church mindset merely trains people to serve in a church building on Sundays.

2. A kingdom mindset creates wealth to transform a community and nation. A church mindset motivates giving to build our own church programs.

3. A kingdom mindset is a holistic approach that integrates the gospel with politics, economics, and public policy. A church mindset insulates the gospel from politics and public policy.

4. A kingdom mindset views the Bible as a blueprint to structure every aspect of society. A church mindset views the Bible merely as a pietistic book that enables us to escape the world, enter heaven, and be spiritual.

5. With a kingdom mindset churches embrace and love their surrounding unchurched communities. With a church mindset churches only embrace converted individuals within their faith communities.

6. A kingdom mindset trains people for all of life. A church mindset trains people only for church life.

7. A kingdom mindset nurtures leaders who are world changers and “cultural creatives” who articulate truth to society. A church mindset nurtures leaders who speak religious language relevant only to church people.

8. A kingdom mindset speaks of the rule of God over the entire created order. A church mindset speaks of the rule of God through deacons and elders over those in a church congregation.

9. With a kingdom mindset pastors release their people to their vocational callings in the marketplace. A church mindset controls people by marginalizing their marketplace callings and emphasizing only their Sunday ministries.

10. A kingdom mindset applies a Spirit-empowered approach to the natural world. A church mindset involves a spirituality that separates from the natural world.

11. Those with a kingdom mindset are working toward a renaissance of Christendom. Those with a church mindset merely strive for a particular expression (denomination) of Christianity.

12. Churches with a kingdom mindset equip 100% of the saints to fill up all things in every realm of life (Ephesians 4:10-12). Those with a church mindset have as their primary goal to equip the 2-3% of the congregation called to be full-time church pastors, ministers, and missionaries.

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God, Politics & the Kingdom of God

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Friday, July 22, 2011  

By Joseph Mattera

View #1: The church should not be involved in politics but only concentrate on soul-winning; the rest will take care of itself. This has been promulgated in the Evangelical Church the past 125 years, especially in Pentecostal/Charismatic circles since its inception in the early 1900’s.

 

View #2: The church should demonstrate its spirituality primarily by getting involved through social and political action. With this view, the inner spiritual life and the supernatural are deemphasized. Many mainline liberal denominations represented by the World Council of Churches have taken this position.

 

View #3: The classical reformed view (my view) is that God has allotted various jurisdictions of society, with the church and Bible at the center of culture and creation as “salt and light.” Some collapse these jurisdictions (or governments) to five: self-government, family, business, civic (political), and ecclesiastical (church).

 

Although there are other views which can be mentioned, these three are the primary views with the others being either extremes or variations of these three.

 

For example, an extreme variation of the third view is a form of triumphalism in which Christianity will take over every government, eradicate all evil, and convert most if not all of the world’s population before the return of our Lord Jesus Christ. Of course this doesn’t properly take into account the consequences of the Fall (Romans 5:12; 6:23), in which the sinfulness of humankind is so deep that we will never have an absolute utopia this side of heaven before the second bodily return of Christ.

 

Whether Christian or non-Christian, any group that has an unbalanced concentration of power (e.g. the Tower of Babel in Genesis 11, or certain points of corruption in Western European history that compromised the Roman Catholic church, such as the Inquisition) will eventually be decentralized by God so that proper checks and balances can prosper both the civil liberties of people and the aforementioned jurisdictions.

 

As far as I am concerned, the key verse in the entire Bible that explains the mission of the Church is Genesis 1:28:

 

“Then God blessed them, and God said to them, ‘Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.’”

 

Many theologians have called this passage the Cultural Mandate because this original covenant with Adam, the federal head of the human race, gives the human race the responsibility of stewarding the earth, which involves managing every aspect of life and society. After the Fall, God recapitulated this same command by giving it to Noah in Genesis 9:1-2:

 

“So God blessed Noah and his sons, and said to them: ‘Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth. And the fear of you and the dread of you shall be on every beast of the earth, on every bird of the air, on all that move on the earth, and on all the fish of the sea. They are given into your hand.’”

 

This proves that the Cultural Mandate was still in effect after the Fall. Furthermore, Mathew 28:18-20 has been called by some theologians the Second Commission instead of the Great Commission because Jesus as the Second or Last Adam (1 Corinthians 15:45) gave the godly seed (the church) another form of the Cultural Mandate when He told the church to disciple the nations.

 

Discipling whole nations must include applying the commandments of God to all of practical life: politics, business, art, science, history, education, sociology, etc. Thus it is a recapitulation of what God told the first Adam in Genesis 1:28.

 

When someone wonders whether or not the church should be involved in politics, they are missing the bigger picture of the Cultural Mandate, in which the church is called to be the center of all of culture by influencing every discipline and jurisdiction with the biblical worldview.

 

Second Corinthians 10:5 tells us to take every thought captive to the knowledge of God. This is not just an individual but a corporate command for the created order.

 

Although I believe in the separation of church and state, I do not believe in the separation of God and state because we are called to bear fruit, multiply, replenish the earth (consecrate the earth to God), subdue the earth (disarm the enemies of God), and have dominion (work for the reformation of every system and institution on earth so that it reflects the biblical ethos).

 

Many Christians have an unscriptural belief that the spiritual world is important and the natural world unimportant! Jesus told us to pray that His will would be done on earth as it is in heaven (Luke 11 and Matthew 6). This shows that God wants us to focus on the earth in our life and prayers even though the present “last days” emphasis on “escape, retreat and get caught up to heaven” indicates the church currently emphasizes the opposite of this!

 

My book Ruling in the Gates shows that the Cultural Mandate in Genesis 1:28 was never annulled but is the common theme throughout both the Old and New Testaments in regards to God’s mission for His covenant people.

 

The following terms have vast political implications, without which you could never understand the nature and mission of Jesus, the crucifixion, or the church:

 

1. The Kingdom of God

a. Every kingdom has a king, a land, a political government, laws and commands, a society, and an economy.

 

b. In Mark 1:15 Jesus told us the kingdom of God is here (see also Matthew 4:17).

 

c. Paul went about “preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things that concern the Lord (political title) Jesus” (Acts 28:31).

 

d. The kingdom of God is the whole created order, not just the church (Psalm 24: “The earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof.”)

 

e. The church is in the kingdom but is not the totality of the kingdom.

 

2. “King of Kings, and Lord of Lords”

a. Jesus is called this title in various portions of Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:15; Revelation 1:5, 19:16.

 

b. This is the most politically charged title a person can possibly have!

 

c. Notice, it does not say Jesus is merely the king of heaven or the king of the church, or that He would be the king in the next life.

 

d. Ephesians 1:21 says that He is above all governments and has a name that is greater than all names in this life and that which is to come.

 

e. “King of Kings” means that he is presently the President of all presidents, the King of all kings; the Prime Minister over all prime ministers, the Governor over all governors. In other words, Mayor Bloomberg, Governor Spitzer, and President Bush are all presently accountable to Jesus Christ as their Lord and Ruler!

 

f. This is political, not merely spiritual, because it means Jesus is judging these authorities in regards to public policy, international issues, the economy, taxation, tort laws, etc. In other words, how their policies and laws reflect the law-word of God, especially the laws extrapolated out of the Ten Commandments in the civil laws of Exodus, Leviticus, and Deuteronomy.

 

3. Ecclesia

a. Ecclesia is the Greek word for “church” in the New Testament.

 

b. Jesus chose a well-known secular word with political implications to describe His followers.

 

c. In Greek culture, the ecclesia were the citizens that came together in a community to enact public policy. Ecclesia, broadly speaking, means to come together to rule. In other words, Jesus called His followers the new congress of His kingdom.

 

4. The Gates of Hell

In Matthew 16:18 Jesus says the church would assault the gates of hell, which are ungodly political and social systems. “Gates” is an Old Testament term that denotes where the elders of a city met to enact public policy, declare war, and conduct financial and legal business.

 

5. The Crucifixion

a. Jesus was not crucified because of religious reasons, but because of politics! Roman-Greco culture was a polytheistic society with thousands of gods and religions.

 

b. They would never execute someone for religious reasons because they were not a monotheistic empire. The New Testament teaches that Jesus was crucified because He proclaimed Himself a king, in essence the only true Caesar or potentate (1 Timothy 6:15) which became a threat to the political powers of the time.

 

c. Notice in John 18:37 Jesus told Pilate that His purpose for coming to the world was to be king and testify to the truth. John 19:12, 15-16 show that Pilate was about to let Jesus go free until the Jewish leaders said that Christ’s claim to be king threatened Caesar’s kingdom and rule.

 

In conclusion, we cannot understand the Gospel, the kingdom of God, the nature of the church, or the mission of Christ without understanding their political and social implications.

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Entering God’s Kingdom NOW!

Posted by KOJ RESOURCE CENTRE on August 9, 2011

Are you ready to enter the Kingdom ?
Prayer to get yourself  “Born Again” to enter the Kingdom of God. Remember when you make this prayer sincerely with all your heart, a new spirit will be created inside you which never existed before. let’s start right now to get into the Glory of God’s Kingdom. Pls make this your prayer now!
Heavenly Father,
I come to you in the name of your Son, Jesus. you say that you never refuse anyone who comes to you. you say that whoever calls on your name will be saved.
Today Jesus i call upon your name and i ask forgiveness for all of my sins.
I accept you now as my Lord and Saviour, believing you died and rose again.
Thank you Lord that i am now saved and i receive your life and peace into my heart.
In Jesus name, Amen!
Congratulations ! Now you are a Son of God and a King of Jesus in the Kingdom of God!
I welcome you into God’s Kingdom and do you know the Scriptures says, there will be great rejoicing in heaven when a person comes out of darkness into the Kingdom of God through Jesus.
Scripture Reference on getting Saved
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Romans 10:9,10
That if you confess with your mouth Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you will believe and are justified and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved.
  What’s next ?
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 Now you’re born again! As a new born baby, requires lot of spiritual milk (word of God) to grow strong and healthy. Remember the spirit is new, but the body,mind is still old. so you need to start renewing your mind everyday by applying the word of God to grow into the fullness /maturity of Christ.Be a Doer of Word,not just a hearer! Watch the Videos, Download the MP3 Messages and Listen to them from this website and also read the Spiritual Articles and understand how the Kingdom of God operates in this world. Also it’s time to get Discipled by your Discipler in KOJHM Groups. start with the Discipleship study first and get into the Kingdom work along with the KOJHM Groups to evangelize, make disciples and teach your disciples the same Disciple study you have learnt. Don’t fall into ineffectiveness trap or Complacency Spirit of making converts or failing to disciple / teach them.
Remember it’s all about loving Jesus with your heart and obeying his Great Commission in total submission that you can inherit the Abundance Blessings promised by Jesus and be a wise builder from the Beginning building your life on the word of God.
May the Holy Spirit teach you all things, enlighten you and lead you into all the Glory of God, in Jesus name, Amen!
  1 Corinthians 2:9-16
  9 That is what the Scriptures mean when they say,   “No eye has seen, no ear has heard,
and no mind has imagined
what God has prepared
for those who love him.”

10 But it was to us that God revealed these things by his Spirit. For his Spirit searches out everything and shows us God’s deep secrets. 11 No one can know a person’s thoughts except that person’s own spirit, and no one can know God’s thoughts except God’s own Spirit. 12 And we have received God’s Spirit (not the world’s spirit), so we can know the wonderful things God has freely given us.

13 When we tell you these things, we do not use words that come from human wisdom. Instead, we speak words given to us by the Spirit, using the Spirit’s words to explain spiritual truths. 14 But people who aren’t spiritual can’t receive these truths from God’s Spirit. It all sounds foolish to them and they can’t understand it, for only those who are spiritual can understand what the Spirit means. 15 Those who are spiritual can evaluate all things, but they themselves cannot be evaluated by others. 16 For,

“Who can know the Lord’s thoughts?
Who knows enough to teach him?”

But we understand these things, for we have the mind of Christ.

” Doers of the Word”

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