In the previous parts of this series we saw that it is of prime importance for us, as believers, to make sure that the word of God can freely pass between us and all whom we have relationships with. This at any time – in season and out of season. Nothing can be of more importance than to make sure the bridges of relationship grow and are kept clear – whichever community situation we find ourselves in.
In part one of this series, we saw that we are all involved in community somewhere in our lives. There can be great benefit in community situations as we discover the wealth of sharing our lives with fellow members. The flow of wealth in these groups greatly depends on the bridges of relationship……
Experiencing life in community can be a very rewarding time. Let’s have a look at some examples of community situations outside of our normal understanding of city or neighborhood communities.
Community may be one of the following:
- Church group: i.e. prayer group or home cell.
- A sports group or club.
- A business.
- A Marriage or a family are a good example of a ‘micro’ community.
Today more than ever there seems to be a widespread feeling that the Spirit of the Lord is showing us that our walk with Him needs to be more practical. Gone are the days where believers hear the word of God and are unable to practically see it outworking in their lives, as fruit of what they have heard. One of the reasons for this is….’My people perish for a lack of knowledge…”
“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
Managing Thoughts in our Minds.
Managing the thoughts in our minds is no picnic. It is an extremely difficult process and takes a great deal of focus and commitment.
In the process of managing thoughts, we have to navigate the minefield of our habits. We humans are creatures of habit. In the course of any twelve plus hour day, we unconscientiously follow many habits.
In her book, ‘Switch on your Brain’, Dr Caroline Leaf deals extensively with the issue of habits and how to separate those habits which are beneficial to the accomplishment of our goals and those habits which block the accomplishment of our goals.
I am a great believer in the process of examining our lifestyles, even to the point of physically listing things like thoughts and habits that we experience in any one day; analyzing the list and then focusing on removing negative thoughts and habits from our minds. Dr. Leaf offers a twenty one day “Detox Plan”, which is a plan to help people get rid of negative thoughts and habits. The Detox plan works on a basis of the fact that habits can be formed and eliminated over a twenty one day period.
I have mentioned in previous chapters, that, in the process of living in the Kingdom of God, here on this earth; God does not wave a magic wand of change, in response to our petitions for His support in us wanting to change our lifestyles. He wants US to use the faculties that He has given us, to bring about the necessary changes we desire in our lives. There is no quick-fix, magic wand solutions to living in the kingdom.
However, I also believe that God wants to coach us in this process.
In my day-to-day living, I call upon God frequently to ‘guide’ me in the many projects, large and small, I undertake. This very article, I am writing now, is as a result of my request for His guidance for me to produce words that will bring about life changing experience for those who read them.
What then are the essential faculties that He has given us as instruments to accomplish the changes that we want to see come about in our lives?
Firstly, there is our body, the magnificent collection of senses, mobility and physical responses to that most superb management system – our brain. Then there is the mind, or as the scripture refers to it – ‘the soul’. The soul consists of the emotion, will and intellect. Lastly there is the spirit, that most excellent device that hooks us up to communication with God.
If you give serious consideration to the power of the above faculties you will realize that the quick-fix, magic wand solution is not only non-existent, but put into the plainest language: grossly immature thinking.
What we need to do is to take a closer look at the faculties God has given us and how we can best use each one, to keep us on the path of Kingdom Living and the ultimate benefits of health, wealth, peace and power in this life and eternal living in the next.
I will deal with these faculties in the following order:
- Body – The importance of our physical body and our gratitude for its function.
- Soul – Intellect, emotion and will.
- Spirit – The effective use of this vital channel for our communication to and from God.
In the next chapter, I will illustrate what is scripturally recommended for the successful function of the above faculties.
Please share this with your friends – you can never tell whose life might change, eternally, by your obedience to this request.
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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.