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Urgent: Proclaim the Kingdom of God

August 26, 2013 7 Comments

Summoning the Twelve, He gave them power and authority over all the demons; and power to heal diseases.  Then He sent them to proclaim the kingdom of God and to heal the sick.  – Luke 9:1-2

 

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Sadly the church and as individuals we have taken this scripture too lightly. It is so easy to read it without living it out.

 What could be more important for the church than to proclaim the kingdom of God? (Tweet This)

 He has given us authority over demons and the power to heal the sick. Yet we often lack the compassion and doubt the ability to live it out. 

  •  We must grow in our compassion for the world. It must become a compelling drive that guides and dictates the actions of our daily lives. 
  •  We must push back the doubt and take hold of the authority of the Word of God. It must be our confession despite what we may see with our natural eyes. (Tweet This)
  •  Thousands of people around us are dying not knowing the saving grace of Jesus Christ. We must live with an urgency to deliver the demon possessed, heal the sick and to proclaim the kingdom of God wherever we are. 


Let’s live with an urgency to proclaim the kingdom of God! (Tweet This)

Lord Jesus create in us a compassion for the world. Stir in us an urgency and a passion to proclaim your kingdom. Let the church rise up in the same authority and power you gave the Twelve so we can move forward with an urgent boldness to proclaim your Kingdom. – Amen

Your voice is important; I would love to hear from you.

What does it mean to you to, “Proclaim the Kingdom of God?”

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I am enthusiastic about helping others discover their purpose and grow into a deeper relationship with Jesus. It is great to see their eyes light up at their “Ah Ha!” moment when they discover they were created for something more. My hope is that this blog will help encourage and inspire you along your way. Join the conversation and take the time to share with me your own story.

I have been married to my beautiful wife Janice for over 25 years. We currently live in Stockbridge Georgia with two of our children Matt and Victoria. Our oldest Chris has left the nest. Of course we cannot forget about our dog Taffy.

  • Wow. This is really powerful for me Jon. I have thought the reason most christians don’t step out and activate Luke 9:1-2 is because they believe that “power and authority over demons was only for that specific time and God doesn’t really heal people today.” (I am not a subscriber to that idea). Your point about not proclaiming God because we lack compassion and drive helps me to look at this in a new way.
    -Blessings

    • Thanks for commenting Charles. I know I have to be careful. It is so easy for me to get busy with “Ministry” I can focus on the task more than the people. I have to be diligent to pray that Jesus always gives me heart of compassion for the people.

  • Great reminder on what every Christian should be doing. I think it means to first show God through our behavior and attitude then through our words. Great thoughts!

    • You are right Dan, our actions speak loud and even louder when our actions match our words.

  • Aritha

    1 Chronicles 16: 8 is the scripture we handled yesterday during our Bible study for women. Give thanks to God and call on His name and make known all what He has done for us and tell the wonderful things He makes. I think this is the mission of God for the Jews who embrace Jesus as their Messiah, and also for us as ‘Gentiles’ who came to faith in Jesus Christ. This is the mission of the church worldwide.

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    • Thanks Aritha, that is a great scripture. Too many people focus on the negative in this world, we need to focus on the blessings of God and proclaim them loudly.