The Truth is that "strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle". This is Truth indeed. This is not the world view, this is God's view. Moreover, the effort and struggle you use and spend come from the Lord, because "apart from Him you can do nothing." Pure and simple!
God says: “So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.” Isaiah 41:10
So strength and growth come only through continuous effort and struggle. If not yours, it is from somebody else.
He (JESUS) shall see the fruit of the labor of his soul, and shall be satisfied; My righteous servant, with his knowledge, will justify many; for their iniquities will bear upon them." Isaiah 53:11 No one gives something for nothing indeed! Even God!
The paralysis I find in many church people is that they pray as if prayer (talking) is everything.
"Moses, Moses, you have prayed! Good! I have heard you. Now, stop talking. March on. Tell the people to march on." As their feet touched the waters of the sea a clean road opened before them and they kept walking until they crossed the sea!
“Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” Matthew 7:22-23.
In others words: "You prayed, "Lord, Lord', and you just have "used" my Name in vain to prophesy empty words, to drive out demons and perform your miracles. "Away from me, you evil doers." Who are the evil doers? Jesus was talking directly to the religious people.
If you are a Kingdom person you will stop to see the world in a divisive mode. Doubled minded people struggles saying: "This is God's. This is not God's. This is Satan's. This is not Satan's. This is sacred. This is not sacred. This is sin. This is not sin." However the Holy Spirit says: “And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians 3:17
After coming to Jesus many are still sin conscious and not righteousness conscious. When will we stop thinking it is not about us, but only about Him?
Intentionally we keep trying to reconcile differences, to sound moderate, and being nice to everyone according to the appearances and etiquette of the world. We keep ourselves trapped in little boxes of thinking to please everyone around us by doing the same things everyone has been doing for all these years.
“Am I now trying to win the approval of human beings, or of God? Or am I trying to please people? If I were still trying to please people, I would not be a servant of Christ.” Galatians 1:10
And even if I try to please myself I am my own master!
The test is simple! Why the vast majority of all the people around us experience the same results? Why almost all of them arrives at the same pitiful destiny, get the same bad results, end up with the same problems and die with similar deceases?
Why all churches are the same, preach the same, furthermore get the same results?
Why experiencing the same cycles of deaths, tribes hating and killing each other, brothers subduing others, exploring others and what about all this mess everyday?
Why people are all the same, all leader soldiers manufactured in serie, then all get the same results?
Very simple answer! They keep thinking alike and doing the same things!
We are God's children, created into His image. We are uniques, and all of us manifest Jesus face! I shall see His face as I see today! Why? I keep leaning myself to see Him only!
Kingdom people are pure in their hearts, and in this world they have only eyes to see God, nobody else, nothing else.
““Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God. Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:3, 5-8, 10
“Why do you complain, Jacob? Why do you say, Israel, “My way is hidden from the Lord; my cause is disregarded by my God”? Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who wait upon the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” Isaiah 40:27-31
For millions of people to pray to the Lord and wait upon the Lord mean to sit down, kneel down, talk to the Lord and see what the Lord will give them. That is outrageous!
Be still and know God is God is not paralisia! Stopping still is not the same as being still! You can be at war and be still knowing that God is God! Who He says He is indeed and who He says you are indeed!
Wait upon the Lord IS NOT to "stay in a place until an expected event happens, until someone arrives, until it is your turn to do something, etc."
Wait upon the Lord is not "wait for something until something else happens."
Wait upon the Lord is not "to remain in a state in which you expect or hope that something will happen soon."
HELLO! Those who wait upon the Lord renew their strength. They soar on wings like eagles; they run and not grow weary, they walk and not be faint.
They soar, run and walk! Can't you see?
Unfortunately religious people read these words and they understand that those who wait upon the Lord WILL do this, WILL do that, WILL, will... So sad they are kept in the future mode and never soar now, never run now, never walk now, because they only think about the Kingdom in terms of the future, somehow somewhere in the future.
Hello! The Kingdom is in you! The Kingdom of God is at hand! The King is here! The Kingdom is here!
Churches are filled with too many legalistic people, who judges and condemns everything and everyone that are not part of their groups, who see themselves as the holy ones and everyone else pagan, who talk, talk and talk, conferences and meetings and meetings and conferences, as they remain closed and locked in their devotional lives and do nothing like Jesus said. We have became a people that can't love in works and deeds our neighbors because we have never loved ourselves. Change me, Lord Jesus!
Good and evil! Good and bad! This dualistic and schizophrenic mindset must be denounced, discharged and forgotten.
Churches became monasteries for religious people who think the world in classes, in compartments, in good and evil, through the eyes of the tree of knowledge of good and evil, they see everything in the world as good and bad, they see sin in everything and to be holy is only when they are praying, reading the Bible and singing worship songs in church! Why?
Their eyes are not fixed on Jesus daily and everywhere. That is why they keep seeing the good and evil, everyone else and everything else and also Jesus! No! Just one I must gaze into it. Only HIM! ONLY JESUS! I see Him in everyone in everything everywhere.
Catch this! “Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again." John 3:3
Born again people see the Kingdom of God only! You must only see God and Light and Holiness because your eyes are only set on Jesus! You have no eyes for anyone else and anything else. Jesus draws all your attention! That is why you see no one else! Only Jesus!
Lord, deliver me once for all! I want to see the Kingdom only!
“The earth is theLordʼs, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; for he founded it on the seas and established it on the waters.
Who may ascend the mountain of the Lord?
Who may stand in his holy place?
The one who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not trust in an idol or swear by a false god.
They will receive blessing from the Lord and vindication from God their Savior.
Such is the generation of those who seek him, who seek your face, God of Jacob.
Lift up your heads, you gates; be lifted up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle.
Lift up your heads, you gates; lift them up, you ancient doors, that the King of glory may come in.
Who is he, this King of glory? The Lord Almighty— he is the King of glory.” Psalm 24:1-10
When it says to open the heads, you gates, and to open ancient doors don't think it is talking about the heavens. Don't you dare to do that!
It is talking about the heads of your country! The gates of your nation! The ancient doors of your cities and fields.
Let your Kingdom come! Let your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
“If you take away the yoke from your midst, The pointing of the finger, and speaking wickedness, If you extend your soul to the hungry And satisfy the afflicted soul, Then your light shall dawn in the darkness, And your darkness shall be as the noonday. The LORD will guide you continually, And satisfy your soul in drought, And strengthen your bones; You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water, whose waters do not fail. Those from among you Shall build the old waste places and ancient places; You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The Restorer of Streets to Dwell In, So that your country may become habitable." Isaiah 58:9-12
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