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HIS First Message

March 13, 2012

Greetings,

“After John was put in prison, Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God.  “The time has come,” He said.  “The Kingdom of God is near.  Repent and believe the good news!”  Mark 1: 14-15

In the scriptures we find that the very first message that Jesus ever preached was some form of “Repent and believe.”  To this He added the kingdom of God is near.  To me this means that repentance is a very important component of our Spiritual journey.  Sure some press this point until it becomes some warped form of perpetual self abasement, but to me the message is simple….Turn around!  When you are going in the wrong direction in life simply turn and face Jesus again.  In my life I have had numerous times when God needed to turn me around and set me in the right direction again.  Just what do we need to turn from?  The world system of doing things, which includes religion and every form of selfishness.  We always need to move from man-centric to God-centric.  When I am going the way of the world I really want and need for Jesus to turn me around.  And guess what?  HE does!  When I cooperate with Him.

Next we need to believe in Him.  Not in some wishy washy way either.  No, HE wants us to trust in, cling to, and rely on Him.  HE wants for us to surrender our entire being to Him; No rationalization, no bargaining, and no treaties.  In other words HE gets all of us with no holding back.  Without this type of belief in our lives we will always be tossed back and forth by the wind and waves that the enemy throws at us.  I am talking unconditional surrender.  He will take us just as we are, as long as we are willing to BE just who He wants us to BE in the days and years to come.

The message Jesus brought had balance.  He said, “Repent and believe!”  Problem is that most “churches” preach either REPENT, REPENT, REPENT, WORKS, WORKS,WORKS or BELIEVE, BELIEVE, BELIEVE, GRACE, GRACE,GRACE!  His truth is found in the balance and that is where we need to be living each and every day.

Now concerning the Kingdom of God being near… I know that there are tons of different beliefs out there that try to describe what The Kingdom of God is.  The book shelves are full up where it comes to this topic.  My slant on this is extremely simple… When The King is near His Kingdom is never far off.  Where The King is, His Kingdom is there with Him.  Follow Jesus and you will find The Kingdom, both now and until the end of the age.

Love and ……

Kirk Out!

 

 

 

 

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2 Comments
  1. “Turn Around” by Bonnie Tyler just took on spiritual significance in my head. In our desperate need, our Lover is close, and His Kingdom is close. Thank you, Chris.

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