Prior to each year coming to its close, I seek the mind of the Spirit for a statement that will describe the thrust He has for our church for the upcoming year. This year it will be “2010, the Year of Greater Demonstration.”
“And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.” 1 Corinthians 2:4–5
Perhaps this declaration is for a larger scope in our beloved city, perhaps it is for you. I am fully convinced that for the Church to walk in greater demonstration we must live in the reality of the love that He has for us. That is a foundational truth that eludes many believers thus causing them to live a life of performance and duty for God rather than a loving relationship fueled by the desire to know Him. How can we love our neighbor as our selves if we have not learned to love ourselves? How can we really love ourselves if we haven’t embraced the reality of the unconditional love of the Heavenly Father, Jesus the Son and the Holy Spirit?
I was singing to the Lord one day a lyric, “Lord, I want more of You.” At that moment He spoke to my heart and said, “Why are you singing that, when you already have all of Me?” That moment changed my life forever and I began to live in the reality of His presence more than ever before. I began to reside in the certainty of the immeasurable fullness and unfathomable sea of His love and grace. This resulted in a greater joy, a deeper love for others, and a superior ability to effortlessly release the Kingdom of God within me to a world in need.
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“For this reason I bow my knees to the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 from whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, 16 that He would grant you, according to the riches of His glory, to be strengthened with might through His Spirit in the inner man, 17 that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith; that you, being rooted and grounded in love, 18 may be able to comprehend with all the saints what is the width and length and depth and height— 19 to know the love of Christ which passes knowledge; that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. 20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us.” Ephesians 3:14–20
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Don Sturiano, pastor of Kingdom Life Christian Church, can be reached at 776-0026. Kingdom Life Christian Church meets 10:30 a.m. Sunday 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.