The early Church turned the world upside down because it embraced who God said the Church is. We the Church are a chosen race. A royal priesthood. A holy nation. A people for His possession. So that you may proclaim the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light.
Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people. You had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.
Refuse to embrace the culture’s definition of reality. The values, priorities and dreams that contradict the God’s truth.
Refuse to worship anyone or anything other than Christ— the Son of the living God.
Have no illusions of grandeur. They understand God’s Kingdom is not a democracy. He alone decides the whos, whats, whens and whys of His Kingdom.
Come from every walk of life and embrace this social diversity. Distinctions of rank and social class are irrelevant. Even though we are many individuals. Christ makes us one body, and individuals who are connected to each other.
Gratefully acknowledge Christ as the head of the Church.
Salvation is proof that God has not given up on His creation.
God was merciful! We were dead because of our sins, but God loved us so much that He made us alive with Christ.
God’s wonderful kindness is what saves you. God raised us from death to life with Christ Jesus, and He has given us a place beside Christ in heaven.
We have everything we need to live a life that pleases God. It was all given to us by God’s own power. When we learned that He had invited us to share in His wonderful goodness.
God made great and marvelous promises so that His nature would become part of us. Then we could escape our evil desires and the corrupt influences of this world.
There is no god in heaven or on the earth as mighty as the God of all gods. He keeps His covenant and shows unfailing love to all who walk in wholehearted devotion.
Watching over them and protecting them from evil.
Punishing the guilty as they deserve and acquitting the innocent because of their innocence.
Hearing the prayers of the repentant by teaching them to follow the right path.
Manifesting His glory when His children cry out for it.
Today, more than ever, disciples of Christ are seeking God with a new found urgency. Because theirs is a generation that curses its father and does not bless its mother. That is pure in its own eyes. Yet is not washed from its filth.
How haughty its eyes and pretentious its looks. Whose teeth are swords. Whose fangs are knives. Devouring the oppressed from the land and the needy from among mankind.
But the winds of Glory are beginning to blow. Many are hearing God’s reassuring voice.
“In a surge of anger I hid My face from you for a moment, but I will have compassion on you with everlasting love. For this is like the days of Noah to Me. When I swore that the waters of Noah would never flood the earth again.
So I have sworn that I will not be angry with you or rebuke you. Though the mountains move and the hills shake. My love will not be removed from you, and My covenant of peace will not be shaken.”
God is calling His Church to a life of purity and constancy in worship of Him. The One who forms mountains, and creates the wind. Who declares to man what His thought is, and makes the morning darkness. Who treads the high places of the earth.
Who whispers into our hearts. “Don’t be afraid! I am the first and the last, the living one. I was dead, but now I am alive forever. I have the keys of death and hell.”
Join the growing multitude crying out to God, “Not to us Lord. Not to us. No, but to Your own name give glory because of Your loyal love and faithfulness!”
What you do on this side of eternity matters. Every good act and every kind word will never be forgotten because God remembers His promises.
Be God’s ambassador of mercy. A force the powers of darkness cannot extinguish because God’s river of mercy is continually flowing from you to others.
And never forget! It is in that moment. When you assume it is over that Salvation shouts from the throne room of eternity, “Let there be light in the darkness. Let this light shine in your heart.
I, Salvation am the promise of a new dream. A new life. A glorious future death cannot destroy. A life of excellence and legacy.”
 1 Peter 2:9-10 Holman Christian Standard Bible
 Romans 12:5 GOD’S WORD Translation
 Ephesians 2:4-6 Contemporary English Version
 2 Peter 1:3-4 Contemporary English Version
 Proverbs 30:11-14 Holman Christian Standard Bible
 Isaiah 54:7-10 Holman Christian Standard Bible
 Amos 4:13 New King James Version
 Revelation 1:17-19 GOD’S WORD Translation
 Psalm 115:1 Common English Bible
(Excerpt from I AM The Master Gardener)
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