compliance

Religious leaders bound by 501c3 compliance will be legally required to uphold public policy (and not oppose it). They must wrestle with themselves concerning the issue of compliance.
But you are FREE (from public policy compliance) to BE in the kingdom life and DO exactly what Christ wants you to.

When Kingdom love means choosing to say no

I, John, your brother and fellow partaker in the tribulation and kingdom and perseverance which are in Jesus, was on the island called Patmos because of the word of God and the testimony of Jesus. Rev.1:9

John got in trouble and suffered because he spoke of the word of God and his testimony of Jesus. He said “no” to a law or someone’s command that he shut his mouth about Jesus. But the love of Christ compelled him. This is similar to what happened to Jesus; the Pharisees tried to silence Him, but He kept on preaching and living the Kingdom of God. And this resulted in His suffering. His living the Kingdom and His suffering death were and are now both borne of love. Early believers in Rome chose to say “no” when the Empire demanded that they make a confession that ‘Caesar is lord’. They in love said “no” to the authorities and instead confessed, “Jesus is Lord.”

Have you ever had to say “no” to something because of your love for Christ? As we walk in our bodies through this world, the Kingdom of God is within us. Conflict is inevitable. Our response to this conflict of kingdoms, is due to our love for Christ, and His love for us. Our mutual covenant of love, necessitates having to make difficult choices. The kingdoms of the world want us to make one choice, but the Kingdom of God within us leads us to a different choice. The reason for saying “no” to what the world wants us to do, is always because of love. Our “no” is not a result of us being unloving; on the contrary, it is a result of a great love in the Kingdom of God, our union and communion with Christ. Our “no” is thus a great witness to the world.

People and things I have said “no” to (short list):

  • A teenage boyfriend who challenged me to choose between him and Christ.
  • College professors who required the reading and acceptance of occult books to graduate.
  • A Church that had patriotic nationalist songs as part of the song worship service.
  • A Church that practiced pragmatism, CGM, TQM, lying, and “New Age lite”.
  • Saying the Pledge of Allegiance (to the USA Gov.) at Christian school events.
  • A preacher teaching us that we should reverence and honor a political nation.
  • Ministry leaders and pastors that taught fear of “the heathens” and “war against enemies is necessary”, at a Christian conference.

This is just a sample of some times I chose to say “no”. I said no to these things because His life in me compelled me. Choices to say no are personal matters of obedience to Christ, a matter between you and God, as they are done because of His personal, individual leading in our lives by His Life, as He is our life (Col.3:4). Kingdoms are in conflict and sometimes saying no to certain activities or people’s demands is living the Kingdom love of Christ, as well as a witness to the world. Saying “no” to something in favor of the Kingdom of Jesus sometimes brings backlash and suffering from “the world”, but it always brings righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom.14:17).  When and why did you choose to say “no” to something out of love for Christ and His Kingdom?

Jesus at my door

Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. Rev.3:20

Christ came to visit me. There He was! He stood at the door and knocked. I heard His voice
and opened the door and He came him in. I gave Him a warm hug. I was so glad to see Him.

We sat at my table and had coffee and talked. We laughed and I learned a lot listening to Him teach me deep things. We shared food together and talked more. We cried together,  yet we shared joy, encouragement and hope. I learned profound truth from just watching Him live His life. We had sweet communion together and shared friendship and the purest love.

my name

“To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it.” Rev.2:17

The name I was born with— my earthly father’s name, meant “big man”.  But Jesus has made me a small sheep in His flock. I am glad to be whatever small, obscure servant He wants me to be in His kingdom.

The name I was raised with— my stepfather’s name (after the death of my earthly father ), meant “rich man” (literally, “of the rich”). But Jesus made me see I was poor in spirit without Him. I am now overflowing with His riches.

The name I have now, my beautiful married name, my husband’s name which I love very much and love identifying with, means, “heathen”. Heathen means “pagan”.  Isn’t this wonderful? I love this! : )

Because Jesus has taken my entire life, and now I live in Him, and He in me. My Savior gave Himself as a sacrifice for me, to redeem my life. He gave me a new name: His name. I and my Father are one. He has given me His seed, He has given me His name, He has given me His life blood. He has made me to be born from Him, from His Spirit. He has brought me into His family. HE is now my true identity. His name is Jesus Christ, my Lord and my God. How I love His name, how beautiful is He, and He shares His name and His life with me.

And He has prepared for me, a name written for me, which no one knows but HIM.

“To him who overcomes, to him I will give some of the hidden manna, and I will give him a white stone, and a new name written on the stone which no one knows but he who receives it.” Rev.2:17

see Him

“After a little while the world will no longer see Me, but you will see Me; because I live, you will live also.” John 14:19

The world does not see Him; you however, see Him.

The world does not see me; you however, see me.

And I see you.

voluntary

The people will volunteer freely in the day of Thy power.. Psalm110

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you. And you will be my witnesses… Acts1:8

Going to baseball games (Masonic “philosophy of life” metaphor rituals) and football games (pagan “sex” metaphor ceremonies) is currently voluntary. Voting is voluntary. Going to Church is voluntary. Pledging allegiance to the flag is voluntary. Watching TV shows like the satanic “Superbowl halftime show” is voluntary.

What if they started coming around like they did in the 1st century, with mobile altars where you had to pledge allegiance and declare loyalty to say, the pope, or the USA, the president/king/dictator, the UN Charter, the Agenda 21, the global one world federation, Humanity, the Earth(Gaia), the gods, the new Earth Constitution (Global Law), the New Global Moral Commandments(Global Religion), or something like that?

What if tossing in the incense and saying, “ceasar is lord”, or something to that effect via modern means, was reinstated? What if this act proved a person’s committment to world peace and security? What if they said it proved allegiance to the “god” of the global government or global religion? What if it were required of every person, not voluntary? Are we prepared spiritually today, right now if need be, like they were in the first and second century Roman Empire?

The witnesses thru time since the giving of Christ’s promised Holy Spirit power, were volunteers. Because of love for Christ, they voluntarily chose to make their witness for Him. They voluntarily chose to say “no” to demonstrations of loyalty to this world system, and “yes” to demonstrations of loyalty to Christ Jesus. Their witness was voluntary, motivated by love. Their power to be witnesses was from the Holy Spirit.

Now you voluntarily choose to say ’no’ to demonstrations of loyalty to other gods and the kingdoms of this world. Now you voluntarily choose to demonstrate your love and loyalty to Christ and His Kingdom, which is not of this world.

That great cloud of witnesses from Hebrews 12:1 is not only a past event, describing only ancient saints from two thousand years ago.

How sweet that Jesus has spoken many words to us, and continues to speak to us through the Holy Spirit, to prepare us for our own part in the great drama. As you take your voluntary active and verbal stand for loyalty to Jesus Christ and His Kingdom, you become a witness. As a witness of Jesus Christ, you too become part of that great cloud.

is your church green yet?

“By the river on its bank, on one side and on the other, will grow all kinds of trees for food. Their leaves will not wither and their fruit will not fail. They will bear every month because their water flows from the sanctuary, and their fruit will be for food and their leaves for healing.” Ez. 47:12

A homeschool co-op class my child is taking is meeting at a Church building. As we were heading to the meeting room, I passed the “sanctuary” of the Church building. People were busy unpacking boxes, putting up greens, wreaths, decorations of all kinds.

The “sanctuary” room looked almost identical to the last Church business I attended. Old (dead) wood, 1950’s architecture, pews, carpet, “stage”, pulpit, drums, American flag, Christian flag, stained glass windows, hymnals, order of service, tax-deductible donation envelopes………….even that same musty old smell. It was almost like stepping back in time. It was a weird déjà vu.

The pastor’s wife was hanging decorations on the wall. She cheerfully said to me, “Yes things are really coming together here today! We are greening up the Church today! So is your Church green yet?”

JOY filled me! I raised my arms up, and with a smile I told proclaimed,

“I am always green!
I have the Spirit of Jesus living in me!”

we are Jesus, they are Jesus

And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Matt.24:40

We are living out Jesus life in us (we are one with Jesus) as we experience His suffering, rejection and pain.
We are living out Jesus life in us (we are one with Jesus) as we minister love and help to the little sheep in His flock that are suffering, rejected and hurt.

We “are ” Jesus in our own experience as we experience His suffering rejection and pain.
We “are” Jesus to them as we minister love kindness and help to the little sheep.

We, as Christ, are living the life He lived. We are “taking it” (abuse, pain, sorrow) as He did. We, as Christ, are ministering to the least of His brethren, His ministry. We are “giving” (love, healing) to the least of the little sheep, as He did.

words and power in the kingdom

For the kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power. 1Cor4:20

Christ the power of God 1Cor1:24

The words we speak to one another, teach one another,  to exhort, edify and encourage one another, are given to us by the Lord, that we may all help and serve one another in love, according to how He leads us.

The words we speak, in and of themselves, are not power. The power is the Holy Spirit of God, which dwells within if we are a child of God, Who makes us understand, or Who challenges, comforts, helps, encourages and strengthens us. Yes He gives us words to share with others; but it is His power that works, not our words.

Teachers may teach and exhorters may exhort, but there is no power at all in their words. The power that makes anything happen in the lives of the hearers, is from the Holy Spirit of God.

We share words with one another, but it is Jesus Christ Himself, who teaches us anything. He teaches us, and we understand, by His power. (But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, John14:26). This revelation of truth, from Him to us, happens by His power.

Our words are many and they are nothing by themselves. The power of the Lord our God is His Spirit working — giving power to live whatever truth
the Lord is bringing us into reality in our lives.

For example: we may hear teaching and exhorting and instruction and warning and prophecies and edification all day long. But the power of the Holy Spirit of God will make these things happen in the kingdom:

Loving Truth
Proclaiming and preaching the Lord Jesus Christ
Desire to repent and the act of repentance
Prayer for others
Love, mercy, compassion for others
Love for the saints
Wanting to forgive those who have hurt us
Wanting to love the unlovely saints or those who are not our “style” or those who irritate our flesh
Wanting to crucify the desires of the flesh
Purposely avoiding sin
Killing sin, ie crucifying the flesh
Dying to self, Denying self
Taking up cross, following Jesus
Giving blessing and kindness to those who curse us
Trusting Him and praising Him through receiving reviling, cursing, mocking and hate
Fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control
Caring for people
Loving neighbors
Loving enemies
Forgiving those who sin against us
Forgiving those who hate us and want to kill us
Bringing the gospel to the world
Freeing people from bondage
Feeding people the bread of life
Dealing with evil spirits
Loving and helping the saints
Doing and practicing the things that Jesus said to do; obeying Jesus’ instructions
Giving your life for others
Speaking His words, as led by Him, to the world’s antichrist powers that be.
Staying silent, as led by Him, when being interrogated by the world’s antichrist powers that be.
Overcoming the world system
Enduring to the end
(and more)

Living in the kingdom of God= living in His power.

This power MAKES THINGS HAPPEN. This is the power of the living God, inside you, the same power, the same Spirit, that worked in our Lord Jesus Christ when He was here, in His flesh.

The power to obey, the power to forgive, the power to love, the power to deny self, the power to declare Jesus Christ to those who hate Him, the power to suffer rejection and persecution with hope and faith, the power to die. This is the power that raised Jesus Christ from the dead. This is the power of the Lord Jesus Christ!  The power of Christ crucified! This is the resurrection power!  His death and His life now in us! THIS is the kingdom of God. This is where the kingdom gets played out in us and within us…. not in our words, but in HIS POWER, in us. The kingdom of God is within you, it is the Holy Spirit life and power of  Jesus, our Lord and our God:  the power of Christ in you.

the encouragement of Christ

As you therefore have received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in Him. Col2:6

Christ Jesus. Our Brother, our Redeemer, our Lord. He took on our nature, yes a nature that “can” sin. (Our nature: “man”: capable of sinning.) Yet… He did not. He did not sin, through His obedience to the Father, by the power of God. In His flesh, He was obedient. He was sinless. And also, ALL the fullness of the Godhead (Deity) does dwell bodily in Him, our Jesus, our Savior. He is our example, and the Firstfruits of many. Our Beloved.

And during His life of obedience for our sake, He did not have any encouragement at all, from man. In His endeavor to be obedient, His encouragement came from within, it came from Himself, it came from God. His love for obedience, His love for the will of the Father, His love for people, His accomplishment of a holy life, and of obedience, and being a servant, and submitting His will (the man Jesus) to the will of God. The encouragement for all this obedience and enduring did not come from the Religious Leaders, no, they tried to discourage Him. And encouragement did not come from His friends the disciples. He rather encouraged them.

And now, even now He encourages us. His Spirit is in us; we now encourage one another, with the encouragement of His Spirit. To be obedient, to be a servant, to love what God loves, to love one another, to love other people, to deny ourselves, to humble ourselves, to lay our lives down, to give our lives for others, to do the will of the Father. We encourage one another, with the encouragement of Christ, working in and through us. That we may help one another have joy and victory and to endure to the end.