The Passion Translation of our text today is, “Manifest your kingdom realm and let your every purpose be fulfilled on earth just as it is in heaven.” (Matthew 6:10, TPT).
In Colossians 1:13, TPT, parenthesis added, it says, “He has rescued us from the tyranical rule (authority) of darkness and has translated us into the kingdom realm of his beloved Son.” Now I see what people say when they say things like, “You are already seated in heavenly places. You don’t have to work for it.” Heaven resides within us, and when we worship, it is emanating out of us. It is not that we are going where God is, but He is coming to where we are, or rather, He is already where we are, but His presence as we worship manifests more powerfully. If you read the other translations, Matthew 6:10 will say, “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven,” or something like that. If we look at the biblical context, we must understand that the Kingdom of God is yet to come but yet right here and right now. It is within us, but its physical manifestation (the Millennial Reig) is yet to come. It seems paradoxical, but really, it is all in how you interpret the Scriptures. It isn’t in how they are written. Does this make sense to you?
The carnal mind cannot conceive the things of the Spirit (1 Corinthians 2:14), so of course your mind won’t understand what I’m saying. Mine hasn’t. I had to lay down all filters that I had and let the Lord through the resources I’m reading and the Bible itself teach me.
In Luke 17:20-21, TPT it says this:
Jesus was once asked by the Jewish religious leaders, “When will God’s kingdom come?” Jesus responded, “God’s kingdom does not come simply by obeying principles or waiting for signs. The kingdom is not discovered in one place or another, for God’s kingdom realm is already expanding within some of you.”
Did you catch that? It is already expanding within you. It is not just in the near future, but it is already (spiritually) here. This does not, of course, mean that Jesus’ millennial reign is already here. Jesus didn’t say that. He just said, “The kingdom of God is within you.”
The Mormons believe that they are the kingdom of God on earth. No. The Church as a whole, rather you be Catholic, Protestant, Presbyterian, Baptist, Methodist, Episcopalian, etc. We are the kingdom of God on earth is we’re truly seeking after God–if we are all in for Him. Some sects of Christianity trust in their founder’s books more than the Bible, but as long as you are reading the works of others not as inspired writ, but as complements to the Word, and you believe that the Word of God is God breathed (2 Timothy 3:16-17), you are okay.
God said in Psalms 2, “Ask of Me and I will give you the nations as Your inheritance (Psalms 2:8). You may object and say, “Well, that was Jesus! Isn’t that going to happen in the millennial reig?” I object and say, “Didn’t Jesus ask us to disciple nations?” (Matthew 28:18-20). You may say, “That means that we are to preach the gospel and get as many saved as possible,” but how can we “dciple nations,” in this way. Is this speaking of individually discipling every person in a nation rather is it talking about being a part of the “advisory board” of sorts in some capacity and influence the decisions of the king/President in your country?
I’m teaching this again out of the atlas app. Remember when I said I layed down the filters I had? Well, as a result of that surrender, the Spirit took over and caused the original intent of the creators of atlas to not be (in some ways) considered. What I want us to do is reflect on any areas first and foremost in our lives that we’ve continually controlled and not layed down before the Lord. The Word says, “Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own oppinions. With all your heart rely on him to guid you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go.” (Proverbs 3:5-6, TPT). Consider this next part:
Don’t think for a moment that you know it all, for wisdom comes when you adore him with undivided devotion devotion and avoid everything that’s wrong. Then you will find the healing refreshment your body and spirit long for (Proverbs 3:7-8, TPT).
I don’t care what part of Christianity you consider yourself (I will not name them because I could miss some). If you think that your doctrines are the only ones and you think that if it looks different from what you are used to or doesn’t seem “cosher” and everything else is a “heresy,” you are sorely mistaken. What seems “kosher” to you may not seem “kosher” or “orthodox” to someone else. I want you to consider laying your church doctrine down as a part of this surrender. Ask the Spirit to teach you the right and the wrong of your Church to believe and disregard the rest.
Also, anything else the Lord brings to your mind, please consider at this time.
Also, I want you to reflect on your values in your home, city, workplace, etc. I will discuss with you some of the values of the Kingdom, and I will get to the question I want you to ask yourself and the Lord here in a minute, but first, I want you to read Galatians 5:22-23. Reflect on the fruits of the Spirit. Pray concerning what you are reading.
I want you to consider the ways of Jesus. Read the Gospels. Based on what you are reading, are you making wise decisions? Are you valuing what Jesus valued? Again, surrender your filters to the Lord before doing this.
Now, let’s take a look at the values of the kingdom of God. In Acts 10-11, Peter has a vision of unclean animals that he is to “kill and eat” three times. Each time he says, “But, Lord! I haven’t eatten anything unclean in all of my life!” He’s told, “Do not call that which God declares clean unclean.” Some people take this to mean that God calls all foods clean, but really he was telling Peter, as you will see later in Acts 10, “I have predestined that the Gospel be preached to the Gentiles. Everyone has told you for so long that you ought not to fellowship with the Gentiles, but I have declared them clean. Do not call that out I call unclean that which I declare clean.” For Protestants, the “clean” is Catholics. For you, it might be something else. In Chapter 11, Peter tells of the experience that is recorded in Chapter 10, where Peter preached to Cornelius’s house and the Spirit fell.
Speaking to the Protestants here: Not all Catholics are Charismatic Catholics but regardless, we must take this into consideration. If God poured out His Spirit on Catholics who were willing to say, “Lord send Your Spirit like you did in the Upper Room,” who are we to stand in God’s way and say, “No. According to Galatians, these people are accursed because they preach another gospel.” As you see from Abby Johnson, regardless of what it appears like, they believe the same way we do. They used to believe it was only by the rituals they performed (hence why Martin Luther started a reformation and nailed the 95 Theses on the door of the Church in Wittenburg). Perhaps some still believe what the Catholics of old believe, but what does it matter? Us protestants are just as bad, and we add works to the gospel also. Does that then mean we are accursed?
I will get back to the topic at hand and will not mention the other controversial comments my fellow Protestants make, but the point is that we must put asside our differences. If you (now no matter who you are) cannot find it in your heart to do this, then take your beliefs to the Lord about whoever it is and He will change your heart. He did mine!
I want actually to tell a testimony concerning the Catholic Controversy that I was not going to tell at first, but perhaps it will enbolden someone here to do what I did:
The first time I was a friend of a Catholic was with my old Chiropractor who everyone calls “Doc.” I never mentioned anything face to face to her but when I’d go home, I would pray (using the same Protestant sentiments discussed and linked to above). That was the first “seed” if you will. Then, I started following Abby Johnson, and through this video about why Abby Johnson attends the Latin Mass and takes communion on the tongue, I was shown that she was also a Catholic, so Iintensely prayed for her also. One day, I wrote some prayer points for those I had been following and my family. Due to the above controversial statements eandpressed to me through other people, I was led to believe that the Catholics believed man’s traditions instead of God’s Word. I prayed such only one time. The next day, the Lord showed me that if I am to judge the Catholics, I am to first look within my own movement, because all of us are guilty of doing this. I don’t mean to offend anyone in saying this testimony but to give something that my protestant brothers and sisters in the Lord should consider when praying for you, our Catholic brothers and sisters in the Lord.
Another factor that has helped me is that my Grandpa was a Catholic as a kid and has himself also went through the same process over the years I’ve described to you above. I talk with him frequently, and he helps me put things into perspective.
Back to the teaching part of this topic. God says, “Refuse to be a critic full of bias toward others, and judgment will not be passed on you. For you’ll be judged by the same standard that you use to judge others. The measurement you use on them will be used on you.” (Matthew 7:1-2, TPT). He goes on in Matthew 7:3, TPT to say, “Why would you focus on the flaw in someone life and yet fail to notice the glaring flaws of your own?” In other words, “Stop fingerpointing. Before you try to correct the errors of another church or movement, correct the errors of your own. Stop being a hypocrite and preaching against the work-and-grace gospel, when you are the one who may be preaching the same gospel. Pluck out the mote (glaring flaws) out of your own eye before you try to help someone else’s movement with theirs.”
Paul says continually in his epistles to not get into debates over petty differences. James says, “What is the cause of your conflicts and quarrels with each other? Doesn’t the battle begin inside of you as you fight to have your own way and fulfill your own desires?” (James 4:1, TPT). In other words, “What causes your quarrels? Is it not because you fight tooth and nail to defend your one movement’s doctrines and to have your own movement’s way?” If you think you know it all and your doctrines are right and the others’ doctrines are wrong, are you not any better than a pagan idolater?
You may say, “But we have to know what to believe,” and I agree. However, we need to ask the Spirit what to study and discard our filters in order to understand what is “orthodox” to the Spirit. Once we do this and truly follow the Spirit, we will be better off. That way, we will not be following one movement blindly. No one movement in this earth is perfect. All have fallen short of the glory of God (Romans 3:23). However, we can believe the right things by continually seeking the Spirit and praying concerning the things we read (like this blog) and digging for ourselves in the Scriptures to see if what the person says is correct. We cannot put our full trust in our leaders, because they are still learning. This is why all Christians must have the life of a Pastor or Prophet so that we can all understand by the Spirit the Scriptures for ourselves.
Here are more reflections to consider, some of which I have already ellaborated on:
- Pray that God would rule not only in your life and everything you go through, but that of your family.
- As we broaden the scope of our prayers, let’s pray for our Churches–that the kingdom of God as defined by the Bible and not someone’s interpretation of it would be the focal point which our Churches turn to. Pray the same for the movement you follow.
- Reflect on Matthew 6:33 this week. Write it down wherever the Lord leads you to, and don’t just reflect on it. Act! Whatever the Lord tells you to do, do it.
I want to thank you so much for reading this blog. I encourage you to take all that I’ve said to you to the Lord in prayer. Again, if I have offended anyone, I have not intended to do so, but I ask that you take this to God so He can clean it up the way He likes it. God bless!
Edited March 17, 2021: Prayerfully check out the Full Stature Ministries YouTube Channel which has some great resources on unity and puting up with each other’s differences.