The world view we hold determines how we live.... i.e.
If we believe Jesus still has to come back to fight another war against Satan, when we see evil we are inclined to sit back and say... "Jesus is going to do that"
If we believe that Jesus has defeated Satan and left us here to transform the world with His power then we will get up and say..."I must be about my Fathers business"
If we believe the kingdom of God is yet to come we will live as though we don't belong here...still living like strangers and pilgrims (Heb 11:13 &16)
If we believe the kingdom of God our Father is here in all its fullness, we will live as though we are children in our HOME...and make it what we want. (Heb 12:24)
Instead of wasting our lives in self indulgent complaining as we gather in our holy huddles, talking about how evil the world is, we will seek to CHANGE it for our children's future...and our grand children's futures. We will live with a multi-generational focus.
ie God put me here FOR A REASON
Eph 2:10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. NKJV
The church today has FAILED to impact the world as it should have because it has so many people waiting for Jesus to come and rescue us, praying ...."COME Lord Jesus. Take us out of this wicked place and kill all the nasty people" ...
(This is the legacy of bible teachers and books and movies promoting the supposedly soon coming 'rapture' and the future return of Jesus..... which the church has been told was supposed to have happened almost every day since 1830?)
But Jesus is saying to us in our age...the age of GRACE...
Matt 18:19 "Again I say to you that if two of you agree on earth concerning anything that they ask, it will be done for them by My Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three are gathered together in My name, I am there in the midst of them." NKJV
Matt 28:18 And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen. NKJV
Mark 16:15 And He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will follow those who believe: In My name they will cast out demons; they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will take up serpents; and if they drink anything deadly, it will by no means hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover." NKJV
and Paul exhorts us...
2 Cor 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. 18 Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God. 21 For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. NKJV
We are to be as lights in this world drawing people to Christ
Matt 5:14 "You are the light of the world. A city that is set on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Nor do they light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a lampstand, and it gives light to all who are in the house. 16 Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven. NKJV
For this there are TWO key requirements to convince the world .....
The first key is LOVE
John 13:34 A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. 35 By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another." NKJV
Brethren LOVE does NOT take from the brethren ...IT GIVES to the NEEDY. (Acts 20:35)
If you are going to tell people how to walk with Jesus you CANNOT misrepresent to them what God wants as regards their FINANCES.
The world today JUSTLY gives churches a wide berth because of the unbelievable deceptions being taught about MONEY and supposed obligations for the congregation to GIVE to the 'organizations'.
The second key requirement to convince the world is TRUTH and its close companion ...INTEGRITY.
We not only need to KNOW the truth but we need to WALK in it.
Ps 86:11 Teach me Your way, O LORD;
I will walk in Your truth;
Unite my heart to fear Your name. NKJV
2 John 4 I rejoiced greatly that I have found some of your children walking in truth, as we received commandment from the Father. NKJV
Walking in TRUTH is NOT an option ...it is a COMMAND from the Father....and it requires a LIFE committment to walk in it.
3 John 3 For I rejoiced greatly when brethren came and testified of the truth that is in you, just as you walk in the truth . 4 I have no greater joy than to hear that my children walk in truth. NKJV
The challenge to churches today is to stop HIDING in darkness about financial integrity. Many thousands who have raised the TRUTH they see in the scriptures and know in their hearts to be TRUTH with their churches are told.... "If you don't agree go somewhere else"
1 John 2: 21 I have not written to you because you do not know the truth, but because you know it, and that no lie is of the truth. NKJV
1 John 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. NKJV
Brethren, you will never see revival without TRUTH. The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of TRUTH (John 14:17, John 15:26, John 16:13, 1 John 5:6). He will not give His support to DECEPTION or LIES.
We as children of God ... KNOWING that our God RULES and that His Kingdom will NEVER END ... should live with a BOLDNESS that shakes the world!
Brethren, Jesus kingdom will NEVER END ...this is the emphatic teaching of the scriptures.
It will NEVER be defeated
Luke 1:30 "Do not be afraid, Mary, for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name JESUS. 32 He will be great, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David. 33 And He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and of His kingdom there will be no end." NKJV
Dan 7:13 "I was watching in the night visions,
And behold, One like the Son of Man,
Coming with the clouds of heaven!
He came to the Ancient of Days,
And they brought Him near before Him.
14 Then to Him was given dominion and glory and a kingdom,
That all peoples, nations, and languages should serve Him.
His dominion is an everlasting dominion,
Which shall not pass away,
And His kingdom the one
Which shall not be destroyed. NKJV
Isa 9:6 Unto us a Son is given;
And the government will be upon His shoulder.
And His name will be called
Wonderful, Counselor, Mighty God,
Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.
7 Of the increase of His government and peace
There will be no end,
Upon the throne of David and over His kingdom NKJV
Zech 12:10 "And I will pour on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem the Spirit of grace and supplication; then they will look on Me whom they pierced. NKJV
Rev 1:7 Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. 8 "I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End," says the Lord, "who is and who was and who is to come, the Almighty." NKJV
The Book of Revelations is the 'revealing' of JESUS ....who He really was.... for those who have ears to hear and eyes to see!
The God who breathed and spoke the world into existence has declared what shall be....Do you believe Him?