Category Archives: Kingdom Life

Enjoying God’s Kingdom

Man-Enjoying-the-MomentThe Lord asked me a question this morning, “Do you think you can enjoy Me?”

Now, that’s an interesting question and concept isn’t it?  Can we enjoy … I mean really enjoy God…while still living here in the earth?

God’s Kingdom Is An Expression Of Himself

We often think of God’s Kingdom in the earth as rules we follow.  Right ways of thinking and acting that aligns with doctrinal expressions of His rule.

However, may I submit to you that God’s Kingdom is a living, breathing place of relationship and release?

One of the ways that Jesus described God’s Kingdom could be expressed in His words, “Abundant Life.”

A good friend of mine (who happens to be a member of my church) has suffered for a very long time with RA (Rheumatoid Arthritis) with it’s flares of pain and sapping of energy.  Her testimony is that she knew that God wanted her to have joy in life.  And she knew that she would experience it as soon as she received her promised healing.  Then, one day she decided that she had it backwards.  She chose to have joy BEFORE she received healing.

What do you suppose  happened?  She woke up one morning with an incredible measure of healing.  Over the space of several weeks she has not had any flares.  Her energy is greatly increased.

Let me quickly say that this happened very quickly after her new choice.  The quick timing is not the main issue.  Her choice was not a magic wand.  And, she still experiences some stiffness.  However, the harsh flares and low energy have not returned.

I tell this testimony, not as a doctrinal expectation or teaching.  I’m simply making the point that the qualities of God are our rightful first choice, and many natural things will begin to fall into place.

Important Unlearning

We are very well versed in the natural conditions of this world.  God made us as earthly physical beings…but let me let you in on a secret:

The physical (natural) condition mankind was originally created with is not the same as we experience today in a sin infected fallen world.

We know how things rationally work in our fallen world.  But…is it’s God’s purpose that we are completely subject to the natural conditions emotionally and physically?

Or do we have some unlearning to do?  Maybe a whole truck load (of the 18 wheel variety) to unlearn.

How God Desired And Designed It

It is of utmost importance that we unlearn but then relearn.  To enjoy God and His Kingdom on earth, we must begin the journey of relearning who He is, What He is, and What His desire and design is for us.

To Know God Is To Enjoy God.  To Know Know God’s Kingdom Is To Enjoy God’s Kingdom. 

Where Do I Start?

We start by giving proper importance to what He says.

I Quickly Add:

Jesus said (Matt. 4:4 NIV), “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”

Not came, but “that comes.”  The tense of the verb indicates that His Words are continuing to be spoken by Him.   So, we have two primary sources:

(1)  The Scriptures
(2)  Spiritual Gifts

Many Christians today know the importance of the Bible, but they’ve greatly undervalued the place and power of His voice that is speaking today.

As I have pursued the “whole package,” I’ve been discovering increasing levels of enjoying God and His Kingdom.

Your turn!

Gary

 

 

Kingdom Power

powerThe “Power Lines” of God’s Kingdom in this earth are the Graces of God.

Many Believers believe that God’s grace is His graciousness of attitude.  What they normally have in mind is actually his Mercy.

Faith Is Not The Power

Faith, in itself, is not what does the supernatural work of God’s Kingdom.  The supernatural work that transforms natural things is the power of God’s grace.   Faith is the action that connects us to the grace needed.

“For BY GRACE are we saved (rescued, made whole, prospered, and delivered) THROUGH (by means of, or on account of) FAITH…”

We’ve heard and quoted that verse in Ephesians 2:8 so many times and, yet, have not actually understood it.  Paul tells the Ephesian church that it’s the power of God’s GRACE (supernatural, transformational power) that changes things.  Faith is the power.  It’s the intentional receiver or connection to God’s power of transformation.

Paul also gave the Corinthian church in his second letter to them this promise:

“And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in every way, always, having all sufficiency, you may abound in every good work.” (2 Cor. 9:8)

ALL, EVERY= Every kind of

Everytime you see the word “all” or “every” in that verse, it means every kind of SUFFICIENCY, GRACE, GOOD WORK.

There is a manifestation of God’s Grace (Transformational Power) for every kind of need.  It would be accurate to say that God’s grace is multi layered, or that there are many kinds of grace.  Whichever is clearer to you.

Grace is graciousness, but most of the time it has the idea of God’s transformational power, or His supernatural abilities.   When we have faith in God, it’s very helpful to be more focused on the nature of God that we are connecting to in confidence and therefore acting upon.

Practice intentionally focusing on placing your faith in the kind of grace that you need for each daily circumstance.  You’ll find it more effective and productive than simply attempting to place faith in God’s general greatness. 

To attempt having faith in God without specifically asking for and receiving His grace is like a bird trying to fly with one wing.

Gary

 

 

 

If My People

Appeal to heavenProphets of God have been stirring the earthly representatives of God’s Kingdom (the Church) to prayer for their nation.  Since this blog is read in several countries, the same truth applies, even though I’m writing from The United States of America.

There Are Great Signs of The Church Responding

When I say, “the church responding,” I’m referring to large gatherings, as well as small and including individuals on their own.

My Appeal To Each Of Us

The Holy Spirit penetrated my own heart a few weeks ago.  He showed me that I would call people to pray, but that I wasn’t praying much (if at all) for our nation.  Mostly, “my lips to God’s ears” was mostly muttering about the evils of society.  The spirit of my words were flavored with, “well this is the end times, anyway.”  “So, Lord,help us as the s%#t hits the fan.”   And, those prayers were heavily filtered through my own end time doctrinal understanding/opinions.

My appeal to each of us is that we lift our eyes off of the circumstances and allow the Holy Spirit to give us His Heavenly Perspective.  And, in so doing, pray that way….as if we actually have the prayer power we say we have 🙂

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Question:  Is it possible that our perspective on this verse is influenced by Western “micro wave” understanding?

God inspired the exhortation, “If my people will humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and heal their land.”

The typical interpretation that I’ve always heard…

Once God determines that enough of His people have prayed, then He will wave His hand and everything will, once again, be as it should be.

Here’s what I believe that verse is saying…

If God’s people, as individuals as well as corporately will bow before God and each other with uncritical hearts of humility good things will happen as a result:

  1.  They will lift their hearts and heads in recognition of the reality that Heaven’s plans, purposes, and wisdom is their only source of truth.  Therefore their daily modus operendi will be intentional covenant connection as their motivation of life. (Prayer in all it’s flavors)
  2. There will be a turning from their wicked ways.   It must be understood that He is not talking simply about obvious sinful behavior.  He’s talking about the words of our mouth and meditations of our heart.
  3. He will hear from heaven.  From a New Covenant perspective the implication is that two way communication will be the norm.
  4. And heal their land.   Our land will begin to function under the principles and practices of God’s Kingdom.

Two Thoughts:

  1.  It is the Western microwave philosophy that leads us to believe that there will be quick righteous changes in government.  First of all, revival doesn’t come from the seat of political power.  It comes through the church to the seat of political power (Washington D.C. in the USA).
  2. In Genesis, God gave mankind the command to take dominion in the earth.  The best understanding of that command is “to guide something to produce what it wouldn’t produce on its own without the guidance.”  I believe that the healing to our land will come from a change of heart in God’s people to live their lives appealing to heaven.  In so doing, their areas of calling and talents will come into alignment with – and therefore the productivity of – God’s Kingdom life.

It’s not that I don’t believe that the revival spoken of in 2 Chron. 7:14 will include a fresh hunger of salvation and righteousness.  I believe it does.  In fact, I rejoice in the evidence I see of that taking place in these days.

However, I believe (You may consider this heresy) it’s very possible that the new heaven and new earth is yet a long way off.  Nobody can honestly tell you for sure.  Eschatology opinions flourish.  Of course, everybody thinks their opinion is biblical.  But…obviously only one (or none currently) is correct.  We must live like we are intent on leaving a heavenly legacy for our children, grand children, and great grandchildren.

One More Emphasis on Wicked Ways That Applies To Everyone

In the past few weeks, there has been an increase of clarity and strength in my own area of words of knowledge, wisdom, and prophecy.

The Holy Spirit said that if I wanted to continue to increase into a very powerful anointing that He intends, I had to protect my mind and my mouth from wickedness.  In other words, if it isn’t about what God is doing, and talking to us about, I had to keep it out of my mind and mouth.  Especially right now in this most crazy political season.

The problem:  All of the “mud” makes the clarity of the “water” murky.  It’s not that I’m not aware of contrary information and opinions.  And it’s not that I am pure, as yet.  But, it’s my strong intention.

This includes attitudes toward people, etc, etc.  Complaining…it has to be a thing of the past.

Talking against the parts of the church I don’t agree with.  The Lord’s word to me on that is, “What is that to you?”

If I don’t have direct responsibility and potential influence, it’s off limits for my mind and my mouth.

You have no authority over that which you don’t love.

Gary

Seven Kingdom Pillars

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The Pillars of God’s Kingdom in the Earth

In 1975, Bill Bright, founder of Campus Crusade, and Loren Cunningham, founder of Youth With a Mission, had lunch together in Colorado. God simultaneously gave each of these change agents a message to give to the other. During that same time frame Francis Schaeffer was given a similar message. That message was that if we are to impact any nation for Jesus Christ, then we would have to affect the seven spheres, or mountains of society that are the pillars of any society.  In recent years Lance Wallnau has promoted the strategy initiated by Bright, Cunningham, and Schaeffer.

These seven mountains are business, government, media, arts and entertainment, education, the family and religion.

The Heart of the Matter

To many who are aware of the 7 mountain strategy to exercise dominion in the earth think in terms of strategies for conquering those realms of society.

But, it must be understood that a Kingdom of God mindset is not fueled by attitudes of conquering or dominating as seen from an earthly, natural, perspective.

The heartbeat of God’s Kingdom is the transformational power of love.  “The 7 Mountains” will be transformed by those who are energized by love for those pillars of influence.  The leadership and people of those mountains.

The Primary and Most Important Strategy

The first “strategy” appeal to God must be, “Fill my heart with an all consuming love for (whichever pillars of influence that you feel called to invade).

First let God’s heart of love invade your heart of love until that very love consumes you with a passion for your mountain(s) and its people.

Kingdom love transforms, first, your heart.  Once you heart is transformed, supernatural Kingdom transformation invades the mountain.  No love produces fruit…of the plastic kind.

Gary

 

 

Heart Shaped Kingdom

Long-Distance-Relationship-TellsGod’s Kingdom on earth and after this earth is heart shaped. 

Understanding that fact, is crucial in understanding the way God’s Kingdom breaths and produces life.

The Heart Is The Only Lens That Is Operational

Western society attempts to thrive through rationally produced understandings of truth. Not that the intellectual part of mankind is not important.  But, the “rationalist” ideology has taken the place of kingship in the western world.  Both spiritual and so called “secular.”  The truth of the matter is that the idea of a spiritual secular divide is wholly non biblical and non kingdom….but that’s for another discussion.

God’s Kingdom Often Seems Non-Ratoional

I heard someone say that if you are looking for a religion that makes sense, then authentic Christianity is not for you.  You need to look somewhere else.  Again…it’s not about “dumbing everything down” and checking one’s brains at the door when they enter God’s Kingdom.  The intellect is a useful tool when used properly.   It’s about what is in control…reason or heart.  It’s, therefore, also about learning the language the heart speaks.  It’s not the same language as intellectual rationality.

God Speaks Heart Language

It’s vital to learn how to function with one’s heart because it is the language God speaks and it is the source of the power that changes issues and people from lesser to better.

Your heart is God’s “transformer room.”   Therefore, the power to change into God’s Kingdom image is by giving attention to …

Heart Issues.

Instead of seeking the Kingdom of God to rationally understand Him and His life truths as well as solutions for life challenges…

Seek God’s Kingdom for the purpose of increasing intimacy with Him.  That’s the root.  Intimacy in all it’s many splendored facets.   When the root is intimacy with God, the fruit is like unto what God gave Adam and Eve.  A garden full of trees to enjoy.

Gary

 

 

 

Baal Arch Canceled

Baal Arch CanceledAwakening to God’s Kingdom recognizes and activates the power of God’s Kingdom.  The more confidence God’s children have in His Kingdom instead of the kingdoms of this world’s cultures, the more God’s Kingdom will be realized in the earth.

Where Do You Have Actual Faith

As Believers, many talk a great game.  They truly have confidence.  Unfortunately they have more confidence in the ability of the evil around them to prevail, than do they believe in the power of God’s Kingdom to prevail in their circumstances.

The Call For Prayer

When many sincere people call for prayer, they realize it more as a necessary religious exercise of duty than as an invited release of God’s power.  They say prayers because, after all, that’s what we do, right?  But, in the saying of the prayers, their focus is still on the “probability” that things will not actually change.  They feel “justified,” in a sense, because they know that evil and end times go together like eggs and bacon.  So, there are really mixed messages going on between their hearts and their heads.

But, Praise God!  There are still many people who actually believe that God’s Kingdom in the earth can be realized through heart felt prayers of faith in God and His Kingdom.

The Baal Arch Construction

It was widely reported and plans were in full swing to erect replicas of the Arch of the Temple of Bel (Baal) in New York and London.  This was to take place this month (April 2016)

Probably multiplied thousands of believing Believer’s prayed believing prayers against it.   And, it came to light a few days ago that those plans had been canceled for both New York and London. 

Coincidence???  I think not!!!

It is important to keep interceding for the United States, because the “spirit of Baal” still prevails.  But, believing prayers of faith in the power of God’s Kingdom also prevails for those who will exercise it.

I encourage us all to pray…but with even more confidence in God than in prevailing evil.

“If My people who are called by my Name will humble themselves and pray and turn from their {own} wickedness, I will hear from heaven and I will heal their land.”  2 Chron. 7:14

Is that a real promise, or a political one?   I believe it’s real!!

Gary

Enjoying Holiness

Enjoying Holiness2God’s Kingdom is the realm where we enjoy holiness.  That’s obviously true for our afterlife, but it includes the here and now.  Our challenge in the here and now is that the reality and work of holiness is greatly misunderstood.

Holiness Is Far More Than Purity

Essentially holiness is a diamond of highest value.  The beautiful gem stone has many facets.  Those facets include purity of thought, word, and actions.  But as vital as it is, purity is only part of the full understanding of holiness.

Holiness Is The Experience of Wholeness

Holiness is a life that is intentionally separated unto God and His abundance.  We live is such a sin conscious approach to understanding God and His good news that when we think of holiness, we automatically think about being separated from sin.  And we keep looking at the sin we need to be separated from instead of being separated to God and His described abundant life.

The emphasis needs to be on being separated to God rather than separated from sin.  Looking unto Jesus and the fullness of His life.

Who Does The Separating?

Here is where it gets real.  The first thing that we need to realize is that the power of holiness is in the Holy Spirit/The Spirit of Holiness.  As we begin choosing to fix our attention on the truth of the Gospel past, present, and future, there begins to be an active power that is at work within us.  That power is identified by one of God’s covenant names, “ JehovahM’Kaddesh” the One who sanctifies us.

What’s Our Part?

If you say to me that we have to cooperate with our sanctification (our holiness), I would agree with you.  But, I would not agree with what many people say that entails.  To a great many sincere, but religiously minded, people they believe that being holy is us choosing to stop sinful thoughts and behavior.

That’s fine.  Try it.  How’s that working out for you?

Our part is to choose to put our minds on the greatness of God in Jesus Christ and everything that means past, present, and future.

When you do that.  When you embrace the abundance of His life and provision for you, when you stop focusing on what you can’t do, and fix your attention on what He has done, is doing, and will do, your “tastes/desires” begin to change…without much stopping effort on your part.

<to be continued…>

Gary

 

 

 

 

 

Worship Hugs

jesus-hugging-girl1-600x350There are many good, accurate ways to understand how true worship is demonstrated. 

But may I break it down to what I believe is the simple, most common denominator?

The Hug

The atmosphere of God’s Kingdom is the breath of Who and What He is.  Love.   But Love is a word that is a manifold concept.  However, there is one way that I believe gives the best concrete demonstration of love.  Hugs.

God Hugs Us

We Hug God

We Hug Others For God

A True Story

I recall a story told by a lady named, Sandy Brown.  She was conducting healing meetings.  During prayer line, Sandy prayed for a lady who was severely crippled.

After a few minutes nothing seemed to happen with the lady and Sandy moved on because the prayer line was quite long.

As she was praying for the next person, the Lord spoke to Sandy, “Did anything happen to the lady you just prayed for?”  Sandy responded, “Yes, Lord. by faith.”  To make her conversation with the Lord a little shorter we’ll just say that He said, “Go back and just hug the lady in my Name.”

Sandy Brown did so.  For a few moments nothing more seemed to be happening.  And then, all of a sudden, she heard popping sounds begin coming from the lady she was hugging.  After a few more minutes, the lady – under Sandy’s embrace – was miraculously and totally whole.

It’s More Than “Right Doctrine.”

We attempt to share the glories of God’s Kingdom by reciting right points of doctrine.  However, what we must learn is that “right doctrine” isn’t the atmosphere of God’s Kingdom.

Love is.

Faith is motivated…hear me now…is set into motion…by love.

You may have a basically correct belief about the facts of healing, or any other qualities found in God’s Kingdom.  But, without love, nothing happens.

Many are trying to confess healing into manifestation.  Nothing happens, but they explain it away by saying, “I’m standing in faith on God’s Word.”  But, they are unfortunately missing the point.

Everything about God’s Kingdom is centered around and motivated by love and one of the best ways of transmitting love is through hugs.

How Do You Start?

I’m glad you asked.  In my experience, it begins each day by wrapping your own arms around yourself as you imagine, with your heart and mind, that you are hugging God.  Hold the hug and say, “Good morning, Lord.  I love you today.”

You then feel Him hugging you back (because He is).

This may sound like an oversimplification.  It doesn’t sound like good, sound, right doctrine.  (We love our good, sound, right doctrines, don’t we?)

But, what I’ve found is that this simple act, has actually made me more sensitive to those around me.

The only way I can convince you is if you try it (let’s say every day for a week) for yourself.  Don’t move forward in your day before you and the Lord “hug it out.”   Give it a try.  I think you’ll like it.

Gary

 

No Stop Signs In God’s Kingdom

stopsignReligion is focused on Stop (this) and Stop (that).

Of course I’m not talking about the Bible’s description of “Pure Religion” where love is demonstrated to disadvantaged and helpless.

God’s Kingdom in the “afterlife” doesn’t have stop signs and it doesn’t function with stop signs its earthly expression.

God’s Kingdom in the earth is also not about doing works for the purpose of proving worth.

But Here Is What I’m Saying

The “stop signs” or “thou shalt nots” had one purpose.  To show anyone who attempted to stop, that they couldn’t.  Paul says it in Romans 7.

(Take a look at Romans 7 if you don’t believe me.)

The reason that those under the law could make contact with God at all was because of the sacrificial system.  Not because they could keep the laws.

God’s Kingdom Has Literally Come

Yes, there is a place we know as the Kingdom of Heaven that will be the destination for Followers of Christ once they physically die.  However, God’s Kingdom has also already come by Jesus’ own testimony about Himself.  And, the potential of it coming/manifesting is in our purpose while in the earth.

For those who keep asking about their purpose, it’s about your unique qualities of being “portals” for the manifestation of God’s Kingdom in the earth since Jesus is no longer physically in the earth, but His ambassadors are.

Quick Question

I don’t want to get off track, but this is about the whole “portals” thing.  There are people who believe there are places where both heaven and hell have portals of “easier” access to their realms.

I BELIEVE THAT THE BIBLE TEACHES THAT EACH SON AND DAUGHTER OF GOD IS THEIR OWN “PORTAL.”

Where ever you or I go, as His kids, is where there’s a “portal” of access.  It’s whether you believe it or not.  That’s the only open or closed door.  The legal transaction has already been made.

Back To The Topic

If there is not need for “stop signs” in heaven, there is no need for them in God’s Kingdom in the earth.  So….stop looking for and focusing on them.

The perfect law of liberty and love is the managing force of God’s Kingdom.  Seek that above all else.  Focus on enjoying and giving the love and life that is already yours.  There’s no feeling like it.  There’s no power like it.

Gary

 

There’s A Bunch Of “Trees” To Enjoy

apples-490475_960_720One way to identify deadly religion that is masquerading as God’s Kingdom on earth is how its message is promoted.  There are several telltale marks, but one of the most common is the emphasis on the negative.  This post will look at two of many.

Garden Wisdom

Did you realize that by the time man and woman came on the scene, the garden was already in place for their care and enjoyment?

From the way deadly religion teaches, you would think God set them in the garden with the emphasis of His instruction on warning them about the one tree among the many.  But, that is not how the story goes.  Yes, he told them they couldn’t eat from the one tree.  But, he told Adam and Eve they were to care for and enjoy the abundance of His garden, AND they were permitted to find nourishment from ALL of the trees but just the one.

Nothing in God’s Kingdom message has changed. 

God is the Author of all life.  The fruit of His life is beyond abundant.  He wants you to care for and enjoy it all…but one.  The only tree you are not to be nourished from is the “tree” where you can figure it out on your own without direct connection to Him.  In other words, living from the habit of self sufficiency.

Enjoy the fullness that is God and that comes from God.

There’s more fruit on God’s trees than you’ll ever be able to ever consider or consume.  Stop focusing on the little you can’t have.

Garden Imagination

Another tragedy that dead religion and worldly wisdom has perpetrated on God’s sons and daughters is the severe downgrading of the function of mankind’s ability to visualize communication.

The ability to “image” information is as normal and necessary to human kind as it is for eyes to see, and lungs to breath, etc.   It’s a normal part of waking hours and sleeping hours.  That’s just the way God made us in His wisdom.

However, instead of being friends with our ability to communicate through imagination, deadly religion (and much of rationalistic society) has taught us to fear and/or dismiss this vital function.

Imagination Prayer

I’ve discovered a wonderful way to intimately and consciously connect with God in prayer.  I’m still learning and probably will continue to do so until I see Him face to face in eternity.

I’ve discovered that God has many ways of speaking to us.  Through words, vision, dream, colors, emotions, etc, etc.

I’ve also discovered that I can speak with God the same way.  I am not limited to the form of prayer that is only rationally constructed words that I’ve reasoned out.  I used to think that the most powerful prayers were the prayers that I correctly spoke.  But, I no longer believe that.

Heart Prayers

The most powerful prayers are those that originate in the heart.  Since the language of the heart includes many forms, – and since the imagination is the “factory” that produces those forms – I now speak many of my “prayers” to God non verbally.

That sounds weird…or new age…or something….just weird.   I know.  But, it isn’t.  And since the Kingdom of God is not about fear, I have been exploring many kinds of prayer language.  And, you know what?   I like it!  I’m feeling more and more close to the heart of God all the time.

In Conclusion

So, how shall I wrap this up?   I think just to say, “Explore the fulness of potential in God’s Kingdom Garden.  It’s there that you’ll find the meaning of Abundant Life.

Gary