THE KINGDOM AMONG THE NATIONS
Hallo from the Netherlands!
I just arrived in Amsterdam after spending a few days last week with Sam and Grace Onyenuforo at Oasis Church in London. I shared a few messages over the weekend, and the Lord touched the hearts and lives of many—as He always does, in mighty ways!
At the start of this week, I’m diving into a Kingdom Training School in partnership with Dick and Arleen Westerhof, the leaders of God’s Embassy Amsterdam and the Coalition for Apostolic Reformation. I’ll be highlighting how followers of Christ are meant to Be a People of Hope, and I know God has big things in store for us!
Consecreated for revival
I wrote in my blog last week about the prophetic transition God is calling us into as we are now in a fresh year on the Jewish calendar—the Year of Jubilee!
A word I sense for this season is from Joshua 3:5, where we see the connection between personal consecration and the release of Heaven on Earth:
Joshua told the people, ‘Consecrate yourselves, for tomorrow the Lord will do amazing things among you.'”
Jesus also said in Matt. 5:8,
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.”
As we find ourselves in the days of Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur (the Day of Atonement), let it be a fresh reminder to consecrate ourselves and appropriate the grace of God that is available because of the death and resurrection of Christ.
I believe in the days ahead we are going to see an incredible move of the Holy Spirit accompanied by the greatest revival in the history of the Church!
foundations of holiness
When it comes to our life of faith, we have to recognize that we can’t do the work of the Kingdom in our own strength. We must continually depend on the empowering Presence and Grace of God!
Two weeks ago at HRock Church, I started a new series focusing on the Grace to Be Holy. I began my first message with a few Foundational Truths about Holiness that help set a biblical framework for a life filled with both grace and holiness.
First of all, holiness simply means to be set apart. As reflected by the Greek word hagios, a person is holy when he or she is “set apart to God and set apart from sin.” It essentially means being Christlike in character.
For all of us who are believers in Jesus Christ, we are already called holy! The New Testament calls us saints (also from the word hagios), and this is because of the finished work of the cross!
For He made Him who knew no sin to be sin for us, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him.” ~ 2 Cor. 5:21
Christ’s sacrifice for us is a beautiful display of God’s grace at work, creating holiness in human beings who used to be dead in our sins (Eph. 2:4-9).
While God declares us holy and forgiven, we are still in the process of becoming holy. As we experience the reality of sanctification, we go from one level of Christlikeness to the next, from glory to glory. You can look at it this way: We are saved, we are being saved and at Christ’s return we will be saved.
The grace of God helps us to become Christlike and holy—for without Him we can’t do anything (John 15:5)!
grace that grows
Stay plugged in, as I’m planning to unpack more of the ways God’s grace will radically transform your life and lead you closer to the Most Holy One of all! God bless you!