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The Kingdom of Jesus Christ and the Kingdom of hell are incomparable kingdoms, we are living in a much greater and superior Kingdom.

The Kingdom we are living have great weapons. The word of God, prayer, revelations, intercessions and more. The name of Jesus Christ is the Greatest weapon of our warfare, the Devil tremble at the name of Jesus Christ.

While the kingdom of hell is like 3 little puppies, the Kingdom of God is like 1,000 Lions. We are living in the Kingdom of Victory, we are a citizen of Victor, that’s our Kingdom. The Kingdom of hell is the kingdom of hopelessness, while the Kingdom of God is the Kingdom of hope.

The Devil is not omni-potent, he cannot do all things, but God is omni-potent, He can do all things. The Devil is like the little mouse the cat chase. Our God is omniscient, knowing all things, the Devil is not omniscient, he doesn’t know all things.

Jesus said, “Every Authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me”. Phil 2:10 said, “At the name of Jesus Christ every knee will bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth”. James 2:19 said, “Even demons believe that there is one God, and they tremble in terror”. We are living in a Superior Kingdom, and it is the Kingdom of peace, love and joy.

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In the battle we fought, our God is on our side, while the Devil is trembling, our God is at peace. We are living in a Superior Kingdom, victory belongs to us.

– David Chawngthu

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The Gospel of the Kingdom:

The Gospel of the Kingdom includes teachings and preaching, healing, miracles, signs and wonders, prophecy, salvation, deliverance, blessings, prosperity/success/progress/profit/advance, sacrificing, restorations, reformations, etc etc.. and Advancing the Kingdom of God.

Rev 11:15 – “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he will reign for ever and ever.”

Luke 4:43 – Jesus said, “I must preach the Kingdom of God to other cities also, I was sent for this purpose”

Mizoram:

119 years ago, my homeland Mizoram, even Nagaland in India, the people living there were Head hunters, there were no shops, no market places or anything else, farming and hunting were their main occupations.

And in this land, God sent His people to bring the Gospel to them.

100 years later, this land Mizoram has become approximate of 85-90% Christian land. And rapidly growing in all areas, Government, in education, in businesses, sports, market places, city and towns, and so on, especially in sports and literacy rate it has become one of the top in the whole country of India. At present there are around 28 states in India, and Mizoram has become the 2nd highest literacy rate in India, that’s what the Gospel did, and that’s the power of the Gospel, transforming this land. God has blessed this land. Number one purpose is that God So love this nation, and that’s what God wants to do to all the nations of the earth.

Martin Luther:

In the 16th century, God sent Martin Luther to bring reformation/transformation to the Christianity of the world. “Justification by faith” was one powerful truth that he brought out, to know that we are justified by our faith, that’s an awesome thing (saved by grace). During the last 100’s of years, great men and women has risen up in history, saving 1000’s of lost souls, millions of lost souls, people like William Booth and founders of most denominations, churches, para churches, and church planters, great evangelists and so on has risen up, Rev.Dr. Billy Graham, Reinhard Bonnke, etc, saving millions of lost souls around the world who are destined to hell, one of the root was Martin Luther’s bold works, most founders of denominations and churches and great evangelists all over the world has risen up, they are bringing people into the Kingdom of God.

And in today’s world, we could evangelize the world, telling people the Love of Jesus Christ, and that God loves them and is waiting for them, and that’s powerful.

Transformation with the Kingdom of God:

Matt 24:24 – “This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.”

Rev 11:15 – “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.”

Think and consider all the Church planters of the world today, they are all over places, if you go to the smallest villages in the corner of somewhere, they are there. If you go to a small town somewhere, they are there. If you go to a small village where vehicles don’t reach, they are there. If you go to a city, and the biggest cities of the world, they are there. (Even though there are numbers of places around the world where the Gospel has not reached, and the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few.) And some must have plant 1 church, must have planted 2 churches, 3 churches, 4 churches, 5 churches, over 10 churches and so on with big visions. Some people like Heidi Baker, after striving and plowing for 13 years, their Ministries have planted 6000 churches during 8 years.

Genesis 1:27-28

So God created mankind in his own image,
in the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
God blessed them and said to them,

“Be fruitful and increase in number/ multiply; fill the earth and subdue it/ have dominion. Rule over the fish in the sea and the birds in the sky and over every living creature that moves on the ground.”

Now, we can consider 100 years later, from now to 100 years, how much more will the world be transformed with the Gospel, how much more will the world be transformed with the Kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ.

– David Chawngthu

All Authority In Heaven and On Earth has been Given to me, THEREFORE Go… – Jesus Christ

It was at that same moment He said,

Go into All the world and preach the Good news… and these signs will accompany those who believe.. they will lay hands on the sick and they will get well………Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.

Acts 4:33 – With great power the apostles continued to testify to the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus, and much grace was upon them all.

Acts 5:29… – Peter and the other apostles replied: “We must obey God rather than men! The God of our fathers Raised Jesus from the Dead— ……

Paul said in 1Cor 15:14 – If Christ has not been raised, our preaching is useless and so is your faith.

Phil 3:10 – I want to know Christ and I want to know the Power of His Resurrection..

The Resurrection Power of Christ gave us the Power to Overcome Every weaknesses, gives us the Abilities to do what we cannot do, the Abilities to do the Impossible, the Courage, the Boldness, the Strength, Power, Authority, Healing, Freedom in Christ, and we are Resurrected Along with Christ Jesus. And Because of this Christ Dead and Resurrection, we can now become Children of God, sons and daughters of God, Ambassadors of Christ.. we came to receive our Identities in Christ because of His dead and Resurrections.

And this Christ’s Resurrection is our Abilities, our power, our strength, and where our Authorities came from and the Foundation of Our Faith for ALL those who believe in Jesus Christ.

Because Christ died and was Resurrected, He can now dedicate His Authority to us, and His Resurrection Power became the Foundation of Our Faith. These dedications are not only to the Apostles, but for All those who believe in Jesus Christ.

And Now, Since Christ has died and Rose again, and has dedicated us His Mission, and has sent us as an Ambassadors for Him, to preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God on this Earth, it is an Obligation for us those who believe in Him “To Advance His Kingdom and see His Kingdom Coming on this Earth”.

– David Chawngthu
Kingdom Apostolic Ministries

The Apostolic Nature itself is Advancing the Kingdom of God, and for especially the Apostles, it is the heart and the nature to Advance God Kingdom, and it is also one of the main purpose of an Apostle and Apostolic.

Being First Alone does not make Apostleship:

If being the FIRST and STARTING SOMETHING NEW ALONE MADE SOMEONE AN APOSTLE, my wife would be an Apostle, she was the First to pioneer full time works of Seva Bharat Ministry in the whole of Mizoram state in India. But, that does not make her an Apostle, even though she was the First person who pioneered the First Seva Bharat Ministries in the whole state of Mizoram in India, as a Full Time Worker. She was actually looking for a job, so she finds a job, so her job assignment was to do the works of the Lord in Mizoram through Seva Bharat Ministries, she traveled all around Mizoram doing good works and networking with youths in different places and churches. But, they were jobs assigned for her for their job from their Boss from South India.

If being THE FIRST or STARTING SOMETHING NEW IN THE NAME OF CHRIST made somebody an Apostle, then we would be an Apostle with some of our friends when we started THE FIRST Guitar Training Class in the town of Bhuttabari and in those region in a little bit outskirt of Siliguri. We were the FIRST, but not only that, the Guitar Learning Class were also done as a Ministry in Christ Name. There were more than 10 who used to attend that Guitar Training Course. But, those things does not make us an Apostle. We were just doing some good works for the Lord, and we were the FIRST and THE ONLY PEOPLE who did those kind of ministries in those areas, and the ONLY Course ever existed in those region, especially in Christ Name.

Even though all those things may be part of the Apostolic, they didn’t make us an Apostle. But all those are good works for the Kingdom of God, and they are part of Advancing the Kingdom of God.

And while we were working in Discipleship Training School, we sometimes added New topics (New Subjects) in the Training courses, but those things too does not make anyone an Apostle, they are just New subjects Added for the learning, even though they are for the Kingdom of God. They could even be the First New subjects, but those things does not make anyone an Apostle.

Anybody can plant a Church, Pioneer New Ministries or any other things, and that is okay to plant a Church, and those are good for the Kingdom of God, but anyone can plant a Church as well. We often have a thought that Apostleship is about planting a Church, but if we look at the Bible, the main purpose of Jesus sending the Apostles was not to plant a Church itself, but because planting church was sorely needed where they were sent, and where they were serving the Lord, so they plant a Church. But, planting Church alone does not make anyone an Apostle, anyone can plant a Church, a Pastor can plant a Church, Evangelist can plant a Church, Teachers, Prophets, people with any types of gifts and talents, businessmen, and missionaries, any servants of God can plant a Church, and all those are part of Apostolic and Advancing the Kingdom of God. All those might be good, but that does not make them an Apostle. Many people have a traditional believe that Apostleship is about planting a Church, but Apostle means “A sent one”, an “Ambassadors of Christ”. Of Course we need many more people around the world who would plant Churches, and advance the Kingdom of God. And if we Advance the Kingdom of God, we also need to establish the Kingdom of God.

Pioneering: Pioneering too can be done by any believers of Jesus Christ, although that is part of Apostolic, but everyone who pioneered does not mean an “Apostle”, even though pioneering may be a good thing for the Kingdom of God. One of the example I have shared in the first paragraph from my wife would bring descriptions in some ways.

Having a Sent Mentalities:
Apostles are not only “the sent”, anybody can be sent, missionaries can be sent, Prophets can be sent, Evangelist can be sent. Even though Apostles mean “A Sent One”, God can sent anyone that does not make them an Apostle either, but a sent mentalities itself are all part of an Apostolic. And all those works for the Kingdom of God are good things. In fact, all believers of Jesus Christ are sent and must have a sent mentality to transform their regions, cities, towns, areas or the nations. And all those “sent mentalities” are part of an Apostolic.

Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” John 20:21

Apostles are sent with a heart of transformation on this earth as they advance the Kingdom of God. Apostles carry the Authority of the one who sent them, the Authority of Christ. Beside Whatever visions and hearts of transformations they might be given, there is also the mindsets of an Apostle. The mindset of an Apostolic and Apostles, one of the verse we can quote –

Phil 2:5-11

Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus:
Who, being in very nature God,
did not consider equality with God something to be grasped,
but made himself nothing,
taking the very nature of a servant,
being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man,
he humbled himself
and became obedient to death—
even death on a cross!

Therefore God exalted him to the highest place
and gave him the name that is above every name,
that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow,
in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord,
to the glory of God the Father.

The Apostolic mindset knows that a believers of Jesus Christ is to live a life of death and Resurrection, a resurrected life, as Christ was resurrected. We are to be Resurrected and Glorified with Christ.

The Apostolic knows the death of Christ, and they knows that they must die on the cross, and live a life of death. We must be able to say, “I live a life of death”. They also knows the Authority of Christ as they Advance the Kingdom of God on this earth, as the verse said, “Every knee should bow IN THE NAME OF JESUS, IN HEAVEN AND ON EARTH AND UNDER THE EARTH“.

There are different graces given in the Body of Christ, let us look at from the 5 fold Ministries : – Ephesians 4:11-13

Teachers – They have the ability to give a detail instructions on the word of God, the Bible. Bringing REVELATIONS OF GOD’S WORDS.
Pastors – They cares for the sheep, families, counseling, etc.
Evangelist – Lost souls, they have a desire to see that all people be saved, get to Heaven and not Hell.
Prophets – Pointing out the will of God, especially the specific will of God on this earth, and also prophesy.
Apostles – They can touch all the other 4, and one of the other main point is The nature of Advancing the Kingdom of God. Apostles also carry a blueprint in their hearts concerning the Church (the Body of Christ), the Kingdom of God, and God’s purposes on the earth.

Apostles also bring “Present Truth” Teachings and Revelations to the Body of Christ. (“Present Truth” taken from 2Peter 1:12 -“Be Established in the Present Truth”).

When we learn to receive from these graces, we will come into maturity in our lives and the Body of Christ. And EVERY SINGLE PARTS of the Body of Christ are IMPORTANT. In the Bible we find that James wrote through revelations he received:-
Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights. – James 1:17

And the heartbeat and purpose of an Apostle is to Advance the Kingdom of God and to see the Kingdom of God coming on this earth. The nature of an Apostle and Apostolic itself is Advancing the Kingdom of God. Everybody can start something new for the Kingdom of God, and that is good and important, and the Kingdom of God must be advancing. But the nature of an Apostle itself is a nature of Advancing the Kingdom of God. So, we must also learn to receive from these grace, Apostolic and the Apostle’s grace, the nature of Advancing the Kingdom of God.

Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done, as in heaven, so on earth (Matt 6:10)

By, David Chawngthu
Founder: Kingdom Apostolic Ministries

Aizawl, Mizoram, India.

First of all, God is a Pioneer, a Great pioneer. Jesus Christ was a pioneer of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. Heb 3:1 said, He was an Apostle.

Literally, God pioneered everything; He is the beginning and the end.

I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. (Rev 22:13)

 

Creating a pioneering culture is important:

One of the good example for a Pioneering Culture could be America. America has one of the type of a Pioneering culture in this world, if we look at the world today, most of the pioneers all over the world are Americans today and especially for the last century and today, either for the Gospel or pioneering new Ministries, even in many other different kinds of works, Gospel, new ministries, etc. One of the reason I believe that Americans are pioneers all over the world is that, they have a culture of releasing, they have a culture of releasing their Children to be whatever they are meant to be, even from Childhood they have a culture of releasing their children to freedom, freedom to be who they are. And I believe that is a part of a Pioneering culture, even for Children to be who they are from Childhood.

Apostles are pioneers as well, though not all who pioneers are called to be an Apostle, but a pioneering culture is an Apostolic culture, there are slice differences between Apostolic and Apostle. And we can create a pioneering culture in our family, church, team, ministries, cities, nations, etc.

Creating a Pioneering Culture required:

1. A culture where people can be who they are, and building “Identities In Christ” to Children and people, mainly in our SPEECHES and actions towards them. (see “Growing in Your Identity in Christ” categories from this same blog).

2. Freedom to make mistakes (not to judge quickly or to be critical quickly even in mistakes, but knowing that those are parts of Pioneering and taking New initiatives). Also, not to be judgmental of people’s personal choices: People’s personal choices which are not sins or wrong may not always be our choices, judgmental is a stronghold as well.

3. Giving Freedom or RELEASING people, even kids to play and be who they are from Childhood that they may be bold and courageous to be who they are ( A Pioneering culture is a releasing culture even for works and new ministries. In some cases or in numbers of cases, those mentalities are also important to be build up from Childhood, if not, then we can start building them, Jesus Christ released all His disciples and went to Heaven).

Sometimes, especially around the Northeast India, people walked their Father’s destiny, their Mother’s destiny, their Aunties and Uncles Destinies, what they want them to be. And respecting them is not bad, but we are to walk our destinies and not what others wants’ us to walk, work and do for our destinies. Some people want to be Doctor, Pastor, Missionaries, Engineers, and Theologians and so on, just because their parents and families put high values on those things, and want them to be those things. Many strive to be what their parents want them to be and are performing, some passed and some failed, many gone astray, many highly educated and unemployment.

We are to follow our hearts by the leading of the Holy Spirit or trusting in God even if we do not know what is ahead of us, and what must be the outcome and the results. A pioneering culture is a releasing culture for people to be who they are, and where they are called to go and do, or even take a risk, even try something new, pioneers and take a step even out of the norm boundaries. Salaries and amount of earnings are not the point, willingness to suffer even if lost happens, sacrificing needed, lost and leaving comfort zones are needed. There, there are more true joy as well. Yes, in life itself there are times of joy and sorrows, but working and doing God’s calling and what we are truly passionate about gives more joy again, and joy is not just a feeling, its strength.

The Apostle Peter left all his fishing stuffs, even all the other Apostles left their works, Government works, business and so on, they will have some amount of joy even if they didn’t left their fishing and still did the job of fishing, but when they work where their hearts are, even without guaranteed of what we may call ‘bright future’, they had more joy filled life even in their sufferings rather than being a wealthy business person, or a wealthy tax collectors. There are nothing wrong with being a business men, being a tax collector or working in the Government, but my point here is doing what God puts in the heart. There is nothing greater whether it’s business, fishing or sacrificing and leaving comfort zones, what’s important is that we are willing to leave everything and go/ do what God puts in our hearts, there there is more joy, and there are more strength and abilities what is in our hearts, usually what is in our hearts are what God puts in our hearts if we have Jesus Christ in our heart and have joy in Him.

“Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart.” – Ps 37:4

. Release others from the heart where they have a heart to work, go, do, take new initiatives, even though they might not be our personal choices. There could be many situations and other things, but the main point here is “RELEASING” them and trusting them. Let people be people and let them enjoy what God has planned for them in this one life, as they followed their hearts. (Matt 28:18 – Therefore Go..), they were released to the callings of God.

4. Not a tight holder of Traditions, but a lover of change and new initiatives as needed. (The Pharisees in the Bible do not like change, they hold on to their traditions while the Greatest change on earth began happening and Jesus was literally walking among them). So, we need to be a lover of change and new initiatives where they are needed, if not needed, then that’s another thing, but many people would like to hold on to the old when they are needed. (another vice versa, sometimes people may do things out of flesh or either self-Glorifications rather than a true heart for the Kingdom of God, and that’s different). (The Pharisees and the teachers of the law in the synagogues, which was like the church did not release Jesus Ministries as well as the apostles Ministries, rather they were persecuted – Eg – Peter and John – Acts 4:19-20 – But Peter and John answered and said to them, “Whether it is right in the sight of God to give heed to you rather than to God, you be the judge; for we cannot stop speaking about what we have seen and heard.”).

5. Encouraging ‘Taking Risk’ where there are hearts to take a Risk, even though you might not know anyone who has done before, willing to take a Risk if it’s in the heart. (Eg Mary, mother of Jesus Christ was willing to take a risk, nobody before and after had ever experienced and faced what Mary faced, we didn’t get everything in details about Mary’s pregnancy, but we can imagine the 9months of human pregnancy, and was without earthly Father, but of the Holy Spirit God, Jesus Christ was the Son of God). Mary’s willingness to take a risk birth out the Greatest Transformations ever on the face of the earth.

When Jesus Christ called the first 12 Apostles, they did not know their destiny, they did not know where they were heading and their destiny, there was no guaranteed of monthly salaries and income, but by faith they followed Jesus Christ and live by faith. They were really radical. Even when Jesus Christ sent them out into the world and went to Heaven, there was no guaranteed about any of their future and destinies, but they were giving their lives for Jesus Christ, to finish the works for which God has called them.

Paul the servant of God and an Apostle of Christ followed Jesus Christ till death like the other Apostles, there were times He went shipwrecked, hunger without food, seemed to be homeless and many more, He didn’t know all that the future would hold, sometimes in prison, the futures were not bright from men’s sight, but they know what they were doing, they rejoice in prison, they do the will of God till death, and that’s a bright future. (you can read the Bible verses for – when Jesus called the 12 disciples, also the Calling of Abraham in the Old Testament).

6. Building a faith building mindsets, though you might know the reality and the situations. Do You remember, after just a few years, Jesus Release all His disciples Empowering them with Faith Speeches for the Mission works He gave them. (Matt 28:18)

7. Valuing “Perseverance”, “Perseverance under Trails”. “Joy”. (James 1:2)

Eg: In Acts 16, Paul and Silas were stripped and beaten; they were put to prison, But they were rejoicing and worshiping God in that prison, even to the point the earthquake shook the foundations of the prison.

Let us look at from the Wright Brothers for example:

The Wright Brothers were the inventors of the first successful Airplane and so on, they were pioneers, they were risk takers – between mistakes, successes, fail and even to death. They gave all their strength, time and works, they were bold and courageous, they were radical.

You can create a Pioneering culture in your family, in your church, in your ministries, in your community, in your city, nation and country. It is possible.

What were the Wright Brothers doing?

They were foolish, they were mad, they were crazy, they were doing something non-sense, they were doing something that were non-profitable, they were doing what nobody had really succeeded, they were doing something impossible.

Matthew 28:18 – Jesus came to them and said, “All Authority in Heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore Go..” (Matthew 28:18 – 20; Mark 16:15-18; Luke 24:45-49).

Even though there are differences between Apostolic and Apostles, the Wright Brothers were a good examples for Apostolic type of functions, they have a Pioneering heart, one of the aspect of an Apostolic. That’s the nature of an ‘Apostolic type’ for explanation of the nature, though that does not mean that they are apostolic or they have an apostolic anointing upon them, because the Apostolic is about the Kingdom of God, but the Wright Brothers were an admirable pioneers in Airplane things. I’m using the Wright Brothers for the example of a pioneer.

Any believers of Jesus Christ can start something new, and any believers of Jesus Christ can be a pioneer of something, they do not need to be an Apostle, but they can receive an Apostolic anointing upon them or either a pioneering grace upon them from God. And anyone can start something new. It is possible to create a pioneering culture, where everyone are willing to take a step on something, even to the point of living on the edge.
And the Apostolic is about the Advancement of the Kingdom of God.

Jesus Christ is Lord of Heaven and Earth,

David Chawngthu

Aizawl, Mizoram, India.

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The Wright Brothers. The Wright brothers, Orville (August 19, 1871 – January 30, 1948) and Wilbur (April 16, 1867 – May 30, 1912), were two Americans credited with inventing and building the world’s first successful airplane and making the first controlled, powered and sustained heavier-than-air human flight, on December 17, 1903. In the two years afterward, the brothers developed their flying machine into the first practical fixed-wing aircraft. Although not the first to build and fly experimental aircraft, the Wright brothers were the first to invent aircraft controls that made fixed-wing powered flight possible. – Wikipedia

First of all regarding Pastoral and Apostolic, we really need Pastoral functions in our churches, ministries and the Body of Christ, especially around the Northeast India, it is not only the Apostolic and the Prophetic that we are lacking, but also Pastoral types of functions are really lacking where Biblical Counselings are done with dealing issues and past life, and we need to grow in that. I believe generally we lack much in Pastoral counseling, even though we are community type of culture, as we grow in Pastoral Counseling and build a Pastoral communities in our culture, we also are to move from Pastoral only to Apostolic cultures. We also cannot just dwell in the Pastoral communities as well even though our communities may need healing of their lives, because the Spirit of the Lord is pushing our region to the Apostolic as well.

And regarding the word church, when we write “Church”, it could be ‘a church’ or it could be the Body of Christ, it can be relevant to both, even for many ministries and for the Kingdom of God.

When we have no more heart for advancing the Kingdom of God, we became a dead church or a dead culture. Generally, in the context of the Northeast Indian believers of Jesus Christ (the Body of Christ), also can be relevant to some other places around the world, but especially for the Northeast Indian context, when the members, the environments and the Body of Christ is more consumed with having degrees, having better church buildings, having a better materials just for the purpose of “NICE” and not for the purpose of Kingdom advancements, then the church slowly went toward being a Dead Church, there will be no life in that church, nor will there be heart for the Kingdom of God and its advancements.

More than a Church of uniformity, keeping the status qua and preventing the ancient days tradition systems, the church where there are good discussions in meetings, where leaders can be questioned, where people boldly share their opinions, where you do not mind to live on the edge for the purpose of Kingdom Advancements, willingness to change systems and ways of functions as needed, on the other hand where the Holy Spirit and the moves of God are valued, and the characters of God are valued to be applied as well, those churches or cultures will advanced the Kingdom of God, and there will be more advancements of the Kingdom of God, there will be visions, there will be actions.

That also does not mean that the characters and natures of God are neglected, the characters of God are not an exception for a believers lives, they are a ‘must’ to cultivate, develop, grow and be applied.

Confrontations for the purpose of Kingdom advancements:

Confrontation is Biblical and is Godly when they are needed, especially for the purpose of Kingdom advancements.
We find that Paul confront Peter in Galatians 2:11-14 –

When Peter came to Antioch, I opposed him to his face, because he was clearly in the wrong. Before certain men came from James, he used to eat with the Gentiles. But when they arrived, he began to draw back and separate himself from the Gentiles because he was afraid of those who belonged to the circumcision group. The other Jews joined him in his hypocrisy, so that by their hypocrisy even Barnabas was led astray.
When I saw that they were not acting in line with the truth of the gospel, I said to Peter in front of them all, “You are a Jew, yet you live like a Gentile and not like a Jew. How is it, then, that you force Gentiles to follow Jewish customs? (Galatians 2:11-14)

Here Paul confront Peter, this is because Peter was not relating to people according to the customs that were not sins. For example in today’s world, we have the drug addicts, we have people roaming in the streets, we also have many good people and youths who are also Christians but do not attend church and services, people who usually stay at home and use media, who do not usually go to services and so on, born and brought up in different places, or having different cultures because of different kinds of environments, works, brought up and other things.

For example, most of the churches in the Northeast India are British culture, especially for Mizoram. We also have all types of culture just in one culture, all different types of people, and they have their own types of customs, if we are to relate to these Gentiles, we cannot force them to follow our customs, we cannot try to make their outward looks in our image, that is why to advance the Kingdom of God is also a servant-hood, so different types of people needs to be who they are.

So, even if anyone, anyone came to the Lord or we brought them to Christ, it is not our job to try to change their outwards to our outward looks, that’s another point out here.

But the main point that I’m trying to draw out from here is that – you can question leaders, you can confront people when needed, even though personally I do not agree with always confronting, but I agree with confronting when needs are there. Peter was one of the main leader from the early church, He had been with Jesus, has followed and served Jesus Christ way before Paul even got conversion, Peter already served the Lord while Paul was a persecutor. Also Peter and Paul were in different ministries, Peter was among the Jews, and Paul among the Gentiles, they were having different mission, different focus and different ministries, but Peter needs some confrontations, so Paul confront him in front of all the people that others may not practice what Peter their leader did.
Jesus also confront the Pharisees and the Teachers of the law when they were in wrong, Jesus was not one of the leader of the synagogue, He had no positions, was just one of the member who also teaches sometimes but with authority, but Jesus confronted them. The whole chapter 23 of Matthew was about Jesus confronting the Pharisees and the Teachers of the laws, He not only confront them, but He even teaches and told the crowds and His disciples about what the teachers of the law and the Pharisees were doing.

Then Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples: (Matthew 23:1)
In, Luke 11:37-54, we also find Jesus confronting the Teachers of the law and the Pharisees.

Paul’s purpose of confronting Peter was for the Advancement of the Kingdom of God, one main point of Jesus purpose in confronting the Pharisees and the teachers of the law was for the purpose of the advancement of the Kingdom of God.

Some people wants to cover up everything, and seemed good from the outside, and those are not bad, there are times those things are needed, but of course not always. We need to go from those types of pastoral only to apostolic, where we really have a desire to advance the Kingdom of God and do not even mind to speak out and also work to bring the changes that are needed in the Kingdom of God for the advancements of the Kingdom of God, the things that are and can be hindrances for the advancements of the Kingdom of God. God has given us an assignment to advance His Kingdom on this earth.

When a church is really consumed with advancing the Kingdom of God, it cannot keep the status qua for generations or for a whole generation. But today, there are many churches and the Body of Christ seemed to be living a lot in the status qua, especially around the Northeast India, not just for 5-10 years, but for generations to generations there were no real change. In most cases, this is because; we are not consumed enough with advancing the Kingdom of God.

Advancing the Kingdom of God is not about how many new born babies were born in the church that added the members in the generation or generations, nor it is about taking people from other denominations, or about competing with other churches and denominations in materials and uniformities, but where Jesus is worshiped as King, is worshiped as Lord, and the Kingdom of God is advancing.

But, it is also totally okay if a church is advancing the Kingdom of God and other church members where there are no advancements are encouraged to be members of your church. But, without competition of course, and advancing the Kingdom of God does not always mean numbers of people, it is not political, and the main goal is just to advance the Kingdom of God.

Advancing the Kingdom of God is not political, even though Governments are for the Kingdom of God:

When Jesus first sent out His disciples, they went out 2 by two, so it is not political, rather it is about the task given by God, it is about fulfilling the assignments of God. A less number that advance the Kingdom of God work much more rather than the amount of numbers that do not advance the Kingdom of God.

Calling the Twelve to him, he sent them out two by two and gave them authority over evil spirits. (Mark 6:7)

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was about to go. (Luke 10:1)

Sometimes, to pioneer or to advance the Kingdom of God, the needs may be 10 workers, other times 5 workers, other times 2 or 3 according to the purpose and the mission and the starting works requirements. Pioneering is not a political thing, but it is about fulfilling what God has Commissioned or assigned to do. Doing the Mission impossible, doing them with the God of possible, penetrating with the power of God.

God’s advice to Zerubbabel when He was laying the foundation and building the temple:

Above all what we have written, there is one thing that the Lord really put importance, it is good to remember what the Spirit of the Lord Almighty had said to Zerubbabel through Zechariah, when Zerubbabel was laying the foundation of the temple and building the temple in Zech 4.

So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.

“What are you, O mighty mountain? Before Zerubbabel you will become level ground. Then he will bring out the capstone to shouts of ‘God bless it! God bless it!’”

Then the word of the Lord came to me: “The hands of Zerubbabel have laid the foundation of this temple; his hands will also complete it. Then you will know that the Lord Almighty has sent me to you.

“Who despises the day of small things? Men will rejoice when they see the plumb line in the hand of Zerubbabel.

“(These seven are the eyes of the Lord, which range throughout the earth.)”

(Zech 4:6-10)

So he said to me, “This is the word of the Lord to Zerubbabel: ‘Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.  (Zech 4:6).

LET US ADVANCE THE KINGDOM OF GOD WITH THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD.

DAVID CHAWNGTHU

JESUS CHRIST IS THE LORD OF HEAVEN AND EARTH:

As i was speaking in tongues for some few moments, and was doing the interpretation by faith. I believe God said, “All Authority in Heaven and on earth has been given to me” (Matt 28:18) is the foundation of where every Church, Ministries, the Body of Christ and the Kingdom of God should be build upon. That the Kingdom of God moves with Kingdom Authority, where every men and women understood in their hearts – “Jesus Christ as their Lord, and the Lord of Heaven and the Earth”.

Matthew 16:13-19 –

When Jesus came to the region of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say the Son of Man is?”

They replied, “Some say John the Baptist; others say Elijah; and still others, Jeremiah or one of the prophets.”

“But what about you?” he asked. “Who do you say I am?”

Simon Peter answered, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.”

Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by man, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will beg loosed in heaven.”

“You are the Christ, the Son of the living God”
– that is the foundation of the church, the Kingdom of God, where Jesus Christ is known as Lord of Heaven and Earth.

you are Peter, and on this ‘Rock’ I will build my church (the Body of Christ and the Kingdom of God), Peter received the Revelation “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God”, in other words which could means, “You are the Son of the Living God, Lord of Heaven and Earth”.

built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. (Ephe 2:20)

Peter, with the revelation of “Jesus Christ as Lord”, he advance the Kingdom of God with Kingdom Authority.

Jesus Christ is Lord, he is the chief corner stone – “All Authority in Heaven and on earth has been given to me” (Matt 28:18)

There needs to be a “Revelation of Jesus Christ as Lord of Heaven and the Earth” in the hearts of all those who believe in Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ is the true Rock, the foundation, where the church, the Body of Christ and the Kingdom of God is to be build upon.
From knowing that Jesus Christ is Lord, He has all authority in Heaven and on Earth, then the Kingdom of God will be advancing with Kingdom Authority, where the gates of hell will not overcome.

JESUS CHRIST IS THE LORD OF HEAVEN AND EARTH
David Chawngthu