The Kingdom Of God

In the Gospels we can see the nature of Jesus and we can learn how His intentions for us are always for that which is good.  It is easy to get frustrated with the situations around us and to call out to our Lord, inviting Him to rule and reign in a situation.  “Jesus, if only You were here taking charge of the situation, then things would be different.” Jesus encourages us in Matthew 6:10  to pray that “You kingdom come. Your will be done On earth as it is in heaven.” It is not hard to think of areas where we wished that God would step in, show His power and rule.  It is good that God’s kingdom and His rule would be more predominant in the situations around us.

As much as we want our Lord to rule around us, Jesus says some interesting things in Luke 17:20, 21. “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; …  For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”  As much as we want God to use His ruling power to change the world around us, the kingdom is to start within us.  In Romans 14:17, we are told that “the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.”

If we want to see God’s ruling power then we first need to allow Him to rule internally in our hearts and lives.  Our submission to His ways and His leading should produce, a sensing of peace and joy that is not based upon the outward situations but upon our Lord and His Spirit ministering within us.  Christ’s rulership within us is the key to  His rulership outside of us.  Take a moment to allow our Lord to rule within you, then all the rest will come into place.

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