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How Does God's Kingdom Come (2 of 11)
Series: From Here to Kingdom Come
Over the years, the question that has most been asked of me goes something like this: "I know that I am a Christian and that Jesus Christ lives in my heart, BUT I never seem to change. What's wrong with me? I am still struggling with the same attitudes, some of the same attitudes and nothing seems to be happening."
What does God have to say about a situation like that, which all of us can relate to, at least at some point in our lives? Here's the answer: The kingdom of God is God's total answer to the total needs of every person on the planet. To discover the kingdom and enter the kingdom is transformation. To experience more of the kingdom is to experience more transformation. And transformation by the Holy Spirit of God is what must happen to every person.
The goal of religion is REFORMATION and pursuing the re-forming of our flesh reduces the kingdom of God to a formula, steps, ritual, or a theological system without ANY power to produce any lasting change. And a god that would confine his working to a religious ritual or a system of theological thought, or a formula WITHOUT giving us power to be TRANFORMED would not and could not be my god - he would be my devil producing only frustration and anxiety in me.
But 1 Corinthians 4:20 declares: "The kingdom of God is not about talk but of power." And inherently in the kingdom of God is power for change in every area of our lives because Jesus lives on the inside of us. And he does on the inside of us, the same things he did when he was here among us in the flesh. Jesus is the revelation of what God is like and what the kingdom of God is like.
And Jesus told us precisely what he came to do: Luke 4:18-19 - "The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the opp ...
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