“Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens. May Your glory shine over all the earth.” Psalm 57:11 NLT.
The kingdom of God lies within our inner most being where we are one with Him. It lies within our relationship with Him. As He pours His love into us, as we receive it and embody it, as we pour it out into the world making Him visible, His kingdom comes. As we humble ourselves and become part of His whole, we participate in His presence.
Jesus came to reconcile us to God and to teach us, by His life, that God is spirit and love. He came to reveal our true nature so we might participate in His life and His kingdom. All that Jesus displayed in character, words, and actions is the image of God in us:
Kindness over meanness
Gentleness over roughness
Forgiveness over bitterness
Grace over debt
Compassion over apathy
Meekness over arrogance
Humility over egotism
Mercy over intolerance
Justice tempered by mercy
His power comes in a still small voice. A whisper.
He seeks glory only from God, not from people.
He heals often times in private, asking for no recognition.
In all these ways, God’s glory shines over all the earth.
This is not manufactured but comes thru inner transformation which occurs as we willingly allow God to remove the layers that hide the gem of who we truly are. We cannot be light until light shines in us. We cannot give until God gives us first. He is our Source.
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened.” Matthew 7:7-8 NASB.
“But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.” Matthew 6:33 NASB.
Jesus, who is meek and humble of heart (Matthew 11:29), comes in His vulnerability, to return us to Eden and to reunite us as brothers and sisters to all God created. He comes to give us His life so we might become Him to others. We are not to hold on but pass on. “…love one another, even as I have loved you.” John 13:34 NASB. As we follow Jesus, we bring God’s kingdom to earth and make Him visible. Everywhere His truth and love can touch, there His kingdom comes. All that Jesus was, is and will be is for the sacred purpose of revealing God to the world. Let me repeat this if only for myself…..
He dedicated His life – set Himself apart from Himself – for the sacred purpose of revealing God’s love to the world.
Can I set myself apart for this sacred purpose? “My heart is fixed on thee, my God! I rest my hope on thee alone, I’ll spread thy sacred truths abroad, to all mankind thy love made known.” Wrangham.
Whoever believes that God lives inside them, will do the works that Jesus did – those works are the fruit of love: compassion, kindness, gentleness, grace…“He who believes in Me, the works that I do, he will do also…and even greater works than these he will do.” John 14:12 NASB.
My friends, do we believe in love? Do we believe in the transformational power of love?
Are we in love with being love?
By receiving this precious gift of love from God, our hearts become love. When we are at peace within ourselves with the fullness of God’s love, we lack nothing therefore can give everything. With peace on earth, there is good will towards men. This is the kingdom of God brought near; love penetrating all of creation. The kingdom of God lies within each one of us living from our true selves. As we embrace the image of God within ourselves and in others, we bring the kingdom to earth. It is in the living out of God in all. “From him the whole body, joined and held together by every supporting ligament, grows and builds itself up in love, as each part does its work“ Ephesians 4:16 NIV.
“Have I been so long with you and yet you have not come to know Me?” John 14:9 NASB. Can we “see” Jesus? Can we “see” love through the obscurity of injustice, lies and hate in abundance these days? Look inward my friends and you will find that you are love. If we allow the Holy Spirit to open our eyes, we become aware that truth and love do indeed surround us more so than any of the lies and hate and that the kingdom of God is truly here. Are we participating in it? We will see more of the kingdom, more of Jesus, as we let go of the lies and receive the truth. The world is a battle ground between the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Satan, but our strength is the living Word. Keep His word in your heart and mind always. “Turn my eyes from worthless things, and give me life through Your word.” Psalm 119:37 NLT. “Then I will have an answer for those who taunt me, for I trust in Your word.” Psalm 119:42 NLT. Meditate on His love and see His kingdom before you. “And you will know the truth and the truth will set you free.” John 8:32 NASB.
“So may all Your enemies perish, LORD, but may all who love You be like the sun when it rises in its strength.” Judges 5:31 NIV. When His word is all consuming in our hearts we walk only in His paths. (Psalm 119:1-16) We are becoming Word.
When does our relationship with God become less about what He is doing for us and more about what we can do in His kingdom? Are we the riches of His inheritance or are we only focused on our inheritance? When our lives become more about His needs, we know it is ‘Christ, Not I’ “…I have made Your name known to them, and will make it known, so that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” John 17:26 NASB. Jesus is the manifestation of love – the love that is within us that we are to live to all the world so they will know the love that is within themselves. The kingdom of God is not a contrived state but a participation in and an experience of the Great Mystery.
“His intent was that now, through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to His eternal purpose that He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Ephesians 3:10 NIV.
“For this reason, I kneel before the Father…that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God” Ephesians 3:19 NIV. Paul prays for us to be strengthen through His Spirit that we may display the wisdom and love of God – to display His kingdom and His glory to all throughout the heavens and earth. “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me. I am the vine, you are the branches, he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing.” John 15:4-5 NASB. As we live from our true self which is in union with God, we can bear the fruit for it is there the power of God flows. We are never alone in this journey. God is always with us giving us all we need to glorify Him.
“…if a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies…it bears much fruit.” John 12:24 NASB. In the cycle of life is death and resurrection. All of creation flows together and is joined together in this cycle. Death to self, frees us to join the earth and the universe in unity for the whole. It is in the joining in where life is healed and becomes abundant. This is when the kingdom comes. This is kingdom life; life itself.
It is difficult to access the kingdom where there is guilt, shame or unworthiness blocking the door. “But Jesus said to him, “No one, after putting his hand to the plow and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.”” Luke 9:62 NASB. Let us not live from our past but be present now.
“But He said to him, “Allow the dead to bury their own dead; but as for you, go and proclaim everywhere the kingdom of God.” Luke 9:60 NASB. It is when we die to our false self – letting go of the expectations of the world that feed our egos – the kingdom comes.
Jesus came to preach the good news to the poor, release to the captive and recovery of sight to the blind. (Luke 4:18) As I walk in my true image in union with God, I get the privilege of participating with Jesus in all that He came to reveal. His illuminating light seeps into all the nooks and crannies of cracked creation bringing holiness to the hidden places where only light can reach and repairs that which the world has broken. It is living in the presence of this kingdom of light that we perfect His will.
“So He was saying, “What is the kingdom of God like, and to what shall I compare it? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and threw into his own garden; and it grew and became a tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches.” Luke 13:18 NASB. As we nurture and cultivate our relationship with God, He increases and we decrease. We become the tree and all creation finds sanctuary in its branches. Are our arms a sanctuary for others? “And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God and to perform healing.” Luke 9:2 NASB.
“The Christian life is a spiritual life in which inquires and researches are transformed into entreaties and experiences. That great day of New Testament spiritual life is a day when men shall live in the communion of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost, a day when men shall walk in the manifestation of heaven upon earth.” Lange commentary on Holy Scripture.
The life of spirit and love is what brings God to earth again.
Love sent Love into the world to reveal Love to the world. Being one with another is Love. God is asking us to become Love so He is glorified. As we join Him in the Spirit of Love, we are no longer of the world kingdom, we are part of His. As each soul gets united into Him, the world becomes vacant of souls devoid of love. “He appeared and the soul felt its worth” (O Holy Night lyrics). As one soul unites with another in love, and that soul unites with another – could we change the world? “May Your ways be known throughout the earth, Your saving power among people everywhere” Psalm 67:2 NLT.
“I will also make you a light of the nations so that My salvation may reach to the end of the earth.” Isaiah 49:6 NASB.
“I am the LORD, I have called You in righteousness, I will also hold You by the hand and watch over You, and I will appoint You as a covenant to the people, as a light to the nations, to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the dungeon and those who dwell in darkness from the prison. I am the LORD, that is My name; I will not give My glory to another, nor My praise to graven images. Behold, the former things have come to pass, now I declare new things; before they spring forth, I proclaim them to you. Sing to the LORD a new song, sing His praise from the end of the earth!” Isaiah 42:6-10 NASB.
If you haven’t already read the poem “Creation Speaks”, please enjoy it now by clicking on this link: Creation Speaks
Christy Nockel’s song “By Our Love” beautifully expresses this kingdom life. It is easily found on Youtube.
And the journey continues to Prison
(All bolded scripture is for my own emphasis)