(Part 11 of 12)
To preach the gospel to the poor… the economically disabled. Some folk are rich in spirit and poor in things (Paul in Philippians 4:11-18). Some people are rich in things and poor in soul and spirit (Laodicea church in Revelation 3:17-18). Jesus came to abolish poverty. The early church took up large offerings to help those with needs (Acts 4:33-37). Too much or too little money produces problem children. Jesus is talking of much more than being financially poor. Many people are poor because of ignorance. The new converts in Acts 2 were taught and instructed in doctrine, i.e., the apostle’s teaching. Teaching follows your new birth. Jesus healed the sick, raised the dead, and made them strong to work. King David wrote in Psalm 84:11, “For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly” (KJV). Jesus taught in Luke 6:36-38, “Be ye therefore merciful, as your Father also is merciful. Judge not, and ye shall not be judged: condemn not, and ye shall not be condemned: forgive, and ye shall be forgiven: Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.”
To heal the brokenhearted… The word “brokenhearted” refers to people whose lives were shattered and bruised and crushed and abused. The society is full of these kinds of hurting people. The prophet Jeremiah wrote in Jeremiah 8:22, “Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?” (KJV). Jesus shouts, “Yes, there is! I have poured out my Spirit upon My people.” In the mid-80s the Lord said to me, “George, I want you to start writing, My people are hurting and they are telling no one, not their spouses, not their parents, not their pastors, but I know their hurts. Heal them.” The writing ministries began. Hundreds were receiving the monthly paper. Testimonies did come of the good work the paper was doing. Hallelujah. One of the purposes for His kingdom anointing is to ease people’s burdens. This might be a kind word, shelter, provisions, comfort, a visit, a telephone call, a ride to shopping places, and much more. Your anointing is for that very purpose.
To preach deliverance to the captives… There are people in our society that are exploited because of race, class, social standing, and lack of education. In a sense, they are captives, prisoners, cut off, and disinherited. Many people are held captive by a disease; many are in prison. The Christian ought not to show an anti-ministry spirit against these folks. The Spirit anointed Jesus to set these kinds of people free. The word “deliverance” means “to pardon them, to forgive them, give them liberty.” All the kingdom powers are with you when you step out in faith and help those who hurt.
Recovery of sight to the blind… This is more than physical blindness. It is spiritual blindness also. Sickness is not the will of God. Nowhere in Scripture does it say that God sends disease. Many people are blinded by ignorance and by lack of understanding. There are some people who are slow to learn. There are people who live in error; their minds are warped and their emotions have been blinded. Instead of love, there is hate. When God anointed you with the Holy Spirit, He gave you power to reign as kings. You have authority. Don’t hide behind fear.
To set at liberty those that are bruised… The word “bruised” means “crushed.” The bruises can be guilt complexes, negative feelings about oneself, missed opportunities, failed promotions, broken marriages, being out of harmony with God or family, overloaded by burdens, heavy debts, full of inferiorities… The Spirit of God came upon you to open your arms and your hearts. Kingdom saints need more compassion in their lives. We need to let the bruised know that God accepts them. “God loves you and so do I.” This phrase is very popular… until you have to carry it out. Kingdom ministry includes liberty for the oppressed and bruised.
To preach the acceptable year of the Lord… The day of grace is a day of jubilee. The year of Jubilee came every fifty years in Israel. All debts were cancelled, slaves were set free, and land redistributed. Everybody had a part in it. The day of grace is the Lord’s jubilee. Jesus was saying, “I came to give you freedom, joy, and peace.” Jesus came to give you a new beginning. Kingdom saints are to proclaim this too. We are disciples of the kingdom and God reigns in the earth through His people. Don’t underestimate your worth in the kingdom.
All of the above kingdom ministries can be summed up in Matthew 4:23-24, “And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people. And his fame went throughout all Syria: and they brought unto him all sick people that were taken with divers diseases and torments, and those which were possessed with devils, and those which were lunatick, and those that had the palsy; and he healed them” (KJV). Kingdom saints teach, preach, and heal. The word “Galilee” means “the revolutions of a wheel,” or “going around in circles.” People are going around in circles today. Every time I visit a church on a preaching/teaching mission, I always minister out of these verses. Jesus preached the gospel of the kingdom. He wants to give people a full lifespan, a healthy lifespan. Jesus taught to get people’s minds focused on the power of the kingdom and not on their diseases. The teachings of Jesus build faith and give people a reason to hope. Jesus delivered people from their sickness while they were still sinners. The day of miracles has not passed.
KINGDOM MISSIONS… Spreading the gospel of the kingdom of God. Mark 16:15-20… “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. So then after the Lord had spoken unto them, he was received up into heaven, and sat on the right hand of God. And they went forth, and preached every where, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen” (KJV). Kingdom saints are world-outreach-minded. If you believe, you can do it. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 4:20, “For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.” Paul said earlier that he didn’t come to cities and towns with man’s wisdom or with enticing words, but he came in the power of the Holy Spirit. It’s not your words that will win the world, it’s the words the Holy Spirit gives you. Kingdom saints, believe in reaching the world. If you believe… you can do it.
(To be continued…)
Pastor George Belobaba
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