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We are to experience heaven now. Every place we go, the love of God, the peace of God, the patience of God, and the power of God should invade everything we come in contact with. The children of the Holy Father will have the characteristics of God in the fruit of the Spirit and gifts of the Spirit. The power of the gifts of the Spirit should be understood as heavenly, not of this earth. Too much of the church as we know it is earthly minded. We are called to walk the earth, do good on the earth, and to do it with power that is not of the earth.

The wealth and power that resides within a single Christian by the Holy Spirit is greater than all of the wealth and power found on the whole earth. If a believer reveals the truth that Jesus Christ has authority over cancer, that believer may live far, but the world would beat a path to their front door.

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Matthew 28:18–20 (ESV)

18 And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

God loves all of mankind and He is coming to dwell with man for eternity. However we cannot represent a kingdom we do not know. We must know the reality of His kingdom, and live in obedience to it now. In general, whatever we have seen Jesus do in the Scriptures we can do also in His name. The state of mankind will certainly be elevated far beyond its present condition when His glory is fully revealed.

Zephaniah 2:1–3 (ESV)

1 Gather together, yes, gather, O shameless nation, 2 before the decree takes effect —before the day passes away like chaff— before there comes upon you the burning anger of the Lord, before there comes upon you the day of the anger of the Lord. 3 Seek the Lord, all you humble of the land, who do his just commands; seek righteousness; seek humility; perhaps you may be hidden on the day of the anger of the Lord.

His nature that we will certainly bear if we have truly seen Him is a devotion to glorifying God, not ourselves. The power of heaven is never used selfishly. That is why selfish ambition can be found at the root of almost every Christian effort that falls. The Lord has composed things so that we all need each other. This exposes a root of pride if it gets a grip on us. If we begin to think we have such a great gift that we don’t need others, we will remain in need. We must therefore remain humble to remain in the grace of God.

Psalm 34:2 (ESV)

2 My soul makes its boast in the Lord; let the humble hear and be glad.

Psalm 52:1 (ESV)

1 Why do you boast of evil, O mighty man? The steadfast love of God endures all the day.

If we have truly beheld the wonder of the cross, the glory of His resurrection, and where He now sits, it would be one of the most profane, arrogant acts to use His power to point to ourselves. God created man and then He created woman, and He gave them dominion over the earth. They were in full fellowship with God. They were heirs of all of God’s creation. They were bearers of God’s glorious image.

Genesis 2:5–7 (ESV)

5 When no bush of the field was yet in the land and no small plant of the field had yet sprung up—for the Lord God had not caused it to rain on the land, and there was no man to work the ground, 6 and a mist was going up from the land and was watering the whole face of the ground— 7 then the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature.

The Lord gave authority over the earth to men, which is why even the Son of God, Jesus, continually referred to Himself as the Son of Man. God ordained that man should rule over the earth and the coming of His kingdom will, therefore, restore man’s authority over the earth to those who worship and obey Him.

Genesis 2:8 (ESV)

8 And the Lord God planted a garden in Eden, in the east, and there he put the man whom he had formed.

Genesis 2:15 (ESV)

15 The Lord God took the man and put him in the garden of Eden to work it and keep it.

When man was originally created he was a son and an heir. When he fell into sin he became a slave of sin, a slave of Satan. It changes in Chapter 3 of Genesis. Adam and Eve rebelled against their sovereign creator, the one who was their father, the one with whom they had intimate communion and fellowship. The question then comes, would God seek to restore fallen man? Would He seek to redeem man to Himself? Would He come up with a plan to make again a son and a daughter?

It was absolute alienation from God. The question is now that these whom God created to be His children and heirs and to share intimate fellowship with Him and receive His inheritance had violated that relationship and become the sons of Satan, would God do anything to get them back?

Genesis 3:14–15 (ESV)

14 The Lord God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, cursed are you above all livestock and above all beasts of the field; on your belly you shall go, and dust you shall eat all the days of your life. 15 I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between yours and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

In this verse it says, yes, He would. He starts out by cursing Satan. He’s not talking about offspring in general but one. He’s not talking about descendants but a descendantA man will be born who will come into conflict with Satan and that man will win the conflict that no other man could win. That man born of a woman will deal a fatal blow to Satan. And he will come through Eve and he will come through Noah’s line and then Shem and then Abraham and then Isaac and then Jacob and then Judah and then David. The seed then flows all the way until we read in Matthew 1:1, the book of the genealogy of Jesus Christ, the Son of David, the Son of Abraham, and the Holy Spirit follows the track to Abraham was born Isaac and to Isaac Jacob, and to Jacob Judah and it follows the flow all the way down until verse 16 of Matthew 1, “And to Jacob was born Joseph the husband of Mary by whom was born Jesus who is called Christ.

That is the good news.

Galatians 3:29–4:7 (ESV)

29 And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise. 1 I mean that the heir, as long as he is a child, is no different from a slave, though he is the owner of everything, 2 but he is under guardians and managers until the date set by his father. 3 In the same way we also, when we were children, were enslaved to the elementary principles of the world. 4 But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

I leave you with this.

Are You Worth Saving?

Bishop Moore tells the story of a little boy who was swimming one day in a lake when suddenly he suffered some type of physical difficulty and could swim no farther. The boy struggled for his life. He had gone under twice, when he felt the strong arm of a man lifting him.

The man had seen the little boy’s desperate plight and had swum out to save him. The man took the boy safely to shore and, after making certain that everything was well, turned to leave. The little boy said, “Thank you, sir, for saving my life.” The man replied, “You’re welcome, son. See to it that you are worth saving.”

Bishop Moore said that he has never forgotten those words, for he was that boy whose life was saved by a man who didn’t even leave his name.

A good question for the Christian to ask is, “Am I worth saving?” God in Christ has made a large investment in the life of each of us, and He has every right to expect a return of His investment.

—Gospel Herald

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