Archive for tag: His Kingdom

40. God's wonderful salvation

God wants us to fly on eagle's wings. We saw that last week. He wants to work through us and bring His Kingdom to this fallen earth. He only wants us to be willing to be used. His Spirit will then flow through us into a broken world and bring healing where possible. He will even pray through us, when we do not know how to pray, He will literally do everything, we just need to be open that He can flow. We need to be spiritually minded and focus on the things that are important to God. He is a good, good Father, amazingly generous. He will provide in all our needs as we go out and make a difference for Him.

And all this is possible for us due to what Jesus did for us. The Good News is that our sins are forgiven and that He lives in all His power and might within us, ready to change the world:

"For I am not ashamed of the Gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek." Romans 1:16

The Gospel of Christ is the power of God. It brings forth God's mighty power within us. Sharing and declaring the Gospel of Christ will provide us with power. It brings salvation to everyone that believes. The word salvation here means Soteria in Greek. This word Soteria means "welfare, prosperity, deliverance, preservation, salvation and safety". Thus the Gospel of Christ brings all these wonderful things to us. Why? Because we are part of His Kingdom and in His Kingdom is His life and peace. His death and resurrection opened up the way for us to enter into God's presence with confidence and peace. We can come to Him as part of His family. We can come to Him today:

"Behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation." 2 Corinthians 6:2

The day of salvation is now. The day to prosper, to be delivered and to be safe is now. It is not at a future date when we have left this earth. No, the Word of God tells us that it is now. But notice, to 'prosper' doesn't necessarily refer to earthly riches. No, to prosper means to be within God's Will, to do what He called you to do, to walk within His perfect will for your life.

The Gospel of Christ is indeed Good News. He came to set us free from this world and to provide salvation for us now, today. And when you are free from this world, true living starts. It is immensely exciting. Start living from a heavenly perspective. Spend time with God and ask Him to show you what it is that He expects of you. Ask Him to show you your life from His perspective. It will surely liberate and free you from the pressures of this life. He will give you advice and show you the way to walk. You needn't stress and worry if you have Him by your side. He will tell you exactly what to do. All you need to do is to spend time with Him and follow His advice. Is that too much to ask? I don't think so. Time spent with Him is time well spent. It will save you much heartache in the long run.

Thank you Father for the good news of Your Son! Thank you that He did everything to free us from this world. Thank you that He came to give us salvation. Help us to rather focus on You and Your Kingdom than on this life. We love and praise You. Amen


39. God's Spirit is there for us (1)

God's Spirit is with us to help us with our life's tasks. His Spirit is bountiful and full of mercy and good fruit. His Spirit has the ability to do anything and everything for us and through us. He wants to rejoice in us and work through us in order to change this world into a better place. He wants us to bring Heaven on earth by allowing Him to flow through. That is why Jesus said the following in John 7:38, 39:

"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."

His Spirit within us is like a flow of rivers. Notice not a trickle or a muddy pool, but rivers of water gushing out from within us. He has been poured out on us in abundance and now He wants to flow out of us in abundance. His living water wants to flow through and bring life to situations in this world. He wants to change people's lives and their circumstances for the better. But He wants to work through you. You need to be open to be used. What a sad day it would be if you weren't willing. The God of the Universe chose you to work through and yet you declined. That is failure, even if you were the CEO of the biggest global company in the world; you didn't 'climb the corporate ladder in His Kingdom'. God is reaching out and asking you to be a vessel for Him. You actually needn't do much; you simply need to be willing to be used. He will flow through and do what needs to be done. He will even help you when you do not know how to pray:

"Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered." Romans 8:26

God in His infinite wisdom knew that sometimes your words will run out, your strength may decline and then you can only turn to Him and allow Him to pray on your behalf. And praying like that also builds up our faith. We certainly have a wonderful God.

"But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life." Jude 1:20, 21

Allow Him to pray through you and to work through you, all the while keeping yourself in the love of God. Allow Him free access into the deepest part of your soul. Give Him free reign. That is why Jesus says in several places that everything you pray for will be given unto you. Because if you pray with His Spirit flowing through you, you are praying His will and it will certainly come to pass! That is wonderful news. We just need to keep the door open for Him to flow through; it is really as simple as that.

And yet we often find it very difficult to do. We get so lost and wound up in this world and all the pressures that it brings that we don't even glance in His direction. We run and run, tired to the bone, and do not have enough energy to say a 5 minute prayer before we go to sleep. We have it all wrong. We must give over to Him, spend time with Him, pray and allow Him to take over. THEN we can go about our day and we will run and not grow weary, walk and not faint. We will fly on eagle's wings.

"But those who wait on the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint." Isaiah 40:31

Come on and fly on wings like eagles. It sounds much better than tiredly retiring to bed at night. It is within your hands, the choice is yours.

Father we choose to fly. We want to fly onto higher heights that You are planning for us. We don't want to rush anymore, but rather we want to glide with You, praying in Your Spirit and seeing how Your will comes to pass. We want Your rivers of living water to influence all around us. Amen



38. Walk with His Spirit in true liberty

We have so many things to be grateful for. We have so many blessings to thank God for. And last week we learned that God wants us to thank Him for it. Not necessarily constantly walking and thanking Him, but living a lifestyle of gratitude. Waking up in the mornings with a song in your heart, being grateful that you can get out of the bed and that you have things to do. What a privilege and an honour to roam this earth, knowing that God has a plan for you. Thank God for the opportunity to be able to represent Him today. You are more than able to, because you have His Spirit inside to help you. Just walk after His Spirit and do whatever His Spirit would do, then you cannot go wrong:

"He condemned sin in the flesh, that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us who do not walk according to the flesh but according to the Spirit." Romans 8:4

We can walk according to His Spirit, because His Spirit has been poured out on us in abundance:

"But when the kindness and the love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to His mercy He saved us, through the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour." Titus 3:4-6

He poured out His Spirit on us in abundance. Notice the word 'abundance'. Isn't that wonderful? He didn't just give us a trickle of His Spirit, no; He gave us His Spirit in abundance, until it overflows. We will always have enough of Him. And because we do, we can do everything He requires of us. We can have His fruit multiplying within and we can distribute that fruit to all. We can also live in liberty:

"Now the Lord is the Spirit; and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2 Corinthians 3:17

There is liberty for us. 'Liberty' here means 'freedom from the dominion of corrupt desires, so that we can do by the free impulse of the soul what the will of God requires'. In other words we are free to do what God wants us to do, we are not obligated anymore to follow the evil powers of this world as we had to before we were Christians. We are truly free. Free to follow in His footsteps, free to be like Him in this world, free to dance, sing and worship Him. We are not bound by rules anymore; we are free to be like Him in this world. We can come into His presence at any time; we can bask in His love at any given moment. I don't think we often realise what a privilege it is that we are able to do just that. Being in His presence, basking in His love, is the true answer to all of life's questions, it is true success.

We can therefore come and worship Him at any time. What an honour:

"For we are the circumcision who worship God in the Spirit, rejoice in Christ Jesus, and have no confidence in the flesh." Philippians 3:3

We needn't have any confidence in men, in the flesh. We can worship God, rejoice in Jesus and be free to be like them. We can walk in His Kingdom and share His love with all. That is the place God wants us to be and He has given His own Spirit to us to guide us in all His ways. When we do what He would have done, we are truly free from this world and its influences and we can walk as true sons of God with all the blessings and privileges associated with it.

Thank you Father for the honour and the privilege of being one with You. We have more than enough and we rejoice and worship You! You are our God and King and we love You dearly! Amen


37. Give thanks to God

We have learned so far that all of God's promises have come to pass in Jesus Christ. All of His promises are therefore for us, today. And because it is, all things are ours (1 Corinthians 3:21-23). This world, life and death, all things present and all things to come. This might sound fictional and not true, but that is what the Word of God says and we hold on to that truth. Jesus is the way, the truth and the life and if we hold on to Him, we have it all. Everything is ours because we belong to Him, all glory to God! We are part of His Kingdom now already and we can therefore walk with the authority given from Above on this earth, knowing who we are in Christ.

And because all these wonderful amazing privileges are ours, we cannot do anything else but be thankful for all God has done for us. The Word tells us to always be thankful:

"And do not be drunk with wine, in which is dissipation; but be filled with the Spirit, speaking to one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord, giving thanks always for all things to God the Father in the Name of our Lord Jesus Christ." Ephesians 5:18-20

"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." 2 Thessalonians 5:16-18

"Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever." 1 Chronicles 16:34

We must give thanks to God in everything and for all things. We give thanks to Him because He is good and He has given us all things. How wonderful! So many things to be grateful for. This week go and write down everything that you can be grateful for. Have you thanked God for any of them? His Word tells us to give thanks in literally everything. That is one of the reasons why we pray before we eat, we thank God for the gift of food and with His blessing on it, the food is blessed too. Now to literally follow through with thanking God for everything, we will be thanking Him the whole day and not doing much else. The Word here is telling us that we must have a lifestyle of gratitude before the Lord. We must live and commune with Him within, being grateful for everything. Of course you can tell Him that you are thankful anytime, I just mean that sometimes that is not practically possible. A thankful heart and lifestyle is what God wants.

At the beginning of last year I had a sporting injury where I tore the tendon in my foot. For weeks I couldn't get out of bed without crutches, I couldn't walk, I couldn't drive, I couldn't exercise, I couldn't even take my cup of tea to where I am sitting and writing. I learned to be grateful again. Grateful that I can exercise, that I have the ability to, instead of looking up to doing it. Grateful that I can drive my own car, instead of moaning about the traffic. Grateful that I can take the stairs, instead of waiting for the lift. Grateful that I can do my own shopping, instead of moaning that I have to do it. There are so many things to be grateful for, many. My foot is completely healed by God's grace and healing power and I walk with thanksgiving towards Him.

We all have so many things to be grateful for. Think of them this week; write them down and thank God for them. And most importantly start living a life of gratitude. Then you won't covet what others have, you won't trample over others to be seen, you won't degrade others in order to look better yourself, you won't. You will live alongside God in His Kingdom, you will look at this life from His perspective and you will be eternally grateful for all He has in store for you now and in your life to come.

Thank you Father for all the blessings in our lives. Thank you for giving us so much. We love and adore You. You have given us so many things to be grateful for. We want to live a life honouring all that You have done for us, glorifying Your Name. We want to lift You on high. All glory to You. Amen


36. All of His promises are yours

Last week we learned that we are destined to reign. We must just realise this truth and start walking in it. We are not slaves to the useless powers of this word anymore; we are part of a new Kingdom, His Kingdom where His love and power reign supreme. We are part of a Kingdom so much higher in authority than the present world that we cannot even begin to compare the two. We are part of a Kingdom where destruction, hate and sickness are something of the past and we are part of this Kingdom now already. That is why the Word of God can say the following:

"For all the promises of God in Him (Jesus) are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us." 2 Corinthians 1:20

All the promises of God came to pass when Jesus came and fulfilled His destiny on earth. Notice the word 'ALL', meaning every one of them. Isn't that just wonderful? Jesus came to bring us all the promises. How? He came to live within us that is how. He took the punishment for our sins, in order for us to be able to enter into God's presence without His wrath. And He gave us His robe of righteousness, so that we can be part of God's family and dwell with Him and in His presence as His child. And in His presence, as His child, we have all His promises; we have everything that He has. The Word states this clearly in 1 Corinthians 3:21-23:

"For all things are yours: whether Paul or Apollos or Cephas, or the world or life or death, or things present or things to come - all are yours. And you are Christ's, and Christ is God's."

These are powerful verses and worthy to be read again, so please do. The world, life or death, things present or things to come is ours. Why? Because we are Christ's. We don't have it out of our own power and we certainly don't have it because we deserve it nor did enough good deeds to earn it. No, it is purely ours by the grace of God. It is purely ours because Christ suffered and died for you. He had a painstaking death so that you can have this privilege. Don't you think it will honour Him if you actually lived out these truths? I think it would.

When I told my boys about this the one excitedly pointed to the new BMW X6 in front of us and asked if that was his too? I laughed, but realised that this verse needs some explaining. God wants us to look at this world from alongside His throne. He wants us to look at everything from His viewpoint. He owns everything, literally everything. Nothing exists that He doesn't have power over. And we are His sons, fellow heirs with Jesus Christ (Romans 8:17, Galatians 4:7). We inherit all things (Revelation 21:7). We can look at this world and truly not covet anything, because He has given us all. We need to sit next to Him and look around us at His Kingdom and realise the magnitude of all that He is blessing us with. We need to see His Kingdom as our true home and see the treasures that He has for us. Then we need to walk on this world like Jesus did. He never lacked anything and He walked around with the authority He knew He had. He frequently spent time with His Father, in His Kingdom and was strengthened within.

Walk on this earth knowing who you are and what really belongs to you. Then the lust of the flesh for all things 'bling' will quiet down and you will walk with His joy, knowing that all things are yours. Then spend time with Jesus and your Father and live out your life with an intense gratitude for all He is blessing you with. Live a life not living in jealousy, but in freedom, knowing what is yours in Christ. Spend time with Him this week and ask Him to show you and reveal to you what is yours for the taking. Ask Him to show you the meaning of 1 Corinthians 3:21-23 personally, He will. Then go out and live the life He destined for you.

Thank you Father for the privilege of walking in all Your promises. Thank you that we can know that all of them came to pass through Jesus Christ! What a wonderful revelation. Thank you also that everything is ours in the Name of Jesus. We rejoice and honour You! Amen

35. You were destined to reign (1)

You are a king. We learned that two weeks ago. And Jesus is the King of all kings. He is our Leader and we need to follow Him. We need to act like He would and say what He would say. We need to stand up in a broken world like a king and reach out to those in need. We are now from a Kingdom where we are provided for, where we are looked after. And therefore we have the ability to look after others and lure them into His Kingdom. For when we realise that we are kings, we will have a different mindset. We will not be as competitive to win favour in this world, we will not trample on others to reach the top and we will not hold on to our possessions for dear life. We won't. We will be more relaxed, knowing that we are kings already provided and atoned for.

Realise that you are destined to reign, that is your destiny. Romans 5:17 states this clearly:

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

We have received abundance of grace and the gift of righteousness and therefore we can reign in life through Jesus Christ living within us. Let us have a look at the two things that we have received in abundance and as a gift, namely grace and righteousness.

Grace means "Charis" in Greek. And in this context it means: "God bestow favours even upon the ill-deserving, and grants to sinners the pardon of their offences, and bids them accept of eternal salvation through Christ." We are accepted through Christ. God bestows favours on us undeservingly. He gives us special treatment, because of His Son's death on the cross. We have eternal salvation if we believe in Christ; we are partakers of grace (Philippians 1:7). And that is why Paul tells us in Colossians 4:6 that because we are saved by grace, our speech must also convey this truth. We must transfer the abundance of grace that we received towards others too.

Righteousness means "Dikaiosune" in Greek. It means "the state of him as he ought to be, the condition acceptable by God: integrity, virtue, purity of life, rightness, correctness of thinking, feeling and acting." None of us come close to being in the right acceptable condition that God expects. But notice the wonderful word 'gift'. Jesus came and gave it to us as a gift. We can now wear the breastplate of righteousness (Ephesians 6:14), and know that we are as we ought to be, sons of God, kings.

God has bestowed unearned favour upon us and He has given us the gift to be like Him, righteous, holy and true (Ephesians 4:24). Why did He give all this to us? So that we can reign in life. So that we should not be slaves to the useless powers of this world any longer, but that we should reign over them. God knew that His enemy could entice people to sin and behave unrighteously and He knew that He cannot come near sin or tolerate it. And this combination was a winning recipe to keep people away from God and His wonderful plans for them. But now Jesus came and took the punishment for our sins so that God needn't punish us anymore, plus He gave us the gift of righteousness to walk as He wants us to. We are therefore free from this world and free to reign over all He has created.

We must just realise this truth about us and start walking in it. God is not angry with us, in fact He wants us to walk with Him even closer than Adam did. He wants His Kingdom to flow through us into this broken world and heal the sick. He wants us to be perfect representatives of Who He is and lure others in. He wants us to be who we ought to be, who He created us to be. And this is possible, through Him and His saving grace. Grab hold of it and walk on streets of gold. Allow the power and the majesty of our God to flow through you and change this world into a better place.

Father thank you for the wonderful gift of righteousness and for Your abounding grace towards us. We are humbled and so deeply grateful. Lord we take these gifts and we will use them to the glory of Your Kingdom. We will reign in life through Your precious Son, Jesus Christ. Amen


34. You are a king

Last week we learned that we can truly trust God to provide for us. He wants to and He can. It is a wonderful combination. We just simply need to rely on Him, knowing that He knows best. We need to cast our care on Him. The following text verse states this beautifully:

"Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He might exalt you in due time, casting all your care on Him, for He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:6, 7

Cast all your care on Him and trust Him, because He cares for you. We need to trust Him with our finances and every other area of our lives. We also need to read His Word and apply His Wisdom to our lives. God is our Provider and we need to honour Him as that. All this is possible for us because we are part of His holy nation, His family. We read that in 1 Peter 2:9:

"You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvellous light."

This is quite a mouthful. Do you realise the significance of this? This one verse tells you that you are chosen by God. You are royalty. You are a priest and God's holy nation. You are His own special people. What can anyone ask for more to this life? Sit back and truly think about this. You can walk with your head held high because you are royalty; you can serve others and tell them more about God as a priest and you can come into God's presence because you are holy. He will look after you, because you are part of His nation and He looks after His own special people.

As you read through the Old Testament it is wonderful to see all the promises God made to them. God was their King, they were His people, they were a kingdom of priests and He wanted to bless them. Frequently you will read that He wanted to look after them, that He wanted to bless them with so many things, from being fruitful, to having more than enough, to protecting them from their enemies. He wanted to bless them with so much that other nations were supposed to look at them and want what they had. That was God's plan. He wanted all the nations to be lured towards Him and saved because of the blessings bestowed upon Israel. But alas, Israel rejected God as their King and forsook His laws. They went on to worship other gods. And the result was disastrous for them.

Let us not make the same mistake. The Old Testament is there to warn us and to tell us to live closer to God. Fortunately Jesus took all the punishment for our sins and fulfilled the Law of God. Therefore that requirement is not asked of us today. But to have true Kingdom living here and now, we must believe the truth of the Word and live close to our Father God and Jesus Christ. His Spirit lives within us and testifies of Jesus daily. We are one with Him. Our minds simply need to believe what is true of us in the spirit.

Look up, look to God, the beginning and the end of our salvation. The One Whose will it is that we walk in the fullness of His Son and His Kingdom. He wants us to walk as the royal priests that we are. Do not allow the world to tell you something differently. Do not allow the world to degrade you and tell you that you are not worth it. Do not allow the world to tell you that you are a mistake, a failure, a 'has been' or a sinner. You are none of it. You are a king. Stand up as the king that you are. Not in a prideful manner, but in a manner displaying authority and dignity, knowing who you are in Him. Be the king displayed in fairytales. A king everyone respects, a king that is kind and gracious, a king that will fight for what is right and a king that knows where his strength comes from. Jesus is the King of all kings; make Him proud to have you as one of His kings.

Father thank you so much that we are chosen as part of Your people. Thank you that we can be kings, all because of what Jesus did for us. We are humbled and grateful. And we want to make You proud of us. We glorify Your Name and exalt You on high. In Jesus' Name. Amen

33. Trust God to supply in all your needs

Last year we learned that we are complete in Christ. We are perfect and whole. He is above all principalities and powers and therefore we are too. We needn't fear anything. Jesus is King of all kings and Lord of all Lords and His Father is supreme in position. So what do we have to fear as part of their family? Nothing. Not only needn't we fear anything, God says He will provide for us:

"And my God shall supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus." Philippians 4:19

"For the Lord God is a sun and shield; the Lord will give grace and glory; no good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly." Psalm 84:11

"But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." Hebrews 11:6

Isn't this good news? God, the Most High, will supply in all your needs. Notice it doesn't say if He feels like it, or if He has enough resources, it says He will. He will withhold no good thing, for He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. He is standing with open arms, ready to supply in all your needs. You see the problem doesn't lie with whether God wants to or whether God first needs to assess whether you are good enough or not. No. The problem lies with us unfortunately.

Hebrews 11:6 above states why the problem lies with us. It says that we must come with faith and truly believe that He can reward us. We must diligently seek Him and believe the right thing. In His Kingdom there is abundance. In His Kingdom is more than enough. And we have a loving King, Who is not only the King, but your Father too. He wants to care for you, He really does. But if we do not realise that we are part of His Kingdom already we will rush around frantically in this world and try and solve the problem ourselves. If we do not realise that we have access to the Universe's finances, we will stress and worry and rush to the banks to help us.

My friend, realise who you are. You are not of this world anymore. Stand up in your anointing and authority. Rush to your Father first thing when you have a problem. Ask His advice and follow that. Do what He says you must do. This is important. Because you cannot over extend yourself with debt on things you don't really need and live a lavish lifestyle beyond your means and then just think you can sit back and let God solve it for you. That is not Kingdom living. Kingdom living is living with His principles in your life, doing what His Spirit leads you to do and then to trust in Him that everything will work out. If you do that, you can truly trust in Him. He is our God Almighty.

Stop trying to do everything yourself. Stop relying on your own wisdom. It is like grabbing onto straw; it will break and wither when any amount of pressure is exerted upon it. Your efforts will amount to nothing, except frustration. Give over to God, trust Him, have faith that He CAN and that He WANTS to. His Word tells us that and His Word is always faithful and true. All glory to Him.

Thank you Father that You look after us. Thank you that we can give our lives into Your hands, especially at the start of a new year with new challenges. Thank you that we can go through this life without stress or worry. You are looking out for us. We want to follow Your advice and Godly principles in our finances and our lives as a whole. Speak clearly to us, we are listening. Amen

32. Do not fear (1)

Last week we learned that we can do the same works as Jesus and even greater works than He, because He ascended to the Father and gave His Spirit to us to dwell in us. We can therefore stand up, reach out and do the same things He did. And certainly not because we are great or deserving of such honour, but because He is the One doing these works through us. We just need to be willing to be used. You see all the fullness of God dwells in Christ and we are complete in Him:

"For in Him dwells all the fullness of the Godhead bodily; and you are complete in Him who is the head of all principality and power." Colossians 2:9, 10

We are complete in Him. Complete. Complete means totally, comprehensive, wide-ranging and absolute. There is nothing left out. We are not just partially in Him, but in totality, comprehensively part of Him. What an honour and a privilege. If we live our whole lives just knowing this, it has the potential to be life altering. No other 'god' that people worship gives Himself to His people in totality like our God did. Our God is awesome and worthy to be praised forever.

Now notice another thing, Jesus is head of all principalities and powers. All. Not only some, but all. Why? Colossians 2:15 tells us:

"Having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a public spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it."

At the cross He broke all the power that they had on this earth, He disarmed them. Principalities in Greek mean 'Arche' which refers to 'angels and demons holding dominions entrusted to them in the order of things'. And powers in Greek mean 'Exousia' which refers to 'a certain class of demons that is subject to authority or rule'. Jesus therefore triumphed over all spiritual powers; He made a public spectacle of them. And now He is the head of all these principalities and powers. The head. He is the ultimate Boss. And we are complete in Him.

Therefore what do we have to fear? Seriously, what can you possibly fear if the One Who is head of all powers, lives within you? Nothing. That is why 2 Timothy 1:7 says:

"For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind."

Fear is not part of God's makeup. God doesn't fear anything and He lives within us. Fear of a financial collapse, fear of diseases, fear of failure, fear of being attacked, fear that things might be stolen from you, fear of death, fear of accidents, fear of being alone etc is not from God. It is the enemy trying to get you out of fellowship with God. He wants you to be fearful, to frantically rush to save yourself from the coming dread and most of all not to trust in God. But in actual fact you are above all principalities and powers through Jesus Christ. You have nothing to fear. No weapon formed against you shall prosper (Isaiah 54:17).

Rather choose to believe what is true of you in the Spirit. You stand supreme over creation because Jesus lives within you. You have access to abundant resources, the best medical care in the Universe, the best police force (angels) and infinite wisdom to lead you on the right path. What more do you need? Trust in God, walk in His Kingdom and utilise everything He has already given you. Do not grovel on the ground like a chicken pecking for a speck of food, no, soar with wings like eagles and receive your food from on High. He has so much planned for you, but if you trap yourself in fear, you cannot step forward into all that He wants to give you. Do not be mislead any longer. His Kingdom is yours, Jesus came to give you access to it. Walk in it, free from all anxiety and fear and before long you will see that all you could possibly fear has disappeared in the dust it came from.

Thank you Father for freeing us from the grip of this world. We praise You! We have nothing to fear, because You look after us. We walk in the grace that You provide for us, free from all anxiety. We walk in Your footsteps and know that we are safe there. We love and adore You. Amen

31. We can do the same works as Jesus

Last week we learned that we have the wisdom of God. The manifold wisdom of God is available to us. We may obtain knowledge daily through reading and exploring, but His pure, unselfish wisdom is ours for the taking, because we love Him and walk according to His purposes for us. All this is true of us, because we are part of Christ's glorious church, a member of His body. Let us have a look at the Scriptures confirming this:

"Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her, that He might sanctify and cleanse her with washing of water by the word, that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish." Ephesians 5:25-27

"For we are members of His body, of His flesh and of His bones." Ephesians 5:30

We are holy and without blemish, without spot or wrinkle, members of His body, of His flesh and bones. We are one with Him. And therefore we can roam this earth as He did. We should be able to do what He did. That is why Jesus said the following in John 14:12:

"Most assuredly I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will also do; and greater works than these will he do, because I go to My Father."

Isn't that just a wonderful promise? We should be able to do His works and even greater works, because He went to the Father, but yet He lives within us. It is a great mystery, but it is the truth. Our human brains cannot fathom this greatness, but yet, we have the wisdom of God to confirm this for us.

Then why do you suppose we don't see it manifesting? Why don't we see the works that Jesus did and even greater works? Once again I believe it is because we believe the wrong things. It is not that we do not have enough faith, it is merely that we were taught the wrong doctrine. Personally I have never heard someone preach that I can do the same things as Christ and in traditional churches I have ever witnessed it either. And yet the Bible tells us clearly, there is no way around it. And as we've seen the reason we can do the same things, is because we are part of Him and He is part of us, we are one.

"He who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with Him." 1 Corinthians 6:17

In the end it is not about us doing the wonderful things, but Jesus doing it through us. We just need to be believe that this is possible and then actually go and do it. God will never force you to do something. We are human beings with our own free will. God will never interfere with our free will. He will never barge in and force us to do things for Him. But how He wishes we will. How He wishes that we will reach out our hands and touch others like He would. How He wishes that we will stop competing and rushing and reach out to others. When we open ourselves up to flow with His Spirit and move where He wants us to go, we will stand amazed by what can happen. If we use our bodies to glorify Him, we will stand in awe. The impossible will become possible, not for our selfish gain, but to the furtherance of His Kingdom.

And that brings me to a second reason why we don't see these things manifesting and I have personally experienced it myself. Even if we do believe what the Word says, but we do the reaching out to others to obtain a name for ourselves as the 'one who can do miracles', then it won't realise either. If we want to build 'our own ministry' and want people to follow us, then it is the wrong reason too. God is not manipulated and God deserves all the glory. Only Him! He should be the One glorified, the One people stand in awe of. We are just the vessels that He can use.

Stand up today and be counted. Reach out to others and allow His Spirit free reign in your life. Then you will stand amazed as you see Jesus working through you. He wants to; you just need to be willing.

Thank you Father for living in all Your fullness within us. We praise and glorify Your Name. You are a good good Father. And thank you for dearly loving us. You are amazing. We are willing to be used by You. We will reach out to those in need, come and take control of my life. In Jesus' Name, without Him we are nothing. Amen