God wants to revive His people! At Kingdom Faith leaders' conference last week it became very clear to us that God wants the Church to live in revival - revival not only for a season but revival for a generation that will continue from generation to generation, turning the tide of a Godless society! The Holy Spirit is speaking clearly to the Church to both encourage her and to convict her. The encouragement is that God has graced His people to do the work only He can accomplish but He is calling the Church to reveal and release what she has received to glorify God and to save the lost.
The Lord is saying the same thing to KLF. God is building His Kingdom and He has chosen and graced the Church to co-labour with Him (2 Cor. 6:1). To build God's Kingdom is to develop Kingdom culture - the way of life that is determined by Kingdom influence and Kingdom convictions.
Yesterday the Lord showed us a further Kingdom conviction that the believer must have to build Kingdom culture. This is what He revealed to us:
- In the beginning God created man to be like Him - to be God-like or godly. Gen. 1:26-28
- When man disobeyed God, he became independent of God and separated himself from His union with God, therefore becoming ungodly. Eph. 2:12
- When man tries to be like God apart from God, he develops a form of godliness without God and therefore without power and still remains ungodly. 2 Tim. 3:1-5
- Jesus came to die for the ungodly in order to restore man's union to God and therefore make man godly again. Rom. 5:6-8
- Salvation is union with God.
- The unbeliever is dead, independent, seperated from God and ungodly.
- The believer is alive, dependent on God, joined to God and godly.
- The 4th conviction God wants KLF to have is that "I am godly."
- God has given the believer everything s/he needs for life and godliness in Christ Jesus. 2 Peter 1:3
- The believer has received every spiritual blessing by grace to reveal God and release His power. Eph. 1:3; 2:6
- God created man to be like Him and to bear fruit. Gen. 1:28
- God has graced the believer to do good works that can only be done out of his/her union with God. Luke 18:18,19
- Apart from God the believer cannot do good works or bear lasting fruit. John 15:5
- Jesus could not do good works or bear lasting fruit apart from the Father. John 5:18
- Good works are the evidence of the believer's union with God.
- God has graced every believer to reveal His glory - His personality, power and presence.
- The fruit of the Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit are the evidence of our union with God. Gal. 5:22; 1 Cor. 12; John 14:10-12
The believer is God's workmanship (God's poem) created in Christ Jesus as a new creation to be like God and do His work in His power to reveal His glory.
God is giving us spiritual revelation to quicken us with His Truth so that we are revived. A revived people are a godly people who influence the ungodly with God's presence, power and personality in order to reconcile them to God. Praise God for His awesome power that is at work in us (Eph. 3:20)!
Quote of the week:
"For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life." Eph. 2:10 (NRSV)