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1. Planted on Earth to Bring Change
2. He Makes All Things New
3. News Headlines
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- Planted on Earth to Bring Change
By Ron McGatlin
Father God is changing this world by changing men and women on earth into Sons that are joint heirs with Christ Jesus. Sons are being spiritually transformed by the infusion of Christ Jesus by the Holy Spirit imparting into our hearts and lives the Spirit DNA of Christ Jesus.
A worldwide Body of Christ is being formed and arising to fill the world with the heavenly substance of the kingdom of God on earth. In recent decades the revelation of the kingdom of God manifesting on earth in God’s people has been restored to a scattering of people across the world.
The gospel of the kingdom that Jesus taught and demonstrated was hidden from view of believers for many centuries. Intellegent Christian scholars studied the Bible diligently but could not see the deeper reality of Jesus’ kingdom message.
The gospel of the kingdom is only revealed by a deeper work of the Holy Spirit in the people. It was just over a century ago when the baptism of the Holy Spirit began again to be experienced among God’s people. This brought back the supernatural Holy Spirit works of miracles, healing, and more along with the potential to receive the true gospel of the kingdom. Believers who are filled and saturated with the Holy Spirit are prepared within with the spiritual framework to receive and retain the revelation of the gospel of the kingdom. Over the past three decades, many Spirit-filled believers have had their eyes and ears opened to the truth of the gospel of the kingdom.
What is the gospel of the kingdom?
If you are not sure what I am talking about here. Just let me say at this point that the gospel of the kingdom does not replace the gospel of salvation. The gospel of salvation as we have known it is the beginning portion of the gospel of the kingdom. The gospel of salvation was mostly about being saved to go to heaven when we died. The gospel of the kingdom certainly includes going to heaven.
However, the gospel of the kingdom that Jesus preached has more to do with bringing heaven to earth in the hearts of His people and then out from them into the world to restore the world to the ways of God. All the works that Jesus did and more are accessible to be manifested now on earth just as He promised.
If some of this is new to you, please do not discard it just because it does not seem to fit with previous beliefs, but rather begin to pray and investigate again what Jesus had to say in the gospels about the kingdom of heaven or kingdom of God. There are also good books written to help you grasp the wonderful reality of the fuller gospel of the kingdom. Some are available online free of charge at www.openheaven.com .
Moving on to what God is doing in this day with His kingdom people.
One of the most common things that I hear from people across the world who are growing in the things of the kingdom is that there are not many if any kingdom people around them in their local area that they can have close fellowship with. There is good reason why God has chosen to scatter His kingdom forerunners that bring forth the freshly restored word of the gospel of the kingdom.
We are scattered as a farmer scatters seed in the land. He does not plant a bucket of seed in a pile here and there but scatters the seed evenly so that it will cover the fields and grow to maturity producing more seed to fill the area around them.
We are referred to as salt and light in the Bible. One does not put a bunch of salt in one spot on his steak but scatters the grains of salt across the steak and each grain fills the area around it with the flavor enhancement of the salt.
The lights in a city are not all in one place but scattered across the city to light the whole city as each light spreads light in its area. Jesus told us to let our light shine around us and not put it under a basket covering.
Jesus also spoke of the kingdom as yeast in a lump of dough that though unseen spreads through the whole loaf. This is not one person gathering people around him and shining light to them all their lives. The yeast in dough grows in the part next to it which in turn grows into the part next to it and so on. In like manner the kingdom spreads from one person to the next person and to the next and on and on. The kingdom does not spread by all the parts being touched by the same special person. So it is that the kingdom grows from one kingdom seed and spreads to that which is around it.
Christ Jesus by the Holy Spirit is the yeast that spreads through the whole kingdom from one person to the next. Christ Jesus remains forever the only Head of the whole body. The Head, Christ Jesus by the Holy Spirit personally connects with every person in His entire Body.
Our part is to live the kingdom life demonstrating to the world around us the life and works of Christ Jesus from within us. The first and primary characteristic of the kingdom life is pure holy love through which comes wisdom and power. This is not a work of man; it is simply allowing the life of Christ in us by the Holy Spirit to consume our lives and lead us to love and give such as we have to others around us.
As we personally seek first the kingdom as Jesus taught us to do, we will know His kingdom ways and word. We will, by the Spirit, speak the words of the kingdom to the people around us, guiding and loving them toward a deeper intimate relationship with Christ in the good news of the kingdom.
There is nothing of religion or natural man’s control about the kingdom. It is by the Spirit’s leading and our following or responding. The kingdom of God is a Spirit kingdom from heaven that guides and empowers natural things of the world into God’s perfect will and order. Before the fall, the Garden of Eden was God’s perfect kingdom order on earth.
How then do we find the deep fellowship that our hearts desire when we are so scattered?
We may not find anyone that is really walking in the kingdom anywhere around us. It is very rare to find a group of truly kingdom people to connect with in most local areas.
The obvious first answer is to nurture relationships with some around you and disciple them over time to Jesus and His gospel of the kingdom. The Spirit may lead you to some who are dissatisfied with religion and may be longing for something more real than what they have been experiencing. God will cause a sense of His real love in you for them and in them for you. There will be a drawing of the Spirit to connect and to serve one another.
Jesus had three disciples who were very close to Him, and then a total of twelve who walked with Him. After Pentecost, they carried the gospel of the kingdom to all the nations of the known world at that time. Each of them multiplied and discipled some who in turn each discipled some and multiplied more.
God originally spoke to Adam and Eve to be fruitful and multiply. This is the seed pattern for the growth of the kingdom to fill the world with the kingdom of God coming forth on earth as it is in Heaven.
This could never happen through the passing church religious systems of “clergy” and “laity.” In the “clergy” centric groups, the “clergymen” were separate from the “laity” and were authority over the groups. The local groups were separated from other groups under different “clergymen” in different denominated systems.
The kingdom is Spirit led and empowered. It flows from the headship of Christ Jesus by the Holy Spirit, free of the design and control of the natural minds of men. This allows the release of the priestly and kingly anointing to function person-to-person establishing the natural Spirit multiplication to spread the gospel of the kingdom across the land. There is not separation into two classes of Christians, clergy and laity, and no separation of denominational groups. In the kingdom of God reality, unity comes from the focus on heaven’s higher ways from the Spirit.
Basically the world is in tension on several levels. The most basic conflict is the devilish anti-Christ spirit powered principality in tension against the kingdom of heaven that is led and empowered by Christ Jesus the Savior, Lord and King of all. The anti-Christ principality is seen as the kingdom of darkness, and the Christ centered kingdom of God is seen as the kingdom of light.
Religions of the world are in tension with one another because elements of darkness are mixed with elements of light within most if not all religions. The kingdom of God coming down from heaven as the New Jerusalem is the one pure and holy presentation of the kingdom of heaven manifesting on earth. Therefore, all religions are now at some point and to some degree in tension with the kingdom of God reality.
The good news (gospel) of the birth, life, crucifixion, resurrection, and return of Christ Jesus at Pentecost is more than people being delivered by death from the world of tension and strife into a peaceful eternal heaven with God. The good news is also more than the fact that Christ Jesus has provided the total victory over the devil and all anti-Christ forces. The good news (gospel) of the kingdom is that Christ Jesus abides in a people to bring forth the peaceful eternal rule of heaven now on earth dissolving all tension and strife and establishing RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE, AND JOY IN THE HOLY SPIRIT.
Father, Your kingdom come, and Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Do not fear little flock; it is the Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
Love never fails and His kingdom never ends,
2. He Makes All Things New
By Amanda Leonard
It seems one of our greatest setbacks, is the repetitious cycle of our old ways. Jesus talked a lot about old things becoming new. It is our choice to let go of the old and walk in the newness of Life in Christ. We must receive new wineskins because the old ones can’t hold the new wine. Our old life is crucified, and now we have a new life in Christ. We can try all we want to change our old ways, but until we allow Holy Spirit to do what needs to be done in our lives, we will constantly revert back to the ways of the world, the teachings and wisdom of man. Man without Holy Spirit will just fumble through with limited knowledge and is unable to comprehend the things of the Spirit.
1 Corinthians 2:12-18 “What we have received is not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, so that we may understand what God has freely given us. 13 This is what we speak, not in words taught us by human wisdom, but in words taught by the Spirit, explaining spiritual realities with Spirit-taught words. 14 The person without the Spirit does not accept the things that come from the Spirit of God but considers them foolishness, and cannot understand them because they are discerned only through the Spirit. ”
Last week, while praying and talking with the Lord, I had a vision. I saw the church on a hamster wheel. While bowing low before the feet of the Father, I heard Him say, “The church needs to get off the hamster wheel!!” I could feel in my spirit, that He was pretty adamant about it. He was tired of seeing them run on this wheel, round and round in circles, not going anywhere. They were doing the same thing (old ways) and expecting to get different results. If I remember correctly, that is the definition of insanity. They were just expounding energy, just serving the Lord, because it was all they knew to do. They were trying their hardest to “run the race.” They were so worn out and tired. This is the old way. The old must go to make room for the new.
The Father was calling them to rest in Him. This is the new way, to be one with Him. The new way is to stop all the striving in our own strength. Instead, keep our eyes fixed on the finished work of the cross and receive all that He has already given through the cross, His blood and resurrection life that now lives in us through the person of Holy Spirit.
We no longer have to wrestle like Jacob did. We no longer have to wait for a burning bush, or a cloud by day or fire by night. We have been made one with Him, we are reconciled to God through Christ. We are now the sign and wonder, we are the burning bush, the cloud of His glory, the ark of His presence and glory, we are His temple where His presence resides. The old is gone and the new has come.
Revelation 21:1-27 “Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, ‘Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, 4 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death, there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away. 5 And He who sits on the throne said, ‘Behold I am making all things new.’ ”
God is an absolute genius. He sees the future us, completely new and filled with the fullness of Christ. Eternity is His view and He’s waiting for His sons to bring eternity into now. There’s no separation to Him, just as heaven and earth are not separate to Him.
It may seem separate to us because we’ve been taught all our lives that it is. We have been taught that heaven is just a place that we go when we die physically. Death has never been a friend of God. Jesus has conquered death and now it’s time for death to be conquered in our lives as well. Let’s believe more in His life, than death. Heaven is here now, where He is, in you, wherever you are. I believe the second coming of Christ, is Him coming into His body. No longer do we even have to go in and out (John 10:9), you can if you want because it is your home but now we have the opportunity to dwell, to be where He is, Him be where we are, we go together. Hand in hand, heart in Heart.
I’d like to share this personal experience with you, just for you to know what is possible IN Christ. I am nothing special outside of Him. I want you to know that I did not pray for hours on end, or fast, or try to make this experience happen. It caught me totally off guard and it was in a corporate setting. The reason I even say these things is because, I am no different than you. I am learning to walk more in this reality of Christ and I together, us working together to bring His Kingdom to earth. It’s an exciting journey, especially when you don’t feel the pressure of trying to make something happen, or perform a certain way, but trusting in Him and being taken by surprise many times on this wild ride.
This is an example of how there is no separation between heaven and earth, that where He is, we are too, if we are abiding in Him by Holy Spirit. Also, as a side note, I do not practice Necromancy (calling on the dead) and I’m not a physic. I know things like this can make people question and it’s risky for me to even make it public but I believe others are having same experiences as well, actually I know they are. Part of that feeling many people get when things make them uncomfortable, is because of our old teachings. Sometimes it’s discernment but if we are in Christ, we will know and there’s no reason to be afraid. So just ask Him about it. Anything is possible for those IN Christ!! Anyways, I’ll cut to the chase smile emoticon.
I believe this was about a year ago or longer now, we were at the Outer Banks at a corporate gathering. We are all just resting in His presence, waiting on the Lord, worshiping and enjoying Him. My body was on the couch but I could see and experience what was happening in the heavenly realms. A young boy approached me, who looked to be in his early twenties, wearing all white, with dark hair and piercing blue eyes. Without saying a word, I knew that this was the son of the lady who was sitting right beside me, who had transitioned to heaven. He wanted me to give a message to his mom. He looked at me and said, “Will you tell my mom that God didn’t take me, He received me? Also, here’s a key for her heart. It’s for her to keep and unlock when she’s ready because Jesus wants to heal some places in her heart.”
He turned and walked away, it looked like he was walking on water. I was shaking uncontrollably, because my flesh couldn’t contain the glory of what had just taken place and the whole time I was sitting beside this boy’s mom. I heard Holy Spirit clearly speak to me and tell me not to share this with her until her husband came and sat beside her. Not even a minute later, he stood up from across the room and came and sat beside her. I could barely get out the words to share with them of what had happened. There was so much healing that took place that day, all because Jesus knew that she needed it. There was no separation that day of heaven and earth, and in actuality there’s no separation any other day. (Ephesians 2:6)
This is the new way, not that we are to seek the experience and try and make these sorts of things happen, but to know that in Him, through Jesus (our door) anything can happen, anything! So the new way is that if this does happen, it won’t be weird but normal. The supernatural is really just super normal. It’s supposed to be normal for us that are IN HIM. It seems like the Lord has been trying to show me bits of this truth for the past three years. As I look back, the things He was showing me all point to this truth. Many times my most intense times with the Lord have been when I had absolutely no agenda, things would happen that in no way could I work up or imagine. It is just a product of oneness.
I believe right now across the body of Christ that He is showing people things that are still the old way, so that we can bring it to Him and let Him show us His new way. Whether it’s old wounds, old mindsets, old ways of prayer, His light is revealing the old that needs to go. There’s no reason to get anxious, feeling like you have to get rid of every old thing you’ve learned, or all the old wounds that need healing. He is well able to show you what needs to go and what needs to be healed. By His grace, He will do it as we allow Him to. If it’s broken He can fix it.
He longs for oneness with His bride, to tabernacle with His people. He wants His people to know that they are blessed, they no longer have to call forth blessings. Ephesians 1:3 NLT “All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realms because we are united with Christ.” He wants His children to know that we no longer have to beg for things He’s already given, believe it and with great expectation receive it, and walk in everything He’s so graciously paid for. This is the new way.
The bride is coming into her new name!! He wants His bride to know how lovely and accepted she is. He longs for her to walk as His equal, in the authority of Christ within her. No longer is she called deserted or the name of her land desolate. She is the crown of His splendor, in His hand a royal diadem. She will be called “Hephzibah” (His delight is in her) and her land “Beulah” (married). (Isaiah 62)
Newness, newness, newness is here!! Receive new names, new hearts, new assignments, new direction, new mindsets, new opened doors, new health, new bodies, new ways of prayer and worship, new awareness of our holy blessed union with Jesus the Christ!!!
He has given us His Spirit to give us everything that we ever need, you name it, He’s given it to us. All of heaven and earth is our inheritance, there is no separation. All we have to do is realize it and come to Him, trust Him and His ability. Religion says the opposite, that we are separated from Him, we have to work to become clean, we have to earn His love by doing these steps, obey these rules and protocols and do the right thing.
So repent, (change your mind), for the Kingdom of God is in our midst. Receive His new and living way, where Rivers of His life flow. Old ways must shift, old wounds will heal and bring beauty from ashes, old mindsets make way for new oil, all the old must bow to our King Jesus! So thankful that in You King Jesus, YOU MAKE ALL THINGS NEW!!!!
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|U.S. Students Given Head Scarves to Wear on “World Hijab Day” – 2/17/2016
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|News From British Isles, Ireland, Europe and Worldwide – 2/17/2016
Incredible divine moments – Ofsted to become a national regulator of religion? – UK:Twelve Muslim men sentenced for rape of 13year old non-Muslim girl – EU will either control migration this year or collapse – Syria: displaced people struggle to survive – Turkey: Christians’ challenges last year – DR Congo: suffering but awaiting a new beginning – More>
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|Columbus, Ohio USA: Machete-Wielding Muslim Assailant Attacks Four at Christian Israeli-Owned Ohio Restaurant – 2/14/2016
A man wielding a machete entered a restaurant in Columbus, Ohio on Thursday evening and began attacking diners, managing to injure four before he was shot and killed by police in a car chase. The restaurant, called Nazareth, is owned by an Israeli Christian Arab. Mohamed Barry, 30, of Columbus began swinging a machete at customers and employees.
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