inner kingdom

Live. Now.

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen. Hebrew 11:1

By faith, we possess our results before they manifest. The power of faith is in the present. I can grab a hold of it, in my heart. Faith is supernatural, mystical, even metaphysical. Faith is tangible. To believe all will be well or despite the outcome, I will be in the right place empowers us to believe in ourselves, humanity, the universe, and in God despite the circumstances.

Faith in time

“Now” relates to time. The past and future are outside of our reach but not from the reach of the “now”. Faith adds assurance to things not yet materialized in the now. The intersection between desire and fulfillment is held together by strings of faith. This perspective takes faith, especially when events in our lives test our resolve. I believe life is a divine gift. My time and yours too on this planet is not by happenstance. Now is our time.

The Now Moment

The ‘now’ is eternal. When we learn to live in it, our minds open to thoughts like, ‘how long is now?’ Although fleeting, a series of ‘now moments’ become a lifetime of present moments. We may have been taught to wait for tomorrow but we should embrace life every moment. Fill every moment with love, joy, peace, and gratitude. We will be amazed at the treasure chest of experiences we are gathering.

What do physicists say about time? “If we identify something repeats then we can begin to identify it with time”. Dr. Neil Degrasse shares about time.

Maybe faith becomes tangible or has substance because of the experiences that we gain from our lives. Could it be, faith showing up over and over creates a reality, a ‘now-ness’ to believe in what we cannot see? Maybe this is why in order to have this wonderful faith experience, one has to first believe it is possible. I cannot prove it to you but then again maybe I can, if you have faith!

Now. Faith.

I travel the path of life as a Christ-follower. I look for Christ in the midst of challenges. He said that He wouldn’t leave me and He never has. I trust Him. He has never let me down. Having faith is special. Having faith in oneself is transformational. Having faith in the creator can activate a compass to guide our lives.

My life’s purpose is to bring love and light to this world. Join in and shine your inner light. Live with purpose and love. Live every moment, don’t waste one second of the ‘now’. This is key to having a “kingdom within” awakening. Have faith!

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inner kingdom

Thy kingdom come…

Let your Kingdom come, let your will be done also in the earth, just as it is in Heaven. Matthew 6:10 Aramaic Bible in Plain English

We hear of Jesus coming but what does it mean for His Kingdom to come? How long do we have to wait? Are we waiting on Him to come or is He waiting on us?

The word ‘come’ in this passage of Matthew 6:10 means to come and go. It literally translates to arrive such as to come from one place into another. Encountering the kingdom is more than reading about it in a book. The Kingdom is a path to follow, an experience to share with others, and a destination at which to arrive. The word to arrive suggests that the Kingdom is trying to reveal itself to us as intensely as we are to discover it. Christ came to help us. He joins us as we walk along the path of life. He frames the lessons we learn from each experience, and He is the rewarder who lovingly receives us as we arrive.

Where the King lives…

The word Kingdom is translated as basileia.  It represents the place where the King can be found. Most are familiar with what a kingdom represents but few of us have had a real experience of living in one. This may be why the visible kingdom, His church, has misconceptions and prejudices. The kingdom is diverse. The seven churches in the Book of Revelation give us a glimpse into the beautiful contradictions of the body of Christ and where the king lives. Each church is unique but together represents the body of Christ.

The kingdom is hidden within not buried in the sand like a Pirate’s treasure in the hopes that no one will ever find it. Christ chose to rather safeguard His dwelling place. We naturally look to external characteristics to determine where Christ lives but we are admonished to look at the fruits of the Spirit instead (patience, hospitality, love…). Herein lies a great challenge. Where Christ can be clearly seen is not based on quantity (financial success, congregation size, lineage) but quality (love, neighborliness, philanthropy). We see, hear, and feel Him through people who display His attributes as they live, talk, and walk in their daily lives.

The kingdom comes within you

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 KJV

The kingdom is revealed where believers are awakened to His presence. These individuals practice love and mercy. They understand that Christ has given them a tangible responsibility, to be a light in this world, to demonstrate the love Christ has for creation. Bringing His Kingdom into each moment of their lives takes courage. Only real children of God will shine in the darkness of this world.

Christ has entrusted us with His kingdom. In this inner kingdom we find wisdom and revelation to guide us through this life. The King is arriving. He is setting up His kingdom in the hearts of people. We welcome His presence in our hearts. And in this world, we pray, Thy kingdom come.

Final Meditation…

There is an old hymn entitled, Oh to be Kept By Jesus. Wheeler Mass Choir. The song talks about the need for Christ to be in our life to walk out His purpose in us as we live for Him. Being kept is to allow Him to live in us. Life without His infilling is empty. We are filled to pour out into others. 🙏🏽