Posted: 08/29/2012 at 8:10am
Humble Glory of Kingdom
By Ron McGatlin
The inner kingdom of God growing in the hearts of God’s people is changing who we are. Our identity with the fallen world’s Adamic ways has fallen away from us. Who we were is not who we are; and who we are is not who we are becoming. Our new identity with God and His kingdom is a fire of love that has dissolved the old, cleared the land, and planted a new heavenly seed of identity as sons of God on earth from heaven.
A deep sense of peace floating in a river of love, a quiet sense of absolute power and strength rests within the tranquil sea of abiding in God.
His presence stirring the waters within excites His joy within us, accelerating peaceful love into vibrant abundant activity of heavenly business on earth. Ruling and reigning over all the activities of life, the overcoming of all temptation and evil, and the accomplishment of all His will is as natural as breathing to our souls fully at rest in Him.
Our warfare in this world is accomplished from the position of perfect rest in God who is our strength, that no man can stand before us all the days of our lives because God is with us. Sons of the Spirit likened unto Joshua arise from the beauties of holiness to walk in the effortless peace of His ultimate love, power, and heavenly wisdom to cross over into the land of the living and conquer the evil darkness holding the kingdoms of this world in bondage of godless deception.
Ultimate servanthood to our God leads to the humble glory of heavenly kingdom sons ruling and reigning upon the ramparts of warfare while abiding in peace of God within. There is a walk of love beyond sacrifice that only exists in a broken and contrite heart of pure humility and lack of even a twinge of earthly pride.
Becoming Kingdom Sons through Brokenness
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit, A broken and a contrite heart— These, O God, You will not despise. Psalm 51:17 NKJV
Pride of natural man is enmity with God.
Pride cannot coexist with the presence of the powerful, peaceful rest of abiding with God.
Striving against evil with the natural strength of pride of our natural being destroys our peace and dissolves the power of God in our souls leaving us as prey before the powers of darkness. Warfare against evil in the strength of human pride is arrogance from an antichrist spirit that leads to failure and premature death. Pride really does go before a fall.
The strength of the natural fallen world is pride. The glory of the natural man is superior strength or dominance over others. To be feared and worshiped by others is the default desire of natural Adamic mankind. To be the king with the mightiest army, the highest pleasures, and the greatest wealth is the desire of rebellious fallen men.
The great shift taking place in our world is from the governance of man without God to the rule of God through man. It is a shift from the pride of sinful man to the purity and holiness of humble sons of the kingdom walking in the love, peace, and power of Almighty God within.
A broken spirit and a broken and contrite heart are the results of coming into contact with the reality of the presence of the love and powerful glory of God and sensing the stark contrast to the foolishness of self-power and sinful pleasure seeking of our self-ruled lives. A broken and contrite heart can lead to an awakening from the demonic stupor imposed on mankind by the powers of darkness.
Once the love of God is truly experienced and our eyes are opened to our foolishness of self-living, our human spirits are broken, and our heart that operated by our human spirit is shattered; great contrition or deep sorrow consumes our souls.
Thus we are awakened to the reality of God. With no strength of pride left, we turn to Him and will NOT be turned away. We are truly born a new creation of God, fully restored within to God’s design and desire for us. Old things are truly passed away. His life – the life of Christ Jesus - becomes the life that we now live as joint heirs, mature sons of God in Christ.
All of this has nothing to do with religious systems that attempt to marry the life of Christ and work of the Spirit with the pride of religious knowledge and striving toward righteous living. Under a cloud of doctrinal deception religious systems propagate “spiritual pride” and accomplishments through devised programs to stimulate human pride and competition to do human “good” for God. Some Christian religious systems tolerate fallen world sinful living and abominable ways among the people in order to continue the support of the religious structure so that the “ministry of God” might continue.
The best of these religious systems are birthed in a sincere desire to bring people to God and meet their needs. The problem is that the system is powerless to truly accomplish the works of God and grow pure-hearted, holy sons of the kingdom to maturity. The maturing of kingdom sons and establishing the kingdom of God is lost in a spurious desire to build the “church system.” Church growth as we have known it is not kingdom growth.
Separating God from Real Life
Unwittingly, religious Christian church systems have been used in recent history to remove God from the reality of life and governance in the world.
In contrast, the Islamic religious systems have been used to conquer life and governance in an increasing portion of the world. The highly aggressive and violent works of Islam cannot rest until the governments of all the nations of this world are Islamic. Highly subversive and deceptive practices are freely employed to gradually become a force capable of dominance in a nation. Once dominance is acquired, the end of all other religions within the territory becomes the Muslims next goal. There is certainly no separation of religion and state once a Muslim majority is in place. Every area of every person’s life is ordered by the Islamic religious system’s laws and brutal enforcement.
Religions of the world have great power to motivate and control people. Mankind has an innate built-in strong desire to worship something or someone. Once a deity is established and accepted as god by a people, they willingly sacrifice their lives to it. Spirits of darkness working through revered leaders have their way with the people.
The kingdom of God is more powerful than all the religions of the world.
The pure and holy love of the creator is an irresistible force and an impenetrable fortress. Living and walking in the Spirit lifts us to a different and higher plane of life – a life of relationship with God through Christ by the Holy Spirit – a life above and beyond religion and all natural life in this world. This life comes entirely from becoming one with God.
There is no separation possible to the sons of God who live and walk in the Spirit as one with God. Nothing can come between God and Himself. When God is truly one in and with us, we are eternally with God. God in us (His sons) has some amount of affect on everything and everyone in the world.
Collectively we rule and reign connected to Christ Jesus. Christ, our one true Head, is joined to His body through the Holy Spirit. All aspects of the created world including all the people are to some degree affected by what we receive in God and flow out to the world by His love, power, and wisdom. All things are possible beyond all we can ask or think.
Though we may speak softly, the oracles of God are heard in the world as thunder from heaven. Sons of God speaking the oracles of God release the power of heaven as lightning fire to the earth. The rolling thunder announces the fire of God coming upon the earth. When you hear the thunder, it is urgent to seek shelter under the shadow of the Almighty.
Today is the day for which we have both longed and feared.
As someone recently heard from God, "Heads up. This is not a dress rehearsal."
Keep on pursuing love. It never fails
and His kingdom never ends.
Edited by Ron McGatlin on 08/30/2012 at 5:44am