I have benefited from many writers in my journey into the Kingdom of God. I think of C. Peter Wagner, Jack Deere, Dutch Sheets and lesser known people like Ron McGatlin and Kriston Couchy. Some of them I have heard in person. These and many others have benefited me by telling me something important about a life in Jesus. The capacity of any of them to share the life of heaven depends on the extent that they live in God’s Son.
But what they have said is the garnish, not the meal. The meal is Jesus. He is the bread of life, the vine and the wine, because He joins us to God and He is life itself. To live for God we must make Jesus our life. We need to know that people like David Yonggi Cho and Bill Johnson did not become who they were by drawing life from people like Yonggi Cho or Bill Johnson. They drew it directly from Jesus Himself. Doubtless they were influenced by men and women of God. Fortunate are they who have Godly mentors or mothers who pray the identity of heaven into their children. But the people who eat Jesus are the ones who share life itself because they feast their hearts on the source of all life.
‘Busy people often think they have a life. But those whose life is Jesus multiply Him in their labour with little effort.’
We need to get beyond arriving at venues with a herd of intercessors that we have gathered together to enforce an agenda that we ourselves have decided on ourselves with the support of ‘generalized words of prophecy’ that may well have come from the soul. Sit in His Presence. Be engulfed in Jesus and move out from there.
There is no plan for the progressing of cities into the knowledge of Jesus and His Kingdom other than Jesus Himself. Jesus is both a yeast and a tidal wave of transforming life. Put Jesus first and make Him your life. The religious spirit is happy to have people seeking unity rather than the person of Jesus Himself. It delays the Enemy’s demise and keeps people churning in religion rather than releasing rivers of life.
‘He told them still another parable: “The kingdom of heaven is like yeast that a woman took and mixed into a large amount of flour until it worked all through the dough’ Matt 13.33 NIV.
Jesus is unity and unity is what He multiplies. He will bring all things together in Himself.
‘And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together’ Col 1.17 ESV.
The pursuit of unity among God’s people will not produce unity. Unity of itself is just as unobtainable as is unconditional love independently of Jesus. Jesus produces unity and community. It is Jesus who knits us together as the one new man. He is the Body and the Kingdom. He is the Kingdom and He is the plan. Christ is all and in all or you are. Decide to live from Jesus rather than the things of Jesus. Then it will be He who builds His church – a church built without human hands but which will uncover the glory of the Son of God and His saving power for the world.
‘By abolishing in his flesh the law with its commandments and regulations. His purpose was to create in himself one new man out of the two, thus making peace’ Eph 2.15 NIV.
‘And this is the plan: At the right time he will bring everything together under the authority of Christ–everything in heaven and on earth’ Eph 1.10 NIV.