Of What is IT Made
The substance of the Kingdom of God.
Romans 14:17 "For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit."
What were you thinking. No, really, of what were you thinking the Kingdom of God was made? Hate, boredom, pain, or fear? John the Baptist proclaimed ITS coming. Jesus proclaimed ITS presence. The apostles and disciples declared ITS reality and impact. Here, in Romans, Paul defines of what IT is made and by What Agent.
To define the substances of the Kingdom of God he uses three big words; righteousness, peace, and joy. To miss the Kingdom of God you somehow have to want to miss a kingdom of being right with yourself, others, and God which cannot bring anything less than peace and joy. I mean real feelings of peace and joy and a sense of being okay! Yet IT is not these feelings but bring them.
Somehow, every day, if not every moment, we have to work at stopping God's rule over us, that is His righteousness, peace, and joy. To do this we have to damn the Holy Spirit's gifting of our right to experience ourselves as upright, resting in His eternal peace, while jumping for joy.
How can we damn the Holy Spirit. In reality we cannot stop God, but we can deny ourselves the right to feel His gift: His Kingdom within and between us. We have embraced Christ Jesus as the One Who makes us whole and complete (saved and perfect). We have identified by faith in His death in which we died and now in the resurrection He lives. Why not identify in His feelings of being right with us and His Father, at peace and resting with His Father, and down right overjoyed now and now and now.
His tempers birthed in us.
“It is manifest, that no one can fail of the Benefit of Christ’s Salvation, but through an unwillingness to have it" (The Spirit of Prayer - William Law)
Remember the Country Western song lyrics saying, 'everyone wants to go to heaven but not today'? That is the heart of sin, the unwillingness to so embrace Christ now that by the time we get to go to heaven we have been transformed into His tempers. We all would joyfully have Him usher us into OUR eternal joys, and especially not at the expense of losing our earthly joys. But in reality we do not want to enter into His eternal joys but enter into ours, on steroids.
Here, in this life, as we walk out His love, we can rejoice in His sovereignty over every second of our existence and walk in His expressed desires for our love opportunities. After a lifetime of being the blessed ones of the beatitudes, we will be perfect as our Father in heaven is perfect, loving everyone without prejudice.
If He is to save you, it must be in this life, for it is here we have the ability to live His love and become accustomed to the rare Breath of Heaven. Here is where we join His loving and forsake our idols, those things that bring us joy other than Christ Himself. To have His tempers formed in your heart is the salvation of Christ.
"But if you will not to want to have His Tempers brought forth in you, if your faith and desire does not seek, and cry to Christ for them with the same depth, as the lame asked to walk, and the blind to see, then it must be said you are unwilling to have Christ to be your Savior." (The Spirit of Prayer - William Law)
But if you seek His heart with all your heart, His ways become your ways and His desires your desires. How did He learn these Tempers from Father? By the things He suffered! You too will suffer this life. Those things you gain cause the pain, not remove it. Why not suffer Love's loving. Then you will be prepared to experience that Eternal Love.
Prayer of Faith - Building up our receive muscle.
"Therefore I say to you, all things for which you pray and ask, believe that you have received them, and they shall be granted you.” (Mar 11:24 NAS)
Oh Father of lights, it is our deepest privilege to place our hearts, our very being, humbly before You and acknowledge You as our Father. Thank You for not being absent, unapproachable, or ashamed of us. Thank you for embracing us in the dark of the nights, in the silences between Your workings in and through us. Thank You for being so near we can and all too often miss You, ignore, and take You for granted. Returning is such a privilege while remaining is deep.
Let us take that bold act of inner resolution and run to You with our arms out waving, giggling, and try with all our strength to knock you down as we smash into Your arms and bury our faces into Your neck trying to hug the breath out of You. Deep down we are praying You neither fall over nor smother. We need You to be bigger than all we can do to overcome You.
Let us not be so arrogant as to think in our years we gain godhood. But as Your beloved children we get to play and grow before You forever and when selfish and rude to each other You instruct us with Your embrace: Your Eternal, Unmeasurable, Vast, Flowing Love of giving.
Do not leave us to seek love or joy or peace as much as to give what portion we enjoy to others we play with on this playground of life. Teach us to give so much away that we must turn anew to You and receive once again Your Total Self we find both in the Jesus of history and His Spirit of love in us. Fill us up with all Your fullness. Break us of our rationed mentality. Let us not seek just a drink from You but to drown in You.
Now to You Who through Your abilities at work in us is able to do far more abundantly than all we ask or think, all glory to You in Christ Jesus.