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People of the Kingdom 3

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People of the Kingdom 3
Position purpose and power
Good morning and welcome to Kingdom fit online ministry.
So far we have talk about
People of the Kingdom and position.
Position refers to the placement of someone in reference to God.
Jesus after the the fast and temptation he stood in the synagogue and said:
Isaiah 61:1-2
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me, because the Lord hath anointed Me to preach good tidings unto the meek. He hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound, To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn,
Jesus made a declaration of his position and his purpose.
In other words in Christ you have
potential - it’s all in the relationship!
The same power that rose Jesus from the dead dwells in you!
Today I want to talk about purpose!
Point 1
Jer 1:5
“Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee, and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.”
You were called for a purpose!
Jeremiah 1:9-10
Then the Lord put forth His hand and touched my mouth. And the Lord said unto me, “Behold, I have put My words in thy mouth. See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms to root out and to pull down, and to destroy and to throw down, to build and to plant.”
God has anointed us for what he called us to do!
Ephesians 1:3-14
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ, even as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love, having predestined us to be His own adopted children by Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace, wherein He hath made us accepted in His Beloved:
in Whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of His grace, wherein He hath abounded toward us in all wisdom and prudence. He hath made known unto us the mystery of His will, according to His good pleasure which He hath purposed in Himself, that in the dispensation of the fullness of times He might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven and which are on earth, even in Him.
Kingdom authority
In Christ also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestined according to the purpose of Him who worketh all things after the counsel of His own will, that we, who first trusted in Christ, should be to the praise of His glory.
There are 5 essential keys to unlocking your Purpose!
What is prayer? Why is it important? Why must we pray? All of these are important questions that you will rediscover
Dr. Tony Evans defines prayer as “oral or mental communication with God the Father in the name of Jesus the son, with the assistance of the Holy Spirit.” Prayer is the means by which we connect and communicate with an invisible God in a visible world. When we pray, we have direct access to God. We can tell the truth of who we are, how we feel, and what we need.
Why should we pray?
We pray because intimacy only comes through prayer. Quite simply, people get closer when they talk to one another. If you have ever been in a significant relationship for any amount of time, you know this full well. The level of one’s intimacy is determined by the frequency of one’s conversation. The more you talk, the more you get to know one another. The more you get to know one another, the more you want to talk. Intimacy happens in prayer because you are not only talking to God, but God is speaking back to you. God speaks back to us through his Word. God illuminates our understanding when we pray.
To worship means to express worth. It is the act by which one expresses God’s worth in their lives. Worship is so important to God that it was prioritized as the first of the Ten Commandments: thou shalt have no other gods before me. Why should we worship? We worship because we were created to do it. We were created for worship. Worship is where we thrive. The same way fish thrive in water and birds thrive in air, so too do we thrive in his presence. Worship ushers us into the presence of the Lord. Our lives are changed not just by the proclamation of the word, but by experiences in his presence. Psalm 16:11 declares, “in your presence there is fullness of joy; at your right hand are pleasures forevermore.” In God’s presence we get joy transfusions.
In his presence, God speaks to us. When we worship, our hearts are dealt with, yokes and habits are broken, and the supernatural is experienced.
When we spend time meditating on the scriptures, that does not mean we should simply memorize or reading scripture like a fairy tell or novel. The Scriptures are literally your spiritual food.
1 Peter 2:2 admonishes us with these words, “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.” Jesus corroborated this point when he declared, “man can’t live by bread alone but by every word that proceeds from God’s mouth.” When we read scripture, we are committing to a spiritual life with a proper diet.
How often should we read Scripture? Regularly and consistently. Don’t try to eat a week’s meal in a day. Eat enough to digest. Eat until you are filled. Some of you reading this book are at the place in your spiritual walk with God where you can pick up the scriptures and read any chapter and verse and understand. Others of you are just beginning. But no matter where you are on the devotional spectrum,
when you hide the word in your heart on a daily basis, it will strengthen your faith and clarify your purpose.
Fasting is intentional abstinence from any form of physical gratification to achieve a greater spiritual goal. Why should we fast? Because if anyone is going to grow muscle, they must not only eat the right foods but they must also stop eating the wrong ones. Fasting helps us to eliminate the unhealthy distractions from our lives. What we hear and see matters. When we fast, we commit to an intentional time of clarity and concentration. Fasting increases your spiritual sensitivity, brings you closer to God, and strengthens your spiritual muscles by weakening the flesh. Everybody fasts differently, and that is OK. There are different types of fasts, total food fasts, partial food fasts, non-food fasts, and some will fast weekly, monthly or periodically. The key is to exercise this muscle as often as you need to, so that you can ultimately strengthen the weak areas of your spiritual life.
Service includes the giving of your time, talent, and treasure to the work of God’s church. Jesus modeled the imperative of service all throughout the gospels, and commanded us to emulate his activity.
John 13:12–15
When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also should wash one another’s feet. I have set you an example that you should do as I have done for you.
Service is not just a way to act like Jesus. Serving actually make us more like Jesus. There is nothing that will hold you more accountable to applying spiritual truths than being in a situation where you have to deal with different people, different personalities, and you can’t respond the way you would outside of church. Serving others teaches you how to extend grace, exercise patience, and show humility. It is just as spiritually formative as prayer, fasting, scripture reading, and worship because it helps you to see if you are growing and helping others to foster growth.
Can you imagine the humility and love that Jesus
had to possess to stoop down and wash his disciple’s feet? He washed Peter’s feet, the one who would deny him three times. He washed Thomas’s feet, the one who would doubt the authenticity of his resurrection. This type of activity could not be accomplished by the immature. Serving is grown folks business; and your willingness to do it is an indication of your spiritual maturity.
As you begin this journey of getting closer to God, I encourage you to revisit the five disciplines of prayer, worship, scripture reading, fasting, and service.
In conclusion:
God is moving in spite of what we see!
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