Kingdom Freedom Ministries
In the Service of the King of Kings
In the Service of the King of Kings
Welcome to Kingdom Freedom Ministries, Inc.
Welcome to Kingdom Freedom Ministries, Inc.
Kingdom Freedom Ministries is honored to partner with the Body of Christ as we labor together to fulfill the Great Commission of the Lord Jesus Christ. In the twenty-fourth chapter of the book of Matthew, Jesus was asked what would be the sign of His coming. In answering, Jesus spoke of multiple signs that would occur near the end of the age. He then went on to say that one sign would precede the end of the age, taking the Gospel of His Kingdom into all the world.
And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. NKJV
God loves people more than anything and He wants everyone to know it. Taking the Gospel of the Kingdom of the Lord Jesus Christ to the nations is the sole purpose of Kingdom Freedom Ministries. We do that through ministry in churches and Bible Schools as well as open air ministry to the masses.
On our website you will learn where we have been, where we are going and truths about the Kingdom of God. Thank you for visiting.
With your prayers and financial support, together we too can fulfill the Great Commission recorded in Mark 16:15
“And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.””
July 23, 2012
July 23, 2012
Ultimately the Kingdom of God is everything that the Bible is about. People did not understand the Kingdom of God in Jesus’ day and today much of the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ does not have the revelation of God’s Kingdom that it needs. When I started traveling to the nations in 2007, the Lord began imparting in me a revelation about His Kingdom in ways I had not previously understood.
Preaching the Kingdom and teaching on Kingdom realities is an important part of what the Lord Jesus has commissioned Kingdom Freedom Ministries to do. Understanding the Kingdom of God and how it operates is vital knowledge for every Believer to have. Romans 14:17-18 gives us some insight into God’s Kingdom:
17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18 For he who serves Christ in these things is acceptable to God and approved by men. NKJV
Eating and drinking are natural activities, carried out in the natural or physical realm in which we live. The Kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom and righteous, peace and joy, are spiritual qualities or attributes that we experience in our spirit being, at least in the context Paul is speaking in Romans, as our spirit engages in God’s Kingdom. Of all the things that the Holy Spirit could have inspired Paul to write to describe the Kingdom of God, why were these three things chosen? It is so important that we understand the answer to that. Future Kingdom Seed articles will be addressing this in detail.
In this introductory article, I want to establish a basic truth about God’s Kingdom.
By a woeful choice some six thousand years ago Adam forfeited the Kingdom of God for all humanity and led us from God’s Kingdom of Light and Love into Satan’s kingdom of darkness. The Gospel is such “Good News” because God paid the price through the sacrifice of His Son for us to have the right to renounce citizenship in the kingdom of darkness, and receive citizenship in the Kingdom of Light, God’s Kingdom. In Romans, chapter 5, Paul in effect sums up these two Kingdoms.
18 Therefore, as through one man's offense judgment came to all men, resulting in condemnation, even so through one Man's righteous act the free gift came to all men, resulting in justification of life. NKJV
That is why in Colossian’s 1:13 it says that God the Father has delivered us out of that kingdom into the kingdom of His own Son
13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. NKJV
Notice it says “He has delivered us from the power of darkness…” That had to happen first before we could take up residency or citizenship in the Kingdom of the Son of His Love, in other words, the Kingdom of God.
Citizenship in a sovereign nation always comes with rights. The specifics of those rights may vary from nation to nation, but true citizens generally have some type of rights. In the United States of America, most place a high premium on that truth. Many of the founding fathers and early pioneers of the United States shed blood to obtain and to preserve the rights we enjoy today. The Kingdom of God is the same way. Citizens in that Kingdom have rights that are outlined Bible. Those rights were also purchased at the price of bloodshed, the Blood of Jesus. So then by the sacrifice that Jesus made, entry has been made available to all humanity to be reunited to God and to join Him in His Kingdom. A new citizenship is offered to us.
In the next Kingdom Seed we will begin to talk about that citizenship in more detail. And we will talk more about righteousness, peace and joy and the abundance of God’s life that accompanies them.
August 26, 2012
August 26, 2012
“Kingdom Citizens are Righteous”
In the previous Kingdom Seed we mentioned that there is citizenship and therefore rights that accompany being part of the Kingdom of God. So how do we become a citizen of the Kingdom of God? Well, II Corinthians 5:17 says “Therefore, if anyone be in Christ, He is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. NKJV” According to Romans 10:8-10, as we confess with our mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in our heart God has raised Him, that is Jesus, from the dead, we are saved. By confessing and believing, we are saved, that is, we are “in Christ.”
Okay, that is salvation, but what does that have to do with being a citizen in God’s Kingdom? The answer is everything. Colossians tells us that God has delivered us from darkness, which we are all bound in because of Adam’s transgression, or “original sin”, and has translated us into His Son’s Kingdom (Jesus inherited all things through His death, burial and resurrection) All because of God’s redemptive work in Christ Jesus.
13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son:
14 In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: KJV
Through God’s redemptive work, He sees all humanity in Christ, but for us as an individual being “in Christ” occurs as we confess and believe in Christ. Then that translation from darkness into the Kingdom of God’s dear and Beloved Son occurs for us. We are a citizen of the Kingdom of God at that moment in time.
We said in the previous Kingdom Seed article that the Kingdom of God is a spiritual kingdom, not of this world, not of this physical realm. Can we describe God’s Kingdom in more detail? The answer is yes, since the Bible does give us quite a bit of insight into this Kingdom. Romans 14:17-18 says that the Kingdom of God is not meat or drink, but righteousness, peace and joy, in the Holy Ghost. Let’s examine these one at a time to better understand God’s Kingdom and to also understand why these three attributes were listed together in this scripture to describe the Kingdom of God. In this Kingdom Seed article, we will focus on righteousness.
Righteousness can be described as accepted before God, in His very presence; to be there fully welcome and wanted, without inferiority or shame. Righteousness is not something we work for or endeavor to be, it is what we become and who we are in Christ. It is a free gift along with salvation and actually is an outcome of being saved. II Corinthians 5:21 says that “He who knew no sin, became sin for us that we might become the righteousness of God, in Him.” We are righteous if we are in Him and we are in Him if we have accepted Him as our Savior.
His Kingdom is a Kingdom of Righteousness. There is no thing or no one in His Kingdom that is unrighteous, it is not permissible. I Corinthians 6:9 says “Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God?” All citizens thereof, are righteous. It is a Kingdom of Righteousness because all that occurs in it is in fidelity and harmony with God’s will, and therefore, accepted in His presence. His Kingdom is a Kingdom of Righteousness because everything that occurs in it proceeds from and is unity with the life of God.
So we can see that the Kingdom of God is a Kingdom of Righteousness. Join me in the next Kingdom Seed article as we explore the Kingdom of God as a Kingdom of Peace.
September 30, 2012
September 30, 2012
“A Kingdom of Peace”
In this article we will continue to look into the make-up of the Kingdom of God. There are an infinite set of attributes that make up the Kingdom of God and yet the Apostle Paul was led to use three specific attributes to describe that Kingdom in Romans chapter 14 verse 17, Righteousness, Peace and joy.
17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. NKJV
Previously we looked at His Kingdom as a Kingdom of Righteousness made up of those who are righteous in Him. Now let’s explore His Kingdom as a Kingdom of Peace. In the ninth chapter of Isaiah, the scripture prophetically foretells of His Kingdom, including that His Kingdom would be a Kingdom of Peace.
6 For unto us a Child is born, unto us a Son is given; and the government will be upon His shoulder. And His name will be called Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of His government and peace there will be no end, Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom, to order it and establish it with judgment and justice From that time forward, even forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will perform this. NKJV
His government, or His dominion and domain of rule, was foretold by the prophet Isaiah to be one of Peace. His domain is His Kingdom. And, of course, the He we are talking about is the Lord Jesus Christ. He is the Son that was given. Notice in verse seven it says “Of the increase of His government and peace…” His Kingdom and the peace that makes up that Kingdom is to be ever increasing.
But what is this peace that His Kingdom is made up of? First it is complete harmony with Him. In Romans chapter 5 the Bible declares we were enemies of God until His Son died for us.
10 For if when we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life. 11 And not only that, but we also rejoice in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom we have now received the reconciliation. NKJV
By the death of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, we have been reconciled to God. And because of that eternal truth, when we confess Jesus as our Lord and believe that God has raised Him from the dead, we are saved and reconciled to God the Father. Therefore, His Kingdom is a Kingdom of Peace because Jesus has reconciled us to a place of harmony and unity with the Father. In fact, everything in His Kingdom is reconciled and in harmony with God. As it says in Colossians, the first chapter, God the Father has reconciled all things to Himself by His Son. Further, it says that the Father made peace through the blood of the cross of His Son.
19 For it pleased the Father that in Him all the fullness should dwell, 20 and by Him to reconcile all things to Himself, by Him, whether things on earth or things in heaven, having made peace through the blood of His cross. NKJV
The Hebrew word for Peace is “Shalom”. In 2004 I had the privilege of joining my pastors on a minister’s trip to Israel. Everywhere I went people greeted us with the word “Shalom.” Israel was filled with the declaration “Shalom!” From Strong's Concordance 7965, Shalom means completeness, wholeness, health, peace, welfare, safety, soundness, tranquility, prosperity, perfectness, fullness, rest, harmony, the absence of agitation or discord. Well, Jesus is the Prince of all of that and He establishes it all in His Kingdom, a Kingdom built on nothing less than the Blood of His Cross.
So His Kingdom is a Kingdom of health, wholeness and completeness, soundness (nothing missing or out of place), fullness and, yes, harmony. As Citizens of His Kingdom, Jesus wants and has purchased all of this for every human life. This is true for us positionally in Christ because of what the God the Father has done through His Son. However, today the majority of us fall short of living out this life that Jesus has redeemed us to. It is ours for the having though, degree by degree as we live a life in the revelation of His Kingdom. In future Kingdom Seed articles we will talk about how.
Having looked at His Kingdom as a Kingdom of Righteous and a Kingdom of Peace, in the next Kingdom Seed article, we will look at His Kingdom as a Kingdom of Joy. Shalom!
October 30, 2012
October 30, 2012
“A Kingdom of Joy”
In previous Kingdom Seed articles, we began exploring the three-fold make-up of the Kingdom of God as described in Romans Chapter 14. We also said that while there are an infinite set of attributes that make up the Kingdom of God, still the Apostle Paul, based on Spirit led guidance, described God’s Kingdom in his letter to the Roman church as a Kingdom of Righteousness, Peace and Joy.
17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. NKJV
Having looked at His Kingdom as a Kingdom of Righteousness made up of those who are righteous in Him, and a Kingdom of Peace that is a Kingdom of wellness, wholeness and a Kingdom whose citizens are unified with Him, now let’s examine His Kingdom as a Kingdom of Joy.
Joy in Romans 14:17 is the Greek word Chara. It means: calm delight, cheerfulness, gladness by exceedingly great measure. And those who are in His Kingdom, the ones who are the righteous, who are united to Him and in harmony with Him, who have been redeemed by His Blood, certainly have much to be cheerful about. We were lost but now we are found, we were blind but now we see, we were dead in our trespasses and sins but now He who is higher than the Heavens has made us alive in Himself.
Psalm 30:11 says he has “turned our morning into dancing” and “clothed us with gladness.” Whew! What great things He has done for us. Ephesians 2:12 declares we were “without hope” but He has brought us near by the Blood of Christ. There is a joy that is to accompany salvation because apart from a merciful God who gave His only begotten Son as a sacrifice for our sins, we were eternally lost. Not now though, as John 1:12 tells us, “But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His Name.”
This type of joy is the same as that listed in Galatians 5:22 as a fruit of the Spirit. The connotation is the same as that used in the scripture in Nehemiah 8:10, “the joy of the Lord is your strength.”
Joy, an expression of those bound up with no release in sight but now set free. Like a “bird from the snare of the fowler”, He has set us free. Woo Hoo! Now that is something to shout about. His Kingdom is the Kingdom of those who have been set free! This is in big part why Kingdom Freedom Ministries has the name it does. We are so free and we need to know it.
In Hebrews chapter 2 the scripture declares we have been released from the fear of death, because through His own death, Jesus destroyed him who had the power of death, the devil.
14 Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, 15 and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. NKJV
Jesus died for us that we would have life in Him. Real life, eternal life, the God-kind of life!
In Revelation chapter 1 Jesus declared, “I have the keys of Hell and Death”
Fear not; I am the first and the last: 18 I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death. KJV
He did it; Jesus defeated Hell and Death for those alive in Him, that is, those in His Kingdom.
His Kingdom is a Kingdom of Joy; a Kingdom of calm delight, of cheerfulness, of gladness by exceedingly great measure. And why, because “Who the Son sets free, is free indeed.”, and that’s us.
Perhaps these three Kingdom Seed articles have helped to shed some light on why in Romans 14:17 Paul chose these three specific attributes, righteousness, peace and joy, to describe the Kingdom of God. They truly sum up what God has done for us. We can and will spend eternity plunging the depths of His Kingdom. Please join me in future Kingdom Seed articles as we continue to explore that Kingdom. Until then, as Paul wrote in II Thessalonians 3:16, “Now may the Lord of peace Himself give you peace always in every way. The Lord be with you all.” NKJV
November 30, 2012
November 30, 2012
“Seeds: God’s Little Miracle”
Throughout the New Testament Gospel accounts, Jesus spoke multiple parables involving seeds. In fact, seeds, and the life that is in just one, are referenced many places in the Bible. In the book of Matthew, in speaking a parable, Jesus likens the Kingdom of Heaven unto a mustard seed.
31Another parable He put forth to them, saying: "The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and sowed in his field, 32which indeed is the least of all the seeds; but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and nest in its branches." NKJV
Such a small seed and yet the life it produces, when fully grown, works to the benefit of many. In God’s miraculous creation, the potential life in a seed is determined before it is ever planted. God declared it to be so from the very beginning.
11 Then God said, "Let the earth bring forth grass, the herb that yields seed, and the fruit tree that yields fruit according to its kind, whose seed is in itself, on the earth"; and it was so. 12And the earth brought forth grass, the herb that yields seed according to its kind, and the tree that yields fruit, whose seed is in itself according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 13So the evening and the morning were the third day. NKJV
It would seem that everything with God begins with a seed. I love a little poem I found on the Internet some time ago.
Now seeds are just dimes to the man in the store
And the dimes are the things that he needs,
And I've been to buy them in seasons before
But have thought of them merely as seeds;
But it flashed through my mind as I took them this time,
"You purchased a miracle here for a dime."
- Edgar A. Guest, A Package of Seeds
Seeds truly are a miracle from God. A seed is simply a beginning; the harvest is the end. A seed is a promise; the harvest is the fulfillment. In Genesis Chapter 8, after the Great Flood, Noah and his family came out of the Ark, the vessel that God used to preserve humanity. Noah built an altar and, in an act of worship to God, Noah presented a blood sacrifice to the Lord. God was well pleased with Noah’s sacrifice and in response, God declared:
22 "While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
Cold and heat,
Winter and summer,
And day and night
Shall not cease." NKJV
As long as there is a planet Earth, there will also be the law of seedtime and harvest. Our job is to plant seed, the law that God has set into motion by the words of His own declaration will bring forth the harvest. Moreover, God says He will give us seed to plant, that is if we will be obedient to sow.
II Corinthians 9:10-12
10 Now may He who supplies seed to the sower, and bread for food, supply and multiply the seed you have sown and increase the fruits of your righteousness, 11 while you are enriched in everything for all liberality, which causes thanksgiving through us to God. NKJV
He gives seed to the sower; He multiplies the seed that is sown. That fits right in with the law of seedtime and harvest doesn’t it. It is a law that took me too many years to understand and apply. Every seed reproduces after its own kind. Sow kindness and reap kindness; sow compassion and reap compassion; sow peace and reap peace. Every seed reproduces after its own kind. In John 12:24, Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain…” NKJV
What seed has God put in your life? Have you planted it? Seeds only fulfill their purpose when they are planted. God gives seed but we must be willing and obedient to sow them. God sowed His Son as the ultimate Seed. His harvest is you and me. Amen.
December 31, 2012
December 31, 2012
“One Thing I Desire”
There are many things and voices that vie for our attention all through life. For some of us, we have spent much of our life looking for meaning, looking for happiness, looking for purpose. Some of us look for far too long before coming to a place of knowing the truth. Others spend all of their life pursuing “things” and never come to the knowledge of the truth at all; yet we live in a time where God has made all things plain. In Acts Chapter 17, the Bible says that God has pre-appointed both the time of our existence and where we will exist on planet Earth for a very specific purpose.
24God, who made the world and everything in it, since He is Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands. 25Nor is He worshiped with men's hands, as though He needed anything, since He gives to all life, breath, and all things. 26And He has made from one blood every nation of men to dwell on all the face of the earth, and has determined their pre-appointed times and the boundaries of their dwellings, 27so that they should seek the Lord, in the hope that they might grope for Him and find Him, though He is not far from each one of us;
28 for in Him we live and move and have our being, as also some of your own poets have said, 'For we are also His offspring.' 29Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man's devising. 30Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead." NKJV
That specific purpose is that God has established our time and our boundaries so each of us might seek Him to know Him. In Psalm 139, the psalmist said, “You,” that is, God, “knitted me together in the secret place,” and then, “You numbered all of my days before any of them came to be.” God did that for each of us.
In Psalm 27 King David, perhaps the greatest King of Israel, and also a prophet and a psalmist, said this:
4One thing I have desired of the LORD,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the LORD
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the LORD,
And to inquire in His temple. NKJV
With all that King David had known and experienced throughout the course of his life, an exciting and adventurous life by any standards, there was one thing above all else to experience and to know. That was to dwell in the house of God and to inquire of His counsel. To dwell in the house of God, would be more than just going to church. It would include genuine service, fellowship and unity with God. Inquiring of His counsel would be to know God’s divine direction, not just for humanity but for David as an individual. It would also include knowing God’s ways, how He speaks to us to provide direction, and then acting on that direction once God provided it.
In the Book of Luke we find Jesus teaching in Martha’s house. It is her home and she is serving the people, as you might expect a host to do, but we see an interesting conversation between her and Jesus.
38Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. 39And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus' feet and heard His word. 40But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me." 41And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her." NKJV
In Matthew 6:33 Jesus tells us to “…seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you.” What things? What we drink and eat’ what we wear, where we live. In other words, everything we have need of in life will be provided if we seek Him first. Seeking Him is the one thing that is needed. As we do that, everything else falls into place.
In John 17:3 in the midst of praying to the Father, Jesus said that eternal life is to know God the Father, the one true God, and to also know Jesus Christ, the Savior anointed and sent by the Father to redeem humanity. Everything else in life is a distraction that can lead us away from God unless we seek Him first. As we live out our days here on Earth, let’s do as Jesus said, let’s recognize what King David recognized: there is one thing to be desired. That is to dwell in the house of God and to inquire of Him, to know God. Amen.
January 31, 2013
January 31, 2013
“Leap of Faith”
Have you ever seen a little child getting ready to jump into a pool for the first time but they need a little coaxing by someone they trust, perhaps a mom or dad. They run right up to the edge of the pool or the edge of the diving board and just when they should jump, they stop, maybe even giggling as they do, but they don’t jump. They want to jump; they see the fun others are having in the pool; the fun is even calling out to them, and yet they don’t take the jump because they are scared of jumping into a place they have not been before. Finally, because the child trusts the parent, they take that leap. They leave behind the solid ground they were standing on, there is no turning back, and they couldn’t turn back even if they wanted to. Splash! They are in the water and loving it; their mom or dad loves it; their friends love it; everyone is glad they finally took the leap into the pool.
Just like that leap into the pool, faith has a leap that must be taken too. When all the prayers have been said and the Believer’s heart has been prepared; when God has lined up resources to coincide with the leap of faith that is yet to be taken, God is there like that parent in the pool encouraging you, His child, to take the leap. The only thing remaining to be done is the leap itself. Usually we are not giggling like that little child though, we are hesitant and possibly in fear of the unknown. You have probably had these moments in your life many times and you know exactly what I am talking about. Think about the times you took that step of faith, or leap of faith. Think about how glad you were that you did and all the good that resulted.
As we grow as Christians, each life changing leap of faith we take will require a little more of us each time, but the results will be equally rewarding. However, sometimes we are like the little child reluctant to jump into the pool. Our Heavenly Father is there, arms open wide, encouraging us to take the leap. He knows great things are in store for us when we do. The impact we will make, the growth we will enjoy and pleasure it will bring Him and even to others as we do. At the end of the day, it is still us who have to take the leap though. We have to leave behind what is familiar to us at the time; to leave our comfort zone and jump forward into unfamiliar territory.
God declares what will happen when we take the leap of faith that He has birthed in our heart:
11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, says the LORD, thoughts of peace and not of evil, to give you a future and a hope. NKJV
3'Call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know.' NKJV
Real faith demands a leap into what is not known with the mind but absolutely assured in the Spirit.
1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. NKJV
Notice that faith gives substance to the things hoped for, not to the things not hoped, for example, fear of what may happen. Bible hope works with faith. I have heard it said that Hope is future and Faith is now. But an analogy or comparison I like even more is that hope is the blue print of faith. Hope is the plan and faith is the finished product. In either case, hope and faith are inseparable. So what hope, vision, plan, blue print has God put in your heart? I believe this year blue prints, in the form of visions, divine purposes, God deposits, are going to manifest into finished products as we take a Leap of Faith. God has showed me in my heart steps I must take for advancing the ministry to which He has entrusted me.
In Matthew 14:22-33 Peter encounters Jesus walking on the water. Peter defies natural reasoning and then the laws of physics by stepping out of the boat to join the Lord on the water. Of course Peter momentarily began to sink when he looked at the waves, the effects of the wind. But Peter walked on the water and then, by holding onto the hand of Jesus, he also walked back to the boat. Peter took a leap of faith.
As we start out this year, are you like the little child at the edge of the pool or Peter longing to step out of a comfortable boat? Let’s all take a leap of faith with Jesus. I know great things are in store for us as we do. Please consider sharing your testimonies with me as you take your leap.
In Jesus Name, Amen.
August 1, 2013
August 1, 2013
“There is a World Waiting on Us”
In Mark, the 16th chapter, the Lord Jesus Christ pronounced the most wonderful proclamation to, and on behalf of, humanity.
“Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. He who believes and is baptized will be saved...”
For everyone who believes the gospel of Jesus Christ, there is the promise of salvation.
Romans 10:13 says that “whosoever calls upon the name of the Lord shall be saved” All a person has to do is call from a believing heart after hearing the Gospel of Jesus Christ. The Bible clearly says that the individual who makes that call will be saved. However, for them to call, they must first hear. They cannot make the call to God without first hearing the Gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ. They don’t even have the option. That is why it is so important that the Gospel be preached. It has to be proclaimed to every creature (meaning people) so they can hear, and then once they hear and believe, they can call upon Jesus and the guaranteed outcome is salvation. It is true that God loves all of His creation but the target of the preached Gospel is the human heart.
14 How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written:
"How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace,
Who bring glad tidings of good things!"
16 But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, "LORD, who has believed our report?" 17 So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. NKJV
By the Spirit of God, Paul declares that the absence or presence of a preacher of the Gospel is what determines whether or not people will be saved. They have to hear, they have to call on Jesus, then they will be saved. But none of that will happen without a preacher. It is Jesus’ Gospel, but He has called us to preach it. It must be preached by humanity, to humanity!
So from Jerusalem all the way around to Illyricum, I have fully proclaimed the gospel of Christ. 20 It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else's foundation. 21 Rather, as it is written:
"Those who were not told about him will see, and those who have not heard will understand."
22 This is why I have often been hindered from coming to you. NIV
Paul declared that for him, his life’s ambition was to preach the Gospel of Christ to those who had not heard. This was the Great Commission Jesus pronounced in Mark chapter 16 and Matthew chapter 28 in action. “Go ye in all the world and preach the Gospel.” Paul’s life, once he came to know Christ, was devoted to fulfilling that commission. That was his life’s ambition. It is true that Paul’s life was unique in some regards, but in most, we are just like him. We too, need our life’s ambition to be to preach the Gospel.
You might say to me, “Brother Blaine, I am not a preacher; I am a Christian who simply loves God.” You qualify. The Gospel is not to just be preached by pastors, teachers, evangelists, apostles and prophets, although they all should definitely preach it. The Gospel is to be preached by every Christian. Every Believer is called to preach the Gospel. In fact, without each Christian taking their place in spreading God’s Word, we will never get the harvest in. God planned it this way and we must take our part in fulfilling the plan.
You can do it though; we all can. It is neither hard nor complicated. Preaching is simply telling what God has done by giving His Son as a sacrifice to pay the price for the sin of all humanity. It is simply telling them what it says in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life.” We can tell them this truth to one person at a time, to two or three or to several at once. What is important is that we tell it. There is a world waiting on us to do so. God Bless you as you preach His Gospel. Amen!