I often remind our precious congregation that Jesus is the King of Kings and that we are the kings in God’s Kingdom; see Revelation 1:6 & 5:10. Kings are given authority. They are given the authority to rule and to demonstrate as well as advance the mandates of the Kingdom. I believe love is the main source of Kingdom authority.
“Love and faithfulness keep a king safe; through love his throne is made secure.” Proverbs 20:28
The word throne in this passage comes from a Hebrew word meaning authority and power. As a people who have been given authority by God, I am convinced that when His church has an extreme love for God and ALL people, then an effortless release of power and authority flows out of us through the gift of the Holy Spirit. When the gifts of the Spirit are saturated with the fruit of the Spirit (love) it will cause a move of God to be generated that will never fail. God does not only have love, He is love.
Love for God; a genuine love for God produces a hunger to spend time in communion with Him.
Communing with Him causes us to be fashioned more into His image producing greater Kingdom authority in our lives, power over our circumstances and dominion of the enemy.
Loving fellowship with Jesus keeps us aware that we sit in Him in heavenly places; see Ephesians 2:6.
“One thing I have desired of the LORD, That will I seek: That I may dwell in the house of the LORD All the days of my life, To behold the beauty of the LORD, And to inquire in His temple. 5 For in the time of trouble He shall hide me in His pavilion; In the secret place of His tabernacle He shall hide me; He shall set me high upon a rock.“ Psalm 27:4-5 It is important to remember that God does not hide us from the view of our enemy but rather keeps us from his reach.
Love for People; loving God and loving people is heralded with great volume from the great commandment.
You cannot love God without loving people.
The Bible goes as far as to declare that those that say they love God and do not love people are liars. Compassion is the fuse that ignites power and authority to touch the lives of people around us.
So Jesus had compassion and touched their eyes.
“And immediately their eyes received sight, and they followed Him.” Matthew 20:34. If you want people to see and follow the Jesus in you, love will need to become their eye opener.
That’s the Kingdom Perspective!
Don Sturiano, pastor of Kingdom Life Christian Church, can be reached at 776-0026. Kingdom Life Christian Church meets 10:30 a.m. at The Renaissance on 9th/Senior Enrichment Center 1816 Ninth St. W., Bradenton. For more information, visit www.kingdomlifechristianchurch.org. Faith Matters is a regular feature of Saturday’s Herald, written by local clergy members.