The Kingdom of God and Rigtheousness

THE KINGDOM OF GOD and RIGHTEOUSNESS

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Romans 14:17 – “for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”

The Kingdom of God is about righteousness, peace and joy, in the Holy Spirit.  It is not just about eating and drinking or anything that we’re deprived with, anything that we could put first in our lives instead of Jesus, not about anything that could compromise our righteousness.

The characteristics of a lifestyle we should have according to (Romans 14:17 )are righteousness in the Holy Spirit; peace in the Holy Spirit;  joy in the Holy Spirit, all three we receive in the power of the Holy Spirit.

The early Church persecution under Emperor Nero endured all things because of their relationship with God with righteousness, peace and joy putting Jesus first among anything else, in fact the early church despised their own lives unto death. (1 Peter 4:12-19; Revelation 12:11)

“The key to understanding real peace, is to understand it comes from putting Jesus first.” – Pastor Brian Burton

The early church were put to death in colosseum and fed to the lions and other wild beasts, but despite that they have endured because of their love to Jesus, they have endured because they have real peace and joy despite of the circumstances.

In our time, we’ll not experience the same exact situation, however we do have our own challenges where we’ll have to weight which to put first, Jesus and his Kingdom or everything else.

Isaiah 54:17 says that a weapon will be fashioned against us by the enemy for sure, no questions about it, but a promise also given that these weapons will not prosper.  The early Christians bodies were destroyed but the price of that is nothing compared to that the world can give.  They received eternal life, and the  Gospel spread to all corners of the earth. No matter what Emperor Nero did, the church kept on growing.  The soldiers were the means of spreading the gospel, because they witnessed things, they witnessed the persecution of the Christians, they witnessed what the Kingdom of God is about through the lives of those believers, and the believers then led by Peter, spoke Peace. (1 Peter 4:17)

“In whatever circumstance, we have to learn to speak peace” -Pastor Brian Burton

TWO THINGS THAT ENABLED EARLY CHRISTIANS TO LIVE LIKE THAT OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD:

1. They have a clear goal worth dying for.
To be persecuted and put to death for the sake of others to enter the Kingdom of God is worth dying for.  Their love for Jesus enabled them to endure and removed all fears. (1 John 4:18)

2. They were ‘In the Holy Spirit’
John 16:13 “But when He, the Spirit of truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come.”

The Holy spirit will guide us into all the Truth and how will it happen? When we are righteous and obedient to God.  He will speak to us and He will disclose to us what is to come.  He will prepare us for tomorrow!

Dare to ask God. God can see ahead and we can’t -Pastor Brian Burton

Righteousness leads to peace, and peace leads to joy, all these by the power of the Holy Spirit in order to see others enter into His Kingdom, His Kingdom come on earth as it is in Heaven.

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Excerpts from Pastor Brian’s Message
Phuket Christian Centre, April 17, 2016
http://www.phuketchristiancentre.org

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Conscience

Why You Shouldn’t Ignore Your Conscience

by Andrew David Naselli and J. D. Crowley

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A Moral Version of Your Nervous System

What happens if your finger accidentally touches an extremely hot object like a stove or a dish that just came out of the oven? If your nervous system is functioning correctly, then you would reflexively pull back your hand to avoid more pain and harm. Your nervous system is a priceless gift from God because it saves you from danger. It’s a built-in system that instantly communicates, “Warning! Pull back!” It’s a gift from God.


– See more at: https://www.crossway.org/blog/2016/04/why-you-shouldnt-ignore-your-conscience/

Isolation from the Church Is Dangerous

Isolation from the Church Is Dangerous

We are all prone to wander off from the path.  In certain cases it may be a sinful temptation or merely laziness.  Just as John Bunyan depicted in The Pilgrim’s Progress as Christian and Hopeful followed Vain-Confidence off of the true path onto a different path that eventually led them astray.  They became lost and eventually were captured by Giant Despair.  They found themselves prisoners in the dungeon of Doubting Castle.  In their despair, Hopeful said, “O that I had kept on the true way!”  Avoiding isolation is a constant work of sanctification.  

– See more at: http://www.deliveredbygrace.com/isolation-from-the-church-is-dangerous/#sthash.6CPLaUfq.dpuf

Show Me your Friends and I’ll Tell You Who You Are

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Proverbs 13:20 He who walks with wise men will be wise, but the companion of fools will suffer harm

You can tell a lot about a person by the company they keep. I have seen the damage done time and time again by people who once went to church, and still hanged out with their old friends only to find themselves pulled back into the world. Especially when you become a new believer, you can not hang out with the old friends like you used to and think you will not be affected.

Friendship

Before I became a Christian, I loved hanging out with my friends. We didnt go out robbing people or get drunk but we used to go out at the weekends and go to parties and clubs and generally have a good laugh. But when I became a Christian, my allegiance changed (which was quite hard admittedly) but…

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