Since we are receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, let us give thanks, by which we offer to God an acceptable worship with reverence and awe; We have received, and are receiving the revelation of all that it means to be a part of His kingdom that is unshakable. A key to the Kingdom is to acknowledge all that He is with all that we are in an attitude of worship and praise. His manifest presence will give us keys to the Kingdom. And we will be disciples who know Him differently, because of intimate relationship that comes during praise and worship. And adoration for who He is draws heaven’s will to earth.
God is involved in all aspects of our lives. He is good, He is kind, and He is watching over us. Even when we make mistakes, He is bigger than our mistakes. One of the things I love about ABBA is that He gets personally involved in our mess to even save us from our mistakes. He sees us beyond our shortcomings. In His eyes, we are good, because He looks at what He knows we can be for Him and with Him and He find the good in us, even when good is not around. When we were created, we were in Him from the beginning. You can be like Him, act like Him, think like Him. You can see others through His eyes of love, and show them love because you have received love. When you are confident in His love for you, you will realize that no one is beyond the compassion and mercy of God.
“Pray the Lord of the harvest send laborers” - I believe that Jesus was getting His disciples to pray so that THEY would burn with the same kind of compassion so they could be the laborers sent to get the harvest! There is so much fun when Christians are burning with anticipation of being utilized by their groom. There is joy in the journey. These are followers of Jesus who desire to know every part of Him. They want to continually communicate with Him, so they will always have more to give out. They keep the oil of the Spirit going simply by being aware of Him and His heart and sharing it with the ONE. The ones that use the key of compassion, following in Jesus’ footsteps. These are those who will be given more keys. When you give what is in your heart, you will release what you have in your hand. And God will bless it and multiply it.
Part of the reason for the feast called Pentecost was for believers to have the opportunity to celebrate and rejoice in God's miraculous intervention within history. In other words, it was about worship. The beauty of this is that remembering the testimony (a declaring of what God has done) of Jesus prophesies (declaring what God is going to do) into what He will do among us. Worshiping God for what He has done creates an atmosphere for miracles.
As believers, we are challenged by Scripture to allow Jesus Christ to shape our thoughts - "let this mind be in you which was also in Christ" - honor, humility, and serving are all tied to faith in God! There are times when we will need to obey God even through the most difficult circumstances. We can always go to Him for strength to lead us through those times.
The Church has a purpose - we are to rise and cause others to arise out of the dead places. We are to cooperate with God and in our surrender to Him. We are built to be an extension of God’s thoughts and abilities, so that others can BELIEVE. In the account of Lazarus being raised from the dead, Pastor Dawn highlights the strategy of Jesus. He wanted active participants in this miracle. Because He knew the ones who move beyond being observers, into participants, won’t just see a miracle, they will be a part of one. God always has a bigger picture, and that bigger picture is YOU.
God always has a plan for His people and He has a plan for you and your children. When you tap into the presence of God, He gives you wisdom to secure the future! All of us hold in our hearts, our mouths and our hands, seeds of greatness. In a study of the mother of Moses – Jochebed, Pastor Dawn reveals some amazing things about her. She sowed many seeds of faith. They were eternal seeds of the goodness and the greatness of God being instilled in the next generation. These were seeds of trust in the faithfulness of God. By letting go and trusting God, an even greater dream was fulfilled. A wonderful example for mothers, fathers, and every one of us, of sowing into the next generation!
He has invested eternal mindsets and eternal abilities into a people who operate at a different place because of their willingness to acknowledge Him and say, “Yes, Lord” … even to the unknown. The more you step into God’s presence … The more you step into obedience … The more you step into God’s will and God’s miracle power. What you do when God asks you to, matters. God wants you to know what it feels like when He blows through you to cause others that are dry and dead and have no life in them, come alive. He wants you to experience heaven on earth. He wants eternity to come alive in and through you.
We can operate in a dimension where we can see things the way God sees them and operate in His power, in His Kingdom and His promises. Everything stems from relationship, and relationship comes from hearing God’s voice. We must think higher and realize there are higher consequences to our decisions. What we have been called to do is what we will be judged upon at the judgment day, not just what we actually do. We all have the same things to offer to the King and to build the Kingdom: Time, Talent, Energy, and Finances. What are you sowing of your time, talent, energy and finances to go after God’s presence? Do you want to operate without limits? Do you want the power of God to be with you and move through you? To enjoy the fruitfulness it will bring, it is up to ONE PERSON. That person is you. A fully surrendered person who wants to GIVE IT ALL.
We all must learn how to operate in God’s Kingdom, and learn how God’s Kingdom operates. It is normal to bear fruit. Living a lifestyle of giving and sowing releases God’s Kingdom – in you and through you. Your time, talents, energy and finances can all be sown into the Kingdom. When you are operating and sowing in full capacity, you will reap one hundred-fold – that’s full capacity. Spend time getting to know the King. Seek Him and His Kingdom first, and He will give seed to the sower, and “all these things” will be added to you!