Enjoying Kingdom Life

We had a great time Friday morning as the brothers gathered for breakfast. We ate, we talked, we laughed, we prayed, and we enjoyed Father’s presence among us. I am witnessing a continual change taking place in my life, as well as, the kingdom community of believers. Everything taking place is all part of a greater picture than any of us can comprehend. The more we trust Father the less we need to know. I would compare it to falling in love with that special someone. When this happens nothing else matters. The whole world could collapse and you really would not notice. All you think about is being together.

I get excited when I see the brothers loving their wives, the fathers being with their children and a family learning to live life through the good and bad. The more we know Jesus the more we love Him. This love can only be expressed through loving His body, as well as, His creation.

This may sound strange to some but try this for a season. Lay down your Bibles, stop praying and begin talking to Father about your day and enjoy His answers. Get a little distance from your religious ways and work on living the Word instead of reading it. Trust the Holy Spirit more than your own thoughts. Enjoy the living, breathing body of Christ called your brothers and sisters.

When you walk away from “your ministry” you get to enjoy more of the benefits of the kingdom.
In the kingdom there is only one ministry and everyone participates. So enjoy life with one another and honor God. Quit trying to turn everything into a religious ceremony and make it a love feast! Gifts flow, we worship, we praise, we deliver, we celebrate Christ and give Him the glory. What a great time!

Kingdom Relationships

Just last week I had the pleasure of attending a “family reunion” of sorts. More specifically it was a gathering of brothers and sisters coming together to pursue kingdom relationships. One brother at the meetings I consider to be a wonderful teacher briefly explained how relationships differ but what he called a kingdom relationship is very special. This type of relationship one shares with another is connected by the Spirit of Christ. The common bond among all believers is Jesus. He is our Father and our King.

The most amazing things happen when we relate to one another in His name. As the Spirit of God blows upon us the walls of self begin to crumble and the kingdom within our hearts is manifest. We become a willing participant to the will of the Father.

Hebrews 4:12 AMP “For the Word that God speaks is alive and full of power making it active, operative, energizing, and effective; it is sharper than any two-edged sword, penetrating to the dividing line of the breath of life (soul) and the immortal spirit, and of joints and marrow of the deepest parts of our nature, exposing and sifting and analyzing and judging the very thoughts and purposes of the heart.”

What a powerful Scripture! This is what happens when believers come together. The Word of God, who is Jesus, begins to move among us and reveals our hearts. As we relate, everything is exposed whether good or bad. The body, His church, is being operated on by the Master Surgeon. He removes those things that offend, cleanses us and we are healed. All of a sudden the joints and ligaments become connected and each part moves together for His glory.

Kingdom relationships are the riches we share in Christ Jesus. I pray all of us develop kingdom relationships in our homes, community and around the world. All are working to bring His body into the fullness of Him.

Walk it Out!

Our gatherings here in southern Ohio have been a great time together as we see all the blessings our Father has placed before us.  We are seeing some practical ways the kingdom comes as we learn to work together in it.  When we, the church meet, the love of God is shared.  Each of us bring another dynamic in the meeting simply because we are present.  It is not just a gifting or a calling, it is simply knowing who we are in Him.  When we relate to one another in the spirit of agreement we enjoy the fellowship of Jesus among us.   The very foundation of our unity is based upon a willingness to love one another.  It is not what we do.  It is being together with one another and desiring to know the “Christ” in each of us.

Without even realizing it we all have the tendency to think church is a place we attend in order to worship God.  Church is a called out people whose purpose is to walk and abide in heavenly places.  The Scripture says in Matthew 18: 20 “For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” It seems most leaders use this passage of Scripture to justify a gathering when a small number of people in attendance does not meet their expectation.  Jesus said it requires two or three simply because the Spirit of God would abide in His children. They, the children of Israel, would no longer have to go to the temple for God to be among them.  Now the church could come into agreement ANYWHERE and He will be present among them.  This was one of two times Jesus mentions the church in the Gospels.  It was part of His instruction addressing how to handle a matter when a brother trespasses against you.  If we are truly applying these scriptures to our lives the Holy Spirit is among us and we have fellowship with one another.

Until you walk away from an organizational church culture, the Bible, events, meetings, etc., you will always struggle within yourself to walk out a kingdom life.  Many still believe their calling is more important than anything else in their lives.  If they are not “active” within their calling they are like a fish out of water.  Our Father knows all about us and our calling.  If we pursue establishing our lives in His order, we will naturally mature into our calling.  Many still think this is accomplished by a learning structure such as seminary.  You learn to be a family of God by learning how to be a family in every day life.  Studying the Scripture is healthy as long as it provides a means of producing the love of God in every day applications.  So learn to be a child of the King by walking in His kingdom daily always keeping the Spirit of God at the forefront of everything we do.

Together in Him,