Monday, 25 February 2008

Kingdom People

Glory to God!

This past week has been wonderful! It has been a time of growing in fellowship with one another. On Saturday evening the women got together specifically to build relationships, to pray with one another and to encourage one another. This was an important step in the life of KLF to put into practice what the Lord is teaching us about concerning loving one another and laying down our lives for one another.

As we weren't able to meet at TPLF yesterday, we used the opportunity to meet in two homes. Both groups had a great time worshipping together, praying together, breaking bread together, sharing the Word together and eating together. The Lord is teaching us to have and maintain a Kingdom mind-set as opposed to a church mind-set.

  1. A church mind-set sees the church as an organisation rather than as a people.
  2. A church mind-set has its identity in the denomination or name of the church rather than in one's citizenship in heaven.
  3. A church mind-set passes its responsibilities on to the church as an organisation rather than living out of one's identity and responsibility as a believer.
  4. A church mind-set separates the spiritual and the secular rather than continuously living with Divine consciousness.
  5. A church mind-set is possessive and gives what is comfortable rather than recognising that we are stewards of everything we are and have because we belong to God.
  6. A church mind-set has its focus on the world and on the Kingdom rather than only on the Kingdom.
  7. A church mind-set seeks to bring people to the church rather than bringing people into the Kingdom.
  8. A church mind-set seeks to do good works to please God occasionally rather than being obedient in order to release the Kingdom for God's glory.

Being a Kingdom people means:

  1. We live in the Kingdom of Light. Col 1:13,14; Eph. 5:8,9
  2. We are citizens of heaven. Phil. 3:20
  3. We are in this world but not of this world. John 17:16
  4. We live for one thing: the Kingdom. 1 John 2:15-17
  5. We give everything for the Kingdom. Matthew 13:44,45
  6. We fix our eyes on the Kingdom. Col. 3:1,2
  7. We live according to the Kingdom. Rom. 8:5-15
  8. We live to release the Kingdom. Matthew 6:9,10

The Lord spoke to our other group about being a Kingdom people of faith. A people who are led by the Holy Spirit and who work with Him rather than doing things in their own wisdom. The example was given of Abraham and how Ishmael is the fruit of trying to fulfill God's promises in one's own wisdom rather than trusting in God's wisdom, the fruit of which was fulfilled in Isaac. As a Kingdom people of faith we are called to trust in the Lord every step of the way and to rest in His promises; not rushing ahead and not laging behind!

We are seeking the Lord as to what the next steps are for KLF and we are exploring the possibility of renting a house in Frankfurt that will be both a home and an ideal meeting place for the church for mid-week meetings. Our large meetings and conferences will be held at TPLF or other locations. This new possibility is exciting as it emphasises God's call on KLF to build a true spiritual community - a people who selflessly share their lives with one another for God's glory.

Quote of the week:

"They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favour of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved." Acts 2:42-47


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