Today we live in a world that is suddenly changing. What occurs in one country on the earth suddenly has an impact on another country on the other side of the world. An earthquake occurs in Japan, but it can be measured by instruments in central Florida located in the United States. Nuclear reactors are destroyed in one area, but the fallout consequence is felt around the world through the economic system.
Thought we see things in the natural realm which seems to be a dominating kingdom, everything about our lives is ruled from an invisible domain called God's kingdom. The invisible place that He resides is within each of our hearts. The condition of our heart determines the power of the words we release in the atmosphere giving power to either the kingdom of Light or the kingdom of darkness. "For as he thinks in his heart, so is he" (Proverbs 23:7).
Around the world most people live their lives within the control and manipulation of being governed by systems and kingdoms of this world. These include: cultures, religions, genders, life styles, age, education, economics, and family values. Their hearts may say one thing, but their minds are being overruled by the outward reflection of their feelings and senses governed by the kingdoms of the world around them.
When we look at a person, we can evaluate their outer covering; their gender, age, possibly culture, life style, and economics by the way they live and the way they clothe themselves. As a person speaks, we may learn more about their education and religion. This information of identification allows us to compartmentalize an individual in our world, and will be helpful someday when their obituaries are to be written, but may or may not be of any real significance to connect with.
However, when we allow this information to draw us to asking the real question of where is Jesus Christ in this person's life, we are offered the opportunity to connect with the heart of God. Is there a testimony of the mystery of God: Christ in them, the hope of glory? Is there an unveiling in their life that says, "As He is, so am I in this world. When you see me, you see the Father?"
People tend to keep their inner thoughts private, the expression of what goes on their head, keeping us living in the past, and/or the potential of what the future holds. It is only when we subject our thoughts to the present moment that we engage our heart in the matter that is taking place now. It is at this moment that the Kingdom of God is energized within us challenging us to come up higher in our thoughts than what our senses are acknowledging and dictate in our lives.
"Then said he, unto what is the kingdom of God like? And whereunto shall I resemble it? It is like a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and cast into his garden; and it grew, and waxed a great tree; and the fowls of the air lodged in the branches of it." (Luke 13:18-19).
The Kingdom of God has never changed. We may hear words that doctrines and traditions have considered vital that have carried us through seasons of change throughout history, but the Kingdom of God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow. We may find ourselves comfortable fellowshipping with certain groups of people that have similar knowledge of God's testimony allowing us to lift and edify one another in that knowledge, but this is not the fullness of His Kingdom. We must be cautious not to judge the difference, but to unite the foundation rock of God's Kingdom: The resurrected LIFE of Jesus Christ who is the head of the body of Christ (Colossians 1:18).
The forerunner life of Daniel in the Old Testament shows us that the Kingdom of God is a counter kingdom to the kingdoms of this world. It comes, interrupts, and invades the kingdoms of this world very slowly, undiscerning as a small mustard seed, but ultimately, everything in the heavens, where God resides, will be ruled by it.
We read in Daniel 2:21-23, "God changes the times and the seasons: he removes kings, and sets up kings: he gives wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding: He reveals the deep and secret things: he knows what is in the darkness, and the light dwells with him. I thank thee, and praise thee, O thou God of my fathers, who hast given me wisdom and might, and hast made known unto me now what we desired of thee: for thou hast now made known unto us the King's matter."
Proverbs 25:2 says, "It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honor of kings is to search out a matter." God gives wisdom unto the wise and His knowledge to those that know understanding. These come from Isaiah 11:1-3, "There shall come forth a rod (Jesus Christ) out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch (body of Christ) shall grow out of his roots: And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; And shall make him of quick understanding in the fear of the LORD: and he shall not judge after the sight of his eyes, neither reprove after the hearing of his ears."
The patriarchs of the Old Testament unveiled to us that the Kingdom of God is a counter kingdom to the kingdom of this world. It sets up and interrupts the systems, governments, and kingdoms of this world by a system that rules from the invisible, heavenly realm, yet is so powerful, it penetrates to the heart of man without any surgical incision made to the flesh. It moves with minute invisible force like a mustard seed planted from God, but in His timing, everything in heaven, earth, and under the earth will be ruled by the Kingdom of God (Philippians 2:10).
This kingdom is a position of royal ruler ship that will be an atmosphere of righteousness, peace, and joy released by the Spirit of Christ within man (Romans 14:17). Those whom God has given wisdom and understanding will receive more as God changes the times and seasons for His kingdom to be manifested in the earth through man. God's kingdom has nothing to do with economics, gender, race, cultures, education, or governments that dictate our natural world. It is spiritual.
Every spiritual influence or presence is looking for one thing; it must manifest itself to express itself. The Kingdom of God, being the most influential and powerful, invades, violates, and conquers all other spiritual kingdoms. God looks to the overcomers, those that have gone through trials and tribulations in their lives that have the testimony of God's goodness, mercy, and grace giving glory to Him of their position as an overcomer. "For everyone to whom much is given, of him shall much be required" (Luke 12:48).
We read in Genesis 1:28 AMP, "God blessed them and said to them, Be fruitful, multiply, and fill the earth, and subdue it [using all its vast resources in the service of God and man]; and have dominion over the fish of the sea, the birds of the air, and over every living creature that moves upon the earth." The position of mankind before the fall was to fill the earth with "God kind" or the Spirit of God while subduing and taking dominion over all other creatures or other spiritual beings.
Scripture refers to these other spiritual beings as familiar, demonic, or antichrist spirits. When we look to fight the "demons" around every corner, we often miss the real battle that is taking place. "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places" (Ephesians 6:12).
When Jesus Christ is our Lord, we become a part of His diverse membered body called Christ (Romans 12:5). His body only has the Holy Spirit. Any other spirit that rules in His body grieves the Spirit of God in us. "Know you not that you are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwells in you? If any man defiles the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple you are." (1 Corinthians 3:16-17). God is a jealous God and will not share His Temple, His throne, His Kingdom with any other spirit. So what are the names of some of these "other spirits" that will try to take over the body of Christ Jesus?
The spirit of: Depression, anxiety, low-self-esteem, loneliness, insecurity, hopeless, unhappy, disgraced, humiliated, worried, bitter, impatient, outraged, furious, repulsed, vengeful, vindictive, envious, jealous, intimidated, manipulated, disrespected, and on and on and on. These are words that express as "feelings" of what we may be going through in particular circumstances. Often, the medical profession tries to get patients to express their feelings to help with the diagnosis of what their body is troubled with. Unfortunately, the quick fix is to give a medication which usually carries with it side effects. The big picture is that the Spirit of God is not leading and guiding, and the house of God is being shared by other spirits. Ask yourself, would you allow a thief or child molester to come into your home, take up residence, and fellowship with your family, especially if they were unwilling to respect and change according to your family values?
A logical thing to do in our everyday lives is to lock the door to your house and car to protect against easy access for thieves to steal from you, yet most of us have been allowing thieves in the house of God whenever we speak the words "I am" that are contrary to who God is. "Nadab and Abihu, (sons of the high priest Aaron), died when they offered strange fire before the LORD" (Numbers 26:61). They had allowed other familiar spirits within themselves to come into the holy place of God's house.
The Kingdom of God is a counter kingdom, a counter culture. It comes and interrupts the kingdoms that have been established. If the words that believers in Christ Jesus are releasing from their thoughts and mouth are things like, "I am anxious, I am depressed, I am insecure, I am lonely, I am ugly, I am scared, I am fearful, etc." there will be a battle of Armageddon going on between their ears; between their "I" and who God says "I AM" in them.
The Kingdom of God is so powerful among other kingdoms that it is always looking to invade, violate, and conquer. Again, it comes as a small mustard seed, but will grow as the largest tree. It will transform the atmosphere of fear and darkness into glory and light by the faithfulness of His presence. "We know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose" (Romans 8:28). God uses the overcomers in life to bring in the Kingdom of God. Some things to remember are:
The Kingdom of God is appointed (Luke 22:29)
It is a Divine calling (1 Thessalonians 2:12)
It is entered into through tribulation or pressure (Acts. 14:22)
It requires a change in thinking (Matthew 3:2)
It requires a new birth to see it (John 3:3)
It is eternal in its power (2 Peter 1:11)
It is all spiritual (Romans 14:17)
It belongs to the Father and His Son (Ephesians 5:5)
It belongs to the Father and Christ (Matthew 6:29)
Seeking it first and He will add everything to you (Matthew 6:33)
It becomes the largest Kingdom (Matthew 2:32)
It consumes and is unstoppable (Daniel 2:44)
What it opens, no man can shut, and what it shuts, no man can open (Revelation 3:7)
It does not come by observation, and it eternally abides in you (Luke 17:21)
The Kingdom of God is a way in God that once it has entered in, it cannot be stopped. It works as a spontaneous reflex. When we listen to the stories of the patriarchs, apostles, and Jesus Christ, we see the conversion that comes in times and seasons that cannot be stopped. There is a certain place, dominion, plain, and atmosphere that when the Kingdom of God abides in you, even though it may begin as a small mustard seed, it will cause transformation out of you that will affect everything and everyone around you. The omnipresence of God goes with you wherever you go. He will never leave you nor forsake you. There is NOT a little bit of the kingdom on this side of life and then we get the rest after we leave the body. Our body is the residence of His Holy Spirit. This is where God is. He gives us the ability and wisdom to rule and reign on this earth with His Kingdom authority. Christ is in you!
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and greater works than these shall he do; because I go unto my Father" (John 14:12).
"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world. Hereby know you the Spirit of God: Every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is of God: And every spirit that confesses not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world." (1 John 4:1-3).
There are many in the world today that refer to themselves as Christians, but they don't consider that Jesus Christ is THE WAY, THE TRUTH, and THE LIFE. The play on words here is they will consider He is a "way maker," an example to be followed on having a relationship with the Divine. There is "truth" in this belief, but there is not power as an overcomer in this world. This concept may get you into heaven after you die.
It was the belief and eye-witness experience of the resurrected Jesus Christ from death, hell, and the grave that gave the first church in the Book of Acts the ability to receive the power of the Holy Spirit and to do greater works than Jesus Christ; healing the sick, and raising the dead. This is the works of the body of Jesus Christ, the church and bride of Christ should be manifesting in the earth today. "Therefore, leaving the discussion of the elementary principles of Christ, let us go on to perfection, not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God, of the doctrine of baptisms, of laying on of hands, of resurrection of the dead, and of eternal judgment. And this we will do if God permits" (Hebrews 6:1-3).
Jesus Christ is THE WAY, THE TRUTH, and THE LIFE to know God in a personal intimacy as Father. All other religions, doctrines, and theologies will show you God, but only by knowing Jesus Christ personally as the only begotten SON of God is the Holy Spirit able to release in us the words to call God ABBA, FATHER. "And because you are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father" (Galatians 4:6).
It is this identity of I AM that is unveiled in us by the Holy Spirit which allows the releasing of His authority through us that decrees, "As He is, so are we in this world today" (1 John 4:17).