Taking the Kingdom by Force—The Battle in the Heavenly Dimension

This is for those who believe that Christ wants us to grow and be like the early apostles who walked in the Spirit, just like Him.

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Last June I lay on my bed, meditating on how heaven was another dimension–how this spiritual dimension was God’s dwelling place. His presence was so close that afternoon that He was “at hand,” that He could literally be touched…For He said, “Repent, for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand.” It is right here. I never truly understood that before. Then I drifted off.

Thirty minutes later I felt two thumps on my chest like when you tap someone to wake them up. I woke up. And then I knew that God rewarded my search for Him through the gentle taps on my chest. He wanted me to know that He heard me. He wanted to encourage me, for I had been having a tough week.

Some scriptures came to mind. “For we live, move, and have our being in him…” and, “Though He be not far from us…” (…

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Often I find myself praising Jesus. In the good times and the not so good times. Having Christ makes one rich, wealthy, and secure. Glory to His person, power, and presence. May this Blog be an encouragement to others around the globe – for the cause of Christ Jesus our Savior and Redeemer.

With love,

Rick Roehm – Cincinnati Ohio USA

P.S…Also I would encourage all contributors and visitors at this site to let Evelyn know how much you love her.

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Nuggets – The Greatest Display of Compassion

“In those days the multitude being very great, and having nothing to eat, Jesus called his disciples unto him, and saith unto them, I have compassion on the multitude, because they have now been with me three days, and have nothing to eat.” (Mark 8:1-2)

This is the only event in which Jesus speaks of Himself as having compassion. The Greek word used here (splagchnizomai) means inner organs, bowels, or “gut-wrenching.” Why is our Lord feeling a gut-wrenching compassion for something as simple as empty stomachs? People can survive for weeks without nourishment.

Yet the compassion of God was fleshed out through Christ as He met the basic needs of these 4,000 men and their families—a display of the heart of our God and a compassion for which there is no parallel in any other religion in the universe.

Not only is He concerned for our simple everyday needs as we pray “Give us this day our daily bread,” but our Lord is profoundly concerned about our spiritual needs. Our Creator and Redeemer was taken to the cross on our behalf in the greatest display of His eternal compassion. Hebrews 2:17 says, “It behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.”

Theologically, this level of compassion is an attribute of God alone—an affirmation of Jesus’ deity. Yahweh’s compassions “are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness” (Lamentations 3:23). If the Lord Jesus showed such compassion for the crowds, how much more should we His servants show concern for the common needs of our fellow man? What’s more, we must address their spiritual needs above all else, for those needs have eternal import. CM

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Filipino Expat Encouragement RL021

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Book of Redemption

THE ANSWER to the question we left off with last time, why the unusual prominence given to Abraham and his son, grandson, and great grandson, in the greater part of Genesis, and his descendants in the entire Bible is evident when we remember why the Bible was written. Again, you might be asking why it was written; there’s at least a couple of reasons simple and foremost, the Bible is a book of redemption, and God’s plan of redemption must come through this nation which sprang from these four men, for “salvation is of the Jews.” However it was also written to show us the Father through Christ Jesus, the very reason, redemption is necessary. It was through the nation of Israel, the seed of Abraham, that God in His sovereign purpose was to give us our Bible, the revelation of Himself, His character and nature, and through this nation He was to give us our Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ. For this reason the Holy Spirit devoted only eleven chapters to approximately the first two thousand years of human history from the time of Adam’s fall. God wastes no time with the past, but speaks almost entirely concerning the future. This will become clear to you when you remember that only one verse in the entire Bible is devoted to telling us all that God deems necessary for us to know about where the world came from, and only one chapter in the Bible devoted to telling us where we human beings came from. All the rest of Scripture deals with the future of the world, and where we are going in relation to eternity.

The first verse of the Bible consisting of only seven words in the original and only ten in the English Bible is all that is needed for God to tell us how the world began. That verse, you almost everyone knowns. It is:

In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. – Genesis 1:1.

This is the whole and entire revelation of God concerning the origin of this earth. The rest of the Bible is occupied with the future of this world. I want you to know, this is not because God wants us ignorant of how creation came to be, but He wants us to understand the reason He created us in the first place, which always leads us forward towards eternity and not to looking back upon our past!

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Adapted and Excerpts from Studies in the Life of Abraham by M. R. De Haan (1891-1964)
*Unless otherwise noted, Scripture taken from the New King James Version®, NKJV Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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Nuggets – Coming Judgment

“Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD’s anger.” (Zephaniah 2:3)

The theme of the book of Zephaniah is one of fearsome judgment. The immediate fulfillment took place when Babylon captured Judah about 50 years after this prophecy, but Zephaniah also speaks of a future judgment upon the ungodly nations at the end of this age.

Some theologians take this “day of the Lord” to be the tribulation period after Christ has raptured His people, while others believe that it refers to the specific point Jesus returns with His redeemed people when “the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all” (Jude 1:14-15).

Either way, you can be sure that judgment is coming. Revelation 1:7 says, “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.” And Isaiah 13:11 says, “And I will punish the world for their evil, and the wicked for their iniquity; and I will cause the arrogancy of the proud to cease, and will lay low the haughtiness of the terrible.”

Zephaniah 2:3 is a sober warning to not only the Israelites at that time but to this present world. The apostle Paul said, “But ye, brethren, are not in darkness, that that day should overtake you as a thief” (1 Thessalonians 5:4). The day of judgment is still coming. But those who have been saved through Jesus Christ don’t need to fear that day. Praise be to our redeeming God, who commands us “to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to come” (1 Thessalonians 1:10). JPT

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