A Daily Word from the Word for Tuesday, October 8, 2013
“Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.” – Luke 17:21
The words of something that my Apostle, Dr. Don Lyon, imparted a while back in a message to the body still resonate within my spirit almost on a regular basis, as a constant reminder of who we are and whose we are; therefore what we should contain. My wise spiritual father uttered these words from the pulpit one Sunday morning: “When you get bumped, what spills out of you is what is in you. Getting bumped provides an opportunity for a time of examination.”
When someone comes at you wrong, what spills out of you, my brother? When you are the target of gossip, what comes forth, my sister? When we get bumped, we should welcome the examination, and then apply the appropriate remedy, which is to seek a further in-pouring of God’s kingdom, which displaces every ungodly thing in us.
We should contain the substance of the kingdom, and not of the world. We are kingdom kids! And as such, there should be no world in us. How much world do you have in you, family? Then maybe it’s time for some Divine Drano to flush your system of all that junk and gunk!
Matthew 6:33 gives us proper perspective as it proclaims “But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” What do you need added unto you? The Kingdom of God is created from the essence of God Himself, which is His Fruit of the Spirit. Galatians 5:22-23 testifies of this truth: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.”
The Kingdom operates on grace, which supersedes the law. Tired of bearing the weight of the law, my brother and sister? Then trade up for something that will carry you—God’s grace. Jesus Christ, Who is God’s love, grace, and mercy manifested, bears witness in that “Do not think that I [Jesus] came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill.”
Carry Jesus, family. Take His yoke upon you. The Savior gives us sanctuary in Him, as we “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls” (Matthew 11:29).
And while you are resting in and learning from Jesus, remember to pack some fruit.
Father, thank You for Your Fruit of the Spirit. Thank You that we love you because you first loved us (1 John 4:19). Thank You for Your Kingdom, which is within every believer. We call forth a greater pouring of Your kingdom into us. We cry out “less of us and more of you!” As John the Baptist said, we also say “I must decrease so that You can increase” (John 3:30). We call forth a supernatural planting and harvesting of Your Fruit within us. In Jesus Name, we thank You that we carry Your kingdom in great measure, which bears much fruit for Your Glory. Amen and Amen.
Take action! Challenge your thinking! Choose to seek first God’s kingdom and His righteousness every single day. Choose to allow the King to pour His Kingdom into you in great measure, so everything not like Him can be flushed out. Choose to feast on the Fruit of Heaven by reading and meditating on the Father’s Word always. And continue to fight the good fight of keeping a diet high in fruit; for God, your Tree of Life, has already given you the victory!
If you have never received Jesus Christ as your personal Lord and Savior, I encourage you to do it today, right now, by saying this prayer out loud: “Jesus, forgive me for my sins. I am sorry. I truly desire to be saved and reconciled back to God, my Father, through You. I receive Your sinless Blood as payment in full for my sins—past, present, and future. I now call You my Lord and Savior, and invite You to live within my heart, and to permanently live within me. I make You Lord over me and over my life from this moment on. Amen.” Congratulations! You are now a child of God, made whole and made new, by the Blood of Jesus Christ!
God tells us that we are blessed to be a blessing (Genesis 12:2). Be a blessing to someone by sending them this word of encouragement. If God did not already put someone in your spirit and on your heart that needs to read this uplifting message from above, simply ask your Heavenly Father who to bless on today. Forward this message right now by email, facebook, or twitter.
Jesus is coming soon!
May God Bless you and keep you always.
With warmest regards,
And, in service of The Most High King,
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