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We Have Work to Do

We Have Work to Do | KingdomNomics.comScripture: John 17:3–4, NIV

Now this is eternal life: that they know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. I have brought you glory on earth by finishing the work you gave me to do.” (John 17:3–4, NIV)

This is eternal life: knowing God and Jesus Christ.

Jesus came into the world to give the world this message. Without him, there is no hope of personal salvation. Those who accept this truth will enjoy a life that will echo into eternity.

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The Power to Love is Sourced in the Holy Spirit

The Power to Love is Sourced in the Holy Spirit | KingdomNomics.comScripture: Romans 5:5, NIV

“…And hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured out into our hearts through the Holy Spirit, who has been given to us.” (Romans 5:5, NIV)

It is only through God’s power that we can love others in the way he desires. This is confirmed by this verse:

“…For God gave us a spirit not of fear but of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7, ESV)

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The Power of Deep Convictions

The Power of Deep Convictions | KingdomNomics.comScripture: 1 Thessalonians 1:5, NIV

“…Because our gospel came to you not simply with words but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction. You know how we lived among you for your sake.” (1 Thessalonians 1:5, NIV)

A major problem in our world is that many people lack deep convictions to govern their attitudes and life actions. In the minds of many there are no absolutes, and it is okay for each person to do as they please.

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Broken Cisterns

The Word of God gives us the nourishment we need to live abundantly in this world | KingdomNomics.comScripture: Jeremiah 2:13, NIV

My people have committed two sins: They have forsaken me, the spring of living water, and have dug their own cisterns, broken cisterns that cannot hold water.” (Jeremiah 2:13, NIV)

Many people in the secular world look for life in the wrong places. Believers always need to be on their guard to avoid making this same mistake.

Notice this verse begins with “My people.” They are accused of making to two big mistakes: forsaking the true source of life and looking to alternate sources for meeting their needs.

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Open My Eyes

Through the Word, we gain understanding of God’s eternal plan and our role in it | KingdomNomics.comScripture: Psalm 119:18, ESV

Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” (Psalm 119:18, ESV)

To understand the Word of God, we need special revelation from God through the Holy Spirit. Revelation and transparency are the hallmarks in any relationship.

Jesus promised that both he and the Father would make their home with us and reveal themselves to us if we obeyed their commandments.

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Avoiding Mission Drift

WATCH to keep on mission | KingdomNomics.comScripture: Matthew 25:13, NIV

Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.” (Matthew 25:13, NIV)

We are counseled in Scripture to watch for many things. We are particularly told to be on the look out for the return of the Lord, which can happen at anytime. Our time bubble can pop at anytime, thrusting us into the eternal paradigm.

We need to guard against mission drift. Converterlators are on mission and need to keep on mission. The following acrostic, W-A-T-C-H, can help us keep on mission.

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Focus

Focus on Christ | KingdomNomics.comScripture: Matthew 2:12, ESV

And being warned in a dream not to return to Herod, they departed to their own country by another way.” (Matthew 2:12, ESV)

Notice the wise men were told not to go back to Herod. In many ways, Herod symbolizes the world system. Nothing in the world system encourages us to be engaged in a relationship with Jesus Christ. The value system of the kingdom is in opposition to that of the world.

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Gratitude: The Missing Ingredient

Gratitude: The Missing Ingredient | KingdomNomics.comScripture: Luke 17:15–18, NCV

When one of them saw that he was healed, he went back to Jesus, praising God in a loud voice. Then he bowed down at Jesus’ feet and thanked him. (And this man was a Samaritan.) Jesus said, ‘Weren’t ten men healed? Where are the other nine? Is this Samaritan the only one who came back to thank God?’ ” (Luke 17:15–18, NCV)

It appears that man is not grateful for all of the provision God has provided for living in this world. We often tend to be self-centered, focusing more on the negative rather than being thankful for what we do have.

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Justified Before God

Justified Before God | KingdomNomics.comScripture: Romans 10:9–10, NIV

If you declare with your mouth, ‘Jesus is Lord,’ and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you profess your faith and are saved.” (Romans 10:9–10, NIV)

This passage is the wonderful message of salvation. It is a work of God himself who alone can do this. Other passages of Scripture confirm this truth:

My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.” (1 John 2:1–2, NLT)

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By the Spirit

By the Spirit | KingdomNomics.comScripture: 2 Corinthians 13:14, NKJV

The grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit be with you all. Amen.” (2 Corinthians 13:14, NKJV)

It is almost impossible to live life without encountering stress, fear, anxiety, and worry. But all of the above—the grace of Jesus, the love of God, and the communion of the Holy Spirit—are needed for us to be consistently successful in overcoming stress, fear, anxiety, and worry in our lives.

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