Pastor’s Perspective

David Hertel

The Increasing Kingdom

Wherever Jesus went He effectively brought kingdom impact & influence with messages & ministry that demonstrated the supernatural; and He commissioned His disciples to do the same. But in Acts 4, they were threatened with horrible things if they continued to teach and minister in Jesus name. Faced with dark, demonic religious resistance they knew the key to kingdom increase would require more than just greater effort on their part so they gathered together & prayed this way; Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus. Rather than backing down they made healing, signs and wonders central to their gospel message and turned the world upside down. The world is waiting for the church to do the same today.

You Can Do This!

Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us. Hebrews 12:1
 
One Sunday morning during worship as we were singing the song You Are Beautiful, the line in it that says, “I see your face and you’re beautiful” seemed to open up another realm to the eyes of my heart.  The faces of saints who have gone on before us in the last 50 to 60 years or so began coming into my view. They were preachers and teachers from across the spectrum of the body of Christ and their faces were glowing with His glory. I thought of Hebrews 12:1 that says we are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses. They were not rah-rah cheering us on, they were almost pleading, pulling on my heart and saying, “Come on! You can do this! You’ve got to move the ball further down the field. We paid a price to move it but now it’s your turn. You’ve got to move it further.”  I saw their faces as they were coaxing us and I felt their passionate yearning to see Jesus get his full reward.  With tears in my eyes I surrendered to a lifelong pursuit of honoring their request.

The Kingdom is Within Reach!

Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Luke 12:32

Jesus commanded His disciples …as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand’ Matt 10:7.  The kingdom of heaven is coming in greater measure but it is also current.  It is no longer regulated to another time and place; no longer far off and untouchable. Father God is not dangling something unattainable in front of us to tease us.  Jesus told us to seek first the kingdom of God because He made it within reach.  He also taught His disciples to pray that by its coming earth would model heaven. Isaiah said it would eventually look like this; They shall not hurt nor destroy in all My holy mountain, for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD. As we  come to know the heart of the Father we learn that lack, limitation, disease, death and destruction are all trespassers and we are deputized and empowered by the Holy Spirit to bind them and invite the kingdom of heaven to come instead.


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