THE HEART OF THE MATTER

Sep 27, 2016 by

THE HEART OF THE MATTER

“God raised Jesus from death and set Him on a throne in deep heaven, in charge of running the universe, everything from galaxies to governments, no name and no power exempt from His rule.

“And not just for the time being, but forever. He is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything. At the center of all this, Christ rules the Church. The church, you see, is not peripheral to the world; the world is peripheral to the church.

“The church is Christ’s Body, in which He speaks and acts, by which He fills everything with His Presence”   (Ephesians 1:20-23 MSG).

“The kingdom of the world has become the Kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.” (Revelation.11:15)

▪ It is time that we – the people of His kingdom – take the world for the Kingdom of God!

Could we be more outrageous? Remember – the Body of Christ is the Center of the World – “He is in charge of it all, has the final word on everything… and at the center of all this, Christ rules!” (Ephesians.1:23 NLT)

“Infinitely above all the combined forces of rule, authority, dominion, or governments;  He(Jesus) is ranked superior to any name that could ever be given to anyone of this age or any age still to come in the eternal future.

“I want you to see this:  He subjected all these powers under His feet. He towers head and shoulders above everything. He is the head;

“The church is His body. The completeness of His being that fills all in all resides in us! God cannot make himself more visible or exhibit himself more accurately.” (Ephesians.1:21-23 – Mirror)

(The word, ekklesia, comes from ek, a preposition always denoting origin, and klesia from kaleo, to identify by name, to surname; His redeemed image and likeness in man.)

“The time is coming—indeed it’s here now—when true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth. The Father is looking for those who will worship Him that way.  For God is Spirit, so those who worship Him must worship in spirit and in truth.” (John.4:23-24 NLT)

“…worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.” (Rev.19:9-10)

▪ “For ever since the world was created, people have seen the earth and sky. Through everything God made, they can clearly see His invisible qualities—His eternal power and divine nature. So they have no excuse for not knowing God.   Yes, they knew God, but they wouldn’t worship Him as God or even give Him thanks. And they began to think up foolish ideas of what God was like. As a result, their minds became dark and confused.  Claiming to be wise, they instead became utter fools.” (Rom.1:20-22)

“If all of you are prophesying, and unbelievers or people who don’t understand these things come into your meeting, they will be convicted of sin and judged by what you say.  As they listen, their secret thoughts will be exposed, and they will fall to their knees and worship God, declaring, “God is truly here among you.”

Well, my brothers and sisters, let’s summarize. When you meet together, one will sing, another will teach, another will tell some special revelation God has given, one will speak in tongues, and another will interpret what is said. But everything that is done must strengthen all of you.” (1Cor.14:24-26 NLT)

WE WORSHIP YOU – JESUS!!

“God elevated Jesus to the place of highest honor and gave Him the name above all other names, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth” (Phil.2:9)

“In every place of worship, I want men to pray with holy hands lifted up to God, free from anger and controversy.” (1Tim.2:8 NLT)

“Christ was offered once for all time as a sacrifice to take away the sins of many people. He will come again, not to deal with our sins, but to bring salvation to all who are eagerly waiting for Him.” (Heb.9:28)

“He’s told us this quite plainly—He’ll also rock the heavens: ‘One last shaking – a thorough house-cleaning, getting rid of all the historical and religious junk so that the unshakable essentials stand clear and uncluttered.

“We’ve got an unshakable Kingdom! And do you see how thankful we must be? Thankful and brimming with worship deeply reverent before our God.”  (Hebrews 12:17-19 MirrorBible)

~ Shelia Hart Artt

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