Mat 16:3 can ye not discern the signs of the times? (KJV)
This is the time for God’s heavenly kingdom rule on earth. The spirit of anti-Christ and the kingdom of darkness are advancing their evil dominion upon this world like never before.
The church is challenged in its spiritual influence in the face of secularisation and anti-Christ systems. Over the years, I see the modern church moving away from Holy Spirit power that engages demonic and satanic evil in the world. Spiritual warfare is lesser taught in churches. The church world-wide generally lacks discipleship in these things.
There had been efforts to dumb down addressing evil powers and principalities. Sicknesses are not strongly confronted by spiritual means although prayer is offered. Healing miracles are seldom seen. God’s miracles are rare in most of church life in today’s world.
The good news is, more Pastors are awakening to these issues, and are leading churches into deeper prayer as never before. The results will not be instant. It is a journey of learning and honing skills of hearing God, being led by the Holy Spirit, entering the authority of apostolic vision and leadership, and prophetic power in ministry, as in the NT church. It takes a fresh view of the purpose of the Gospel and the church. The gospel is not just for salvation, and the church is not just an institution to pastor sheep.
The Gospel is the Gospel of the kingdom, where the saved are made disciples of kingdom life and purpose. The church is not to maintain the saved but to exist for the kingdom of heaven to come on earth in power. It is God’s will for His kingdom to fill the earth with the glory of God as the waters cover the seas. Maintaining a group of faithful attendees, no matter the size of the church, does not fill the earth in this way.
People are created and saved for God’s purpose. They have gifts. God wants them to be fully and powerfully employed for His kingdom purposes. Merely having a group of people in church but are not disciples that live the Gospel and multiply in ministries that touch many more people in their spheres of influence, is doing injustice to them. Many are leaders God wants to use, to plant new churches or do ministries to extend the kingdom.
NLRC is catching Christ’s apostolic vision and prophetic power that enable our churches to advance the Gospel to the ends of the world. The anointing of shepherding the flock is not enough for this proactive faith-power push of the Gospel. This is achievable because YOU, the church, are catching God’s kingdom vision. Please be a good local church that makes all that come enjoy church life. But the church exists for the kingdom. We must live kingdom life for kingdom purpose. Without such a vision, we stay in our situations year after year and will see no progress. No purpose to move powerfully ahead – No impetus to change.
Discipling this and the next generation is a key concern. A few years ago, I launched the theme “Generations Church”. It was with the view of empowering mature and younger believers in spiritual impact in the family and their world. Soon after the launch, through NLRC Ampang, God brought to us Duranno Father School to help loving fathers work on loving families. Lives are changed!! Praise the Lord!
The next challenge is young families. These need to be greater challenged in raising their kids to be spiritually equipped to face the end times, a generation of fierce anti-Christ attack in this world. The first challenge is in the parents’ priorities; making money or discipling their children in the Bible values strong enough to withstand the flood of multi-faceted pressure to convert their kids to another religion. It is happening. Migration is not the answer. The spirit of anti-Christ is attacking churches there too. Discipling your kids is the only answer.
Kingdom life is in the purpose of God in His Word as:
- Light (God’s glory that displaces darkness, and not be afraid of it) Isa60:1-2
- Authority (casts down Satan’s illegal authority, and not be subdued by it)
- Power (righteousness that cancels corrupted power of Satan’s system)
- Provision (compensates imperfection caused by sin: wisdom that discerns deception)
We must learn the reality of these things in kingdom life and our children must grow in the same. Will you disciple them in kingdom life?
Be experts in these 4 elements, and your prayer life will be full of authority and power, like Jesus. We will be amply provided for by God’s favour and grace. His glory will be seen.
Pastor Jeremiah Yap
Acknowledgment: Picture from The Parent Blog @themeetinghouse