KINGDOM OF GOD         “WORTH CONSIDERING”         12/7/22

lucifer wanted his own kingdom, Ezekiel 28:12-19,   Adam tried out the same thing in Gen.3:17 and even tried to blame God for giving him Eve who tipped the scales. and all through the history of man we all have seemed to want to have our own kingdom, no matter how small.  “Better to rule on earth then to serve in heaven.”   IT IS HUMAN to stand with the crowd; it is divine to stand alone.  It is man-like to follow the people, to drift with the tide; it is God-like to follow a principle, to stem the tide.    It is natural to compromise conscience and follow the social and religious fashion for the sake of gain or pleasure; it is divine to sacrifice both on the altar of truth and duty.

“No man stood with me, but all men forsook me” (2 Timothy 4:16) wrote the battle-scarred apostle in describing his appearance before a civil court to answer for his life of believing and teaching contrary to the Roman world.     God’s absolute, revealed Truth has been out of fashion since man changed his robe of fadeless light for a garment of faded leaves.

Noah built and voyaged alone. His neighbors laughed at his strangeness and perished in style.
Abraham wandered and worshiped alone. Sodomites smiled at the simple shepherd, followed the world’s fashion, and fed the flames.  Daniel dined and prayed alone. Elijah sacrificed and witnessed alone. Jeremiah prophesied and wept alone. Jesus loved and died alone.  And of the lonely way His disciples should walk, He said, “Straight is the gate, and narrow is the way which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.” Matthew 7:14.     Of their treatment by the many who walk in the broad way, He said, “If ye were of the world, the world would love his own; but because ye are not of the world, therefore the world hateth you.” John 15:19.

The redeemed children of Israel in the wilderness praised Abraham and persecuted Moses. The people of God in the days of the kings praised Moses and persecuted the prophets. The court of Caiphas, the high priest, praised the prophets and persecuted Jesus. The church of the popes praised the Saviour and persecuted the saints.    And multitudes now, both in the church and the world, applaud the courage and fortitude of the patriarchs and prophets, the apostles and martyrs, but condemn as stubbornness or foolishness the same faithfulness in standing for truth today.

Wanted, today, men and women, young and old, who will obey their convictions of truth and duty at the cost of fortune and friends and life itself.    (Unknown Author).     “Jesus also, that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto Him without the camp, bearing His reproach.” (Hebrews 13:12-13).

We are told that being on top is safe.  So when will we come to understand that there is but ONE GOD.  And HE has ordained HIS Kingdom and only one has proven to be certified as KING.   And all other kingdoms belongs to the dark side as the kingdoms of this world.  That we can either serve God’s chosen KING for this world and  for eternity or we can seek to build our own little kingdoms in this world which will only end in darkness for eternity.

    Kingdom of God.    We have been invited, while  physically alive on earth to enjoy becoming involve in building that Kingdom of GOD.   When Jesus instructed his disciples to pray this was HIS second concern after keeping The Heavenly Father’s name HOLY.  HIS instruction was to then to pray for: “Thy Kingdom Come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”  This is a study on Authority and I am also open to suggestions and/or questions.  Buy there are so many who think of themselves as being OK due to a selective,  do good,  self centered righteousness, emotional, self judgment that have neglected to verify the things that they believe by the Word of God.  In talking with the Lord this morning, HE is saying to me that what He wants to perfect in each of us is really more important than anything on our little list to do in this world.  That HE so longs for us who are HIS to come aside and find time for HIM.   That HE knows all about the thorns but it is the rose that HE is perfecting not the thorns.  He is about the process of helping us find righteous and to be tender to the Holy Spirit who can be with us for eternity.  James caught that thought in the heart of HIS message in that it is not about the works but about the faith behind the works done and about us learning to control what we say to agree with GOD’S Word rather than agree with the world’s point of view.  But if we don’t spend time with HIM and with HIS Word how shall we be able to train our hearts and words in life to reflect HIS Truth and learn to live in HIS eternal spiritual world and not make another big mess of HIS universe as we have done on earth with free will?

So it is not about what we do but more about who we are in doing it.  Either we are in pride following the darkness of this world or in humility seeking the Light of God.   When the physical eventually decays and returns to the dust, what will be left?   We live in a temporary body with the world on one side and the voice of the Holy Spirit on the other wanting to build the spiritual Kingdom of God in you and me.  So who are we listening to?   Only what the Holy Spirit wants to build will have any eternal value.  Have you found out how to know what the Holy Spirit wants to build in you?   The Holy Spirit has a plan for our lives in which to bring us into the Joy, Love, Power and sound mind of God.  But it all starts with making Jesus LORD, really the boss or master of our lives.  From there HE can then  move into the Truth that God has given threw HIS prophets of old and made available to us in the Holy Scriptures.  “Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God.”  You will only get to keep what you allow to change in you through the Holy Spirit and send on ahead, 1 Cor.3:11-15.  (Please stop and read this, brought me to Jesus in 1955.)  From there then HE then begins to speak to our hearts and we can know it is HIM due to the Truth of HiS Word..  Enjoy Michael W. Smith  

We need to saturate ourselves in the Truths of John 17:20-26 & Eph. 4:11-16 and ask God to perfect the Holy Spirit in us so that we become a copy of HIM and Christ Jesus as per Gen. 1:26 as this is God plan for us as we are in HIM.  And GOD has given us one life in which to decide if that is what you really want.   And there are no jails or bathrooms in heaven.  If you don’t want to go there to live in righteousness with HIM,  this is your time in which to decide for your eternity.  But if interested, you should check in soon, things are moving rather quickly now through Biblical Prophesy.

Go to: www.OhanaChurch.Life and to the link at the bottom of the page: “Worth Considering” you will find a search engine to find what you are interested in to help in your spiritual growth.

Yours, in HIS great Love and wonderful Grace & Mercy, Ken<><   www.OhanaChurch.Life

There is but ONE Church of Christ Jesus as LORD;
All who Love, Honor & Obey HIM are eternal members.

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