Posted: 08/30/2011 at 5:53pm
God’s Kingdom Tribal Lifestyle
Part 1 – Kingdom Life Basics
Chapter 2 – Humility, Faith and Spiritual Wisdom
Pride is a major factor in fallen world living. It is often considered a virtue in the old-world order of human competition. Humility is often considered as weakness in the competitive lifestyle of the passing evil world systems.
In the kingdom of God, pride and arrogance are recognized as sin that God hates and that leads to destruction (Prov 16:18). Humility is a valued virtue that opens the door to great grace from God. God always resists the proud but gives grace to the humble (James 4:6).
In the natural fallen world, human intelligence and cunning or shrewdness are considered as wisdom. This worldly wisdom involves envy and self-seeking that leads to confusion and many evil things (James 3:16).
In the kingdom of God lifestyle, spiritual wisdom is pure, full of peace, gentle, willing to yield, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality or hypocrisy (James 3:17).
Being Transformed from the Old-World Order to the Ways of the Kingdom of God
A significant transformation is taking place in the hearts of believers. Religious pride and arrogance are giving way to the pure, holy, and humble character and nature of Christ in us by the Holy Spirit. Love is becoming tangible as Christ is being formed within His people.
Through the natural processes of life we grew to be conformed to the ways of the fallen world. It was not in our thoughts or intentions to do so. It happened by natural means as the things of the fallen world systems were planted in us and grew to become our life experience. The new life of Christ cannot be fully formed in us until the old is laid down to make way for the new. The process of transformation from the old-world ways to kingdom living involves our willingness to lay our lives down presenting our bodies as living sacrifices holy, acceptable to God (Rom 12:1-2).
Christ, planted in us by the Holy Spirit, will grow in us as naturally as the old-world ways grew. By the renewal of our minds, we are being transformed to have the mind of Christ. The seed of Christ planted in our hearts by the Holy Spirit will cause the structure of our lives to be rooted and grounded in the love of Christ Jesus (1 Cor 2:16) (Eph 3:17).
A life structure of submission and obedience to God will result from being rooted and grounded in the love of God. The Christ life is planted in us and naturally grows from the seed of love. It is an easy yoke of freedom.
The life-structure of submission and obedience is characterized by humility, faith, and heavenly wisdom. We know that we are loved. We know God loves us and that all things will eventually work for our good. All fear and insecurities are dissolved in the midst of God’s love growing in us. It is easy for us to trust and believe. We feel secure, confident, safe, self-assured, and considerate of others.
We know that it is God who has supplied all of our needs. This causes us to feel HUMBLE, thankful, and meek and leads to a gentle, caring, and yielding attitude toward others. The central characteristic of our life-structure is a sense of ABUNDANCE, a feeling of having all we need and more. It doesn’t matter how much or how little we have, we feel no sense of lack. We have no driving wants or frustrating needs in our heart.
Psalm 23:1: The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
Psalm 37:4: Delight yourself also in the Lord, and He shall give you the desires (or wants) of your heart.
Philippians 4:19: And my God shall supply all your need (or lack) according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.
The Light of God Fills Our Lives
The Spirit of God fills our lives with the enlightenment of Christ. Spirits of truth, wisdom, understanding, and revelation come to dwell in our spirits. We are open to receive the light of God which flows readily into our lives. We can hear and obey the direction of God for our lives. We are able to have intimate communication with God. His truth is revealed to us from His Word by His Spirit. We can hear and understand spiritual truth with clarity. Deeper reality from heaven is revealed to our open hearts. We have enlightened ability to discern truth from error.
Isaiah 11:2: “The Spirit of the Lord shall rest upon Him, the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and might, the Spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord.”
Ephesians 1:17-18a: ... that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened ...
1 John 5:6b, 4:6b: And it is the Spirit who bears witness, because the Spirit is truth. By this we know the spirit of truth and the spirit of error.
Becoming Fruitful Sons of God
We become fruitful kingdom sons as Christ’s life in us flows out to transform the world around us. The attributes and assets of heaven are available to flow through us from the throne of God. With purity, holiness, and humility we acknowledge that all things are possible – we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. There is nothing remaining within us that will limit or misuse the power of God in us.
We will do only what we see and hear the Father doing. Even if we were starving we would not command a stone to become bread unless the Father directed us to do so. We have no needs that can drive us. We are satisfied with what He has provided. We are always Spirit led and never need driven.
We are trustworthy as a faithful bride. The powerful gifts that God releases in us will never be used to meet a personal need, when God has not so directed. We have the power of Christ within us to command a raging storm. However, we only have the authority to do so when we hear from God. When He tells us or shows us to do so, we have the power and the authority to turn the storm or command it to be calm. We would not turn the direction of a storm when God has not said, though thousands were in peril in its path. However, when God says to do so, we will quickly command the storm, and it will obey.
Becoming a son of God means becoming one with the Son of God. It means being led only by the Father. Becoming a full mature son of God is a process. It is a process of no longer being ruled by one’s own soul or anything else other than God. It is a process of becoming filled with the love, power, and wisdom of God and the fullness of the Spirit of Christ.
If you were the son of a duck, you would be a duck. You would think like a duck, walk like a duck, quack like a duck, and swim like a duck. If, through becoming one with the only begotten Son of God, you are a fully adopted son of God, you will think like God, walk like God, speak like God, you will be a son of God on the earth. In His sons God is on the earth, walking about, thinking like God, and doing like God. Mature sons of God rule and reign with Christ on the earth.
Jesus was one in number when in His natural body. He was multiplied in the first century disciples. However, they were few in comparison to the many sons that are coming forth in this age of the return of the kingdom of God reality through oneness with Christ Jesus in the Holy Spirit. This is not at all an elitist thing. Every human being has the potential of becoming a son of God. It is open to every person in the world. The elite One is Jesus
Sons of God are followers of Christ. They follow more than church doctrines, dogmas, precepts, and principles. They follow the light of God within themselves. They move in spiritual realms guided by Christ within, by the Holy Spirit. Sons bring forth governing forces from heaven by the Holy Spirit to establish the Father’s will on earth.
In the past ruling and reigning with Christ was seen as occurring only after Jesus’ bodily return. In the kingdom, it is being revealed that Christ in His people is the potential for ruling and reigning in life now. Now, the governing forces of the world are subject to Christ and, therefore, subject to Christ in us.
Col 1:27: To them God willed to make known what are the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles: which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.
Rom 5:17: For if by the one man's offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.
2 Tim 2:11-12: This is a faithful saying: For if we died with Him, We shall also live with Him. If we endure, We shall also reign with Him. If we deny Him, He also will deny us.
Rev 1:5-6: and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler over the kings of the earth. To Him who loved us and washed us from our sins in His own blood, and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.
Rev 5:10: And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.
Jesus is the King. He is the only bona fide ruler of the earth. He is the highest power over the earth and all that is in it. Christ Jesus has at His disposal all power, wisdom, and knowledge. All of the attributes of the Father are in the Son. There is nothing impossible to Christ; nothing is too hard for God.
Nothing is Impossible to Christ in Us
Christ not only has all power, He also has all authority. Christ dwells in sons and sons dwell in Him.
We may need to pause and let it sink into our spirits that all things are possible through Christ in us. Our natural minds do not have the capacity to even begin to receive the fullness of this reality.
Father, open our hearts and minds to fully hear and receive the reality of Christ in us. We ask, Father, in Jesus’ name, that You fill and saturate us with the love and fullness of Christ by Your Holy Spirit – dissolving every hindrance, every doubt, fear, unbelief, and all limitations within us that in any way restrain the fullness of power, love, and wisdom of the life of Christ from flowing through us to rule and reign in this life now – transforming this world to You kingdom on earth as it is in heaven. Thank you Father! You are glorious and worthy of all worship and all praise. In the glorious name of King Jesus, Savior and Lord of all we pray. Amen and Amen.
Keep on pursuing Love. Love never fails
and His kingdom never ends.
Edited by Ron McGatlin on 09/02/2011 at 8:39am