Don & Michelle Babin Ministries

Reaching the Unreached

29. August 2014 10:53
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The Kingdom of God and Jesus

29. August 2014 10:53 by don | 0 Comments

It seems to me, convincing people that the Kingdom of God is the central theme of Jesus ministry, is extremely difficult.  Though many say,  'AMEN', they are just having a theological moment.  But for people to be fully convinced about the centrality of the Kingdom and scripture is like putting new wine into old wineskins.  To fully understand the kingdom message is to understand the whole picture.  When this happens in a persons heart everything looks different.  'If your eye be single your whole heart will be full of light'.  When we see the Kingdom as Jesus did, every part of our ministry will change.  

Just to refresh you read these facts.

All three synoptic gospels are permeated with the Kingdom message.  One hundred and four times we can read the words, 'Kingdom of God', in the synoptics.  Of those 104 times 91 of those times it is coming from the lips of Jesus.  (46 times in Matthew, 31 in Luke, and 14 in Mark).  The Bible says, 'out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks'.  What do you think filled the heart of Jesus? Scroll to the bottom of this page and send me your comments.  Thank you.

 

 

 

 

18. August 2014 20:51
by don
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Kingdom of God

18. August 2014 20:51 by don | 0 Comments

The Bible says, 'out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks', Luke 6:45.   Since that is true, we can know what filled the heart of Jesus by seeing what came out of His mouth the most.  Jesus spoke a whole lot about the Kingdom of God, it was even His central message.  If the Kingdom filled the heart of our savior, it should also fill ours.  Everyone should take some time to see what Jesus spoke about the most and then we should study what He was saying about that subject.  The Kingdom of God is the central message of Jesus and should be our message.  In Luke 9:2 Jesus sent His disciple to 'preach the Kingdom of God'.  I believe He still has chosen our message when we preach.  If Jesus felt the Kingdom message was so important He spoke about it the most and then commanded His disciples to preach the same message, there must be something in the Kingdom message that is extremely powerful.  WHAT DO YOU THINK?  please post your comment below.  

2. August 2014 13:13
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God's Kingdom and Money

2. August 2014 13:13 by don | 0 Comments

 Connection with either God or mammon establishes and exposes the either-or of spiritual attachment, spiritual union, and spiritual identity. "Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also," Jesus explained in the same context of His hilltop sermon (Matt. 6:21). If one's "treasure" is money or mammon, then he is spiritually attached or united with the "ruler of this world" (Jn. 14:30; 16:11). Orientation toward material treasures evidences one's spiritual treasure. The selfish and "evil man, out of his evil treasure, brings forth what is evil" (Matt. 12:35), and his spiritual identity will be formed on the basis of material things, subordinating who he is to what he has. In contrast, the spiritual treasure, attachment, union and identity of the Christian is not to be based on money, but in the person of the living Lord, Jesus Christ. "We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the surpassing greatness of the power may be of God" (II Cor. 4:7).

 Christians are to be detached from the possessive power of money. When Jesus told the rich young ruler (Matt. 19:16-22) to "go and sell all his possessions and give them to the poor," He was not advocating and establishing some legalistic procedure of poverty and non-ownership. He was determining whether the rich young ruler was willing to be detached from his possessions, his money and their power, and whether he was willing to "find his treasure in heaven by following Jesus," i.e. by being united spiritually with Jesus Christ, rather than to his money. The rich young ruler was not willing to be detached from his money, and attached only to Jesus. Perhaps he was an young professional craving the power therein!

 Christianity, rightly understood as the expression of the character of Christ by Christ in the Christian ­ giving, instead of getting; loving people instead of using people; being, instead of having or doing ­ is intolerable to the diabolic world-order. It is the ultimate absurdity to "the natural man who cannot understand spiritual things" (I Cor. 2:14). Christianity is an anomaly. Like a square peg in a round hole, it cannot be made to fit in the world-order.

 Every kingdom has a different view of wealth, finances and stuff.   Socialism, communism, and capitalism have different views of mammon.  God's Kingdom and His culture has it's own perspective of mammon.  As members of His Kingdom we must embrace His perspective of possessions, wealth, material things and finances.  The only topic that Jesus spoke about more than Kingdom was finances.  WOW.  There must be something there that God wants us to absorb into our life.  Whatever it is that God has for us to embrace, must be to set us free from whatever concepts we have embraces that is not His.  Truth always brings freedom.