how can we understand the Kingdom of God when we barely understand a basketball team?

Basketball is a team sport yet we idolize and create myths around the scorer and last-shot taker.

The body of Christ is most effective as a team, and we are instructed to give more honor to those that appear less glorious ( 1 Corinthians 12)… Yet we choose to idolize and create myths around the person on stage giving sermons.

So the basketball TEAM with the best all around players that play offense AND defense – wins championships – but America idolizes the scorers, we don’t want to hear about team ball or defense. Pistons and Spurs championships have the lowest ratings. 

Yet people will give Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant all of the credit for their teams carrying them to a championship and letting them take the last shot. We worship the individual scorer, and the NBA changes the rules so that scorers can score more easily.

In the same way the American church does not want to build a Body of Believers from the ground up like the book of Acts – with powerful Holy Ghost Jesus preaching, fellowship, discipleship, prayer, AND DEFENSE against false doctrine – we would rather idolize a preacher or a singer or a rapper and watch them perform. 

Unfortunately, we cannot persuade God to change the rules of the game. The body of Christ in America may get numbers and dollars but it will not have success until we stop lifting up performers and start honoring the teams that lift up Jesus.

Do you know that Jordan didn’t always play like that, either? It’s been so long, perhaps we’ve forgotten. MJ once dropped 55-8-4 in the finals (Game 4, 1993). He also went 6-of-19 in a close-out game against Seattle in 1996, and 5-of-19 in Game 6 of that series (still won by the Bulls). But because Jordan was 6-0 in the finals for his career and LeBron is 2-4, we drop all the relevant context. Because Kobe has five rings and LeBron just two, we ignore that Bryant, in winning that last ring, shot 40 percent for the series with as many turnovers as assists. We ignore that Kobe went 6-of-24 in Game 7 of those 2010 finals.

– Tom Ziller

Comparing Black People and White People and Chinese People

Comparing yourself to others is a distraction that usually leads to an alternating mixture of pride and depression.

Comparing yourself to the Word of God keeps you focused and gives you hope in the fear of the Lord.

This applies to you, your family, your church, your “people”, your nationality, your nation, etc…

Never let the devil get you into a whirlwind of comparison. It’s not wise. Stay focused on the Word of God and produce fruit.

2 Corinthians 10
12 For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.

Although I understand the need to help our people maximize our potential and express the fullness of what God has called us to be… I grow weary of hearing about “black people need to do this”, “white people need to do that”, “‘Merica needs to do this because the Chinese are doing that.”

When you look at the word of God, you see the problem AND you can see the solution. When you constantly compare yourself with others, you see the problem and you see OTHER problems. That only compounds the problems.

No one will ever maximize who they are created by God to be – or ever truly have unity with others – while they are too busy comparing themselves to others. We are all made in the image of God, so focus on Him and eventually you will learn to be like Him.

You Become Like What You Behold

2 Corinthians 3
18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

Purity Trumps Productivity

Grapes don’t come from thorns, figs don’t come from thistles, and corrupt trees don’t produce good fruit. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.

Purity trumps productivity.

Impurity destroys productivity

How Do You Respond to the FIRE?

When we want God’s presence to manifest in our life or our community on a larger scale…

We first have to realize that no flesh will glory in His presence. Then when our fleshly (carnally selfish) ideas and attitudes are being burned by the fire of God, we will be EXCITED, not threatened. Then we might just EMBRACE God, not push His Holy Spirit away in favor of our cleverness…

How do you respond to the Fire?

How did Moses respond to the Fire? He stuck with the presence of God and talked with God face to face. The rest of the nation was fearful and did not want to get close to God… except Joshua.

How did Elijah respond to the Fire? He actually embraced the fire before it fell. He called it down and most of the nation was in fear of it because they barely knew God.

How did Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego respond to the Fire? The fire of persecution tried to get them to submit to Babylon, but they embraced the fire, and God was with them in it. It ended up burning their enemies, and God kept them alive.

Hebrews 12:29

For our God is a consuming fire.

1 Corinthians 1:29

That no flesh should glory in his presence.

Isaiah 33:14

The sinners in Zion are afraid; fearfulness hath surprised the hypocrites. Who among us shall dwell with the devouring fire? who among us shall dwell with everlasting burnings?

For more see:

1 Peter 3:7
Acts 2

The 4 Things You Need to Know about “7 Mountains”

The 4 Things You Need to Know about “7 Mountains”

1. GOD’S HOLY MOUNTAIN IS ON TOP

Isaiah 2:2 And it shall come to pass in the last days,
that the mountain of the Lord’s house shall be established
in the top of the mountains,
and shall be exalted above the hills;
and all nations shall flow unto it.
3 And many people shall go and say,
Come ye, and let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,
to the house of the God of Jacob;
and he will teach us of his ways,
and we will walk in his paths:
for out of Zion shall go forth the law,
and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.

So those that try to separate the Word of God from the mountains like they each are of their own authority are misleading you. Really they all submit to the Lord… Because their authority comes from the Lord.

2. GOD IS KING OVER EVERYTHING

Psalms 2
2 The kings of the earth set themselves,
and the rulers take counsel together,
against the Lord, and against his anointed, saying,
3 Let us break their bands asunder,
and cast away their cords from us.
4 He that sitteth in the heavens shall laugh:
the Lord shall have them in derision.
5 Then shall he speak unto them in his wrath,
and vex them in his sore displeasure.
6 Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion.

Kings or leaders that try to cast Gods laws, standards, commandments away from them are ridiculous. God laughs at them, then puts Jesus in charge anyway.

Whoever attempts to mock God will be mocked by God. They will be reaping what they have sowed, in a long term time frame. God is not mocked.

3. 3 of the 7 Mountains are IMPOSTORS

There are only 4 authorities authorized by GOD and they ALL must submit to God.

– Family is the highest authority.
– Church is the next authority.
– Government is the next authority.
– Business is the last authority.

MEDIA, EDUCATION, ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT are NOT AUTHORITIES!

These next 3 are not authorities, they are only supports to the separate “mountains” or God established authorities.

Education is run by the family, and by apprenticeships and trainings in business. Public education has its own purpose and is run by the Government. Religions train their own priests. Education in itself does not exist as its own authority.

Art is used to express the glory of God, or as a commercial for a Business, or propaganda and communication for the Government. Art does not have its own authority, it’s just forms of expression.

Media is also just a form of communication, it has no God given authority. It’s not a “mountain.” A media company is just a business.

4. Most People have the order of the Mountains backwards, in terms of INFLUENCE.

People with no understanding put money (business) first, power (government) next, religion (priests) next, family last. They have it completely backwards.

– Godly Family actually has the most power in the earth.
– Then the Church that speaks prophetically for God.
– Then Government where God decides who is in charge of the boundary lines.
– Business and money is the weakest form of power there is.

If you don’t understand that, then you have no understanding of the kingdom of God. That’s for all the “We Got to Get the Money First for the Kingdom to have Influence” people. Faithfulness in the little things doesn’t mean “Get rich then obey God” first. Sometimes faithfulness with money means making it the “littlest thing” so you can be entrusted with big things. Remember the wise steward treated money like it was least important.

Actually, it’s really the anti-Christ spirit that flips those authorities and operates completely backwards. The Anti Christ gets the money first, then the power, then tries to control the church and corrupt the families.

Also, all of these authorities submit to God.

But We Don’t Need to Stay in A Christian Bubble Do We!? Don’t Christians Have to Reach All 7 Mountains

I’m not trying to call an everlasting huddle or create a Christian Bubble.

But we do have to apply kingdom principles with accuracy. Mixtures of authority is tricky because its the easiest way to decieve. There are some things that Christians are under, that we actually need to be OVER.

I agree that awareness of different areas and strategies is a first step. Next step is the correct application of the truth. That’s what’s going to bring the fruit for the Kingdom.

Timing is a Factor in the Kingdom of God

Time is a factor in the Kingdom of God. When Jesus walked past the fig tree he expected it to bear fruit because it was the season for him to eat off of it. It didn’t have fruit so He cursed it to its roots. That fig tree represented the leadership of that generation in Israel, who did not recognize the time of their visitation, and did not produce fruit when He came to them. Jerusalem was destroyed in less then a generation.

Timing is a factor in the Kingdom of God. Every individual, every church, every movement, every city, every generation must produce the fruit God is looking for in the season He requires it, or the consequences are severe.

See also
Matthew 21:19-21
Matthew 24:32
Luke 13:6-7
Luke 19:41-47

Mark 11
12 And on the morrow, when they were come from Bethany, he was hungry:

13 And seeing a fig tree afar off having leaves, he came, if haply he might find any thing thereon: and when he came to it, he found nothing but leaves; for the time of figs was not yet.

14 And Jesus answered and said unto it, No man eat fruit of thee hereafter for ever. And his disciples heard it.

15 And they come to Jerusalem: and Jesus went into the temple, and began to cast out them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves;

16 And would not suffer that any man should carry any vessel through the temple.

17 And he taught, saying unto them, Is it not written, My house shall be called of all nations the house of prayer? but ye have made it a den of thieves.

18 And the scribes and chief priests heard it, and sought how they might destroy him: for they feared him, because all the people was astonished at his doctrine.

19 And when even was come, he went out of the city.

20 And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots.

21 And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away.

22 And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

23 For verily I say unto you, That whosoever shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; and shall not doubt in his heart, but shall believe that those things which he saith shall come to pass; he shall have whatsoever he saith.

24 Therefore I say unto you, What things soever ye desire, when ye pray, believe that ye receive them, and ye shall have them.

25 And when ye stand praying, forgive, if ye have ought against any: that your Father also which is in heaven may forgive you your trespasses.

26 But if ye do not forgive, neither will your Father which is in heaven forgive your trespasses.

You Mean All You Want is a Car, House, and Cash? Seriously?

Gods Rewards are infinitely greater than the ones man can give…

Revelation, the Holy Spirit, a prudent wife, Children, Favor, creativity, witty inventions, the fear of the Lord, Knowledge of the Holy, wisdom & understanding, Godly seed, fruitful disciples that don’t fall away, grace, power, the anointing… And thats not even counting the rewards heaven holds till after you die!

Gods Rewards are less materialistic and more eternal, but men boast about the things that are an abomination in Gods sight. Luke 16