Half Way There

To date, this has been the most difficult “30 Days” for me to observe…maybe because it is the most unstructured so far. I realize again that our Christian culture has become very activity orientated with a great emphasis upon what happens in church services. During this season of our ministry, my wife and I have been very active in bi-vocational work believing that our financial contribution to the local church is much needed. But also we see it as a time of preparation for ministry related to a book we had published this Spring entitiled “You Are The Temple”. The first of these activities reminds me that most of God’s people spend much of their day working in the market place not anywhere near the doors of where they worship on Sunday. Yet we often grade the “success” of the church by what happens within those doors, forgetting that the Kingdom is within us and is growing wherever we bring its influence. On numerous occasions our “work day” is interrupted by opportunities to share the love of Jesus. Recent visits to my elderly brother and sister and two other elderly couples with whom we frequently relate confirms this truth. Be sure that Jesus wants you to manifest His Kingdom’s presence daily in all of your activities. Also, God puts a very high value on rest. The duration of the Jewish captivity was directly related to the number of years they failed to observe God’s Sabbath. The writer of Hebrews admonishes us to labor that we may enter into God’s rest. This involves growing in our understanding of Christ’s finished work for us and participating in the works that the Father is initiating and doing. Our own activities can often lead us clear of these, hence the need to focus on “thy Kingdom come thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven. We’ve only had two public showings of the Jesus video, with just a handful of participants on site. But on the other hand we’ve received numerous responses from participants in a variety of places voicing prayerful encouragement and sharing prayer requests. Consider these two. One respondant who I have not seen in the last few years indicated that she and her husband daily pray that the Father’s will be done here on earth as it is in heaven. We know that these words are directly taken from what we commonly call the Lord’s Prayer. But knowing that this couple is daily looking to participate in the works of Jesus makes the effort most worthwhile. Another comment from one of our Assembly of God leaders brought encouragement and a prayerful anticipation to hear about the fruit of our effort. During our first year’s observance of the theme we gathered nightly for 30 days to do nothing but read gospel accounts and pray for His manifest presence. Several miraculous healings took place during the month accompanied by salvations, recommitments, and water baptisms. One couple came from as far as Washington State, prophetically declaring that God sent them to help build the House of Praise that we were just beginning here. How is the Kingdom manifesting in your life? Sunday night witnessed several testimonies being shared of how Jesus brought salvation to broken lives. When was the last time you shared your testimony with another? Broken lives surround us. Will you extend a hand in faith to bring the healing virtue of Jesus? Don’t wait until Sunday to see what God does during your local worship service, though that is important. Allow God to manifest His Kingdom’s influence through you today, declaring to whosoever will, “this day, the Kingdom of God is drawn near to you”.

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