The Kingdom is Within YOU!

I’m changing things up today (don’t worry, I will still post awesome links and vids) after all, this began as “…of the story.” Stories with a meaning; and I have a story for you today- let’s not forget today is Sunday. A lot of people like to think about God today, (we should do it everyday) or we think about those who are thinking about God. Maybe we wonder if He is still involved in mankind’s workings. I can assure you He is. He’s working on you this very moment!

Back in Old Testament days, God dealt with man a little differently than He does today. There was a different covenant that He had with man, and in short; God was reaching out to man (2 Chron 16:9), and He still is. However, not all men (and women) were reaching out to Him. So, He sent His Son (Mt 21:37) in the likeness (literally human) of mankind. And from the time He came till well after He left (temporarily) He would now draw all men to Himself (Jn 12:32). We (many people) are what has been called, “God chasers.”

Ok, without further ado……..here’s that story. Thanks to James B. of Canada for the structuring

The Kingdom of God is Where?

There are several Scriptural proofs showing that the Kingdom of God is right here, right now! While there is the Kingdom of Heaven (where God also dwells) the Kingdom God (spiritually) spoken of, “is within us.” John the Baptist (Mt. 3:2) stated, “And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” That meant it was a nearly now (then) thing to occur shortly.

Jesus preached the same message (Mt. 4:17); and in the book of Acts; God’s Kingdom was a primary theme in the apostles’ preaching as well (Acts 28:23,31). Entrance into the Kingdom is by the new birth (a soul and spiritual change in the hearts of men, something we cannot do ourselves).

Salvation is freely offered by grace through faith in the accomplishments of Jesus on earth, and more importantly, the debt, our debt, that was stopping that spiritual change; that debt, Jesus paid for with His life (Eph. 2:8-9). On this foundation, this truth, all believers in Jesus now belong to this Kingdom.

In Luke 17:21, Jesus Said that the Kingdom of God “…is within you…” This clearly shows that the Kingdom of God is here and now. Not some kind of nirvana, or emotion we need feel or a place we must look for.

There are still lost people (unchanged hearts), and what’s worse is that the people who were once “aware” are now falling away (2 Thess. 2:3). That can be both good and bad news. In the good, it means that we are ever closer to the Lord returning. On the bad, people have become so Heavenly minded and religious that they are become no earthly good.

But if you can hear, maybe you can encourage a fallen man or woman of God and point him or her back to the truth. Remind them that God loves them and that you do too. That’s a powerful message; and it’s not complicated.

The Gospel (or good news) is that we are still in harvest time and reaping time. The lost are still out there. And, we still need to continue to expand the Kingdom.

We don’t need to overlook the literal, present aspects of this Kingdom, the one Jesus spoke about at the Sermon on the Mount. Let us be happy that we and many around us in our lives can be counted as sanctified and redeemed of the earth. We are subjects of a Glorious King (ONLY Jesus, I know of no other king), and it’s nothing to be ashamed of. *

Scriptures used from ONLY KJV:

Lk 17:21 “Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”

2 Chron 16:9 “For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him. Herein thou hast done foolishly: therefore from henceforth thou shalt have wars.”

Jn 12:32 “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.”

Mt 21:37 “But last of all he sent unto them his son, saying, They will reverence my son.”

And to recap:

Rev 21:3 “And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.”

 

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Can You Really Read a Map? (LINK/VIDEO)

It’s sad in this so-called world of tech and assumed smarter kids/people……. No…not really. Most children and way so many college level people just simply cannot read a simple map…even with help! What is it? What if, what if- the grid went down? No more GPS? If one had to travel to far distances for whatever reason, without roads and road signs; where would they be…especially in dense forest areas. Might be one skill to pick up along the way. Make time and get to know your area and a map of such, your life may one day depend on it. 🙂

How to Read a Map and Contour Lines

https://urbansurvivalsite.com/how-to-read-a-map-contour-lines/

Are You Lost?

*Survival Tip

Why is it some of us seem to know instinctively where to go and others wander around without a clue? Some researchers believe the answer lies deep within the brain, embodied by an actual “sense” of direction that can be resurrected and trained.

For instance, in 1981, R. Robin Baker, Ph.D., a biologist at the University of Manchester, England, reported that blindfolded subjects, when transported to a distant site, could indicate the direction home. Based on his studies, Baker theorized that humans possess a magnetic navigation system that works similarly to the way some birds and fish use Earth’s magnetic fields to find their way during migration, a feat known as magnetoreception.

Although other biologists have been unable to duplicate Baker’s results, it’s undeniable that some people have extraordinary abilities to find their way.

In animals, much of the directional mechanism is inherited, but a lot of it is learned. We humans are likely born with this innate sense of direction, and then either develop it as we get older or lose it from lack of use.

To improve your sense of direction, you need to get out and test it from time to time. No matter how prone you are to get lost, you don’t have to go through life with a GPS in your hand. And what happens when the grid goes down? It will one day you know?

Strategies to help you find your way. It’s best to start out on your home turf.

Study the topography maps of your home town to get the lay of the land. Concentrate on imagining what the valleys, streams, and mountains will look like in relation to one another, and store these images in your memory.

Allow plenty of rest time before and during trips. Studies show the brain is more adept at receiving and storing spatial relationships when well rested.

Practice learning where north, south, east, and west are in relation to your surroundings.

Learn constellations, particularly the North Star, so you can locate true north no matter where you are. It won’t necessarily help you hone an internal sense of direction, but it may help you keep your bearings.

Remember, we’re all in this together,

Credit: Derek P.

Thanks Derek!

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What Have You Lost?

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Here we are, afraid of losing what we have all the time, holding on to it so tight that not a soul can touch it. We think by hiding it from the world, it’s hidden and it’s ours. Nothing is. Nothing ever will be. For, nothing ever was.

If you think there is anything that you have, that’s yours, be it money, a house, a car, a job or even a friend… it’s nothing but an illusion. It could all disappear… in one blow; and for some it has.

Here we are, so insecure that we are afraid of re-starting our lives, so we just carry on trying to sort out the current mess. The thought that we should give it all up and just start all over – with nothing – might cross our minds some time, sure, but we get scared and we push away anything that scares us.

There is nothing I can ever achieve or gain that I cannot lose, in a matter of seconds. You have never gained enough to not be able to lose it all, in just a few minutes. What you think is yours, was never yours and will never be yours (try not paying your taxes and see what all you lose). Whatever you make here, you leave here.

So what are you afraid of?

Let all be lost. Let them take away everything. As long as you have your heart beating strong, as long as you have your nostrils working fine, as long as the blood flows in your veins, you will live, you will breathe and you can get it all back… again and again. For, if you can do it once, you can da*n well do it again. It’s just a game we play – Life.

And remember, what can man take from you that God cannot give back to you, or give you more of or something better?

1 Tim 6:7 “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.”

Lk 12:15 “And he said unto them, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.”

Acts 27:22 “And now I exhort you to be of good cheer: for there shall be no loss of any man’s life among you, but of the ship.”

Mk 4:19 “And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word, and it becometh unfruitful. ”

God never takes from people, we do that through our own choices and actions. Our incorrect decisions and actions cause us to lose in this world. Trust the Lord to supply your needs through Christ! Take a break from the world-take a break from worry; what have you got to lose?

Credit: Written in part by Rohit W.

*Thanks Rohit!

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Don’t Let Fear Hold You Back

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A man once went to a fortune teller, curious to know what she would say about his future. The fortune teller looked into her magic ball and then her facial expression said it all. The man would die, she said, involved in a bus accident. This would happen within two to three months time, but she couldn’t say exactly when. The man went home, depressed and worried telling himself how he never really believed in fortune tellers. Why should he now?

When two months passed, he had thought about what she said, day in and day out. Now he decided to lock himself in his house where he wouldn’t come close to any buses for the next month.

Another 3 weeks went by when the man came down the stairs from his bedroom to make some coffee. His little son had left his toys on the floor of which one was a little toy bus. The man stepped on the bus, after his last step down the stairs, slipped and knocked his head against the stairway railing and died instantly.

Moral of the story: “Live life on the edge, don’t lock yourself away.”

Credit : Submitted by E. Van der Nest — South Africa

“This story helped me to overcome many of my fears… Fear only has one purpose; it holds you back! Don’t let it. Carry on with your life, as fear doesn’t resolve anything. It’s like they say, “Worry is like a rocking chair, it gives you something to do, but it doesn’t get you anywhere.” – E. Van der Nest

Thanks! E. Nest

LET IT BE!!

Key thoughts to take from this are :

Matthew 6:34 “Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

2 Timothy 1:7 “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.

2 Cor 13:11 “Finally, brethren, farewell. Be perfect, be of good comfort, be of one mind, live in peace; and the God of love and peace shall be with you.”

1 Cor 1:10 “Now I beseech you, brethren, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye all speak the same thing, and that there be no divisions among you; but that ye be perfectly joined together in the same mind and in the same judgment.”

1 John 4:18 “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.”

So keep living and keep loving 

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Please note (Disclaimer): I do not condone or support the fortune-telling or soothsayer type (psychic) of anyone. This is at best, witchcraft and should not be considered. I hope the message will trump the method.
Mic 5:12 with Gal 5:20

http://www.solitaryroad.com/scrip25.html

Our Original Face

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*”I recently lost my brother-in-law, Mike … never really got to spend a lot

of time with him. In short, we never had been close until recently. It’s still 

unknown as to what killed him. Things just looked “funny.” Anyway, what

a way to spend the day after Christmas, seeing your brother and new-found 

friendship dead at a scene reminiscent of a Columbo crime scene. I’m dedicating

this post to Mike. I believe Mike was finding himself, was …getting back on track,

but had a lot of luggage he just did not need. No worries now 😦 …I miss ya Mike-

still can’t believe you’re gone!”

-Marty (Moraldiplomat)

Note: I’m not really sure how the following will mean to you, but I know what it means to me. Thanks for taking time to read.  I hope you can glean something from it. Much love to you all in these uncertain times.

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Our Original Face

Who were you before you were born (Job 31:15)? What was your face before your parents were born? Can you imagine yourself being a thousand years younger? Who will you be after this world, in eternity (1 Jn 3:2)? In a thousand years from now? Who are you now…here. Deep down, really, truly, authentically, basically, simply (Phil 1:6,Col 1:27 with Philem 1:6).

The answer to all these questions is the same, and once you know, you know. You remember…it is just a case of remembering. The way I see it is this: Virtually from the day we’re born we begin to play roles. We start to adapt, to fit in, to conform. Throughout our lives we will play thousands of roles (Daughter, Son, Mother, Father, Friend, Grandparent, Stockbroker, Bus Driver etc.)

The problems come when we become too identified with these roles. We forget that we are the one who is playing the role. The word “personality” comes from the root word “persona”, which means mask. We wear millions of different masks throughout our lives, changing them for every role, every occasion.

The trouble is we do this unconsciously and eventually begin to see ourselves as others see us (1 Sam 16:7). We start to look at ourselves through other people’s eyes (James 4:4), from the outside in. We forget that we are the ones behind the mask, looking out. We allow ourselves to be pushed and pulled away from our true, real, authentic center, our home (2 Cor 5:17).

We will have many, many different experiences, but we are none of them. We are the one who is having the experience, the experience-er. Life is a dream and we are the dream-er. The eye of the hurricane, the real center (Rom 8:9).

If we begin to think of ourselves as the role, the mask, the dream or the experience, sooner or later these ideas will become more solid and they will become imaginary walls around us – separating us from each other and from existence itself. This is hell; this is illusion.

Basically it is essential to, at some point, witness all of this going on. Through focusing our thoughts and heart onto God; the Creator of all life, spending time alone with Him etc., you can gain a glimpse of your Real Self / True Nature / Original Face- what God in Heaven intended us to be.

Once this has happened, it is so much easier to see all the layers of personality, conditioning and falsity we have allowed to be integrated into our being from the poisons of the world.

We can peel it away like peeling an onion or carve it away like Michelangelo releasing the ‘angel’ from the marble. But the trick is that once you can see it and feel how heavy it is, how constricting, what a burden…(1 Peter 5:7) it is pretty easy to drop it, to surrender to the will of God; calling out to Him for help, to just let it go, renewing our minds to what God has done inside our born again spirits (Rom 12:2).

To me this is the most essential thing in life, because by doing this you understand what is Love/Freedom/Peace/God/Reality/(Rom 6:11). You understand that the essence of who you are in the Lord and are no longer in a state of being “lost.” (Rom 8:1)

In that moment, you have come back home (Lk 15:4).

Credit: Anonymous

Little Sheep- (Poem)

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For Sunday August 30, 2015

Little Sheep, Little Sheep
Why do you stray?
Because O Lord, there’ll be another day

Little Sheep, Little Sheep
Why do you roam?
Because O Lord, we know a short cut home

Little Sheep, Little Sheep
Why do you fall?
Because O Lord, we fail to heed your call

Little Sheep, Little Sheep
Why do you cry?
Because O Lord, we have not given a try

Little Sheep, Little Sheep
Why won’t you go?
Because O Lord, we’re afraid of answers we’ll not know

Little Sheep, Little Sheep
Why do you weep?
Because O Lord, your commandments we do not keep

Little Sheep, Little Sheep
If you are my sheep you’ll know my voice
It’s time to kneel and make a choice

Little Sheep, Little Sheep
But why Lord? you might say
It’s because of love, my life I gave

Little Sheep, Little Sheep
Just follow the Light
You’ll flee the darkness and be victorious in the fight

Little Sheep, Little Sheep
Don’t have any fear
I know the best outcome and control things from here!

This is not a moral blog or a lesson but the implications are there.
Are you one of these sheep who are lost and need to find your way back?
If so, could this be your time? Have you ever felt like you have it going on;
but still felt like something was wrong, out of place…maybe even you, were out of place and cannot find that missing element in your life? Do you feel something nagging at you? Then maybe it’s not too late.

 

Call upon God, the name of the Lord, Jesus and today find the Shepherd and come back to the fold. No conditions, just come back. God loves you! And not just you, but we all need that second chance. Let today be yours.

 

“For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:13)

Save me Lord!

Saved, but…..

Is 55:6 “Seek ye the LORD while He may be found, call ye upon Him while He is near:…”

Matt. 18:11 “For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.”

1 Pet 2:25 “For ye were as sheep going astray; but are now returned unto the Shepherd and Bishop of your souls.”

Mt 18:13 “And if so be that He find it, verily I say unto you, He rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.”

A day coming near, that the door will be closed. Don’t be one of those that knock and the door will not be opened unto you. Call upon the Lord while there is time!

Lk 13:25 “When once the Master of the house is risen up, and hath shut to the door, and ye begin to stand without, and to knock at the door, saying, Lord, Lord, open unto us; and He shall answer and say unto you, I know you not whence ye are:…”