Posted by: Santos Garcia | Monday, June 25, 2007

Heaven Touching Earth: Part II

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Morning Star Journal- Vol. 16, no. 3 ‘Kingdom Power’

Excerpt from article- Praise: The Disposition of the Kingdom of Heaven by Robin McMillan (8 pages)

Our fundamental purpose in life is to live to the praise of God’s glory.Having the attitude of praise is so essential that Paul identified it as “the will of God” for every person alive.

I Thessalonians 5:16-18Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

God’s will is clear for everyone; always rejoice, pray without stopping, and be thankful to God in every situation…

God Inhabits Praise

God not only inhabits heaven, He inhabits praise as well.Psalm 22:3 reveals that God dwells in the midst of praising people, sitting enthroned upon their very praises:

But You are Holy, enthroned in the praises of Israel.

In His divine condescension, God has allowed us to provide a platform for His presence.As we praise, He makes us His practical habitation, reigning in our midst, seated and carried by our heartfelt praises…

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…The Power of Appreciated Weakness

Psalm 8:2 is another eye-opening example of the power of praise:

Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have ordained strength, because of Your enemies, that You may silence the enemy and the avenger.

Jesus also quoted this same Psalm in Matthew 21:16

Out of the mouth of babes and nursing infants You have perfected praise, because of Your enemies, that You may silence he enemy and the avenger.

What the Old Testament translates as ordained strength, the New Testament renders as perfected praise; both aspects of the original language intended by the author of Psalm 8.Here in this Psalm is the revelation that God uses the weakest of instruments to combat the pride of the evil one.Here in this Psalm is the revelation that God uses the weakest of instruments to combat the pride of the evil one.Out of the mouth of the weakest according to age and helplessness, babes and nursing infants, God ordained strength and perfects praise. What could infuriate the god of this age more than for Almighty God to use such weakness to confound him and declare His defeat?[see 1 Corinthians 1:25-31]…

…Not many wise, not many mighty, not many noble have been chosen by God.For God has chosen the foolish, the weak, the base things, the things which are despised, even the things that are not… so that no one can boast in themselves.Therefore, rise up, oh man, rise up, oh woman! Rise up, weakest of the weak and take your place in the army of God.It is time to praise the Lord.It is the disposition of the Kingdom of Heaven.

Excerpt from article- Your Authority in Christ by Steve Thompson (7 pages)

…Although this may sound like an outrageous and even heretical idea, God is not in control of everything on earth.While He is undoubtedly and clearly able to enforce His will at any point, He has limited His dealings in the earth to working through mankind.The idea that God is in control of everything on the earth is not only an unbiblical concept—it may be the greatest hindrance to God actually gaining control of the earth which exists today.

The Earth is Ours

You and I have a greater calling than most of us realize.We are not just called to make a difference in the earth—we are called to rule it.Although many Christians may recoil at the boldness and seeming arrogance of that statement, it is truer than we can imagine.We are called by God to rule in the affairs of earth, not to just stand by and watch it fall into further decay….

Psalm 115:16 KJV– The heaven, even the heavens, are the Lord’s: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.

According to the Psalmist, the earth does not belong to God; it belongs to mankind because God has given it to us.Although we were made lower than the angels, God has crowned us with amazing authority.Although it seems outrageous at first glance, the truth is that God has made Himself dependent on man in His dealings in the earth, because He has given man authority in the earth.God will do nothing on the earth, unless He does it through a person.This was God’s original plan and it has never changed….

… God’s design was for the government of earth to be carried out through men and women.Mankind was the crown of God’s creation, reflecting His glory and exhibiting His dominion in the earth.In Adam, God invested dominion over the earth.Mankind was forever set as the governing link between God and the earth….

…God has provided us with all we need in Christ, but He will not do our work for us.He has provided the authority over the enemy through His Son, but we are the body through whom that authority is to be manifested in the earth.Jesus, having all authority on the earth, has left us here as His representatives on the earth.He has empowered us to bring the message of restoration to mankind and to break the dominion of Satan over our society.In reality, it is not God who is allowing the evil to continue in the earth—we are, by not recognizing and utilizing the authority that He has given us in Christ.

While many of us passively wait on the Lord to move in His sovereign timing, He is actually waiting on us to complete our work.Look at Jesus’ posture since His ascension:

Hebrews 10:12-13 NIV—But when this priest had offered for all time one sacrifice for sins, He sat down at the right hand of God.Since that time He waits for his enemies to be made His footstool.

Jesus is waiting for His enemies to be put under His fee.He spoiled powers and principalities, making a public spectacle of them (see Collossians 2:13-15), but we are the ones who are called to enforce the victory on the earth.Consider Paul’s admonition to the church at Rome:

Romans 16-20—And the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet. The grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.

God will crush the enemy, but only under our feet.He has provided the victory, but we must fight the battles, just as God gave the Promised Land to the children of Israel, yet they had to fight to possess it.We must fight to possess that which God has given us in Christ.We must fight for not only what He has given us personally, but what He has given us as an inheritance—the nations (see Psalm 2:7).

This authority is invested in Christ Jesus, and we initially access it through the simplest, weakest way that man could ever imagine—prayer.We sit with God, and sitting in His Son, we ask God to move by His Spirit.Whatever we ask, while abiding in God, He will do for us.

John 15:7-8 KJV—If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.Herein is my Father glorified that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.

Why would we want to do anything else?…

… Our Lord has all authority over the earth, not from God, but from a man.Since God did not give Satan authority over the earth, then Satan does not have the authority over us that we believe him to have.We are no longer submitted to him.Jesus has broken Satan’s headship over our lives.Our Lord has all authority in heaven and earth, and He is calling us to use our authority to bind the enemy’s work and to loose His Kingdom on the earth.We are not waiting on Him to move. He is waiting on us.

Excerpts from article- The Foundation of the Kingdom by Rick Joyner (10 pages)

… The church is called to be the light of the world.This means, among other things, we are supposed to have answers to the world’s ultimate problems.One of the biggest problems facing the entire world is the lack of justice.This is a matter that the church should be excelling in….

…We are told in Proverbs 24:3-4—By wisdom a house is built, and by understanding it is established; and by knowledge the rooms are filled with all precious and pleasant riches.

Wisdom is basically the ability to judge a matter rightly.It is what ultimately builds every house of God, and not having it is what will lead to its destruction.This has certainly been true in church history….

…We see here that the true intercessor is one who brings justice.The Lord will bring justice to His people and through His people to the earth.If we are going to be a part of preparing the way for the coming of His Kingdom, we must devote ourselves to both righteousness and justice….

[Brother Rick refers to another article in this edition that is more comprehensive in its discussion of the issue at hand.It is entitled Toward Christian Justice by ‘An Orthodox Jewish Rabbi’… he’s anonymous for a significant reason.The 16 page article is more than profound.]

Excerpts from the article- The Change at Hand: Back to the Future by Robin McMillan (12 pages)

…segments of the body of Christ will enter a new level of unity in the midst of this spiritual harvest.Alliances and allegiances will be formed in order to harvest the numbers the Lord is calling in.In 1989, the Lord revealed to me a coming harvest of proportions that would be too broad for any single person or institution to control.It would be like a mighty moving river to which we would need to adapt ourselves.Only the Lord Jesus, the true Head of the church, would be able to lead it.It would take many people working together to fulfill the commission of that day.We are fast approaching that time….

[Brother Robin gives detail of the Welsh Revival, the Revival of 1947 in North America, the Revival in Argentina in 1951… and the fruit of each of these outpourings…]

A Biblical Promise for Revival

Amos 9 promises a widespread revival in the last days, outlining in prophetic language the vehicle of the revival, characteristics of the revival, and the generation in which it shall occur:

Amos 9:11-15—On that day I will raise up the Tabernacle of David which has fallen down, and repair its damages; I will raise up its ruins, and rebuild it as in the days of old; that they may possess the remnant of Edom, and all the Gentiles who are called by My name, says the Lord who does this thing.Behold the days are coming, says the Lord, when the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him who sows seed; the mountains shall drip with sweet wine, and all the hills shall flow with it.

I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; they shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; they shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them; they shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them.I will plant them in their land, and no longer shall they be pulled up from the land I have given them, says the Lord your God.

…The restoration of David’s Tabernacle is also a sign of this revival and a vehicle of its fulfillment.David once placed the Ark of the Covenant in his backyard in a skin tent.Some say it remained there about thirty-three years.He instituted twenty-four hour praise, worship, and intercession.Many of the songs recorded in the Book of Psalms were ones that were either written by the Levites or recorded as the song of the Lord emerged spontaneously in that place.David’s Tabernacle was one, large holy of holies where the glory of God could be seen by anyone who wanted to (see Psalm 48:1-14).The Bible tells us that the nations shall be brought to the Lord through that means. [see Acts 15: 15-18]

… God’s unchanging word… cannot be rescinded by the enemy.His promises only lie fallow through the lack of faith and cooperation of those to whom they have been given.Thus, the Lord convinced me that this specific promise remains valid and He is waiting for us to lay hold of it by faith…

…What God has promised, He shall surely do.The day that Amos foretold is upon us…

Morning Star Journal- Vol. 16, no. 4 ‘The Gospel of The Kingdom’

Excerpts from Article- The Kingdom of God by Geri Keller (8 pages)

Luke 12:29-32… And do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it.For the pagan world runs after all such things, and your Father knows that you need them. But seek His Kingdom, and these things will be given to you as well.Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has been pleased to give you the Kingdom.

…The Kingdom of God is nothing exotic or strange, but the Kingdom of God is first of all about the presence of God—where God is, there His Kingdom is also!Where He is at work, where His principles apply and His Spirit blows, there is the Kingdom of God… and we are God’s partners and fellow workers.It is through us that he wants to restore this fallen, broken world back under His Lordship and influence, and into His presence…

…Wherever we are, the Kingdom of God begins.Irrespective of how we feel, we reflect God.Wherever we go, the climate and the atmosphere change.The atmosphere of the Kingdom of God can spread in a business or in an entire family, even if individuals there have not met Jesus yet…

… He has placed this world into our hands, saying, “You are My friends, you are My sons and daughters, and this world will return to My heart, into My presence, and under My laws, so righteousness, peace, and joy can reign once more, and the people will share their bread with one another again.”Friends, this is our part.God is helping to push, but you and I, we have our share in this!…

…He wants to use every single one of us for this purpose.Everybody can become a “history maker.” Maybe we will do only one thing, but it will lead to a breakthrough….

…Our prayers should reach the nations; our prayers should bring release!Then we will look into the newspapers—we will read with the eyes of sons and daughters, and we will start [and continue] praying.

Are Our Hearts Filled With Love?

God has no need for perfect people.It is okay to have rogh edges, and we can be off track at times.But we will be measured according to whether the love of God is in our hearts.There is only one thing that will count in eternity, and that is not political correctness.The question is: Is the Spirit of God in you, the Spirit of the Father, and has He poured His mercy and love into you? [italics mine: s.g.]The world is waiting for this love, and it is the greatest power!In the power of this love, we will overcome—even death.

…Father, this is so tremendous.Once again, we receive the blessing of being citizens of the Kingdom, that this new man, this citizen of the Kingdom would arise within us and go through our cities and villages with his face lifted high.Humbly, we want to take hold of the great calling of being citizens of the Kingdom, this world empire, bringing heaven and earth together when all powers and authorities shall join in, with Jesus as the Head.

[To the glory of God the Father, by the power of the Holy Spirit, in the name of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, amen: s.g.]

Excerpts from article- Shift Happens by Larry Randolph (7 pages)

Comfortable people seldom change.It’s just too painful.They change only when the pain of their present condition is greater than the pain takes to change.Knowing this, God is reluctant to deliver us from many of the hurtful situations that overtake us.He will often allow us to simmer in the juices of our discomfort until such time that we are forced to cry out for transformation…

…How does all this apply to the church at large? …the body of Christ today is going to be confronted with the issue of change.This does not mean that we compromise any absolute truth about the purpose of our destinies, or that we minimize our present reality.It simply means that God wants to use the pain of failure as a tipping point to redirect our focus.

To be truthful, a change of venue is unavoidable from time to time.If we want to fish from the productive side of the boat, we must be willing to shift even when people and circumstances tell us otherwise.If we ignore this call for change, success will elude our best attempts to fill our nets.Most importantly, we can miss our appointment with destiny.

This article is an excerpt from Larry’s new book, The Coming Shift, which is available through MorningStar Publications and Ministries. To order, call 1.800.542.0278 or visit the website at www.MorningStarMinistries.org

Excerpts from article- The Path to the Kingdom by Rick Joyner (7 pages)

…The path to life is straight and narrow, with a ditch on either side which will catch those who drift from it in either direction.These ditches are usually some form of legalism on one side and lawlessness on the other.

This tendency to compromise the gospel has always caused far more problems for the church and the faithful than it alleviated by making the gospel seem less offensive or more acceptable to a certain group of people.The end result of this compromise is that it always produces more hypocrites than true converts…

The Most Powerful Forces

Love and truth are the most powerful forces on earth.It is a love for truth that is the foundation of true love.As the Scriptures explain, Truth is a Person, not just accurate facts.Our highest calling, and the highest purpose of man, is to love God.We cannot accomplish our purpose on this earth without building our lives on this devotion first—that we will love God above all things.This is the first and greatest commandment.

The second commandment, to love one another, can never really be accomplished unless our lives are built on keeping the first commandment first.If we do not love God above all things, we will not love anything or anyone else as we should.If we love the Lord, who is the Truth, we must also love truth…

…At the same time this recovery of truth is taking place, glory and light are released into those who are in the pursuit of truth and light.However, there is increasing darkness and confusion growing in those who live seeking to please men rather than God.As the Scriptures and history resoundingly testify, people are profoundly unstable and fickle.The same crowd who cried, “Hosanna!Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord” (see Matthew 27:19), were just five days later crying, “Crucify Him!” (see Matthew 27:22).Those who live trying to please people will at best be perpetually confused….

Devotion to the King

The Kingdom of heaven is right now invading the earth.As was explained in Daniel 2:35

And the stone that struck the image became a great mountain and filled the whole earth.There is a Kingdom in the midst of the kingdoms of this earth that will grow from a stone until it is a mountain or a government, and it will keep growing until it covers the whole earth.This Kingdom is composed of those whose lives are devoted to following the King.You can expect such to arise in every congregation.They will be an increasing challenge to all who compromise, who try to live lives of political and social correctness just as the King Himself was, and the messenger who prepared His way the first time He came.

We tend to think of governments just in their political form, but spiritual governments are realms of power and influence.These include entities such as media, industries, economic institutions, educational institutions, etc.A Stone is coming to strike the systems of this world, and those who do not bow the knee to the King will be like chaff before the wind.It is now being determined who will be a part of the Stone, and who will be part of the chaff…

Excerpt from article- A Kingdom Perspective by Rick Joyner (7 pages)

As we approach the changing of the ages, there are certain signs we should look for as the transition begins.Three of the most basic are:1) the Bride of Christ making herself ready, 2) the gospel of the Kingdom being preached in all the world (see Matthew 24:14), and 3) the reaping of the greatest harvest the world has ever known (see Matthew 13:39).These are three of the most basic signs of the end of this age, but they are more than that—they are causes.When the bride makes herself ready (see Revelation 19:7), she will become the light of the world that she is called to be, preaching the gospel of the Kingdom, which results in the greatest harvest of all.

We all know by prophecy of Scripture that this age will end in the greatest time of trouble the world has ever known.The harvest is the reaping of everything that has been sown in man, both the good and the evil coming to full maturity at the same time, causing the ultimate clash between them.The ultimate evil that will come to full maturity is of course the basic rebellion against God.This is also the cause of the greatest time of trouble.

By the end of this age, mankind will have made it very clear that without God we will make a terrible mess of things, something no one will ever want to do again.The troubles are basically the result of almost every problem growing beyond human remedy.

Likewise, the glory revealed at the end through His people is the result of obedience to Him.At the very time when lawlessness is increasing and coming to full maturity, many will be walking closer to Him, obeying Him more fully in all things, than the world has ever see at one time.The counter of the Kingdom to this ultimate rebellion of lawlessness will be a church which comes into ultimate submission to the King.

As the time of great trouble is the result of man trying to run this world without God, the church will be finding in Him the answer to every human problem, the glory of living in harmony and union with Him.The result in the great harvest of good and evil is stated in:

Isaiah 60:1-5—Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you.For behold, the darkness will cover the earth, and deep darkness the peoples; but the Lord will rise upon you, and His glory will appear upon you.

And nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your rising.Lift up your eyes round about and see; they all gather together, they come to you.Your sons will come from afar, and your daughters will be carried in arms.Then you will see and be radiant, and your heart will thrill and rejoice; because the abundance of the sea will be turned to you, the wealth of the nations will come to you.

We see here that when darkness is covering the earth, the glory of the Lord is appearing upon His people.The darkness will make the light appear even brighter, the result of which is the nations turning to the Lord’s people.

That the nations will come, bringing their abundance and wealth with them as an ultimate offering to the Lord, is also important to understand…

Santos here: Please consider prayerfully- securing for yourselves the entire set

of The MorningStar Journal Vol. 16: 1-4… on The Kingdom

Contact the ministry through their expansive website at www.morningstarministries.org

For deeper insight into how GOD the Father sees His children; to better understand the elementary principles of Christ (Hebrews 6:1-3); the ‘mysteries’ of Christ’s Kingdom; and our individual and corporate calling, commission, and empowerment- please review my first published book and the Table of Contents on the Amazon website linked here via Book Title:  “Thy Kingdom Come- Here and Now!”

Christ for the Nations-  When I Call Your Name

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