Spiritual Growth

“Whoever Seeks to Keep His Life Will Lose It”

Posted by on Jul 7, 2016 in Prophecy, Spiritual Growth, State of the nation | 2 comments

“Whoever Seeks to Keep His Life Will Lose It”

“Whoever seeks to keep his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life will preserve it” (Luke 17:33). Four summers ago, the summer of 2012, I read the biography of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, a German pastor who was killed after opposing Adolf Hitler. I majored in German in college and even spent a year abroad living in and traveling all over Germany, but I’d never heard of Bonhoeffer. It wasn’t until I read Bonhoeffer’s bio that I saw, for the first time ever, Germany’s history from a spiritual perspective; and the Holy Spirit was bearing witness as I read, that what happened there...

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Christ’s Government: Establishing His Kingdom on Earth

Posted by on Mar 5, 2016 in prayer, Prophecy, Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Warfare, The Holy Spirit | 0 comments

Christ’s Government: Establishing His Kingdom on Earth

God’s supreme objective is the establishment of His kingdom on earth. Jesus told His disciples to pray this way: “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth as it is in Heaven” (Matthew 6:10, KJV). This is God’s will: that earth should look like Heaven. The church exists to bring heaven to earth. And since we know that this is the Father’s will, we have confidence that when we pray this way, we will receive it (1 John 5:14-15). Demonic opposition, the world system, and sin in our own lives may delay God’s objective, but it will not ultimately stop it. As...

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Christ’s Government: Mount Sinai contrasted with Mount Zion

Posted by on Feb 3, 2016 in prayer, Spiritual Growth, The Holy Spirit | 0 comments

Christ’s Government: Mount Sinai contrasted with Mount Zion

I remember the expression on my 99 year-old grandfather’s face the first time he watched me pull a compass, a video, and then a photo album up on my iphone. It is really incredible to think that a camera, telephone, a GPS navigation system,  and a host of other tools, along with infinite access to the world’s public information and entertainment is available as a download that fits in the palm of your hand. But it’s even more incredible to think that the God of the universe can be “downloaded” into us individually! Think of the intimacy level involved with...

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“It is to your advantage that I go away”

Posted by on Jan 16, 2016 in Spiritual Growth, The Holy Spirit | 3 comments

“It is to your advantage that I go away”

You stood within arms’ length of Jesus when he stopped the pallbearers in a funeral procession and spoke to a corpse. “Young man, get up!” To everyone’s astonishment and even terror, the dead man sat up on his bier and began to talk. Later, you watched a deadly storm instantly calm when Jesus told it to, and you saw Jesus deliver a raging lunatic from a host of demons. You heard amazing sermons and discussed with Him concepts that were thrilling and new and fathomless. You saw food multiply and you saw people bent over with arthritis immediately straighten. You saw...

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Christ’s Government on Earth – Reigning As Kings and Priests

Posted by on Nov 29, 2015 in Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Warfare, The Holy Spirit | 2 comments

Christ’s Government on Earth – Reigning As Kings and Priests

In C.S. Lewis’s The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, the Narnian mouse Reepicheep says of Lucy, “She’s not a little girl! She is a queen!” The statement serves as a reminder that those of us who are in Christ, while we might look and feel quite ordinary, are kings and queens according to scripture. In the previous two posts, we took a look at what the Bible says about about the role and functions of both kings and of priests, and how Jesus restored these two offices, that were previously separate. The ministry and person of Melchizedek were also examined. The bread and the...

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Christ’s Government on Earth – The Royal Priesthood (Melchizedek)

Posted by on Oct 29, 2015 in Spiritual Growth | 0 comments

Christ’s Government on Earth – The Royal Priesthood (Melchizedek)

All believers are part of an elite membership called The Royal Priesthood (Revelation 1:5-6, 1 Peter 2:9), as discussed in my last article. But what exactly does that mean, that we are kings and priests? Royalty means that we have kingdom AUTHORITY and priesthood means that we have heavenly ACCESS. As discussed in my previous post, the role of a king is to rule or reign. The role of the priest is to offer sacrifices. In scripture, priests were the only ones permitted to approach God; apart from the priesthood, no one could offer a sacrifice to God. Priests came from the tribe of Levi. Kings...

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Christ’s Government on Earth – The Royal Priesthood

Posted by on Oct 4, 2015 in prayer, Spiritual Growth, Spiritual Warfare, The Holy Spirit | 2 comments

Christ’s Government on Earth – The Royal Priesthood

In understanding our identity and authority in Christ, we are able to bring His righteous and life-giving government to earth.  Previously, we highlighted what it means to be in covenant with the Almighty, and how the names of God reveal His character and thereby, Who He Is and what He does. Meditating on His names is a form of worship, and in this way we know Him better and He is magnified (becomes bigger) in our eyes. Our walk with God, and our prayer life in particular, suffer because we forget who we are in Christ. It’s easy to regard ourselves as common. And we are not common. We are...

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