Greetings my dear friend spring is on its way and new life is beginning to spring forth from the dark days of winter. May the same thing be experienced in you and your family in these trying times,
I have copied below a recent word I spoke at a conference which I trust will bless and encourage you as you continue to serve the Lord.
Blessings to you
David ‘The Kingdom of God in you’ Jesus himself said; ‘Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! For behold, ‘the kingdom of God is within you’ Luke 17:21 God’s kingdom is not about meat and drink or satisfying our needs; it’s about the Kingdom of God in every believer, the kingdom of love, joy and peace reigning in us by the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s not about us being in good health; it’s about Christ in us ‘the health of our countenance’ (Psalm 42:11) ‘for by whose stripes we are already healed’ (1st Peter 2:24) It’s not about us being wealthy; it’s about Christ in us who will ‘prosper all the work of our hands as we obey his commandments’ (1st kings 2:3) and who has promised to, ‘provide all our needs according to his riches in glory’ (Philippians 4:19) It’s not about our old life; it’s about, ‘the life we now live by the faith of the Son of God who loved us and gave himself for us; Galatians 2:20 It’s not about our sin; it’s about God’s forgiveness and the power of Christ’s atoning blood. It is knowing that ‘if we confess our sins He is faithful and just to forgive all our sin and the cleanse us from all sin’ It’s not about our little empires; it’s about the Kingdom of God overcoming and overtaking our every thought for ‘as a man thinks in his heart so is he’ (Proverbs 23:7) It’s not about our flesh; it’s about Christ conquering our flesh, destroying our doubts and wrecking our selfish plans. It’s about Christ ruling the unruly, defeating the stubborn and finally being permitted to conquer our old dead man. IT’S CHRIST IN US THE HOPE OF GLORY! It’s not just about us being in Christ; it’s about, ‘Christ in each one of us the hope of glory’ (Colossians 1:27) It’s about his kingdom power, his kingdom authority and his kingdom reigning in all of our lives. It’s about Christ having the first and the last word, it’s about him being Lord and King of His kingdom that is in every believer… It’s about the creator returning to his fallen creation and birthing us again to ‘walk and talk in the cool of every day with him’ (Genesis 3:8) It’s about the saviour of our self-driven world using us, to rescue the perishing, to heal the sick and to care for the dying in his world It’s about kingdom love that overcomes every fear, love which brings ‘joy unspeakable and full of glory and a peace that passes all understanding’ (1st Peter 1:8) It’s about allowing the King of Kings alone to reign in our lives, to follow His leading, and his directions, it’s being obedient because ‘obedience is better than sacrifice. (1st Samuel 15:22) It’s about trusting Christ with our lives, our health and our finances, knowing that ‘all of God’s promises are in him yes and amen unto the glory of God by us’ (2nd Corinthians 1:20) It’s about allowing God alone to speak into our lives for ‘Christ alone has the words of life’ (John 6:68) It’s about taking God at his word for even though heaven and earth may pass away ‘his word will never pass away’ (Luke 21:33) It’s about being his hands to heal the sick; his feet to bring the good news and his mouth to preach the kingdom of God for God is Spirit and not flesh. It’s about being available and answering when he calls, it’s about doing the will of the Father and laying down our will as well as our lives if he calls us to do so. It’s about carrying a cross instead of our pride, about dying to self rather than spending time pampering to selfish desires. IT’S CHRIST IN YOU! IT’S HIS KINGDOM IN YOU… Not to give you goose-bumps but to give you the God kind of life, a life filled with enough power to cast out demons, to thread on scorpions, to ‘heal the sick, to cleanse the leper, raise the dead and cast out devils' (Matthew 10:8) His Kingdom is not his church YOU ARE, ‘you are the elect of God’ (Colossians 3:12) you’re his anointed one, you’re his child if you will do his will. His kingdom is not in a system, a seminary, a denomination; it’s in YOU! Stop limiting the Holy One of Israel otherwise, you will perish in a wilderness of unbelief. We are Gods plan A, he does not have a plan B, we are his plan! So if the job is to be done we are the ones who will have to do it! We don’t need more power, we have his power and it is enough. We don’t need to wait for any further instructions we have, ‘the great commission’ (Mark 16:15-18) ‘Go into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved, but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover’ We don’t need to be better schooled in the scriptures, ‘the disciples were unlearned and ignorant men (Acts 4:13) and they turned the world upside down’ (Acts 17:6) Remember too, Balaam’s donkey never went to college. Remaining childlike and being a doer of God’s word is the key. Mark 10:15) We don’t need more bible education we need His ‘faith that moves mountains’ (Matthew 17:20) without trying to figure out the theology of it. We don’t need to hear another man’s opinion we need to hear the ‘Go of God’ and get going. We don’t need to wait for thunder and lightning to strike our pulpits; we need to allow the fire of the Holy Spirit to set us on fire so that we can be about our Fathers business. We need to ‘send Gods word and heal the sick; we need to cast out devils and preach the Kingdom of God (Matthew 10:7-8) not our religion or denomination. God is not on the move because he is waiting for us to move… so that He can confirm what we say and do in His name. IT’S TIME TO TAKE THE SHACKLES OF GOD AND TO RELEASE HIS WORD THROUGH OUR MOUTHS AND HIS GIFTS THROUGH OUR HANDS SO THAT HE CAN DO MIGHTY SIGNS AND WONDERS FOR HIS GLORY. IT’S TAKE THE LIMITS OFF GOD, TO RELEASE HIM TO BE GOD IN YOUR LIFE SO THAT HE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD THROUGH YOU.