Whether or not we believe that God is pouring out love or wrath today, or have a positive or negative angle on what God intends for those who want to follow Jesus, it is clear that there are ministries which are preaching that God has come to pour out his grace and that their life will be changed for the better when they accept his free pardon and forgiveness.
To this end, it is clear that one ministry, run by Bill Johnson, has an agenda…
…We are out to destroy the works of the devil…
In what is known as the lords prayer, Jesus said clearly and concisely:
“Our Father in Heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in Heaven.”
The will of God is simply this: “On earth as it is in Heaven.” Isn’t it refreshing? When we pray, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,” we’re praying for the King’s dominion and will to be realized right here, right now. That is a life-transforming, paradigm-shattering way to “do” normal Christianity. What is free to operate in Heaven – Joy, peace, wisdom, health, wholeness, and all the other good promises we read about in the Bible – Should be free to operate here on this planet, in your home, your church, your business, and your school. What is not free to operate there – sickness, disease, spiritual bondage, and sin – should not be free to operate here, period. We are out to destroy the works of the devil (1 John 3:8). It’s an awesome way to live!
When we make this our primary understanding of God’s will, the other areas that trouble us so much will seem to sort themselves out (Matt. 6:33).
When we make this our mission, lives are set free, bodies are restored, darkness lifts from people’s minds, the rule of the enemy is pushed back in every way imaginable. Businesses grow healthy, relationships flower again, people re-connect with their calling and purpose in life, churches grow, and cities feel the effects of having the kingdom flourishing within them. Energy is freed up for Kingdom works in ways I have never seen before. Things happen regularly that are so extraordinary it’s like stepping into the pages of a good novel. But it’s not a made-up lifestyle; it’s the lifestyle for which we were made.
There are other ministries which are more severe in their approach to the Christian life, promoting austerity, persecution, lack and even loss as the prize for receiving Christ.
Does God have a positive agenda for people, or is he already releasing wrath into the the earth as a precursor to the Day of the Lord, when he will release his vengeance?
Posted by Steve