What kind of life does a king live? Think for a moment of the great monarchies throughout history and the prodigious opulence in which they lived. Imagine a life filled with abundance, glory, splendor, riches, and more than enough provisions for you and your family. Picture opening your royal court each day to men and women of great wisdom who advise and guide your every decision. Envision having your security safeguarded by a mighty army, willing to wage aggressive warfare against any enemy who threatened your borders.
Most of us in the western world don’t really understand this kind of royalty because it’s not part of our culture. But God has much to say about the order of dominion and rule in the universe. The Bible frequently uses terminology associated with the “kingdom” form of government, giving numerous examples of kings and queens throughout early history. During most of the Old Testament period, God’s people were living under some form of kingdom government. So it seems as though God has repeatedly called to our attention kingdom rule and dominion. In fact, He tells us that we are to live in a heavenly kingdom for eternity, complete with thrones, royal courts, a royal city, and the continual praising of the King.
So the history of God’s people is filled with kingdoms; and our eternity is to live in the eternal Kingdom. But where does that leave us now? Well, this is the interesting part: God tells us that we are currently living in a kingdom, but with a glorious twist: you and I are now kings and lords! . . . Continue reading
What if the God that you think you know isn’t the God of the Bible?
Most people spend a considerable portion of their Christian walk wondering about the true nature of God. I’ve been a Christian for 40 years and allowed myself to be dragged through a roller coaster ride of doctrines and ministries. Each one has attempted to reveal to me the persona and nature of God. But these “revelations” were all over the map—some telling me that God tests us, others telling me that He doesn’t; some telling me that God heals people today, others telling me He doesn’t; some telling me that signs and wonders and miracles ceased after the New Testament was written, others telling me about the powerful operation of God’s power in our world today. These different doctrines preached to me over the years kept me mostly in limbo about the truth. But in spite of living a life of worldly worship, pride, willful sin, and belief in my own power, I managed to spend enough time reading and studying the Bible to see, at least partly, who He is. In fact, Jesus told us who God is when He answered one of His disciples who wanted Jesus to show God the Father to them: . . . Continue reading
When the darkest night is closing in and the slightest glimmer escapes;
When despair and heartache are familiar companions;
And your heart of stone is unwelcome—for no heart at all would be better than the pain you’re feeling;
When you’re touching “can’t care anymore” because numbness has overtaken your dying emotions;
And hope caught the last train out of your emptiness;
When you’ve tried so many times but end up worse;
And you simply want to go back; A time, a place that was simpler; better;
When you’re all alone, a life desolate; There is Someone!
When you’ve given up on living on the other side; The impassable canyon between your reality and where you thought you’d be;
You have been overtaken by circumstances, trials, tribulations, entanglements, and hopelessness; You’re captured; Taken;
When the fruit of your life lies as lifeless pits on the barren ground;
And your faith is dazed; It’s not really faith anymore;
Does God even want to help? How can God fix what you’ve wrought?
Did you misunderstand God? Did He misunderstand you? Is He nowhere?
When you’re all alone, a life relinquished; There is Someone! . . . Continue reading
When was the last time you raised someone from the dead? How about the last time you laid hands on someone with terminal cancer and had their cancer completely wiped away? When was the last time you cast demons out of someone? How about prophesying and speaking in tongues? Have you recently calmed a storm?
Now I’m not trying to be judgmental or flippant here. But as you will see, these are all things that should mark the life of a “normal,” every day, run of the mill Christian. It is sad that the vast majority of Christians would have a difficult time answering any of these questions in the affirmative. In fact most churches would never even think of teaching their congregations about doing any of these things.
So what makes me think that a Christian should perform any of these miraculous acts? . . . Continue reading
Jesus Christ longs to touch your life. He pleads for you to turn your eyes and heart towards Him. He yearns for your outstretched hand that He may touch you. He hungers to give you victory in life where you are experiencing defeat. His purpose for you is to love you so much that you end up spending an eternity in His Kingdom, living in royalty, joy, peace, and wholeness. Not just in heaven, but also here on earth. He wants to take your failures and turn them into resounding successes. He wants to take your weaknesses and make them strengths. He wants to take your depression and make it hope. He wants to turn your sadness into joy. And He doesn’t want to wait until you fulfill some set of ministry classes, give a bunch of money to church, or even have you attending church every Sunday for 5 years. He wants to do this now.
So what’s He waiting for? . . . Continue reading
Just one touch from Jesus Christ changes everything! No matter where in life you are now, and no matter where you have been, God will not turn His back on you. God will not reject you and turn you away. Jesus went to the cross to pay the price necessary for your freedom. No problem is too big or too small. Jesus has already overcome all of them. Jesus says at the end of the book of John:
33 These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.” John 16:33 (NKJV)
Pay particular attention to the very last part of this verse. Jesus says that He has “overcome the world.” He overcame the world so that you too can overcome the world. You see, His death on the cross was not just a symbolic event. His death and resurrection changed the entire structure and functioning of the relationship between God and man. That means everything in the world that tries to defeat you in this life, has already been crushed by the Power of Jesus Christ. Every sickness, disease, lack, poverty, stress, strife, depression, trouble, and turmoil that the world throws at you was defeated when Jesus died on the cross and rose again three days later. Nothing in this world is more powerful than Jesus Christ. Therefore, when you become part of the Kingdom of God, you are given the exact same rights and authority as Jesus. So you too have already overcome the world.
If it doesn’t feel like you have–if you are not seeing the peace, joy, wholeness, and abundance of God in your life right now, hold on tight. You will learn more in this blog about how to make the reality of Jesus Christ a reality in your life.
Perhaps, you just need His touch. Just a single touch from the King changes everything in your life. Just one touch and you will be whole again (Mark 5:28)
The woman with a lifelong illness in Mark 5, thought to herself that she only needed “Just one touch…Just one touch and I will be whole again.”
And she was! And so will you!
See “Just One Touch from the King” by Godfrey Birtill for the really amazing worship song that gave me some of the inspiration to start this blog.
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