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Hindrances to Kingdom Advancement

Romans 12:2 2 “ And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”

Galatians 4

4-7 “But when the time arrived that was set by God the Father, God sent his Son, born among us of a woman, born under the conditions of the law so that he might redeem those of us who have been kidnapped b the law. Thus we have been set free to experience our rightful heritage. You can tell for sure that you are now fully adopted as his own children because God sent the Spirit of his Son into our lives crying out, “Papa! Father!”

Doesn’t that privilege of intimate conversation with God make it plain that you are not a slave, but a child? And if you are a child, you’re also an heir, with complete access to the inheritance. God has called us, each and every one, to be people of PURPOSE.

WHAT HINDERS US?

Fear. Fear is the killer of faith.

WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?

Sadly, many church folks are afraid of God, afraid of their Heavenly Father. Many of us were raised without a “sense of adoption,” of being grafted in.

God wants to set his people free from sin, but also from the bondage of religious spirits. The church has done as much or more that the devil to hinder the Kingdom. We have been deceived and have believed lies.

God is calling a PEOPLE with PURPOSE that He can create PROVISION for so they may advance the Kingdom. You must be:

1) Willing 2) Broken 3) Obedient

Children, let go. Walk in grace and unmerited favor. Stop the striving, and then watch what He will do.

Church fear, church hurts, shame from the past; these are all chains that keep us in bondage; however, God commands us to “only believe.”

- Rod Davis.

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What Could We Do if We Weren't Ashamed?

The Apostle Paul wrote in his second letter to the church at Corinth, 12:9, “And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness. Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.” I know something about weakness. I suspect many, or most that labor in our midst, do.

Weakness produces the sour fruit of shame to those who would live Godly lives.

SHAME. Its power can cripple a human soul, like a crippling disease can cripple the human body.

Our God is a consuming fire, but He looks upon us with tenderness and mercy. He reaches out to us even when we do “that which we would not do,” in the weakness of our flesh.

Many struggle to be free of addictions and nagging sin, even those that make a huge Kingdom impact. Many of us lie before the Lord and cry bitterly that we cannot conquer certain inclinations. Like Paul, I myself had heard the voice of God tell me, “My grace is sufficient.” That brings me much comfort and enables me to put the next foot in front of the last and keep moving in the direction He is pointing. But the shame often endures…

You see I love Him. I want to please Him and be free of any and all things that keep me bound. He seems to love me, no matter what. He doesn’t excuse me; He just coaxes me to continue on.

When the Pharisees were to stone the woman caught in adultery, Jesus knelt and began to write in the dirt. One by one, the Pharisees slipped away, dropping their stones as they went. I believe had this event occurred in our time, Jesus might have used His finger to write:

Adulterer… Drunkenness… Pornography Addiction… Homosexual… Thief… Embezzler… Abortion… Sexual Sin…

These are the things that we, like the Pharisees, may carry in our hearts; dark secrets that no one knows. They see us in our church clothes, and they see us on the mission field. They don’t know the SHAME we carry in our hearts, that which makes us cry out in the dark of night; the SHAME that makes us feel dirty and unworthy.

Like many reading this, I, too, carry my own brand of SHAME: the bitterness that goes with the regrets of a broken marriage, the wretchedness of leaving His presence and returning to sin.

The gifts and callings of God are without repentance. The great ministry of Kathryn Kuhlman was stained by a forbidden marriage and adultery. There has not been a greater ministry of miracles since the time of the early church. Amy Semple McPherson had a weakness in that area, but saw tens of thousands swept into the Kingdom.

His grace was sufficient for them and it is for us as well.

Thank God He has taken away my sin, not just forgiven it. He has taken it out of the equation and cast it away.

When I learn to rely on His righteousness, not the filthy rags that are mine, and learn about His unconditional love for me, I become emboldened to speak out, to share the glorious gospel of grace, to start a ministry, to start a business, to just show forth His love.

Slowly, over time, He begins to clean us up in our lives, to match what is already a reality in our “position” in Him. Ever so slowly, even our SHAME is defeated by His grace.

If we could only forgive ourselves as quickly as He does, our SHAME issues would go away.

What could we do? What could we accomplish? Oh, if we will only cast off the anchor of our SHAME…

WHAT COULD WE DO IF WE WEREN’T ASHAMED?

-Rod Davis Kingdom Business Network Covenantal Kingdom Concepts

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What Would You Do…If You Weren't Bitter

I’ve noted in nearly 6 decades on earth, that temptations are rampant and are everywhere: temptations of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, the pride of life; but my observation is that the easiest temptation to fall prey to is usually an invisible one. The temptation to become offended and angry, then bitter can so easily slip in between the cracks and burrows deep into our hearts. Much like a parasite, it feeds on the host and grows larger and larger over time, even though hidden in the dark places of our hearts.

Family and loved ones can hurt the quickest and deepest.

Church hurts…oh my, some of us could write a book on those!

Hurts from the past, even back to childhood; a bully, a hateful rival, comments from decades past that dug in deep can still be recalled.

Bitterness is a cancer. I can’t prove it, but I believe it sets off a chemical change in the brain and body that shortens life.

I’m adding bitterness to my list of hindrances that keep us from God’s purposes for our lives and to advance His kingdom.

Bitterness Fear Shame

What can we do? We are born again, seed of Abraham. We need not be locked in these prisons. We are heirs, according to the promise.

Bitterness is a result of unforgiveness. God warns us in His word of the consequences of this.

Forgiveness is not a feeling. It’s a CHOICE. As people of God, we can make the conscious choice, or CHOOSE, to forgive. It’s just that simple…choose.

It’s not easy, but it is a choice God allows us to make. Feelings will come later, but only you can CHOOSE to walk away from bitterness.

His grace is indeed sufficient.

-Rod Davis Kingdom Business Network

Religious Spirit in Disguise.

I have watched over and over again how many believers that truly have a heart for God fall into the trap of the "religious spirit." It looks something like this: these individuals feel the need to be the "protectors" of holiness and righteousness, so they begin identifying anything that's in a person's life that they don't feel looks "right" to them. They then begin alienating those people and others like them. Therefore, condemnation falls on the ones being examined, and bitterness and anger take root in the those who have charged themselves with policing morals. The scripture does say when a brother is overtaken by a fault, go to him; however, make sure the plank is out of our eyes first. The days of sanctioning bitterness, anger, and hostility towards other, all under the guise of protecting holiness, have to end.

Pastor Kevin West KW Ministries

Fall Forward

Once again, summer is quickly coming to a close while fall looms over the horizon. As I reflect on how seasons come and go, I also see that we cannot control the season changes, but rather identify them. The church must identify and recognize the season we are in. This is the season to fully engage without hesitation. We no longer have the privilege of offering commentary and evaluation, but to initiate awakening and reformation. Let’s wake up to the fact that those we have chosen to represent us do not have the values to represent what is biblical and what is best for families. Reformation is to bring into existence the new cultural and societal worldview with Christ-centered values.

We must engage and become more aggressive right now in this season; the season where change is happening, and usher in the right kind of transformation from which life and liberty flow fluidly.

Pastor Kevin West KW Ministries Expression Ministries Network