What Does That Look Like?

Kingdom-of-GodGod’s creation story reveals a very important truth about God’s purpose for mankind.  It says that God made man “in His image.”

What most people don’t know is that was a common phrase at the time of Moses’s writing.  All kings were referred to as “the image of God” that represented their gods.

Mankind Had A Specific Purpose

When the early Hebrews learned God’s creation story, they immediately recognized that the account was telling its readers that mankind was created to represent Him in the earth as His kings.

But not only His kings with a bunch of authority and power, but His kings that ruled (subdued) like Him.

Subdue Like God vs. Like Self Interest

The word subdue is loaded with a whole host of connotations.  Most of them have been fashioned by the “wisdom” of Self Interest (Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil).  Various “flavors” of self interest enforced with its own brand of power and authority.

On the other hand, subduing as God intended was more about helping “things” do to accomplish goals that they couldn’t or wouldn’t on their own.

I Am Subduing Words

When I write these blog posts, I am causing the words to do what they would not do on their own volition.  I am ordering and designing them.  Believe it or not, I “work hard” at the process.  But, this is only one of the descriptions that God had in mind when He said to subdue.

The Big Question

What does subduing look like in the elements of your daily life.  Although, in Genesis, subduing was about agricultural goals, the principle applies across time and cultures.

So what does it look like for you?  What does it mean to be a king in your environment?  What does it look like to subdue in relationship to an environment when someone else is the rightful, God-given king?

Ponder that and you are pondering God’s Kingdom as it relates to you.  Don’t give up because it’s work.  You have access to Holy Spirit help.

The Kingdom of God is like “a mustard seed.”  Pursue application of the little things and let them grow instead of limiting yourself to BIG applications.

Gary

The Taste Test

only-the-word-of-god-can-do-thisThe “Disciple Makers” (Teachers) of the Old Covenant used to start the first lesson with a batch of new students by putting a dab of honey out for the pupils to lick.  The teachers then repeated the words of Psalm 34:8, “Oh taste and see that the Lord is good…”

This sensory perception emphasized that the Lord is not simply a rational (Western) concept; but, instead something to be experienced.

Seek To Experience God’s Kingdom

The Hebrew world view – which is our foundation of faith – was more than concept in the way it was thought of and expressed.  In their minds, a “concept” was not actually learned until it was concretely experienced.

In other words, the rationale of a truth is critical, but wholly incomplete without the actualized experience.  Experience without the guidelines of the rational application of the Scriptures is like a bird attempting to navigate the skies with one wing.  However, the “rational only” approach is the same scenario just with the opposite wing by itself.

It is therefore not inappropriate nor inaccurate to say, “Make it your highest pursuit in life to experience as well as understand the rationality of God’s Governmental Rule.” 

Breath The Scriptures

How can we advance in experiencing God and His Kingdom?  Well, the first thing to understand is that His Kingdom is not a set of static principles to be manipulated.

God’s Kingdom is alive because it came out of Him.  He is the Source.  Therefore, His Kingdom is a living, breathing expression of Himself.

Meditation – to be more than a mental exercise – starts with the desire to experience being one with His Word.  To not only rationally dissect and define points of doctrine.  Instead, to allow Holy Spirit to reveal it also through the pictures of your imagination, emotions, and senses.  To “feel” what God is saying.  In other words, the full process of “the ponder” (Scriptural Meditation).

To meditate is to breath the scriptures allowing Holy Spirit to help you become part of the “fabric” of His living word.

It’s Not An Easy Task

It takes diligence, practice, patience, even a personal plan that leads to a habit.  It’s counter productive to what many “rational approaches” to meditation have taught you.  It is certainly counterproductive to the religious expressions that worship at the Western alter of Intellect.

But, if it was easy, Jesus would not have had to say “Seek” (even as for hidden treasure).

Don’t Misunderstand

It is, in fact, very important to do due diligence to good research into accurate word meanings, cultural concepts, etc.  But, as you engage directly with Holy Spirit and dig for the gold you will begin to experience Kingdom life on an entirely fresh plane.

Btw…I believe the best way to “engage directly” with Holy Spirit, your Supernatural Tour Guide, is through praying with your spirit (tongues).

Would you like to experience the Zoe Life of God’s Kingdom?  If your answer is yes then…..Seek it as your highest priority of life.  I, nor Jesus, didn’t say your ONLY priority but your HIGHEST priority.

Questions or comments:  Please do so!

Gary

 

 

 

How To Find God’s Kingdom

Have you ever had that sinking, intense feeling that you’ve lost your car keys, or your phone?  I bet you have.

Lost Phone and KeysI’ve been there on both counts more than once.  Most often it’s been when I’ve misplaced my car keys.  And that usually happens 5 minutes before I have to leave for an appointment.  But, I have also experienced the “joy” of not being able to find my cell phone.

The emotion that you feel in both situations is the motivation that Jesus was talking about when He said, “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness…”

The Greek word translated SEEK carries the meaning of intense emotion.  It means to crave, require, intently purse, or demand.

There’s A Promise Connected To The Command

The ways the Kingdom of God functions in the earth are often very different than the  ways of human governments and political systems. It is in understanding and following the ways of God’s Kingdom that we can expect God’s results.  Jesus said to make your highest priority learning how God’s Kingdom works and you absolutely will experience the qualities and powers of God’s Kingdom.  However, attempting to do God’s work your way will never actually produce God’s results.  Even though “your way” may temporarily appear to be successful.

Like the cell phone and car keys, the keys to power and authority found in God’s will and ways has been lost.  The line of two way communication is also sadly sub par for a great many sons and daughters of God…to ours and our nation’s loss.

It’s time (and far past) to seek, demand, crave, and require that we see and understand life through Kingdom eyes.  That which has been lost must be found…or we are truly lost.  Lost with rights and authority, but not known how to use those rights and authority.

As you would with lost key and phones, seek as your highest priority God’s Kingdom Ways and then we’ll find personal and corporate healing, power, joy, and peace that natural definitions can’t explain.

Gary