The Kingdom of God is Come Nigh unto You
After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them
two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself
would come. Therefore said he unto them, The harvest
truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore
the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest.
Go your ways: behold, I send you forth as lambs among wolves. Carry neither
purse, nor scrip, nor shoes: and salute no man by the way. And into whatsoever
house ye enter, first say, Peace be to this house. And if the son
of peace be there, your peace shall rest upon it: if not, it shall turn
to you again. And in the same house remain, eating and drinking such things
as they give: for the labourer is worthy of his hire. Go not from house
to house. And into whatsoever city ye enter, and they receive you, eat
such things as are set before you: And heal the sick that are therein,
and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. But into whatsoever
city ye enter, and they receive you not, go your ways out into the streets
of the same, and say, Even the very dust of your city, which cleaveth on
us, we do wipe off against you: notwithstanding be ye sure of this, that
the kingdom of God is come nigh unto you.
This writer recently experienced major computer problems, starting off
with the DVD writer drive "failing" in that, while music could be played,
when an attempt was made to back up data, the whole computer switched off.
A new drive was purchased at the local store and fitted but the problem
persisted. On returning to the store the owner commented that it was probably
the power supply giving insufficient power. The computer was thereupon
taken there and it was confirmed that a new power supply was needed. This
was done, but on connecting up and switching on I was unable to operate
Now comes the supernatural part that you will find so interesting.
After attempting a few times to phone the computer store unsuccessfully,
I got back into the car, fuming with frustration and rode into town. Now
to cut a long story shorter, there was no parking in the area near the
store and for the second time in as many minutes I was held up by an orange
light while approaching the only traffic lights in that part of the the
main street. This meant going round the block and looking for parking again,
being dimly aware that all was not well, there was a sense of opression.
I'm sure you are aware of the definition of a split second - the time it
takes from the light turning green until the vehicle (in this case a pickup)
behind hoots to wake you up. Well it happened and my reaction was to use
the brake. This time the young man must have been angry because he really
made a noise. Brakes again, and he would have played a tune if he could
On turning the corner, he raced his vehicle's engine, passed by, cut in
front and then jammed on the brakes. Needles to say we collided and there
was considerable damage to the front of our (God's) car. He then, very
nonchalantly exited his vehicle and said "why did you crash into the back
of my vehicle?"
What happened thereafter, which wasn't very much, came the realisation
that this was a spiritual nudge from the Holy Spirit.
You see, being so involved in worldly problems, the importance of who I
was serving had been pushed aside. It took a day or two to be able to see
more clearly what the Lord was saying and I was able to repent and repent,
asking my Lord to forgive him.
Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when
he cometh shall find so doing. Of a truth I say unto you, that he will
make him ruler over all that he hath. But and if that servant say in his
heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants
and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken; The lord of that
servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an
hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint
him his portion with the unbelievers.
Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our
Lord Jesus Christ: By whom also we have access by faith into this grace
wherein we stand, and rejoice in hope of the glory of God. And not only
so, but we glory in tribulations also: knowing that tribulation
worketh patience; And patience, experience; and experience, hope: And hope
maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts
by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us. For when we were yet without
strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous
man will one die: yet peradventure for a good man some would even dare
to die. But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet
sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his
blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him. For if, when we were enemies,
we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled,
we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy
in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the
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Shortly after this incident, early on "xmas" morning I said to my Lord
"Lord I know that You were not born at this time of the year, nevertheless,
thank You for coming at the right time to fulfil the Father's purpose."
As you have probably experienced, the comfort of His presence was very
real, almost as if His arm was around my shoulder.
After reading a passage of Scripture during our quiet time together, and
on closing the Bible, it was noticed that one or two of the feature pages
in the front were coming loose. On investigating I was led to turn over
one more page and there, at the bottom was a heading entitled "Prophesies
of the Messiah fulfilled in Jesus Christ." with a page number. On turning
to that page, the first prophecy fulfilled (from Genesis 3:15) was the
But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made
of a woman, made under the law,
Praise You Lord, thank You for Your lovingkindness!
A few days later, when we needed to obtain a new shrub for the garden,
we went to a local nursery and found what was required. The price was a
certain amount, but amongst them were a couple that were taller and in
larger containers. I was able to convince the proprietor to sell one of
these at the price advertised. Happy day, we had saved some money; until
that evening the Holy Spirit nudged me again when a tag that priced the
shrub some 25% more was noticed. When next in town the additional money
will be paid over - to please my Lord.
No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it
in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they
which come in may see the light. The light of the body is the eye: therefore
when thine eye is single, thy whole body also is full of light; but when
thine eye is evil, thy body also is full of darkness. Take
heed therefore that the light which is in thee be not darkness. If thy
whole body therefore be full of light, having no part dark, the
whole shall be full of light, as when the bright shining of a candle doth
give thee light.
The Holy Spirit is our Comforter:
Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me,
he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto
him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my
sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which
sent me. These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present
with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father
will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things
to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace I leave with
you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you.
Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
You see, it is our attitude to our Master that shall determine whether
we hear the voice of comfort or not - the voice of loving guidance on the
narrow road of life in this world which is controlled by the enemy.
What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace?
God forbid. Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey,
his servants ye are to whom ye obey; whether of sin unto death, or of obedience
unto righteousness? But God be thanked, that ye were the servants of sin,
but ye have obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine which was delivered
you. Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.
We choose to serve righteousness, and choose to go and put right
the wrong that we have done to others when prompted to do so by God the
Holy Spirit who resides on our bodies.
An ongoing experience.
Someone once wrote in a daily devotional:
The matter of Spiritual freshness, is decided, not by living on the
defensive but by living on the offensive. It involves making definite decisions
- decisions such as saying "Yes" to all that Christ offers and saying "No"
to sin offers. "Christianity", said someone, is not a prohibition, but
a privilege." I would agree with that, but would add that it does, however,
have a prohibition in it. In our text for today (Mark 9:38-50), Jesus says
that if your "hand" or your "eye" causes you to sin, then do something
about it. In other words, do not tolerate anything that cuts across the
central purpose of you life. From head to foot, you are to belong to Christ.
The order in these verses is important. The order is hand, foot, eye.
the "hand" represent the doing of evil, the "foot" the approach toward
evil, and the "eye" the seeing of evil with desire from afar. What's the
message from all this? Quite clearly, the message is that sin must be cut
out at every stage. The place to begin, of course, is with the "eye" -
the place of desire. Take care of that and you won't have to worry too
much about the "hand" and the "foot".
See Luke 11:33-36 above for confirmation.
However, if our eyes see the Spiritual light, our feet walk therein and
our hands do the things of the light, our Lord shall bless us, spirit,
soul and body, in the things wherein we work on a daily basis.
And he said unto his disciples, Therefore I say unto
you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat; neither for the
body, what ye shall put on. The life is more than meat, and the body is
more than raiment.
The same Power that Jesus of Nazareth gave to His followers then is available
to His followers now while waiting for the fulness of God's time to come:
The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began
both to do and teach, Until the day in which he was taken up, after that
he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom
he had chosen: To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by
many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of
the things pertaining to the kingdom of God: And, being assembled together
with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem,
but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he,
ye have heard of me. For John truly baptised with water; but ye shall be
baptised with the Holy Ghost not many days hence. When they therefore
were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this
time restore again the kingdom to Israel? And he said unto them,
It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath
put in his own power. But
ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and
ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and
in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth. And
when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and
a cloud received him out of their sight. And while they looked stedfastly
toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven?
this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come
in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
Please read Isaiah 32:1-20.
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The Holy Spirit is not "another Helper" or "another Councellor" as written
in various new translations of God's word, but "another Comforter".
Who then was the first Comforter?
Therefore now go, lead the people unto the place of which I have
spoken unto thee: behold, mine Angel shall go before thee: nevertheless
in the day when I visit I will visit their sin upon them.
Judas saith unto him, not Iscariot, Lord, how is it that thou wilt manifest
thyself unto us, and not unto the world? Jesus answered and said unto him,
If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and
we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not
keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the
Father's which sent me. These things have I spoken unto you, being yet
present with you. But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom
the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring
all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you. Peace
I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give
I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall
consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness
of his coming:
(2 Thessalonians 2:8)