CHRISTIANITY THE WAY JESUS LIVED IT

CTWJLI, which is my third book, is now available at http://www.bookbaby.com.

The actual link to my page where you can find my bio information as well as the direct links to each of my books is: https://store.bookbaby.com/websearch/index.aspx?searchterms=Kevin+Drury

All three of my books would be great Christmas gifts or gifts for any occasion. They are amazing resources for anyone’s library.

Welcome To the Wildnerness is about God’s process of promotion. Leaving The Land Of Your Limitations is about leaving every real or perceived limitation and going to where Jesus has always seen you and is calling you. Christianity the Way Jesus Lived It is about representing [re-presenting] Jesus the Christ to a world desperately looking for truth.

I am encouraging those who want my books to purchase them from BookBaby and not Amazon. The reason is BookBaby pays triple the royalties that Amazon does.

For the paperback version of Welcome to the Wildnerness, you need to email me. It was my first book published and I am the distributor for the paperback version. You can email me at gatesmasher@gmail.com.

These books and others that I am currently writing and will eventually publish, along with the Bible as the foundation, are the materials that Donna and I use when we disciple people to the Lordship of the Lord Jesus Christ.

Our ministry is Revolution Movement and our website, if you are interested, is http://www.revolutionmovement.org.

Merry Christmas!

Receive and steward God’s passion, power, presence, priority, process, promises, protection, provision, pruning, purging, purity, and purpose!

Dr. Kevin M. Drury, DMin
A radical spiritual revolutionary
Revolution Movement Co-Founder
Author of: Welcome To The Wilderness; Leaving The Land Of Your Limitations; And Christianity The Way Jesus Lived It
http://www.revolutionmovement.org
kdrury@revolutionmovement.org
Blog: drkevinmdrury.com

You say you want a revolution! Join our movement and turn your world upside down so God can turn the world He loves and owns right side up through you!

Revolution Movement is a personal, and personalized discipleship to the Lordship of Jesus ministry! Jesus is Lord of all or not at all!

For the time being Revolution Movement is a 501c3 ministry. All contributions to Revolution Movement are tax-deductible if you choose to take advantage of that option.

Hear – Believe – Obey

There are always 3 phases to living the Christian life successfully.


1. Hearing what God says

  • Jesus said His people hear His voice so there are zero excuses for “not hearing” what He is saying [John 10:27]. One of His names is the Word of God so He is never not speaking. By the way, English is not His first language. Neither is Hebrew! Creation is the first demonstration of what He said. And it is a theme all throughout scripture.

 2. Believing what God says

  • There are a lot of “believers” who say they believe in God who do not believe God. They prove they do not believe God when they do not obey what He says. Authentic Christians believe the God they say they believe in regardless if they can wrap their head around what He says to them.

3. Obeying what God says

  • This is where the proverbial rubber hits the road. “If you love Me KEEP My commandments [not the ten but any and everything He says].” Matthew records these words of Jesus in chapter 28: “19 Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

At the beginning of the COVID “war against an invisible enemy,” the Lord said to me, “Do not be afraid of it because it is not what they are saying.” I began warning people the real enemy was [are] all those who want to destroy personal freedom and sovereignty. Two years into the madness and it is abundantly clear what the real enemy’s plans are.

 
I also said that Christians must get to where they are confident they hear from God, confident in believing what God says, as well as obeying Him without questioning what He says or is doing. I also warned that vetting people to determine if they can be trusted with your life is crucial. A tight-knit group of people is beginning to look more attractive every day, in my humble opinion. Think globally, not nationally. All over the world people are being hunted because of their belief in freedom.


Lastly, I warned against trusting shepherds who caved to COVID and the mandates antichrist madmen were implementing, UNLESS they said the Holy Spirit was leading them to obey [which I highly doubt He would do with maybe a few exceptions]. I knew in my spirit what would eventually happen and I see it all over the place. Shepherds are making excuses for the decisions they made by trusting the secularists instead of the Savior.


In my book CHRISTIANITY THE WAY JESUS LIVED IT, I highlight the many texts in Scripture the Spirit spoke against shepherds who shirked their responsibility. They can be found in Chapter 9 All Rise, beginning on Page 175.


Here is just one of the indictments Jesus the good Shepherd issued against those who were negligent in their duty as His under-shepherds:


“My people have been lost sheep. Their shepherds have led them astray; they have turned them away on the mountains. They have gone from mountain to hill; they have forgotten their resting place.” This is found in Jeremiah 50:6.


Notice the digression of those God calls His lost sheep. All as a result of the unfaithfulness of the shepherds.

  • Their shepherds led them [lost sheep] astray [away from the Shepherd]
    • How can a sheep be lost? Can a sheep be lost?
  • Their shepherds turned them away on the mountains
    • Mountains speak of less accessible places to predators, kingdom or secular government, etc. God always called His leaders up mountains to speak to them.
    • Have you ever noticed every reference to “going to Jerusalem” has the word “up” with it, regardless of the direction traveled? Jerusalem is not even the highest point in “Israel.”
  • Their shepherds led them from mountain to hill
    • Retreat is not a kingdom core value.
  • Their shepherds forgot their resting place
    • Safer is not lower! It is always where God calls and leads His people.

Jesus is the good Shepherd!


Are you hearing, not just have heard, what He is saying?


Are you believing what He is saying?


Are you obeying all that He is saying?


Receive and steward God’s passion, power, presence, priority, process, promises, protection, provision, pruning, purging, purity, and purpose!

Dr. Kevin M. Drury, DMin
A radical spiritual revolutionary
Revolution Movement Co-Founder
http://www.revolutionmovement.org
kdrury@revolutionmovement.org
Blog:drkevinmdrury.com

Author of: Welcome To The Wilderness, Leaving The Land Of Your Limitations, and Christianity The Way Jesus Lived It

You say you want a revolution! Join our movement and turn your world upside down so God can turn the world He loves and owns right side up through you!

Revolution Movement is a personal and personalized discipleship to the Lordship of Jesus ministry! Jesus is Lord of all or not at all!

For the time being Revolution Movement is a 501c3 ministry. All contributions to Revolution Movement are tax-deductible if you choose to take advantage of that option.




Lying

Good morning from the glorious Golden Isles of Georgia, 


Today is December 1st. Thanksgiving is in our rearview mirror and Christmas is approaching at warp speed. 


Jesus wasn’t born on December 25th. In fact, many believe He was born in September or October. I have no idea when He was born. I don’t know anyone who was there that day.


I do know that He was born because I have personally met Him. Because I have met Him I celebrate Christmas daily. Giving gifts is a lifestyle, not a day. “It is more blessed to give than to receive [Acts 20:35].”


I have been thinking about lies and how they can become so normal in our life, as well as how we justify them so easily.


I have been in some type of ministry for four decades. I have worked with a lot of people through the years who struggled with lying. Many have the same problem with lying as they do with forgiveness. People tend to be able to forgive others all the while not being able to forgive themselves. In fact, most never consider they can and should forgive themselves. I have even met some that believed God would forgive them but they couldn’t or wouldn’t forgive themselves. That is tragic!


In the same way, many people who would never tell another person a lie, lie to themselves all the time.


Jesus called Himself THE Way, not just any ole way. Jesus called Himself THE Life, not just any ole life. And Jesus called Himself THE Truth, not just any ole truth. A half-truth is still a lie! 


The Bible says [Numbers 23:19], “God is not a man that He should lie.” God became a Man and He still hasn’t lied.


During the next few weeks, as you gear up to celebrate the birth of the Savior of all mankind, I encourage you to ask the Spirit of truth what lies are in your life. As He reveals them to you collect them in one container and give them to Him. Watch to see what happens to them. Lastly, ask Him if He has anything to give to you in exchange for all the lies you have believed.

Wait for it!

I believe He has some special gifts that are truly life-changing for you.


After all, it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! Jesus is the Gift that keeps on giving!


Receive and steward God’s passion, power, presence, priority, process, promises, protection, provision, pruning, purging, purity, and purpose!


Dr. Kevin M. Drury, DMin
Revolution Movement Co-Founder
http://www.revolutionmovement.org
kdrury@revolutionmovement.org
912.577.4837

You say you want a revolution? Join our Movement and turn your world upside down so that God can turn the world He loves and owns right side up!


Revolution Movement is a personal and personalized discipleship to the Lordship of Jesus ministry! Jesus is Lord of all or not at all!


For the time being Revolution Movement is a 501c3 ministry. All contributions to Revolution Movement are tax-deductible if you choose to take advantage of that option.

GIVE THANKS TO THE LORD!

Today is Thanksgiving Day in the good ole USA!

We have so much to be thankful for, not just in the USA but all over the world. Some would disagree with that statement as well as this one too, “Did you wake up breathing today? Be thankful!”

Let [allow] everything that has breath praise the Lord!

Today and every day we should remove anything that attempts to deprive us of our giving God the praise that is due Him.

Donna and I are very thankful today because one week ago she underwent open-heart surgery where she successfully had triple bypass surgery at St. Vincents [SV] in Jacksonville, Florida. Sunday, November 14th she had a heart attack sitting on our couch as I was cooking us breakfast.

We are thankful for the care she received at our local hospital, especially those who labor in the Cath Lab. Donna, before retiring from the hospital, was one of the team members who helped those in cardiac crisis in the Cath Lab.

By Tuesday afternoon November 17th she was in a cardiac room at SV and as stated above on Thursday morning she underwent successful bypass surgery performed by one of the best, if not the best, cardiothoracic surgeons anywhere. His name is Dr. Mark Mostovych. Her care at SV was exceptional and we are thankful to all those who provided her excellent care.

Donna is recovering at our condo on St. Simons Island, Georgia. She is a warrior princess bride who stared her attacker and his attack in the eyes and did not flinch in her faith in the God and Father of her [our] Lord Jesus Christ. To Him be all the glory forever. Amen!

We want to thank every person who has prayed with faith believing in victory over this blatant attempt to end her life. We are eternally grateful for the many warriors who know God and who believe God and His Word.

In crises, worriers are not your friends. You want and need warriors by your side, and we have many.

Jesus expelled the worriers [faux family and friends who were powerless to do His will] and we are not interested in those who believe sympathy is the solution to undoing what the devil is doing unless they are interested in and open to moving in compassion instead of sympathy.

Sympathy sucks but the Savior saves!

Jesus was [is] moved with compassion!

There are many verses [texts] in the Bible that I could use. I am choosing the following out of Psalms 107. Enjoy!

Verse 1 – “Oh give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, For His lovingkindness is everlasting.”

Verse 8 – “Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men!”

Verse 15 – “Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men!”

Verse 21 – “Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men!”

Verse 31 – “Let them give thanks to the Lord for His lovingkindness, And for His wonders to the sons of men!”

Four of the five verses refer to the Lord’s wonders to the sons of men. The Hebrew word for wonders is pâlâ’ [paw-law’]. This word is a primitive root word meaning: to be marvelous, surpassing, extraordinary, and to separate by distinguishing action. What separates God from false gods is the wonders to the sons of men that He performs. What separates His people from other people is they also do wonders to [for the benefit of] the sons of men. Those who are not God’s people do wonders for themselves [their personal benefit]!

Give thanks to the Lord!

Receive and steward God’s passion, power, presence, priority, process, promises, protection, provision, pruning, purging, purity, and purpose!

Dr. Kevin M. Drury, DMin
A radical spiritual revolutionary
Revolution Movement Co-Founder
http://www.revolutionmovement.org
kdrury@revolutionmovement.org

You say you want a revolution! Join our movement and turn your world upside down so God can turn the world He loves and owns right side up through you!

Revolution Movement is a personal and personalized discipleship to the Lordship of Jesus ministry! Jesus is Lord of all or not at all!

For the time being Revolution Movement is a 501c3 ministry. All contributions to Revolution Movement are tax-deductible if you choose to take advantage of that option.

TRUST!

I have been ruminating on Jesus’ words to Donna and me from April 2019 when we were transitioning out of pastoral church ministry to personal and personalized discipleship ministry. He said, “I need you to trust Me on a level you never have before.”


I must say that has been frustrating at times and I am still working on successfully living at that “level.” I have begged God to give me a clue as to what He meant [means] by what He said. “Lord, how will I know I have reached the level you are calling me to if I have no idea what it looks like?”


With the pronouncement of COVID being an invisible mass murderer last year, I began to understand some of what the level of trust needs to be.


I will spare all I have concluded but here is what I believe is a vitally important part:


There are no societal structures or systems that can be trusted. The proverbial 7 mountains of society [spheres of influence] have all failed to be bastions of security.

The 7 mountains are:


Religious

Government/Law/Military

Business

Education

Media

Family

Arts/Entertainment [including sports]


Some of these were already fully in the suspect category and others fell headlong into the “do not trust” category during COVID. That does not mean there is no one in those spheres that can be trusted, just the structures themselves have proven themselves to be untrustworthy.


Being woke does not mean being truly awake! And being politically correct certainly is not the same thing as being Biblically correct!


Trust in God has at best deteriorated in each of these structures and systems and at worst are nonexistent – still. For example, most churches [houses of worship regardless if they are Christian or not] led the way to encourage the surrendering of believer’s personal sovereignty by mandating obedience to the “state” instead of the Savior. A pastor in Jacksonville who once was a close friend of ours JUST opened his church back up to in-person “worship.” Many are leading the charge to “take the jab” in spite of all the obvious dangers associated with the experimental concoctions in them.


I had a chapter in my third book, Christianity the Way Jesus Lived It, that I removed because of timing [current relevance] and cost to print each book [reduced pages from over 380 to 344] that dealt in great detail some of what I am writing in this FFT email. I may write a book on COVID and the failure of Christians and the church in the world’s greatest time of need, at least in my lifetime.


With everything crumbling around us including supply lines that provide essential goods we have grown to depend on and grown to depend on being readily available to us, I, in the strongest terms say to you, “Do you trust Jesus on a level you never have before?” In war, supply lines are some of the first targets so that those being attacked cannot resupply. Like David, we must say and believe, “My help comes from the Lord.”


I am shouting from the rooftops the absolute necessity for God’s people to develop a deeper relationship with Him. Time is of the essence! There is no time to waste! And those who know me know I am NOT a doomsday promoter. But doom is at our doorstep and in some places inside the “walls of the city,” and those who intimately know their God will do great exploits during the darkest days.

God uses pressure to persuade us to dig deeper to discover more of the Rock He has provided us.


Process this text out of Hebrews 12:


25 See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if those did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape who turn away from Him who warns from heaven. 26 And His voice shook the earth then, but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heaven.” 27 This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. 28 Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe; 29 for our God is a consuming fire.” [NOTE: Read Hebrews 2:1-4 – in the Amplified too].


I am separating each verse so you can read and process them individually and slowly. Pay close attention to verse 26. It says God is doing the shaking! It is a quote from Haggai 2:6. 


25 See to it that you do not refuse Him who is speaking. For if those did not escape when they refused him who warned them on earth, much less will we escape who turn away from Him who warns from heaven.


26 And His voice shook the earth then [probably at Mount Sinai], but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I will shake not only the earth, but also the heaven.” 


27 This expression, “Yet once more,” denotes the removing of those things which can be shaken, as of created things, so that those things which cannot be shaken may remain.


28 Therefore, since we receive a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us show gratitude, by which we may offer to God an acceptable service with reverence and awe:


29 for our God is a consuming fire.


The context of Haggai 2:6 is this:


1 On the twenty-first of the seventh month, the word of the Lord came by Haggai the prophet saying, 2 “Speak now to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and to the remnant of the people saying, 3 ‘Who is left among you who saw this temple in its former glory? And how do you see it now? Does it not seem to you like nothing in comparison? 4 But now take courage, Zerubbabel,’ declares the Lord, ‘take courage also, Joshua son of Jehozadak, the high priest, and all you people of the land take courage,’ declares the Lord, ‘and work; for I am with you,’ declares the Lord of hosts. 5 ‘As for the promise which I made you when you came out of Egypt, My Spirit is abiding in your midst; do not fear!’ 6 For thus says the Lord of hosts, ‘Once more in a little while, I am going to shake the heavens and the earth, the sea also and the dry land. 7 I will shake all the nations; and they will come with the wealth of all nations, and I will fill this house with glory,’ says the Lord of hosts. 8 ‘The silver is Mine and the gold is Mine,’ declares the Lord of hosts.9 ‘The latter glory of this house.”


I believe the writer of Hebrews, who I believe to be Paul the apostle, used Haggai’s prophecy to both warn and encourage the saints about the impending destruction of Jerusalem, the temple, the Jewish way of life, and a multitude of Jewish people in the first century who were in peril and refused to believe the gospel or gospel preachers. I also believe the “latter house” being spoken of is the church Jesus is building. It is the one He said the gates of hell would not prevail over.


Brothers and sisters in Christ, be very careful who you listen to in this season of seeking God. Make sure He sent them to you or has sent you to them. Satan himself can appear as an angel of light. Before his fall he was known as the morning star [ISA 14;12] so he is able to masquerade in who he used to be.


I believe authentic believers’ best days are ahead of us and that is why each of us MUST trust God on a level we never have before. Make sure there is ZERO distance between you and God. Clean any leaven of sin, doubt, unbelief, what is good but not God, etc out of your life and homes. Those of you who have children in the home or are responsible for the welfare of children on any level do all you can to prepare them to trust God like never before.


Trust God and trust only those God says to trust. Your life may depend on it! And, be the kind of trusting person God can depend on so that He can connect others to you.


Peace In!

Receive and steward God’s passion, power, presence, priority, process, promises, protection, provision, pruning, purging, purity, and purpose!


Dr. Kevin M. Drury, DMin
Revolution Movement Co-Founder
www.revolutionmovement.org
kdrury@revolutionmovement.org
912.577.4837

Author of Welcome To The Wilderness and Leaving the Land of Your Limitations

You say you want a revolution? Join our Movement and turn your world upside down so that God can turn the world He loves and owns right side up!


Revolution Movement is a personal and personalized discipleship to the Lordship of Jesus ministry! Jesus is Lord of all or not at all!


For the time being Revolution Movement is a 501c3 ministry. All contributions to Revolution Movement are tax-deductible if you choose to take advantage of that option.

Are You Chasing the American Dream or God’s Dream?

I was sitting on my couch while my grandson Noah ate a tomato, a red, white and blue Popsicle, a small plastic cup of extra large Virginia peanuts in Sea Salt, and a grilled cheese sandwich. We were in between pool visits at the condo complex where Donna and I currently reside. We had to vacate for a couple hours because the pool was being shocked with chlorine because of all the rain that has fallen here the last week.

As I sat on the couch this thought flashed in my mind: “The American Dream is killing American Christianity, or Christians in America.”

“What on earth are you saying Kevin?” I am so glad you asked!

Please remember, God told Adam and Eve that if they ate the forbidden fruit they would die. Of course the devil caused them to doubt what God clearly communicated. They ate but they did not physically die. Instead, they died spiritually in the sense they cut themselves off from the sweet spiritual fellowship they had enjoyed with God in the Garden. They were literally the original walking dead. Are you dead and don’t know it?

God has a dream for every person on the planet. Years ago in the church my wife Donna and I pastored for 16 years we had a young girl that went to heaven in her spirit. What she experienced was mind blowing. She saw and spoke with Jesus and He took her to His bedroom. She reported that she was shocked and said to Jesus, “Why do you have a bedroom? The Bible says that you never sleep nor slumber.” Jesus responded to her saying, “That is true! But I wanted you to see where I dream about you.”

God has dreams about us?

God has dreams for us?

Is this true?

I believe that He does dream about us and have dreams for us. Ephesians 2:10 – “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.”

Granted, this verse does not have the word dream in it but it clearly communicates God had foreknowledge [prepared beforehand [in advance]] of what our purpose in life would be.

The question is this – which dream [plan, purpose] are you chasing – the American Dream or God’s Dream?

If those two are one and the same then glory to God! If they are not then . . .

Jesus said this, “36 For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul? 37 For what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” [Mark 8]

Losing one’s soul can mean more than one thing but I am convinced it means losing the very essence of who God created the person to be and what they were saved to do.

There is so much compromise and corruption in the organized Christian church that it is no wonder the world we live in is winning the war for the hearts and minds of the planet’s population. It is one thing to have so much compromise and corruption in the world’s systems and structures but to have them so prevalent in God’s system and structure is unconscionable.

According to Scripture Christians are supposed to be in the world but not of the world. Yet, instead of infiltrating and transforming the world the world continues to infiltrate and transform the church by infecting Christians with the ways of the world. In fact, James said wanting to be like the world makes a person an enemy of God [See James 4:4]. The English version of James’ wording is this: “Makes himself an enemy of God.”

Yes, God has enemies contrary to what some would have us believe!

The word ‘himself’ is not in the Greek so it reads this way: “Makes an enemy of God.” The Greek word for ‘makes’ means to appoint, ordain, set in place or position.

The person making themselves friends with the world has the creative ability to make themselves into an enemy of God. ‘Enemy’ in the Greek literally means to be in opposition to God, or to be the opposite of God, to be an adversary to God like Satan, to be hostile to divine government.

Jesus said, “Why do you call Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ and do not do what I say?” [Luke 6:46]

Say what?

What is He saying?

What are you saying in what you are chasing?

I don’t know about you but to me that does not look or sound like a very good place to be!

James was writing to people who were God’s kids. We know this because of what he wrote in chapter 1:

“1 James, a bond-servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad: Greetings.

2 Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, 3 knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. 4 And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

One may think that James was writing to dispersed Jews. He was not. Here is why I say that:

  1. “Brethren” means from the womb and unless unsaved Jewish people are clearly in the text the word refers to Christians [See Romans 9:3; Hebrews 7:5].
  2. He would not have encouraged unbelieving Jews to allow the testing of their faith to produce endurance because they had not exercised faith in God or His plan of salvation in the Person of His Son the Lord Jesus Christ.
  3. He would not have written to unbelieving Jews to let endurance produce in them perfection [full grown, mature, reached their fulfilled and finished character], and complete [in all its parts, free from sin, entirely whole in spirit, soul and body].
  4. He would not have written to unbelieving Jews telling them they lacked nothing [being inferior in any way]. By the way, Jews thought they were God’s only kids and that they lacked nothing as it pertained to their relationship to God [See John 8].

The American organized church has some decisions to make as it pertains to who they want to be friends with!

Jesus said this about who His friends were, “You are My friends if you do what I command you.” [John 15:14]

In fact, He told those Jews who believed Him that to be His disciple they had to continue in His Word [John 8:31].

Jesus did not mean read the Scriptures daily. It means being continually transformed by the Word of God and the God of the Word.

By the way, the whole point of Christianity is discipleship to the Lordship of Jesus, not just a conversion [See Matthew 18:3; 28:19; Mark 10:15; Luke 18:17 – Study the words ‘children’ and ‘child’ in MT 18:3; MK 10:15: LK 18:17 – In fact do a study on the different meanings of the 4 words for ‘child’ in the New Testament].

So many American Christians are chasing the wrong dream for their life and in doing so are in danger of leaving a legacy of mediocrity, if not outright compromise and corruption to their children and their children’s children.

It is interesting to me that people of great faith and small financial portfolios are considered failures in today’s American Dream church construct, but Scripture tells us something entirely different.

James 2:5

“Listen, my beloved brethren: did not God choose the poor of this world to be rich in faith and heirs of the kingdom which He promised to those who love Him?”

The Greek word for ‘poor’ in this verse is the same Matthew used in chapter five verse three where he wrote that Jesus said this, “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.”

It is interesting isn’t it that Jesus began teaching His disciples about kingdom life in an Old Testament Jewish culture with the recognition that without God you are spiritually bankrupt. Many of those He taught that day were financially well off.

Possibly two decades later, James, Jesus’ half brother [same mother different father] who was not present when Jesus taught the Sermon on the Mount, writes those who are the spiritually richest are some of the most materially poorest people on the planet. My how times and priorities have changed!

The inheritance a righteous man is to leave to his children’s children has been reduced to material things which are temporary. Why isn’t great faith considered precious in the sight of God’s people anymore? Why do so many of God’s people see giving their children an advantage in life is more about natural and material things instead of spiritual things such as a sold out life to Christ, and a lifestyle of unmitigated faith in Him and faithfulness to Him?

It seems Christians have allowed the world to dictate the priorities for so many of the people of “faith.”

Keep in mind faith means complete trust in and fidelity to – God – at ALL costs! What does it cost to be Jesus’ disciple? EVERYTHING! Salvation is free to the one receiving it – Jesus paid for it in full! Discipleship to the Lordship of Jesus means the person forfeits all rights to their life to Jesus – He paid for that privilege!

Please do not misunderstand what I am saying. I am not anti-prosperity for Christians or even Christian ministers and ministries. There are abuses within both sides of the prosperity and anti-prosperity Christian camps. What I am getting at in this Blog is your dream, your dream life, and your pursuit of it.

There are those who even take the easy road to Christian licensing or ordination by purchasing theirs online.

Instead of accepting the process and responsibilities kingdom culture [God’s dream] requires they take the world’s way [a short cut] of getting licensed or ordained by doing an online search and paying for it.

When we have not prepared by paying the necessary price pressure causes us to compromise [take the road of least resistance]. Compromise more times than not leads to corruption.

This may not be exclusively an American way but it is indicative of where Christianity is in the world. It is a very sad commentary of the compromise and corruption so many “believers” have settled in, and for.

Think about this for a moment. Only in a compromised condition would someone think it is okay to purchase online a license or ordination to do Christian ministry. Is a person who does that submitted in a tangible way to the person or organization who sold them the license or ordination? Is it a one time fee or a yearly fee? Where in Scripture does a person seek ordination? Doesn’t God have a say who represents Him in ministry?

To me it is the same as “gaming the system.”

It makes me wonder if those who take the easy way to licensing or ordination would hire or use a doctor, lawyer, plumber, electrician, contractor, jet pilot, or any other number of normal jobs and professions where the person purchased their license online instead of earning it through the relevant educational and training process.

It certainly speaks to the lack of honor, respect, and value people, even Christian people, have for ministries and ministers.

In a time of God ordained personal transition 20 years ago I was offered an opportunity to get ordained from an organization I had no relationship with. The people I was relating to did not ordain ministers and they recommended that I use the organization as they had a relationship with the leaders of that organization. I chose not to go that route and instead waited on God trusting the kingdom way would work out. A few years later someone senior to me in age and years of ministry contacted me about ordination and I was re-ordained by someone who valued me, my call and my current place in God. I received an immediate upgrade in several areas. One being revelation in God’s word began exploding in my spirit.

Jesus said this to His original disciples and all who would hear what He was teaching. I wonder how this sermon would be received today in most modern, especially American, organized churches.

Luke 16

“10 ‘He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. 11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you? 12 And if you have not been faithful in the use of that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.’

14 Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were listening to all these things and were scoffing at Him.

15 And He said to them, ‘You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.

16 The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since that time the gospel of the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it.'”

Many marvelous things are detailed in this discourse. I will start at verse sixteen and work my way back to verse ten.

Verse 16 – “The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John; since that time the gospel of the kingdom of God has been preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it.”

Keep in mind John’s voice [message] was the first the natural Jew had heard in over four hundred years [Malachi to John the Baptist]. Jesus is revealing in verse sixteen, 1] God’s kingdom arrived with John. Remember John preached, “Repent, for the kingdom of God is here” just like Jesus, 2] God’s kingdom was not static but advancing even then, 3] People were doing what was necessary to not miss out on what God was doing, and 4] John began the messaging of the kingdom of God’s ministry in the earth [gospel of Jesus Christ].

This is also what Mark wrote in chapter one of his gospel.

1″ The beginning of the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of God.

2 As it is written in Isaiah the prophet:

‘Behold, I send My messenger ahead of You, who will prepare Your way; 3 The voice of one crying in the wilderness, make ready the way of the Lord, make His paths straight.’

4 John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins. 5 And all the country of Judea was going out to him, and all the people of Jerusalem; and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, confessing their sins. 6 John was clothed with camel’s hair and wore a leather belt around his waist, and his diet was locusts and wild honey. 7 And he was preaching, and saying, “After me One is coming who is mightier than I, and I am not fit to stoop down and untie the thong of His sandals. 8 I baptized you with water; but He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit.” [I exegete John’s lifestyle and apparel in my Book, Welcome to the Wilderness]

It is interesting to me Mark reveals the gospel of Jesus Christ includes the baptism in the Holy Spirit [Verse 8].

Selah

Verses 14, 15 – “14 Now the Pharisees, who were lovers of money, were listening to all these things and were scoffing at Him. 15 And He said to them, ‘You are those who justify yourselves in the sight of men, but God knows your hearts; for that which is highly esteemed among men is detestable in the sight of God.'”

Man pleasers and man pleasing abounds in the modern American Dream church.

And it can be traced many times to pursuing a paycheck, position and or promotion!

One of the attributes of a Pharisee is they talk a great game but are horrible at playing it. In Texas there is a saying, “That person is all hat and no cattle.” Growing up my mom had a Chihuahua named Sheba who was ferocious when a door separated her from the person approaching it. Once the door opened she either ran for cover or rolled over to have her belly rubbed.

Are you ferocious behind the door? Have you run for cover? Have you rolled over to have someone rub your belly?

Jesus called them out on the fact that they may have fooled the people but they had not fooled the Father. How many people who claim to love God and are serving Him are serving Him for what they can get out of it not what the people they serve are getting out of it. Also, the religious system was so corrupt in Jesus day those in positions of authority had gotten there by intrigue instead of integrity. Some things never change do they?

Verses 10-13 – “10 ‘He who is faithful in a very little thing is faithful also in much; and he who is unrighteous in a very little thing is unrighteous also in much. 11 Therefore if you have not been faithful in the use of unrighteous wealth, who will entrust the true riches to you? 12 And if you have not been faithful in the use of that which is another’s, who will give you that which is your own? 13 No servant can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or else he will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and wealth.'”

This is a classic text on commitment to the Lordship of Jesus Christ. Faithfulness in insignificant things includes things that do not garner the attention or praise of men but gets God’s attention. Now you can see why the Pharisees were listening closely. Jesus taught His disciples in the Sermon on the Mount that if their righteousness did not exceed the scribes and Pharisees they would never enter the kingdom He said was given to the poor in spirit [Matthew 5:20,3]

The Pharisees had perverted the privilege to be the keepers of God’s Word yet were preaching and teaching from a commentary of a commentary of what God had said [written]. And they did not even abide by their own compromised teachings they were so compromised and corrupt. They were being weighed in the balance of God’s divine justice and had been found wanting. And they knew it and were growing more incensed about it.

Jesus called wealth unrighteous! How can that be? Is wealth unrighteous? What if it had been earned legally, ethically and morally? Well, if it was earned by someone who did not glorify God in earning it or who was selfishly spending on themselves instead of using it to further the advancement of God’s kingdom then absolutely it is unrighteous.

I am reminded of a parable Jesus told that illustrates this perfectly, at least to me it does.

Luke 12

16 And He told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man was very productive. 17 And he began reasoning to himself, saying, ‘What shall I do, since I have no place to store my crops?’ 18 Then he said, ‘This is what I will do: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. 19 And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have many goods laid up for many years to come; take your ease, eat, drink and be merry.”‘

20 But God said to him, ‘You fool! This very night your soul is required of you; and now who will own what you have prepared?’ 21 So is the man who stores up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.”

There is so much I could write about this parable such as God called this man a fool when Jesus said that was not allowed [See Matthew 5:22]. Also, those who are enriching themselves and who are not rich toward God will leave what they accumulated to “who knows.”

Taking it easy was not what God had in mind for the man who was mindless in his eternal preparation.

Remember, all the silver and gold is God’s so how we steward what He entrusts to us reveals how much He can trust us with “true riches.” True riches? What on earth, I mean in heaven, are true riches?

In the Greek the word riches is not in the text. So, what Jesus said is, “Who will entrust the [what is] true to you?”

The word ‘true’ in the Greek speaks of possessing the real nature of what is entrusted as well as the person who entrusted it to you. The juxtaposition of what is unrighteous with what is true is compelling. True riches as compared to what compromised people consider wealth was to provide a clear path to divine purpose [God’s dream] for those Jesus was addressing. True riches could also mean things that are eternal instead of temporary. Maybe true riches are mainly spiritual, not material.

Next, Jesus emphasized the importance of honor for others and their stuff. He stated a person that could not be trusted with what belonged to another person COULD NOT be trusted with their own stuff. In other words, if we will not honor the person who gave or lent us something then God is not required to honor us with our own stuff. It would be foolish of God to entrust things that are valuable with a person who has no value for what was valuable to someone else.

Maybe that is why so many “believers” work so hard to obtain more stuff! Selah

Jesus concludes by emphatically stating God would not allow a person to serve Him and mammon [material things and the spirit that makes it a priority]. “You CANNOT serve God and mammon!” I hope you heard what Jesus said. Jesus did not say, “You will not serve God and mammon.” He said, “You cannot serve God and mammon” which to me means even when people believe they are they are not because God refuses to share the glory with an unholy spirit called mammon.

What dream are you chasing – American or God’s? You cannot chase both unless God says the dream you are chasing is the one He prepared for you and is preparing you for.

Receive and steward God’s passion, power, presence, priority, process, promises, protection, provision, pruning, purging, purity, and purpose!

Dr. Kevin M. Drury, DMin
A radical spiritual revolutionary
Revolution Movement Co-Founder

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Wind and Fire

What a wonderful image Luke gives us of what happened in that Upper Room nearly 2000 years ago on The Day of Pentecost.

“1 When the day of Pentecost had come, they were all together in one place. 2 And suddenly there came from heaven a noise like a violent rushing wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 And there appeared to them tongues as of fire distributing themselves, and they rested on each one of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit was giving them utterance.”

The image I selected for the Featured Image of this blog is from our Revolution Movement ministry logo. It represents the Wind and Fire of the original Pentecost and how what God did that day could not be contained in the room He did it.

There is Fire!

There are varying intensities in the Fire!

There is movement in the Fire because of the Wind!

There were “about” 120 believers assembled together in one place on that day! The Wind and the Fire on that day propelled those believers into leaving the safe confines of their supposed sanctuary.

It is time for God’s Wind and Fire to propel current Christians into action and be activated into His Majesty’s Public Service!

To “hell” with the danger!

Granted there wasn’t a viral pandemic at that time but the threat to their lives was more real than the threat to our lives right now, at least for those of us in the United States.

I am so thankful the day of Pentecost did not wait for today. The Holy Spirit would have had a hard time finding 120 faithful saints assembled in the same place!

We are facing unparalleled times because of COVID-19. All over the world church services have been stopped and many churches will be shuttered.

In California the governor ordered no singing or chanting and now he has ordered no assembling! Californian Christians are not the only ones in the United States to have been ordered not to assemble.

The United States is the land of the free and the home of the brave. I guess we are no longer as free because we are no longer as brave.

Cities and States are releasing prisoners because of the threat of COVID-19 while Christians are afraid to assemble for fear of being put in jail!

And there does not seem to be any end in sight for “allowing” Christians to meet together in the same place at the same time.

Maybe this is a sign from the Spirit of the living God! You may be asking, “What sign?” The sign the Spirit has shifted “church” from large gatherings to small assemblies. That is the way the church has functioned for a long time in areas of the world where real danger is ever present to the real believer.

Revolution Movement is just the vehicle for the Spirit to implement that shift. We meet with individuals, couples, families and small groups of no more than 12 people.

Did you notice the “we meet”? We have continued to meet in person with those who are local and we will continue to meet with anyone who joins our Movement if they are not living in fear of personal contact and ministry.

For those who are out of our region we can do video call meetings as we have done with those in our Movement who do not live in our region.

We meet for the sole purpose of discipling saints to the Lord Jesus Christ and to the Lordship of Jesus Christ.

There are other genuine personal disciplers out there. Pray! Seek God! Ask the Holy Spirit to guide you in these tumultuous times to where He wants you to go and get trained in Biblical Christianity.

If Revolution Movement is that place we are here to serve you with all of our heart!

Here is just one testimony of a couple who live in another state that we have worked with since January 2019:

Kevin and Donna steward their relationship with the Holy Spirit in a way that they genuinely carry the heart of the Father for His children and are able to facilitate growth to restore and love them to right relationship with God. Their years of Bible study and their own personal growth allow them to help you think with a different perspective on studying the written word of God, how to pursue a kingdom mindset in your own life, and how to have an impact on the relationships in your sphere of influence. Their desire is to bring others to deepen their own personal friendship with God and to see His kingdom come fully on earth!

You can contact us by visiting our website – http://www.revolutionmovement.org/contact-us

Receive and steward God’s passion, power, presence, priority, process, promises, protection, provision, pruning, purging, purity, and purpose!

Dr. Kevin M. Drury, DMin
A radical spiritual revolutionary
Revolution Movement Co-Founder
http://www.revolutionmovement.org
kdrury@revolutionmovement.org

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PANDEMIC

Pandemic!

Pandemic is the new term for “heel!”

All the government has to do now is say there is potential for harm and society comes to a halt, or they heel!

The problem with heeling is if the government becomes increasingly hostile to the heelers it will be difficult to remove their heel so that we can unheel.

There is ongoing conflict over power. Who has the power, the State or the people? Who has ultimate power over people, the State or God?

It now appears, at least for the moment, all of the 7 mountains are back firmly in the grip of the State.

It seems the church went without even a whimper!

What convinced them? Was it their 501c3 designation that whispered in their ear?

How many, especially of the signs, wonders and prophetic streams heard God say, “Submit to the governing authorities?”

How many said, “Folks, we have taught you to hear from God. We will have services and if you believe God said to attend then we will see you at our normal times. If you do not feel God wants you to attend in person we will live stream so you can participate with us.”

When Egypt was thrust into a darkness so deep they could not see their hand in front of their face, Scripture says that darkness could be felt. That is dark folks!

Yet, Israel [God’s people] had light, meaning they lived life like they had every other day!

Thank God for the technological advances that allow for people to participate in a “church” service while sitting in the safe place of their sofas. Glory!

Safe place and saved people are a dichotomy!

Selah

The word now being proclaimed in some churches today is how the Lord prepared them for “this day” by planning and providing an online community [church membership] so that the people can still be reached via the internet [live streaming].

Do these leaders not realize the same government that “suggested” you not assemble can also pull the plug on the internet. It is happening in China now. The liberal Democrat governor of Michigan is toying with martial law. Exactly!

I learned a valuable lesson when Hurricanes Matthew, Irma, and Matthew hit the Southeastern USA. I evacuated with Matthew. All the prophets [weather prognosticators] said, “Evacuate” so we did. Our area got hit. There were down trees and power lines as well as structural damage. But the time and money spent evacuating, as well as the re-entering mess made me stop and evaluate why I left.

I did not evacuate with Irma and Michael. The reason I did not evacuate with Irma and Michael was I believed the Lord said to stay put, so I stayed put.

After learning the lesson of those three Hurricanes I taught two sermons, 1] Who is Leading Us, and 2] Who is Misleading Us.

The main point was about who was influencing the decisions we make and how does that influence affect our daily lives. On their best day the government [or weather prophets] does not know what is best for me, nor can they predict the future [they can’t predict where a hurricane will hit exactly even the day of impact]. A small move one direction or the other means little to no impact or a greater impact. They do not have ultimate authority over my life. God fills all of those places and needs in my life.

We have a Constitutional right to peacefully assemble. The writer of Hebrews tells us not to forsake the assembling together of the saints. In that day, some had chosen to stop assembling, not because of the threat of a pandemic, but the threat of persecution from family, friends, others in society and the ruling government of their day – Rome.

Today, our government suggests we not assemble when the threshold of 200-250 persons is reached. By the way, I spent four hours on the beach yesterday and there was no sign of the social separation [distancing] we have been encouraged to practice.

Think of that phrase – SOCIAL SEPARATION!

What if tomorrow the threshold is lowered to 2 or 3?

Two or three are important quotas in Scripture.

  • Everything is to be confirmed by 2 or 3 witnesses
  • Agreement needs at least 2
  • Jesus promised to be assembled where 2 or 3 assemble together in His name [meaning the people there are there for Jesus and the exact purpose He is there]

The church thrives in nations where Christian worship and assembly is forbidden. The Holy Spirit leads saints to services where various numbers of believers meet together.

Those numbers may be the 2 or 3, or much larger. No one knows until they get there.
They assemble, under the threat of prison or death, to worship and study God’s Word together.

Could the church in the west function under those conditions? I doubt it!

The reason I have no confidence in most believers successfully navigating those troubled waters is that they are too conditioned to rely on the government of man instead of the government of God. Or worse, they follow leaders who are led by the governments of man instead of the government of God.

Again, thank God we have the internet and live streaming platforms to do church when we don’t physically assemble. Remember folks, those very platforms that allow us to reach the multitudes over the internet are already silencing Christian and conservative content.

Selah

Lastly, those believers who assemble under threat of prison or death, assemble in the nations where most if not all of the pandemics originate.

Selah

I pray we in America never have to find out under the most extreme conditions because what I am finding out in our current condition is sad!

Receive and steward God’s passion, power, presence, priority, process, promises, protection, provision, pruning, purging, purity, and purpose!

Dr. Kevin M. Drury, DMin

A Radical Spiritual Revolutionary

Revolution Movement Co-Founder

http://www.revolutionmovement.org
kdrury@revolutionmovement.org

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Friend of Sinners?

I have been thinking about the phrase, “friend of sinners” again.

I have heard for most of my 40 years of being a Christian that Christ Jesus is a friend of sinners. Is He?

I don’t think Jesus is a friend of sinners. Jesus is a sinner’s Savior. But friend, I don’t think so. If Jesus befriends a sinner it is to save Him from his sin and lead him to his ultimate place of divine purpose, not just be his friend.

We will see how Jesus defines friendship later in this blog.

Now, if you want to say that Jesus was, and is friendly toward sinners I will wholeheartedly agree with you. Jesus is not mean spirited toward those who live a life of sin, or who take advantage of others for the sake of increasing their wealth. But to insinuate that Jesus would ever be “in league with,” or, “to be an associate or companion of” sinners is a misuse of Jesus’ character, nature, mission, mandate, and message.

Jesus never refers to Himself as a friend of sinners. Never!

There are two texts where Jesus brings up what other people say about Him as it pertains to being a friend of sinners. Both of those texts include tax collectors.

Matthew 11

16 But to what shall I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the market places, who call out to the other children, 17 and say, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not mourn.’ 18 For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon!’ 19 The Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.”

Luke 7

31 To what then shall I compare the men of this generation, and what are they like? 32 They are like children who sit in the market place and call to one another, and they say, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we sang a dirge, and you did not weep.’ 33 For John the Baptist has come eating no bread and drinking no wine, and you say, ‘He has a demon!’ 34 The Son of Man has come eating and drinking, and you say, ‘Behold, a gluttonous man and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ 35 Yet wisdom is vindicated by all her children.”

Did you notice how Jesus said that His generation said things that were not correct about John or Himself? Things have not necessarily changed have they? People are still saying wrong things about John and Jesus. Both John and Jesus came preaching leave your life of sin behind, and reach out and receive the kingdom of heaven [God].

Wisdom is vindicated by all her deeds [children]! What does that even mean? One thing it means is just because the crowd [generation] says something is true does not make it true. We must look at the life and ministry of Jesus in what He did and what He said to discover truth.

When we misunderstand what John’s mission was – to prepare a people for the Lord Jesus Christ, and what Jesus’ mission was [is] – to prepare God’s people to discover the place of purpose God saves them to find – we mistake our purpose as being one day getting into a place called heaven instead of everyday getting heaven into earth.

Here are several more references where Jesus coupled tax collectors and sinners [Gentiles] together.

Matthew 5

Be Like Dad

43 You have heard that it was said, ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’ 44 But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, 45 so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for He causes His sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous. 46 For if you love those who love you, what reward do you have? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? 47 If you greet only your brothers, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? 48 Therefore you are to be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

This text has to do with representing the Father as mature sons by not responding in like manner to those who are mistreating you. This is about operating out of the Spirit of the Father not the spirit of the world. This is about mature love, and not about befriending those who are evil and or just unrighteous.

Matthew 18

Keep Corruption out of My Community

15 If your brother sins, go and show him his fault in private; if he listens to you, you have won your brother. 16 But if he does not listen to you, take one or two more with you, so that by the mouth of two or three witnesses every fact may be confirmed. 17 If he refuses to listen to them, tell it to the church; and if he refuses to listen even to the church, let him be to you as a Gentile and a tax collector. 18 Truly I say to you, whatever you bind on earth shall have been bound in heaven; and whatever you loose on earth shall have been loosed in heaven. 19 Again I say to you, that if two of you agree on earth about anything that they may ask, it shall be done for them by My Father who is in heaven. 20 For where two or three have gathered together in My name, I am there in their midst.”

‘The church’ may be the entire body, or it may be those who are the overseers and who are ultimately responsible before Jesus, the Chief Shepherd and Head of the church.

Binding and loosing here refers to stewarding the culture within the community in a local church based on what heaven allows or disallows.

Being in agreement means keeping the community of covenant keepers free of those who want to corrupt that community. Unity with heaven is a prerequisite to maintaining purity in God’s people.

The authentic church is not necessarily found in large numbers, but in the several covenant keepers who are synergizing with Him by the Holy Spirit! “Keep the unity of the Spirit” [it is the Spirit’s unity we are to protect].

Jesus’ presence is predicated on purity, not performance!

We see from Jesus that an unrepentant “brother” is to be treated [viewed, regarded as] a pagan [someone who worships false gods], and a tax collector. This means they must be treated like they are unsaved, because their soul is in danger.

Gentiles [non-Jews] were viewed as subhuman and even as animals [dogs] by the Jews! Racism is not about some modern fake white privilege. It is about the darkness of someone’s heart, regardless of their ethnicity.

Tax collectors were Jews who sold their souls to Rome in order to pad their pockets by adding additional fees or taxes to the taxes Rome required them to collect from the Jews. This was lower than low and in some circles they were worse than a Gentile.

Matthew 18 is about ex-communication and disassociation in hopes that the unrepentant brother would eventually respond in a way that protects the community he or she was once involved in, and claimed to love being in. If they refuse then the community must reject them because of their behavior. [See 1 Corinthians 5 where this process was not followed so Paul, as the spiritual father over the work, had to step in as judge].

Jesus never associated with sinners just for the sake of association, and He does not call us to do that either. Every contact Jesus made with those who did not know or love Him was redemptive, and in some cases resulted in a rebuke. This means Jesus had, and still has an agenda – to save sinners, even tax collectors!

He called Matthew, a tax collector, to be one of His original disciples. We will see later what Matthew heard about friendship with Jesus. We must learn that salvation is not about where God delivers us from, but who we become so that He can deliver us into the very place of purpose He saved us.

Mark 2

“14 As He passed by, He saw Levi the son of Alphaeus sitting in the tax booth, and He said to him, Follow Me!’ And he got up and followed Him. 15 And it happened that He was reclining at the table in his house, and many tax collectors and sinners were dining with Jesus and His disciples; for there were many of them, and they were following Him. 16 When the scribes of the Pharisees saw that He was eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they said to His disciples, ‘Why is He eating and drinking with tax collectors and sinners ?’ 17 And hearing this, Jesus said to them, It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick; I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners.'”

Do you remember the Matthew 11 and Luke 7 texts above. Mark says the scribes and Pharisees [representing the generation Matthew and Luke wrote about] asked the twelve about Jesus’ eating and drinking with tax collectors and sinners.

This text clearly reveals Jesus’ heart for and purpose for being with tax collectors and sinners.  Jesus’ spending time with them was  “to call” them, and in His calling them He calls them “sick”. Jesus references Himself as a physician. This Greek word is iatrós / ee-at-ros’ and it means: to cure; heal; to make whole; to free from errors and sins; to bring about one’s salvation.

Nothing in this text indicates Jesus was palling around or fellowshipping with these tax collectors and sinners [who by the way were friends of Matthew’s], just for the sake of spending time with them. Jesus redeemed His time in hopes of redeeming those He deemed sick.

Additionally, Jesus connects righteous living with health, and sinful living with sickness. So, Jesus does not come to initially call those who are healthy [in right relationship with Him]. He comes to initially call those who don’t have a right relationship with Him to give them a chance to get and remain healthy and whole [right with Him].

Mark says of these friends of Matthew, “there were many of them, and they were following Him.” The word follow is the Greek word akolouthéō / ak-ol-oo-theh’-o which means: to join one as a disciple; become or be a disciple; side with; attend to; walk the same path or way.

This a different Greek word than what is used for those who are disciples of Jesus. That word is mathētḗs / math-ay-tes’ which means among other things: to understand what you are learning.

So, these sinners and tax collectors were being called into discipleship but had not yet chosen to be Jesus’ disciples. They may have been following Jesus but had not yet committed to what Jesus requires of all of His disciples.

How long did they follow we do not know? We do not know whether they gave up their lifestyle as sinners and tax collectors. What we do know is that Jesus called them, not to be His friend, but to be healed of their sinful behavior so they could be whole, to become His disciple, and to continue to grow in their relationship to Him as they let go of and leave behind their past life.

We get more information on Jesus’s requirements to be His disciple when He said this to the Jews in Judah who had believed Him, – 31 If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; 32 and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free.” [John 8]

John said the Jews “believed Him,” not “just believed in Him.”

Do you believe Jesus?

What does your belief produce?

So many modern Christians have no idea what it means to believe God. When it was used in the first century it meant: trust in and fidelity to. Fidelity means the quality of being faithful to; to be accurate in all the details.

To “continue in My word” does not mean commit to continually reading the word. It means commit to becoming what the word requires of all those who say they have committed their life to Christ.

I tell people often, my mandate from Jesus is to go and make disciples [to Him]. My mandate is not to go and make converts, church members or even friends. I am commissioned to make disciples and to teach them everything Jesus commanded His original disciples. If ‘we’ happen to be friends during or after that, praise the Lord. If not, praise the Lord. I will not allow ‘friendship’ to get in the way of my personal discipleship to Jesus, or my discipleship of others to Jesus.

I have lost a lot of ‘friends’ over this stance! Have you? By the way, Jesus, because of His stance did too, and still does!

Jesus, speaking to His original disciples, including Matthew the ex-tax collector, said this about being His friend. You are My friends if you do what I command you. [John 15:14]

Hmmm! So, even Jesus’ disciples are not His friends if they refuse to obey what He commands.

So much for hanging out ‘for hanging out’ sakes! For heaven’s sake!

“Friend!” That is an endearing term is it not? Yet, Jesus told a parable in Matthew 22 that should shock us all into a different reality if we believe friendship with God is whatever we want it to be or define it to be.

11 But when the king came in to look over the dinner guests, he saw a man there who was not dressed in wedding clothes, 12 and he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without wedding clothes?’ And the man was speechless. 13 Then the king said to the servants, ‘Bind him hand and foot, and throw him into the outer darkness; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’ 14 For many are called, but few are chosen.”

Now, we can discuss the theological aspects of who this “friend” was and how he came to be in the wedding celebration dinner, or we can simply look at what Jesus is communicating here – and that is this – He determines who remains in His celebration.

In other words, accepting His invitation to attend, and entering His celebration is not His goal. His goal is, is the person worthy to remain in His celebration. Something else that jumps out at me in this text – Jesus commanded His slaves to bind His friend, and not just throw him or her out of the celebration, but to throw him or her into outer darkness.

So, who was the authentic friend of Jesus, the “friend” or the slaves who obeyed Jesus?

It is time for you and me to stop lowering the standard to what we can handle, and start rightly handling the word of truth. Jesus is not everyone’s Friend! And Jesus does not have friends who do not obey Him. The first test is usually, “You must be born again.” Or, you must undergo an authentic spiritual conversion. That is what Jesus told Nicodemus in John 3. In fact, one cannot even see to enter the kingdom without that experience.

Look at what Matthew, the ex-tax collector wrote about conversion – “Truly I say to you, unless you are converted and become like children, you will not enter the kingdom of heaven.” [Matthew 18:3]

Remember, conversion [being spiritually born again] is required for anyone to see to enter the spiritual kingdom John the Baptist and Jesus preached.

Have you been converted? Great! What are you becoming?

I am not going down the road of the revelation of this statement either but suffice it to say Jesus revealed here that conversion is not the goal. Growing up, maturing, and becoming responsible is the goal. Apparently, according to Matthew, Jesus said conversion alone does not qualify a person to enter the kingdom God.

Those who do not, will not, or refuse to obey Jesus regardless of what it costs them are NOT His friends!

Receive and steward God’s passion, power, presence, priority, process, promises, protection, provision, pruning, purging, purity and purpose!

Dr. Kevin M. Drury, DMin
A radical spiritual revolutionary
Revolution Movement Co-Founder
http://www.revolutionmovement.org
kdrury@revolutionmovement.org

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2020

Radical spiritual revolutionaries,


Today’s blog is really a report on Donna’s and my devotional time for this year. 


20/20 is a term connected to vision. 20/20 vision is not necessarily the best vision, meaning just because you can read letters on a static chart while standing or sitting still does not mean you have the best vision.

For instance, 20/10 vision means your sight is twice as sharp as a person with 20/20 vision.


What kind of vision do you have when you are moving?


What kind of vision do you have when what you are seeing is moving?


The Bible says, “Where there is no [prophetic] vision, the people cast off constraint.” Meaning among other things, when we cannot see what is in the spirit realm we typically have no goals to reach, or we give up on our goals.


From April 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019 Donna and I studied at least one chapter of the New Testament every day. We typically would take communion, worship using a song or two that my spirit picked up walking the beach or some other time, and then we would read and dig into the text we were reading that day. This typically would take an hour to an hour and a half.


Several months ago I felt strongly we needed to add more Scripture reading and study to our daily devotional time. We still take communion and worship, but beginning January 1, 2020 we added a reading plan to our 1 chapter minimum from the NT. Now we are investing 2-3 hours a day with the Lord and His Word.


Our plan for 2020 is this:

  • Read through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation using the One Year Chronological Bible plan on our Bible App
    • Study words, phrases, verses that really stick out to us
  • Read and study a Psalm
    • We will keep reading 1 Psalm a day throughout 2020
  • Read and study a Proverb
    • We will read a Proverb corresponding with the day of the month throughout 2020
  • Read and study our NT Books [chapters] per where we are as a result of our plan from 2019
    • We are currently in 2 Peter 2

Psalms 119:105

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path.” 


As I thought about this verse I realized God’s word provides light for where I am [where my feet are] and where I am going [my path, my divine purpose in life, or the race that is set before me].


I want to challenge each of you to invest in God’s word this year more than you ever have before. Any investment will yield fruitfulness in your life. How much fruit would you produce if you allowed the Holy Spirit to really stretch you to read, study, meditate on, and memorize more of God’s Word in 2020.


2020 – what do you see and how clearly do you see what you see?

Dr. Kevin M. Drury, DMin
Revolution Movement Co-Founder
www.revolutionmovement.org
kdrury@revolutionmovement.org
912.577.4837

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