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October 16, 2021 10:33 am
You know Melissa you saw. You are worthy worthy worthy of our praise C will see. We thank you father God for your son Jesus Christ and we thank you for his death, resurrection and ascension, and we thank you father God for his death upon the cross in his shed blood that washes away all of our sin and will we ask for the application of that forgiveness tonight is if there's anything we've done knowingly or unknowingly. Father, please forgive us that we might present ourselves before you, and we might commit ourselves to you, which is our reasonable service. You and come boldly before your throne.
We come on behalf of the country of India and we come on behalf of the state of Punjab I would come on behalf of every city and community in the state of food and job shadow and we asked father God that you would speak to us tonight and give us words of wisdom and encouragement as he wishes on and now may I ask that everyone repeat this after me. We declare he we are crucified with Christ and nevertheless we live in yet not us, but Christ lives in us and the life we now live in the flesh. We live by the faith of the son of God is in who loved us and gave himself for us and we give him all the praise. All the glory and all the honor and in the name of Jesus Christ we pray.
Amen hallelujah and you I want to begin tonight gentlemen by talking to you about kingdoms and about one kingdom.
In particular, I and that's the kingdom of heaven and Jesus told us at the beginning of his ministry. The kingdom of heaven is at hand. It began with John the Baptist and Matthew chapter 3 verses one and two say in those days we John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, and saying, repent ye for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. And then it is recorded in multiple Gospels where Jesus himself says the same thing I in Matthew chapter 4 verse 17 it reads from that time Jesus began to preach and to say I repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. That word that he said is best to Lee on say it with me by Selena and it means kingdom sovereignty and royal power. I have shy the sovereignty of God had arrived on earth that is an incredibly powerful thing for us to remember. I we will await the return of the son of God, and there is no question that the son of God will return.
You see, I but I believe there may be some confusion about the full impact of what he did when he was here you as Jesus hung on the cross. She spoke the three most powerful words we must remember it is finished.
Say it with me brothers it is finished. I want you to get out of your mind this concept that we are somehow just sinners saved by grace you as though the condition that God has left us in is one of struggle, Paul speaks to us about this.
He says that which I wish to do what I do not and that which I wish not to do that.
In verse seven it starts like this.
What shall we say then I is the loss sin, and certainly not on the contrary, I would not have known sin except through the law I for I would not have known covetousness unless the law had said, you shall not covet, but since taking opportunity by the commandment, produced in me all manner of evil desire, I for apart from the law sin was dead. I was alive once without the law, but when the commandment came, sin revived and I died in in the commandment which was to bring the wife I found to bring death for sin taking occasion by the commandment, deceived me, and body. It killed me think back to the question that Satan, the serpent of old, asked Eve in the garden did God really say this is the question that sin poses to us. And Paul reminds us here that the law makes clear that yes this is sin, and sin is death. You. It is why the declaration that I had you say is so critically important to completely understand.
I I am crucified with Christ. But what is it that dies on the cross with Jesus. It is the old man it is that sin within me and it is crucified with Christ. You we move down in Romans chapter 7, and Paul speaks of the struggle has then what is good become deaf to me. Certainly not, but sin that it might appear sin was producing death in me through what is good, so that sin through the commandment might become exceedingly sinful. I remember that sin entered into the world through the sin of Adam and Eve and from that moment the nature of men changed and the condition of the world changed in.
In fact, Scripture tells us that all of creation has been waiting for such a time as this that I don't want to get ahead of myself because I want to stay on this point for a moment and then I'll get to the next one, verse 14 says for we know that the law is spiritual, but I am carnal, sold under sin for what I am doing. I do not understand for what I will to do that. I do not practice but what I hate that I do if then I do what I will not to do. I agree with the law that it is good to see the lawn shows us the standard by which we are to live, but the law can't set us free from sin, but in so Paul says it's no longer I who do it, but the sin that dwells in me. We've heard this saying, for I know that in me, that is, in my flesh. Nothing good dwells in and that is true of the unrepentant sinner and so Paul goes on to say that I find a law that evil is present with me the one who wills to do good and this would be that declaration. I am a sinner saved by grace. I trapped in a position where I never get the victory. Paul puts it like this, I see another law in my members warning against the law of my mind, and bringing me into the captivity of the law of sin which is in my members, but then he asks the all-important question, but a wretched man that I am who will deliver me from this body of sin, you who will deliver me from this body of death. I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. And so the precondition before Christ is in us and you. The mind understands what is good to do and but the strength of the will continues to fight with sin.
Now how does this connect to the kingdom of heaven being at hand. I for his kingdom to succeed, it must have citizens.
A king who stands all by himself has little impact. But Jesus pronounced that the kingdom of heaven is at hand. The sovereignty kingdom and royal power of God is now on earth, Jesus was asked how does one become born again.
I need Nicodemus inquiring how does the man reenter his mother's womb. I but Jesus was speaking of the kingdom of heaven. I and in order for one to be born again. Then one must die as one who has died and gone to heaven. My I can tell you with insurgency. Heaven is real and while I was in that place I the spirit of God gave me a revelation of the power of the name of Jesus Christ, but Christ must be dwelling in you for the power of that name to have full effect and that means that the old man must die.
I so that the fullness of the power of God might come in and work in us.
Romans eight gives us part of that key Romans 81 says there is therefore now no condemnation to those which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh but after the spirit to for the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus you have made me free from the law of sin and death. Jesus Christ has set us truly free turn to your neighbor and say I am free in Jesus Christ. Paul goes on to talk about the carnal mind versus the spiritual mind, but we've created a sense of total separation between the two as if we still have the carnal mind when Christ is in us, and that's not the plan nor the design. I because that carnal mind was crucified on the cross and and that is our admission into this kingdom that Jesus Christ pronounced he write he spoke this word meant that not all AO met to change one's mind or purpose to change the inner man on the and who can change the inner man on the but the spirit of God changes the inner man at conversion in Ephesians 3 Paul says it like this. I wherefore I was made a minister, hang on. Once again, I'm looking up there we go. Verse seven. Therefore, I was made a minister, according to the gift of the grace of God given unto me by the effectual working of his power, that power word is doing in this marvelous works of God working in you and and what is done under Paul has been done to us. Paul then says unto me who I am less than the least of all saints, is this grace given that I should preach among the Gentiles the unsearchable riches of Christ and to make all men see what is the fellowship of the mystery, which from the beginning of the world have been hidden in God who created all things by Jesus Christ, to the intent that now unto the principalities and powers in heavenly places might be known by the church the manifold wisdom of God according to the eternal purpose which he purposed in Christ Jesus our Lord in whom we have boldness and access with confidence by the faith of him when I had you make that declaration from Galatians 220.
The King James version is the only one that says the faith of the son of God, but here we see again the Paul says we have confidence by the faith of the son of God working in us. Tell your neighbor.
This is important to know and because the faith of the son of God is dwelling inside of us who believe, and how does the power of God, then manifest here on earth.
I find that faith that is working in us. I want you to go back over and we look at Romans chapter 8 for I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us. Will you what glory might Paul be talking about. Let's look at John chapter 17 and in John chapter 17 Jesus prays a prayer. I and the same glory word that Paul refers to here in Romans is expressed in Jesus Christ, the son of God's prayer for you and me neither pray I for these alone.
I will, but for them also which shall believe on me through their word. That they may all be one, as now, father are in me and I in V that they may be one in us that the world may believe that thou hast sent me. Get ready because here it comes possible that you and the glory which thou gavest me I have given them the turn to your neighbor and say Jesus Christ the son of God has given me glory die but this glory is not vanity. I know the name for this glory is translated out of Greek tips.com turn to your neighbor and say Doc.com.com. It means the unspoken manifestation of God. Divine attributes.
This contrasts greatly with that carnal mind does and it's so if I believe that I'm simply a sinner just saved by grace but still bound up in my sin I doing that which I wish not to do, then I believe the lie because Jesus Christ said it is finished because Jesus Christ himself has prayed that the glory of God would be manifest in us because the kingdom of heaven is at hand because I don't have to wait till I get to heaven.
I have freedom from sin right here on earth. I'm not saying that there's not sin in the world. I'm saying that the believers, the followers of Jesus Christ no longer have any sin on the inside. Scripture tells us that him who the sun has set free is free indeed. How many of us have struggled for years with some kinds of issue. It's a very common occurrence. And yet Jesus Christ came that we might be set fully and completely free gentlemen as leaders. It's so critically important that you know you have been set free, and therefore you carry within you. If you, the manifest power of the son of God.
Paul speaks about that in the 19th verse of Romans eight for the earnest expectation of the creature waited for the manifestation of for the revealing the uncovering and the unveiling of the sons of God. Hello hello for the manifestations of the son of God. There were you. I'm sorry, gentlemen, Skype decided to change my screen and everything went black. I couldn't see you. Now I can see your beautiful faces and hallelujah and so the glory of God has been given to us the kingdom of heaven is in fact at hand and you carry within you that glory and you carry within you, that's drinks, gentlemen, and the word of God says the principalities and powers tremble at bats but Hebrews 11 six reminds us that without faith it is impossible to please God. And so Christ Jesus himself gave us the gift of his faith.
There is persecution rising all around the world. We are seeing it right here in America as well. I know that I cannot compare the persecutions that we have now to the persecutions that you experience there in your country will show you and I honor your bravery and your commitment to the truth of the gospel of Jesus Christ is and some of what I am sharing with you tonight is already in your minds and in your hearts, but I hope that some of what I am telling you about and reminding you about the prayer of Christ that that glory has been gifted to us… We.com Joshua is the manifestation of the unseen divine power and presence of God, and it dwells in you. I am it is what gives you the power and the authority to lead and to be established in the positions that God himself has called you to fill whether you are a bishop.
Whether you are a leader of many congregations that whether you have been called to lead communities a states or the nation know this, that it is God who has called you and God, who has consecrated you to fulfill that mission and that creation has been waiting for the manifestation of God and Christ in you for such a time as this God has raised you up. Think about this. The sovereign God could've chosen anyone at any time, gentlemen. The sovereign God shows you all turn your neighbor and tell them the sovereign God shows you tell him the sovereign God shows you encourage one another pastor I want them to share with each other and and to encourage each other and say the sovereign God shows you hallelujah and he gave us that glory, that we might be united brothers. You are all here tonight, under the banner of Jesus Christ. And never before in history has it been more important for Christians to unites. Yes, there may be some small differences in how we think, based on denomination. But at the core. We must all agree that Jesus Christ is Lord, at the core.
We must all agree that we were sinners at the core. We must all believe that Jesus Christ's death on the cross, defeated sin and death and the floor. We must believe that the son of God gave us the faith necessary to walk that out and at the core. We must embrace Christ's prayer for us in John 17 that because Sakai has been placed in us as a gift we can unify and we can change nations. When Paul writes in chapter 8 that all of creation has been waiting for the manifestation of the sons of God, brothers, he's talking about India. He's talking about Panjab when Pastor Samuel and I go out onto the streets and preach the gospel of Jesus Christ and we invite 50 people to come. Hundreds of people show up to see what God did in my life, but it's not about Pastor Chicana brothers. It's about the power of God to move on the lives of men and God is no respecter of persons. Hundreds get saved in those meetings hundreds receive miracles of healing. Those manifestations are real and they're not because of some special thing about Pastor Chicana were Pastor Samuel there because the glory of God. I and I'm telling you tonight that that glory of God resides in you and God has called you to change a nation, not by force but by law of by the power of God working in you by the manifest wisdom of God working in you and so we must set down all forms of division and we must unite under the banner of Jesus Christ. Because the prayer that Jesus prayed in John 17 says that they may be one as thou, father, art in me and I in the that they also may be one in us. That the world may believe that thou has sent me, and the glory which thou gavest me I want to close with this. Tell your neighbor he's talking about the glory that was in Jesus Christ all I'm talking about Sakai and it dwells in you and he says, and the glory which thou gavest me I have given them that they may be why me, even as we are one.
Now watch this all IN them, and thou in me and then they may be made perfect in one… That the world may know that thou has sent me, and hast loved them, as thou loved me grab hold of that they may be made perfect in one. That's a powerful statement. I tell you all deli all will. It means completes missing nothing perfected brothers.
That doesn't sound like someone who's trapped as the center, who somehow saved by grace but still struggling with sin. That's not the condition of the three most powerful words, it is finished. I so I want you to take away from this meeting tonight that the power of God has truly perfected you. That there's power in the name of Jesus Christ, that the glory of God resides in us so that we might unify and come together and that you not even we will not lose persecution will come. But to be persecuted for Christ is to count it all joy.
I and he will give you the strength and he has already deposited in you his glory and his faith. No one else has inside of them with the followers of Christ have inside of them. You should and this by what Christ has done in each of us that makes us a citizen of the kingdom of heaven, which is not some esoteric place out here but it's right here where we are on earth, and we must advance it is not, and as leaders, God has chosen you as the ones to lead that advance and as such I am honored to be used by God tonight to speak these words of encouragement to you. I love you, brothers and buddy and I stand with you about. You are always in my prayers, and the power of Jesus Christ is working in you that turned your neighbor and say John is in me in the face of the son of God is in me.
I'm not a sinner saved by grace. I am a citizen of the kingdom of heaven, and it has arrived. Father I that everything that we have declared and everything that we have spoken tonight is manifest in us in the name of Jesus Christ, amen. John CK will amen