I’ve had many comments in emails and on some of the social networks I belong to that sound like warnings not to rock the boat. Most suggest, people are preaching the gospel if they simply teach “Jesus came, lived, died, rose again, ascended, and is coming back to judge the living and the dead, so REPENT!”
I agree. This is the kerygma of Paul. This is his main message. But something that has me thinking is that Jesus preached about the Kingdom… and he wasn’t talking about those things.
Now before I get the emails, hear me out… Jesus did teach “these things must happen” but it’s clear His disciples didn’t understand and it’s also clear when He started to talk about His body being real food and His blood being real drink, He lost followers. (John 6:54-66)
Jesus went out teaching and showing the Kingdom.
And we’re happy just filling the committed with knowledge. Comfort kills us slowly.
The Kingdom drives out demons. The Kingdom heals the sick. The Kingdom starts small and grows big.
The Kingdom is, where ever the Father’s will is done. Where the King rules, that’s where the Kingdom exists.
So if I’m offending the ones who don’t believe in miracles anyway – why are you reading this blog? If I’m offending those working hard for the Lord; follow the one who’s yoke is easy and burden is light.
Did you really think His mission for you would be something you can accomplish on your own? What did Paul rant about to the Galatians?
Are you so foolish? After beginning with the Spirit, are you now trying to attain your goal by human effort? (Galatians 3:3 NIV)
Sure, Paul in context is talking about circumcision, but is their a difference to striving in your own effort? Paul’s definition of fully proclaiming the gospel of Christ is…
…by the power of signs and miracles, through the power of the Spirit. So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ. Romans 15:19 (New International Version)
And ours can’t be anything less.
This is really good news when you think about it… It’s not up to you. You can’t preform signs and wonders. God can through you – and He longs to do it. So give Him opportunity.
Pray for the sick expectantly. Speak out words of encouragement and seek the Father for greater insight. Be faithful in what you’ve been given, and more will be given to you.
Remember the Kingdom starts small and grows.
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I’m Trevor Lund, a Christian Writer, Pastor and Lead Dreamer for Expectancy Ministries. My passion is imparting hope and empowering destiny in others. Get resources for fasting for negativity from www.LifeAbovetheNegativity.com
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