NOW IS THE TIME TO PUSH!

“Guard your heart above all else,
for it determines the course of your life.” ~ Proverbs 4: 23

Saints of God, it’s time to PUSH!
I can hear you now. “What is she talking about?”

I’m talking about birthing the Kingdom of God in the earth and your role in it.

Some of you reading this have physically birthed a child. You know that there is a critical moment, when the contractions are most intense, that you have to push to launch your baby into the world.

Well, Jesus has begun to birth the Kingdom of God. The contractions are getting more and more intense. So intense, in fact, that it’s time for His followers to push.

We see this increasing intensity in what is going on in the world around us: rampant lawlessness, scoffing of the Bible and Christianity, intense vitriol in the news media, hateful division among our leaders, inhumane brutality, the love of pleasure, widespread greed, the rising apostate Church. We also see the imminent birth of the Kingdom in the increasing talk about peace and safety among world leaders. All of these things point to the soon return of Jesus Christ and the subsequent birth of His Kingdom.

Let’s look at what the Word says about our times:

2 Peter 3:3-4, TLB. “First, I want to remind you that in the last days there will come scoffers who will do every wrong they can think of, and laugh at the truth. This will be their line of argument: ‘So Jesus promised to come back, did He? Then where is He? He’ll never come! Why, as far back as anyone can remember everything has remained exactly as it was since the first day of creation.'”

2 Timothy 3:1-5, NIV. “But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days. People will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boastful, proud, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, without love, unforgiving, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not lovers of the good, treacherous, rash, conceited, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God—having a form of godliness but denying its power. Have nothing to do with them.”

I Thessalonians 5:2-3, NIV. “For you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. While people are saying, ‘Peace and safety,’ destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.”

Now is the time to PUSH!

As Christ-Followers, we have been called to prepare the way for the Lord’s return. As we await Him, we are to remain occupied (Luke 19: 13). This means we are to be in the process of enforcing His Kingdom wherever He places us, of taking back the territory the enemy has stolen from us, and of occupying that territory until the return of King Jesus. This is what the famous words of the Lord’s Prayer–Thy Kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth as it is in Heaven–mean. As bearers of His Light, our job is to push back the darkness so that the Light of Christ can displace it.

So, how do we push back the darkness? I would suggest three ways:

1-Push through the Problem. Understand that Satan hates you because you carry the Light of Christ within you. So, Satan will do whatever he can to prevent the Light of Christ that you carry from driving out the darkness in your circle of influence. He will place problem after problem in your path. He will put obstacle after obstacle in front of you as you advance. But Satan cannot win unless we give up. And that is exactly what he wants us to do. So, whatever problem you are facing, push through it. Scripture says, “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” (James 4: 7)

2-Push through the Price. No price is too high to pay for advancing the Kingdom of God. If we refuse to advance because of the price–whether that price be a relationship, a career, or a personal ambition–then we are not worthy of being called a Christ-Follower.

3-Push through the Pride. Yes, pride. Too many who call themselves Christians–especially in the western Church–are so self-absorbed that they are virtually clueless to the signs of the times. They are more concerned with their own personal agendas than the agenda of the Father. Yet, our Lord called us to watch and to be prepared for His return. Listen to what He said:

Matthew 24:42-44, TLB. “So be prepared, for you don’t know what day your Lord is coming. Just as a man can prevent trouble from thieves by keeping watch for them, so you can avoid trouble by always being ready for My unannounced return.”

Saints of God, are you prepared to push? Are you prepared to usher in the return of Christ? Are you prepared to meet the Lord in the air at the time of the Rapture?

As one of the Lord’s many watchmen on the wall, I urge you to take your place in the army of God that is pushing forward to drive out the darkness. Use the power and authority Christ has given you as one of His Followers and help usher in the return of our Savior and Lord!

Nothing is more important!

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How Free Do You Want to Be? – Week 3

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Welcome to Week 3 in our discussion on freedom!

Last week we learned that all of us who are born again have been given the keys to the Kingdom of Heaven. We learned that the keys represent authority and power. This week we will explore how to use our keys to enforce God’s rule in the earth.

The Kingdom of God has a King. His name is Jesus Christ.  As King, Jesus rules over the entire universe and everything in it. Psalm 103: 19 says this: The LORD has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.  Moreover, God’s Kingdom is eternal, which means it will last forever. Daniel 4: 3 says this: His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and his dominion endures from generation to generation.

Many of us live in countries that are ruled by forms of government that do not have a king. Consequently, the concept of “kingdom” may be difficult for us to grasp, especially for those of us who live in a republic or a democracy, where the people have a large say in their governance. Not so in the Kingdom of God.

In the Kingdom of God, Jesus is the King, and those who are part of His Kingdom willingly and gladly obey Him. From this perspective, we see that the Kingdom of God has not only an external aspect (the entire universe), but also an internal one (the hearts of those who are born again). The Kingdom of God reigns in the hearts of those who love and follow Jesus. Jesus told us in John 18: 36 that His Kingdom is not of this world. By this He meant that His Kingdom is a spiritual kingdom that rules in the hearts of those who choose to be its citizens. We saw that one enters the Kingdom of God by being born again–that is, by repenting of one’s sins and accepting Christ as one’s Savior and Lord.

Because we are citizens of the Kingdom of God, we have been given an assignment to bring others into the Kingdom. Why? Because God loves everyone and does not want a single person to perish. This assignment is called the Great Commission and is described in Mark 16: 15-18:  “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”

ornate vintage metal key on a white backgroundSince this assignment requires supernatural authority and power to over-rule the natural realm, Jesus gave us this supernatural authority and power so we could complete our assignments. This supernatural authority and supernatural power reside in the keys of the Kingdom.

So, how do we use those keys? To use the keys of the Kingdom effectively as born-again Christ-followers, we must first remember the following:

1-We do not fight FOR victory; we fight FROM victory. By His death and resurrection, Jesus earned the victory over Satan once and for all. The Word tells us in Ephesians 2: 6 that we are seated with Christ in heavenly realms and, therefore, share with Him His victory over Satan.

2-Satan is a DEFEATED foe. He has no power over us unless we give him power by believing his lies.

3-The keys of the Kingdom are designed to establish on earth what is ALREADY established in Heaven. This is the meaning of the words in the Lord’s Prayer: Thy Kingdom come; Thy will be done on earth, as it is in Heaven. By using the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, we bring this Kingdom and God’s will into the earth.

Once we understand the above truths, we will use the keys of the Kingdom with confidence. How? We will boldly do what Jesus commanded us to do in the Great Commission.

  • We will preach the Gospel.
  • We will cast out demons.
  • We will be baptized in the Holy Spirit and speak in tongues.
  • We will not be harmed if we are attacked by a snake. (See Acts 28: 3-5 where Paul escaped harm after being bitten by a snake.)
  • We will not be hurt if we accidentally drink something poisonous.
  • We will lay hands on the sick, and they will be healed.

As we obey these commands of Christ, we will be enforcing His Kingdom in our sphere of influence; in other words, we will rule with Christ in our domain.

Next week, we will conclude our study on the Keys of the Kingdom by exploring some reasons that we Christ-Followers are not seeing more of Heaven’s blessings manifested in our lives but are still experiencing many of Satan’s curses, such as sickness, lack, and strife.

Now, it’s YOUR turn: Are you using the keys of the Kingdom that Jesus has given you? Are you enforcing the laws of the Kingdom in your assigned domain? If not, what is keeping you from doing so?

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How Free Do You Want to Be? – Week 2

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Welcome to Week 2 in our discussion on freedom.  Did you know that the Bible is the story of the violent conflict between two kingdoms? These two kingdoms–or governmental jurisdictions–are the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Satan.  

Did you also know that your whole life is a wrestling match between these two kingdoms–or, to put it in other terms, between these two governments? In fact, every decision you make will promote the rule of either the Kingdom of God or the Kingdom of Satan in your life. There is no neutral ground.

For example, if you make a decision in obedience to God, His Kingdom and its blessings will reign supreme in your life, but if you make a decision in rebellion to God–in other words, by giving in to your carnal nature–then Satan’s Kingdom and its curses will reign supreme in your life.

Each kingdom has its own set of laws by which it operates. Before we are born again, we operate by default in the laws of the Kingdom of Darkness because the sin nature is the default setting of humanity. We are born into this world spiritually separated from God and, consequently, in spiritual darkness. When we are born again, however, God gives us a new spirit that allows us entrance into the Kingdom of God. Holy Spirit then begins to teach us the Laws of the Kingdom and how to operate in them. 

But even after we are born again, we must choose to operate by the laws of the Kingdom of God. It is critically important, therefore, that we know what those laws are and how to enforce them.

Pearly gates of heaven opening to a high altitude sunrise between two layers of clouds in a landscape orientationThe Kingdom of God is the place where God originally intended for us to live. But sin moved us out of that place and into the Kingdom of Satan.

The Kingdom of God operates by laws that produce the Blessing. The Kingdom of Satan operates by laws that produce the Curse. 

In Matthew 16: 19, Jesus made an astounding statement: “And I will give you the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven. Whatever you forbid on earth will be forbidden in heaven, and whatever you permit on earth will be permitted in heaven.”  What exactly did He mean?

The Amplified Bible translation sheds a good deal of light on the meaning of this verse: I will give you the keys (authority) of the kingdom of heaven; and whatever you bind [forbid, declare to be improper and unlawful] on earth will have [already] been bound in heaven, and whatever you loose [permit, declare lawful] on earth will have [already] been loosed in heaven.”  Several important truths are revealed in this verse:

1–Keys represent authority. The keys of the Kingdom of Heaven represent the authority of the Kingdom of Heaven.

2–God has given those keys only to us who are born again. To qualify for the keys, we have to be citizens of the Kingdom.

3–The Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven are to be used for a particular purpose. That purpose is to block the curse of Satan from spreading in the Earth and to enforce the blessing of the Kingdom of Heaven in the Earth.  With the keys, we bind the curse and loose the blessing.

4–The Keys to the Kingdom of Heaven lock and unlock, bind and loose. The authority (the keys) God has given to us will unlock the blessings of Heaven for us. The authority (keys) will also lock up the curses and keep them from operating in our lives. In the Kingdom of Heaven, certain things are forbidden (sin, sickness, pain, death, poverty, sorrow, etc.), and in the Kingdom of Heaven certain things are permitted (holiness, health, well-being, life, wealth, joy, etc.). As Christ-Followers, we have the authority to forbid on Planet Earth everything that is already forbidden in Heaven (e.g., sickness, disease, poverty) and to loose on Planet Earth everything that is already loosed in Heaven (health, peace, prosperity). Not only do we have the authority to do this; we have a mandate from Christ Himself to do this. It is called “the Great Commission” and is found in Mark 16: 15-18.

5–Christ-Followers are Ambassadors of Heaven temporarily assigned to Earth. We are first and foremost spirit beings who have a soul and who live in an earthly body. I like to call it our “earth suit”. 🙂 We are citizens of Heaven who temporarily live on Earth. Our job while on Earth is to enforce the Laws of the Kingdom (the Laws of Heaven) on the Earth in our given sphere of influence. We are spiritual military people on assignment at different locations (bases, posts) in the Earth.

6–That portion of Earth to which we are assigned–our circle of influence–is our spiritual domain and subject to the Laws of the Kingdom of God.  Just as every US Embassy belongs to the United States and operates under its laws, so does the “embassy” where God places us belong to the Kingdom of God and operates under its laws. But we as earthly ambassadors who represent the Kingdom of Heaven must exercise and enforce that dominion–those laws–in our assigned post.

7-The keys of the Kingdom of Heaven work only by faith. And faith works only by love. In other words, we must have faith, motived by love, in order to unlock the blessings of the Kingdom of Heaven and bring them to Earth and in order to block the curses of Satan from operating on Earth.  

Next week, we will explore how to enforce the laws of the Kingdom in the earth. We will then touch on reasons that we Christ-Followers are not seeing more of Heaven’s blessings manifested in our lives but are still experiencing many of Satan’s curses in our lives, such as sickness, lack, and strife. Until then, meditate on today’s teaching and let it sink deep into your spirit. As you do, Holy Spirit will reveal to you who you truly are in Jesus Christ and the power and authority you possess because He lives in you and you live in Him.

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Do You Have “Ears to Hear”?

Tuning in to what really matters . . .

Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
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Are you aware that you have two sets of ears? One set is called your physical ears. The other set is called your spiritual ears. With your physical ears, you hear the sounds of the natural world. With your spiritual ears, you hear the sounds of the spiritual world. Since the spiritual world controls the natural world, it is important that we learn to hear with our spiritual ears.

Deaf womanWhen Jesus taught, He often ended His teaching with the words, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” What did He mean by these words, and why did He utter them?

The ears to which Jesus was referring are the ears of the heart or the spirit. Jesus taught spiritual truths that could only be grasped and understood with the ears of the spirit. He wanted the people to hear be yond the physical meaning of the words and to hear the spiritual meaning of the words. Why? Because the meaning of His message lay in the spirit realm.

The spirit realm is the Kingdom of God. It is there that we discover the real meaning of life. Jesus wants us to focus our hearing on the sounds–the words, the lessons, the instruction–that we hear coming from the Kingdom of God. Only as we hear and obey the sounds of the Kingdom of God will be set free.

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Choosing “the Good Portion”

“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines
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Jesus spoke of “the good portion”.  He praised Mary, Martha’s sister, for choosing the good portion. He also promised that the good portion would not be taken away from Mary.

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What is “the good portion”? The good portion is Jesus Himself. Mary chose to spend time with her Lord and Savior instead of worrying about lesser things.

Martha was upset with Mary for not helping her in the kitchen. What Martha did not realize is that seeking Jesus first would equip her to take care of the kitchen in an expeditious manner. Feeding her spirit first would give Martha the wisdom necessary to deal with the duties of daily life.

Choosing the good portion is choosing the heart over the head. The heart represents the wisdom of God’s Spirit within us. The head represents human reasoning. 

When we choose the heart over the head, the head will come into proper alignment with the heart. And everything else will fall into its proper place.

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).

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