Thursday, November 17, 2011

November 18, 2011

EKG Day 37 Devotional

Everything is about the kingdom, just as Paul demonstrated by continually "engaging in discussion andtrying to persuade [others] about the things related to the kingdom of God" (Acts 19:8).

Evenn in our last glimpse of him at the unfinished ending of the Book of Acts, he was awaiting trial in Rome, living in a rented house, "proclaiming the kingdom of God and teaching the things concerning the Lord Jesus Christ with full boldness and without hindrance". (Acts 28:31)

This is the heartbeat of the church - now and then.

We have not outgrown this heyday of kingdom advance. We continue to live in days that are ripe for reaching our neighborhoods and nation with the gospel of Jesus Christ, experiencing His kingdom fruit in our daily lives, sending and supporting missionaries around the globe, and praying for those who are embodying Christ to the unsaved people of the world.

We are fully able to embrace God's kingdom priorities as His community on earth; proclaiming Christ's redemption, establishing new churches, united and made up of diverse types of people, teaching sound doctrine, enjoying true fellowship, giving ourselves to worship, and expecting God to work among us. But it takes more than wanting to. It takes  more than wishing it could be so. It even takes more than planning and our bulldog determination.

It takes Holy Spirit power.

Who in your neighborhood needs a word from God today? Ask God to show you where He is at work in your world. Seek the Holy Spirit's power. Join God in His work.

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