Living in the Kingdom of God
by: Ellene Meece
"Living in the Kingdom of God" was part of the workshop topic David and I taught this past month at the FMIN World Conference. It was exciting to explore the contrast of a solid, true and safe place to live and operate our lives and businesses versus the chaotic, frightening and twisted world system where we struggle with betrayal, greed and a shortsighted purpose for existence.
With 137 references to the Kingdom in the New Testament, here are a few scripture facts to meditate on and encourage each other and ourselves:
This "kingdom" life that Jesus taught is climaxed with these words, "So everyone who hears these words of Mine and acts upon them [obeying them] will be like a sensible (prudent, practical, wise) man who built his house (family, life, ministry, business) upon the ROCK. And the rain fell and the floods came and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, bcause it had been founded on the ROCK" [Matthew 7:24-25 Amplified].
- God's kingdom living was planned before the beginning of time. We are instantly "translated" there upon the acceptance of the Lordship of Jesus Christ [see Ephesians 3:1].
- The kingdom on earth included God the Father, His wisdom, His revelation and His power.
- Man only has his authority in the kingdom restored through what Jesus accomplished on the cross [see Ephesians 1: 3-23].
- The prototype kingdom person was Abraham who demonstrated that through faith, you "reign" in life [see Romans 4].
- In the kingdom of God are all the "promises" of Abraham: righteousness, health, riches and spiritual life [see Galatians 3:11-14].
- God gives the resources to man to administrate. As we are in the kingdom, we are the appointed heirs for its (kingdom) management. God has delegated the stewardship of earth's affairs to mankind [see 1 Chronicles 29:11-14].
- There's happiness and fulfillment in living in the kingdom of God! [see Matthew 5:3]
- We are assigned to do business as authorized representatives of the Lord until He returns [see Luke 19:13].
One attendee told us after the workshop how relieved she was to hear the good news of living in God's kingdom! She knew we were not supposed to live in fear but many of her Christian friends were gathering 'arms' with only defense in mind. To live positively and offensively in God's pre-appointed kingdom affirmed what was in her heart. And may it ring true in each one of us as well!
Ellene Meece lives in Meeker, Colorado and works with her husband in their natural resource company while running her own online store, http://www.Grandmastreasuresonline.com. Currently, she oversees the marketing for the FMIN Workplace Leaders Network and is on staff at the Meeker Chamber of Commerce.
Hi Ellence, Don Harder here; I confess Jesus Christ is Lord with my "mouth" here for sure. I was just listening to John Stocker, Resurrection Fellowship, on KLTT testifying to the same thing. We as Christians are entitled to the abundant life as Jesus paid the price for it and GLORY to the Lamb of God. The Word says in John 15 NASB Jesus Is the Vine--Followers Are Branches:
Verse 1 "I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser".
2 "Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it so that it may bear more fruit".
3 "You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you".
4 "Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself unless it abides in the vine, so neither can you unless you abide in Me".
5 "I am the vine, you are the branches; he who abides in Me and I in him, he bears much fruit, for apart from Me you can do nothing".
6 "If anyone does not abide in Me, he is thrown away as a branch and dries up; and they gather them, and cast them into the fire and they are burned".
7 "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you".
8 "My Father is glorified by this, that you bear much fruit, and so prove to be My disciples".
9 "Just as the Father has loved Me, I have also loved you; abide in My love".
Praise the Lord for His wonderful Grace and Mercy. And no matter what Church, KEEP FAITHING like Pastor Melissa Scott says!! We walk by FAITH, not by sight, feelings, or emotions.(2 Corinthians 5:7):)
by: Don Harder, Westminster