What is the Kingdom of God?

Romans 14:13-23 (NASB) says, “13Therefore let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this—not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way. 14I know and am convinced in the Lord Jesus that nothing is unclean in itself; but to him who thinks anything to be unclean, to him it is unclean. 15For if because of food your brother is hurt, you are no longer walking according to love. Do not destroy with your food him for whom Christ died. 16Therefore do not let what is for you a good thing be spoken of as evil; 17for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. 18For he who in this way serves Christ is acceptable to God and approved by men. 19So then we pursue the things which make for peace and the building up of one another. 20Do not tear down the work of God for the sake of food. All things indeed are clean, but they are evil for the man who eats and gives offense. 21It is good not to eat meat or to drink wine, or to do anything by which your brother stumbles. 22The faith which you have, have as your own conviction before God. Happy is he who does not condemn himself in what he approves. 23But he who doubts is condemned if he eats, because his eating is not from faith; and whatever is not from faith is sin.”

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The Spirit of Rejection

1 Samuel 15:23 says, “Because thou hast rejected the word of the LORD, he hath also rejected thee from being king.”
 

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Jesus is Praying for You!

Luke 22:31-34 (NASB) says, “Simon, Simon, behold, Satan has demanded permission to sift you like wheat; 32but I have prayed for you, that your faith may not fail; and you, when once you have turned again, strengthen your brothers.” 33But he said to Him, “Lord, with You I am ready to go both to prison and to death!” 34And He said, “I say to you, Peter, the rooster will not crow today until you have denied three times that you know Me.”


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Kingdom Prayers

Luke 11:2 says, “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so in earth.” 
 

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Love According to 1 Corinthians 13

1 Corinthians 13:1-3 (TPT) says, “If I were to speak with eloquence in earth’s many languages, and in the heavenly tongues of angels, yet I didn’t express myself with love, my words would be reduced to the hollow sound of nothing more than a clanging cymbal.
2 And if I were to have the gift of prophecy with a profound understanding of God’s hidden secrets, and if I possessed unending supernatural knowledge, and if I had the greatest gift of faith that could move mountains, but have never learned to love, then I am nothing.
3 And if I were to be so generous as to give away everything I owned to feed the poor, and to offer my body to be burned as a martyr, without the pure motive of love, I would gain nothing of value.
God never condemns us in pursuing gifts of speaking in tongues, prophecy words of knowledge, or faith, but gifts received and functioning through necessity or obligation rather than love will pollute the gift’s effectiveness and will be limited due to lack of character.”

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Dealing With Difficult People

James 1:19 says, “Wherefore, my beloved brethren, let every man be swift to hear, slow to speak, slow to wrath”.

Whether it is in the church or outside of it, there are difficult people to deal with in this world. Here are some examples and what our approach should look like:
1) The Know-It All’s – “I told you so”, The Pharisees, those who always have an answer for everything, making excuses for every mistake. Do not engage in an argument because you will never win. Always stay humble in being willing and able to learn, knowing that you do not have all of the answers.
 
2) The Mouthy Ones – the gossip queens, those who always “mouth off” and “talk back” to anyone who is in authority. Do not hang with these people because they set a bad example. They can easily influence you to become rebellious and engage in unhealthy conversations that are detrimental to your spirit. Instead of walking in faith, you will be filled with negativity, and, before you know it, you will become miserable. You will be labeled as a “gossip”, which is the worst label you could ever wear. Criticizing without providing a solution does absolutely no good. It only causes chaos, bitterness, division and disorder.
 
3) The Loners – those who appear unreachable and keep to themselves. Show them the love of God as much as you can. Step outside of your shell to make yourself as available to them because you may not know exactly what they are going through, but by spending more time with them, they may open up to you or at least know someone cares about them.
 
4) The Social Media Freaks – those who post their life story on the Internet for the world to see, hoping to gain attention. Do not stalk their life story. Do not be drawn into and entertained by their drama. Stop following these people because you waste so much valuable and precious time that you cannot get back.
 
5) The Needy Type – always have to have a relationship in order to feel loved and secure, always wanting something as though never satisfied. Recognize when you become this person. Let the love of the Father fill every need in your life instead of depending on having sex to feel loved. When you come in contact with people like this, minister to them the love and grace of God, but do not let these people become leeches, sucking the very life out of you because they will. If you constantly usurp all of your energy upon people who refuse to change, you are getting nowhere because you are only wasting your time. When they sincerely want to change, then they will listen and prove it through their repentance! Give yourself space because if you continue to pour yourself out and you are never being filled with the Word and presence of God, you will always fill emptied and drained!


Deliverance From Anger

Ask the Holy Spirit to allow His fruit to take over your emotion. The way to fruit is to start with seed! The fruit of the spirit is temperance or self control. The opposite of anger is to be calm or comforted. Go and search the scriptures on self control and comfort and allow the Holy Spirit to have authority over frustration! Here are some scriptures:

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The Root of Anger

If anger seems to control you, go to the place where it first got a hold on your life! Then shut the door to it. If anger comes generationally, then allow the wounding and bruising of Christ to cover those transgressions and iniquities.

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Is God Angry?

Psalm 103:8 says, “The LORD is merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and plenteous in mercy.”
 
Psalm 145:8 says, “The LORD is gracious, and full of compassion; slow to anger, and of great mercy.”
 

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Joseph and Uncovering the Purpose of Dreams

Acts 7:9-16 says, “9And the patriarchs, moved with envy, sold Joseph into Egypt: but God was with him, 10And delivered him out of all his afflictions, and gave him favour and wisdom in the sight of Pharaoh king of Egypt; and he made him governor over Egypt and all his house. 11Now there came a dearth over all the land of Egypt and Chanaan, and great affliction: and our fathers found no sustenance. 12But when Jacob heard that there was corn in Egypt, he sent out our fathers first. 13And at the second time Joseph was made known to his brethren; and Joseph’s kindred was made known unto Pharaoh. 14Then sent Joseph, and called his father Jacob to him, and all his kindred, threescore and fifteen souls. 15So Jacob went down into Egypt, and died, he, and our fathers, 16And were carried over into Sychem, and laid in the sepulchre that Abraham bought for a sum of money of the sons of Emmor the father of Sychem.”

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