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The Kingdom out of Reach?

Kathy — His Kingdom has already been in effect, now is in effect and will be in effect always.  That contradicts that silent someday that would keep the Kingdom of God out of reach during our lifetime, or keep “righteousness and peace and joy” in His presence only a future, someday realization (Rom 14:17). How messed up is it to think that righteousness, peace and joy are unreachable until you die?  That thinking would make “Thy Kingdom come” a death request.  Could we get any more perversely opposite to the heart of God than that?  Could we deny His New Covenant provision any louder than that?  If we think that His Kingdom (meaning His rule and His order) cannot come into earth now when we pray, is it any wonder that manifestations of His power show up piecemeal rather than bulk, or sporadically rather than continually?  Poor God.  When His stewards on earth think like that, they only accidentally stumble into agreement that opens the earth to God’s will in the now.


Righteousness, Peace and Joy

Kathy — Adam and Eve lived in righteousness, peace and joy which is the Kingdom of God, (Rom 14:17) and here’s the really best news of the day: it’s the Father’s good pleasure to give us that Kingdom (Lk.12:32)! Since it is the Father’s good pleasure to GIVE us the Kingdom, He gives us Righteousness, Peace and Joy and we develop a Kingdom lifestyle by learning to walk in what He’s given us. It flows like this: 1) He gives us Righteousness as a gift and then the daily Kingdom lifestyle challenge is refusing to let that righteousness be shaken or forsaken because of condemnation. If condemnation can take you to the mat, that’s a signal you’re looking to your own righteousness instead of the gift God gave. 2) He gives us Peace which carries exemption from emotional havoc in war. Peace is not exemption from war but from the emotional damage during war. So the daily Kingdom lifestyle challenge is to go on to sleep in the boat while the storm rages. 3) He gives us Joy by beautifully giving us so many reasons to be glad. Then the daily Kingdom lifestyle challenge is to calm down and be delighted. (Of course, that’s easier sometimes than others and easier for some people than others) 


Expectancy for the Future

LookingForwardAs the people of God assemble today, may they build one another up in hope as they look to the future with expectancy for the purposes of God Almighty to be fulfilled in their lives and in their church family. ”So then, let us pursue [with enthusiasm] the things which make for peace and the building up of one another [things which lead to spiritual growth].” (Rom.14:19, Amp)


Building up for the Future

As the people of God assemble today, may they build one another up in hope as they look to the future with expectancy for the purposes of God Almighty to be fulfilled in their lives and in their church family.  ”So then, let us pursue [with enthusiasm] the things which make for peace and the building up of one another [things which lead to spiritual growth].” (Rom.14:19, Amp)