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Kingdom Growth Guides PART 5 (#041) thru (#052)

 

KINGDOM GROWTH GUIDES
Maturing in the gospel of the kingdom

KINGDOM POWER (#041)


The seat of power in a kingdom rests in the king.

Only the king possesses all the resources and knowledge to empower individuals or groups to exercise his ways in order to order the kingdom. In the kingdom of heaven, King Jesus is not only the source of authority and power to order all life according to the ways of the Father; but He also is the life. Jesus is the very source of all existence spiritual or physical, supernatural or natural. The kingdom of heaven on earth is the kingdom of Christ Jesus.

Man has proven, from the time of his fall until now, that he is unable to successfully order life on the earth in his own strength or with his own wisdom. The lust of the flesh and the pride of life in natural fallen man produce need and greed that create self-centered beings that cannot order life according to the ways of the true King. It produces “little kings” that attempt to rule themselves and others. Every “little king” goes about seeking power to rule as much of the world as he possibly can for himself his way. Psychological or religious manipulation and political or militant force are some tools used by “little kings” to bring others under their rule and to establish their power to rule more of the earth. Manipulation skills and demonic intrigue are employed to seduce individuals, and then to use them to strengthen the “little king’s” power to rule.

We are not speaking only of big-time political or religious leaders. Ordinary people may employ these and other techniques to get their way in life. To get what they need and want in life, they may use whatever systems and whatever talents they can to rule things their way. Even small children will often demonstrate practices of seeking to rule their world their way.

Dealing with the "Little King” Syndrome

Unfortunately, acknowledging Jesus as Saviour, walking the church aisle, getting baptized, joining the church, and attending Bible college or seminary does not necessarily remove all of the “little king” syndrome. It is very possible to make it through all of the above processes and yet be affected by the desire to rule one’s own life and the lives of others, which is the desire to rule the world. Spiritual maturity is, in part, a development of doing away with one’s own needs, desires, and agendas. It involves becoming a clear, clean conduit for the Spirit of Christ Jesus to flow into and through one’s life. Spiritual maturity involves ordering one’s life and, eventually, the world according to the will of the Father and not the will of fallen man. The Spirit of Christ Jesus the King must replace the “little king” of self-rule, which is truly a flesh king and is often reinforced by an antichrist spirit.

It is important to the enemy to keep this understanding from men, including those seeking to minister for God. The enemy will use anything he can, including religion, to perform a process called “blinding the mind”. His desire is to blind the mind to the existence of the “little king” syndrome in the lives of individuals. He will also attempt to blind the minds of people to the marvelous potential of being filled with or baptized in (saturated with and immersed in) the Spirit of Christ by the Holy Spirit of God, the Spirit of Christ Jesus the King (the KING’S SPIRIT). As mind blindness is overcome and spiritual eyes are opened to the awesome potential of the King’s Spirit within, the love and power of Christ Jesus can overcome the “little king" syndrome and allow the true King from heaven to rule.

2 Cor. 4: 4: Whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

Eph. 2:2:  in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience,

2 Cor. 3:5, 4:2: Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think of anything as being from ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who also made us sufficient as ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit; for the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

But if the ministry of death, written and engraved on stones, was glorious, so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the face of Moses because of the glory of his countenance, which glory was passing away, how will the ministry of the Spirit not be more glorious? For if the ministry of condemnation had glory, the ministry of righteousness exceeds much more in glory. For even what was made glorious had no glory in this respect, because of the glory that excels. For if what is passing away was glorious, what remains is much more glorious.

Therefore, since we have such hope, we use great boldness of speech; unlike Moses, who put a veil over his face so that the children of Israel could not look steadily at the end of what was passing away.

But their minds were blinded. For until this day the same veil remains unlifted in the reading of the Old Testament, because the veil is taken away in Christ. But even to this day, when Moses is read, a veil lies on their heart. Nevertheless when one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away.

Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.
But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart.

But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man's conscience in the sight of God.

Who is the Spirit? The Lord is the Spirit!
 
How are we changed? By the Spirit of the Lord!
 
Who is the Lord? Christ Jesus is the Lord!

Who is the King? Christ Jesus the Lord is the King!

Who is the Spirit? The King is the Spirit!

The King is Christ Jesus the Lord, who abides in His people by the Holy Spirit.

Where is our power from? Who is our sufficiency to live righteously, to overcome evil, to be saved, to teach and preach and do all the works of God, to be ministers of the new covenant, to rule and reign on earth now? Is it the letter or is it the Spirit of the King, the One with all power that enables one to be as Jesus is, in the world? (1 John 4:17)

Such a glorious ministry!

The ministry of the Spirit is not a “get-by-until-Jesus-comes-back” type of ministry. It is the very life of Jesus being manifest, coming forth in our bodies. Only as our “little king” dies, only as we are delivered to death for Jesus’ sake, can the life of Jesus come forth in our body. (Rom 6:11)

2 Cor. 4:7-11:  But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellence of the power may be of God and not of us.

We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed; always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body.

For we who live are always delivered to death for Jesus' sake, that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.

2 Pet. 1:3-4: as His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge (knowing) of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

THE GRACE OF GOD IS EMPOWERMENT.

Eph. 2:1-10:  And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.

But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.

For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.

The vastness and significance of the gift of God and the love of God for man are not easy for one to grasp. Not only while we were sinners, but because we were sinners, God gave His glorious grace gift to man.

The grace gift of God is much more than some have thought it to be. It is more than a free ticket to heaven and a blanket to cover our continued disobedience and spiritual powerlessness. It involves more than the death of Jesus on the cross. The grace gift of God for salvation also involves the resurrection of Christ Jesus and the Spirit of Jesus the King. It is the gift of the resurrected Christ indwelling the believer by the Spirit of the Lord empowering the believer to live righteously and to do the will and works of God. It is His workmanship. There is nothing anyone could do to accomplish the works of God apart from God doing the works.

Man must receive the gift of God by faith. One must believe in the heart the resurrected Christ and confess with the mouth unto salvation (Rom 10:8-10). The process of salvation begins with our willingness to believe and receive the work of Jesus on the cross to pay for our sin and the work of the Spirit of the resurrected Christ within to overcome sin and produce righteousness.

Those who will be saved and live godly in Christ Jesus will also participate in His death in this life.
Unless one’s “little king” is dead, one cannot fully receive the resurrected Spirit of Christ Jesus the King. The process of salvation includes the Spirit of Christ manifesting His life as King in the place of our dead “little king.” It includes restoration, deliverance, and healing to destroy all the work of the enemy in one’s life, and to provide a clean vehicle, an open conduit for the Spirit of Christ Jesus the King to dwell in and flow through. The presence of the Spirit of Christ Jesus the King flowing through the individual produces powerful righteousness and puts an end to powerless disobedience. Thus, the grace gift of God brings one to salvation and establishes the kingdom of God in the world.
 
THE MANIFEST PRESENCE OF GOD

The saving, restoring, purifying power of God flowing in, through, and around the believer may be spoken of by believers as the life of Christ, the presence of God, the grace of God, the anointing of God, the power of God, the glory of God, the presence of the Spirit of Christ Jesus the King, and in other terms. Our finished salvation depends upon the Spirit of God appearing or manifesting in our mortal body to accomplish His workmanship of full redemption. It is God that works in the believer both to create the desire and to accomplish the work of God to save, heal, and deliver man from all the work of the devil (Phil 2:13).

More is required than a head-knowledge type of believing that Jesus died for the sins of the world. More is required than conforming to a religious system by joining a church or following any system or set of rules and practices. Men will continue to yield to temptations and be entrapped in schemes of the devil until the presence of Jesus the anointed One of God is manifested in them. To overcome sin and sinful habits, one must abide in the powerful, spiritual presence of Jesus. In a real and practical way, one must walk in the powerful presence of the Spirit of Christ Jesus and, thereby, put to death the deeds of the flesh. One who knows Jesus in this way does not walk in sin. If one walks in sin, one can know for certain that the experience of the grace of God, the powerful presence of the Spirit is not yet fully happening in one’s life.

1 John 3:5-11:  And you know that He was manifested to take away our sins, and in Him there is no sin. Whoever abides in Him does not sin. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.

Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning.

For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil.

Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God.

In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother. For this is the message that you heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.

“God is love.”

The predominant characteristic of God is love. His loving kindness released toward man cannot be stopped. The love of God can reach into the darkest corner; it can flow through the thickest wall; it can overcome the vilest evil. Evil cannot be destroyed by evil. The love of God is the most powerful force in creation to destroy evil and establish righteousness. God’s love produces righteous obedience, peace, and joy in life.

The first characteristic of a person in whom the Spirit of the Lord dwells is the manifestation of the love of God. Anyone with the righteousness-producing love of God within will love his brother and overcome sin. God’s love produces righteousness and dissolves sinful living. The person in whom the Spirit of Christ Jesus the King rules will practice righteousness and will love his brother.

Sin and unlove are not of God and anyone who practices sin is not receiving it from God. The devil is the father of sin. God is the Father of love and righteousness. Thus, one who practices sin is being fathered by the devil. In contrast, the Spirit of God is fathering one who is righteous.

This is not a lost-or-saved issue. It is not a born-again or not-born-again question. Certainly, one must be born again for the Spirit of Jesus to live within. But, many who are born are not yet fully grown; and, therefore are in a growth process toward righteous living. As minds are being renewed to the Word of God, and old life structures are being cut down and replaced with the seed of God, one’s healing and deliverance from all the work of the devil is taking place. The Spirit of Christ is destroying all the works of the devil in the life.

Righteousness is a process carried out by the Spirit of God within the willing believer. One must come into agreement with God for one’s “little flesh king” to die and be replaced with the Spirit of the King from heaven, Christ Jesus the Lord.

All have sinned and come short of the glory of God. (Rom 3:23)

 

We do not and must not continue to live in sin. We must continue on to maturity. The love of God must be perfected in us. If we truly know Him in the sense of abiding in Christ and having His Spirit abiding within our being, we will not live in sin. We will keep His commandments. But, while we are in the process of dying to our self-governing “little flesh king” and becoming ruled by the King from heaven, we have an Advocate with the Father. Jesus is there pleading our case, telling the Father that He is still working on the job of cleansing His child from all unrighteousness. Confessing our sin is the first step to forgiveness for the past act of sin and cleansing for future righteous living.

1 John 1:8 - 2:5:  If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

Now by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments. He who says, "I know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him. But whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in him. By this we know that we are in Him.

Gal. 5:14-17a: For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: "You shall love your neighbor as yourself." But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another! I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusts against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; and these are contrary to one another.

The kingdom of God from heaven on earth is established and continues by the Spirit of God in man producing victory over sin and establishing God’s will on the earth as it is in heaven.

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It Will Never Fail

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Maturing in the gospel of the kingdom

KINGDOM VICTORY LIVING (#042)

Victory never implies the lack of a war. On the contrary, victory signifies that there has been a war or some form of challenge. It indicates winning the war or overcoming the challenge. Faith and the spiritual life of every child of God will be challenged. To seek to be free from the battles and challenges of life is not a reasonable goal. However, being victorious over and through every challenge of life is the kingdom of God lifestyle.

2 Tim 3:10-12: But you have carefully followed my doctrine, manner of life, purpose, faith, longsuffering, love, perseverance, persecutions, afflictions, which happened to me at Antioch, at Iconium, at Lystra; what persecutions I endured. And out of them all the Lord delivered me. Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution.

2 Cor 4:8-9: We are hard pressed on every side, yet not crushed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; struck down, but not destroyed.

God is our source, our healer, our redeemer, and our strength. No matter how intense the battle, we always know without a doubt that we can make it through to victory. Greater is He that is in us than he that is in the world. Christ Jesus has defeated the enemy and won the war. We now battle from a position of standing in the victory of Jesus. Our battles are for our faith to believe and receive the powerful grace of Almighty God, which will drive off the trespassing enemy and establish the righteousness of God.

1 John 4:4: You are of God, little children, and have overcome them, because He who is in you is greater than he who is in the world.

Col 2:15: Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.

The word "disarmed" is translated "spoiled" in the KJV and is the Greek word apekduomai, (ap-ek-doo'-om-ahee), meaning to divest wholly, to be stripped completely of all legal right, to be stripped naked. Jesus has totally stripped the devil and all powers of darkness of any and all rights to this world and anything in it, including your life and mine.

Eph 1:19-23: And what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power which He worked in Christ when He raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all principality and power and might and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age but also in that which is to come.

And He put all things under His feet, and gave Him to be head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fullness of Him who fills all in all.

God will comfort and heal our pain.

God did not tell us that there would be no tears. He said He would wipe away every tear. On our journey into the Holy of Holies, there is the probability of some painful hits from the enemy. There may be experiences that appear too painful to bear.

They may threaten to destroy our very lives and may bring us to the end of all the human strength we can muster. The pain of losing a loved one in an untimely and devastating manner, the catastrophe of a tortuous divorce, the helplessness of seeing one we love maimed in a horrible accident, wasted by illness or tortured in persecution can all cause pain so severe that one may feel devastated and nearly destroyed.

Yet, because Jesus lives and the grace of God is real, because He loves us and is always there to carry us through, we will overcome and return to praise Him. We will come through with greater love for Him and for our neighbor, with a firmer faith, and a greater commitment to carry His love to the world.

Rev 7:17: For the Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.

Because God Himself dwells and abides within us and we are His people, we are victorious. As God wipes away our tears, the old pains and sorrows pass away. There is no more death. To be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. Whether we live in this body or pass on, we are with the Lord (Rom 14:8) (2 Cor 5:8). Death is separation from God, and we will never be separated from Him (Isa 59:1-2) (Rom 5:17). We do not sorrow as those without hope. (1 Th 4:13) (2 Cor 7:10) Deep, long-lasting, devastating grief no longer exists in our lives. Yes, we may feel the intense pain of grief for a season, but it will be transformed into love. The more pain we experience, the more love will manifest in our healing.

Rev 21:3-4: And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, "Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and He will dwell with them, and they shall be His people. God Himself will be with them and be their God. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away."

CHRIST JESUS HAS OVERCOME

Because Christ Jesus has triumphed over all principalities and powers, neither the devil nor any of his demons nor any force of darkness can rule over the one in whom Christ dwells. The real truth is that the person in whom Christ dwells has, in the name of Jesus, complete authority to rule over all principalities and powers including the devil himself.

Our only battle is to stand on the Word of God and, in faith, resist the works of darkness. If our faith is strong, everything is subject to the Christ in us. If we believe the words of God from the Bible and the spoken words from within by the Spirit of Christ, we will bring them forth through our mortal bodies into the world and nothing will be impossible to us. We are the body of Christ, the tabernacle of God on earth, the instrument of God, the interface between the spiritual and the natural realms.

Nothing is impossible to him that believes. The supernatural is natural with God and with the one in whom Christ dwells, if we have faith.

Eph 3:16-21: That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height; to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.

Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.

Mat 17:20b: I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you.

Mark 9:23: Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes."

Mark 11:22-24: So Jesus answered and said to them, "Have faith in God. "For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. "Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

The enemy has no power in the world except the power we allow him.

We allow the enemy to have power by our unbelief, ignorance, or negligence. His only power is to deceive and to cause you and me to not believe the Word and work of Christ Jesus. One of his greatest deceptions is to cause us to believe that he really does not exist or is not active in the world today. Then he can take on the disguise of an angel of light and work on and through naive Christians, as a religious spirit, using perverted teachings of the Bible to destroy faith in Christ Jesus now come in the flesh of His universal Body. In the same way, he will create division, confusion, debate, and disorder among Christians.

We cannot accurately blame the devil for the lack of the kingdom lifestyle among men and within our own lives. And, we can surely never blame God. We cannot even blame the lost and evil people of the world. We Christians must accept one hundred percent of the responsibility for the lack of the power of God flowing through believers to establish righteousness over evil; and, thus, establish the kingdom of God on earth. No one else has been given the dominion and the awesome indwelling power of God Himself to deliver our world from the bondages of evil and bring forth the freedom of the kingdom of God.

PRAY WITH ME

God, I pray, give us revelation to comprehend the vastness of Your very own might, strengthening us by Your Spirit within our inner man.

Help us, God, to experience the reality of Christ dwelling within our hearts through faith.

God, help us to walk in the reality of experiencing that all things are possible and nothing is impossible to him that believes.

Teach us how to speak to the mountain or to anything You desire to be moved or changed, in the name of Jesus, in faith, and not doubting in our hearts.

Father, I come before Your throne of grace. I receive mercy and grace. I receive Your empowerment to speak to the enemy in the name of Jesus.

Now, in Jesus’ name, I command the powers of darkness. You will not hinder the revelation of this truth to the reader.

I break the power of every religious spirit and every work of spiritual blindness, in the name of Jesus.

I bind the power of the work of doubt and unbelief, in the name of Jesus.

Father, I ask You to release a spirit of revelation and spiritual discernment to illuminate the reality of this truth in the heart of the reader.

I believe in my heart it is done. We thank You for it, Heavenly Father.

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KINGDOM AWAKENING (#043)

In the seventh millennium, the sleeping giant is awakening.

Christians are beginning to awaken from their peaceful sleep to discover they are in serious bondage, with ropes of theological concepts, religious orders, and fallacious doctrines. The ropes are staked in tradition and pseudo-religious political systems that threaten rejection and persecution to anyone who would dare seek to be free. We, Western Christians, relaxed in our recliners while snacking on rich foods and watching our favorite, mind-numbing, television programs. We drove to work in fine cars while listening to our peaceful easy-listening music in wrap-around stereo and literally slept in the pew while the pleasant sound of false peace lulled us into deeper deception and bondage.

Oh, yes. We have heard the terrible stories about how bad the world has become, but that only caused us to close our little group off even more for fear of the evil out there. We have blamed evil men, the devil, the government, and even God for the terrible condition of our world - the rampant immorality, vast destruction of families, violence and crime, breakdown of authority, lack of integrity and ethical values in government, business, and some religious leaders.

Rather than trusting the Spirit of Christ within us, we have trusted in our favorite sect of theologians to discern the Word of God for us, puree it and mix it with water to make it easy for us to swallow without chewing, and add sugar so that it tastes good to our fleshly appetites. Secretly, the enemy may have also added his poison to this tasty mix.

Awakening to kingdom will release the power of God.

The world will be astonished by the tremendous flow of love and power coming forth from individual Christians as the sleeping giant awakens and begins to take responsibility and exercise authority over the powers of darkness to change our world. Religious deceptions that say, "peace, peace" when there is no peace, will be thrown off like a covering blanket upon awakening.

The powers of darkness will be driven from the awakening church. No longer will the church believe restraining deceptions that say, "There is no war; there is nothing for you to do or to overcome. Jesus will come back someday and everything will be fixed then. He will surely come and take us out of this dreadful world. There is no use fighting. The devil can’t do anything to us today; he can’t bother Christians. Anyway, God will burn it all up and make a new world someday. Go back to sleep and while you sleep maybe Jesus will come back or perhaps you will die and go to heaven and leave this evil world."

The powers of darkness are stealing, killing, and destroying the children of the world. Meanwhile, denominations fragment over whether to accept homosexual priests or not. Theologians continue to debate their favorite theories, and proffer their "prees" and "posts" of eschatology. They concern themselves with ideologies of

intellectual darkness and postulate their theses of conjecture and speculation while with their prideful systems of theology, they try to figure out and explain God. Naive church members, who have trusted in their favorite theologians instead of the indwelling power of Christ, can do nothing as their children are overcome in immorality, violence, and drug addiction; and, their own lives are consumed in the things of the world.

The sleeping church is not just in bondage to religion. It is also in bondage to pleasure, money and the things it will buy. Sports and games are gods for the sleeping church. "After all, there just isn’t time for us to be involved in Bible study and prayer on our own. Dr. So-and-so will do that and give us a good sermon Sunday that will make us feel better and along with our offering should take care of our Christian duty for this week."

In the seventh millennium all this foolishness is coming down.

It is all wood, hay, and stubble and will be burned into non-existence. The kingdom of God will come forth as truehearted believers bring forth the anointing of the anointed One from within. They will stand and speak directly to the powers of darkness commanding that their work be stopped. Then the will of God will come forth on earth. Spiritual reality is again replacing religious concepts created in the minds of theologians with help from powers of darkness masquerading as angels of light.

Our war is not with theologians, pious religious leaders, evil violent men, or any other person. Our war is against spiritual powers of darkness that work on and through anyone they can. They seek to destroy faith in Christ now changing lives. They seek to divert men’s minds to meaningless matters instead of life in God. The powers of darkness seek to pervert the pure Word and work of God.

Eph 6:12: For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

The sleeping giant has not even been aware that a spiritual war is in progress.

The awakening giant is throwing off religious bondages and realizing that we have been deceived into a false belief that there was little or nothing we could do in the spiritual realm to overcome the evil in the world. Many have been made to believe that the only things that could make a difference were in the natural realm. The realms of government, education, social order, law enforcement, military actions, and humanitarianism are seen by some as the only real avenues for dealing with the evils of the world, while spiritual warfare is devalued by the world and much of the sleeping church.

The truth is that only spiritual warfare deals with the root of the problem by alleviating the underlying cause and bringing about full correction and recovery. Warring against the symptoms with human means can never lead to a full cleansing of the root problems nor bring lasting correction and healing.

The awakening giant is learning to set aside striving in the flesh against others. The awakened people of God are beginning to employ the mighty weapons

of God to destroy strongholds of wrong thoughts and beliefs that enable the enemy to kill, steal, and destroy.

Every problem and negative work on earth can be and must be overcome first in the spiritual realm, the realm of undaunted faith, boundless love, and endless hope.

God’s immeasurable GRACE empowering individuals from within is more than sufficient to destroy evil. Evil in one’s own life must first be destroyed. Then, the purified child of God can powerfully intercede for others. Intercession takes on a new and greater meaning to the empowered son or daughter of God standing against and spiritually assaulting the works and powers of darkness that are binding others.

The mercy of God is fresh every morning. Today would be a good day to wake up, repent, put off the old man, and PUT ON THE NEW--the very life and power of the Spirit of Christ Jesus.

2 Cor. 10:3-5: For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

Pulling down strongholds of the enemy that are established in our world does not begin with bombing dens of sin, cutting off the supply of drugs, or the enactment and enforcement of more laws. Tanks, planes, bombs, guns, and toughened troops are not the tools to defeat the enemy’s strong hold on our world.

Our mighty, spiritual weapons in God are employed and brought to bear upon the enemy through love by the Spirit. We war against and defeat the rulers of darkness with truth, righteousness, peace, faith, healing and deliverance (salvation), and the Word of God, praying always in the Spirit (Eph 6:14-18).

The awakening giant is discovering real prayer.

It is the kind of prayer that Jesus taught about, the kind that can move mountains and cast out demons. The same Jesus that spoke to the demons in a young boy and cast them out, the same Jesus that said to speak to the mountain now lives in the believer who has put off the old man and put on the new.

Mat. 17:18-19: And Jesus rebuked the demon, and it came out of him; and the child was cured from that very hour. Then the disciples came to Jesus privately and said, "Why could we not cast it out?"

Mat. 17:20-22: So Jesus said to them, "Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there,' and it will move; and nothing will be impossible for you. "However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting."

"And whatever things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive."

Prayer is much more than quietly bowing one’s head to ask for something that one needs. There are examples in Scripture of men in prayer speaking to the condition

that God wanted to change. In dynamic faith they commanded evil spirits to release their hold and be gone. They spoke to the dead to arise. They spoke healing to the sick and deformed. Elijah spoke to the weather to not rain, and it did not rain for three years. Then, he spoke for the rain to come again and it rained (James 5:17-18). Jesus spoke to the storm, rebuked the wind, and commanded the sea to be calm (Mark 4:39).

Jesus promised believers, that as they abide in Him and He in them, they would do the works that He did and even greater works. In the early portion of the seventh millennium, many such works are coming about and will increase as the mighty outpouring of the power of God comes forth into the world to destroy the works of the devil and to do the works of God.

John 14:12-14: "Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father. "And whatever you ask in My name, that I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. "If you ask anything in My name, I will do it.

UNBELIEF PRODUCES VAIN PRAYERS

To not believe and not accept these promises of Scripture is to take the Word of God in vain.

To pray without believing is to pray in vain.

To speak in the name of Jesus without faith is to use His name in vain.

To say we have the grace of God and yet remain without power is to take the grace of God in vain.

2 Cor. 6-1: We then, as workers together with Him also plead with you not to receive the grace of God in vain.

Mark 16:17-18: "And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."

Acts 3:16: "And His name, through faith in His name, has made this man strong, whom you see and know. Yes, the faith which comes through Him has given him this perfect soundness in the presence of you all.

Luke 24:45-49: And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.

Then He said to them, "Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, "and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. "And you are witnesses of these things.

"Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high."

2 Chron. 7:14: If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

PRAY WITH ME

Father, in the name of Jesus, we come before Your throne of grace, we receive mercy and grace.

I agree with the reader that we are believers and we desire from our hearts all that You have provided for us.

Father, we choose to repent and turn from any and all that we have done or failed to do that has taken Your grace in vain, that has taken Your Word and Your Name in vain. We repent, Father, of every vain prayer.

In the name of Jesus, we bind the work of any powers of darkness that would hinder the full light of the Word and power of God from coming forth.

In the name of Jesus, we command you, Satan and all powers of darkness, you have no part in this work and may not in any way hinder or prevent the revelation of the Word of God and the work of God in the reader.

And just now, Father, I ask You to fill us with Your Spirit, endue us with power from on high. I pray specifically now for the reader to be baptized into the fullness of Your Spirit.

I pray for our understanding to be opened to truly comprehend the Scriptures. Fill us, God, with the Spirit and life of Christ. Let Jesus live in us to the fullest that You desire.

We humble ourselves before You, Lord, and choose to turn from our prideful, religious ways to seek Your face with our whole heart.

Father, we ask in accordance with Your word that You would forgive our sin and heal our land.

We pray in the name of Jesus, Father, let Your fires of revival come forth into our land. We ask for a mighty outpouring of Your love and Spirit to come forth in our own hearts and in our land.

Thank You, Father! We praise Your holy name!

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Maturing in the gospel of the kingdom

KINGDOM REVIVAL (#044)

Revival and Renewal Lead To The Kingdom of God.

Revival and the outpouring of the Spirit of God occurred in spots in the closing moments of the sixth millennium. It was as if tongues of spiritual fire came forth upon a few churches that were quickly transformed into a gathering place for people from around the world seeking revival fire. They were like streams of spiritual fire that were propelled forth from a great mass of heavenly fire that had come near to earth. Many Christians rushed to these spots of spiritual fire to be purified and ignited with the fire of revival. Many of them became as blazing cinders and everywhere these blazing cinders went revival fires ignited.

Once ignited, these burning coals of fire had little or no respect for religion and all of its bondages and trappings. It is not that they were unruly toward the authority of God. On the contrary, they seemed to be willing to give up everything to please Father God and were deeply in love with Jesus.

Many people have been transformed from the revival fire that spread to many individuals and groups across the world. Within these scattered groups a new, deeper level of intensity of worship and desire for intimate relationship with God has continued to develop. The tangible presence of God is felt and many miracles are occurring in large and small gatherings.

Intimately relating to God has led to a great increase of the revelation of the kingdom of God and has exposed a need for significant changes. Many people have been leaving their religious past in search of more of God and His kingdom. Holiness, purity, and righteous living are being sought after and experienced even in the midst of an increasingly degenerate world.

Repentance from dead works seems to continue through times of brokenness and weeping as the Spirit of God continues to reveal areas of wood, hay, and stubble within believers’ hearts and lives. An intense passion often develops for the presence of God.

Religious forms and theological interpretations are giving way to a reality of fresh revelation of the Word of God. Passages previously seen as important only for foundations of past religious structures are becoming life and reality as they are brought forth into the daily lives of revived believers.

Some feel that, in the past, the foundations had been laid over and over again in their lives. Only now has there come a reality of building a superstructure of holy life upon the foundation. For some, it was as if they had been standing on the foundation for many years without the reality of the presence of God. The outpouring of the Spirit of God is empowering believers in a way I’ve not seen before in my lifetime.

The sense of unending, peaceful power is simply there. It requires only openness to God and a hunger for Him. There are many different manifestations of the presence

of God occurring and many different types of gatherings are being affected. They range from gatherings of masses coming together with much music and ministry to small groups of believers in homes, businesses, and anywhere else a group gathers together to pray and seek the Lord.

TRANSFORMATION TO KINGDOM

The outpouring of the Spirit of God is providing the power and preparation for the transfer of the kingdoms of this world to the kingdoms of our God.

There is a major shift taking place in God's people, a transformation from earthly- focused beings to heavenly-focused beings - from earthly rule to heavenly rule - from man's ways to God's ways - from the tree of knowledge to the tree of life - from studying about God to hearing God.

It is transformation from the church-emphasis age to the kingdom-emphasis age. What we, the Body, experienced in the 1990s with fresh revival spots and renewal has progressed into the reality of personal spiritual intimacy with God, which leads to the will of God being done and the kingdom of God coming forth. The kingdom is coming forth in limited form, yet in greater scope than ever before.

The resurrected Christ Jesus, the all-powerful King of heaven and earth, is now appearing upon the earth in and through the maturing people of God. Christ, the King, is manifesting in His people. The supernatural church is appearing as the New Jerusalem is coming forth from the heavenly realm into the natural realm. Holy angels are present in vast numbers and are eagerly awaiting opportunities to minister powerfully upon the earth. Never before in my lifetime has prayer been so powerful and so often instantly carried out.

Heb. 12:22-24: ...you have come to Mount Zion and to the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to an innumerable company of angels, to the general assembly and church of the firstborn who are registered in heaven, to God the Judge of all, to the spirits of just men made perfect, to Jesus the Mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel.

The shaking of the earth has surely begun and will grow stronger as the voice of God speaks from heaven through His trumpets of revival. He is speaking passionate pleas for repentance and turning from dead works. There has never been and will never be again a time exactly like this shaking of God that is beginning to be spoken into the world. It will not be good to ignore the voice of God and fail to adjust to the season of kingdom revival at hand.

Heb. 12:25-26: See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, "Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven."

What about false prophets and impure ministers?

No doubt there are tares among the good grain in the field of God’s fruitful outpouring in the world. The enemy has surely planted his seeds among the good

seed, and will then expose his own works in an attempt to cause doubt and unbelief in the mighty work of God. His strategy is to discredit the works of God, by causing naive Christians and others to believe the revival is entirely the enemy’s work and not the work of God.

God, in His wonderful mercy and abundant grace, has made provision for correcting this situation and told us about it in His Word. The workers of God’s field are instructed not to pull up the tares lest they destroy the good grain. The part God’s workers have in dealing with the tares is to pray according to the Word of God for angels to gather them out. The angels will not only remove and burn the tares, but they will also see that the good fruit makes it safely to its desired goal and is not lost.

Mat. 13:24-30: Another parable He put forth to them, saying: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat and went his way. But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, 'Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?'

"He said to them, 'An enemy has done this.' The servants said to him, 'Do you want us then to go and gather them up?' But he said, 'No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. 'Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, "First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn."'

Mat. 13:37-39: He answered and said to them: "He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels."

The kingdom of God must grow within the people of God.

The kingdom of God potential is seeded within believers and must mature to fruitfulness in the good heart soil, the soul (mind, will, and emotions) of God’s people. The souls of most Christians are damaged, perverted, and contaminated by many generations of demonic deception, religious error, and abuse. People have been trained and are skilled in the programs of the enemy. The world’s basic programs of understanding and practice are primarily those from the kingdom of darkness.

Large scale cleansing, healing, and reprogramming of the souls of God's people must take place for the kingdom seed (word) to grow into reality in the world. Christians must be reprogrammed from the ways that are currently ruling the world to the ways of God. No man or teaching system can effectively do this job. Only God Himself, working by His Spirit, can reprogram the souls of men to align with and bring forth, the kingdom of God.

God and His angels are renewing the hearts of His people. The powerful presence of God and ministering spirits (angels) are by supernatural power changing yielded individuals, reprogramming them to the ways of God. Some may lie quietly for hours in the presence of God while spiritual visions instruct or alter the person. A deep awareness of love for God leads to unrestrained worship and mighty surges of praise

to God. These conditions may happen again and again as God brings layer after layer of deep repentance and healing of the soul.

Changes, after spending time in the presence of God, are evident. Where there was selfishness, there is caring; where there was pride, there is humility; where there was depression, there is joy; where there was frustration and concern, there is peace; where there was fear, there is increased faith; where there was pain and bitterness, there is forgiveness and love; where there was shyness, there is boldness; where there was religious debate, there is powerful revelation of God and His kingdom.

God is preparing a people of kingdom destiny.

An army of God is being formed from the battered and bruised children of God, who are coming out of mixtures of darkness into the pure light of the glorious kingdom of God. Christ the King is manifesting in His people. Young people and children are being affected. Some small children are becoming specially equipped to carry the kingdom of God further in their generation. The generational regeneration tendencies will produce a more holy, more powerful generation of believers than the world has seen since the first century. These equipped and empowered children of God will overpower the works of darkness with the light and love of God.

Supernatural gifts, anointing, and powerful prayer will seem natural to these spiritually equipped servants of the Most High. Their capacity to know and use the Word of God will exceed that of previous generations. Spiritual warfare will move to new levels as the children of God overpower the strongest sorcerers and the most cunning deceivers attempting to continue ruling the minds of men and, subsequently, the world.

Christians that are alive on the earth at this time have both a great blessing to be a part of what God is doing and an awesome responsibility. God’s intercessors and prayer warriors must rise to the occasion. Many must accept the call to spiritual warfare and take whatever action is necessary to get into the war.

Never before have the fields been more ready for harvest. This is not a time to wait or hold back. Rather it is a time for every called and gifted believer to release his or her gifts however and wherever God leads. This is not a time to look back at our failures or lack of productivity of the past. With the anointing of God in the presence of the fire of kingdom revival, some things that would not work before may be very productive now. God is looking for those who will hold back nothing and seek Him with their whole hearts.

PRAY WITH ME

God, give us an ear to hear Your direction in these powerful times.

Father, we repent for our failure to fully enter into Your plan and work. We choose to turn from anything that hinders or restrains us from fully entering into the gifts and callings that You have given.

Father, we ask, in the name of Jesus, for wisdom to know what is really important in our lives and what is not. We ask, Father, for anointing and

power of Your Spirit to lay down those things that are not really important and to carry out the work and ministry that You empower us to do.

Father, in the name of Jesus, we come boldly before Your throne of Grace. We receive mercy and grace. We thank You, Father, that we can do all things through Christ Who strengthens us, that nothing is impossible to us who believe.

We pray for the fires of revival to fill our own souls and to spread to the uttermost parts of the world.

In the name of Jesus, we stand against all the works of darkness. We thank You, Father, that the Lord Jesus Christ has already appeared for this reason, to destroy the works of the devil. Thank You that He has disarmed him, made a public display of him, and totally stripped him of all rights.

Thank You, Father, that we have power in the name of Jesus over all the power of the enemy.

In the name of Jesus, we command you, Satan and all powers of darkness, release those held in captivity. We bind the power of spiritual blindness, darkness, deception, and delusion in the name of Jesus. We bind the power of religious spirits and come against all religious strongholds in Jesus’ name. We speak the destruction of religious strongholds, of man’s traditions, and doctrines of demons in the name of Jesus.

We ask You, Father, in the name of Jesus, to release spirits of revelation, understanding, wisdom, truth, and light into the hearts of those previously held captive. We pray for Your Word to become alive to us. Give us a great hunger for Your Word and Your presence.

Father, we ask that laborers be sent forth into the harvest. We pray for these who are set free to be strengthened and empowered by Your Spirit and Your Word to enter into the harvest fields.

And we say, Father, here am I, send me. Let Your will be fully accomplished in our lives. We pray for Your kingdom to come and Your will to be done in our lives today.

We thank You and praise You, Father, for Your awesome greatness and Your immeasurable love. Thank You, Father for Your abundant grace and endless mercy. We worship You, almighty God, in the name of Jesus. Amen.

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SPIRITUAL AND NATURAL REALMS (#045)

The natural or earthly realm and the spiritual or heavenly realm coexist simultaneously.

For the sake of understanding, one might compare this to radio and other transmitted, electronic frequencies. Many different signals exist carrying many different formats and programs in the same place at the same time on separate independent frequencies. With the proper receiver and transmitter equipment, one may monitor or transact the exchange of information on any channel or frequency by tuning to that frequency. Reality at one frequency is not accessible to another frequency and does not appear to exist to other frequencies.

The spiritual realm might be likened to a higher frequency and the natural realm to a lower frequency. God and angels are spirits and therefore, exist in the spiritual or heavenly realm or frequency. At the same time in the same place, man and all earthly things exist in the natural realm or frequency. Redeemed man is a living spirit and therefore, has the potential to relate to the spiritual realm. Man is also an earthling living in a natural body with a natural brain that functions in the natural realm. Natural, unredeemed man cannot see into or hear from the spiritual realm on his own. He can only discern natural things; spiritual things do not appear to exist to him.

It is as though a veil exists between the reality of spiritual things and the reality of natural things. To move through that veil, one must change to the different frequency of the other side. For an angel to be visible in the natural realm, the frequency of existence must be changed to one close to that of natural man. At some point of slowing down the frequency, the spirit may begin to be partially visible with the natural eye. In order for man to interact in the spiritual realm, he must tune to the frequency of the spiritual instead of the frequency of the natural.

The Baptism of the Holy Spirit

There has been much confusion and debate among individual Christians and denominations regarding the filling of the Holy Spirit and/or the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Scripture clearly speaks of being filled with the Spirit and of being baptized in the Spirit. Filling of the Spirit might be likened to spiritual presence coming from the spiritual realm to our side of the veil into our existence or realm and filling our being. Being baptized in the Spirit might be likened to being submersed into the spiritual realm on the other side of the veil. A person baptized into the spiritual realm has greater access to the spiritual realm or frequency. It is as if one is given a more powerful transmitter and receiver to do business on the heavenly or spiritual frequency.

The supernatural gifts are more available to one baptized in the Holy Spirit. It is easier to see into the spiritual realm and to hear God more clearly. Therefore, one can more accurately represent God’s desire and plans into the earth. Many Christians consider speaking in unknown tongues as an evidence of being baptized in the Holy Spirit because it requires hearing from the spiritual realm and representing what is

heard by speaking it into the natural realm. This is the basis for much ministry from God to man. Preaching, teaching, prophesying, words of knowledge, words of wisdom, and all other spiritual ministry to man must originate from one hearing or seeing in the spiritual realm and representing or bringing forth what God is saying and doing.

Prayer involves speaking into and hearing from the spiritual realm.

Effective intercessory prayer can occur when one crosses over into the spiritual realm. The spiritual realm is the greater realm. The spiritual originally created the natural. The power to create or recreate the natural is in the spiritual realm. God Who is the creator of all is Spirit. The natural realm is changed as one enters the spiritual realm, discerns the will of God, prays to the Father in the name of Jesus, and then from the spiritual realm speaks forth the will of God into the natural realm.

The devil is a fallen angel.

Angels are spirits; therefore, Satan and all his demons do business on the spiritual frequency. That is to say they exist in the spiritual realm. Although natural man is not sensitive to the spiritual realm, demon spirits often assist natural man in sorcery, magic, and different, supernatural spirit crafts. A natural man participating in occult practices is informed by and guided by demons. Not being able to see clearly into the spiritual realm, the deceived sorcerer may think that God is his source. Also, the believer who is not yet baptized in the Spirit is unable to tell the difference and may fear receiving the baptism of the Spirit and entering into the spiritual realm. He may ascribe the works of the Spirit of God to demons.

To war against the powers of darkness, one must also cross over into the spiritual realm.

In the name of Jesus, we have authority over all the powers of darkness in the spiritual realm. Satan and every demon must obey any believer who truly speaks with the spiritual authority of Jesus. However, Satan and the powers of darkness are given certain authority by the Word of God. There are certain conditions in which the powers of darkness are given permission by God in His Word to attack and do harm. All of these conditions are brought about by man’s decisions and actions. It is man who gives the powers of darkness opportunity to do their dirty work. The enemy knows his legal rights that are given by God and written in the Bible.

In a word, sin gives the enemy legal right or license to attack and torment Christians. In another word, repentance removes the license to attack or torment believers. Of course the unrepentant sinner who has rejected Christ has no defense against the wiles of the devil and must depend on believers for any protection that he may have.

In an earlier Kingdom Growth Guide, we dealt with unforgiveness, one of the major, legal rights given the enemy in the Word. Another major, legal right of the enemy is disobedience. To know the will of God and not do it is disobedience and sin.

James 4:17: Therefore, to him who knows to do good and does not do it, to him it is sin.

Deuteronomy 28:15: "But it shall come to pass, if you do not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to observe carefully all His commandments and His statutes which I command you today, that all these curses will come upon you and overtake you."

Deuteronomy 28:45-46: Moreover all these curses shall come upon you and pursue and overtake you, until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you.

A biblical word for a legal right of the enemy is a "curse."

Christ has redeemed us from the curse (Gal 3:10-13). However, to think that one can walk in unrepentant sin and not open the door to the enemy is foolishness. To begin to appropriate the work of God to be fully protected from the work of the enemy, one must repent

In addition to unforgiveness and disobedience, other areas of legal rights in the Word giving the enemy license to attack are: iniquity of the fathers, spoken words, judgments, improper vows, occult involvement, and improper soul ties.

The conditions that give the enemy license must be corrected.

Before a lasting work of deliverance from the work of the enemy in a person’s life can be affected, the conditions that give the enemy license must be corrected. Jesus has provided all that is necessary to completely rectify the condition and set the person free. There is nothing lacking in the work of Jesus. The need is to appropriate the work of Jesus into the life situation. For example, we all know that Christ died to save every person in the world. However, not all are saved. Some have appropriated the work of Christ while others have not. Some are reborn and some are not. Those who believe and confess with the mouth are saved. Those, who do not, are not saved even though the work of Christ and the grace of God are sufficient and available to save them (Rom 10:8-10).

The same thing is true with all the provisions of God through Jesus Christ. There is always an acceptance factor on the part of each person. Even though Christ has provided salvation including deliverance and healing, it will not be forced upon an unbeliever. One must believe in the heart and confess with the mouth to bring forth the provisions of Christ. Thus, a work of believing (faith) and speaking (prayer) is involved in appropriating the works of Jesus to set us free and to heal wounds from the enemy.

Obviously, the enemy must prevent believing and powerful prayer if he is to retain hold on his captives. They are only captive as long as they do not believe in the power and provision of the resurrected Christ in their heart and do not confess with their mouth unto healing and deliverance (salvation, "sozo"*).

*G4982. sozo, sode'-zo; from a prim. sos (contr. for obsol. saos, "safe"); to save, i.e. deliver or protect (lit. or fig.):--heal, preserve, save (self), do well, be (make) whole.

The enemy will bring strong delusions wherever he can. He will send spirits of spiritual blindness, darkness, deception and delusion to cloud the spiritual mind of

the captives to keep them from seeing the truth in the spiritual realm. For those entrapped by "pharmakeia"* (drugs, alcohol, witchcraft, occult, etc.), he will send mean and violent demon spirits to torment and lead them into blatantly evil lifestyles.

*G5331. pharmakeia, far-mak-i'-ah; from G5332; medication ("pharmacy"), i.e. (by extens.) magic (lit. or fig.):--sorcery, witchcraft.

For those entrapped in religion, he will send demon spirits masquerading in the costume of angels of light to subversively plant debate, strife, gossip, backbiting, accusation, condemnation, secret lust, pornography, manipulation, lying, etc., hidden behind a mask of light. He will even use scripture to mislead and create doubts and unbelief.

The enemy has many schemes or patterns of activity. Each and every scheme depends on spiritual blindness and deception to prevent the captive from knowing that the prison doors are open and that through Jesus one can walk out of all bondages to freedom in the kingdom of Christ.

Isa 61:1: "The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, Because the LORD has anointed Me To preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives, And the opening of the prison to those who are bound.

Luke 4:18: The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised.

The Spirit of the Lord will proclaim and preach liberty, the opening of the prison, healing to the brokenhearted, and recovery of sight to the blind. Proclaiming and preaching is speaking. The Spirit of Christ within you can use your voice to speak healing to the bondages, bruises, and blindness inflicted by the enemy. The power of the Spirit of Christ can destroy the strongholds of the enemy.

If we can see these things within ourselves, we can deal with them within ourselves. We can speak to the conditions in our own life by the Spirit of the Lord, which is speaking in the name of Jesus, and drive the enemy from our land.

Merely using the name of Jesus in our prayer and proclamation is not speaking in the name of Jesus. To speak in the name of Jesus one must speak from the Spirit of Christ, from the spiritual realm. To attempt to vainly use the name of Jesus, without being filled with the Spirit of Christ and without seeing or hearing from the spiritual authority in Jesus, will not be effective and can cause increased disorder.

Acts 19:13-16: Then some of the itinerant Jewish exorcists took it upon themselves to call the name of the Lord Jesus over those who had evil spirits, saying, "We exorcise you by the Jesus whom Paul preaches." Also there were seven sons of Sceva, a Jewish chief priest, who did so.

And the evil spirit answered and said, "Jesus I know, and Paul I know; but who are you?" Then the man in whom the evil spirit was leaped on them, overpowered them, and prevailed against them, so that they fled out of that house naked and wounded.

Another spiritual person is needed to bind spiritual blindness and darkness.

If one cannot see clearly because of the work of spiritual blindness or darkness, one will continue to experience doubt, unbelief, and confusion. One may feel it necessary to defend one’s self and one’s religious beliefs and enter into debate with the works of God. If this is the case, God can provide another person to be used of God to flow the ministry of Jesus to intercede and bind the spiritual blindness, doubt, and unbelief so that one may see, believe and be changed. The person interceding becomes a minister and must be led of the Spirit to help one come to Jesus and receive the work of healing and deliverance from the enemy’s wounds and bondages.

James 5:16: Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much.

The power of prayer of two in agreement is awesome in the spiritual realm. The spiritual prayer of two in agreement, in the name of Jesus, is like the voice of God, completely overpowering all enemy spirits. All evil spirits must absolutely obey the commands of one praying or speaking in the name of Jesus.

Mat 18:18-20: Assuredly, I say to you, whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven. "Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. "For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them.

For those entrapped by spiritual blindness and delusion, the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man is needed to avail the spiritual work of binding the works of the powers of darkness and loosing the works of the Spirit of truth and light into the heart of the one in bondage. When the evil spirits are bound, the person should be able to begin to see the light and truth of God and His Word. If the license is not soon removed, this binding will only be temporary. Without this powerful, spiritual help, the person will remain blinded and unable to receive the spiritual truth and virtue that would save, heal, and deliver him.

The decision to repent is the responsibility of individuals once they see their need.

When the light enters a person’s heart, he or she can and must then decide to receive the light, come into agreement with God, repent of sin, and begin receiving the grace of God. No one can force another to receive the light of God and turn from his or her sin. Each person must make his own decisions. However, the person in spiritual darkness, covered by evil spirits of spiritual blindness, deception, and delusion, does not have the opportunity to receive the light until spiritual power is brought forth by prayer to temporarily bind (stop) the work of the enemy and allow the light of God to get in.

2 Cor 4:4: … whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them.

Once the spirits of darkness are bound, the Holy Spirit must bring forth the Word of God. Speaking good thoughts or wisdom to the person at this time is not necessarily helpful. Speaking the Word of God is the only powerful tool the Holy Spirit needs to bring forth the light and power of God into the person’s heart and life. The Word of God is the sword of the Spirit for permanently destroying the work of the enemy.

Eph 6:17: And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

Once the person has received the Word and responded in agreement with it, powerful prayer of agreement can effectively appropriate the work of Jesus by the Spirit of God and holy angels to drive the enemy from them and begin healing their heart and life from the afflictions of the enemy. The individual now has the power within himself to submit to God and resist the devil.

James 4:7-8: Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.

In the final state, every person’s healing and deliverance is between the person and Jesus. The minister can only help by adding his or her faith to the situation to bring forth or appropriate the work of the Spirit of Christ to push back the darkness; and then, by the Spirit of Christ, speak the Word of God into the heart and life.

As the Word and Spirit of God enter the heart, the person will be shown his sin by the Spirit and the Word. As he or she then repents turning from disobedience and begins to walk in the Spirit, which produces obedience to God, the enemy’s legal rights are canceled and destroyed.

Gal 5:16, 25: I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh. If we live in the Spirit, let us also walk in the Spirit.

The powers of darkness no longer have any legal right to torment or stress the person. The devil is a liar and a cheater and will continue to try to stress the person by deceit. He will bring up the old, past sins and disobedience in an attempt to torment them (John 8:44). One need only continue to submit to God, draw near to Him and RESIST the devil and he must flee. Resisting the devil simply means exercising one’s authority over him by speaking forth the truth of God and commanding him in the name of Jesus to be gone.

A NEW CREATION

When an individual’s sins are forgiven by the blood of Jesus they no longer exist in the spiritual realm at all. God puts them away as far as the east is from the west. They no longer exist. They are permanently and forever blotted out by the blood of Jesus.

Psa 103:12: As far as the east is from the west, So far has He removed our transgressions from us.

Isa 1:18: "Come now, and let us reason together," Says the LORD, "Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.

1 John 1:7: But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.

2 Cor 5:17: Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

We are a new creation. God chooses to retain no remembrance of our sin. We are pure and holy in Christ. As we walk in Him, in the Spirit of Christ, we walk in love for Him and our neighbor and do not walk in sin (Gal 5:16) (Rom 8:1) (1 John 2:1).

If, however, we should slip out of walking in the Spirit of Christ and stumble, we have only to quickly repent and turn back to walking in the Spirit of God and again the blood of Jesus cleanses us. We are again a new creation in Christ Jesus. The devil has no legal place, but we may need to confront him and resist his unlawful attempt to deceive us into receiving his stress and torment.

MINISTERING AS CHRIST

The Spirit of Christ within the Body of Christ today will pray and minister as Jesus Christ prayed and ministered when He was on the earth in His natural body. Jesus spent much time alone with the Father speaking to and hearing from Him. He made His petitions to the Father alone in communion with Him. After communing with the Father, Jesus knew the Father’s will and what the Father was doing before going among the people to minister. He had already brought His petitions before the Father and had heard and seen what the Father was doing. He did not go to the people to minister to them without asking the Father what He was doing in the matter. When He did confront the situation’ He spoke to it with authority and commanded the enemy and all of creation involved to come into order with the will of the Father.

John 5:19: Then Jesus answered and said to them, "Most assuredly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of Himself, but what He sees the Father do; for whatever He does, the Son also does in like manner.

SPEAK TO THE SITUATION

The powerful Spirit of Christ in His Bride will know the will of God and what He is doing and speak in power directly to the condition. In the name of Jesus the believer can command the powers of darkness and not continue to cry out to God for what He has already provided.

The minister must speak to the condition, the disorder, the disease, the demon, the storm, or whatever God wants to change commanding in the name of Jesus that the situation come into order and alignment with the will and Word of God. The believer must hear and see what the Father is doing, get in alignment with it, and flow with it. He or she must speak the will of God with the authority of the name of Jesus.

The spiritual realm is greater than the natural realm. When the work is done in the spiritual realm, it will manifest in time into the natural realm.

The work and power of God is activated by faith, which is an undoubting belief within the believer. Nothing is impossible to him that believes. What the Body of Christ believes and speaks will have an effect in the world. Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the spoken word of God.

Rom 10:17: So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

When a believer spends time with the Father hearing His word and seeing His will, faith is brought forth. When God by revelation clearly speaks something to a believer, all doubt is gone and faith is effortless. It comes by the word of God spoken or shown to the believer while in communion with Him. The power of prayer comes from hearing and seeing what the Father is doing and speaking and doing what He is doing.

One must not return to the tree of knowledge of good and evil and endeavor to figure out what God is doing. One must continue to partake of the tree of life and hear by revelation what God is already doing and get in on it by getting in alignment with what one hears and sees Him doing.

Trying to figure out what God is doing from one’s own perspective can lead to sorcery as one begins to believe his own plan and speaks it forth into the world. One can actually become a hindrance to the will and plan of God by praying and speaking soulish prayers from one’s own mind, will, and emotions as opposed to hearing God’s desire in the particular matter at hand. All things are possible to him that believes, either godly or ungodly.

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KINGDOM FREEDOM 1 (#046)

Jesus said you shall know the truth and the truth shall make you free.

John 8:31b-32: "If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed."And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free."

What is freedom and what is not? Am I really free? How can the truth make me free? How can abiding in His word make one free? Can one truly become politically free, economically free, socially free by abiding in the word of Christ, becoming His disciple, and knowing the truth? And, if one can become free through this process, can an entire nation possibly become free? And if a nation can become free, can the whole world potentially become free?

In the past church age the emphasis was on church as opposed to the emerging emphasis of the kingdom of God. In the church-emphasis age, the Bible was generally interpreted as having value primarily only to one’s "Christian life", or religious training and experience. God and His word were not sincerely valued as the source of wisdom and guidance for governing our entire lives or the governments of the world.

Many Christians, who have been educated by either religious and/or secular higher educational systems, have been trained to not value the Word and ways of God as realistic guidance for all governing aspects of life in the world. This has resulted in a multitude of various forms of bondage or slavery. Social, political, financial, physical, spiritual, and many other forms of restraints have taken control of the world’s people and, subsequently, its governing systems.

The deception of inverted perception

An inversion of truth has occurred which tends to see the Word and ways of God as bondages that limit the freedom of individuals to participate in activities of carnal pleasure. The truth is that carnal pleasures only temporarily satisfy and always create a desire for more. In order to continue the individual’s sense of satisfaction, one must continuously have new and increasing activities of carnal pleasure. Therefore, they become a lifestyle of addiction or bondage, stealing the individual’s personal freedom to make real and free choices in life. The activities of the person’s life become those that lead to the fulfillment or satisfaction of the addiction and not those that lead to prosperous production and true freedom in all areas of life and government.

The lack of productive and prosperous activity creates a dependent person, one who is dependent on someone or something else to provide life’s necessities and external direction or control for life.

Freedom means to be at liberty, at liberty to make decisions without the despotic control of another external force. Some antonyms of freedom are: dependence, restriction, bondage, servitude, slavery, imprisonment, and captivity. Any thing

that brings one toward dependency is leading away from freedom and toward bondage or slavery to that thing.

Most people in the church-emphasis age did not understand the difference between independence and freedom. Many have been deceived into believing that independence from any guidance in their lives except their own mind was freedom. Independence from all authority, including God, is not freedom! Ungodly or carnal living is not freedom and does not lead to life. On the contrary it leads toward bondage and death, not freedom and life. Individuals, families, governments, institutions and systems of life will fail if the deception of carnal independence from God and His ways continues long enough. Death is the final result of independence from God and His ways. We are either slaves of sin unto death or slaves of God’s righteousness unto life.

Rom 6:16-19, 20-21: Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.

For when you were slaves of sin, you were free in regard to righteousness. What fruit did you have then in the things of which you are now ashamed? For the end of those things is death.

People in the kingdom-emphasis age are beginning to understand that freedom comes only from knowing the truth that God is the creator and designer of life and that He knows best how to live life and how to govern in such a way as to produce true freedom and prosperity in every aspect of life.

The church age people have tried to adapt principles from the Word of God to develop laws and rules for governing in the world. Often, the attempt to use the moral principles of the Word of God to establish rule in the world was met with much resistance by those who feared the loss of carnal independence. Subsequent democratic attempts to compromise the ways of God to satisfy the carnal minds and personal addictions of the people have increasingly deteriorated life over the entire world.

During the past church-emphasis age, people retreated within the church walls and left the world to its own end. The great fallacy of the churches isolationist philosophy is that no one in the world is truly isolated from the results of the actions of others.

In the emerging age of the kingdom of God, people are returning to life, returning to rule and reign with Christ and are beginning to have an impact upon the world. The great sleeping giant, the people of God who were asleep and in bondage in the church, are awakening and moving into life in the world. Kingdom-age people are realizing that the renewal of their mind to the Word and Spirit of God can bring the ways of God into their own lives and then into their families, communities, nations and, eventually, into the entire world. No longer are we focused on the problems of the world but upon the possibility and potential of the power of God to change the world.

Ruling and reigning with Jesus now

John 1 teaches us that Jesus was the Word and that He became flesh and dwelt among us. That same Jesus was crucified, resurrected from the dead, ascended to the right hand of the Father, and returned to the earth at Pentecost in the Holy Spirit, not just to dwell among us but to actually dwell within believers. To abide in the Word we must abide in Christ, We must abide in the Spirit of the resurrected Christ. Only as we walk in the Spirit can we be delivered from walking in the carnal mind of the flesh (Gal 5:16). Only as we abide in Him and He within us by His Spirit can we know the truth and bring forth into the world His ways of life and government of all aspects of life in the world.

As we yield to His Spirit and renew our minds from our carnal and religious church age ways to His righteous and kingdom age ways, we can rule and reign with Him now in this life (2 Tim. 2:12; Rev 5:10). His thoughts are higher than our thoughts (Isa. 55:8-9). He must live in us and produce His thoughts, His way of thinking and doing. We shall live by the faith of the Son of God or we shall die by our carnal minds (Gal. 2:20; Rom 8:13).

John 15:4-11: "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me. "I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.

"If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned.

If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you. "By this My Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit; so you will be My disciples.

"As the Father loved Me, I also have loved you; abide in My love."If you keep My commandments, you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and abide in His love. "These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full.

Carnal pleasures never bring lasting joy.

Joy is an inner excitement of peace that endures. Joy is peace excited. Peace is joy at rest. Certainly, carnal pleasure is fun for a season. However, it will soon disappear leaving emptiness until the next participation in an activity of fleshly pleasure. This is true for nations just as it is true for individuals. The nation or the individual, without the joy of the Lord, must depend on manipulation, strife, and war to obtain the ingredients needed for carnal pleasures in order to obtain temporary satisfaction and a short-lived sense of happiness.

One of the greatest, natural, carnal pleasures is to rule over other people - to be Number One, to be better than others, to have power over others. Men involve themselves in conflicts that range from simple parlor games to great sports activities, business ventures, and all-out wars, in an attempt to be greater and to have more than others. Individuals strive against individuals, families against families, tribes against tribes, and nations against nations, all in an effort to be Number one and to take the things that others have for their own carnal pleasure. The more riches one can obtain and the more luxury one can purchase, the more

carnal pleasure one can have. I once saw a slogan on a shirt that read, "He who dies with the most toys wins". I later saw another one that read, "He who dies with the most toys, still dies."

The second greatest, carnal pleasure is probably sexual stimulation and activity. The world has moved gradually but steadily toward immorality and extreme sexual perversions in its search for satisfaction from carnal pleasure. Just as common, if not more so, is the practice of overeating for carnal pleasure. Recreational immorality and recreational eating are common forms of seeking carnal pleasure to replace the joy of the Lord that is lost from not abiding in Jesus.

One of the most severe forms of seeking carnal pleasure is the abuse of drugs and alcohol. For a short season one can alter the body chemistry with drugs and alcohol in such a way as to deceive the brain into a peaceful and pleasurable kind of feeling. However, like all other carnal pleasures, it does not last. More and more is required to get the same feeling as the addiction grows into a life-controlling bondage.

The joy of the Lord produces real freedom. In the kingdom age men and women are learning that abiding in Jesus, in His Word, and in His love causes His joy to remain in them and their joy to be full. Full joy dissolves the lust for carnal pleasures such as, ruling over others, being Number One, having more things, sexual immorality, sexual perversions, recreational overeating and others. The joy of the Lord is our strength to overcome the bondages of addictions to carnal pleasures and to walk in true freedom. The intense drive for carnal pleasure is destroyed by the indwelling Spirit of Christ (Col 1:27). Carnal pleasures pale in the light of the inner joy of the Lord when we truly abide in Him and He abides in us.

Personal freedom of the individual eventually leads toward national freedom. Spiritual freedom leads to moral freedom and then to financial freedom. Political freedom will eventually result when the masses continue in personal freedom. Only by abiding in the ways of God through Christ Jesus can freedom come forth in the world.

Someone has said that freedom is never granted by the oppressor. There will, indeed, be a great cost in obtaining freedom in our world. Throughout history many have died in an attempt to gain and maintain even a pseudo freedom or independence. Many fighting for a pseudo freedom were not really free but were servants to one form of carnal pleasure or another or some form of humanistic or religious philosophy of government. Subsequently, many who won the wars for freedom have then imposed their own brand of bondage upon others.

The cost of real freedom began with the death of Christ Jesus on the cross and the martyrdom of first century apostles. No man can number the multitudes of godly men and women who have been slain and shall be slain as the war for freedom on the earth roars toward a climactic end.

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KINGDOM FREEDOM 2 (#047)

The weapons of our warfare are not carnal but spiritual for the pulling down of strongholds.

2 Cor 10:3-6: For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.

The war is won or lost in the minds and hearts of men.

The true oppressor is not white over black, communism against democracy, gentile against Jew, Protestant against Catholic, or any other human or natural thing. The true oppressor is the spiritual enemy of God and man. The enemy uses all of these differences to inflame prejudice, fear, and strife in an attempt to rob the world of freedom. He desires to control and to become Number One, equal to God (Isa 14:12-14).

The good news is that Jesus has completely defeated the devil and now lives in believers to destroy all the work of the enemy (Col 2:15) (1 John 3:8b) (Luke 10:19a).

The bad news is that people of the world have been deceived and entrapped into seeking carnal pleasure, instead of delighting in the Lord and experiencing the joy of the Lord. The joy of the Lord will overcome the enemy’s ability to corrupt an individual’s life, and thereby take away his ability to steal freedom.

Neh 8:10b: Do not sorrow, for the joy of the LORD is your strength."

The devil has only the power relinquished to him by the people.

God has given dominion to man and has defeated the enemy. God has not rescinded His position of giving rule of the earth to mankind (Gen 1:26-28). Man lives or dies by the decisions that he makes. God will not intervene without man’s agreement. The plan and work of God on earth will not come to pass without man’s participation.

God had to become the man, Jesus, to carry out redemption and His plan on earth. Only mankind had the God-given authority to rule in the earth. Therefore, it was necessary that redemption come through a man. Jesus was that man and now can live in man by the Spirit of Christ and can carry out the will of God on earth. Only with the permission and participation of men will it be done, and only by the indwelling presence and power of the resurrected Christ can it be accomplished.

Man has given power to the devil by his collective decision to turn from the ways of God and from abiding in Christ to seeking carnal pleasures. The beautiful but cunning

serpent of Genesis Chapter 3, who tempted Eve in the Garden of Eden, has become the ferocious, fiery red dragon of Revelation 12 by the power given unto him by the people of the world.

Christ Jesus, living in His people, is the power to restore what fallen mankind has lost.

Is it possible that man now has the potential of Christ within to completely bind the enemy’s power and bring forth the plan and will of God on earth? Is it possible that destruction of evil is now within the potential of Christ in man? Is it possible that the Word of God is true and that good can overcome evil? Could it be that the Spirit of Christ bringing forth His love in the body of Christ throughout the world can bring forth righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit and overcome the evil of the world?

If we look at the problem, the multitudes of evil men bent on destruction, and the great deceptive philosophy of seeking carnal pleasure that rules men around the world, it does not seem possible. To the natural mind it is impossible that so much evil can be defeated and the kingdom of God come forth to rule the world. Looking at the giants in the land is exactly what the enemy desires for us to do (Num 13:32-14-1).

The victory waits only for men to have faith and believe the Word of God. Faith comes where there is righteousness, peace, and the joy of the Lord. Faith in God cannot be strong in carnal pleasure seekers. The prayers and faith of righteous men will unleash the power of God to change the world. The great outpourings of the Spirit of God upon His mature sons can bring forth renewal, and people can repent of seeking carnal pleasures and turn to God by the millions.

Powerful "day of the Lord" events can quickly change everything.

The great, apocalyptic, cataclysmic events of the book of Revelation can destroy evil works and quickly alter the entire scheme of things in the world. Yes, it may be a bloody, fiery road to freedom of the world, but God can protect and deliver His children. The kingdoms of the world will become the kingdoms of our God (Rev 11:15). We will rule and reign in the earth with Him (2 Tim 2:12). We will overcome the evil one by the blood of the Lamb and the word of our testimony. There is nothing too hard for the Lord (Gen 18:14).

Rev 12:11: "And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.

In the church age, for the most part, Christianity was something people added to their lives. It was a part of their lives that helped them to be good citizens. In the kingdom, Christ Jesus IS our life, not a part of our lives.

Everything in the kingdom begins with the King, Christ Jesus. Our very lives must be given into His hand. Whether we live long or die young in battle, we are the Lord’s and will be present with Him. Whether we live or die, we shall ever be with the Lord.

Rom 14:8: For if we live, we live to the Lord; and if we die, we die to the Lord. Therefore, whether we live or die, we are the Lord's.

Adding God into our lives as part will never bring freedom to us and to our world. Only as men wholly give themselves to the Lord will they find real purpose in the job they are given to do. They will do every task as unto the Lord and will be better at every work the Lord gives them. They will serve God wholeheartedly in all they do as they serve God by serving others. Much more will be accomplished and greater prosperity will result from seeking to serve rather than seeking to gain for carnal pleasure.

Kingdom freedom is within the heart and mind of the individual.

Truly, the kingdom of God is within you (Luke 17:21). We cannot be free in the world until we are free in our hearts. The masses cannot be changed except individual’s hearts are changed within. There may be millions being changed in an instant, but the release of freedom still occurs individually in hearts.

Everything else will follow the mind and heart. We must come to the realization that the rule of the world is within the hearts and minds of men. What we think and believe is far more important than most have realized. The world and all of its complicated systems must respond to the faith and words of human beings. What people believe and say will manifest into the world.

The war is for the minds and hearts of men. The first battle of the war is the redemption of man. Men must come into contact with the living God and become connected to Him through Christ Jesus. Until the life is yielded to God and the Holy Spirit is indwelling and filling the life, the heart and mind will be in opposition to the will and kingdom of God. The battle is won or lost in what men believe in their hearts.

The just shall live by faith; the unjust shall die by fear and unbelief. What men believe in their hearts, they will speak with their mouths (Luke 6:45). What they believe and speak releases dominion forces given to man and begins to bring forth into the natural world the things man believes in his heart (Mark 11:23-24). Spiritual powers are poised to bring forth the thoughts and words of men into the world. The lips and the tongues of men are the source from which the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, can be launched into the world (Eph 6:17). As the resurrected Spirit of Christ dwelling within men speaks forth the empowered Word and will of God, it is planted into the hearts of others and into the world, and the world is moved toward freedom from the control of the enemy.

In the same way, evil words of unbelief, fear, and hatred are spoken forth from ungodly men’s hearts. Their lips and tongues release the power of the enemy to bring forth evil words as curses to affect the world and hinder God’s kingdom from coming forth on the earth.

The strongholds of the enemy are in the minds of men. The minds of men are controlled by the thoughts within, which are generated by the inputs coming into the mind. Whatever a person sees and hears over time will become reality to that person. The person will act and react in accordance with his or her perception of reality and their actions and reactions will affect change in the world. Therefore, the key to bringing forth the kingdom of God, God’s freedom and ways of life into the world, is planting the truth of God into the minds of men. By the preaching of the Word, the world can be delivered and walk in freedom (1 Cor 1:21).

There are two sources of input into the minds and hearts of men.

One source is the natural five senses - especially the eyes and ears. The other source is the spiritual five senses - especially the spiritual eyes and ears. Everything seen, heard, or felt by man has an effect upon the mind of the person. Every word whether a vision or a spoken word contains and communicates a thought or thoughts. The thought is planted in the mind of the one seeing, hearing, or feeling. In the mind a planted thought or vision can grow into a belief - especially if it is heard or seen often from what is considered to be a reliable source.

Every communication whether a word, thought, or feeling has its origin in either the truth of God, or the lies of the enemy.

Though often subtle and hidden, every story, word, or communication moves one toward the ways of God or toward the ways of the enemy depending upon the origin of the communication. A person’s mind is shaped into patterns of belief as a child and confirmed and modified as a person matures. The culmination of stored thoughts becomes the belief system of the life and will affect the destiny of the person. Subsequently, it will have an effect on the destiny of the world. Only by renewing the mind to the thoughts and ways of God can one be freed of the strongholds of thought patterns planted by the inputs of the enemy. Only by renewing the mind can one be filled with the powerful potential of God (Rom 12:2) (Eph 4:23) (Col 3:10).

Spiritual inputs from the Spirit of God within an individual can bring new images, words, and feelings directly from the Spirit of God into the mind of the believer. The visions, words, and feelings from the Spirit, if received and believed, can destroy old ways of thinking and bring new vision and power into the life and, subsequently, into the world. Spiritual gifts, such as prophesy are vital for those not yet skilled at receiving from the Spirit within themselves. A prophetic word can plant a picture, word, or a feeling from God into a life that can help bring forth the will and plan of God for the person.

In the same way, evil pictures, words, and feelings can be received in the minds of men directly from the powers of darkness. Evil communications can alter the patterns of thought within the mind and bring forth the plan and will of the devil into the world.

The choices that lead to freedom for the world begin with what men choose to see, hear, and feel. The things that are focused upon and allowed to remain in minds and hearts will bring forth the ways of God in the earth or the ways of the devil. It is up to us individually to choose what we will hear and see. Our choices will destine our thoughts, which will destine our actions, which will destine our lives, which will destine our world.

Freedom or bondage is a choice we make at the level of what we will look at and listen to. The feelings and thoughts we allow within our hearts and minds is the choice that leads to our freedom or bondage. The enemy desires that we believe that nothing can be done to change the world and that everybody is doing it this way or that way. So, we might as well do it the same way and enjoy carnal pleasures. He wants each of us to think something like, "I am only one person and can really do nothing to change the world. No one is going to know what things I allow in my thoughts, so it really does not matter very much what I think and do."

The sad truth is that the enemy need only deceive one person at a time to deceive the majority of the world. As long as believers think in this manner, the enemy can continue his evil works of bondage in the world. He can cause the church to remain in retreat within its own walls having little or no effect in establishing the kingdom of God, His ways and will into our world.

Thank God, now in our time the sons of God are awakening and coming forth proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom from heaven on earth. In this season, individuals are coming into intimacy with God, which causes them to seek and serve God with all their hearts. It does not matter if the whole world goes with them or not. These maturing sons of God will go anyway. It is not as important to them whether they have a lot or a little. The important thing to them is that God lives within them and is present with them. Long life is not their first priority. Their first and predominant concern is that the fullness of God comes forth in their lives faithfully completing their portion in the kingdom of God. Truly, the model prayer given by our Lord has become the theme and purpose of our lives.

Mat 6:9-10: "In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

When multitudes come into agreement with the will of God, the will of God is done in our lives and in the world. Do you see why it is such an important strategy of the enemy to divide and cause disagreement among believers? The great potential of millions of believers in agreement would bring a quick end to the enemy’s work in the world. He could no longer hinder the kingdom of God.

The enemy’s strategy of keeping minds focused on carnal television programming, movies, sports, video games, etc. is very important to him. These things contain subliminal and subtle thoughts and ways that will lead men away from the Word and ways of God. People, especially young people, will accept what they see and hear repeatedly; and, it will mold and shape their minds, which will mold and shape their lifestyle. We cannot focus our thinking on the things of carnal pleasure and expect to live the kingdom of God lifestyle. Feeding on the Word of God by the Spirit of God will produce the kingdom of God lifestyle.

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KINGDOM LIBERATION 1 (#048)

The price of freedom is often war. If an alien force occupies a land and will not relinquish control to the true government of the land, the people of the land will not be set free until the enemy forces are defeated and forced to release the land and its captives.

As a young boy I can clearly remember seeing newsreel films of the liberation of prisoners of war from concentration camps during World War II. I remember the pitiful, starved, skin-and-bone bodies of the men who had survived the ordeal and managed to stay alive long enough to be set free. Those who had any strength left had large smiles upon their bony faces as they embraced their liberators with great joy. Others were too far gone, too near death to get up and could barely manage a smile of gratitude. Many others were already dead from starvation and disease. The liberation had come too late for them.

Everyone wept and jumped for joy. It seemed to me the whole United States of America was weeping either for their pain and loss or for the great joy of seeing husbands, sons, and fathers set free from cruel bondage. When the war was finally over, there was great rejoicing with dancing, singing, shouting and jumping up and down for joy. Everyone wanted to hug someone, anyone. Yet, many moms went to their private place and wept for the sons that would never come home. Widows bitterly wept for a season and then usually were married again. However, the moms could never fill the empty place created by the loss of their son. They could only find solace in the fact that their sons had died for a good cause, the cause of freedom.

God gave His Son for the same cause, our freedom. Jesus died for our freedom from all the cruel bondages of the enemy, freedom to live in abundance of righteousness, peace, and joy. He purchased our freedom to live eternally with God forever delivered from the pain of being separated from Him by our sin. Jesus endured the cross to purchase our freedom to come into God’s presence to fully know His love that can overcome all evil in the world. Through Christ we have freedom to overcome fear, remorse, hate, anger, rage, greed, lust, and every evil that would beset us. We have freedom to experience the beauties of holiness and the lack of the frustration in our daily lives caused by evil. In Christ we have freedom to live in peace no matter what our circumstances and freedom to die to our old self life in order that Christ might fully live within us to do all He desires with our lives on earth.

The Blessings of the Lord drives out the enemy.

The presence of the Spirit of the Lord brings powerful love that drives out the enemy and destroys bondages. Christ Jesus has fully redeemed us from the curse and set us free. The primary work in assisting others in getting free from bondages is to assist them into the presence of the pure love of Jesus. Our warfare for them is from a place of rest in the victory already provided by Christ Jesus. Our primary focus is on the blessings of Christ Jesus and not the work of the enemy. There are individual cases where the Lord would have us to speak to the enemy strongholds in power.

Not every case requires specific attention. Where God is not speaking or showing us to speak deliverance we need not speak against the enemy or the stronghold. We should see and hear what God is doing and follow His leading. Most people will be set free in the presence of God by the blessings of Christ in Spirit led worship, prayer, and preaching of the Word in the Holy Spirit.

Yet, there still are many held in the cruel bondage of the enemy. They live in evil bondages of drugs, immorality, sexual perversions, pornography, alcohol, money, carnal pleasure-seeking, evil carousing, strife, hatred, fear, jealousy, insecurity, inferiority, gambling, pride, arrogance, religion, religious sects, cults, occult torments, blood lust, and demonic bondage of every sort. It is too late for many mothers’ sons and daughters who are already dead from their evil bondage. There is no consolation for their loss. Their children did not die for a good cause. They did not die for freedom; they died from the lack of freedom.

The Body of Christ is changing from a defensive mode to an offensive mode.

The victory is already won at the cross and now the resurrected Christ by the Holy Spirit is rising up within believers set free by the power and Spirit of God. Christ in His people is attacking the strongholds of the enemy setting the captives free. There is a new generation of children born of parents who are set free. These children will walk in a greater level of spiritual power. The power and potential of God is coming forth on earth in the purified children of God to destroy every stronghold of the enemy and set every captive free. The revivals of the past will seem small compared to demonstrations of spiritual power brought forth by the Spirit of Christ through a new generation of spiritual children with holy angels working with them.

Strongholds of the enemy must be destroyed on an individual basis. Strongholds are holds that the enemy has on individuals. They are primarily in the soul (the mind, will, and the emotions) of a person. A network of evil beliefs has grown into a stronghold from seeds of ideas planted in the soul. The stronghold enforced by evil spirits controls the person’s soul. The spirits first entice the person and then hook them into addictions and patterns of destructive behavior. The network is a tangle of lies that allows the powers of darkness to torment the soul and blind the spiritual eyes to truth. Those in bondage are prisoners of a spiritual war that most of the past generations of Christians did not even know was going on. In the past, the church did not show up for the war and the enemy won by default. Multitudes of precious lives have been wasted and many are held in bondage.

The weapons of our warfare are spiritual and must be fought in the spiritual realm and from a perspective of victory in Jesus.

2 Cor 10:3-5: For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.

Eph 6:12: For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places.

All that we need to attack and destroy strongholds of the enemy is in the Spirit of Christ and His words. The weapons of our warfare are spiritual prayer, speaking the words of God, praise, worship, and thanksgiving unto God. The joy of the Lord is our strength. Faith activates the power of the Word of God to destroy lies and establish truth. The all-powerful love of God flowing through the Spirit of Christ within the believer and out to those in need is the power of God to destroy the work of the enemy and tear down networks of lies, thoughts and beliefs planted by the enemy. The work of the Spirit destroys the yoke of bondage. The truth of the gospel of the kingdom of God brings abundant life and freedom.

The Lord does not use any one particular formula for destroying strongholds and setting His people free from the enemy’s bondages. Jesus healed and brought deliverance in different ways. He continues today to work through believers to heal and deliver in different ways. God’s Spirit uniquely ministers to different needs of different personalities who have different mixtures and degrees of wounds and bondages. In the past ministers unskilled in hearing and moving with the Holy Spirit often used a "shotgun" type of approach. In general they used a formula-type approach toward binding and casting out evil spirits. Formula prayers designed to hit a broad spectrum of possible needs were blasted out in the hope that some would hit the target. In some instances, additional wounds were caused by the portions of the blast that missed the mark and instead hit the person or others who were close to the person. The Holy Spirit is a much better marksman. Like a skilled surgeon, He can carefully discern the need, removes that which needs removing, and heals that which needs healing, without creating additional damage.

The Holy Spirit knows the type and level of ministry required in each situation. God does not send a bulldozer to remove a splinter from the finger. Nor does He send a pair of tweezers to move tons of dirt. People’s needs for healing and deliverance are extremely varied. They range from the demon-controlled serial murderer and the drug-addicted Satan worshipper to the naïve, young Christian who has been painfully rejected or who made a regrettable wrong choice. God loves them all and Jesus is the answer for them all. The method and the degree of ministry God will use are as varied as the persons and their needs.

In recent church history, there has been such a focus on being born again in order to go to heaven when one dies, that the powerful ministry of Jesus to heal the brokenhearted and set the captives free in this present life has been largely ignored. God is in the business of redeeming mankind’s spirit, soul, and body. One’s spirit is made alive, made a new creation, in an instant upon receiving the redemption of Christ by the Holy Spirit. The soul (mind, will, and emotions) is being saved by the process of the resurrected Christ by the Holy Spirit and the renewing of one’s mind.

One’s mind must be renewed, old patterns torn down, and new patterns established that conform to the words and ways of God. One’s self-will must be broken and conformed to the will of God and emotions healed by the Spirit of Christ. The process of salvation of one’s soul follows the instantaneous rebirth of one’s spirit. Healing for the body will often follow the salvation of one’s mind, will, and emotions.

1 Th 5:23-24: Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming (or

presence) of our Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.

Rom 12:2: And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Eph 4:22-23: That you put off, concerning your former conduct, the old man which grows corrupt according to the deceitful lusts, and be renewed in the spirit of your mind.

Heb 8:10b: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people.

1 Th 5:24: He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it.

What God tells us to do He will empower us to do by the power of His Spirit within us.

Phil 2:13: For it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.

Eph 3:16-20: That He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height; to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.

Luke 24:49: Behold, I send the Promise of My Father upon you; but tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high.

Assisting others to be healed and set free.

Power from on high indwelling the believer is the source of deliverance and healing first for one’s self and then in assistance to others. The power of the indwelling, resurrected Christ is more than enough to break every addiction, all bondage, every evil habit, and to drive off every evil spirit. No stronghold can stand in the face of the empowerment of the Spirit of God released in prayer by faith in God. God’s grace has provided unlimited power from heaven to restore, renew, heal, and deliver.

The Spirit of God can enable us to see below the surface of evil and destructive behavior to the root causes. He can also enable us to deal with the causes through specific prayer and speaking to the condition. Only in the anointing of the Spirit of God will these words be empowered and fruitful in one’s life. There are many conditions common to many people and methods of speaking to the conditions. As the anointing of the presence of God is present to minister, one may receive healing and deliverance by knowing how to speak to some of these conditions common to many.

True repentance is always the first step toward complete healing and deliverance. It does not matter what the root causes were, what environmental conditions may have been a factor, or what kind of genes, family-line tendencies, or curses are passed down to the individual. The reality of the whole matter is that God gave His only Son for the redemption of mankind. He has by His mercy and grace provided in Jesus Christ all that is needed for one’s complete victory over all evil and every sinful condition. The only reason one remains in sin is one’s own choice.

John 15:22: "If I had not come and spoken to them, they would have no sin, but now they have no excuse for their sin.

Imagine with me for a moment. If Jesus had not come and did all that He did, said all that He said and returned to earth in the Holy Spirit to do all that He does, and if He had not given us His Word, then one’s excuses would be valid. One could reasonably say the devil caused me to do it, or family-line genetics and predisposition toward sin coming from my family line made me like I am, or that the environment I grew up in caused me to be this way and I cannot help it. True, all these things may have caused us to be bent toward sin and evil. However, because Christ came and redeemed mankind with His own life, because He ever lives to intercede for us, and because He indwells believers to empower and bring about His righteous obedience within us, WE HAVE NO EXCUSE.

The real factor is neither how much one has sinned nor what the causes were. The real factor is: WHAT HAVE YOU DONE WITH JESUS CHRIST? Have you sought Him with your whole heart? Have you met Him at the cross and received forgiveness of sin by His blood? Have you received Him by the Holy Spirit into your heart and life? Have you made Him the LORD of your life? Have you sought His presence in the Holy Spirit? Have you sought Him in His Word? Have you repented for your sin and for not doing all these things?

Dealing with Common Root Conditions That Cause Bondage

Repentance means a turning about, a turning from our "self-walk" to a walk toward God. It means beginning to seek God with our whole heart. It means seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness first above all else in life. After true repentance is in place, we can begin to deal with some of the root conditions of need for healing and deliverance that are common to many people.

Two of these common root conditions are discussed in previous Kingdom Growth Guides #022 BEYOND REPENTANCE and #023 FORGIVENESS AND BEYOND. These guides deal with forgiveness, healing wounds of the heart, and binding and loosing. It would be a good idea to review these and be certain that these works are in place before going on to the consideration of other root conditions that are common to many people.

As ministers and warriors in the kingdom of God, we are to offensively attack the enemy and his work in others. The strongholds of the enemy must be destroyed, from the root conditions to the perverted behavior they have caused. The spirits of darkness and negative character qualities must be directly addressed and destroyed or removed.

Areas of bondage may exist within a person even after true repentance. A part of renewing one’s mind is to drive the enemy away, close any openings that may allow his return, and renew the patterns of thought and life. The anointed words spoken in prayer, in agreement with the Word and ways of God, can drive the enemy away, close all openings, and destroy wrong thought patterns. The Word and ways of God must be implanted into the life by the Spirit of Christ.

Disobedience and Iniquity of the Fathers

Two additional openings or root causes are disobedience and iniquity of the fathers. In addition to our own disobedience, there is much scripture to indicate that the children were often affected by the disobedience of their fathers. Though the sins of the fathers are the responsibility of the fathers only, the curse of the iniquity (tendency to sin) of the forefathers is passed on through the generations. We saw in the Heart-Trees and the Babylonian Family Pattern how children are affected by the iniquity of their forefathers. (See PART 2 Kingdom Growth Guides) This curse can especially be a problem when there is some history of blatant sin and/or demonic activity in one’s forefathers.

Deuteronomy 28:45-46: Moreover all these curses shall come upon you and pursue and overtake you, until you are destroyed, because you did not obey the voice of the Lord your God, to keep His commandments and His statutes which He commanded you.

Exodus 34:7: ...keeping mercy for thousands, forgiving iniquity and transgression and sin, by no means clearing the guilty, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children and the children’s children to the third and the fourth generation.

Lamentations 5:7: Our fathers sinned and are no more, but we bear their iniquities.

Numbers 14:33: And your sons shall be shepherds in the wilderness forty years, and bear the brunt of your infidelity, until your carcasses are consumed in the wilderness.

Isaiah 14:21: "Prepare slaughter for his children because of the iniquity of their fathers, lest they rise up and possess the land, and fill the face of the world with cities."

Nehemiah 9:2: Then those of Israelite lineage separated themselves from all foreigners; and they stood and confessed their sins and the iniquities of their fathers.

Pray With Me

Heavenly Father, I repent of all disobedience in my life. And I repent for the iniquity of my forefathers that is in any way affecting my life.

In the name of Jesus, I sever all affects of the iniquity of my forefathers from my life and say they no longer have any effect on my life. I say it is done. This curse is severed in Jesus’ name.

Satan and all powers of darkness, I command you, in the name of Jesus, this curse and all effects of the sins of my forefathers are severed from my life. You may never use them again to bring stress of any form to my life.

Thank You, Father, for the severance of this curse from my life. Thank You, Jesus, for freedom and liberty. Amen.

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Maturing in the gospel of the kingdom

KINGDOM LIBERATION 2 (#049)

Spoken word curses, improper vows, and judgments

Other common openings and root causes that give the enemy ground and may need to be dealt with are spoken word curses, improper vows, and judgments. Words are seeds, living things that can grow and cause change. Words mixed with belief can rearrange creation. Words spoken to children can shape their lives. Words spoken to us or about us are powerful to change our lives for good or for bad. The enemy certainly hears the bad words and is always looking for a legal right to do bad things. A negative or critical word, especially spoken in agreement with another person, gives the enemy the opportunity he awaits.

Some negative, critical words may be intentionally spoken for the purpose of releasing evil effects on a person's life by those that are very cognizant of what they are doing. Satanists, witches, etc., know how to work with the powers of darkness to come against the lives of Christians.

Other negative, critical words may be released in ignorance by ourselves or by other friends or family that do not realize what they are doing. Sometimes in discussing situations of those we are concerned about, we release negative words to others and even receive an agreement from them. The result of speaking negative words to or about someone is that it tends to bind the problem to the person. As believing sons of God, the words we speak are very potent especially when two or more agree.

Matthew 12:36-37: But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned.

Proverbs 18: 21a: Death and life are in the power of the tongue.

Matthew 12:32: Anyone who speaks a word against the Son of Man, it will be forgiven him; but whoever speaks against the Holy Spirit, it will not be forgiven him, either in this age or in the age to come.

Matthew 4:4: But He answered and said, "It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.

Making critical judgments of others can affect them and our own lives.

Judgments we have made are powerful tools for the enemy. Every negative judgment we have ever made of someone else can cause us to be affected by the very thing for which we judged them. Judgments set up a two-way road for the enemy not only to bind the person judged or accused, but also to bring the same thing upon us.

The difference between judgment and discerning is that there is no condemnation in discernment.

Luke 6:37: "Judge not, and you shall not be judged. Condemn not, and you shall not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven.

John 3:17: "For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved.

John 8:11: .... And Jesus said to her, "Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more."

Matthew 7:1-2: Judge not, that you be not judged. For with what judgment you judge, you will be judged; and with the same measure you use, it will be measured back to you.

John 20:23: If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.

Romans 2:1: ...for in whatever you judge another you condemn yourself.

Spoken vows can create bondage.

Vows are similar to spoken word curses because words spoken or written have caused the problem. Vows are usually promises or commitments spoken of one’s self or to others. There are two areas of potential curses relative to vows. One is a vow made to God and not kept or a vow made to someone and confirmed by God that is not kept. The other is a vow made by a person by speaking limiting critical or negative words about his own life. "I’ll never grow up---get married---have children---get well---be rich---be liked by others---etc. I will not live past a certain age; I will always be stupid---ugly---incapable---weak---etc. I could never sing---speak in front of people---get a good job---quit drinking---have a good life---etc."

Pray With Me

Heavenly Father, I repent of every negative or critical word that I’ve spoken. In the name of Jesus, I sever every curse from my life that has been spoken upon me by myself or others. I specifically sever (speak any known words that need to be severed).

In the name and power of Jesus, I sever from my life and destroy every negative word, negative pronouncement, negative agreement, negative confession, and negative prognosis. I destroy every work of satanic arts and sciences, every work of witchcraft or sorcery, all spells, incantations, and curses in any form. These works are severed from my life now and for all time and eternity in Jesus’ name. Thank You, Father.

Father, I repent of every negative judgment that I have ever made of others or myself whether spoken, written, or thought. In the name of Jesus, I sever the curse of these judgments from my life, and from the lives of those I have judged. I specifically sever the curses and release the judgments I’ve made against my father, mother, ______________, _______________, and ______________. I say that we are free of these judgmental curses. Satan,

you may never use these again to bring stress of any form into my life or the lives of others. Thank You, Father.

Heavenly Father, I repent for every vow that I’ve made to You or to any person and not kept. I choose to pay and make right those I can. Father, I ask You for mercy, through the blood of Jesus, to release me from the vows, which I cannot pay. I thank You, Father, that I am forgiven and released from these vows.

I repent of every negative and improper vow that I’ve ever made, and in the name of Jesus, I sever the curse of these vows and destroy their effect on my life. In the name of Jesus, I specifically destroy the effect and sever the curse of ____________________________.

In the name of Jesus, I command you, Satan, and all powers of darkness, you may never again use these vows or any curses related to them to bring stress or limitation to my life in any way. Thank You, Father, for setting me free. I proclaim liberty and freedom, in the name of Jesus. Amen

Occult Involvement and Practices

Perhaps some of the most perplexing strongholds a person may face are rooted in occult involvement and practices. Although born again and in the Word, one may still be affected by demonic spirits and occult practices of one’s past. Even without one’s approval, one may find his or her mind invaded by occult thoughts. One may hear the thoughts in others’ minds though he does not wish to. One may have evil pictures of lust and gore flash into his mind. Spirit beings and evil supernatural occurrences may appear to him. While one seeks to be holy, perverted, grotesque sexual thoughts and pictures may enter the mind.

Some individuals may have involvement with more socially acceptable occult practices. P.M.A. (positive mental attitude) and related sciences of the mind that seek to alter a person’s attitude and life situations may seem like a good thing. However, if the science of mind leaves out Jesus as the source and the Holy Spirit as the administrator, it probably has its ultimate source in the enemy. Mind-power focuses on the human but has its roots are in the occult.

Christians are sometimes tricked into a form of witchcraft or sorcery. A group of Christians may determine in their own minds, apart from the leadership of the Holy Spirit, what should be done about a certain situation. They may talk about the situation and form an agreement of opinion. They may then pray together for that situation to be determined as they think it should be. By doing this, they may actually cause it to happen even if it is not the will of God. As an example, they may be praying for a young couple not to get together, or to break up, or for two people to be attracted to each other and get married. They could be agreeing in prayer for anything they believe to be good without having truly heard from God on the matter. These "soulish" prayers can create much difficulty for people who have no knowledge as to how to warfare against them in the Spirit. They may have no clue as to why they are feeling a certain way or why certain things are happening to them.

Occult influences may enter one’s life and create openness to psychic or occult influences through:

1. Heredity,

2. Involvement or interest in occult activities or practices,

3. Sexual intercourse with an involved person, and

4. Drugs.

Once this openness exists, it may remain open until the ministry of Jesus is appropriated by an act of the will of the individual to renounce Satan, all occult practices, involvements, etc. Occult practices include anything from psychic readings, astrology and parlor games of divination, to satanic worship and witchcraft of all sorts. This person may experience his or her mind being invaded with occult powers and activities against his will, and may find it difficult to enter into the presence and things of God until his openness to occult and psychic influences is closed.

Acts 19:18-20: And many who had believed came confessing and telling their deeds. Also, many of those who had practiced magic brought their books together and burned them in the sight of all. And they counted up the value of them, and it totaled fifty thousand pieces of silver. So the word of the Lord grew mightily and prevailed.

2 Thessalonians 2:9-10: The coming of the lawless one is according to the working of Satan, with all power, signs and lying wonders, and with all unrighteous deception among those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth, that they might be saved.

Deuteronomy 18:9-14: When you come into the land which the Lord your God is giving you, you shall not learn to follow the abominations of those nations. There shall not be found among you anyone who makes his son or his daughter pass through the fire, or one who practices witchcraft, or a soothsayer, or one who interprets omens, or a sorcerer, or one who conjures spells, or a medium, or a spiritist, or one who calls up the dead. For all who do these things are an abomination to the Lord, and because of these abominations, the Lord your God drives them out from before you. You shall be blameless before the Lord your God. For these nations which you will dispossess listened to soothsayers and diviners; but as for you, the Lord your God has not appointed such for you.

Pray With Me

Heavenly Father, I repent of all involvement, interest, and curiosity in any and all cults and/or psychic or occult activities. I turn from all dependency on or use of any cultish, occult or psychic activity to meet my needs or desires. I declare that God and His words, by the Holy Spirit, are my only source of spiritual understanding and power.

Satan, I renounce you and all cult or occult or psychic involvement or practices. I specifically renounce _________________, _______________, _________________, _______________, _________________, _______________, _________________, and ____________.

In the name of Jesus, I command that my openness to occult or psychic influence be closed and remain closed for all of my life, in the name of Jesus.

Satan and powers of darkness, I command you, in the name of Jesus, you may never again invade my mind or hinder my entering into the presence of God. These openings are closed and will remain held closed by the power of God, in the name of Jesus.

I declare that I have repented and have renounced Satan and all cultish, occult, and/or psychic practices. In the name of Jesus, all openness to occult and psychic influences in my life is now closed. Satan, and all powers of darkness, you may never use these again to bring stress in any form to my life, in Jesus’ name. Thank You, Father, for setting me free! Amen!

Improper Soul Ties

Another often overlooked area of bondage one may have caused and continue to be affected by is improper soul ties. These are connections or ties made between people who have become close or intimate friends and/or companions. This knitting together is a good thing between husbands and wives or between close friends.

However, it can become a bondage when, through disobedience or lack of understanding, one has become knit together with another person whom one should not be bound together with. One may not have always heard and followed the will of God and, therefore, may not have always made good choices in becoming close with another person. One’s soul can become knit together with another person’s soul through close relationships, especially through sexual intercourse.

There are good and bad soul ties. Improper soul ties cause bondages that hinder God’s plans for our lives. They can be severed by appropriating the ministry of Jesus, by believing in the heart and speaking with the mouth the severance of all improper soul ties.

1 Samuel 18:1-3: And it was so, when he had finished speaking to Saul, that the soul of Jonathan was knit to the soul of David, and Jonathan loved him as his own soul. Saul took him that day, and would not let him go home to his father’s house anymore. Then Jonathan and David made a covenant, because he loved him as his own soul.

The soul tie between Jonathan and David is an example of a good soul tie. It was a bond that God intended and caused to happen for the carrying out of His will. Marriages put together by God are very similar soul ties. Their knitting together of their souls in love led them to make a covenant between the two. We should never attempt to sever good soul ties ordained by God. Some people have lifelong best friends usually formed in childhood or in adolescence. They may not see each other for years but remain just as close forever.

However, some soul ties are not of God. They are not His will or His doing. Many are formed by man or the enemy and can become very detrimental to the plan of God in a person’s life. Family and friends are often perplexed when a woman chooses to be in a detrimental and ungodly relationship with a man who may beat her and severely

abuse her in other ways. Yet, she continues to remain with the man or repeatedly returns to him and feels she still loves him. This may not be love at all. It is probably a strong soul tie in the spiritual realm that must be severed for this woman to be free to go on with the will of God for her life.

Care must always be taken to only follow the Holy Spirit in determining the will of God in each situation. Not every abused person should leave every difficult relationship. Often there is more involved than what may be presented and known at the time. There is usually more to understanding a situation than the perspective of one of the individuals involved. God honors faith and could be working on a situation for salvation, deliverance, and healing for all involved.

Although a person may have left a close relationship years earlier and may never even think of the other person, a part of him or her may remain tied in the spiritual realm to the soul of the other person. Sometimes people do not understand why they seem to be unable to give themselves wholly into a relationship. Improper soul ties may hinder our freedom to give ourselves though we never think of the person. Soul ties are a work in the spiritual realm and do not go away just because we leave a relationship. Some people are tied to so many souls that their life is confused and bound.

Soul ties occur in close relationships of all kinds. One may become soul tied to a pastor or other spiritual leader and not be able to give themselves into another church or ministry after moving on to a new situation.

Perhaps the most devastating reality is that we become tied to anyone we have had sexual intercourse with. This includes former husbands or wives. Just because the couple ended the earthly marriage does not mean the soul ties between them ended in the spiritual realm. God must direct us as to which soul ties to sever and which ones that He wants to remain. We must never sever ties of a past marriage, even in abusive relationships, until we know the will of God for that particular soul tie. We must not only know if there should be a severing of soul ties but also when it should be done. Timing may be very important to carrying out God's plan.

Pray With Me

Heavenly Father, I repent of anything I’ve done wrong to create improper soul ties. In the name of Jesus and by the power of the Holy Spirit, as an act of my will, I sever all improper soul ties and spirit ties from my life. I specifically sever the soul tie and spirit tie with_______________, ______________, and ________________.

(Continue to speak all names with which ties are to be severed.)

I say these ties are severed in the name of Jesus. Satan and all powers of darkness, I command you in the name of Jesus, you may never use these soul ties again to bring stress or bondage into my life. Thank You, Father, for setting me free. Thank You for severing these ties and curses. Thank You for liberty and freedom to give myself according to Your will. Amen.

Agreement by Another Person

Heavenly Father, I agree with these prayers of name . I stand in full agreement that true repentance has occurred and that all curses and bondages of every sort are severed from the life of in the name of Jesus. I thank You, Father, for severing the curses of spoken words, judgments, and improper or broken vows.

Thank You, Father, for setting free from all influences and effects of the iniquities of his or her forefathers.

I especially thank You, Father, for the severance of all curses caused by interest or involvement in cult, occult or psychic practices.

Thank You, Father, for severing improper soul ties and setting free from the bondage of these ties.

I thank You, Father that the reader continues to walk in forgiveness toward others and continues to receive healing of the heart.

In the name of Jesus, these works are done as of this date and time. I command you, Satan, and all powers of darkness; you may never again use any of these things to in any way bring stress into the reader’s life. Satan and all powers of darkness, I bind your power in the name of Jesus and I command you to be gone from and to be far from .

In the name of Jesus, I proclaim liberty and freedom in the life of _________ . I thank You, Father, for healing and deliverance through Your mercy and Your grace gifts flowing through Your love. Praise You, Lord, for Your great and awesome works. Thank You, Jesus, for an abundant, joyful and peaceful life. You are glorious, Lord, and Your ways are above all we can think.

I ask You now, Father, to bless with the fullness of Your Spirit, truth, knowledge, revelation, enlightenment, joy and peace. Let the fullness of Your love be manifest in the heart of the reader in Jesus’ name. Amen!

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Maturing in the gospel of the kingdom

CHANGE OF GOVERNMENT (#050)

In the natural realm governments are most often changed by a new regime overpowering and replacing the old. If an oppressive government has made slaves of the people, a stronger force must arise and make war against the oppressor. After the oppressor is defeated and the captives are set free, the war ends and the victors rule. The new government is in full control and begins the process of restoring and repairing all that was damaged by the oppressor.

In the kingdom of God, our new King is the Child that was born, the Son that is given. The burden of the empire or government is upon His shoulders. He carried the load of the cross upon his shoulders to redeem the world. Today, as He lives within His people (His Body on earth), He carries the load of responsibility for governing the world, through the sons of God.

Isa 9:6-7: For unto us a Child is born, Unto us a Son is given; And the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Of the increase* of His government and peace There will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, To order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.

Nations that have lived for a long time in the darkness of bondage are not accustomed to light and freedom. King Jesus is the great light shining into the darkened world. The people dwelling in darkness will fully accept and align with the new King when they see His light. The kingdom of light will overpower the kingdom of darkness as Christ shines forth in the purified, holy sons of God.

Isa 9:2: The people who walked in darkness have seen a great light; Those who dwelt in the land of the shadow of death, Upon them a light has shined.

Individuals who have been in great darkness of oppression see the great light of the glorious gospel of the kingdom and are set free as they come to the light. (Mat 4:16-17)

Isa 60:1-2: Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you.

John 8:12: Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."

John 12:36: "While you have the light, believe in the light, that you may become sons of light."

In Jesus God became man to redeem and rule or govern the world. Only man is given authority to have dominion on earth. It is man’s God-given responsibility to

govern the world according to the will of God. Christ Jesus the King came as one man and paid the full price for the redemption of man and the world. Man now has the potential and responsibility to become sons of God and to become one with Christ and the Father, for the purpose of ruling and reigning in the earth.

This is the season on the earth for the King to rule and reign in His sons. Sons of God are one with Christ and the Father. Sons are in Him and He is in His sons (John 1:12) (Rom 8:14).

War must be waged to unseat the kingdom of darkness. It is time to declare war on personal sin. The people of God must be delivered from personal sin that separates them from the supernatural power of God. The sons of God must defeat personal sin before they can flow the unlimited power of God to set the world free from the bondage of corruption. The Spirit of Christ and the Spirit that raised Christ from the dead will not dwell with sin. The Father in Christ and Christ in us makes us to be one with God. Sons of God are holy as He is holy.

Rom 8:19-21: For the earnest expectation of the creation eagerly waits for the revealing of the sons of God. For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of Him who subjected it in hope; because the creation itself also will be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God.

John 17:20-21: (Jesus speaking) I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.

John 14:18-20: (Jesus speaking) I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. "A little while longer and the world will see Me no more, but you will see Me. Because I live, you will live also. "At that day you will know that I am in My Father, and you in Me, and I in you.

We are beginning to see the fulfillment of these Scriptures.

It is happening! It is here! It is now! Men are becoming purified by the work of the Lord and are walking into holiness. God by His Spirit is resting upon and within His sons. We become sons when we are one with Jesus. Jesus is the only begotten Son of God. Only He living in us can make us sons of God. When we are truly one in Him as He is one in the Father and Jesus and the Father are one in us, we are the sons of God. We become the sons of God when we stop being sons of the devil and are cleansed from his hindering, lying ways (John 8:44). When we overcome by the blood of the Lamb, the word of our testimony (lifestyle), and do not love our lives to the death, we become mature sons (Rev 12:11).

Now in this present time, the anointing and God’s power is within purified humble sons upon the earth! Awesome miracles and works of God are now happening to those who believe! The potential is with sons of God to bring forth the government of God to rule and reign in families, business, education, media, agriculture, health care, transportation, political governments, music, wildlife management, forestry management, and all areas of life on Planet Earth. As sons of God produce sons of God and children brought up by sons of God grow up without limiting beliefs, or should I say "unbeliefs" of the past generations, great exploits in

all areas of life will become common. The love and power of God now abiding in sons of God can overpower darkness and release light into the world.

Becoming mature sons of God

In the past, church-emphasis age, some people believed that all who had prayed a prayer to accept Jesus as Saviour were completed sons of God possessing all the fullness and power that they would ever have this side of heaven. In the kingdom-emphasis age, men are beginning to understand that becoming a son of God means becoming one with the Son of God and being led only by the Father. Becoming a son of God is a process. A part of that process is being delivered from the works and ways of the enemy. It is a process of no longer being ruled by one’s own soul or anything else other than God Himself. It is a process of becoming filled with the love, power, and wisdom of God and the fullness of the Spirit of Christ.

If you were the son of a cow, you would be a cow. You would think like a cow, walk like a cow, eat like a cow, and look like a cow. If you were the son of a duck, you would be a duck. You would think like a duck, walk like a duck, quack like a duck, and swim like a duck. If, through becoming one with the Son of God, you are a son of God, you will think like God, walk like God, speak like God, you will be the son of God on the earth. In His sons God is on the earth, walking about, thinking like God, and doing like God. Sons of God are ruling and reigning with Christ in the earth.

Jesus was one in number when in His natural body. He was multiplied in the first century disciples. However, they were few in comparison to the many sons that are coming forth in this age of the return of the kingdom of God emphasis and real oneness with Christ Jesus in the Holy Spirit. This is not at all an elite or even a forerunner thing. Every human being has the potential of becoming a son of God. It is open to every person in the world. The elite One is Jesus and the forerunners were back in the days of Pentecost. We are to be a part of the harvest of the kingdom age coming forth on earth.

Sons of God are followers of Christ. They follow more than church doctrines, dogmas, precepts, and principles. They follow the light of God within themselves. They move in spiritual realms guided by Jesus Christ within them. Sons bring forth governing forces from heaven by the Holy Spirit to establish the Father’s will on earth.

In the church-emphasis age, ruling and reigning with Christ was seen as occurring only after Jesus bodily returns. In the kingdom-emphasis age, it is being revealed that Christ in His people is the potential for ruling and reigning in life now. Now, the governing forces of the world are subject to Christ and, therefore, subject to Christ in man.

Rom 5:17: For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.

2 Tim 2:11-12: This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him. If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us.

Rev 1:5-6: and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.

Rev 5:10: And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.

Jesus is the King. He is the only bona fide ruler of the earth. He is the highest power over the earth and all that is in it. Christ Jesus has at His disposal all the supernatural power, wisdom, and knowledge. All of the attributes of the Father are in the Son. There is nothing impossible to Christ; nothing is too hard for God.

1 Tim 6:15: KJV: Which in His times He shall show, Who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords.

Col 1:15-20: He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn over all creation. For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist.

And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, that in all things He may have the preeminence. For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross.

The change of governments from the enemy’s rule to the kingdoms of earth becoming the kingdoms of our God does not begin with what men do on earth. It begins with what men hear and believe on earth.

In the church-emphasis age the kingdom was taught and preached by many as a future happening. As long as the government of God on earth is preached and believed as only future, it cannot and will not come to fruition in the earth. All the potential for Christ to rule the earth and for the will of the Father to be done on earth as it is in heaven is now fully in place in the earth.

Sons of God, in the kingdom-emphasis age, are teaching and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, the good news of the government of God. As the kingdom is preached and people believe, the power of God is further released to establish the will of God on earth.

Your kingdom come; Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven (Mat 6:10).

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KINGDOM MINISTRY 1 (#051)

Preach The Kingdom

1 Cor 1:21: For since, in the wisdom of God, the world through wisdom did not know God, it pleased God through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe.

The kingdom of heaven on earth begins with what men think and believe. Belief systems develop from people’s perspective of reality. The experiences of a person, especially things repeatedly seen and heard from what is accepted as a reliable source, will determine one’s perspective of reality. A group of people with different backgrounds will have different perspectives. They could all be given the same exposure to the same circumstances and they each would see a somewhat different thing and come to different conclusions.

They would decide different courses of action in response to the circumstances as they perceived them. Interpretation of what one experiences is a natural process of the mind and automatically occurs. The resulting interpretation will depend on the programming within the person’s mind. Human minds, somewhat like computers, are programmed with stored data and potential courses of action for dealing with current input based upon previous experiences or programming.

The mind has the power to process information and to anticipate possible results of a situation and potential courses of action to alter the situation toward achieving an envisioned goal or inner desire. Logic and strategy are developed in the mind based on the person’s perspective of the situation at hand. Experience and training have given the individual his or her perception of strengths and limitations of his or her power to change the situation and circumstances. Except for an extremely desperate situation, one will only use those resources believed to be potent and available to alter the situation. One will not use resources that one does not know are available or one does not believe are potent enough.

Centuries of programming have formed Christians’ minds resulting in perceived limits regarding the power and potential of Christ in man to change the world. The great reformation period of the fifteenth to the seventeenth centuries began a massive reformation from the age of severe darkness to increased light of God. That reformation continues today reaching into the greater and higher light of the message of the kingdom of God. Sons of God are preaching, teaching, and demonstrating in power the message of the gospel of the kingdom. By the preaching of the gospel of the kingdom, people are progressively discovering self-imposed limitations and breaking through them to greater revelation of the power of God available to them.

Jesus preached and demonstrated the kingdom of God.

Mat 4:23: And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all kinds of sickness and all kinds of disease among the people.

Paul preached the kingdom of God until the end of his life on earth.

Acts 20:25: "And indeed, now I know that you all, among whom I have gone preaching the kingdom of God, will see my face no more.

Acts 28:30-31: Then Paul dwelt two whole years in his own rented house, and received all who came to him, preaching the kingdom of God and teaching the things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no one forbidding him.

The gospel of the kingdom is implanted by preaching with demonstrations of power by the Holy Spirit. God confirms the preaching of the gospel of the kingdom with miracles. Hearing the truth of the gospel of the kingdom and seeing its power demonstrated causes people to believe.

1 Cor 4:20: For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.

1 Th 1:5: For our gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit and in much assurance,

Preach the kingdom as you go.

Preaching the kingdom does not necessarily mean speaking from a pulpit or platform. In whatever opportunity large or small that God sets before you preach and teach the kingdom. As you go about your life in whatever activity you are engaged, allow the Holy Spirit to guide you to preach and teach the kingdom in power. Demonstrate the kingdom lifestyle before your children, peers, and anyone else God places in your life or gives you an encounter with.

Mat 10:7-8: "And as you go, preach, saying, 'The kingdom of heaven is at hand.' "Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.

The word of the kingdom can set people free from restraints.

The negative, limiting words of past, powerless teachings and experiences have imprisoned the souls of many Christians. Limiting, negative words or experiences were like bad seed sown into our hearts. The seeds grew into prison bars of unbelief. We became restrained and limited on all sides. It was like being in an invisible enclosure. We couldn't straighten up and stand tall because our head would hit the ceiling of the enclosure. We couldn't move in this direction or that because we would bump into the wall. All this crippled our ability to function in the spiritual realm. It damaged our ability to believe and our great potential of spiritual power to rule and reign in accordance with the will of the Father was severely impaired.

Hearing the message of the gospel of the kingdom and seeing it demonstrated in power by the Holy Spirit sets us free from restraints to begin to flow the living water of the Kingdom message to the thirsty people of the world.

We must hear the word of the kingdom and replace the restraining religious doctrines of the past with kingdom truth. Left in place, our old, mental programming

would continue to restrain us from presenting the powerful love and the grace of Christ to the world around us. We must renew our minds to what Jesus says about us and the kingdom of God on earth. We must begin to flow the spiritual power of the living God by the anointing of the Anointed One, Christ Jesus within. We must not listen to our old, mental programming and allow only a trickle of the rivers of living water to flow from our inner being. We must receive the Word of the kingdom and allow unrestrained rivers of living water to flow to the dry and thirsty land around us.

John 7:38-39a: "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water." But this He spoke concerning the Spirit, whom those believing in Him would receive.

Now is the time! The time is now! God is abundantly flowing His grace, His love, and His power to and through His people. The Word of the kingdom, the gospel of the kingdom of God, is presently coming forth now on our small planet.

The kingdom of God is not just about church. The kingdom of God from heaven encompasses all of life. The powerful principles and anointing of Christ are the foundation and power for true, godly success in every area of living. No business will succeed like a Christ-directed and empowered business. No teacher will teach children reading, writing, and arithmetic better than one anointed of Christ. Every job, work, or service will be performed better by Christ-directed and empowered people of God.

Will we continue to be just a trickle in a dried-up river bed? A river bed that should be flowing full of the crystal clear, life giving, cleansing water from the throne of God through the Anointed One, Christ within us?

Rev 22:1: And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb.

Do we dare stand before God and tell Him how bad His world is? Tell Him how dry and barren the world and its people are while we are the only thing limiting the flow of rivers of living water? Do we dare continue our "trickle down" spiritual living of the past?

Thank God for those who are now and have in the past been flowing rivers of living waters heartily serving God, in ministry, business, education, and every area of the kingdom of God. If you are one of those and you know that your river is flowing full, please pray for the many "trickle down" servants.

Minds are renewed by the engrafted word of the gospel of the kingdom.

Renewing the mind is a spiritual work brought about by the decision processes of the mind. We must make natural decisions with the natural minds to focus upon things of the Spirit of God and His Word and eliminate inputs which are of another spirit. Spiritual discernment must be exercised to recognize what is of the Spirit of God and what is of religion, the world, or spirits of darkness.

Heb 5:14: But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is, those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

Rom 12:2: And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

Eph 4:23: and be renewed in the spirit of your mind,

Col 3:10-11: and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all.

The positive message of the gospel of the kingdom must be planted in the heart. One must control what one sees and hears, which will affect what one thinks, feels and believes. Focusing upon the vast, unlimited potential of the kingdom of God with all its provisions, power, victory, glory, beauty, peace, and joy will lead to the reality of the kingdom of God in you on earth. As the kingdom spreads like leaven in bread dough and multitudes focus upon Christ and His kingdom and begin to seek the Lord with their whole hearts, the kingdom is established in our world.

Mat 13:33: Another parable He spoke to them: "The kingdom of heaven is like leaven, which a woman took and hid in three measures of meal till it was all leavened.

Mark 9:23: Jesus said to him, "If you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes."

Prov 23:7: For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.

Mark 11:23-24: "For assuredly, I say to you, whoever says to this mountain, 'Be removed and be cast into the sea,' and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says. "Therefore I say to you, whatever things you ask when you pray, believe that you receive them, and you will have them.

Phil 4:4-8: Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I will say, rejoice! Let your gentleness be known to all men. The Lord is at hand. Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy; meditate on these things.

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KINGDOM MINISTRY 2 (#052)

The number of heaven's citizens living on earth is growing.

Phil 3:20-21: For our citizenship is in heaven

Evangelism is one of the major works of the Spirit and power of God to change the way of life and governance of the world. The Scripture says, "You must be born again" (John 3:6-7). The process of becoming a citizen of the kingdom of God begins with spiritual birth. As in the natural, so it is in the spiritual. A natural child cannot be born alone. It requires the participation of others to bring forth birth. Participation in the procreation process in the spiritual realm is called evangelism.

The previous rulers of the passing world order, the powers of darkness, do not like to see citizens of their kingdom transferred into the kingdom of light. Every soul that is born again strengthens the kingdom of God on earth and weakens the rule of darkness on earth.

The powers of darkness seek to blind the minds of everyone they can. Their intent is to prevent people on earth from seeing spiritual light and coming into the glorious kingdom of Christ Jesus, the true King of Planet Earth.

2 Cor 4:4 KJV: In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them.

John 8:12: Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, "I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life."

Col 1:13: He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.

In the fading church-emphasis era of the past, evangelism was largely carried out by intellectual discussion of the Word. Soul winners would go out armed with their favorite Scriptures, lists of questions and comments to engage unbelievers and those of different denominational faiths in conversation. They would attempt to persuade them to receive Jesus as savior and join the church. Preaching from the pulpit often presented the goal of evangelism as joining the church as much as or more than receiving Jesus. In many cases the terms were so entangled they became synonymous. In other church groups evangelism included conversion to compliance with a number of church rules and ordinances, such as baptism, dress, participation in certain activities, and abstinence from others.

Evangelistic meetings and crusades were productive tools.

There were powerful evangelistic moves of the Spirit of God during the church age, but for the most part, evangelism was not very powerful and was often one here and one there. Yet, gifted evangelists saw many born again in large evangelistic

meetings. Until the preaching of the kingdom in very recent times, missionaries often met with very little success. Many spent most of their lives with very sparse, visible results. They were planting seeds that are bearing much fruit today. Generally, the church found it very difficult to get people to go out of the church and evangelize. Many classes and meetings were held to discuss "witnessing" and evangelism in the streets and door-to-door. Yet, actual participation was difficult to get started and more difficult to keep going.

In the kingdom-emphasis age, the power of God is manifesting in miracles, healings, and other signs when the Word is preached with boldness into present-day darkness, which has rapidly grown more severe in recent decades. The full-blown darkness of sin and occult practices has brought widespread darkness in the world. Violence, crime, immorality, perversion, deceptive occult practices, and other evil works have clouded the landscape of earth. The light of God is piercing the gross darkness through powerful miracles and mighty works of God somewhat like the first century when Jesus began His ministry of light in an almost totally dark world. Casting out demons, words of knowledge, words of wisdom, prophecies, and dramatic demonstrations of the power of the Spirit of God are sent to break through the blindness of the minds of the people entrapped in darkness. As darkness intensifies the light becomes even more powerful and shines with increased brightness.

Isa 60:1-5: Arise, shine; For your light has come! And the glory of the LORD is risen upon you. For behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, And deep darkness the people; But the LORD will arise over you, And His glory will be seen upon you.

The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising. "Lift up your eyes all around, and see: They all gather together, they come to you; Your sons shall come from afar, And your daughters shall be nursed at your side. Then you shall see and become radiant, And your heart shall swell with joy; Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you.

Power evangelism is the way of the kingdom age. Thousands have come to Christ in recent years through the bright light of anointed, powerful ministry. Spiritual gifts, miracles, and healings are gaining the attention of multitudes of those who were sitting in darkness.

Mat 4:16: The people who sat in darkness have seen a great light, And upon those who sat in the region and shadow of death Light has dawned.

In the darkest parts of the earth, the light is shining forth in powerful manifestations of the Spirit demonstrating God’s love and power to the multitudes dwelling in spiritual darkness. In the seventh millennium, the power of God flowing through pure hearted sons of God will bring millions of souls into the kingdom and anointed ministers will help guide them toward maturity in walking in the kingdom of God lifestyle.

In the passing church age, the power gifts often were merchandised. They were used for building churches or denominations and for enriching ministers in material goods. Men sometimes sought to build their kingdoms with the power gifts of God rather than build the kingdom of God into the hearts and lives of God’s people. In the kingdom age, only those with healed and purified hearts will

be able to continue to flow the power gifts of the Spirit. All others are being exposed and set aside from the flow of the work of the Spirit of God.

Rev 2:26-27: And he who overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him I will give power over the nations; He shall rule them with a rod of iron; They shall be dashed to pieces like the potter's vessels'; as I also have received from My Father.

Rev 19:15-16: Now out of His mouth goes a sharp sword, that with it He should strike the nations. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS.

Rev 2:16: Repent, or else I will come to you quickly and will fight against them with the sword of My mouth.

2 Pet 2:1: But there were also false prophets among the people, even as there will be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them, and bring on themselves swift destruction.

The sword of His mouth is the powerful words spoken forth from Christ Jesus the King ruling and reigning in and through the purified holy sons of God. Kingdom apostles and prophets are bringing forth powerful words to bring correction and repentance. Quickly repenting and being cleansed will lead to greater life; failing to do so can lead to "swift destruction."

Power evangelists are speaking forth the light of God and demonstrating the kingdom of God. Power evangelism is flowing through pure hearted people of God, not just a few, chosen, mighty men. Word without power is not the kingdom of God; it is a form of godliness.

2 Tim 3:5: …having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!

Prayer and laying on of hands in the name of Jesus by believers is producing miracles and healings that are turning individuals and their families toward Jesus and away from this present darkness. Spiritual power gifts are flowing through God's pure hearted people. This work will continue only in those who refuse to merchandise it or to allow it to be merchandised.

1 Cor 4:20: For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power.

Music is a powerful force.

In the emerging kingdom age, music is as varied as the people who participate. There is the soft and sweet music that moves one toward spiritual realms of great peace and blessing. And, there is rolling, dynamic, powerful music with a great powerful engine of the Spirit to move men into awesome praise and worship of almighty God, producing freedom to interact with God, and boldness to flow in the gifts of the Spirit.

Live music on the street, in the park, in the town square, and wherever else the Spirit leads is an awesomely powerful evangelistic tool.

Music is also a very easy spiritual gift to merchandise. In the fading church-emphasis age, many gifted and called musicians and singers sold out their gift to merchandisers.

Using the gifts of God and the anointing of the Spirit to get something one wants or needs, such as money, fame, or recognition is a deadly practice in the kingdom age.

Pretending does not work in the kingdom age. Real is the operative word. One’s motives must be real; one’s ministry and message must be real. The phony pretending that some got away with for a season in the church age will not work in the kingdom age.

Job 20:5: That the triumphing of the wicked is short, And the joy of the hypocrite is but for a moment?

Mat 23:28: Even so you also outwardly appear righteous to men, but inside you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.

James 3:17: But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality and without hypocrisy.

Men and women are drawn to the real love of God flowing through a pure hearted believer. But, they are repelled by the fake, pseudo love portrayed by some Christians of the passing church age. Singleness of heart is a characteristic of sons of God; duplicity is a characteristic of religious Christians.

Luke 11:34 KJV: The light of the body is the eye: therefore when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness.

Luke 11:35-35: Therefore take heed that the light which is in you is not darkness. If then your whole body is full of light, having no part dark, the whole body will be full of light, as when the bright shining of a lamp gives you light.

The pure light of God’s love flowing through pure hearted believers is a very powerful force drawing unbelievers toward God. In the seventh millennium, the increasing number of believers with clean hearts flowing clear light are causing potent evangelism to bring vast numbers of new citizens into the kingdom of God.

Mat 5:16: Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven.

The mountain of evil will be overcome.

The seemingly insurmountable mountain of the deplorable state of affairs on Planet Earth will be changed. All of the seemingly unsolvable problems created by the greed of unregenerate men and the hypocrisy of religious men will be overcome.

1 John 5:4-5: For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world; our faith. Who is he who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?

The mighty works of God have already begun and will continue into the future.

The plan of God is full restoration of His ways ruling through the sons of God upon the earth. The full manifestation of Christ overcoming the world will be completed in the seventh millennium. If you are reading this, you are blessed to be alive in a time when you are a potential part of the mighty works of God to restore men and, eventually the planet.

Do not be deceived or misled by the persecutions and natural disasters coming forth in the world. The great apocalyptic and cataclysmic events are a part of the complete renewal of the earth. One must look beyond the destructive fire upon the earth to the restoration of the ways of God. His righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit will eventually rule Planet Earth. The kingdom of God is now ruling in the hearts of sons of God and is already beginning to affect the world. The sons of God must bring forth the kingdom of God from heaven to redeem and rule the earth.

The time of the writing of this work is the early stages of major transitions in the Body of Christ and the world. Transition times are not times marked by a sense of natural stability. Periods of great change are most often marked by times of great tribulation. Powerful, purified holy people of God are now being prepared to be a part of the great transitions of our small planet.

The early centuries of the seventh millennium are not a time for faint-hearted, nominal Christians; and, certainly not a time for religion and religious debates. It is a time for wholeheartedly seeking God - a time for great joy and rejoicing as the presence of God fills His temple. It is a time for great faith in God’s people to bring forth mighty exploits of the work of God. It is a time when pure hearted men, refined by God and unclouded with evil, will bring forth astonishing revelations. It is a time of the spiritual meeting the natural and becoming one in the hearts of human beings.

Simultaneously, it is a time of great cleansing and massive dissolving of all that opposes God. There shall by no means enter into the fullness of the kingdom age anything that defiles.

Rev 21:27-22:6: But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb's Book of Life. And he showed me a pure river of water of life, clear as crystal, proceeding from the throne of God and of the Lamb. In the middle of its street, and on either side of the river, was the tree of life, which bore twelve fruits, each tree yielding its fruit every month. The leaves of the tree were for the healing of the nations.

And there shall be no more curse, but the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it, and His servants shall serve Him.

They shall see His face, and His name shall be on their foreheads.

There shall be no night there: They need no lamp nor light of the sun, for the Lord God gives them light. And they shall reign forever and ever.

Then he said to me, "These words are faithful and true." And the Lord God of the holy prophets sent His angel to show His servants the things which must shortly take place.

Author’s Final Note

Wherefore I will not be negligent to put you always in remembrance of these things, though ye know them, and be established in the present truth.

Yea, I think it meet, as long as I am in this tabernacle, to stir you up by putting you in remembrance; Knowing that shortly I must put off this my tabernacle, even as our Lord Jesus Christ hath shown me.

Moreover I will endeavor that ye may be able after my decease to have these things always in remembrance.

For we have not followed cunningly devised fables, when we made known unto you the power and presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, but are eyewitnesses of his majesty, 2 Pet 1:12-16.

Pursue love, and desire spiritual gifts, but especially that you may prophesy, 1 Cor 14:1.

Keep on Pursuing Love
It Will Never Fail

Ron McGatlin

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