Sign of the times or Time for a sign?

Kingdom Principle: The Kingdom is constantly demonstrated and confirmed. The Kingdom is not a secret, yet it is a mystery.

Where the Holy Spirit moves, the Glory of the LORD follows.

Isaiah 43:1-7 Psalm 29 Acts 8:14-17 Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

Rick Warren in his book “Purpose Driven Life” begins with a clear call to awareness of the Holy – “it is not about you” … The Kingdom is not about you, this life is not about you, even your purpose is not about you.  Warren continues – “ you were born by his purpose and for his purpose.”  Your ultimate purpose is found in giving God glory. How you go about doing that, is unique to you, and for you to discover, but in giving God glory you must get in line behind the heavenly hosts, all of creation, and the very chosen people of Israel before you get foolishly caught up believing that it might just be about you. HOWEVER – if you are the LORD’s –  a child of the most High God, then your life will be marked with the signs, wonders and miracles of the Kingdom – this will in fact draw the attention of this world and its powers unto you. The Kingdom is not a secret, but it is a mystery. And this mystery is being revealed in this present age, the age you and I find ourselves. (Ephesians 3:10-11)

In a previous post – we discussed that the Glory of God is His Holiness revealed. It is the work of the Holy Spirit that brings this reality unto our world and into our personal lives. Regarding John the Baptist, Jesus declares, “I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he.” (Matthew 11:11)  John walked in Holiness and Righteousness  (Mark 6:20) greater than another in the age, prior to the Kingdom of God being ushered in by Jesus, under the power of the Holy Spirit.  John was clear about his role and stature – yet he declared the he must decrease and Jesus must increase and that he was even unworthy to until Jesus’ sandals.

How do we reconcile these two truths – “It is not about me”, and “the Kingdom of God is in me” (Luke 17:21)? It is through the power of the Holy Spirit that the Kingdom is demonstrated and confirmed in me and in my life – there will be signs, wonders and miracles that will draw attention to me. The challenge is before each of us as Children of God – an untamable power beyond this world, dwells within me, and yet it is not for me to exercise to my will, but for me to dwell with the Father and for his Will to be my guide. By the work of the Father, in the name of the Son, I am called to have dominion and authority in this world.  Jesus came to proclaim the Kingdom and heal the sick, (Mark 1:14, 39; Matthew 4:23, Luke 4:14, 40-43) in this Jesus destroyed the devil’s work. (1 John 3:8). All this took place by the will of the Father (grace) through the power of the Holy Spirit (truth). Thus Jesus was full of grace and truth. (John 1:14)

Therefore – Where Jesus has ransomed us from the hands of the enemy,  grace and truth abounds. We are to live without fear knowing the Holy One of Israel, the LORD our God is our Savior. (Isaiah 43:3) in this we are filled with strength (joy) and peace. (Ps. 29:11) To declare to the world whose we are! This declaration is not in word alone, but accompanied by deeds. (James 2:17) And yet, these deeds are not a work of your own, for it is not about you, these deeds are a work of the power of God which flows out of you.  In this you have become sons and daughters of God and we hear the words spoken to Jesus – You, whom I love, with you I am well pleased.

The call as we begin this year is to not merely to accept the word of God as truth, but to hold to the teachings of Jesus such that we become his disciples and as a result of the truth we shall be set free. (John 8:31-32) This truth is a work of the Spirit, (John 16:13-15) and we cannot contain this work – It must be demonstrated and confirmed – for the holiness of God is to be declared to the world as glory.

As we rise (post two weeks ago) – we need the Lord to be the wind beneath our wings, we must be prepared to do, beyond what we can fathom, and we must ask for what is beyond our imagination.  My prayer for 2013 – is that we will move in the unity of Spirit – as Jesus declared in John 17, trusting in the works and signs of the Holy Spirit – trusting for healing, signs and wonders in our very lives.

Can you attest to the power of the Holy Spirit in you?

Do others see the works, signs and wonders of the Holy Spirit in your life?

What does this mean in regards healing and sickness in the Kingdom of God?

About chaplaincasey

In my Community I am a Chaplain, Coach and Catalyst.
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