John 3:3 - "Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God."
What does it mean to "see" the kingdom of God?
Jesus brought His world with Him, and it's within our reach. He wants us to see reality from God's perspective, to learn to live "from" His world "towards" the visible world. But we have to change the way we think if we want to apprehend the Kingdom power that is available.
Jesus was saying that when our minds are renewed, we will see the Kingdom displayed and proven as He did in His earthly ministry. The idea of Kingdom power and spiritual conflict unsettles some people, but without power, the gospel is not good news. Jesus never made the gospel simply a doctrinal exercise.
I HAVE AN UNRELENTING HUNGER TO WATCH THE KINGDOM BREAK INTO THIS REALM.
I BECOME A CONNECTING POINT AND GATEWAY FOR GOD'S POWER.
I AM A C0-LABORER WITH JESUS IN THE GREAT COMMISSION.
Acts 10:38 - "How God anointed Jesus....who went about doing good, and healing all that were oppressed of the devil.."
The word "oppressed" is derived from a root word which means "press, to squeeze." The enemy is applying great pressure to cause us to go backwards. He does not desire that we "press in" for our deliverance and BREAKTHROUGH. There is also a strong attack from the enemy that would attempt to cause us to quit the race, throw in the towel, and not fulfill the things in our life that God has called us to do.
Many have settled for less than God has intended and made available to us along by His precious Spirit and are content with partial victories because of a MINDSET OF LIMITATION. People should beg to know Jesus when we walk into a room!
We are not seeing the greater manifestations of God's might and power, the greater brightness of His glory flowing in and through us, empowering us to see truly incredible transformations.
If there is luke-warmness, you have to take responsibility for it. It's not always the church's fault. You've got to STIR YOURSELF UP to take hold of God, go to the well yourself, and go to the river of God yourself. You need to say, "I don't just want to go to where the blessing is, I want to be the blessing. I don't just want to go to the revival, I want to carry the revival. I want to be what starts the revival!" Psalms 42:1-2, "As the deer pants for the water brooks, so pants my soul for You, O God. My soul thirsts for God, for the living God. When shall I come and appear before God?"
Psalm 78:23-25 -- "Yet He commanded the clouds above, and opened the doors of heaven; And He rained down manna upon them to eat, and gave them food from heaven. Man did eat the bread of angels; He sent them food in abundance."
As we read in John 6:31-35, Jesus is the manna from heaven. We must have a fresh encounter with Him, every day, and we must partake of Him every day. We should be more addicted to the son of God than a junky is for his next fix. If a junkie does not get his fix he will soon begin to shake. Most of the shaking we go through in life is the result of our not having partaken of Christ, every day. We, too lose our spiritual strength, our vision, and soon go into spiritual convulsions when we do not partake of Him.
Many Believers today do not know where they fit in the Kingdom of God. Before we can begin to please God with our works we must first find out what His purpose is for us. There is the danger and temptation to you, of clogging your minds into your business so you can hardly do anything to the service of God.
Are you ready?
It is time to become a walking God-encounter for others. Stir up your faith, and release it to others as situations are presented. Determine in your heart that you want to reach the highest place in God ie. learn how to live each day in pure, loving oneness with Him.
The spirit of the resurrected Christ is in you -- find it. That discovery somehow releases extraordinary faith. It's the discovery of the person in you -- that partnership positions you to re-define the nature of the world around you. Colossians 1:27 - "...Christ in you is the hope of glory."
We are a "royal priesthood", meaning that we are all priests ministering to Jesus, our great High Priest. The primary function of priests is intercession and equipping the people of God.
"But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God's own people. that you may declare the wonderful deeds of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. - 1 Peter 2:9
Contrary to popular belief, the saying "God helps those who help themselves" is not in the Bible! God does not help those who help themselves. He helps those who are helpless and dependent on Him. He helps those who look to Him as their only source of help for their problem.
"But He said to me, 'My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.'" - 2 Corinthians 12:9
The condition of your heart is determined by your mouth. Speak the word of God only. Leviathan is a spirit that corrodes and twists and perverts words and revelation; it also twists the flow of communication and it is referred to as the "twisted serpent" in Isaiah 27:1.
The Body of Christ is called to die to our agenda and our ways so as to embrace His Kingdom. It is time to position ourselves for the shift, as God desires for His people to have His name and His Word etched on the deeds to their hearts. Let the faithful get in position to usher in the next great move of God. We are all "living stones" precious in God's sight (see 1 Peter 2:5-6). As we stir up the gifts and CHRIST CALLING within us and let the Lord's boldness come out, we begin glowing like uncut gems in sunlight. God is jealous for relationship with each one of us. Today, God is standing up and warring on our behalf. He is setting the captives free and releasing us into his PURPOSE for out life He ordained for us from the beginning. What would change in your life if you were personally encountered by God?
By teaching (one on one), the Kingdom of God is not only established in grace, but also advances in the power of the Holy Spirit's revelation, wisdom, and truth. Paul taught the twelve new disciples for two years in the lecture hall of Tyrannus, and we are told that both the Jews and the Greeks throughout the province of Asia heard the word of the Lord (Acts 19:10).
For twenty-four long months, the Apostle Paul laboured tirelessly to bring the word of the Lord to the believers he was DISCIPLING in preparation to minister and impact the surrounding community. He trained the young disciples by the Word of God and laid a strong foundation upon which the glory could manifest in signs, wonders, and miracles. During this 24-month period of equipping, Paul prepared a team that could co-labor with him in the season of in-gathering for the harvest that was just around the corner.
DISCIPLING OTHERS is an important part of advancing God's kingdom on earth.