Imagine an Elephant and a Rhino living in a small room. It would be very difficult for the either to move around. In order to ease the situation, it would be good if the Elephant lost weight and ‘shrunk’ – as it were. As the Elephant loses weight and becomes smaller, it is easier for the Rhino to move around.
It was about 4:30am when we left the small farming community in Zimbabwe. This had been our three week stop over point where we had been making final preparations for our long awaited stay in the unknown ‘Warm Heart of Africa’, Malawi.
The rain was pouring down in sheets, lashing the windscreen of the overloaded Combi and small trailer. The road, or excuse for one, was just mud and it was nearly impossible to see any pot holes. It was unusual to encounter a storm of that strength so early in the African morning. We could see the evil one was already busy trying to hamper our first missionary journey.
It was now four months since we had left our ‘home’ of the past 18 months, a small, little known mission station in the Natal Midlands town of Nottingham Rd in South Africa. We had lived there with others who had laid down their lives to serve the Lord, after leaving our Johannesburg house and shares in a successful young plastics company. The Lord had touched our hearts so powerfully over a period of about two years, that we felt we needed to sell all that we owned and follow the Lord full time – quite a decision to make for a young family, consisting of three young children, (and two to be born in the future!).
Living a Life in the Kingdom of God – Continued
What is God’s Desire?
“There’s Gold in them thar Communities”.
Communities form a very important part of our social structure. There are large communities and there are small communities. Apart from Cities and Neighborhoods, there are other types of communities – Cell groups, Prayer groups, sports groups, Companies, Families and Marriages. Yes, even Marriage can be seen as a community!
Living a Life in the Kingdom of God – Continued
As an example of how one, who is living in the kingdom here on this earth, becomes visible – we turn to what Jesus reveals in the Sermon on the Mount.
Before we continue I would like to raise a point here; you might find it a little confusing that Jesus uses expressions like: “The Kingdom of God” and “The Kingdom of Heaven”
Some say that the kingdom of God is the here and now and the Kingdom of Heaven in the eternal realm.
The expression ‘Kingdom of God” is used one way and another by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in the Gospels.
The expression, “Kingdom of Heaven” is only ever used by Matthew.
My own opinion is that both expressions refer to the continued process from the time of Jesus’ ministry on earth until we dwell in the eternal realm and both expressions are applicable to: here on earth and in the eternal realm as well.
Chapter Fourteen: Living a Life in the Kingdom of God – Continued
“One thing I’ve learned about relationships is that I tend to become more like the people I spend the most time with”.
Considering the above statements by people who are generally promoting personal experience and scientific information, we need to accept that if we spend a lot of time with God, we will become like Him and be able to live a life of health, wealth, peace and power on this earth even as Jesus did.
I’m sure that your reaction to the above is: “Spending time with my fellow humans that I can see, touch and hear is straight forward, but what about God whom I can’t see, touch and hear”?
Very fortunately, we cannot see, touch or mostly, hear God, because if we did, we would depart this life.
I say ‘mostly’ hear God, because as I mentioned in the previous chapter whilst we will, for the most part, not audibly hear God, He has ways of communicating with us that enable to ‘hear’ what He says.
We will be able to understand the signs that God shows us along the walk of His destiny for our lives as well as ‘hear’ what He tells us, providing we are accustomed to communicating with Him.
Those souls who are born deaf or blind go through training to be able communicate with others. The deaf train to read hand signs that others use in order to ‘say’ words to them. The blind are trained to feel letters in Braille so that they can communicate by touch.
So it is between God and us, we hear supernatural words and see supernatural signs, that only He can interpret to us.
As I mentioned in the previous chapter, the process of communicating with God, is very simple in principle. But at first sight to us, it is impossibly difficult.
Why is this?
Because we need to be trained in what we might refer to as ‘uncommon’ methods of communication, if we want to be able to, as Jesus said, do what The Father shows us and say what The Father says to us.
“God is a spirit and can only be worshiped in spirit and truth”. If we exchange the word ‘worship’ with ‘communicated with’ we will now more easily begin to understand what is required of us.
My translation: ‘God is a spirit and therefore you can only communicate with Him through your spirit and this must be done in all straight forwardness and sincerity’.
In a previous chapter I explained that we humans are made up of body, soul and spirit. We all understand what body means. Soul is your intellect, emotion and will. Spirit is that part of your being that allows you to communicate with the spirit world, much like your service provider for internet connection.
In chapter Thirteen I gave you a seven point process to follow and one really can’t improve on that.
If you follow this process, in faith and consistency, you will slowly but surely begin to experience two-way communication with God.
Finally, remember the scripture I quoted to you previously:” Your own ears will hear him. Right behind you a voice will say, “This is the way you should go,” whether to the right or to the left.”
We will continue in the next chapter.
I pray that you receive touchable spiritual upliftment from these words and the way of expressing your gratitude to God in return is to share them with others. You do so by simply mailing this link to them.
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Chapter Twelve: Living a Life in the Kingdom of God – Continued
“As a man Thinketh in his heart, so is he”. Prov. 23:7 KJV
In the previous chapter, we discussed the fact that, management of the thoughts in our mind is what will determine what we become in this life and where we will be in the eternal world when our present earthly body dies.
Once we cross the bridge from being unbelievers to followers of God, it becomes obvious to us that in order to grow in our relationship with Him, we need to change the way we previously used to think.
Chapter Eleven: Living a Life in the Kingdom of God
“You are today where your thoughts have brought you; you will be tomorrow where your thoughts will take you”.
James Allen – 1864-1912
It is a scientific fact that the management of your thoughts will result in the state of your being and this will be the biggest influencing factor in the direction and outcome of your life, both here on this earth and in eternal living.
Chapter Nine: Entry To and Living in the Kingdom of God
You will recall from the previous teaching that we read in John 3.3-5 that once we become ‘born again’, we can see the Kingdom of God. When we are ‘born of water and The Spirit’ we are able to enter the Kingdom of God.
Good. So you might ask, “Where is the Kingdom of God”?
The Kingdom of God begins here on this earth. It was established by Jesus the Christ and confirmed by His death on the cross.
Chapter Eight: Essential Keys to Unlocking the Power of God in this Life.
As a basis for this teaching, let us consider the words of Jesus:
New Living Translation: Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me”.
Before I set about explaining the beautiful revelation in the words of these scriptures, I would like to raise a few points that I have mentioned to you in previous chapters.
Hope you don’t feel that I’m repeating myself; but I firmly believe in what my theology teacher told me so many years ago: “Repetitio est mater studioram or Repetition is the mother of studies”.
We must never lose sight of the fact that Jesus was not a ‘Christian’ but in every perfect way, he was a Jew and via Joseph, his earthly father, of the royal line of King David.
History also tells us that in the reign of the Roman Emperor, Constantine, in AD 300 there was an alliance formed between the state of Rome and the Christian movement at that time. This was the origin of the Roman Catholic Church.
Born out of this arrangement was the myth that if you follow Jesus and His teachings, you are a Christian. You should now see clearly, that this is not the case.
We can be followers of Jesus and His teachings and choose to join the Christian religion, or we can choose to follow Jesus and His teachings and not be members of the Christian religion. It is a matter of personal choice.
Now, let us get back to the scriptures above.
Jesus points out that nobody can take hold of His accomplishment on the cross and the benefits of Godly power in this life, unless God chooses them to take part in these benefits.
Then He says that the only way to God, in the eternal sense, is by taking hold of the benefits of Godly power through His crucifixion and applying these to our lives, on this earth.
I say it to you once more: no amount of good, kind, gentle or disciplined living in this life on earth; no religious practice or traditionalism can give you what Jesus is saying in the above two scriptures.
Only this will work:
- God chooses the one’s to whom He gives the benefits resulting from the crucifixion of Jesus.
- You alone can accept His choosing and apply these benefits to your life on this earth.
Let me explain these two statements in plain contemporary English:
The only reason for God choosing you will be because you want to be chosen. He won’t choose you otherwise. Would you choose to befriend someone whom you know for sure does not want your friendship – no, of course not.
You know you want to be chosen, so you say to God, “Even though I do not fully understand all that I have been told here – I accept.”
Good! Now on this basis you are under way to your new life, drawing to yourself health, wealth, power and peace on this earth and immigration requirements for the life after your body dies.
Congratulations and well done!
I need to explain the issue of, “…I do not fully understand…”
Never in our relationship to God are we ever called to understand. We are only told to accept Him and what He says.
When I was eighteen, I understood everything and was wary of accepting anything.
As I have grown older I understand much less than I did then, but I accept all of what God shows and tells me now.
Another word for this condition is a wonderful gift called faith. Remember my definition: “Faith is believing that something exists even when all my senses say it doesn’t”?
Let me share something else; my faith has led to my trust in God’s plans and this has led to my hope in His promises.
Whilst I will appreciate that you might be a little fuzzy about all of this in your mind at the moment, I feel very safe to tell you that If you have read so far, you are on your way to a glorious life of health, wealth, power and peace on this earth and are booked on the flight to eternity with all your documents in order.
I am going to conclude with the explanation of two last verses of scripture:
New Living Translation: Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the Kingdom of God.”
New Living Translation: Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit.
For the most part the scripture of John 3.3 has been a password in certain Christian Churches and movements. You may have heard the expression: “You need to be born again if you want to go to heaven”. Nobody could ever give me a reasonable explanation of what ‘born again’ really meant, apart from some very spiritual explanations, that I truly could not understand.
I eventually found that historically speaking, it was during the Azusa Street Revival, Los Angeles, California in 1906 that the expression became the password as the Pentecostal Movement came to know its birth.
In his wonderful book, a Christian best seller, “Born Again” Charles Colson, helped to fuel this password fire to the entire world.
What was even more wonderful for me was the revelation that one cannot use the scripture of John 3.3 without coupling it to John 3.5.
Let me explain to you what this means.
Firstly there are two positions that John speaks about here. The first is ‘see’ and the second is ‘enter’. One cannot enter without ‘seeing’ and one cannot see an entry point without it being there. So these two positions are interdependent on one another.
Let me give you a practical example of this: One day I am piloting an airplane to a city in our country called Cape Town. At ten thousand feet above sea level and the visibility is clear as crystal, I can see Cape Town ahead and in fact even the airport, for that matter. But the motor car below me has at least seventy miles to travel before it reaches Cape Town.
At this point it comes to me; I can see the big city and her airport, I have not entered it. The conditions to entering are another thirty minutes of flying and a safe landing.
Jesus is saying, “You will have to go through the experience of being chosen by God and accepting He has chosen you; then you will be able to SEE that God has got a new life for you on this earth.
When you believe what I did on the cross for you and how it is going to put you on your way to a glorious life of health, wealth, power, peace on this earth and booked on the flight to eternity with all your documents in order, then you have ENTERED.” (my translation)
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