Just A Few Words
Impressions and Reflections
Jesus said, “I tell you the truth: Among those born of women there has not risen anyone greater than John the Baptist; yet he who is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he. From the days of John the Baptist until now, the kingdom of heaven has been forcefully advancing, and forceful men lay hold of it. For all the Prophets and the Law prophesied until John. And if you are willing to accept it, he is the Elijah who was to come.” Matthew 11:11-14
The clashing of Kingdoms is under way. The Kingdom of heaven has come with violent force and violent people have been attacking it ever since! Luke described it this way: "“The Law and the Prophets were proclaimed until John. Since that time, the good news of the kingdom of God is being preached, and everyone is forcing his way into it.” (Luke 16:16) From this we get the impression that the Kingdom comes with trauma and friction and it is not a smooth experience. I know that not only are there people fighting against it, along with unseen forces, but altogether some people come to the kingdom kicking and fighting in their own way. The Kingdom is not forced upon us yet it is always drawing us toward it. We know intuitively that this present kingdom is not all there is; yet we fail to understand completely the clash of the two. However “once we taste and see” we will never go back to the old one as it doesn’t hold the promises of the New Kingdom of God! The clash of kingdoms puts Jesus and us on the front lines of the battlefield. There is a shift in power going on, a struggle that is being fought in the battlefields of minds and of realities. Only one Kingdom will reign and it won't be the one we were first born into! This is no surprise to any of us. The kingdom of darkness will not prevail, but the Kingdom of light will overtake the darkest of darkness. Jesus will reign supreme! And those who call upon His name will be saved! Every inch of this realm is in competition with the Kingdom of God. It will take unquestionable faith, resolve, persistence and patience as we shift our loyalties from one to the other. It is indeed a struggle but we are not on our own. We have the resources of the true Kingdom at hand. God left His word in this world. The Holy Spirit has come in power to transform believers in their thoughts and actions. And as Christians we are indwelled with this power from on high as a gift from God. Make no mistake, the forces of this kingdom will try to make us believe we haven’t a chance to change the world around us. Yet that is not what God says about His children. Jesus has come into our lives to work through us to bring the world to know that He is indeed Lord and Savior. That is why we are going to take a look beginning this month at the Lord’s teaching of the beatitudes. These simple phrases can transform the way we live and how we interact with one another. These are the qualities of Kingdom living and as we endeavor to make them real in our lives and we will have the blessings of Kingdom living right here and now. The world will not understand until it is shown through us what living the Kingdom life is really all about. I pray for our understanding of these timeless truths!
In His love, Pastor Bill ♥