Brainwashing Day 16
While very blessed to live in America, there is an aspect of doing so that is to our detriment. Because we do not live in a monarchy, there are many things that simply bypass our understanding of a kingdom.
Kingdom: The domain over which the spiritual sovereignty of God or Christ extends, whether in heaven or on earth.
Kingdom of God: (a) The universe. (b) That spiritual realm of which God is the acknowledged sovereign. (c) The authority or dominion of God.
Those are two definitions that I took from the…of all places, dictionary.
Many of us see the Kingdom of God as being something far off and futuristic. However, according to just a dictionary definition, let alone the Word of God, the Kingdom of God is N.O.W. It’s not in the future and it’s not something that we need to be waiting for. It’s something that we need to be operating in daily. The Kingdom was Jesus’ first priority and it needs to be ours as well.
For too long, the enemy has worked hard to confuse our understanding of what Scripture says about the Kingdom. Part of that has been very easy, in part because we’re not Jewish. In this past year, we have found that there are many, many issues that the Jewish people understand from Scripture that we simply don’t have the cultural understanding of.
For example, a recent conversation with a Jewish man revealed to us that the Body of Christ is ignorant of proper understanding of Matthew 5:32. Any Jewish individual hearing that understood that Christ was teaching them that to be involved with a divorced person was sin UNTIL (important concept here) U.N.T.I.L. Yom Kippur.
Once that sin had been placed on the goat and driven into the wilderness, they were no longer in sin. We have turned a concept that was intended to speak of a temporary situation into a legalistic ruler with which to slap the hands of divorced people in the Body of Christ. Rather than ministering to the pain that they might be suffering, the enemy has convinced us to focus on the Law, rather than Love.
And Love is the highest rule of the Kingdom.
Admittance into the Kingdom is subject to our acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Our success in the Kingdom is based on walking in love – both with our God and Lord and with one another.
Just like earthly kingdoms, the Kingdom of God reflects the character of the King. If we do not know or understand His character, we are not able to know or understand fully what His Kingdom is like.
When we are living in His Kingdom, then we will live in a way that is different from the world, simply because we understand that we are under a different government from the rest of the world, not to mention a different culture and a different set of laws.
Because we don’t see the Scripture in a Hebrew light, we don’t realize that the call to live in the Kingdom of God is actually God’s first set of instructions to man.
Genesis 1:28, “God blessed them; and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it; and rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
We call this the “Dominion Mandate” when in fact, I really think we need to think of it as The Kingdom Mandate.
God’s intention was always that earth would be like heaven. That is why Eden was so amazingly beautiful. It was the heart of Father that it should reflect His home – we are made in His image and He likes His home, I suspect He wanted to share His home with us.
God’s desire to bring heaven to earth has not changed. “Seek first the Kingdom of God…” “on earth as it is in heaven….” “Go into all the world and make disciples of all creation.”
Every one of those calls is a clarion to bring heaven to earth. To have men make the Kingdom of God a reality on earth. A reality that carries more weight than the disappointments, discouragements and destruction of the world. A Kingdom that sets captives free, restores sight to the blind and binds up the brokenhearted and proclaims the favorable year of the Lord.
Does this describe your daily life? If not, what do you need to change in order to live in the Kingdom that your Lord has created for you?
(I’m so sorry that it’s already Wednesday and I’m just posting the first blog of the week. This has been quite the week here and I’ve simply had to leave this until now. I will quickly get us back on track. Abundant blessings!)