Category Archives: Kingdom

Unity

Unity is raw power. It doesn’t resist being used for good or for evil. Electricity isn’t particular about how you use it either.

Unity empowers people who are like each other with greater strength than they have individually. Unity that includes agreement with an unclean spirit gives that spirit power. Then, the spirit can draw more people into the agreement, and they can keep adding strength until they together give the unclean spirit power to rule over a town or a city or a nation.

The power that is gained when similar people unite is greater than the sum of their strengths. It is multiplied, not just added. It is supernatural, so it affects the realm of the spirit, too.

The greatest power unity can offer, though, is when dissimilar people unite. When enough people of different races unite in an area, they can displace racism’s power if they want to confront it. When people of different religions unite they can overpower truth if they want to confront it.

Of the types of dissimilarities that can unite, the most powerful combination is when believers who have different Spiritual gifts, and different ministries from similar gifts, unite.

When pastors trust prophets, and evangelists trust pastors, and so forth, and bless each others’ perspectives and gifts, they can colonize the earth with the power and culture of heaven. They can overpower darkness if they want to confront it.

Balance

Yin and Yang are structures ancient Chinese philosophy offered to explain or identify balance. Yin is dark and passive. Yang is bright and aggressive. Yin is female,  Yang is male.

Generally, they are presented as balancing or completing each other, not competing. Represented as a circle with a white drop opposing a black drop, there is a black dot in the white drop, and vice versa. The balance includes the concept that there is a little of the opposite thing in everything, which is not true.

Balance in the Kingdom of God is frequently manifest in mysteries. Things that are basic truths in the Kingdom are senseless to the world. Some don’t even make sense to us on days.

The destroyer is sometimes sent to be my trainer. The lion and the bear were sent to prepare David for Goliath. Some education in God’s plan just teaches us how to learn or listen.

Waiting for assignments to make sense or look successful can be a costly mistake. Not being quickly obedient could have cost Nehemiah or Gideon the nation. 

A murder worked salvation in the earth. The holiest Spirit in all of creation wants fellowship with us. Leaders must be servants. My passion to serve the King by sparing lives from hell is balanced by my patience to see His will done His way no matter how long it takes. 

Pray that you will learn to  hear and trust His voice. Balance in the Kingdom is obedience.

The Target

Brace up for the shortest word ever out of Douglas Thomas  (Mr Amplified Version of everything ).

Wherever you are having the most trouble in your life – the most discouragement, the greatest fear or worst disappointment, Yahweh is at work.

There, He wants to heal you or free you or change you or empower you. You have to be born again to see the Kingdom. Then you have to look.

He loves it when you ask for clues and help, too. Look around. Ask.

Good Judgement

The references here are chapter and verse from the revelation of Jesus that John experienced:

One day, Jesus will sit on a throne for judgement of humanity. The awe of His might and glory as He sits for the first time as a Judge will be so terror inspiring that heaven and earth will try to get away (20:11). Every human will be judged for what they did in the earth (20:12,13). That is the first judgement.

The second judgement is according to the Book of Life (20:12-15). After every human is judged regarding their work and behavior while alive, their names are searched for in the Book of Life. If it isn’t found there, they are thrown in the lake of fire, where the beast, the false prophet, Lucifer, death and the grave have been thrown already.

These decisions are made based on two categories of participation in the Lord’s work in the earth: the Church and the Kingdom. Family members’ names are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Obedience to the co-mission given to each individual by the King is the point of judgement regarding works and behavior.

So – get people saved by faith in Jesus’ sacrifice, and teach them to obey Him and become His disciples.

Ordinary Miracles

Today a friend went through a test.

As a result of a series of errors in their judgement, other people suffered loss. Before they went before a court to determine what they were guilty of and what their sentence should therefore be, we prayed.

I felt led to ask our Wondrous Father for much grace and surprising favor. When I got the “here’s how it went” phone call after the trial, I was impressed at the outcome. It represented much grace and surprising favor.

In my prayers of thanks, though, I felt that I was being instructed to stop being surprised by that much favor. We ask for things to happen or not happen, and sometimes we get what we desire and sometimes we don’t. Interacting with the Holy One is clearly art and not science. It becomes very confusing trying to build a picture in our minds or lives about what is “normal.”

The thought that came to me from the Book was something Luke recorded about some astonishing favor in Acts 19. He wrote that God worked unusual miracles by the hands of Paul. Clearly, there is a category of “usual” miracles if there is, also clearly, a category of “unusual” miracles.

When are we going to step into the position of expecting “usual” to include “miraculous”?

I think that the door is open in heaven. Help us, Lord, to grasp how to get the door on our end open so that we receive and distribute the wealth of the resources of heaven everywhere we go!

Super Rational

One of my favorite advisors advised me this morning to stop calling myself crazy.

Yes, most of what I believe I am to accomplish before I die is impossible, but that doesn’t mean that I am crazy for expecting it to happen.

Yes, the people who receive the most encouragement through me are people who think the normal Christian Life includes raising the dead and healing the sick and stopping plagues and emptying hospitals and ending poverty and ending stinginess and ending stupidity, but they are not crazy for being that sort of people.

We are not “only human.” We are super-human sons and daughters of the One Who breathed the stars and the sun. We are not subject to nature, but we are supernatural spirits, born of the Holy One.

We are not just rational, every-thing-has-to-add-up people. We are born of God, so it is possible for us to see His Kingdom (John 3:3). We are spiritual people, so ideas and activities that are crazy for natural people make perfect sense to us (1 Corinthians 2).

We are super-rational people. We are bringing the laws of our Homeland into the spheres we have the power and authority to be able to influence. Our influence is going to take the power that is changing us and change our workplaces and our neighborhoods and our towns and cities and states and nations.

Super-rational leaders take 300 super-rational warriors and give them a trumpet, a torch, and a jug and send them out to battle enemies that have them outnumbered a thousand or so to one, and they defend their nation (Judges 7).

Super-rational sons of the king attack an army by themselves and inspire an army of quitters and cowards to rise up and defend their nation (1 Samuel 14:1-23).

Super-rational people like you are going to do supernatural exploits and bring glory to the Name that made you free – because you are like the One Who bears the Name that is above every name.

Odds & Oddities

People argue about how many adults were in the crowd Moses led out of Egypt. I hear ranges from 1 to 6 million.

Trim all the fat out of the picture you like, and pretend we know there were 1,102,303. Based on that pretense, let’s create some minimal odds. Joshua and Caleb we don’t have to guess at. 2 people out of however many (1,102,303 pretentiously, today only) is a pretty small percentage.

If the perspective is typical (as in type / antitype), the odds of you being successful at a calling that is not maintenance of some tradition are not good. Half a million to one, you won’t be and do what Yahweh has called you to if it’s new or if it disrupts the status quo.

No problem with those odds when you are an oddity, though! Be encouraged! Your awesome God picked you because you are going to be and do what He likes. You are not going to quit, surrender, faint, fail, or die without accomplishing what He put you in the earth for.

He likes doing things that way. He likes embarrassing His enemies and nay-sayers by picking the likes of us to take out or out last the likes of them.

Go be awesome.

Establishment

There is a Hebrew word that was used for a condition that seems powerful to me. Mr. Jim Strong’s dictionary numbered it OT3559, transliterated it “kuwn” and pronounced it “koon.” I have seen it rendered “kun.”

His definition is: properly, to be erect (i.e. stand perpendicular); hence (causatively) to set up, in a great variety of applications, whether literal (establish, fix, prepare, apply), or figurative (appoint, render sure, proper or prosperous).

In Proverbs 16, it is translated:

v3 / Commit thy works unto the LORD, and thy thoughts shall be established.

v9 / A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the LORD directeth his steps.

v12 / It is an abomination to kings to commit wickedness: for the throne is established by righteousness.

In Micah 4:1 : But in the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.

In 2 Chronicles 29:35-36 : 35 And also the burnt offerings were in abundance, with the fat of the peace offerings, and the drink offerings for every burnt offering. So the service of the house of the Lord was set in order. 36 And Hezekiah rejoiced, and all the people, that God had prepared the people: for the thing was done suddenly.

Frequently KUWN is describing a situation that Yahweh has caused to be real in the spirit and then it is realized in the earth. He has built it and established it and then it manifests so that we can see and experience it.

The Kingdom of Heaven is being established. Be blessed with eyes to see it and ears to hear it and a heart that values and therefore enters into it.

Be established with it.

Is God For You or Against You?

Joshua encountered the Commander of the Armies of Yahweh (Joshua 5:13,14). He was standing with his sword drawn in front of Joshua one day near Jericho after Israel crossed the Jordan River into the land that had belonged to Canaan’s descendants.

Joshua bravely approached the warrior and asked him if he was on Joshua’s side or his enemies’ side. He responded, “No…”

Yahweh then told Joshua that though He was not on Joshua’s side, He had given Joshua victory over the city of Jericho. He gave Joshua instructions on how to step into that victory by agreeing with Him and obeying Him as His Armies fought the war with Jericho.

God is not on our side. We don’t really have a side. We need to be on God’s side. As He leads us, step by step, into being conformed to His character and values and ways, we take up His side. We learn the mission statement and purpose of the Family Business, which is bringing the Kingdom of Heaven to the earth.

Bless Billy’s Heart

Billy Graham gave evangelism a good name. He had wisdom to know that new believers need to be connected to some congregation quickly at the level of being a family member if they were going to continue to be related to the church.

Still,  only 4 – 5% of his converts lasted more than 4 years in a congregation without separating from the church. Most congregations don’t value new, messy believers, so they don’t hold on to them and grow them up.

Billy taught in his sermons that Jesus said, “Ye must be born again!”

What Billy interpreted that to mean was, “If you want to go to heaven when you die, you have to be born again.” That’s not what Jesus said to Nicodemus, though.

He told him, “I tell you that unless a person is born again from above, he cannot see the Kingdom of God.” (CJB John 3:3)

If you have not been born of God, you cannot SEE the Kingdom. It is all around you, but you have to be born from above or you can’t discern its presence and involvement and accomplishments.

Paul wrote to the congregations at Corinth, “But the natural man does not receive the things of the Spirit of God, for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually discerned.”  (NKJV 1 Cor 2:14-15)