The Kingdom of God is in Power

The Kingdom of God is in Power

But I will come to you shortly, if the Lord wills, and I will know, not the word of those who are puffed up, but the power. For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power. – 1 Cor. 4:19-20

The Kingdom of God is the realm in which God fulfills His will. It’s where Christ Jesus rules and reigns, spiritually, and one day will physically when He fully establishes His Kingdom on the earth. As Christ reigns in our lives, we see His Kingdom through our actions, not in word only—but in power. Our increasing transformation into the image of Christ affects those around us.

The values, rules, and ways of the world system are crumbling as the Kingdom of God reveals its own values, principles, and reality. As we fix our gaze on our King, the light of His glory shines, causing others to draw closer to Him and submit to His Lordship. It is often said that actions speak louder than words. In the gospel, that is surely the case.

When we focus solely on worldly matters and rely only on our physical abilities, it becomes a hindrance to advancing the Kingdom of God. Our focus is to worship the King, share the gospel, and rejoice at the manifestation of all He has in store for us, for such a time as this, from glory to glory!

One Moment for the Lord

One Moment for the Lord

Trust in Him at all times, you people; Pour out your heart before Him; God is a refuge for us.- Ps. 62:8

One tactic of our adversary is to hinder us from seeking the Lord in our daily steps. We might get too busy or distracted and only turn to the Lord after our endeavors, instead of before. Taking one moment, even a few seconds, to yield to the presence and power of the Lord before we do things makes way for His ability to flow through us. 

In the natural, we do not have time for that extra moment, but in the spirit it is necessary. As soon as we take that moment, time is extended. God redeems our time and enables us to complete our tasks with grace. Just one moment before we speak, proceed to an important task, or confront a conflict.

Wherever we are, right now, let’s take that moment. Lord, thank you for your presence. I yield to your wisdom, ability, and grace. Help me fully trust you. I receive your love, strength and peace, as I walk with you,  from glory to glory!

Seek the Risen Lord

Seek the Risen Lord

Therefore that disciple whom Jesus loved said to Peter, “It is the Lord!” Now when Simon Peter heard that it was the Lord, he put on his outer garment (for he had removed it), and plunged into the sea.”John 21:7 nkjv.

Our risen Lord Jesus often shows up through an unexpected person, at an unexpected time and in an unexpected place; but we can expect He will show up! We may not recognize Him right away, but as He moves, we reach that place where we undeniably declare, “It is the Lord!”

God gives us wisdom through others. We may not recognize it as being from Him, but it will bear witness with our spirit and cause us to take heed and listen because of the authority it carries. We don’t easily detect His timing because it happens when we don’t see it being possible. The place where He manifests Himself is usually unforeseen. It’s not how, where, and when it seems workable that God moves. We can expect the unexpected with joy and peace.

The Lord always produces extraordinary results. All that comes from Him is not ordinary: it’s uncommon, unfamiliar, and so unconventional. What is certain is that He shows up in His astonishing, exceptional, and remarkable way! We expect to stand in awe and proclaim, “It is the Lord!” from glory to glory! 

The Manifestation of the Word of God

The Manifestation of the Word of God

Then Elijah said to Ahab, ‘Go up, eat and drink; for there is the sound of abundance of rain.’- 1 Kings 18:41

Elijah did not just hear it was going to rain, but heard the abundance of it. When we believe the Word of God, we too, by faith, can expect the abundance of the manifestation of His promises. In order to maintain steadfast faith, we must defend ourselves against doubt and disbelief as we wait for the Word to manifest.

Have disappointments diminished the fervency of our prayers? Do we hesitate to still believe God for something because it is taking longer than we expected? Do we still believe, but for only a little result rather than for all the manifestation? We must still believe God has His best for us, even we question our hearing of faith. God is increasing our hearing for the sound of abundance,  for such a time as this!

Our prayers can remain fervent because they indeed avail much for God’s will to be done! The Word of God that we hear, we can surely stand upon as we pray and never give up. We can count on the abundance of what He promises in His Word. Our expectations can be for much more than what we can ask or even think. We stand by faith, expecting God’s best, from glory to glory!

Hosanna in the Highest

Hosanna in the Highest

 Then the multitudes who went before and those who followed cried out, saying: “Hosanna to the Son of David! ‘Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!’ Hosanna in the highest!” – Mat. 21:9 nkj

When Jesus entered Jerusalem, people expected Him to throw away the harsh ruling of the Romans and help them economically. After they realized Jesus’ plan didn’t meet theirs, their Hosannas turned to crucify Him! Their plan was for things around them to be changed; His was for their hearts to be changed through salvation.

Do we praise the Lord even when He doesn’t meet our immediate need, or move the way we expect Him to? What if He changes things we don’t want changed, or leave things unchanged? Do we express adoration, praise, and joy, or frustration, complaint, and hopelessness? God never gives up on us, and we should never give up on Him, even when we question His workings.

If things were going our way, we would not need any faith and would depend on ourselves. God uses our trying times to teach us to walk by faith, not by sight. He draws us closer to Him, increases our faith, and transforms our character. By faith, we learn to trust God for His best when we face the worst. He knows our hearts and, with love and grace, takes us from faith to faith, from glory to glory!

A Blessing After a Door Closes

A Blessing After a Door Closes

And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—northward, southward, eastward, and westward. – Gen. 13:14

It was only after Abraham was separated from Lot that God showed Abraham the land he was going to possess. We often discover what God has prepared for us after we walk, by faith, past closed doors. The Spirit of God leads us to find closure to some things that have happened in our past so we can walk through His newly opened doors. 

Even though past events may have happened long ago, some of their destructive consequences might still hinder us today. The past has the potential to hinder our future, so closure needs to be applied. We must leave behind every “if” and “if only” to move forward. Closure comes as we walk in the newness of life we have in Christ.

New divine opportunities follow closed doors. We trust God even when we don’t understand the separations. Our past no longer has the power to affect our present. If we live our past repeatedly, we remain locked in our past. God shines the light in those areas so we can let them move forward, from glory to glory!

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