26 January 2013

A Mysterious Place

Your Kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. (Part 2)

A couple weeks ago, in "Speak A Thing", we talked about the phrases, the "Kingdom of Heaven" and the "Kingdom of God".  In that is the indication that the Kingdom of God refers to the establishment of a decree and the Kingdom of heaven refers to the ability to enforce that decree.  In order to take that information into everyday life, we first need to know about i this place we refer to as the 'Kingdom of God' so that we can recognize it, reveal it and ultimately, enforce it.

In Mark chapter four Jesus is teaching in parables, as He did most often. It is here that He explains to His disciples that the kingdom of God is mysterious. Those who are taught of Him have the privilege of knowing its mysteries.  

The first mystery we get knowledge of is that the Kingdom of God is a place.  Specifically, a place of increase.  Using farming to paint the picture, explaining the parable of the sower sows the word, Jesus states, "Take care what you listen to.  By your standard of measure it will measured back to you; and more will be given you besides.  For whoever has, to him more will be given; and whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him."  The sum of it is in verse 20.  If your heart is good soil, you will hear the word, take it in and it will bring increase.  Any other state of heart will lose it, there is no increase.  This is why you hear people say, "Well, that didn't work for me..." The Kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil; and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows - how, he himself does not know.  It is the soil, the heart, that produces the crops by itself.  And when the time comes, the man harvests the crop. So, the first thing we have to look at in our life is, is there increase? If not, remember that a broken and contrite heart the Lord will not despise. Let a sidetracked, rocky, or thorny heart be plowed, the rocks removed and the weeds uprooted.  Then, it too will be good ground and will begin to produce increase.  

Next, we see that the kingdom is a place that possesses reward and honor.   "Blessed are you when people insult you and persecute you and falsely say all  kinds of evil against you because of Me. Rejoice and be glad for your reward in heaven is great."   "Among those that are born of women there is not a greater prophet than John the Baptist: but he that is least in the Kingdom of God is greater than he. And yet, it is a place that can be possessed, held, as if in our hands. Jesus said it belongs to the children and to the poor in spirit and to those persecuted for righteousness.  The Kingdom of God holds something for you as you hold it for others. Increase comes from within good ground, where the seed dies, that it may not remain alone.

It is a place where Jesus was going.  At the last supper He said, "I will not drink of the vine again until I drink it in the Kingdom of God." Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, along with all of the prophets will be there and others will come from the east, and from the west, and from the north, and from the south, and shall sit down in the Kingdom of God. He even tells us that blessed is he that shall eat bread in that place. But, a man cannot enter the Kingdom of God unless he is born of water and of the spirit.

A man must be born again to enter that mysterious place.  That is why we are commanded to go, preach the Kingdom of God is at hand, to heal the sick, cleanse the leper, raise the dead, cast out demons and to freely give what we have freely received.  The Kingdom of God is not in word, but in power.  It is not meat and drink, but righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost.  It is this demonstration of the Kingdom of God that creates in people, a desire to be born again.    Still, we enter in through much tribulation. It is the perseverance and faith, in the midst of all the persecutions and afflictions you endure, that indicate Gods righteous judgement, that you are considered worthy of the Kingdom of God, for which indeed you are suffering.

A mysteriously interesting place it is.  We can go there, or it can come to us, and yet, it is in us. Strange?  Not really.  Since the Kingdom of God is in me, you can come to me and experience it. Or, I can come to you, and you can experience it.  What's more, is that once you have tasted and seen, it can come into you and people can come to you, or you can go to them, thereby sowing seed that will potentially bring increase.

So, there is a snapshot of this mystical place, where decrees are made. There is so much more to be known. We've been granted to enter into this place because we've been born again. It is in this place, in the presence of our King, that our hearts become good ground, infused with the grace to produce an increase of what we discover there.  It is in His presence that we come to know that He is our exceedingly great reward and He upholds us with His righteous right hand.  Here, in His presence, we find that we have been given a place of honor. We are seated with Jesus at the right hand of the Father.  And from here, we hear the decree of the sovereign God.  From here, we are empowered to demonstrate the decrees, that we both see and hear.

The decree is established by sovereign God.  He has said it, it is visible in the Word and it is carried out in heaven without question.  Now, as we sit in His presence, we have been given the honor of seeing what He does and hearing what He says.  Because of that, we have been given instruction to, Go and proclaim the edict of the King and to demonstrate it.  What's more, is that He has given us His Name and His seal, that we too may make an edict and release others to demonstrate it, that His kingdom come and His will be done on earth, just as it is in heaven.

Next time we'll take a close up look at those to whom this kingdom belongs and what that means. Until then, enjoy the revelation of mysteries of the Kingdom of God.

In His Heart,

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