Thursday, March 26, 2009

Kingdom of God


For nearly two thousand years the church has been praying the Lords prayer. Have we really been expecting an answer? “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done On earth as it is in heaven”

Every time we allow the kingdom to be birthed in our hearts we extend the kingdom on earth. Every praise the Lord, every expression of the kingdom extends the kingdom of God and releases heaven on earth. There is no sickness, suffering or sorrow in heaven and the atmosphere is glory, so every time we release the expression of the Lords prayer we release the fruit into this realm.

The religious want outward works they always have, but the Lord wants abandoned expression or a lifestyle of abandoned worship that brings transformation to the inner man. Because when the inner man is changed the outer man just reflects it. The Kingdom of God is established one soul at a time. When we express the transformation in our heart we rip the enemies’ kingdom to pieces.

And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force. Matthew 11:12

When sand is poured into an empty truck it displaces the air and takes over the void, it becomes the ruler of that space. When the glory of the kingdom of God is released into a heart it replaces another kingdom, it might seem invisible to others around because they can’t see into your heart. Never the less it has extended the Kingdom of God and divided the kingdom of self or the kingdom of satan.

“And when He was demanded of the Pharisees when the kingdom of God should come, He answered them and said, "The kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! Or, lo there! For, behold, the kingdom of God is within you." Luke 17: 20-21

The Kingdom is all about the King

To reflect on Jesus; His love or His blessings, his life’ His passion for my soul’ His beauty, His glory, His awesome creative power, his grace, his sacrifice, His death, His resurrection power, His wisdom, His counsel, His majesty, His might, His knowledge and the list goes on and on. To reflect on Jesus is to see the glory of God and to see the glory of God is to see a release of the kingdom.

Moses went into a heavenly visitation in Exodus 24 when he went up the mountain with Aaron, Nadab, Ahihu, Joshua and the seventy elders of Israel. Now all these saw the God of Israel with His feet on stones of sapphire (verse10)And they all fellowshipped with him (v11) but only Moses and Joshua (v13) went into the vision for six days and on the seventh day Moses went right into the glory realm and was there for forty days & nights. When Moses came out of the presence of glory his face reflected it (Exodus 34:29-35) and from that time any time Moses went into the presence of God his face glowed and he wore a veil.

Moses was in a heavenly visitation, and he breathed in the atmosphere of heaven he partook of its glory and it transformed his heart and life on the inside. But the transformation on the inside was reflected on the outside. You can’t have an encounter with the Holy one of Israel without it impacting Kingdoms.

Moses was obedient to step into the glory realm, he never held back from allowing his heart to be abandoned to the desires of his God. The Lord is calling his saints alive now to enter also into the realms of glory, because in doing so the eternal prayer “Thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” is being answered.

To hold back from such a call is like the remainder of the children of Israel who stayed at the base of the mountain (Exodus 32) because their focus was not on the glory, but on themselves and their immediate surroundings they fell into Idolatry, even Aaron who had seen the Lord walking on streets of Sapphire was part of this corruption. The opposite of transformation is conformation so Aaron conformed to what was happening around him rather than being transformed like Moses in the Glory.

A religious mindset refuses to be changed by the glory and will not let the kingdom be formed in them. Aaron gave the instruction to bring all the gold earrings because his religious mindset wanted to form God in a tangible form. The strange thing is that he had seen the Lord walking on streets of sapphire, yet his religious mindset wanted to turn that into a golden calf. Many have seen revival but the revival is not formed in them, rather an image that looks like a golden calf is released and the kingdom of God is not formed.

Revival sees the Lord walking on streets of sapphire and goes up the mountain To worship, abandon ourselves and fellowship with the Lord.

Religion sees the Lord walking on streets of sapphire and makes an idol. Lifts up a program or a leader or church and puts all our affections and energy into maintaining that idol.

The people ignored the signs and wonders happening up on the mountain, there were flashes of lightning, clouds of thick glory, the sound of trumpet blasts streets of sapphire, The Lord came and the 70 ate and drank in the glory. The religious mindset ignored it and created an idol. Joshua & Moses went on up into the glory.

If we come to the mountain with an agenda it won’t work, the kingdom won’t be extended but an idol will be fashioned. If we come to the mountain abandoned and not really knowing what happens next then glory is released and the kingdom brings transformation in our heart.

The Kingdom brings a rest and an ease.

To get into the glory on the mountain it took warfare and strength but once in the glory there was a rest. Because the glory is the realm of God and there is no war in God’s presence only worship. There is a place in the glory where the Lord covers us with his wings and fights our battles. When we rest in this place the kingdom is formed because we have allowed our own desires to be crucified with Christ.

There was a time when I used to lay hands on everyone and by faith see amazing things happen, but the Lord wants me to lead others into the place of rest because in that place miracles happen. Because in the glory where He dwells there is no sickness, suffering or sorrow and the kingdom of self and the kingdom of satan is defeated in our rest.

The 2000 year old prayer “As it is in heaven, so shall it be on earth” Is being answered right now as God’s kids learn to walk into the realm where the sapphire streets are. Then it is walked out on earth. The problem we face is that those who won’t go up the mountain will oppose you. You won’t change things over night and so there is still a war going on around us, but for you if you have learnt to go up the mountain, then you can retreat back under His wings and come back into rest.

The Kingdom brings intercession for our peers.

Moses had to intercede on behalf of the people because God had in mind to destroy them all and start again with Moses. But Moses reminded the Lord of His promise to Abraham Isaac & Jacob. Moses had been in the glory and he did not live in pride, instead he called down the favour of God on all his countrymen. Here is another key to extending the kingdom, what you see in the glory release in this realm. The things that are coming into the earth right now out of the glory realm where the sapphire streets are will remain unshaken; but that which is born at the base of the mountain will be shaken. Only that which is born in the eternal realm will remain.

behold, the kingdom of God is within you walk into its glory.


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