1.Melted Together in Love
2. KINGDOM POWER IN THE HANDS OF THE CHURCH
3. News Headlines
1. Melted Together in Love
By Ron McGatlin
All of creation is subject to the liquid fire of the love of God. The most powerful thing in all creation is love. God is love. (1 John 4: 7-8). There is nothing that can stand against and overcome love.
Love is the source of all life. At the center core of all existence is the Spirit love of God from which all creation flows. We have no grid, no screen of imagination to even begin to grasp the greatness of God and His love.
Spirit God’s love is without dimensions; it is without the limits of space or time. There is nothing beyond the reach of love. Nothing is impossible to the God of love. Nothing can encompass, restrict, or stop the love of God.
The fullness of God’s love is in Christ Jesus our Savior, Lord, and King. Where Christ Jesus abides by the Holy Spirit, love prevails.
Ultimate power rests in and flows with the love of God in Christ Jesus by the Holy Spirit. Power to overcome all adversity and to heal all wounds flows in love.
Victory in all of life is in the power of love. By love the world is conquered. We are more than conquerors by the love of Christ in us.
“Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 As it is written: For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. 37 Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. 38 For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, 39 nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:35-39.
If we come to God with our whole heart, spirit, soul, and body, the life of Christ abides in us by the Holy Ghost (Holy Spirit). We have the faith and mind of Christ in us as the many membered Body of Christ to believe and experience collectively the fullness of the work of King Jesus ruling on earth by love. (1 Cor 2:16) (1 Cor 12:12) (Gal 2:20).
The Conquering Power of Love
The evil rule of the rebellious people of the world will be dissolved in the presence of the power of love in the person of Christ Jesus in the people of God. The world will see Him as He is in His incarnate body of a multitude of sons and daughters ruling and reigning with Him as the one Head fully connected by love to His entire worldwide body by the Holy Spirit. (2 Thes 1:10) (Col 1:18).
All law is fulfilled by the love of God in Christ Jesus ruling and reigning on earth as one entity with all of His people. (Rom 8:1-11).
Before His crucifixion, Jesus said, “The Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. 20 A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. 20At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you. 21 He who has My commandments and keeps them, it is he who loves Me. And he who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and manifest Myself to (or in) him.” John 14:17-21.
God’s Plan of Oneness
God’s plan from the beginning is that mankind be one with Him as His counterpart completing and fulfilling the oneness of intimate passionate love with Him. The covenant union is completed in the circle of the love of God returning to God from man perfecting the creation and fulfilled in the Creator.
God’s love reaches toward everyone. However, the circle of love is not complete until man by an act of his free will enters into the love covenant of God with his whole heart.
The blood covenant of Christ Jesus opens the way to become one with God for everyone who willingly enters by yielding his independence of self-rule to Father God.
In His perfect love for man, Father God and Christ Jesus willingly paid the price to open the way for man to become the pure and holy Bride of Christ, sons of God, in covenant forever as one with God.
This is the kingdom of heaven ruling and reigning on earth by Christ Jesus in His holy people by the Holy Spirit.
The Fruit of Love in the Kingdom
Even though by always seeking the kingdom of God first, all of our natural needs for things like food, water, fresh air, clothing, shelter, and any other thing we need are added to us; yet, these things are NOT the kingdom of God. (Mat 6:33).
“For the kingdom God is not eating and drinking, but RIGHTEOUSNESS, PEACE AND JOY in the HOLY SPIRIT.” Romans 14:17.
The kingdom of God on earth is only obtainable in the Holy Spirit. Father God in Christ Jesus by the Holy Spirit abiding in us is the source of all love and life of the kingdom of God on earth.
Without the work of the Holy Spirit saturating and filling our being, there is no reality of the kingdom of God in our lives. There may be knowledge but not the experience of the reality of the kingdom life. (1 Cor 2: 9-14).
Even seeking in the written word of God is fruitless without the work of the Holy Spirit.
Seeking to love God and trying to be obedient is fruitless without the Holy Spirit.
Seeking to have the power of faith without the love of God in Christ in us by the Holy Spirit is fruitless.
Seeking to minister and prophesy without the fullness and saturation of love in the Holy Spirit does not produce the fruit of the kingdom of God. (1 Cor 13).
Religion, Man’s Attempt
Religion is man’s effort to accomplish these works without the love of God in Christ by the Holy Spirit.
Man-made religion always leads to strife, separation, fruitlessness, and pride that goes before a fall. Religion is the greatest single source of strife, war, and destruction in this world.
The enemy of God has dressed himself to appear as an angel of light to mimic the works of God and deceive the nations. (2 Cor 11:12-15).
The enemy has created counterfeit kingdoms of religion complete with twisted interpretations of the written word. The enemy’s religions always have a measure of truth as bait, and then add the deception of loveless doctrines of demons that become traditions of men that rob the people of the reality of the kingdom of God in their lives. The teachings of demons can eventually cause the deceived people to rise up and seek to destroy the real kingdom of Christ Jesus from the earth. (1 Tim 4:1) (Mat 15:6,9) (John 16:2).
One thing that the enemy can never do a good job of counterfeiting is the pure holy love of God. By the Spirit we can discern true kingdom from the counterfeit, by the presence of the self-sacrificing pure holy love life of God. Pursue love.
The Manifesting of Kingdom Reality Today
For over two millennia since Christ Jesus proclaimed, “the kingdom of God is at hand,” God has been seeking a people who would turn to Him with their whole hearts and receive the gospel of the kingdom to become the manifestation of the kingdom of God on earth.
In all of that time, every work of God on earth has been moving mankind toward a generation that would willingly turn to God with their whole hearts and be prepared to receive the fullness of the kingdom of God on earth.
Every work of miraculous grace and glorious revelation or devastating disaster in all of the world is a part of moving mankind toward the goal of the kingdom of God on earth.
The Proclamation of the Kingdom Today
For the first time since the first century, the real Gospel of the Kingdom is again being widely proclaimed. Only in this season of the last part of the twentieth century and the first part of the twenty-first century has the true Gospel of the Kingdom as Jesus preached and demonstrated began to be restored to mankind and widely presented on earth.
Incomplete portions of the Gospel of the kingdom have been restored over the past five or six centuries. Also a number of false or counterfeit teachings have been perpetrated by the enemy to hide the true kingdom of God coming forth in love.
Today the fuller substance of the kingdom of God is being heralded to the world, and many are hearing and believing the truth of the kingdom of God’s love manifesting in the hearts and lives of His pure holy humble people.
Great Fear is upon the Enemy
The enemy is in a panic of fear as the kingdom of God which he dreads is coming forth and threatens to make an end of his illegal occupation of the systems of life in this world.
Satan and his demons are fighting with all they have, taking any piece of ground that they can in the hearts and minds of mankind.
The influence of the enemy has driven much of the world mad with fear and violent aggression causing them to try to destroy Christ Jesus and His kingdom from the hearts of men and from this world.
The showdown of the ages is before us now. Be strong and very courageous for the Lord your God will fight for you. Do not fear. Do not faint. Do not fall back, but preach and demonstrate the real kingdom with all vigor and strength of the power and love of the Most High God.
In the mighty name of Jesus, ARISE in the strength of the Lord within you and pour out the power of love without hesitation or reservation. Now is our Day of the Lord. Nothing can stand before us for the Lord God is with us! Today is the day of victory! Amen and Amen!
2. KINGDOM POWER IN THE HANDS OF THE CHURCH
By Charles Carrin
(Ron’s Comment: This very valuable article is longer than most. Please make the time to read it to the end. Some of the most powerful truth is at the end of the article.)
Some of the stones in ancient Jerusalem’s walls weighed 570 tons, were forty-five feet long, fifteen feet wide, and twelve feet high. It was in reference to these immense blocks that Jesus shocked the disciples when He said, “Not one stone shall be left upon another.” Matthew 24:2. His warning seemed incredible. Impossible. But more than any other being–Jesus understood the meaning of “power” in both the physical and spiritual realms. He possessed both. Of Himself, He said, “All power is given unto Me in Heaven and on earth …” Matthew 21:18.
When Pontius Pilate–representing Roman authority and the “Kingdoms of this world”–said to Jesus, “Do You not know that I have power to crucify You, and power to release You?” Jesus answered, “You could have no power at all against Me unless it had been given you from above.” John 19:10-11. Pilate saw the extent of his own power in an exaggerated way; Jesus saw it for its’ true limitation and failure. Surprisingly, Jesus extended His heavenly power to the disciples when He said, “Behold, I give you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall by any means hurt you.” Luke 10:19. This offer of supernatural power is one which Jesus has never withdrawn. The modern Church, however, weighted under centuries of doctrinal dispute and despair, can no longer accept Jesus’ words as true. Amazingly, pagan Rome believed in its power and purpose more than the modern church believes in the promises of God. The New Testament explains the Church’s “Kingdom authority”:
“The God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.” Romans 16:20.
“And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power … For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.” 1 Corinthians 2:4, 4:20.
“For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit …” 1 Thessalonians 1:5.
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.” Ephesians 6:11.
The day the Roman General Titus laid siege to Jerusalem in 70 A.D., and brought Jewish nationalism to crushing defeat, one of the power-weapons he used against the city was a gigantic battering-ram named Nico. In a very real sense, the title Nico was prophetic and still speaks to the church today. It means “conqueror”. Nico is the same word used in the Greek text of Revelation 2:15, where Jesus speaks to the church in Pergamos of His hatred for the “doctrine of the Nicolaitans.” The word Nicolaitan is a combination of the words, nico, i.e., “conqueror”, and laos, meaning “laity”, or people of the congregation. The message of these combined words is obvious. In the only instance in Scripture where Jesus is described as hating something, it is used here. He hates the doctrines and deeds that enslave the saints. He not only purchased freedom for them but equipped them with authority to sustain it.
Many of the military-towers which Titus erected against the walls of Jerusalem were over seventy-five feet tall. Some even had wheels and were portable. Such was the ingenuity of ancient warfare; Rome conquered because of its overwhelming military superiority. When the Jewish War was over, not one Temple block was left standing upon another. Titus dismantled everything. This was precisely what Jesus had foretold would happen. Matthew 24:2.
Ancient battering-rams, such as Nico, were usually assembled by invading armies at the battle site and consisted of immense wooden platforms overlaid with iron plates. This metal-covering protected the scaffolding from enemy fire. The ram itself consisted of a huge log, suspended horizontally by chains, that could be swung back and forth by squadrons of men holding onto ropes below. As the huge butt-end struck the wall and bounced back, the men maintained a rhythm much like the pendulum of a clock. The slamming of the ram against individual stones was important, but of equal value was the fact that the constant thudding set up a vibration that affected the molecular structure of the whole wall. Though unknown to the Romans, they employed a principle of physics which would not be identified until much later times. It is this: Energy stored in the log by the “rhythm of input” was transferred into the wall at the instant of impact. This sudden impact overcame what is known as the “moment of inertia” in the stone.
Initially, in the log’s striking the stone, it appeared that nothing happened. That, however, was not the case. Though unseen, the energy in the log instantly transferred into the stone. This same pattern occurs in the realm of spiritual warfare: The natural eye may see nothing happening when in reality the kingdom of darkness has been shaken to its core.
Hear this carefully: The power of the Holy Spirit is often transferred through the laying-on-of-hands in such shattering force that a demonic stronghold is instantly jarred to its center. As with the ram’s first blow to the stone this may not be outwardly visible. The receiver, as well as the one ministering, must understand that the power of God operates in a realm beyond their sight. It is not confined to the limits of human sense. In other words, the Holy Spirit works in power in the spiritual realm even though others do not see it.
Keeping in mind that stones in Jerusalem’s walls weighed 570 tons–yet were dismantled and pushed aside by the Roman Army–helps us realize the tremendous energy released by the battering-ram. Ultimately, it was battering-rams like Nico, mere wooden scaffolds supporting ordinary logs, manned by teams of soldiers, empowered by a principle of physics, that penetrated Jerusalem’s walls and brought the city to defeat.
The fact that Jerusalem’s stones were larger, heavier, and stronger than the battering-ram, did not alter the fact that they still had to move. Darkness cannot resist light, death cannot resist life, so the stationary rock wall could not resist the impact of the log. In a parallel way, when the authority of Scripture, spoken by a believing disciple, and empowered by the Holy Spirit, is brought against a demonic stronghold, there is an immediate effect. Outwardly, hell may pretend that it has not happened but inwardly it knows that it has; best of all, the kingdom of darkness panics with the attack. If the saints proceed in faith, believing what their eyes cannot see, and do not quit the battle early, they will win. When believers follow God’s battle plans, it is impossible for them to lose.
Jesus’ gift of Divine Blood redeemed us from sin, from the hand of the enemy, and from the curse of the law. In addition to these, He made available to us other amazing gifts for spiritual warfare. Here are three:
1. The position of sonship in the Kingdom,
2. The ministry-gifts of the Holy Spirit,
3. The authority of the written Word of God.
These three provisions are ultimate endowments of power. Not only so, but each contains a plethora of accompanying grace-gifts. It is therefore totally unnecessary that the saints become prey to the devil’s attack. Quite the opposite, it is Jesus’ intention that the offensive of warfare be turned against Satan. Three times, in a progressive extension of His own power, Jesus gave this authority to the saints. First, He gave it to the twelve Apostles. Luke 9:1. Secondly, He gave it to the seventy evangelists. Luke 10:1. Lastly, He gave it to all believers. Mark 16:17,18. Significantly, we find that all whom Jesus sent to preach were equipped with power to cast out unclean spirits. It was because of this established pattern that Paul wrote the Romans that “the God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.” Romans 16:20. God always does the crushing. That is absolute fact. But it is equally true that He does it under the feet of the believers. If Satan is not being crushed it is because the Church is not carrying out its mission. Demons are forcibly exorcized wherever the Kingdom of God is present. Matthew 12:28.
We have the exact parallel of God and the saints functioning together in the Old Testament account of Israel’s victory over the giants of Anak. Moses identified this two-fold aspect very carefully: “Therefore understand today that the Lord your God is He who goes over before you as a consuming fire.
(1) He will destroy them and (2) bring them down before you; (3) so you shall drive them out (4) and destroy them quickly …” Deuteronomy 9:3. Two things were to happen: God would destroy them and drive them out, but, identically, Israel also was to “drive them out and destroy them.” Though it is not apparent in most of our English translations, in this verse the Hebrew language uses two different words which are translated as “destroy”. The first, referring to God’s destruction of Anak, means a total annihilation of the enemy’s presence and power; the second use of the word “destroy” in regard to Israel, denotes a less violent operation but still necessary part of God’s total battle plan. The point is that in the Old Testament as well as the New, God works in cooperation with His people. Paul portrays the same principle in Romans 16:20: “The God of peace will crush Satan under your feet shortly.” God does the crushing but He does it under the feet of His Church. Jesus said, “I give you power to tread on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy.” The analogy of treading upon the enemy implies that the enemy is under the feet of the Church. Satan’s power is therefore subordinate to the Kingdom of Jesus Christ. It cannot and will not be otherwise. Again, the Old Testament gives us the physical example of this spiritual truth when Joshua ordered his captains of war to stomp their feet on the necks of the five heathen kings. Joshua 10:22-26. The number five is significant in regards to Satan’s kingdom. This is identified for us in Ephesians 6:12. 1) Principalities. 2) Powers. 3) Rulers of the darkness of this world. 4) Spiritual wickedness in high places. 5) Satan. Significantly, the five-pointed star of the pentagram is used as a power-symbol in Satanism and various forms of witchcraft.
The Jewish Wars were neither theoretical nor philosophical; they were literal, bloody confrontations between avowed enemies. By contrast, the invisible-warfare to which New Testament believers are called is wholly spiritual. The Apostle Paul revealed our dependence on Old Testament truth when he said, “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope.” Romans 15:4. Identical to the Church’s Five-Fold Ministry, Israel’s spiritual structure rested on a Five-Fold priestly foundation: Aaron and his 4 sons. Exodus 28:1. Leviticus. 8. Beginning with Abraham, the following Scriptures illustrate Israel’s five-fold opposition of which I speak:
1. Abraham fought 5 Kings in the Valley of Siddim. Genesis 14:19.
2. Moses’ warred with the 5 Kings of Midian. Numbers 31:8.
3. Israel battled the 5 Kings of the Amalakites. Exodus 17:9.
4. Joshua killed the 5 Kings of the Amorites. Joshua 10:16-26.
5. Israel was vexed by the 5 Lords of the Philistines. Joshua 13:3.
6. Israel was constantly attacked by the 5 capital cities of Philistia: I Samuel 6.
7. David chose 5 stones for his battle with Goliath and his 4 brothers. I Samuel 17:40.
8. Prophetically: Joseph had 5 of his brothers stand before Pharaoh, King of Egypt. Genesis 47:2.
Jesus forever settled the question regarding the Seat of Power with His declaration to the early Church that “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations … teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19,20. The sincere Bible student gladly acknowledges that Jesus not only occupies the Throne of Kingdom Authority but also intended all nations to be taught “all things” which He had given the first disciples. Doctrinally speaking, there is no such thing as an Apostolic Church and a post-Apostolic Church with different Scripture, rules, enemy, and power. Regardless of the age or nation there is simply the “Church,” the “gospel,” and the “power.”
Kingdom authority endows us with power-tools far greater than Rome’s battering-ram. But unlike Rome, which demanded total cooperation from its troops and absolute unison in the men operating the battering ram, the Church is broken into thousands of competitive groups. Figuratively, a town with ten Churches has men pulling the rope in ten different directions. Rhythm is totally lost and the devil’s strongholds feels no impact from the ram. The result is failed warfare and a defeated army. But, thank God!, it is this disunity and division which the Holy Spirit is correcting in our day. All such discord exists only in the earth-bound Church; no such conditions exist in the Kingdom of God. Across the globe, Churches and pastors are suddenly preaching the “Kingdom Message”! Become one of them!
If you are rejecting Kingdom power to protect your position as a “Church” believer or preacher, stop it! Stop it now! You are helping delay the gospel’s victory in the earth. Get on the rope and pull with others in God’s army. The battering-ram which God entrusted to us is far greater than anything Rome ever imagined. If we fail in ministry it will be because we did not properly take our place with Heaven’s Battering-Ram!
3. News Headlines
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