How ironic, coincidental, or even serendipitous….that I should come to this point in my life, and my writing, at the same time! “What point is that?” Well, since you asked…My home is going up for auction on the 8th of May and so consequently I will be “Seeking A New Kingdom” in which to live. Then there’s my writing, maybe you’ve noticed, the titles of my last three blogs…
It’s in there, somewhere in the middle, Of legalism and Liberalism, What is it?
The Kingdom Of Heaven!
I’m a little anxious today, but I have a slightly different attitude about whats happening than what some people might. It has to do with control…and how you understand it or how you define it, and even how you practice it! Most peoples definition of control goes something like this
Control: the ability to affect the outcome of a situation.
I wholeheartedly believe in this definition, and I attempt to practice it to the overall betterment of myself and everyone else whenever I can! Then there’s this definition, but there’s a twist to it!
Real: a: That which is unthreatenable. b:not false or counterfeit
Control: a: to exercise restraining or directing influence over. b: to have power over…
If you ask most people their definition of control you’d probably get an answer similar to the first one…but in their minds, they comprehend it more like the second one, and so, when unexpected stuff happens, or abrupt change like whats happening in my life right now occurs it messes them up because they believe that they have the second type of control instead of the first.
Not clear? an example…You have control of your vehicle driving down the road…it appears to be absolute. What happens to your control if a tire should blow out? It takes a hike that’s what! Then, after your car goes off in the ditch and you hopefully get out of it you’re “incredulous” that this event has occurred…in shock even, it’s a symptom of a shattered belief system. It’s a little bit like the serenity prayer.
Lord, grant me…
the courage to change the things I can,
the ability to accept what I cant change,
and the wisdom to know the difference
But there’s a difference when you start to think in terms of “The Kingdom Of Heaven” or to be spiritually minded in that we still need courage the ability to accept and wisdom, but it’s much more than just some words we say! Stepping out in faith takes courage which is expressed by our actions which show what we really believe on the inside!
The ability to accept sounds like we merely tolerate our circumstances, but we can find “real” peace and joy in knowing that it’s our Heavenly Father who’s “really” in control, and that, He’s promised to work out all things to those who love Him and who are called according to His purposes’ benefit. Finally comes wisdom, which really isn’t as difficult as it sounds…
As children of the most high we should know how to act,
and when we should act, and when it’s WAY over our heads!
We have the greatest counselor possible in the Holy Spirit to keep us on the right path which leads us to Jesus!
I may be relocating my physical body and my possessions…
but the Kingdom goes with me… I have the keys!
Matthew 16:19 (King James Version)
19And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
Matthew 13:44 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field; the which when a man hath found, he hideth, and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all that he hath, and buyeth that field.
45Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
46Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.
To become dis-invested in this world, to not only choose to be heirs of a much greater inheritance but to begin to realize in this life the manifestations of the fruit of the Spirit which are…
Galatians 5:22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness
To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me.
6 For to be carnally minded is death, but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.
The first blog I ever wrote was called “The Pearl”, and in the 115 or so since I’ve been compelled to do just one thing, which is to, despite my unworthiness, act on behalf of my Lord and Savior to fulfill that great commission He left us with through the revelation of His spirit to as many as will hear.
And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.
Psalm 34:8 (New International Version)
Taste and see that the LORD is good; blessed is the man who takes refuge in him.
The Kingdom Of Heaven is what having a personal relationship with Christ is all about, I see it as being a member of the greatest, beyond our ability to understand, and so much better than we can imagine, family! There will be times here on earth that will push us to our limit, and the circumstances of this life can be difficult to understand. But with all my heart and soul I believe that the present hardships we must walk through are not to be compared to what our Lord and Savior has in store for those who love Him