Monday, May 3, 2010

Kingdom living? Now or Later?

"For, behold, the kingdom of God is within you," (Luke 17:21).
How does His kingdom become a part of you? Within you? The kingdom of God is a Spiritual realm, attained by walking in God's Spirit, and producing the fruit of the Spirit, which is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self control. We obtain these characteristics from walking in His Spirit. This holds true today as it did in the 1st century.
There are the Beatitudes that are results of kingdom living and walking in His Spirit, not suggestions. Those in His Kingdom are the salt of the earth, the light of the world. His greatest commandment is for us to show love. There is no love in discrimination. God accepts everyone. His kingdom is for all and opens to all who will receive His love. This was true back in the first century and it still is true.
The fruits of the Spirit, the Beatitudes, love for all, these are what His Kingdom is about. On earth, His kingdom is a spiritual kingdom. His Kingdom resides within us. When we leave earth, we will go to live in His physical Kingdom called Heaven. Kingdom living is both spiritual and physical. The spiritual and physical work together, for what is done on earth, is done in heaven. "And I will give to you the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shall bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shall loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven" (Matthew 16:19). Giving us the keys to the kingdom was not a onetime gift, it was meant to be one that carried on to all generations.
Where are you? Are you living in the kingdom, or are you looking at the kingdom from the outside?

Peace and Love,


"Be still and know that I am God"(Psalm 46:10)

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