His Kingdom is Advancing
We have a big God and the devil is small and defeated! Yes, we are in a battle, but the outcome is not in doubt.(1 John 4:4; Rom. 8:31-39; John 12:31; 1 John 2:13; 1 John 5:4; Acts 4:23-31; Mark 5:1-11)
We believe and live the prayer, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as in heaven.” Therefore, we partner with the King in natural and supernatural ways to create mercy, justice, and righteousness until He comes.(Matt. 6:9-10; Matt. 10:42; Matt. 25:40; Matt. 10:7-8; John 14:12)
Every believer is in full-time ministry because God is advancing His Kingdom, not just building His Church. Our work and effort, whether big or small, inside or outside the church, is sacred and valuable to God.(Col. 3:23-24; Dan. 6:3; Prov. 22:29; Is. 60:1-5; Matt. 13:31-32)
As the Kingdom advances, there will be resistance and conflict, but we expect the culture to be changed as people come to salvation and take their place in God’s plan for the world.(John 15:19-21; 2 Cor. 4:8-11; 2 Cor. 12:10; Luke 12:11-12; John 16:33; Acts 4:23-31)
What does it look like?
We focus on the good that God is doing in the world and live with contagious hope and joy.(Eph. 1:17-19; Phil. 4:8-9; James 1:16-18; Acts 13:52)
We pray from Jesus’ victory (not for victory) and destroy the devil’s works in the world.(Is. 54:17; Eph. 1:20-23; 1 John 4:4; Matt. 11:11)
We recognize God’s presence is “at work” everywhere in the world, and we partner with Him so that people are saved.(Gen. 1:28; Matt. 6:5; Mark 16:15; 2 Cor. 5:17-18; Luke 12:48)
We seek after heaven’s answers for earthly problems, and we take practical risks (in faith) to see these answers manifest in our world.(Matt. 6:9-10; Dan. 2; Gen. 41:1-46; 1 Sam. 14:6; Acts 3:1-10; Matt. 17:24-27; Acts 4:23-31)
We discover our gifts and become excellent at serving leaders in the realms of society that God places us. We live to cover them, support them, and help them succeed.(Dan. 2; Gen 41:1-46)
We bless and pray for people who persecute us as we seek to bring heaven to earth.(Matt. 5:43-45; Luke 6:27-28; Prov. 25:21)
We transform the world by making heavenly declarations everywhere we go.(Prov. 18:21; Prov. 11:11; James 3:2-5; Matt. 21:21-22; Joel 3:10; Eph. 4:29; Matt. 16:18-19)
We are not saying…
…bad things are not happening and will not happen in the world.(John 16:33; Matt. 13:20-21; Matt. 7:24-27)
…the enemy will not try to resist us, and we won’t experience opposition or persecution.(Rom. 8:26-39; Acts 14:22-23; Phil. 4:6-7)
…we can change the world by human strength and ability.(Zech. 4:6; Jer. 17:5-6; Matt. 7:7-8)
…everyone will end up attending church.
…God doesn’t love and prosper secular leaders in society.(Matt. 5:44-46; Acts 14:16-17)
…just because we serve a leader in our community, they will automatically become a Christian.(Dan. 2; Gen. 41:1-46)
…we have to be at “the top” of a mountain of society in order to bring Kingdom change.(Luke 13:21; Matt. 13:32; Gen. 41:1-46)
…there is not a process of growth or influence before favor comes on someone’s life.(Zech. 4:10; Luke 2:52; 1 Sam. 2:26; Prov. 3:3-5; Dan. 2)
…we will see everything happen in our lifetime that we believe for.(Heb. 11:13)
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