Written by Reinhard Bonnke
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls.
When he found one of great value, he went away
and sold everything he had and bought it.
Here is a question. It sounds like a Bible riddle, two riddles in one in fact. What is the greatest thing God ever did … and could he do something greater?
Think of what God has done. He made heaven and earth. He opened his hands and flung the cosmos into existence. He “sustains all things by his powerful word” (Hebrews 1:3). He made everything. Can God make more than everything?
God gave until it hurt
Well, we ourselves make and create things. But that is not all we do. Making something is not the limit of our capabilities. We can do more than make. We can give and we can love. So can God. And he did! “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son” (John 3:16). That was something infinitely greater than making the stars.
We ourselves can give but we can do even more than that: we can sacrifice. We can give till it hurts, until we actually feel the loss. Can God do that? How can God give till it hurts? How can he make a sacrifice? The Bible tells us that giving does not impoverish him. BUT … but … he did indeed give till it hurt and was impoverished. He gave so sacrificially that it became the greatest sign of love in the world. God the Father gave up his only Son. That definitely hurt.
God could not replace his Son. He could replace anything else but not his only Son. He could make another star, yes, another earth, another universe, and it would cost him nothing; he would lose nothing. But nothing could replace his Son. That Son was everything to God.
Continue reading He and us
By Roderick C. Meredith
Why does God not answer most people’s prayers? Do you know how to pray in a way that will get real results?
I know that what I am about to say is not “politically correct.” But let me put it this way: Why should you expect the God of the Bible to answer the prayers of people who pray to some other god? Who pray in a wrong manner? Who regularly disobey the true God? Who ask for the wrong things?
The answer is simple—you should not! Make no mistake. You have no reason to expect real answers to your prayers unless you pray to the true God in the right way. This may seem outrageous to those who take Christianity for granted—just another of the many religions in the world. But the truth is that literally millions of people in our Western, supposedly Christian, world have NO IDEA who the true God is or how they should pray to Him.
Oh, I am quite aware that many people repeat some kind of “mumbo jumbo” or “mantra” to themselves, and end up “feeling better.” And since problems oftentimes work themselves out, many people feel that they have had an answer to their prayers when they really have not. This often goes hand in hand with the practices of “mind science” or the “power of positive thinking.”
But that is NOT the kind of “answer” I am talking about in this booklet. What I mean is direct, divine INTERVENTION by the personal God of the Bible—the Creator of the heavens and the earth and active Ruler of the entire universe! How can you and your loved ones get this kind of answer to your prayers? Although other points could be offered, I want to set forth a number of basic “keys” to answered prayer. I am positive that if you follow these points literally, sincerely and wholeheartedly, you will begin to receive genuine ANSWERS to your prayers. And they may be so real and so forceful that it will surprise many who have never experienced this kind of power before.
Continue reading Twelve keys to answered prayer
By Richard F. Ames
Do you imagine spending eternity perched on a cloud, playing a harp? Or do you wonder whether God has something much more exciting planned for you? Your Bible reveals a glorious future awaiting His faithful saints!
Jesus said that the meek will inherit the earth, but millions believe that they will go to heaven when they die. What does your Bible say?
Millions—perhaps billions—believe that the bliss of heaven is the reward of the saved. This belief is shared not only by most who call themselves Christians, but also by members of many other religions around the world. Christians believe in the words of Jesus Christ. Jesus gave some of His most basic and fundamental teachings in what is commonly called the “Sermon on the Mount” (Matthew 5–7). How did He begin His teaching? “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth” (Matthew 5:3–5).
Notice carefully. Did Jesus say that the poor in spirit would go to heaven, while the meek would inherit the earth? No! He said that the poor in spirit would be blessed with the Kingdom of heaven. The Kingdom of heaven will come to planet Earth when Christ returns! That is when the saved will be resurrected, and will inherit the Kingdom.
Jesus taught us to pray: “Your Kingdom come” (Matthew 6:10). Was He asking us to pray for something to come that is already here? If the Kingdom is here, then why has the world experienced such horrors as the two great World Wars of the last century, as well as the terrible genocides carried out against different ethnic groups?
No, the Kingdom of God is not already here. Christ must return to establish it.
Continue reading Earth: Your Inheritance!