When a nation stops believing in God it will believe and worship anything including itself, and then, after a long romp through lawlessness, hopelessness, chaos, and despair, die. Nations, cultures, and kingdoms are dying. I call it the law of kingdoms. Kingdoms come and kingdoms go. There is only one kingdom that will never disappear and that is the Kingdom of God. According to the 2012 birthrate stats some nations are choosing not to live. They are dying.  59 nations with 44 percent of the world’s population are contracting. By the end of the twenty-first century half the world’s languages will disappear and up to 90 percent by the end of the twenty-second. All of this points to the painfully slow death of secularism. Yet, in the face of mass cultural changes around the world there is an unstoppable expansion of the Kingdom of God taking place. There are a billion more Christians in the world now than there was in 1970 and the fastest growing religion is Pentecostalism. Pentecostalism is exploding! Today there are over 400 million Pentecostals and there could be more than 1 billion by 2040. Pentecostals are known throughout the world as Holy Ghost filled prayer warriors. Prayer warriors do more than worship Christ during prayer they attack demonic strongholds in the realm of the spirit.
Christian Living and Spiritual Growth
Christian living ministry training articles for effective Christian spiritual growth and maturity.
What you value you will pursue. Some value the Holy Ghost and some don’t. Not everyone is like you. Some embrace the Holy Spirit and others reject him. Remnant believers know they need both the Word of God and the Spirit of God. It’s encouraging when you see Christian leaders value the ministry of the Holy Ghost as much as Jesus did. After Christ’s resurrection he spent 40 days ministering to his disciples about things pertaining to the Kingdom of God. I’m convinced He was going over the restoration of all things and their part in manifesting the Kingdom of God on earth. The “restoration of all things” is foundational in the Book of Acts (Acts 3:19-21). To accomplish the task of world evangelism, advancing kingdom’ culture and success in ministry would require the baptism of the Holy Ghost. Jesus made it clear that his world changers and history makers should not attempt to take the gospel into the world before their endowment of power from on high (Acts 1:8). He knew there would be spiritual and natural opposition at every turn.
A sign of spiritual maturity is found in the unity of the faith. The unity of the faith includes your participation in the advancement of the Kingdom of God. Christ knew what it would take to build a church the gates of hell could not prevail against. This type of church is what I call a governing church. It’s a governing church with a governing people. Said another way, it is a church that equips and empowers the sons of God to rule and reign with Christ in this lifetime. Ruling and reigning includes carrying Christian salt, light, values, virtues, and godly influence into your family, workplace and society. The Apostle Paul wrote the five-fold ministry ascension gifts were called to perfect the saints for the work of the ministry. He taught us how to identify the completion of the equipping declaring as important sign, “Till we all come in the unity of the faith.”
Some are coming to the possibility that before the Second Coming of Christ the gospel of the Kingdom will be victorious throughout the entire world. The Cross is the most preached about ministry of Christ but he was also the Restoring King. Jesus not only came as the Lamb of God but also the Last Adam. As the Last Adam, Christ revealed how to manifest His Kingdom through the power of the Holy Ghost. He said, “If I with the finger of God cast out devils, no doubt the kingdom of God is come upon you.”
Disciples of Christ are part of a priesthood of kings called to restore and advance the Kingdom of God. This is the “unity of the faith” spoken by the Apostle Paul. Not only was Jesus the Lamb of God that taketh away the sins of the world he was also the Restoring King that would perfect his followers for the work of the ministry. When the anointing came on Jesus he made a prophetic announcement saying, “The time is fulfilled and the kingdom of God is at hand repent ye and believe the gospel” (Mark 1:15). In other words, Christ launched a revolutionary Kingdom Movement. This movement was not about getting people to ‘accept Jesus’ as their savior (a term not found in the bible) but joining him in restoring the rule of God on the earth through his covenant people.
Some are coming to the possibility that before the Second Coming of Christ this gospel of the Kingdom will be victorious throughout the entire world. We call these disciples the Remnants. The Remnants carry a subduing spirit as the scripture confirms. “And when all things shall be subdued unto him, then shall the Son also himself be subject unto him that put all things under him, that God may be all in all” (1 Corinthians 15:28).
Ancestor worship occurs in ancient cultures all over the world, even in modern times. To those that practice ancestor worship their belief is that the dead live on and in some way play a part in influencing their lives. Their mode of worship consists of making a small altar, lighting incense, praying, presenting various gifts and making offerings. Perhaps you have seen similar altars when entering a nail salon or Chinese restaurant. Over in the corner is a small altar with incense and fruit offerings. These offerings are given to invoke the spirit of dead ancestors for protection and financial blessing. Scripture condemns this practice for Christians.
As they waited in the Upper Room in prayer something powerful happened that changed their lives forever, the gift of the Holy Ghost was poured out.
“And when the day of Pentecost was fully come they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.” (Acts 2:1-4)