Revelation 5:10 says that God made us priests and kings who are called to reign upon this earth. Psalm 110:2 refers to King Jesus and says that He is to "rule in the midst of your enemies." The Lord will not return until His enemies have been made His footstool.
The Church is the body of Christ (Eph 5:23). He is the head and we've been called to be the ones who will make a footstool for our Lord (Ps. 110:1, Mk. 12:36).
The question is, where does Christ's rule and reign start? Genesis 4 provides us insight in the context of the first murder ever committed.
Genesis 4:7 - If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do
not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it." NIV
The dominion of Christ begins with the rule and mastery over our own will, emotions, feelings and actions resulting from those emotional thoughts.
Emotions, anger, desires, cravings, etc. in and of themselves are not sin. Ephesians 4:26 teaches us that it is possible to have the emotion of anger and yet, not sin. So it is with our other emotions, thoughts and feelings. Having the emotion or thought is not sin, but our actions could lead to a wrong decision that hurts us and others.
Jesus said in Matthew 4:17 to repent for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. The question is, what is in your hand? Your mind, will and emotions are. Therefore, are you struggling with an emotion, anger, desire, craving, lust, bitterness, envy, etc. then turn to God's word and prayer. Allow our Lord to teach you how to rule and reign in the midst of these enemies. Make a decision and begin to rule like a king.
Over the years I've marveled how often Hollywood comes out with a movie that has a title and a theme that speaks to the season that we are in. It's happened again with Star Trek's Into the Darkness.
Currently our nation is the weakest we've been in this modern era. We have the most debt we've ever had, we have scandal after scandal being exposed. We have an administration who is undermining the constitution with practices that seem more fit for a socialist or even communist form of government. Life, family, marriage, etc. is all under attack and.... the list goes on. We've entered into one of the darkest chapters of our nations history. How did we get here? Proverbs 20:20 provides perfect insight.
Whoever curses his father or his mother, His lamp will be put out in deep darkness.
One of the first steps taken towards this present darkness were taken in the 60s during the sexual revolution. It began with dishonoring the parents. Rebellion was in the wind and we are now experiencing the maturation of those decisions in this generation.
We are in deep, deep darkness. Good is called evil and evil good. On one hand I hate this situation and on the other hand I am truly excited. The stage is set for a great awakening.
Heist Turns Self In
Carl and Brenda Krames have been overseeing the ORT strategy in Gainesville since 2009. Last year they began to form the government council in their Transformation Task Force by reaching out to law enforcement in their city and county. One of the prayer targets was cold cases.
In March I reported in the following article "Gainesville FL - ORT Strategy the Police Chief & Decreasing Crime!" the long term effects of concentrated prayer on crime. One month later I reported in "Strategic Prayer Breaks Cold Case Wide-open - Serial Murderer Apprehended" how they played a role in the case of a serial killer.
On May 3, 2013 a fugitive who had been on the run for 11 years happened to turn herself into authorities here in their county. Click here for Long-missing Pennsylvania mom surrenders in Gainesville.
Why did this fugitive just happen to turn herself in here? Well, we really don't know. But, I can't help but think their targeted prayers requested by law enforcement officials on cold cases had something to do with it.
This is the fruit of continual prayer inviting God's abiding presence.
We Need to Buy a Clue!
America is embroiled in many public scandals today! The expose is growing. The Washington Post has consolidated some of these in "Mr. Obama and his scandals." It lists among other things how that the "Justice Department" leaks documents to attack a whistle blower who expose the "Fast and Furious" debacle, the IRS targeting conservative political and religious groups, the Justice Department violating the First Amendment snooping into Associated Press and Fox News reporters seeking to intimidate, the Benghazi atrocity which is worse than Watergate, and.... the list goes on.
I submit that this is the fruit of more than 50 years of a growing rejection of the Lord and His moral commands. In 1963 prayer was banned by our Supreme Court and one year later the court banned bible reading which was followed as school after school removed the 10 commandments.
President Harry S Truman popularized the saying "the buck stops here." This administration acts like the "buck stops there, and there and there..." anywhere but here. Blame shifting and avoiding responsibility seem to be the protocol of the day.
Here is a dollar for those who need to buy a clue! The rejection and erosion of our relationship with The Lord has undermined our moral fabric. No system, I repeat, NO SYSTEM can survive and function without character. The family unit can not survive. Capitalism will not work. A Justice Department run by people with no morals will not uphold laws. The IRS will not stay within the confines of the law when it is run by people with no internal moral boundaries. Here is another secret for those who believe socialism or communism is a better system. They won't work without moral boundaries either. What do you think led to the downfall of the Soviets?
Judgment began in the household of God as scandal after scandal has been revealed and I have not doubt it will continue as our Lord cleans house. But now this trend has spilled over into other spheres of society.
Pentecost was celebrated May 14-15 in Judaism (the real dates for Pentecost) and this Sunday in Christendom! It known as the Feast of Weeks and the Feast of Harvest. It marks the birth of the Church with an outpouring in which tongues was one of the supernatural manifestations.
May 19 also marks the end of Phase I for the Operation Rolling Thunder strategy. One of the things ORT does is to facilitate 24/7 prayer in a city.
In Acts 1:14 we find the 120 praying in "one healed passion" precipitated the outpouring of the Holy Spirit which was marked by a mighty wind, tongues of fire and a supernatural prayer language. The hallmark of Pentecost was a passion, a thirst and a hunger for God's presence. As Christians join together with us in this strategy in one heated passion we can expect to see God move powerfully in their city to.
Let us return this Pentecost to our first love.... With one heated passion.
For a general overview of Pentecost click here.
Pastors Mark & Nancy Hosted NDP in Renton
May 2nd was the National Day of Prayer. It was hosted by two KLI pastors; Mark and Nancy Moore. They also serve as the CONECTers for Operation Rolling Thunder in Renton/Kent south King County. This is also the first day of Phase 1 of the Operation Rolling Thunder Strategy.
Operation Rolling Thunder (ORT) is a strategy that gets one church to take one day of 24/7 prayer each month. Once we get 31 churches in a city working together we have our city covered with 24/7 prayer all year long. The effect of God's abiding presence in a city is incredible (click here). KLI has committed to taking the 1st day of every month and we've been joined by 4 other churches so far (click here).
Today, Pastors Gary and Tandi are leading the prayer this day as Celebration
Church takes this day of 24/7 prayer. (click here for state prayer targets). The Renton Reporter did a great article (click here) on the National Day of Prayer event that Mark and Nancy oversaw yesterday. Click read more for access to the slide show and some videos from the event.