Keep in mind that King Jesus instructed us to always keep in communication with our Heavenly Father. One day Jesus told his disciples a story to show that they should always pray and never give up. “There was a judge in a certain city,” He said, “who neither feared God nor cared about people. A widow of that city came to him repeatedly, saying, ‘Give me justice in this dispute with my enemy.’ The judge ignored her for a while, but finally he said to himself, ‘I don’t fear God or care about people, but this woman is driving me crazy. I’m going to see that she gets justice, because she is wearing me out with her constant requests!’”
Then the Lord said, “Learn a lesson from this unjust judge. Even he rendered a just decision in the end. So don’t you think God will surely give justice to His chosen people who cry out to Him day and night? Will He keep putting them off? I tell you, He will grant justice to them quickly! But when the Son of Man returns, how many will He find on the earth who have faith?”
Prayer gives us stability in our lives, knowing that we have a Creator that loves us, one that we can communicate with and who answers our prayers according to His Word. Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything according to His will, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him. NKJV If we as Kingdom citizens live according to His Word, we should have confidence in our prayers without any doubt. This is all a sign of maturity in the Kingdom. There is no valid excuse for still being in the same place spiritually after you accepted the Lord Jesus 10 or more years ago! Many still depend on others to pray and lay hands on you. When are you going to grow up? Do you recall what King Jesus stated to the blind man? After Jesus left the girl’s home, two blind men followed along behind Him, shouting, “Son of David, have mercy on us!”
They went right into the house where He was staying, and Jesus asked them, “Do you believe I can make you see?”
“Yes, Lord,” they told Him, “we do.”
Then He touched their eyes and said, “Because of your faith, it will happen.”
Believers need to "hang out" with Jesus. In doing so, you will adapt His principles and standards. But how do you accomplish that? You "hang out" with Jesus by reading and studying His Word. Jesus was the Word come to earth in the flesh. Jesus IS the Word. Then the Governor, meaning the Holy Spirit, will lead and guide you in all Truth. This is all part of the spiritual maturing process. To mature we must be intentional, it won't "just happen". Until you begin to embrace His Word as a lifestyle, you will remain an immature citizen of the Kingdom, always depending on a religious leader to pray for you. Consider this: where do those religious leaders stand in their maturity in the Kingdom? They may have the job of a pastor or even a large following because they can preach, but how much time do they spend alone with God's Word and the voice of the Holy Spirit? Sadly today many are falling by the wayside.
There is only one kind of food that keeps you for eternity. Jesus answered them and said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, you seek Me, not because you saw the signs, but because you ate of the loaves and were filled. Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life, which the Son of Man will give you, because God the Father has set His seal on Him.” NKJV The food that He speaks of is God's Word. Remember, maturity comes with studying and learning the King's Constitution, better known to many in religious terms as the Bible.
Let me be perfectly clear. When the Lord, King Jesus, gave His life for all mankind, it was so that all who believed in Him could come to the Father through Him, not through a priest or any other religious intermediary. Whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life. For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. NKJV And: Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me."
Do you agree that it is about time to start growing up spiritually? Are you grown physically, but spiritually is your growth stunted? It's time for a growth spurt! Spiritual immaturity is the main reason so many Christians are living in sin (disobedience). Adultery and fornication (sex outside of marriage) are as common in the church as in the world! You cannot be absolved of any sin through man but only through repentance through the Lord Jesus. There is no church program, no offering, no pastor who can cleanse your sin. It is only through repentance to our King Jesus. It is His blood that cleanses all unrighteousness in us. And it is by putting God's Word in our hearts and being guided by the Holy Spirit that matures us, guides us and convicts us when we get off-track. There is a shortage of sold out, mature citizens in the Kingdom today. What you do matters in the Kingdom! How do you resist sin and overcome temptations in your everyday life? Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. NKJV
Keep in mind, salvation is an individual process, it's you and your King Jesus. Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could He die, and only by dying could He break the power of the devil, who had the power of death. Only in this way could He set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying.
We also know that the Son did not come to help angels; He came to help the descendants of Abraham. Therefore, it was necessary for Him to be made in every respect like us, His brothers and sisters, so that He could be our merciful and faithful High Priest before God. Then He could offer a sacrifice that would take away the sins of the people. Since He himself has gone through suffering and testing, He is able to help us when we are being tested.
Remember, your faith in the King is your greatest asset in the Kingdom.
Luke 18:1-8 1 John 5:14-15 Matthew 9:27-29 John 6:26-27
John 3:15-16 James 4:7-8 John 14:6 Hebrews 2:14-18
All NLT except where noted
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