Jesus was and is God. Yet, while walking in the dirt and mire of earth, he chose not to operate in his divinity (see Philippians 2:5-8).
Instead, the Lord functioned as a man—furnishing a practical model for all of mankind.
If Jesus primarily operated in his humanity, how did he access power or perceive the mysteries of the Kingdom?
I think the answer to this question is found in a biblical passage from Luke:
“The news about him spread all the more, so that crow...Read More
The ancients were persuaded that the realm of the Spirit intersected with their day-to-day activities. It is easy to dismiss this as a flagrant superstition. But modern believers shouldn’t be too quick to reject their outlook. People in the first century understood things we do not readily comprehend.
Compared to today, the ancients had a more holistic view of the cosmos. They were convinced the spiritual and the natural order were interrelated. For them, there wasn’t a large chasm be...Read More
Through the work of Jesus, the earth is already being restored. The Lord is transforming everything right now—not just in the "sweet bye and bye." I’m not saying that this work is completed. Nor am I suggesting that the Kingdom is fully realized. But I’m saying that things are shifting and a new era is already underway.
I think one of the best passages to summarize this reality is Acts 3:19-24:
"Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out,...Read More
The Lord wants to give you revelation and insight. It is essential that each of us hears his voice and follows his leadings. I’m confident that you already recognize this, but this is precisely how Jesus acted as He walked the earth.
First of all, we see Jesus positioning Himself to listen to the Father. He said, “I judge only as I hear, and my judgment is just, for I seek not to please myself but him who sent me” (John 5:29).
He wasn’t going to say or do anything until He under...Read More
Scriptural mindsets fade with time and meaning is lost. For example, believers no longer recognize the magnitude of a “doorway.” For the ancients, the entryway of a home had great importance. It was more than a gateway; it was an altar and the centerpiece of family worship.
Hints of its original meaning remain in our custom of carrying a bride over a threshold. Grooms in past generations did this because they thought it was the proper way to bring someone into a family. It was believ...Read More
Lots of individuals are being healed and experiencing the wonder of the Kingdom. Yet, in the midst of this, people are distracted by what they imagine God isn’t doing.
I knew a man who encountered pain reduction after receiving prayer. He got help but was fixated on the remaining burden. Although 80% of his affliction was gone, he zeroed in on the soreness. He was more swayed by what didn’t happen than by what did.
If what took place at the pool of Bethesda (John 5:1-15) transpi...Read More