Category Archives: Kingdom

Coming or Going

If you piled up all of the songs in American hymnbooks, almost half of them are about going to Heaven when we die. Probably another third of them are about having been comforted in our difficulties. Then Christmas carols and easter songs, then a few that just praise Him in His glory and His perfect character.

Most of it is about us, and most of what’s about us is weekend stuff – what we’re going to do when we knock off work on Friday. Going to Heaven.

We should be more focused on sitting in the throne and coming to earth in that posture! He has made us sit together in the throne, and wants to show us from that perspective the valuables hidden here in fields, and the opportunities that are about to open when a government topples somewhere, or when a business takes off.

We have access to revelation about the future and the present and the past. Listening to Him will set us up for success and advancement. Maybe it will even get us invitations to the next dinner He plans to crash (Luke 19:1-9)…

Your Weapons

We are people of faith. I don’t mean that in a cliche way. I mean that our Creator made us so that faith is always at work in us. This design becomes a problem for us when our faith is in our enemies’ strengths instead of our God’s.

The description of our weaponry Paul wrote in a letter to the churches in Ephesus pictured faith as a shield. The weapons most powerful against our faith are doubt and fear. They work together. Fear can cause doubt and doubt can cause fear.

Anytime you sense either doubt or fear, let that sense be like the smell of smoke. Look for the fire, and put it out. Answer it with confidence in your Lord’s love for you. Answer it with Scripture. Ask Him for the fruit of His Spirit, so that fear and doubt lose their power.

The answer to every attack, the advice for every opportunity, the access to wisdom and revelation are all just outside the doors we call the fruit of His Spirit. Open them wide and invite Him to invade your heart and mind and soul and strength.

Manifesting the Kingdom

In 1975, Bill Bright and Loren Cunningham, both leaders of international ministries committed to evangelism and discipleship, individually received revelation on a day before they were planning to meet for lunch. They each felt that they should share the idea they had received with the other.

The idea was that there are seven “mind molders” (Cunningham) or “world kingdoms” (Bright) which create cultures in the earth, and which need to be taken under the influence of Jesus in order to bring the harvest of nations to Him.

In 2000, Lance Wallnau heard the story from Loren Cunningham. He felt that the Spirit told him that the seven influential forces were “mountains” that should be invaded by believers who are under the influence of the Spirit of Jesus, so that they influence the cultures of the earth with the power of His Kingdom. He calls those mountains Religion, Families, Education, Government, Media / Arts, Science / Technology, and Business.

He suggests that there are four strategic paths that could be pursued to take leadership of the mountains:

  1. The Church preaches the Gospel, but is separated from Culture:
    1. Church + Gospel – Culture = Fundamentalism
  2. The Church gathers for Social Causes, but not preaching Gospel:
    1. Church – Gospel + Culture = Liberalism
  3. Gospel is preached, Culture embraced, but not by the Church:
    1. Gospel + Culture – Church = Parachurch
  4. All three are aligned:
    1. Church + Gospel + Culture = Kingdom

When we become more interested in revealing the Love and the Authority of Jesus than we are in being honored by societies, we will become powerful influencers of societies. Your work as a citizen of Heaven probably fits into one of the mountains. Be led to manifest the King in it. I expect that the influence Daniel had in his culture included the documents that led some star gazers to understand that a King had been born in Israel Who was worthy to be worshiped.

(Invading Babylon – The Seven Mountain Mandate; © Lance Wallnau; Destiny Image Publishers; 800-722-6774)

Who Do You Say You Are?

Three reasons there is always a desert between the place of hearing an instruction or promise from Yahweh and the fulfillment or acquisition of that promise or purpose are so that we can learn more about Who Yahweh is, about who He says we are, and about what our purposes and goals are when we enter the place we have been sent to inherit.

One day Jesus asked His disciples who people thought He was. Then, He asked them who they though He was. Peter’s answer indicated that he was benefiting from his time in the desert with Jesus. His grasp of Jesus’ identity gained him increased revelation about his own purpose.

Who do people say you are? Who, in contrast, does Jesus say you are? His brother, or sister? His co-worker? An important citizen with authority in His Kingdom?

Who do you say you are? Is there any discrepancy between His answer and yours? Is your answer different from His because of any fear, or pride, or shyness? Because you are still unsure what the answer is?

Knowing the answer is important enough for Him to think acquiring it is worth part of your life. If you don’t have the answer yet, ask Him to help you. The question is on the test, but He is an open Book.

The Power of Sin

O Death, where is your victory?
O Death, where is your sting?
Now the sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law.
But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory
through our Lord Jesus Christ!

Therefore, my dear brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always excelling in the Lord’s work, knowing that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.
(1 Corinthians 15:55-58 Holman Christian Standard Bible® ©)

Knowing the laws about driving a vehicle in the state where you live is critical to passing exams that test people who want a license to drive. Understanding what the consequences of disobeying those laws are helps motivate most people to obey them.

The rules on a race track include some related to safety and some related to fairness in a race. Just knowing the rules doesn’t make me a good racer, though – or a winner. Navigating well the dangers and opportunities in the process of the race is how I win.

The laws Yahweh gave to Israelis through Moses didn’t make them righteous. They were offered as a path to life. The way they could work for that end was by Israelis obeying them perfectly. Any level of obedience short of perfect was counted as complete failure; death.

The path on which we walk as sons and daughters of Yahweh is one of following His Spirit’s leadership and instruction and correction. We have access to Him and He to us because of the blood of Jesus and the rebirth of our spirits by His Spirit. The power of sin is the law. The power that raised Jesus from death is in His Spirit. That power makes us able to walk in righteousness. Learning the rules doesn’t. Knowing the Ruler does.

On Ice

When something is “on ice,” it is in a place of preservation. A conversation that is on ice is temporarily or permanently delayed from continuing. A deal that is on ice is settled or established.

How much of your life is a settled issue? What expectations are unquestionable? What promised things are not in need of defense, since they cannot be averted by our enemies or our failures?

Israel was promised as an inheritance the land Canaan’s descendants had occupied. Still, they had to fight for it, and avoid mistakes that could happen by missing Yahweh’s strategies.

Peter offered advice on maintenance of our inheritance. Not instruction on how to stay saved – how to maintain property and position and purpose in the Kingdom:

For His divine power has given us everything required for life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by His own glory and goodness. By these He has given us very great and precious promises, so that through them you may share in the divine nature, escaping the corruption that is in the world because of evil desires. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with goodness, goodness with knowledge, knowledge with self-control, self-control with endurance, endurance with godliness, godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities are yours and are increasing, they will keep you from being useless or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. The person who lacks these things is blind and shortsighted, and has forgotten the cleansing from his past sins. Therefore, brothers, make every effort to confirm your calling and election, because if you do these things you will never stumble. For in this way, entry into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be richly supplied to you.
(2 Peter 1:3-11 Holman Christian Standard Bible® ©)

Reading the Gospels

I’m guessing that you have read Matthew, Mark, Luke,  and John at least once by now. The next time you read them, if you manage to convince yourself that when Jesus said anything there about the Kingdom (which He did – A LOT), He wasn’t talking about the church, the difference in what you extract from the words He spoke will change your life and your work and quite likely affect everyone you interact with in the earth in some way.

He didn’t say much about the church. He said a lot about the Kingdom. Think about that when you read it again.

Power and Authority

So He got into a boat, crossed over, and came to His own town. Just then some men brought to Him a paralytic lying on a stretcher. Seeing their faith, Jesus told the paralytic, “Have courage, son, your sins are forgiven.”

At this, some of the scribes said among themselves, “He’s blaspheming!”

But perceiving their thoughts, Jesus said, “Why are you thinking evil things in your hearts? For which is easier: to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Get up and walk’? But so you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—then He told the paralytic, “Get up, pick up your stretcher, and go home.” And he got up and went home. When the crowds saw this, they were awestruck and gave glory to God who had given such authority to men.
(Matthew 9:1-8 Holman Christian Standard Bible® ©)

Power is the ability to do something. Authority is the right to do something. If you own a gun, but you are not authorized to use it, your power is limited. If you have access to the page in your bank’s system that can approve loans, but you don’t have the authority to click the OK button, your power is limited by your lack of authority.

As a member of the family of the King of Heaven and Earth, you have been authorized to make changes in some situations you find around you. You can cast demons out of people, heal the sick, raise the dead, teach truth, declare revelation that you have received, and more. Your King has ordained you to bear much fruit.

If you are shaky about what exactly you have been ordained to do, look into it with great fervency. Knock until you have had the answers opened to you. Look into the words and the Spirit of God until you have seen Truth that changes you. Ask Him what He wants of you.

Then go do it with unshakable authority.

Inheritance or Loss

I say then, walk by the Spirit and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is against the Spirit, and the Spirit desires what is against the flesh; these are opposed to each other, so that you don’t do what you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.

Now the works of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, moral impurity, promiscuity, idolatry, sorcery, hatreds, strife, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambitions, dissensions, factions, envy, drunkenness, carousing, and anything similar, about which I tell you in advance—as I told you before—that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.
(Galatians 5:16-21 Holman Christian Standard Bible® ©)

If “inherit the Kingdom” means “go to Heaven when you die,” then this section of Paul’s letter to churches in Galatia means “whether you have been born of God (born again) or not, if you have selfish ambition, or jealousy, or envy, you are going to the lake of fire when you die.”

That is not what it means, though. It means that whether you have been born of God or not, if you are living with these bad influences as your values, you are not walking in obedience to the King, and you will not gain benefits of being a citizen of His Kingdom since you are living outside of it.

We don’t really see in the word “inherit” what we better understand of its meaning if we contrast it with the word “disinherit.” Disinherit means to cut off from position or relationship or estate. Inherit, as the opposite of that idea, means to administer the passing on of position or relationship or estate. Early use of the word meant to “make an heir.”  Lawyers shifted the use of it into “get money.”

The “lazy and evil slave” Jesus taught about in the parable of the talents distribution in Matthew 25, was the chap who did not properly value what he had been entrusted with as opportunity. He did not incorporate the talent he received into his life and work, and instead of having something to return on his master’s investment, had just the talent that he had buried.

The master’s response to him was to disinherit him – to cut him off from the type of benefits the other servants had received. They were given authority as their inheritance for having served well with responsibility.

Totally Surrendered

The place most safe and blessed, the position most protected and provided for, is the place of being completely surrendered to the ownership and leadership of the King of kings. The sphere where His lovingkindness rules is a place of life and peace and joy in His Spirit.

The Kingdom of Jesus is that place – it is the place where He is obeyed. The more clear we are on what He desires for us and of us, and the more our minds and hearts and imaginations and actions are submitted  to those desires, the greater our lives will be.

We won’t exist above challenge or danger or temptation, but we will be freed to decide to accept His blessing in those places, turning them into encounters with Him. Being in that proximity to Him is the power that transforms us in very recognizable ways into being clearly His family members .

Read Psalm 91. Even better, enjoy memorizing it.