February 2018

Having church does not promise the kingdom. The kingdom is built by the church. We are custodians of it. It is our responsibility to bring it. One day, the kingdom of God will be fully established for all to see, but even now we are told to pray, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). The word kingdom means royal power, kingship, dominion, or rule. Bringing the kingdom means exercising the dominion that is given to us as believers. We are told, “Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 18:18). Bringing the kingdom here on earth is the manifestation of the unique quality of power that the church possesses. First Corinthians 4:20 says, “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a whip, or in love and with a gentle spirit?” Could it be that the power that the church is missing is not just miraculous signs but a well-lived life of kingdom principles?

Taken from The Happiest Place on Earth as it is in Heaven, chapter 4.

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Authentic worship is the daily pursuit of Jesus. Our lives and the paths they take are the landscape of the kingdom, and it is marked by figurative steep hills, deep valleys, and rushing water. Our journey on the path of life is music to God’s ears. When we live holy and pleasing to Him, the kingdom follows us. It transforms the mundane and ordinary into the glorious and extraordinary. Scripture teaches that, “Blessed are those whose strength is in [God], who have set their hearts on pilgrimage” (Psalm 84:5). We can sing beautiful songs, say shallow prayers, and love only within our own power and all we have simply received is a touch of God’s presence. To live a life of worship is to pursue a life immersed in Him. It is a life that takes a journey, not just one that raises a hand of dedication out of emotion. Worship is what we are called to TODAY.

We will never be fully satisfied until our worship settles on God. He made all of mankind with an eternal compass that’s magnetic pull is God-worship. Fighting the gravitation of it is futile. It will not go away. All of life will be lived in resistance until we surrender. When the worship that is innate to us is not directed toward God, it will land on something. Often that something is what makes us feel good: academics, success, attention, beauty, riches, or comfort. So many times we give our worship away to unworthy recipients and frequently we are the primary benefactor. It is important that we protect our worship. if we leave ourselves unguarded, the enemy will steal our worship by directing it away from God. We must not bow to something that isn’t God…not to fear, insecurity, failure, acceptance, comfort, friends, our spouse, stuff, or self. Only God is deserving of our worship.

– Taken from the Happiest Place on Earth as it is in Heaven (Chapter 3)

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