Worldwide Kingdom Awakening News and Views
Published by Ron & Barbara McGatlin - Basileia Publishing
In This Edition
1. Kingdom Love Life
2. Beyond Time and Space
3. Top News Headlines
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1. Kingdom Love Life
By Ron McGatlin
As the kingdom of God from heaven continues to invade Planet Earth in the hearts and lives of God’s kingdom people, a greater depth of spiritual life with God is occurring. One of the most significant aspects of deeper spiritual life is our love relationship with God. God’s maturing sons in the kingdom age are experiencing an intimate love relationship with God that few if any experienced in the passing religious church age.
One of the great mysteries of life is why such an awesome God would love each of us personally? How can such a great big God even know that I exist, much less be concerned for me and love me enough to die for me?
Job 7:17: What is man, that You should exalt him, That You should set Your heart on him.
Psa 8:4: What is man that You are mindful of him, And the son of man that You visit him?
Rom 5:8: But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
The kingdom love relationship is a deep love communion with God. It is greater and much more consuming than just knowing that He loved us and gave Himself for us at the cross. Knowing that God loves us and spared not His only Son to save us certainly gives us a great understanding and appreciation of the love God has for us. However, being in a personal intimate love relationship with God consumes our entire life and lifts us into a whole new intensity of spiritual life.
Considering why He made us and why He saved us begins to direct us toward the greatest fulfillment of all life. Our greatest significance in life is to fulfill God’s design and desire for us. God’s primary purpose for our lives is to become one with Him in a love relationship. Jesus said the greatest of all commandments is to love God with all your heart, soul and mind (Mat 22:37-40). God made man in His own image to intimately relate to Himself (Gen 1:27).
We exist for the primary purpose of being in love with God. We are His desire.
Just as there is emptiness in man when separated from God, there is something missing in God when we turn away from Him and will not come to Him. There is a lack in the purposes of God when we are apart from our Husband, Jesus, who loves His Bride passionately and deeply.
This longing of God for us, and the spiritual longing in man for intimacy with God is very similar to the longing one feels in the natural realm when separated from a dearly loved one. The joy that one feels who is in love with God, when coming into His presence and intimately relating to Him, is very similar to the joy one feels in the natural when one is reunited with and embraces a dearly loved one; there is total joy and peace with a strong sense of fulfillment.
Spiritual oneness with God is His plan for His Bride, and is the ultimate fulfillment in life.
Probably one of the closest things in the natural realm to being in love with God is romantic love for our husband or wife. Yet often this natural love can fade or be abused and can be very disappointing at some point, and it may never be fully satisfying. However, God will never disappoint His Bride. His love is forever fresh and complete. We can fully trust our lives to the love of God. God, unlike man is always faithful and will always have an adequate supply of whatever we need to become all that God desires for us to be and all that we need in order to experience fullness in life.
Giving our lives to God and living in intimate oneness with Him assures the most productive and prosperous life possible. We will be prosperous in the total sense of all areas of life. God will supply encouragement, comfort, discipline, strength, guidance, and anything else needed to fulfill His purpose for our lives.
There is nothing in life that is as valuable as intimately relating to God.
Yet many people busy themselves with many other things that are of much less value. In any modern city, people are rushing about and are often stressed in an attempt to get somewhere and do something. The pressure of a busy fast-paced life can take a heavy toll on the body, soul, and spirit (Luke 10:40-42).
It is possible to remain so busy about so many things that we no longer notice the longing and emptiness of our hearts for the God who loves us and gave Himself for us. Have you ever stopped to consider how God must feel as His heart longs for His Bride to come and be with Him, and yet she continues day after day rushing about busy about many things but missing the most valuable thing of all?
In the kingdom age God’s people are re-evaluating our motives for living the very busy lifestyles we have lived. Some are changing the costly high standards of elevated natural societal life which we may have had, that has cost too great a price. We spent our lives to get things that did not give us what we really wanted or needed. We left our first love and sold ourselves to buy bread that does not satisfy.
In the kingdom age God is calling out for His people to STOP spending their lives for that which does not satisfy.
Isa 55:1-3: "Ho! Everyone who thirsts, Come to the waters; And you who have no money, Come, buy and eat. Yes, come, buy wine and milk Without money and without price. Why do you spend money for what is not bread, And your wages for what does not satisfy? Listen carefully to Me, and eat what is good, And let your soul delight itself in abundance. Incline your ear, and come to Me. Hear, and your soul shall live; And I will make an everlasting covenant with you; The sure mercies of David.
Come to the waters of the Spirit of God pouring refreshing love into our souls bringing real life in love with the One who loves us unconditionally. Truly the fountains of life flow within us, springs of living water from heavens deepest river of God’s love.
I John 7:38: "He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water."
Not only are we to be in love with God as bride and wife of our Lord Jesus. But, we also love God and are loved by Him as our Father.
Jesus is the Father to His children. He said, “He who has seen me has seen the Father” (John 14:9). Jesus is the Everlasting Father (Isa 9:6).
Our natural God-given love relationships are to be reflections of our Spiritual love relationship with God. Our unconditional and passionate love for our wife or husband is a natural replica of our spiritual love as the bride/wife of Jesus. The natural God-given love of a father and child is another replica of our spiritual love relationship with God.
As it is in the natural so it is in the spiritual.
A godly earthly father knows the depth and undying continual love he has for His sons and daughters. He would give his life in an instant to save the life of his child. He knows the deep desire to provide for and protect his children. He sincerely delights in being with his children. While they are small he loves to play and frolic with them, to roughhouse with the boys, and sip make believe tea with the girls. He loves to help guide the bike when the training wheels are first removed, all the while encouraging and affirming his children. Children in his home feel very safe and know their strong father is there to take care of them. They know the rules and boundaries that he lays down are for their protection and feel very safe within them. They have an awesome respect and love for their father. And though they may not fully realize it at the time, they will come to appreciate his strong discipline that results from their disobedience and brings correction to their lives.
But what the children may not know is the great feeling of loss their father feels when he is apart from his children. They do not know the great heartache in their father when they pull away from him or rebel against him and his ways. Many natural fathers have gone to an early grave with a broken heart caused by rebellious sons or daughters, who some way really never knew how deeply their father loved them, never knew how much he wanted to walk with them through life. They had always thought about how much they needed their farther, and never even considered that he needed them, longed for their love and presence in his life, needed to hold them and give them his love and affection and receive theirs unto himself.
As it is in the natural so it is in the spiritual. Our Heavenly Father is perfect in His love for us and will always be consistent in caring for us. He will always provide the direction, correction, training, and strength for our lives if we will come to Him. But what He really desires is to hold his sons and daughters on His big lap and love them. He delights in the joy of being with His children, and if your religious mind can handle it, He loves to play with His children. As His children grow up He will stand beside them with His big arm around them, face the whole world and say, This is by beloved son; in whom I am well pleased, listen to him.
It does not really matter if we had a godly natural childhood or not. Jesus came to fix all that is lacking. His blood, His grace, His mercy, His love is sufficient to completely renew and put into place anything that is lacking in our lives. We are adopted sons and daughters through Jesus and are joint heirs with Him. His heritage is our heritage, and we can now come boldly into the presence of our heavenly Father and experience all that was lacking and live a full and abundant life with Him.
Only after we really know the love of our Father and are in love with our Husband can we carry out the second greatest commandment, which is to love our neighbor as we love ourselves.
His Love in Us for One Another
Mat 22:37-39: Jesus said to him, "’You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'
The internal spiritual love from our spiritual Father and Husband is reflected out from us into the world toward our siblings (brothers and sisters in the Lord) and our neighbors (those nearby). By love, we have Gods heart for them. By His love, we see Jesus in our brothers and sisters and love Jesus in them as we love them with deeds of kindness, acceptance, support, mercy, affirmation, thankfulness, and even correction when needed. By love, we share His heart for the lost who wonder about as sheep without a shepherd. By His love, we feel His concern for the sheep that have gone astray. By His love, we can see the plight of the lost and seek to do all we can to bring them to Jesus. By love, we have compassion and sincerely care for those who persecute us and spitefully use us.
The outworking of the love of God in us fulfills all the laws of God. Obedience to the ways of God is a natural product of our love for Him. Power and strength to live righteously flows in and through us as the love of God brings the grace of God into our lives and gives us the power to do the things we could not do in our own strength. God works in us both to will and to do his good pleasure (Phil 2:13). His desires are fulfilled in us by His power, and we become profitable sons in His great kingdom family (Heb 2:10). Then the ways of God from heaven become our ways of life on earth and His will is done on earth as it is in heaven (Mat 6:10).
His ways are the most prosperous ways of life. We will be better sons or daughters and do a better job of whatever we are given to do. Because we do it better, we will reap more and will enjoy more of His abundant life (2 Cor 9:6) (Gal 6:7-10). His love in us will cause us to be better parents, better teachers, better doctors, better businessmen, better government servants, better ministers, and better workmen of every sort. Living His way will cause less loss and waste from foolish activities and mistakes.
Is there anything as important as being intimately in love with God in our lives?
Keep on pursuing Love. Love never fails
and His kingdom never ends.
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2. Beyond Time and Space
By Kriston Couchey
JESUS: GOD’S GRACE FROM BEYOND TIME AND SPACE
The mind and heart of God exuded goodness and grace in Christ toward men before the world was created. Before time began, before Adam fell, before sin brought death; Father viewed all of man’s history from beginning to end like a mural on a wall and determined beforehand that in Jesus Christ all of His goodness and grace would dwell. Jesus is The lamb slain before the foundations of the world (Rev. 13:8).
Paul writes (God) who has saved us and called us with a holy calling, not according to our works, but in accordance with His own purpose and grace, which was given to us in Christ Jesus before the world began, but is now made manifest by the appearing of our Savior Jesus Christ
While the purpose and grace of God was in Christ before the world began, Grace became manifest and available to men when Jesus Christ became flesh. At the appointed time, He became the expression and revelation of Father to men. 1 Peter 1:20 KJV He (Jesus) was chosen before the creation of the world, but was revealed (manifest) in these last times for your sake. Jesus came from that place with Father beyond time and space to manifest on earth that same spiritual reality that is beyond time or space.
Eph 1:4-5 …He has chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish before him in love; having marked out beforehand the way for us to be adopted as sons by Jesus Christ in himself, according to the good pleasure of his will…
God pre planned for the world to be holy and blameless before Him. It was His plan that mankind should live and rule in the world as sons for His pleasure and according to His will.
The grace manifest in Christ is now manifesting in us as we also by the Holy Spirit are ONE with our Father in Christ Jesus. In this oneness as sons we are prepared to express the very essence of who Father is on the earth.
Rom 8:29-31 For unto those whom he knew beforehand, he also marked out beforehand the waythat they might be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. And unto those whom he did mark out beforehand the way,to these he also called; and to whom he called, these he also justified; and to whom he justified, these he also glorified. (JB2000 ver.)
Our adoption as sons is secured from a place outside of time and space. Godhas known us before creation and has pre planned, called, justified, and glorified us in conformity to Christ outside of time and space. We are in the world, but not of it. Our true home is that place with Father.
Just as Jesus Christ was revealed in the fullness of time, so we have come to a fullness of time in history. This is the hour of the manifestation and glorification of His sons. The seed of Christ that was planted came from outside of time and space, and its harvest is sons in His image whose origins are also outside of time and space. These are being manifest from outside of time and space in this fullness of time into creation which has been groaning for their appearing.
These sons are manifesting as the kingdom prepared from the beginning of creation for them is being established. Their inheritance as sons is ruling and reigning with Christ, all the while dethroning principalities and powers that have held mankind captive in time and space. These sons are bringing the reality of heaven to creation. They are manifesting the spiritual reality of their eternal existence upon earth. Heaven is come to earth!
The book of the Revelation of John puts it in beautiful parabolic language. The Holy City (the bride, sons who are the corporate dwelling place of oneness with God) is descending from heaven (coming from that spiritual place beyond time and space) as the place from which God Himself rules. The king has come to reign upon the earth in oneness with His sons, these bring with them the spiritual realities of heaven on earth. The spiritual existence in God which is beyond time and space is merging with creation and the two are becoming one His sons are coming forth. And Christ will be all in all
In His Presence beyond time and space
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- Ministry plans outreach to Muslims in Irvine, California, plus teaching events
Ministry to Muslims (M2M) Network will hold a picnic/outreach to Muslims April 1st, along with several teaching-oriented events to follow. Over 30,000 Persians will gather at in Irvine, California, for a New Year celebration “New Beginning”. “This is an opportunity to share with the thousands of Muslims around us on how they can have a new beginning in Christ. Read On: http://go.netatlantic.com/t/25669739/72684589/248692/0/
- http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=39384&a mp;PN=1&TPN=1 CfaN Crusade Freetown, Sierra Leone - 4/4/2012
Earlier today we paid a courtesy visit to the state president. Tonight he attended the meeting in the national stadium along with members of his family. Reinhard Bonnke preached a crystal clear Gospel message and when he gave the alar call many thousands responded. We also heard wonderful testimonies of miraculous healings and we are rejoicing! Read On: http://go.netatlantic.com/t/25669739/72684589/248693/0/ - http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=39419&a mp;PN=1&TPN=1
http://go.netatlantic.com/t/25669739/72684589/248694/0/ - Illiterate man’s body healed, then God gave him ability to read Scripture - 4/2/2012
A mysterious disease left him unable to walk or speak for years. Then God brought a missionary into his life who prayed for healing, and the man received even more than he could have hoped. Several days passed and no sign of any change. But the young missionary persisted. On the eighth day, God answered. “The demons left me, and I can walk and speak again.” Read On: http://go.netatlantic.com/t/25669739/72684589/248694/0/ - http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=39402&a mp;PN=1&TPN=1
CSW: Burma's By-Elections Results 'A Step Forward, But There Is Still a Long Way to Go' - 4/4/2012
Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW welcomes the results of yesterday's parliamentary by-elections in Burma, that Nobel Peace Prize Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi and her party, the National League for Democracy, have won as many as 43 of the 45 parliamentary seats up for election. Until all the people of Burma can live in peace and freedom, we cannot say that Burma is free. Read On: http://go.netatlantic.com/t/25669739/72684589/248695/0/ - http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=39416&a mp;PN=1&TPN=1
http://go.netatlantic.com/t/25669739/72684589/248696/0/ - Israeli Security Halts Skirmishes on ’March to Jerusalem’ - 3/30/2012
Israeli security forces battled Palestinian protesters in Jerusalem Friday, with reports of one Palestinian killed and dozens wounded. The skirmishes began after Muslim prayers, Friday. The marches drew smaller than expected crowds on Israel's borders and in Jerusalem. Israeli forces in riot gear responded to a number skirmishes in Jerusalem. Read On: http://go.netatlantic.com/t/25669739/72684589/248696/0/ - http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=39377&a mp;PN=1&TPN=1
http://go.netatlantic.com/t/25669739/72684589/248697/0/ - Hundreds of Dissidents Released as Pope Leaves Cuba - 3/31/2012
Christian Caridad Caballero, a Catholic dissident from Holguin, was arrested along with another woman, on their way to Mass last Sunday morning. The arrest was carried out by a mob of state security agents, male and female, who violently pushed the two women against the car. An estimated 30 dissidents from Holguin were held in the same prison. Read On: http://go.netatlantic.com/t/25669739/72684589/248697/0/ - http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=39380&a mp;PN=1&TPN=1
Judge Orders Obama to Explain ’Activism’ Comments - 4/5/2012
A federal judge in Houston demanded that the Department of Justice clarify President Obama's recent comments about the U.S. Supreme Court. The president said it could be considered judicial activism if the high court strikes down his health care law. Appeals Judge Jerry Smith said Obama's comments were troubling, and seemed to challenge the authority of federal courts. Read On: http://go.netatlantic.com/t/25669739/72684589/248698/0/ - http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=39422&a mp;PN=1&TPN=1
http://go.netatlantic.com/t/25669739/72684589/248699/0/ - Twin Terror Strikes Timbuktu - 3/31/2012
This remote West African city is facing a twin terror threat. Already suffering famine through drought and now a military coup, Mali is being terrorized by Al Qaida and rebels claiming the northern part of the area as their homeland. Lack of rain, global recession, unemployment, inflation, a mass influx into Timbuktu surrounded by tents and struggling for food and work. Read On: http://go.netatlantic.com/t/25669739/72684589/248699/0/ - http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=39388&a mp;PN=1&TPN=1
EGYPT - THE MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD - PRAYER ALERT - 4/3/2012
Despite promising not to back a candidate in the upcoming presidential election, the Muslim Brotherhood nominated Khairat al-Shater on March 31. The group says that the parliamentary elections - which were dominated by Islamists - "indicate that the Egyptian people support an Islamic state." The Brotherhood nominated one of the Muslim Brotherhood's three deputy leaders. Read On: http://go.netatlantic.com/t/25669739/72684589/248700/0/ - http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=39409&a mp;PN=1&TPN=1
Military Plans on Iran Leaked in Effort to Thwart Israel? - 4/4/2012
Why would potential military plans be leaked to the media about how Israel might attack Iran's nuclear facilities? It could be part of a campaign to stop a military strike. Last week, Foreign Policy revealed stunning military information: that Israel plans to use airfields in Azerbaijan to attack Iran's nuclear facilities. Obama admin deliberately released the information. Read On: http://go.netatlantic.com/t/25669739/72684589/248701/0/ - http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=39414&a mp;PN=1&TPN=1
Afghanistan: Hundreds of Women, Girls Jailed for ‘Moral Crimes’ - 4/4/2012
Almost all girls in juvenile detention in Afghanistan had been arrested for “moral crimes,” about half of women in Afghan prisons were arrested on these charges. These “crimes” usually involve flight from unlawful forced marriage or domestic violence. Some women and girls have been convicted of zina, sex outside of marriage, after being raped or forced into prostitution. Read On: http://go.netatlantic.com/t/25669739/72684589/248702/0/ - http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=39417&a mp;PN=1&TPN=1
Sudan’s Aerial Bombing Aims at Churches in Nuba Mountains - 4/4/2012
After Khartoum denied that it had bombed civilians earlier this month, Sudanese aerial strikes last week were aimed at church buildings and schools in Kauda, South Kordofan state. Antonov airplanes dropped bombs on March 22 and March 23, destroying some houses and cattle near the church buildings and schools but causing no casualties. Read On: http://go.netatlantic.com/t/25669739/72684589/248703/0/ - http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=39418&a mp;PN=1&TPN=1
News From British Isles, Ireland. Europe and Worldwide - 4/5/2012
Brave new church - Christian doctor sacked following prayer e-mail - Church 'must never see older people as problems' - Bid for new law to protect kids from internet porn - Swiss assisted suicides rise sevenfold in 11 years - Eurozone unemployment reaches near 15-year high - Burma: Aung San Suu Kyi secures parliament seat - Egypt: The Muslim Brotherhood - Much More> Read On: http://go.netatlantic.com/t/25669739/72684589/248704/0/ - http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=39421&a mp;PN=1&TPN=1
Christian Teen Jailed for Insulting Islam - 4/5/2012
A Christian teen was sentenced to three years in jail by an Egyptian court on Wednesday for insulting Islam. On April 4, Gamal Abdou Massoud, 17, was convicted in an Egyptian court for posting cartoons on Facebook deemed offensive to Muslims. The cartoons led to violent Muslim protests in neighboring villages. Christian houses were burned and several Christians injured. Read On: http://go.netatlantic.com/t/25669739/72684589/248705/0/ - http://archive.openheaven.com/forums/forum_posts.asp?TID=39423&a mp;PN=1&TPN=1
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