July 18th began the summer fast of the Embassy of God Church.
People from different Ukraine cities and countries of the world have come to get a fresh word from God, spiritual refreshment and strengthening. Being then able to leave with concrete plans and ideas of how to spreadthekingdom of God in their city and country.
On in the first day of the fasting, Pastor Sunday Adelaja offered to answer the question: “How to manifest the Kingdom of God practically?”
Before giving an answer to the above question, pastor enquired as to what the Kingdom of God meant for every member of the church (what the Kingdom of God meant in one’s life.)
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to Himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation; To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself, not imputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation. Now then we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ’s stead, be ye reconciled to God. For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinth.5:17-21).
For better understanding pastor Sunday illustrated the sacrifice of Jesus Christ, using two people for the illustration: one was the Savior, and the second a sinful man.
“One cannot fully understand the true meaning of human life after repentance without understanding of Jesus’ sacrifice – it’s significance for mankind and every individual. If the revived believer does not understand how and for what he should live, he will just waste his life or do what he must not do”, said the pastor.
The desire of a believer to live for Christ, to spread His righteousness and to show people the way comes from understanding of Jesus Christ sacrifice (Isaiah 53).
According to the pastor, one should not try to be clever in manifesting the kingdom of God to people, not to use complicated words or practice one’s skills on them (attempting to sharpen one’s skills). The only thing to do is to convince people that Jesus has already done everything for them (has forgiven and washed away all his sins), so one needs only to accept His forgiveness and be reconciled to Him.
Talking about how to manifest the kingdom of God in the modern world, the church members were asked to reflect and answer the question about the benefits of fellowship with God. As a result, it was said that, being close to God, a person receives wisdom from Heaven, confidence, inspiration, strength and grace, as well as grows progressively to become similar to Christ’s image – to resemble His image (even in the Book of Genesis we read that “man was created in the image of God”).
“Thus, the more I’ll be like Christ, afewerwards I need to persuade or make clear some of God’s truth. Since God is invisible, people should be able to see Him in our deeds, words and attitudes. And it will be the most vivid manifestation of the kingdom of God “, explained pastor Sunday.
Otherwise, prayer, reading the Bible, praise and worship without changing of a person’s “image” and as a consequence, without manifestation of God’s kingdom are just a religion!
The Kingdom of God being manifested begins with a relationship with God and progresses with training (at different levels: mental and spiritual); culminating with the phenomenon of God’s kingdom manifesting in a human life in all its spheres directly.
Brothers and sisters, let’s not be just theorists, but the current practice on the phenomenon of God’s Kingdom in this world!
Press-center of theGod Embassy church.
Edited by Kizito Leacock
Translated by Anna Krets