Good News!

This was written by one of my favorite prophetic voices here in the USA, Kris Vallotton of Bethel Church in Redding Ca. I loved it and wanted to pass it on to my readers. We must preach as Jesus preached! If we believe that God makes people sick to develop their character than Jesus sure messed up God’s plan by healing them all!

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“There is a big difference between preaching the gospel to the poor and preaching a poor gospel! Here are 7 signs of a poor gospel;

1- A poor gospel identifies with people’s pain, but has no power to deliver them from it.

2- A poor gospel loves the sinner, but can’t transform them into a saint.

3- A poor gospel has compassion for the sick, but has no gift to heal them.

4- A poor gospel loves heaven, but can’t bring it to earth.

5- A poor gospel embraces humility, but resists being exalted at the proper time.

6- A poor gospel loves generosity, but doesn’t understand the principle of reciprocity.

7- A poor gospel embraces the cross, but resists the resurrection life it provides to live powerfully.

The poor gospel isn’t the gospel Jesus preached! He preached the GOOD NEWS of the Kingdom… where nothing is impossible with God! Do I believe in a prosperity gospel? You bet… because it is the only gospel that has the power to transform us into the image of Jesus and destroy the works of the devil (1 Jn. 3:8)(Acts 10:38).”

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To be blessed is to be empowered to prosper and increase in the things of God. We must understand that true prosperity is not about humanity’s trinkets, but about the Kingdom of God having influence in the Earth Realm… on everything that concerns us. If the power of our message is unable to set captives free, then we have an inferior message to the one Jesus preached. It all began when Jesus stepped into a pulpit in Nazareth to declare those wonderful ministry launching words…

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me, because He has anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor… to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord” (Lk. 4:18-19)

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