Karen Reid

Karen Reid

Karen has been a practicing believer in Christ for over 45 years and currently lives in New Zealand with her husband. Having previously worked as a registered nurse, she is also a creative writer, has a passion for the prophetic, for encouraging the Body of Christ, and for teaching the truth of God’s Word.

 

“The sovereign Lord has given me an instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me morning by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being taught” (Isaiah 50 v 4).

THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS NEAR - Part One

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JESUS CHRIST IS AN EXACT REPRESENTATION OF THE FATHER

God the creator is three persons in ONE, indivisible (unable to be separated). Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In the very first book of the Bible we read: “Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image” (Genesis 1:26). The word ‘God’ in this Scripture is translated 'elohiym’ in the Hebrew, denoting or referring to ‘the supreme God.’ The rest of the Scripture reads, “let them (speaking of mankind) have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

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WE ARE A BODY

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LEAVE NO ROOM FOR THE FLESH

When speaking of JESUS, the writer of Hebrews said: “Therefore, when HE (Jesus) came into the world, He said: ‘Sacrifice and offering You did not desire, but a BODY You have prepared for Me. In burnt offerings and sacrifices for sin You had no pleasure. Then I said, ‘Behold, I have COME—In the volume of the book it is written of ME’” (Hebrews 10:5-7). (These words were quoted from Psalm 40:6 & 7).

These were not just mere WORDS that Jesus spoke - Jesus was PREPARED to lay down His LIFE for these words - AND THAT IS EXACTLY WHAT HE DID!

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HIS NAME IS JESUS

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THE GOSPEL OF TRUTH IS REVEALED

In the Apostle Paul’s Epistle to the Romans, he speaks a significant phrase: “Where, then, is boasting? It is excluded. On what principle? On that of observing the law? No, but on that of FAITH” (Romans 3:27, NIV).

  • THE TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL MUST BE ACCEPTED BY FAITH.
  • OURS IS A GOSPEL OF FAITH AND THIS HAS GREAT SIGNIFICANCE IN THE SPIRITUAL REALM!

The writer of Hebrews tells us, to FIX OUR EYES on JESUS, Who is the AUTHOR and PERFECTER of our faith. “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, Who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, SCORNING ITS SHAME, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2, NIV).

OUR FAITH IS IN A LIVING CHRIST! – CHRIST JESUS, OF WHOM WE HAVE LIVING PROOF!

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WE ARE BEING GIVEN NEW WINE

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WE HAVE THIS TREASURE IN JARS OF CLAY

The Apostle Paul describes us as Christian believers, as being like ‘earthen vessels’ or ‘jars of clay’ and yet able to contain the EXCELLENCE of the POWER of God. But without the LIGHT (Who is Jesus Christ) there is no POWER. “For God, who said, ‘LET LIGHT SHINE OUT OF DARKNESS,’ made HIS light shine in our hearts to give us the light of the knowledge of God’s glory displayed in the face of Christ. But we have this treasure in JARS OF CLAY to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us” (2 Corinthians 4:6 & 7, NIV).

Paul is saying, that despite the frailty of our human vessel, there is MUCH of HIS POWER THROUGH US, that God wants to release. But just as the light contained within a jar of clay cannot be SEEN until the jar has been broken, unless we allow ourselves to become BROKEN VESSELS like Christ, God’s power cannot be RELEASED.

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