Living in the Kingdom of God
The other day as I was walking on the beach, I reflected upon on the bleakness of our times contrasted to the beautiful truth of God’s Kingdom here on earth. I thought about how many people are waiting for heaven when God has given us access to His Kingdom now – something few truly enter into. Most are sitting on the sideline waiting and missing out on an incredible journey now. The reflection took me back to that poignant moment in my walk – the realization of the realness of His Kingdom here on earth and in my life.
The Realness of the Kingdom on Earth
One morning many years ago, my husband came into the kitchen where I was sitting having my quiet time. He said, “Can I interrupt you for a moment?” “Sure!” I said. I’m always ready to hear an insight. He said (paraphrasing) from what he was reading and what the spirit was teaching the Kingdom of God in our lives is just as real as this physical life. Therefore, dwelling it affects our earthly lives now in very powerful and real ways. We are called to a different existence now. His words confirmed what I had been learning. Often God teaches us individually similar truths at similar times – it never ceases to amaze us.
We dived into an extraordinary conversation about the Kingdom. We volleyed back and forth on what God was showing us. Our study, our circumstances, and our conversation were uncovering this mind altering truth. God was unveiling the mystery of His Kingdom. That day catapulted our lives in a new direction. The Kingdom of God became real like the sand that runs through your fingers and the surf that dashes across your feet. We discern it differently than the physical world but its affect on us is more potent than what we see. The impact in our lives from dwelling in God’s Kingdom affects our health, family, marriage, work, everything. It isn’t pie in the sky; it’s pie you eat. We were transitioning from hearing the truth of the Kingdom to it becoming our home. It’s like hearing about a country verses traveling there.
What is the Kingdom of God?
The Kingdom of God is within us. It is God’s Spirit within us. It is Him conquering the territory of our soul and moving in as King and us stepping aside. It is us being reconciled back to God through Christ’s sacrifice and dwelling in the presence of God and all that He is. In His presence, His Kingdom, I’ve experienced in substantive ways His love, mercy, truth, joy, peace, rest, comfort, deliverance, healing, power, strength, protection, provision, purity, goodness, purpose, beauty, wisdom, counsel, freedom, instruction, perfection, and sovereignty – all far beyond what the world offers. And when those things fill your life your life changes dramatically. Meditating on what He has given me in each one of these is something I often do. As we seek God’s face with our heart and soul in the truth of His Word, then these treasures become apart of our lives. It’s tremendous as I’m discovering.
The Focus of Jesus’ Teaching
Luke 4:43 but He said to them, “I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent.”
The Kingdom is the focus of Jesus’ teaching. It is the reason He came to earth. It is the place He opened to us with His eternal sacrifice, as His gift of righteousness opened the door. We need His righteousness because we have none and we only enter this Kingdom if we are spotless. The travesty is many are spiritually born and given this gift, but are stuck in the birth canal. If we neglect to enter in, learn, seek, and explore this new place then we abandon what Jesus brought us, abundant life. For God is life. It’s something we seek with our spiritual eyes, because it isn’t discerned with our physical eyes, but its power in our lives that dominates everything we do see.
The world functions by its wisdom and we, the children of God, by God’s. Just as we are born into the physical world, we are born into this spiritual one. For those who aren’t born into the spiritual, their lives function and are limited by the rules of the physical world. For us who have been spiritually born, we have a new set of rules that govern our lives as we live according to God’s wisdom. How we succeed, fulfill our dreams, define our purpose, make decisions, and obtain wisdom; and what brings joy, pleasure, and happiness are some of the areas where we learn and enjoy a new way of living.
The Journey into the Kingdom
Coming to understand how to live in our new life takes time. Just as we grow physically learning to function in the earthly realm, we grow spiritually. In order to do both we eat. In one we consume food, in the other the Truth, the Word. If we don’t nourish our spirits we won’t mature and will continue to live as we always have, outside His promises. How many mal-nourished Christians do you see? How many do you see feasting on the pure Word, and not man’s watered-down interpretation? If we ate more of His pure truth we would grow and live as we are called in His presence and not as mere men. 1 Corinthians 3:3 Why don’t you see the affects of the Kingdom in people’s lives? Because they aren’t eating or aren’t eating and digesting the pure Word of God.
For us to know and live in the Kingdom was and still is Christ’s passion. We don’t have to wait until heaven to experience a life with God that far exceeds what the world offers. Our response to Jesus’ gift of His life that allows us entrance into this world is seeking understanding and belief in all the promises of our new home. If we don’t take the time to discover its treasures, we never leave the airport. We stay just outside a world that would transform our lives. We remain in the wasteland of endless striving and insatiable hungers. Jesus came to give us life, life in His Kingdom. In it we find the abundant life He came to give. As His bride, it is our part to enter in and explore and we do by stirring the deep.
Verses to ponder about the treasures of God’s kingdom:
Proverbs 10:22, Psalm 84:11, Psalm 115: 12-15
Psalm 81:10, 16, Philippians 4:19, Matthew 6:25-33
Matthew 10:7-8, 2 Kings 20:5b, Psalm 30:2, James 5:15-16
4. Peace with God
Philippians 4:7 , John 14:27, John 16:33, Ephesians 2:14
Psalm 144:15 , Proverbs 16:20, Proverbs 3:13, Job 5:17
Psalm 116:7, Psalm 55:2,2 Matthew 11:28, Philippians 4:11-13
Psalm 50:15, Psalm 4:8, Psalm 91:9-11, Psalm 71:3
John 8:32,36, 1 Corinthians 6:12, Psalm 119:45, 2 Corinthians 3:17
September 16, 2009 at 4:21 am
Thanks for stopping by my friend- I have missed you too- Life has been very busy and I havn’t had the time to devote to Broken Vessels- it blessed my heart to see your words when I finally looked in tonight. Your post is also a blessings- I want you to know I had to copy this one for my devotional study hopefully tommorrow- I was thinking about the treasures of the heart today for a bible study I am doing in the future- and your post was a gift from the Lord- Thnks my friend. Ihope to be writing and visitng more soon becasue I am missing my friends also.
September 16, 2009 at 3:49 pm
Willnette – What a smile your stopping by brought to my face. Just yesterday I stopped by your site . . . checking in. Glad to hear you are doing well and so good to hear from you! May you dwell fully in God’s Kingdom and be blessed by all He is to us.
December 7, 2009 at 5:53 am
it is very nice that we accept the kingdom of God in out lives
December 7, 2009 at 5:41 pm
Rey – truly it is – because it is God’s gift to us.
September 16, 2009 at 6:00 pm
You are speaking some truths in the post! I really love the phrase, “mal-nourished Christians”.
September 16, 2009 at 10:55 pm
September 17, 2009 at 2:34 am
Awesome post with so much good stuff, I will have to reread and get my pencil ready!
Thanks for this great word today my friend.
September 17, 2009 at 3:53 pm
Beth – glad it was a blessing to you! Thanks for stopping by and commenting!
October 4, 2009 at 2:32 am
thank you so much, Rachel, I have been thinking the same things and wanted to see who is the Spirit of the Lord speaking to about this subject also. A google search turned up this site and when I tuned in, I asked my wife the same question you asked your husband.
Long story short… I am ‘coming out of her’ and where to go and how to get there has been my question the our Father. I truly believe that He has answered my question through you tonight.
God Bless you & thank you
Thomas (a king under authority of the King of Kings and Lord of Lords) and living in the kingdom!
October 4, 2009 at 8:35 pm
So glad you found me and commented. I love to hear when others are feeling or hearing a similar message. God has given so much to us if we will step out and walk in the truth He has laid before us. May you travel deep into Him. 🙂
May 29, 2013 at 11:18 am
Thank you Jesus. This article is more confirmation to me. In 2005 I heard these words loud and clear, “NOW IS THE TIME” These words were spoken to me again five minutes later by my son who was away at college. He said, “MOM WHAT DOES NOW IS THE TIME MEAN” Amen. I NOW know. The time is NOW for us. We need not wait. This article was a blessings. Thank you. I have a blog if you are led. lemirecassiedaughterofgod.blogspot.com
May 29, 2013 at 4:20 pm
Hi, and very so much now. The changes in this past year have been tremendous. So much is going on for those who realize He comes from within.
January 17, 2017 at 3:08 pm
I have just found this post online as I was preparing a Bible Study on the Kingdom of God. I used your verses listed at the end, as a group meditation. Thank you so much. We all received a blessing.
January 17, 2017 at 3:33 pm
So glad you found this helpful. I’ve found that through my journey the truth reflected in these words has grown and yet has maintained a beautiful simplicity.
September 19, 2019 at 4:01 pm
OMFG, I truly hope this is all we get other than dying and maybe making it to heaven. This fricking sucks as long as man and mankind are in control so I truly hope this isn’t it!
Daniel 2vs 44 says he will not leave it to other men or other people so I think this isn’t it yet. and don’t give me the crap he is working through people is how his kingdom is here now BS. If people are still in command of this world then he’s not here and wee screwed. No liberty still death disease war etc… Yeah no, he may use people to help fulfill prophecy so he can come literally but other than that men get it wrong. The false prophet the beast etc all suck and have left this place a mess with all their lies and false teachings.
FYI Romans 13 was not about obeying secular govt fo that god is using secular govt for our benefit crap Romans 13 was about trying to make God our king and not men again as he was when they first took the promised land. Israel was basically a stateless society no king no ruler just judges IE: Gideon, Samson etc…
Govt mans Govt is Idolatry and is the Antichrist that so many keep watching for not some man who calls himself a god as most think. For mankind call themselves god through their rules and laws and enforcement of. That’s the man of sin and perdition.
Proof: When Israel asked for a king God said they reject him/God as king and go whoring after other gods just like they have ever since he took them out of Egypt. That passage alone should tell people who the real antichrist is, but for some reason, it doesn’t. I guess they read right past that and don’t equate that when they read about beasts and false prophets etc or they’d of gotten it by now.
Seriously you better hope that you don’t have to die to be happy for if so we’re all screwed. he said if I leave I will come again, not maybe or you will have to die to gain immortality but when he comes again you get immortality with our bodies as they are now just perfect. meaning no uploading into a computer as some say. Not just fond memories of your loved ones or some vapor or energy but honest to goodness real bodies that are immortal.
I have no clue how this lie that Jesus kingdom came when he was here the first time came around, other than what he said to the Pharisees, but if that’s true we’re screwed, for again, men get it wrong and always will. We need the real solid and able to see him walk up to him and shake his hand Jesus to come and rule and straighten out all this mess not some man saying he’s working with god for he will get it wrong. I want true immortality, not some vaporous immortality that you’re talking about here!
September 19, 2019 at 4:03 pm
OMFG I truly hope this isn’t all. To correct my above post in the first sentence it should be isn’t not is. sorry!
September 19, 2019 at 4:12 pm
Remember too people Jesus did warn about the leaven of the Pharisees or did you again not equate that would still be in-effect even though when he said that was later on? That parable the leaven of the pharisees show us just how dumb we are. For remember even the Disciples got it wrong for they took what he said literally and equated with they left the bread or something. God/ Jesus had to correct them and tell them it wasn’t the bread but warning them against what the Pharisees do and say. The word leaven is used also as a way to say the rise of the Pharisees or do you not get that. So when god/Jesus told the Pharisee his kingdom is not to be seen but in our hearts wasn’t telling people to make or create his kingdom here on earth which is still ruled by Satan and by us doing so are helping Satan with his I will be as the most high statement.
In our hearts is our minds but as we imagine were to be is how we treat people etc… He wasn’t or I truly hope he wasn’t saying he wont come again and be literal for again if so were screwed seriously!
August 4, 2021 at 7:32 am
I’ve been preaching the Kingdom now for over 17 years. Mostly upon def ears. It is so tragic that only a very few will ever discover the realities of His Kingdom now. It is so evident throughout the New Testament it’s hard to believe that it’s not accepted.
August 4, 2021 at 2:46 pm
Jesus said, the road to life is narrow, and few there be who find it. Because men were lovers of self and would not lay down their lives.