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Going to church, reading the bible, listening to Christian music will not advance your spiritual life. These activities may give you more understanding but until you are ready to lay down your life and take up your cross this leads nowhere.

What I am talking about is the sacrifice of self to advance the cause of Jesus Christ in the world. There is a destiny that God had for each of us that only we can personally discover. We can discover it only by detaching from the world and making ourselves available for the Holy Spirit. By detaching from the world--now you have time--the commodity that most Christians are not willing to give.

Jesus said, "Self-help is not help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, to finding yourself, your true self. (Matthew 16:25)

"God has planted eternity in the human heart." (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

"Anyone who lets himself be distracted from the work I plan for him is not fit for the Kingdom of God." (Luke 9:62)

"The most important thing is that I complete my mission, the work that the Lord Jesus gave me." (Acts 20:24)

"We have been sent to speak for Christ." (2 Corinthians 5:20)

"We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." (Ephesians 2:10)

Albert Finch
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Redefining The Church

Posted 04-16-2024 at 01:18 AM by Albert Finch

"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to His great mercy, He has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead." - 1 Peter 1:3

The Lord is redefining His Church and calling them out of a place of stagnancy and redundancy into a place of passion.

Have you ever felt as if you were running around in circles, going through churchy motions but getting nowhere? When we lose sight of His Kingdom, our lives can be easily reduced to "playing church" which is no fun after a while. Jesus only spoke of His Church – or Ekklesia roughly 3 times and mainly in the book of Matthew (Matthew 16:18, 18:17).

The Lord's original idea for His called-out assembly (Church) -- a supernatural army of sons and daughters pulsing with a passionate expression of His Kingdom on the earth. In order to see the fruit of Jesus on the earth, we must remember to live from the Kingdom of Heaven.

The Church is not meant to be a box in which we contain and theorize Heaven.


Every believer has the potential to wake up and smell the glory -- that is, recognize who they are in Christ as sons and daughters.

The Church of Jesus Christ should be a place of equipping the saints in:

their Christ identity,

their right standing with God,

and walking in the Spirit.
Now they are ready to understand their CALLING in Christ and be propelled into their Kingdom destinies.

The Church is not meant to be a place where we get trained to go through the motions, it's mean to be a gathering and equipping of the representatives of the Kingdom of Heaven so they can go out in their Christ calling and bear fruit that remains for His Kingdom.

As we ascend into passionate, Kingdom-living which results in an effective, powerful Church as well as personal life, we have a passion to disciple new believers into their Christ identity and oversee their spiritual progress.


"So it was continuously; the cloud would cover it by day, and the appearance of fire by night. Whenever the cloud was lifted from over the tent, afterward the sons of Israel would then set out; and in the place where the cloud settled down, there the sons of Israel would camp. At the command of the LORD the sons of Israel would set out, and at the command of the LORD they would camp; as long as the cloud settled over the tabernacle, they remained camped out." - Numbers 9:16-17

Kingdom people are led by the Spirit. We can experience an incredible stagnancy and/or burnout if we do not camp around the cloud of His glory.

If you find yourself feeling stagnant or unproductive, challenge yourself to step out and find a mentor who can show you how to be effective in bearing fruit that remains for God’s Kingdom.

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