God you are amazing!
Yesterday's meeting was awesome. The Lord is continuing to bless our meetings with His presence, holiness and glory. He is encouraging us to draw nearer and nearer and to ascend His hill with clean hands and a pure heart (Psalm 24:3-5) to receive a greater revelation of His glory.
KLF's youth group, IMPACT!, performed a fun sketch for the children, demonstrating that even though Christians are like aliens and strangers in this world, they are a lot of fun and very special indeed.
The Lord then spoke to us about what it means to live like strangers in this world (1 Peter 1:1, 17; 2:11). He showed us that you belong to a country or culture different to the one you are living in because:
- You were born in a different country
- Your parent/s have a different nationality to the country you are living in
- You grew up in a culture different to the one you're in now
Similarly, the Christian is a stranger in this world because:
- The Christian is born in the Kingdom of God
- The Christian has a heavenly Father
- The Christian has a different culture to the culture of this world
The Lord then showed us that there are three ways to respond to living in a culture not your own. One can either conform to the culture one is in, or one can isolate oneself from the culture one is in and be peculiar, or one can influence the culture one is in. Consequently, the Lord showed us that:
- The Christian must not conform to any culture - neither of this world nor of any christian culture! James 4:4; 1 John 2:15-17
- The Christian must not isolate himself from the culture of this world. Luke 10:30-37
- The Christian is called to influence the culture of this world with Kingdom culture. Matthew 5:13-16; 13:33; 1 Peter 2:11
Kingdom culture is derived from the Source and not from another culture!
When believers adopt a christian culture instead of deriving a Kingdom culture from first hand revelation, the Church becomes weak and reveals a form of godliness but denying its power (2 Tim. 3:5)!
We praise God for His powerful Word to us and for the way the Holy Spirit worked among us yesterday, moving people to surrender their lives to the Lord (some for the first time - hallelujah!) and to repent of conforming to, and isolating themselves from, the culture of this world. The Lord filled His people with a fresh passion to seek His face in order to be creators of Kingdom culture. Thank you Lord!
This coming Sunday KLF will be celebrating her 1st birthday and we are looking forward to a great time of worship, thanksgiving and fellowship!
Quote of the week:
Kingdom culture is the product of spiritual revelation.