Diminishing The Darkness By Lifting Up the Marvelous
Light Of Jesus Christ
What does this say to you? Is it merely a clever turn of phrase, or does it describe your daily existence?
On The Word
-- by Nancy Smith (TGM Board Member)
Are you and your household in a situation where you continuously run
out of money long before you run out of bills? Perhaps financial
conditions are a source of great stress in your marriage, your family
and your entire circumstances. A sad truth of our age is that a lack of
financial wisdom leads many to bankruptcy, divorce, and worse. But I
have good news – the Lord of life tells us in His Word that He has come
that we might have life, and have it more abundantly! (John 10:10)
If you are reading this it is likely you are already a believer. Even
as believers we often limit our concept of abundant life to having a
bounty of available cash, and living surrounded by a houseful of stuff.
God is not opposed to bounty. Haggai 2:8 tells us that ‘The silver is
mine, and the gold is mine, saith the Lord of hosts”. Psalm 24:1 says,
“The earth is the Lord’s, and the fullness thereof…” But guess
what! He wants to share it with us, ALL of it.
People struggling in financial hardship may think that God is trying to
teach them humility. After all, God must love poor people – He made so
many of them! God didn’t make His people poor. The Devil did that! Look
again at John 10:10 – The thief comes not but for to STEAL, kill and
destroy. His pleasure is to rob people of their material goods, their
health, and their very lives. God has no such plan.
3rd John 1:2 teaches that “Beloved I wish above all things that you
would prosper, and be in health…” The Holy Spirit of God inspired John
to put down these words so we would learn that God wants the best for
us. How can we achieve that? Return to John’s inspired writings “..that
you would prosper…even as your soul prospers”. If your spiritual
self is starving and shriveled from lack of “Word nourishment” God
hasn’t much to work with. God told Joshua how to prosper and have good
success, and He will do the same for us today. Look at Joshua 1: 7-8.
God gave Joshua three things to do, every day: Speak the Word, Meditate
on the Word and Obey the Word
And because God does not change, and does not lie, He gives us the same
instruction today. We have access to His Word-the Holy Bible. It’s more
than just a book; it is an intimate portrait of who God is -- His
thoughts, His ways. When we begin to bring our ways and thoughts in
line with His, we can start defeating the thief, in our finances and in
our lives. Financial prosperity is only a part of what God’s best holds
for us. His whole concept of prosperity speaks too much more than we
can address here. But understand these things:
I encourage you to consider these scriptures, listen to the instruction
of the Holy Spirit, and decide if you will pay attention. Become a doer
of the Word and you don’t ever need to be broke (or broken!) again
- 1. It is His will that we prosper. 3rd John 1:2; Psalm 35:27; Proverbs 8: 17-21
- 2. He proclaims a foundation
on which to build prosperity. Deu. 28: 1-2; Psalms 1:1-3; Proverb
10: 2-6; 2 Cor. 9: 6-7; Gal 6: 6-10
- 3. He has commanded it a
blessing as a covenant forever. Deut. 8:18; 29: 9; Zech 8:12. The
New Testament in Hebrews and Corinthians has much to say about the
“superior covenant” with better promises.
- 4. With riches comes the
responsibility to use them wisely. Matthew 6:19-33 tells us much about
laying up treasure in heaven. A wise servant will use some of those
riches as seed, and sow it toward increasing God’s Kingdom. Mark
-- by Tim Greenwood
Thy Kingdom Come
In Earth - As it Is in Heaven
real introduction to the Word of God by the Holy Spirit was from the
study of healing, which spread into deliverance, then salvation, and
later wholeness, redemption, remission, Calvary, the blood, the name,
etc, etc. Marcia and I sort of started somewhere in the middle
and have been expanding our studies out in all directions.
But lately, the Holy Spirit seems to have lifted us to a higher vantage
point to allow us to see something very interesting. I believe
that He is showing us the framework in which all the rest fits.
It’s almost like looking at beautifully framed, three-fourths finished
paint by numbers painting. Yes there are still areas of the
painting that are yet to be filled in, but seeing the frame has changed
both the painting and the painter. Finishing the painting has now
taken on much greater importance and urgency. I speak of the
framework of the Kingdom of God and how all else seems to fit and fall
in place within it. My space here is limited, but I’ll attempt to
at least introduce the topic.
“Our Father who art in Heaven, hallowed be thy name. Thy KINGDOM
come, thy will be done – IN EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN” is what Jesus was
praying when the disciples asked how to pray. The Holy Spirit has
shown me that the re-establishment of the Kingdom of God, in earth, as
it is in Heaven was - and still is - Jesus’ primary mission and that it
should be our primary mission too. Father God expanded His
Kingdom to Earth by creating Adam and giving him a dominion to rule
over. We know the story of Adam’s treasonous abdication, multiple
millennia of Satan’s rule, Jesus’ life, sacrificial death, burial and
resurrection, establishment of the church and return to Heaven.
But we have only partially understood the answer to the question, “Why?”
The answer is the re-establishment of the Kingdom of God – in Earth –
as it is in Heaven! It’s not part of the picture. It IS the
picture that everything else that we have thus far learned fits
within. Just as Jesus is the REASON for the season at Christmas,
the re-establishment of the Kingdom of God is the primary REASON that
Jesus came to earth. Everything else that Jesus did for you and
me was to prepare and re-establish us as rulers in His Kingdom.
Jesus came to re-establish a government (a Kingdom) in the hearts of
men and men have turned it all into a religion.
Imagine a Kingdom of Kings over domains in Earth that have become like
Heaven. I believe that what Jesus has planned for us as part of
His Kingdom is beyond anything that we can even imagine.
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