Bringing in God’s Will
Kathy—Jesus lived out an example for the Ekklesia, or the Church, that He said He would build. He showed us how to bring God’s will into earth’s conflicts and contradictions. He demonstrated Kingdom authority every time He did something, whether it was turning water into wine or taking dominion over a fig tree. Every time He healed a paralytic or raised the dead or delivered someone from demons, Kingdom order came into earth. He was training His People that they could access Kingdom rule and power, and He didn’t take it lightly when His trainees did not pick up the keys that He gave them. Remember when the disciples woke Him up in the boat because of the stormy sea one night, He addressed His disciples BEFORE He addressed the weather! He reprimanded them in Matt 8:26 saying, “Why are you so afraid? Why are you such cowards?” Then in Matt 17:17, when the man brought his son with epilepsy and the disciples couldn’t cure him, again Jesus rebuked the disciples BEFORE He rebuked the demon. (AMP) He said, “You unbelieving (warped, wayward, rebellious) and thoroughly perverse generation! How long am I to remain with you? How long am I to bear with you? Bring the boy here to Me.” That same verse, Matt 17:17, isn’t any milder in other versions. One reads: “You unbelieving, corrupt and perverted generation!” (MSG) “You have No sense of God! No focus to your lives! How many times do I have to go over these things?” (CEV) “You people are too stubborn to have any faith! How much longer must I be with you? Why do I have to put up with you?” Jesus did not mollycoddle them when they didn’t pick up the keys and take authority and get Kingdom results.