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Veil of the Flesh

Posted on January 26, 2018 at 1:20 PM Comments comments (0)


Veil of the Flesh


Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus,

By a new and living way, which he hath consecrated for us through the veil,

that is to say, his flesh; Hebrews 10:19-20


I ran across this 1928 painting, The Lovers by artist Renee Magritte and it caught my eye not so much because of the obvious beauty of the colors or because of the sensuality of the painting. It was the two subjects. They are trying to be intimate, but something prevents it. The posture and position are correct, they have been described as "lovers", but they don't even see one another. Yes, it looks genuine...sort of, but it is all an act. The Shir HaShrim: The Song of Songs, is one of my favorite books of the Holy Bible. I was reminded of chapter one, verse one:


The song of songs, which is Solomon's.

Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth:

for thy love is better than wine.


This, to me, was always symbolic of the intimate and passionate love between Our Lord, Jesus Christ and his bride, The body of Christ, for whom He is returning. A bride who is to be without spot or wrinkle! She is to know His voice! And WHY does she know His voice and his very heartbeat? Because of the intimate relationship she is to have had with Him! Individually and corporately. It occurred to me that, much like Magritte's painting, many confessing Christians would declare themselves lovers of God, intimate with God, the friend of God, when actually there is a separation of which the are they are unaware. The posture and position are right, but... Beloved, this is called a form of godliness, with a resulting denial of and lack of power. Like the painting there is a veil, if you will, between such an one and Abba Father which prevents them from tapping to a depth of love they never dreamed existed! What is that veil? The veil of the flesh with all of it's works. If we are to enter into deep intimacy with God, that "new and living way", then like Jesus our flesh MUST be crucified. Carnality and fleshy living hinders our intimacy with the Lord. The veil of the flesh inhibits us from entering the Holy of Holies. There is not a clear conscience toward God to come boldly before him with the availing prayer of a righteous man/woman. It is like trying to kiss the loved one through a veil as pictured above. The flesh is in the way! Let me emphasis: Just as Christ submitted to the cruxifiction of his flesh, How much MORE must we we?

The times are perilous and we, too, must go beyond the veil of the flesh and its works which the Apostle Paul describes here: 


2 Timothy 3:1

This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.

For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,

Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,

Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;


Lovers of pleasures, ( the "pleasures" of the world, condoned by the world ), more than lovers of God. Lord, help us! There is a consecration involved in deep intimacy and fellowship with God! Holiness is STILL right! Be ye holy! A kiss on the mouth implies close proximity between the kisser and the kissee: God is near to us! Imago dei ~ "This God with us". Emmanuel! Yes, God is with us! Jehovah-Shammah! But, we need to draw near to Him with a pure heart! A heart yearning for true intimacy with our Father in heaven. And there there is more to phrase "kisses of his mouth" for the mouth is symbolic of one's testimony. Glory!


for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.

Revelation 19:10


One would have to be suffering with a mind-blinding spirit much like the 'lovers" in the painting above to not be able to discern just why the adversary does not want us to be kissed with 'the kisses of his mouth". There is no way he wants a living word of prophecy which those kisses symbolize, to be in operation in our lives, our churches, our ministries OR the Body of Christ. Why do you think there is such a rejection of true God-called prophets? It is strategic! Many do not even recognize a prophet of God, blaspheming Holy Spirit, when they attribute His ministry through his prophets, to satan. Just like in Jesus' day. There is nothing new under the sun: It is the same thing. Blind! Sometimes that prophetic voice is answered prayer. The veil of the flesh has much more far reaching ramifications then we would like to admit:


Ephesians 2:19-21

Now therefore ye are no more strangers and foreigners, but fellow citizens with the saints, and of the household of God;

And are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief corner stone; In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord:


Amen, A foundational building of God's household with Christ as the "chief cornerstone" is negatively impacted when the testimony of Jesus, the prophetic, is quenched. Veiled "ministry" going forth based on natural charisma, talent, and personality. We've seen the results played out time and again. There IS a solution: The testimony of Jesus! His "kiss"! A "living word of prophecy" that is on fire and effective. The Lord desires that level of intimacy in which He speaks to his child and into his or her life directly, one-on-one! When Abba Father "kisses" us by His Spirit, that touch ignites a fire in us and we are equipped and empowered to live an overcoming life and win souls! It is not just for pulpit ministry. We ALL need to pursue God with that hunger. His love is "better than wine"! Crucify the flesh and throw off, once and for all, the veil of the flesh, Beloved! Know that He (God), is and that He exists. Come to a knowledge of the Holy beyond intellect and as the Lover of our souls!! Know his "kisses", his voice, his leading! I told you of my fondness for the Shir haSharim. Let me close with a prayer for you and for a renewed passion toward God from that book. A mutual love in which nothing separates you from Him. Be "fastened" to Him, yoked up with Him! All of that is in the kiss' [ Strong's 5401]. I bind aside the veil of the flesh! This is my charge:

Song of Solomon 8:6

“Set me as a seal on your heart, Like a seal on your arm; For love is as strong as death, Jealousy is as severe and cruel as Sheol. Its flashes are flashes of fire, A most vehement flame: the very flame of the Lord!

AMEIN



Be sealed in the fiery kisses of his love! "Jesus Christ, the Hope of glory! "Which hope", Paul wrote, " we have as an anchor of the soul, both sure and stedfast, and which entereth into that within the veil;..."



In Jesus' Name,

Prophetess Vickie Lee

The King's University Conference

Posted on January 18, 2018 at 12:55 AM Comments comments (0)


Praise the Lord!

I am just returning from The 2010 National Spirit-Filled Conference at The King’s University. It has been an awesome week! I took two wrap-around classes, too. I just wanted to share some of the nuggets from the speakers at the conference. The theme was “Teaching and Enabling Holy Spirit Empowered Ministry”.

Dallas Willard: Dr. Willard (Professor at USC)spoke on “Holiness” and “ Becoming Holy”. It was a rich teaching. What a gentle and anointed spirit he has! He said we are called to holiness, the power of the church. Holiness is a great power, nothing can stand against it because it is God. Yet, holiness is no longer the center focus of the Body of. Christ. Salvation and holiness have been separated. The notion that we can get to heaven without being holy, leaves a Christian at failure. Holiness comes from life in God. Eternal living, more than eternal life. My life caught up in the life God is living. And He is caught up in what I am doing. I am living eternally NOW. We take on more and more eternal life, caught up in God’s life. A LIFE SO FULL OF GOOD THINGS, THERE IS NO ROOM FOR BAD THINGS. Take God into consideration. It guides you to holiness. It is a process and there is an ease and a restfulness with things that are true. The process is to be chosen. It is actually easier to live holy! You can deal with what is wrong and correct it, but your will must be set, not in a love of this world ,but for God, or it will not last. A holy person is different because they are holy, not holy because they are different. It all comes together in love, the four letter word for “holiness”. A holy life is a life of love. Love set to do whatever is good for what ever is loved. Love for God, then is to act for what is good for God. Holiness is asking, “ Where is God?" all the time, because that person is centered in the will of God. And s/he knows God is taking care of them.

Senior Pastor Bill Johnson: Pastor Johnson spoke on the :”Fruit of the Impossible”. It was powerful, vibrant, passionate ministry! H said Christians are born to confront the things of impossibility, and Jesus is our model. Jesus showed what one person, pure and empowered, can do who does not quench and grieve the Spirit. There is an obligation to walk in purity and integrity. It is a character issue. The will of God is that His Kingdom come on earth. There is a cultural shift in the Body of Christ. Kingdom culture and how it is to effect life here. We are culturally relevant as we demonstrate Kingdom works. Pursue the miraculous! Cry out in private, take risks in public. It increases us in the miraculous. Pastor Johnson encouraged us to look for opportunities to pray for people. Sometimes God would rather answer a prayer through you, rather than for you. Often times He is waiting for us to work. We are called to a lifestyle of a supernatural appetite. Don’t be afraid. Fear masquerades as wisdom- if you live carefully, your friends will call you wise, but you will never move mountains.

The other men and women were a blessing, too: Jeanne Darnelle, The King’s University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hayford, Bruce Wilkinson( author of “The Prayer of Jabez”), Pastor Amos Dodge, Co-pastor Kimberly Dirmann. Other nuggets from the weekend: “Fruit that remains: It’s not the show, it’s the glow that remains long after”, “Things are never going to be the same in our nation( economically, socially, culturally, etc.), the church must change because the world changes.’, “ If you live by your senses, you live way below the life level God has for you”, “So much supernatural ministry loses track because people try to BE supernatural, instead of letting the supernatural stream through them.”, God is looking for people to exalt who won’t let it break down their character. We need leaders who are not impressed with themselves.”, “Obedience leads to abundance.”, “You made a fear decision, not a faith decision.”, “The mystery of a moment: It is small enough to ignore, but big enough to change the rest of your life.,” “All ministry is dependent upon how we treat the Holy Spirit.” "When you believe a lie, you empower the liar.”, “ A Christian is never jealous of another Christian if they know who they are.”

Praise and worship was wonderful and overall the conference was excellent! It has been a busy week, which is why I have not blogged. I just wanted to share a bit of my week. I pray YOURS is blessed!


Greater Is He That Is In Us

Posted on January 18, 2018 at 12:50 AM Comments comments (0)

Grace, mercy and peace to you!,

It occurs to me that we are exactly one week away from a traditional fall holiday which focuses on ghouls, and death and monsters. Most folks don't think about the spirit and history behind the "holiday" or that is a high holy day for some who worship the adversary. It is just a day to dress up and pass out candy. Over the years I have seen more decorations of homes on the level of Christmas decorations, but the theme is death, not life. People love holidays and the excitemment of it all! It makes them feel somewhat happy, even alive. I realize we walk in the light we have. We have The Light, The Lord Jesus Christ, and greater is He that is in us, than he that is in the world! Jesus alone is the source of life! Let us be prayerful, and ready to tell others the reason for our Hope of Glory: Jesus. There are souls who simply do not know or understand the underlying spiritual implications of October 31st. We are called to intercede, stand in the gap for them .Most especially this week and as always:


Watch and pray!

What's "Luv" Got to Do With It?

Posted on January 17, 2018 at 5:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Praise the Lord, Beloved!

You know, there are so many ways the world tries to communicate "love", but not REAL love. Oh, sure they may spell it l-o-v-e, or "luv", or they may use net-lingo, " 143" or "ILY", but most times that is superficial, fickle love. If I say, " I love period drama movies!" I mean that I strongly LIKE them, (And I do!)...not that I genuinely LOVE them. We have come to use the word love so casually it has lost its true meaning. Today, I was out and about, and I saw a church marquee that read, "Luv is God". Not only did it mistate the scripture, it spelled the verb "Love" in a way that has a casual, "here today, gone tomorrow" feel. God is eternal, and God is Love!


1 John 4:16

So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.


At first, I was a bit grieved as to why the scripture was posted there backwards and in a pop culture-ish, "Luv is God". As I pondered it I thought, "Luv" of a thing, or person, or act CAN be a sort of "god", if one allows. We have all heard that anything you put before God...ANYTHING, is your god. So that if I "luv" my lawn or car or sports team so much that I give priority to that, rather than sunday morning worship service...yes, "Luv is god". Because luv of that car, etc., separates me from the God of the Bible. In that sense, the marquee was correct. It is so important that we know the Word of God for ourselves. The Bible tells us from Genesis to Revelation, that God is love. At the heart of it is John 3:16 which tells us how He demonstrated that love by sending his Son, Jesus Christ. To take and twist the Word and make it kind of "user-friendly", "word lite" is an affront to our holy God. Love is the very essence of God's being. Not only is God love, but love comes from God.


1 John 4:7

Knowing God through Love Dear friends, let us love one another, because love is from God and everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God.


It's just three little words, but the significance is that to know God is to understand Him more and more, to get a better and clearer knowledge of Him, to recognize Him. That is what our salvation is all about: Knowing God.

It is not about knowing OF Him, but truly knowing God. And so we cannot afford to even let three words in Holy Scripture be made light of, for to make light of them is to make light/"lite" of God. Love goes to the very heart of who God is. How like the enemy to twist it as I saw today! That last verse says we are to "love one another". The enemy does not want that and will use scripture against even the elect for a specific reason:


1 John 4:8

He who does not love has not become acquainted with God [does not and never did know Him], for God is love.


He wants to hinder a deep knowledge of Our God of LOVE. His goal is that the lost do not now or ever come to KNOW Him! Throw God in the mix with other "LUV". He is just one of several "luvs" one can have. It is not necessary to truly LOVE him body, spirit, and soul. Liar! Beloved, study to show yourself approved, hide the Word in your heart, and be ever ready to speak a Word in season to him who is weary. That word may be a simple yet powerful:


God is Love!


Now,go and share the love of God,

Prophetess Vickie Lee


Running Our Race

Posted on January 17, 2018 at 5:15 PM Comments comments (0)


Running Our Race


Hebrews 12:1-2

Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.

Praise the Lord, people of God!

This passage of scripture was very recently discussed in a theology class I am taking.

The phrase that was pertinent to me had to do with running with endurance the race that is set before us. That is so where I am right now! What has God called me to do, (what has He called YOU to do?), and am I cooperating with God?? We are to be fixed having within our sights, what our goal is. And God almighty! Make sure the "goal" is from God. There is a peace that comes when one realizes that if he or she is in God's perfect will, Come what may, " I am right where God wants me. Things may seem odd, but God will get the glory out of this situation." The secret things belong to God, and He is handling every aspect of your surrendered and obedient life. What are you worried about? Run your race! A race is hard and a race requires something. There will be exertion, energy expended, you may think you have "hit the wall". It takes much endurance. But hold on, your second breath is coming! And that is a Divine Breath, another Helper: Holy Spirit. What a blessing to know we do not run our race on our own. I have been having thoughts of staying in my lane, doing what God has called me to do, in concert with Abba Father and others I am assigned to in co-ministry or to actually minister to. That's it! All else is in God's hands. He IS God and I am not. The freedom within the borders or parameters of entering into his rest is awesome. There is liberty within the boundaries of God and is Word! The more I obey Him, the more freedom I have. The goal and his will for our lives is in that Word! In order for the specifics of YOUR race which is set before you to come to pass, keep pressing into deeper,fuller relationship with Him, and obey Him. Keep the focus, run your race! We are not competing one with another. It's all we can do to keep ourselves on track by the Spirit of God! But we ARE a team. The Body of Christ, fitly joined together, each part working properly, builds the body up in love. So, as I do what I am to do for God and you do what YOU are to do for God, we all benefit. A built-up body runs a better "race" from the greeter at the door to the set-man or woman. And God gets the glory! Our scripture says this brings him joy and it is because it is a reflection of Him. God loves to see you run your God-ordained race! Let's purpose to do just that! God is cheering us on...... Amen.


A Balm in Gilead

Posted on January 17, 2018 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)


A Balm in Gilead

Is there no balm in Gilead?

Is there no physician there?

Jeremiah 8:22


Praise the Lord, Beloved of God,


Sometimes it can all be a bit much, can't it? We live such busy, full lives! I have many irons in the fire and the only way to keep things going is to draw on the Lord. Take tonight for instance. There are a few deadlines approaching and they all seem to want to be the priority. I turned to the Lord, "God oil the gears of my being". I could feel a peace, a calm come over me. Abba soothed me! The "Balm in Gilead" I thought. A balm... it is a soothing, healing ointment. Just what was needed for the scratchy,inflamed places. For, you see, a balm soothes an irritation. I am all right now! I can handle it now! The Great Physician Himself is my medicine. We have to look to the hills from which comes our help. Our help comes from the Lord! Stop right in the midst of whatever ails you and get back centered in Him. Discern his hovering, peaceful Presence right now ! Soothing...healing, Amen. Thank God for Jesus! Verse 19 of Jeremiah asks," Is the LORD not in Zion? Is her King not in her?" Come on, Zion! You know God is with us. And He told me years ago, " I am in the details of your life". No matter how minute or inconsequential you may think it is, God cares for you! God is with you right where you are as the Balm in Gilead. KNOW that and be encouraged. Amen.


Soul peace,

Prophetess Vickie



A Balm in Gilead

Posted on January 17, 2018 at 5:10 PM Comments comments (0)


A Balm in Gilead

Is there no balm in Gilead?

Is there no physician there?

Jeremiah 8:22


Praise the Lord, Beloved of God,


Sometimes it can all be a bit much, can't it? We live such busy, full lives! I have many irons in the fire and the only way to keep things going is to draw on the Lord. Take tonight for instance. There are a few deadlines approaching and they all seem to want to be the priority. I turned to the Lord, "God oil the gears of my being". I could feel a peace, a calm come over me. Abba soothed me! The "Balm in Gilead" I thought. A balm... it is a soothing, healing ointment. Just what was needed for the scratchy,inflamed places. For, you see, a balm soothes an irritation. I am all right now! I can handle it now! The Great Physician Himself is my medicine. We have to look to the hills from which comes our help. Our help comes from the Lord! Stop right in the midst of whatever ails you and get back centered in Him. Discern his hovering, peaceful Presence right now ! Soothing...healing, Amen. Thank God for Jesus! Verse 19 of Jeremiah asks," Is the LORD not in Zion? Is her King not in her?" Come on, Zion! You know God is with us. And He told me years ago, " I am in the details of your life". No matter how minute or inconsequential you may think it is, God cares for you! God is with you right where you are as the Balm in Gilead. KNOW that and be encouraged. Amen.


Soul peace,

Prophetess Vickie



Theme One: The Kingdom

Posted on January 17, 2018 at 5:00 PM Comments comments (0)


Theme One: The Kingdom

Kingdom greetings!

The sixth-grade reading anthology for my students is broken down into six themes. The stories within fit themes such as "Growing Up" or "Courage"( Those themes might be good for US, too). Abba seems to have a "theme" in effect. I have re-read some of my postings and teachings and I see a common thread of The Kingdom running through them. The Kingdom of God within and living/ministering out of the Kingdom is what Abba has been emphasizing. I wrote HE has put the emphasis on the Kingdom! Theme One: The Kingdom. When I teach my students I am either introducing a new skill/concept or they are expected to master a concept they were introduced to in a previous grade. I may have to re-teach, refresh, spiral back and/or practice said skill. But I am to keep at it, as are my students. No Child Left Behind. In a way, that is what Abba Father is doing as he sometimes has me re-visit The Kingdom in some way. He wants us to really get it in our spirits. You may be asking, "Why?". Because it is long past time to come out of spiritual elementary school and graduate into The Kingdom. Are we not ready to do the "greater works" promised us?


John 14:12

Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greaterworks than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father.


Abba Father has much to teach us but are we ready? He is nudging us onward to a deeper and fuller maturity:


Hebrews 6:1-3 (Amplified Bible)

 

THEREFORE LET us go on and get past the elementary stage in the teachings and doctrine of Christ (the Messiah), advancing steadily toward the completeness and perfection that belong to spiritual maturity. Let us not again be laying the foundation of repentance and abandonment of dead works (dead formalism) and of the faith [by which you turned] to God, With teachings about purifying, the laying on of hands, the resurrection from the dead, and eternal judgment and punishment. [These are all matters of which you should have been fully aware long, long ago.] If indeed God permits, we will [now] proceed [to advanced teaching].


I do not know about you, but I want God to advance and mature me! If The Teacher says review and re-teach, so be it. Abba Father is saying seek out The Kingdom! I am purposed to post or write out teachings that He drops in my spirit, and this is the theme. The Kingdom is foundational for what we are called to do in this world:


Luke 9:1 - 3

Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.

And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.


Let us obey God and pursue the release of The Kingdom of God within. In Jesus' name, Amen!


The Antonymn

Posted on January 17, 2018 at 3:30 PM Comments comments (0)


The Antonymn

Praise the Lord, Beloved of God!


A few weeks ago the Lord dropped in my spirit that there is to be" no more lack" in my life in any area. I happily received that word, and I purposed not to look at things in the natural. The house of the righteous shall stand! How he brings that word to pass is up to Him. Now we know when one receives a word like that : abundance, more than enough, and there is a witness in one's spirit, here comes the enemy with an antonymn to the word one has received. He is going to say the exact opposite of what God has said. Why? Because he is a liar and the father of lies. God says you are healed, the enemy lies, and brings doubt. Father says move forward, the enemy throws up obstacles. Abba says the door is open, that old fabulist sets a trap door. " Did God really say...?", he asks. He is a liar, but God is not a man that He should lie! That is the one thing He cannot do.

Titus 1:2

In hope of eternal life, which God, that cannot lie, promised before the world began;


He never lies! And so, as the enemy is want to do, he has attacked me in my finances. When it rains it pours! But God is so faithful. But God! He is a safety net under us. There are things I need to take care of in my household. The enemy comes with the antonymn for my tithe: "Just put it off and you can give it NEXT month." Oh, no you do NOT! I am not going to tie God's hands where He cannot move on my behalf! Please believe I happily tithed sunday without a second thought. Those funds are NOT mine. In God's economy, the tithe belongs to Him. It is my reasonable service and a part of my helping to build the kingdom. You, too!

Nehemiah 10:39 (English Standard Version)

For the people of Israel and the sons of Levi shall bring the contribution of grain, wine, and oil to the chambers, where the vessels of the sanctuary are, as well as the priests who minister, and the gatekeepers and the singers.

"We will not neglect the house of our God."

I am still required to obey and bring my "tithes and offerings into the storehose" (Malachi 3:10). When we take care of Abba's business and obey in faith, He takes care of OUR business! The righteous do not go begging for bread, or anything else. Declare the Word! And believe it. We are not deceived by the enemy's devices. I know what God dropped in my spirit and I believe God! Here is a thing I have learned: The enemy is going to operate in just the opposite of what God says, and what He wants to do for, and through Us. We must be wise. So because of the attack on my finances, I am even more assured and certain I heard God. No more lack! Glory to God!! This attack is an antonymn, polar opposite of what God has purposed for me. The enemy is a liar trying to steal my blessing and the place in which God would have me to walk. I am excited! I have food,clothing, and shelter and if I have one penny, I have money! I told God this morning I do not have a "Plan B". He is my "Plan A", as in Alpha and Omega! I am totally dependant on HIM. I do not have any strategies to work things out. "I do not borrow, I lend." I reminded Him it is in his Word. I must approach this with a Kingdom mindset, perspective, and tenacity. WE must walk in that God-given authority! I do not want to worry, I do not want to feel angst. Just...No! I will keep my eyes on God! The focus here is not on me. I am just giving a current testimony and I hope it encourages someone in whatever your temporary circumstances may be. Do not buy into the into the enemy's lies. Know that, actually, it is completely opposite of what you are facing. See the antonymn of the situation. I know funds are on the way! It has nothing to do with my bank account. I have been in this place before, and God has never let me down. NEVER. Never, ever! I am smiling as I type because "no lack" is surely a reality, hence, this attack. I will not speak against what Abba said to me in prayer. "No lack in ANY area." Any area! Are you kidding me? Yes Lord, I am warring over THAT word! What has Abba Father told you? Is an antonymn in effect? It is just the opposite of what you are experiencing in the natural. You must be somebody in the kingdom! That word is right around the corner about to be fulfilled! Be encouraged. I celebrate you, Beloved! I choose to celebrate right in the face of the "antonymn" situation. Let's celebrate together. Discern the reality of that word coming to pass. You know what God said! Keep speaking it into the atmosphere. And may God shut the mouth of the enemy! Stay kingdom-minded, dear ones. Amen.


EMPOWERED

Posted on January 17, 2018 at 2:45 PM Comments comments (0)


Empowered


1 Corinthians 4:20

For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power


Spiritual blessing, favor and peace be yours from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ,

This is my first post of the new year! I received a text message from a dear friend on the 1st that closed, “Be empowered to prosper!” “Amen”, I responded. “Even as my soul prospers.” Our souls prosper because they are empowered by the Holy Spirit. We are Spirit-filled Christians, baptized in the Holy Spirit. Any power you and I have as Kingdom people, comes from Him!


Acts 1:8

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, andyou will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth."


2 Timothy 1:7

For the Spirit God gave us does not make us timid, but gives us power, love and self-discipline.


I am not speaking of what the world considers “power”. I recently read an interesting anecdote about the famous mystery writer, Agatha Christie. It seems she received ideas for her mysteries from different people she met in various walks of life. One doctor she met used to carry around a piece of deadly poison from the South American rain forest. When asked why by Agatha Christie he said,” I like the feeling of power it gives me.” He had a "sense" of power, a physical sensation , a “feeling”, really, of power. The stimulus, the poison, was subjective and he had a mental awareness of power. The so called power he thought he had was in the flesh. The Bible tells us to put no confidence in the flesh, but have confidence before God! ( Phil 3:3: I John 3:21). That doctor's fleshly confidence was because of the potential to cause death. OUR confidence is spiritual and is an actuality that means life! This is the confidence we have, we can approach God, ask of Him, be in relationship with Him. Hebrews 10:35 admonishes us:

"Do not, therefore, fling away your fearless confidence, for it carries a great and glorious compensation of reward." Jesus said the kingdom of God is within us and it is not in word, but in power! ( Luke 17:21; I Cor 4:20). That is power with God and that is a great reward. The down payment of the life of God within, from which we are to live and minister to others. The power we have is life in and through Christ Jesus. I like the power God has given!


2 Peter 1:3

Divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to his own glory and excellence,


Power that pertains and speaks not to death, but life is what I am talking about. We are empowered, we must only have faith to know and obtain from the Kingdom within, in the Name of Jesus. It not a pocket-sized pseudo-power like the doctor spoke of!


1 Corinthians 4:19-20

But I will come to you [and] shortly, if the Lord is willing, and then I will perceive and understand not what the talk of these puffed up and arrogant spirits amount to, but their force (the moral power and excellence of soul they really possess).

For the kingdom of God consists of and is based on not talk but power (moral power and excellence of soul).


With excellence of soul, a clear conscious toward God, and the boldness and confidence to approach Him and ask what we will, expecting to receive;the Power of God is manifested and demonstrated. My God, that is so very needed today! People need to experience the genuine power and Presence of God! The Power of God unto salvation, the gospel. Let us be aware of the power we carry by the Spirit of God, and be led by His Spirit to release that power to souls that are in need of the life of God. Glory to God! Operate out of the Kingdom of God within you!


Amen, be empowered.





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