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The Kingdom of God pt.2

what is the kingdom 

  Boundaries of the Kingdom

       In every area of our life that we do not acknowledge God’s rule and reign, another king rules there. This other king is a selfish, childish, petty king. This king is influenced by lust and fleshly desires. This is not a loving, caring king. This king is vindictive, judgmental and prideful. This king wants to exalt his throne and be like God. This king is willful and disobedient. This king… is you.

       Yeah, I know, you may have thought that I was going to say the devil, but no, it’s you. If you have areas of your life that Jesus is not Lord over, then you have decided to preside as king over those areas. You have violated the most important Kingdom principle; Obedience.

The kingdom of me.

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       Willful disobedience violates the light of truth, and goes directly against the will of the King. When that happens you now attempt to serve two Kings. King Jesus, and king ……………<(your name here). The Kingdom of God and “the kingdom of me”. Just saying “the kingdom of me” sounds pathetic doesn’t it? Go ahead, say it out loud. How does that register in your spirit? Pathetic, right?

       Before you serve a king, you need to consider the authority, power and resources of the king you will serve. Is he a good king? Does the king have the power to save? Does he have the power to heal? Can he confer blessing, and power? What are your rights and privileges under this king? Are there any kings more powerful than him? How long will his reign be?

       If you ask yourself these questions before disobeying God, you will be less likely to set up the “kingdom of me”. For in the kingdom of me you must get your own deliverance, your own healing, and your own provision through your own power and resources. Obedience to the King prevents the kingdom of me from being established.

       Just like all other kingdoms, the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of me have boundaries. The boundaries of both kingdoms are established by the same thing; our free will. When we submit our will in obedience to the King’s word, the Kingdom of God expands and the King is exalted. When we disobey the King’s word, we set up our own kingdom with its own boundaries. The boundaries of that kingdom are set up to keep God and the light of His word out.

       Make no mistake, there are only two kingdoms in the spirit realm that we see in scripture. The kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness. The kingdom of me is the kingdom of darkness.

       The Lord has made us a steward over the Kingdom of God in our heart. As a wise steward, we are expected to expand those boundaries within us. God expects increase. The only way those boundaries are expanded is by proper stewardship of our free will. This equals obedience. Walking in the light of the truth we have been exposed to. The more we obey the King the more light we will be exposed to, and the more His Kingdom grows within us. The more expansive His Kingdom becomes, the more authority we are able to walk in and the more power is released in and through our life.

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The Garden of God

       When we are born again, God recreates our spirit as a model of the Garden of Eden. Paradise within you, perfect and complete. In our inner man stands the Kingdom of God. What an awesome thought!

       We know from scripture that the Garden of Eden did not cover the whole earth, but was located in a small area in Africa at the head of four rivers. Adam was placed in the Garden and was instructed to fill the whole earth and have dominion, bring it into subjection, and subdue it. When we are born again, the Kingdom of God within us is small, but just like the first Adam, we are commanded to be fruitful, multiply and fill it up! We are to fill ourselves up with God and take dominion over our entire being, subduing the carnal man and bringing him into subjection. We should always be taking new territory in our hearts. This results in the restoration of the image of God in man, which is our created purpose.

Genesis 1:28 (KJV) 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.”

       There were many trees in the midst of the garden that were beautiful and good for food. The two trees specifically mentioned in the midst of the garden where the Tree of Life, and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. God’s instruction to Adam was to eat of every tree in the garden except the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, because in the day he did, he would surely die. ( Genesis 2:17)

       Just like the original Garden of Eden there are two trees in the midst of the garden in our heart. We have the Holy Spirit representing the tree of life, and we have our free will, our own personal authority, which represents the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

       We are the body of the “last Adam” (1 Corinthians 15:45). We can walk with God just like the first Adam did by the Holy Spirit living within us. The model is very much the same, with one little difference; we are the last Adam’s body. Instead of Adam walking around in the Garden, Adam walks around with the Garden inside His body. This is one reason Jesus is called the last Adam.

       We have a stewardship just like the first Adam, and in like manner, we have only one thing that we must not do. We must not eat of the tree of our free will. For in the day we do, we will surely die. Our free will represents our right to say no to God, and it represents our ability to know evil. If we continually walk in obedience to God, we will only know good. Saying no to God always brings death in some measure, but say yes to God brings abundant life. Disobedience not only brings death, it makes it painful the whole time we are dying.

~ Bobblehead Christiany ~

So … What is a bobble head Christian? Oh you know a few! The ones with the
head so filled with knowledge about the things of God, the power of God, the
fullness of the Spirit. They know what the word says about virtually any
subject you bring up … yet they have no fruit of it in their life. The have
not walked ANY of it out. Their head is swelled with knowledge yet their
 spiritual feet are small and underdeveloped from not walking in what they know. Big ole head .. Itty bitty feet. BOBBLE HEAD! (Work with me here, I am trying to paint a picture)

Learning is important, knowledge is important, but what is MORE important is that we believe what we have learned enough to step out and walk in it. Not
 just cram our noggins so full of knowledge that our head grows so big we become unbalanced.

When our heads are puffed up with knowledge and we try to take a step on
those tiny atrophied feet … we fall. Then we realize that we are immobilized
by our lopsided development. Some of us are just going to have to step out at
the risk of falling on our face just to get our WALK developed.

We live in the information age. Google any subject you want and you will
find countless “experts” on any given topic. Folks in general don’t know the difference between true revelation and mere head knowledge. when YOU experience God unveiling a truth to YOU personally, THAT is TRUE revelation. Getting true revelation for yourself will empower you to walk in it. We must not confine the demonstration of the Holy Spirit to mere intellect. That is RESISTING the Holy Spirit. We must submit ourselves to Jesus command.

Matthew 10:8 ~ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead,  cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.

God wants to show up BIG right where we are! We need to be willing to let the Spirit lead us, even into situations that we don’t understand and trust Him to back our play. Have the courage to step out and actually DO what you believe to be true.

~ The Principle of Daily Manna ~

          ~One night I was laying in bed thinking, “why have I felt so dry the last couple days?” I believe the Lord spoke to me and said “you didn’t gather the manna like you were told.”

         ~I had to stop and think about that for a minute. I didn’t remember God mentioning manna to me, not recently, NOT EVER. Then I remembered the children of Israel. While in the Wilderness of Sin, God rained down manna from heaven to sustain them every day, for FOURTY years. They were required to go out daily and gather this manna that fell in the form of little pieces the size of coriander seeds.

You could only gather as much as you could eat in one day. Any more and it would rot and produce worms. It was useless.

Exodus 16:4 ~ Then the LORD said to Moses, “Behold, I will rain bread from heaven for you. And the people shall go out and gather a certain quota every day, that I may test them, whether they will walk in My law or not.

God provided food to sustain them in the natural and to test them. I believe this is a type of what He has done with us spiritually. Many places in the Word we are commanded to DAILY be in His Word. Joshua is my favorite.

Joshua 1:8 ~ This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.

I know what the Lord was saying to me. I had not kept His Word in front of my face and in my mouth for the last couple days.

A few days ago I was up early, and while walking around in the dark I stubbed my toe and tore my little toenail completely off. If that has ever happened to you, then you know the degree of pain that kind of injury can produce. Being in pain and limping around, I really didn’t feel like doing anything. Including reading and confessing the Word of God which is my normal routine. I read a little here and there but I did not speak His word which is where the real power is.

           ~ So after two days of the “mullygrubs” I realized that the reason I was feeling dry and empty was not my toe being sore, but my spirit being empty.

         ~When something happens that would tend to throw you out of your daily devotion with God … that is the time that you should really press in. Manna needs to be gathered and digested daily. You can’t get by on yesterdays or last weeks manna, you will starve your spirit and become weak and dry. Furthermore, you can’t consume a weeks supply and expect it to carry you for  days without further exposure to His word.~

The bible is GOD TALKING TO US. His words are Spirit and they are Life. They are needed daily for our spiritual health and development. The Lord feeding the children of Israel with manna is a type of what we should be walking in today. We must put forth DAILY effort to ensure our spiritual health and growth. I love how Job says it:

Job 23:12 ~ I have not departed from the commandment of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food.

Look at the language, “… treasured the words of His mouth…”  Every day should be a new treasure hunt. The value that you place on God’s Word is evident by the time you are willing to spend on it. One of the greatest investments you can make in this life is the attention that you give to His Word. We all need daily exposure and intake of the Word of God. Have you found your treasure today?

So you fell flat on your face- Ahh!

There is no need to throw your hands up in the air when things don’t go as planned. Resist the temptation to embrace frustration or to have a meltdown. There is no need to hide from the world to disconnect, and there is no need for you to try to find someone to blame for the failure. Frustration is the everyday bread to those who give up and that is not you!

So you fell flat

on your face… Oh no!

What to do?

Just get back up! Go back to the drawing board and do things God’s way. He is more than able to help and lead you to success if you follow His lead! He will make your path strait. Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed.

There is one thing to keep in mind. We do need people in our world to speak truth and to counsel us as we prepare to make big decisions. We don’t know it all. If you ask God, He will lead you to these people so that you have all the insight you need. Even though you make your own decisions, remember as well that you can’t ignore God’s council and expect things to go right. A one-man band is only good for entertainment…

P.L.A.N.S.

P– Pray for direction.

L– Listen to counsel.

A– Always let God have the final word.

N– No need to rush. God’s timing is the right one.

S. Success should always be measured by God’s
standards and not men’s standards.

–>Wisdom from Proverbs

Proverbs 16:3 Proverbs 4:26

Proverbs 16:20 Proverbs 15:22

Proverbs 3:6 Proverbs 11:14

Proverbs 16:9 Proverbs 4:18

I drew the acronym for the word PLANS from these verses. It is not meant to be your ABCs of life, but more as key components that should be part of your decision-making process.

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~ What Is Character? ~

Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. Excellence in character does not come from a singular act, but a habit. You are what you repeatedly do. 

Habit is either the best of servants or the worst of masters.

Character is who you are when no one else is looking. Character is what YOU know you are. Character is the sum total of all of your choices to this point in your life.

The quality of your life is tied to the strength of your character.

 Character is developed by thoughts, words, actions and habits and is defined by your consistent behavior. 

 It is hard to talk your way out of what you have behaved yourself into.

Watch your thoughts because they become words.

Watch your words because they become actions.

Watch your actions because they become habits.

Watch your habits because they become your character.

Watch your character because it shapes your destiny.

Truthfulness is the main element of character. ~~~ Jesus Christ is THE TRUTH.  ~~~ The more truthful you are, the more like HIM you shall be.

Remember, there is no studying for a test of character, it is always a pop quiz.

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You must maintain your strength of character to make right choices in life,

For tests will come when you least expect it to tempt you to get into strife.

When difficulties arise and the choices get tough, decisions must be made on the spot.

You will surely see when it comes to character it is better to have it than not.

Strength of character is not just an item that can be purchased right off the shelf.

It comes from years of doing what is right and constantly dying to self.

Our example for character is the Lord Jesus Christ, our life should always model His

For you cannot study for a test of character, it will show up as a pop quiz.

~ Don’t Vex Your Soul~

“Don’t break bread with a jackass!”

If you were raised in the country like myself, you may be familiar with this old saying. When I first heard it, I really didn’t know what it meant. I thought, “Why would anyone want to eat with a Jackass?” But then I realized, people do it all the time. The old saying simply means, don’t associate with fools, and don’t hang out with bad company.

I am not sure where this saying originated, but it is biblical. What we see and hear does have spiritual implications, and if we are hearing and seeing it constantly, being affected is inevitable whether it is good or bad.

1 Corinthians 15:33 ~ Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.

Living in the communication age, we are constantly bombarded with various forms of media designed to shock, stimulate and influence you to think and feel certain ways. It is extremely effective, and mans carnal nature hungers for this kind of stimulation. The more it is stimulated, the more it wants. The lust of the eyes and the lust of the flesh are never satisfied. (Proverbs 27:20)

Proverbs 13:20 ~ He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a
companion of fools shall be destroyed.

Certainly the company we keep matters. When I was first saved in 1988, I knew the Lord was leading me to separate from my old friends. However I did not obey those leadings and soon fell right back into my old destructive lifestyle. I had to learn the hard way. Later on, after I did separate myself from the “fools.” I took comfort in seeing examples of it in the Word. Samson was a great example of what NOT to do. 

Judges 16:15-1715 Then she said to him, “How can you say, ‘I love you,’ when your heart is not with me? You have mocked me these three times, and have not told me where your great strength lies.16 And it came to pass, when she pestered him daily with her words and pressed him, so that his soul was vexed to death, 17 that he told her all his heart, and said to her, “No razor has ever come upon my head, for I have been a Nazirite to God from my mother’s womb. If I am shaven, then my strength will leave me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.”

We are not supposed to be “like any other man,” we are called to be different. We should stand out. It should be easy for people to identify us at work or in the marketplace. We should be the ones that leave a conversation when it becomes inappropriate, take a stand for what is right, and refuse to take part in filthy conduct and things that are ungodly. If we don’t, we open ourselves up to torment and oppression. Not to mention bring a reproach on Christ.

Look at what happened to Lot:

2 Peter 2:6-8 ~ 6 and turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrah into ashes, condemned them to destruction, making them an example to those who afterward would live ungodly; 7 and delivered righteous Lot, who was oppressed by the filthy conduct of the wicked 8 (for that righteous man, dwelling among them, tormented his righteous soul from day to day by seeing and hearing their lawless deeds)—

Lot CHOSE to dwell among the ungodly and it cost him big time. If it were not for Abraham, it would have cost him his life. We have a choice too, we always have a choice, remember that. If we are seeing and hearing filthy conduct and lawless deeds all the time, our soul will be vexed and tormented. The more we allow, the less sensitive we will be to the Holy Spirit.

Don’t be afraid to be different and take a stand for Christ. Don’t break bread with Jackasses, you have a choice. Instead, choose to enjoy the bread of life.

John 6:35 ~ And Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life.” He who comes to Me shall never hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst.

JC

~Dying To Live, The Mystery of Christ~

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The Lord has been leading me on an amazing journey these last several years. For the most part it has been a journey of self-discovery, finding the truth of who I am in Christ, while also seeing the weaknesses and inadequacies in myself. As one revelation grows, so does the other.

Through this growth and discovery process I felt this constant need for MORE. More love, more faith, more power. As I asked questions of God and searched the scriptures for some kind of answer to my feelings of inadequacy, I found some shocking truths that have changed my entire perspective. Not to mention how I experience God on a daily basis.

To start with, my thought was that God should improve me. I prayed constantly for God to make me a better man, a better husband and father, a better minister, a better servant. I thought He should just download some love and power in my heart, some faith and holiness – and improve me.

Then it hit me: Self-improvement is NOT the answer, and God
will NOT improve your “self”. He has asked you to DIE to “self”.

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Colossians 3:3 ~ 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God.

I had spent years of effort trying to improve a dead man, when all along I should have been focusing on putting on the NEW MAN!

Ephesians 4:24 ~ and that you put on the new man which was created according to God, in true righteousness and holiness.

Colossians 3:9-11 ~ 9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.

Christ is the NEW MAN! Instead of focusing on the dead man, we should be focusing on the new man. It is Satan who wants to resurrect the old man who is full of sin and death. He knows he can’t conquer the new man in Christ, so he distracts us from developing in the new man by keeping our attention on the old dead one. Pretty slick.

Romans 13:13-14 ~ 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.

Galatians 3:26-28  ~ 26 For you are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus.   For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

We are made to be containers of God, carriers of Christ, allowing God to live through us, to express His love and power to a lost and dying world. This can only be accomplished by taking our place “IN HIM”. This is the mystery that eludes most Christians, that keeps them from walking in the fullness of God. To walk in the demonstration and power of God on this earth we must have a revelation of our identity IN Christ.

Colossians 1:27 ~ To them God has chosen to make known among the
Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.

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Although it is a mystery, God is not hiding it from those who seek to walk in the fullness of Christ.

Galatians 2:20 ~ I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.

How To Deal With Goats In The Church

This is mainly for all the pastors out there but it is important that we all know this principle and understand how to identify a goats behavior. As pastors, you know how to shepherd the sheep and protect them from wolves. You know what to do FOR the sheep and you know what do TO the wolves. But what do you do with goats?

They are there! They are either in your congregation now, they have been or will be. Goats are like tares, you can’t remove them because Jesus said you would just hurt the sheep. Matthew 13:29 So how do you deal with goats?

First lets define what a goat is; A goat is one who likes to hang out with the sheep, eat the sheep’s food, go where the sheep go and do what the sheep do. But goats don’t like to listen to the shepherd. Goats will only follow a shepherd when it serves their own purpose and their own agenda. By the way goats always have an agenda. 

A goat may be a big contributor financially but they give a lot of money because they want recognition, respect, and to gain some form of control in the congregation. They may even become pushy about it. They may serve in areas of the church faithfully because they eventually want some form of authority or a certain position with a title. Typically a goat will have an elevated opinion of their own spiritual maturity, to the point of believing that they are just as mature and spiritual as anyone in the church, including the pastor.

The clincher is that goats have a real problem with any kind of correction. If an elder or the pastor has cause to bring any kind of correction, they usually get offended and leave the church. While they are leaving they will gossip to everyone that will listen and lobby for support of their sad “goatly” cause. Goats will ALWAYS feel like you owe them something, at the very least an apology. Any people come to mind yet? If you have been in the ministry any length of time you recognize the pattern I just described.

So how do you deal with the goats? You can’t shepherd them because they do not want to be shepherded and yet they wish to remain in the fold. There is always a chance that they will convert and become sheep but until that happens  …. What do you do? Here is what Jesus does to goats on the day of judgment;

Matthew 25:32 ~And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:

But what do you do with goats?

 First and foremost, you LOVE them! Love never fails and love is the best way to preach Christ to a person who really isn’t interested in listening unless it serves them.

Second, Goats don’t really know who they are. They suffer from an identity crisis, so it is important to preach a clear gospel message about their identity in Christ.

Thirdly, YOU MILK THEM. The only way to deal with a goat, apart from loving them and teaching them truth is to milk them. Milk them for everything that they choose to give and every service that they choose to provide. Love them, but watch them! Watch who they associate with because eventually goats will flock together. Make sure they don’t cause division within the body and convert a sheep to a goats way of thinking, BUT MILK THEM. If you do put them in charge of something make sure that it is task oriented only and that they are NOT in charge of other people. The desire to control sheep is at the root of every goats agenda.

This may sound cold and unloving but it is not. Milking a goat is an important part of the goats learning process. Goats will typically get offended and leave after they have “given so much” and were not recognized or appreciated. They may do this a number of times before they realize that THEY are the problem and humble themselves and repent. Some goats will never repent and they will be separated at the day of judgment. The goats have a terrible fate awaiting them.

Matthew 13:24-42  Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? 28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. 31 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field: 32 Which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof. 33 Another parable spake he unto them; The kingdom of heaven is like unto leaven, which a woman took, and hid in three measures of meal, till the whole was leavened. 34 All these things spake Jesus unto the multitude in parables; and without a parable spake he not unto them: 35 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the prophet, saying, I will open my mouth in parables; I will utter things which have been kept secret from the foundation of the world. 36 Then Jesus sent the multitude away, and went into the house: and his disciples came unto him, saying, Declare unto us the parable of the tares of the field. 37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; 38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; 39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. 40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. 41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; 42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. 43 Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear.

As a pastor, you are responsible for the sheep, not the goats. However, protecting the flock from goats is an issue most pastors will face repeatedly. God will allow Satan to send goats into your midst for their perfecting and for yours. Remember to love them but never let a goat gain any kind of control. Allow them to give to the ministry in any way that benefits you and your flock, but watch them…and pray for them. Above all, be merciful, compassionate, and love them. Remember that Jesus saw fit to pay the same price for their redemption as yours.

JC

~ Are We Making Jesus An Invalid? ~

While praying in the spirit one morning this phrase came out: “I thank you Lord for the body of Christ that validates you to the world.”

That was a new thought to me, however it makes perfect sense. He is the head. We are the body. Without His body, He is incomplete. As I thought on this and asked the Lord what He was trying to show me, I thought of a person that was an “invalid,” with no use of his limbs, paralyzed. Then I thought of the word “invalid”. NOT VALID!

I realized that this is a picture of the present day body of Christ. Without power. Not valid in the worlds eyes.

The body does not have the understanding, nor the power, to carry the Head to a lost and dying world.

We MUST become the body of Christ that we were designed to be. We must walk in the fullness of the Spirit. We must stop thinking and acting independent of the Head.

If I want a drink of water, My head tells my hand to pick up the water bottle and put it to my mouth. If Jesus (the head) wants to heal someone and he tells you (the hand) to go and minister to that person and raise them up by His power  … and you don’t do it … You have just made Him an invalid, and to the world, you have just made Christianity “NOT VALID.”

Jesus is very clear on what He wants us to do:

Matthew 10:8 ~ Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.

Do you really have the guts to walk that out? Do you have the faith to take Him at his word and believe that He will back you up? I am not pointing fingers, I am asking myself. You ask yourself.

JC.

~The Strong Spirit~

When the bible talks about your heart it is not talking about your physical blood pumping organ. it is talking about your spirit or inner man. Your spirit needs nourishment, light and exercise much like your physical body does. To ignore or neglect the condition of your inner man is the same as planning to fail. Neglect is enough to bring ruin.

Most Christians don’t understand this. When hard choices arise, having a strong inner man makes the decisions easier and the direction clear. The strength of your inner man has a direct impact on your ability handle the difficult things that life throws at you, as well as having an impact on your physical body.

Proverbs 18:14 ~ The strong spirit of a man sustains him in bodily pain or trouble, but a weak and broken spirit who can raise up or bear? (Amp)

Your first ministry is your own spiritual progress. If your spirit is weak and underdeveloped, it will hinder your growth and progress as well as your ability to minister to the needs of others.

Feed on God’s word, worship Him and pray. Fellowship with other believers and endeavor to obey and live out the word of God that you know. This will bring you strength.

Stay away from things that you know make you weak. Avoid exposure to old habits and temptations that pull on your flesh.  Your heart is the vessel that the life of God flows through, keep it healthy.

Proverbs 4:23 ~ Keep your heart with all diligence, For out of it spring the issues of life.