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Unlocking Kingdom Authority and Power Within You

Rev. Manson B. Johnson

By Rev. Manson B. Johnson
Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times

Matthew 16:19-21

Lesson #8

Bible Fact: Jesus expects all of His disciples to demonstrate the authority and power of His kingdom as a witness to a weak and wicked world.

The Big Idea: To get Christian disciples to surrender their faith beyond the traditional to be offered the opportunity to engage with God without restrictions to do miraculous works that represent God.

November 4, 1983 — While a $100,000 fire truck stood by unused because nobody knew how it operated, fire destroyed a power plant in the tiny village of Akiachak, Alaska. Damage to the plant was estimated at $250,000.  —Source Unknown.

Do you know good Christians who are like this fire station? They had the right equipment but they will not know how to operate it. Jesus intends for those who follow Him to have the keys to the kingdom and to use them effectively. Those who fail to use them allow life to cost them more in damages than rewards during the course of their lives.

  1. The SOUL ONLY is the citizen that lives in the kingdom of heaven.
    1. On the Cross Jesus suffered for me
    2. In me Jesus saves me
    3. Around me Jesus secures me
    4. By my side Jesus sustains me
    5. For me Jesus sanctifies me
  2. 7 Keys to unlock authority and power of the kingdom of heaven within you:
    1. Love God
    2. Manifest your love of God daily in practice (not just on Sundays)
      1. Four ways to manifest your love for God within you:
        1. Forgive others; Matthew 6:14,15; Mark 11:20-26; Luke 17:3,4; I John 1:9,10
        2. Demonstrate compassion to comfort, love and help others; Matthew 5:43-48; Luke 10:29-37; I John 4:20
        3. Reject and overcome preeminent behavior with humility toward others; Philippians 2:1-4
        4. Accept and learn from personal persecution to trust God to make you victorious; Job 13:15,16; Matthew 5:10-12; Philippians 2:4-8

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