The kingdom of God is within you.
Luke 17:20-21 20 And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you. What did Jesus mean when he said the kingdom of God is within you? Jesus is returning soon as the King of kings, and the Lord of lords, to establish his kingdom on Earth. But he wants all believers to be in his kingdom now, while we are in our physical bodies, before his return. Jesus also instructed us to pray, thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth, as it is in heaven. God our father and Jesus his son, want us now, to live and function as though his kingdom were already established in this fallen world. Jesus has won the victory for those who have received him as their Lord and Savior. The bible states that Satan, is the god of this world. Those that are of this world, live in his kingdom. The kingdom of Satan is one of death, disease, war, famine, lies, envy, hate and so forth. The kingdom of God is one of love, joy, peace, good health, sharing, caring for others, lack of need, and all good gifts that come down from above. This is the kingdom we need to live in now, and the one we need to share with others. The kingdom of God is within us, when we believe the goodness of God, his unshakable love for us, and all his promises for us, as little children believe their earthly parents. The world will tell you it is foolishness to believe the Holy Bible literally, it will make you feel foolish to think all God’s promises are for you now, in this life. Don’t listen to them! Mathew 18:2-4 2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Jesus said we need to humble ourselves as little children to enter into his kingdom. Jesus is not talking here about salvation. He is speaking of entering that kingdom that is within us, by being humble, not relying on our own efforts and abilities, but rather relying on him, and his promises and finished work. By entering God’s kingdom now, the unnatural becomes our nature, and the supernatural becomes possible. Jesus tried to teach his disciples to live now, in his kingdom. This is why he became frustrated with them, when they doubted their own abilities, and the power he had given them to use in his name. When his disciples pointed out the large number of people that had come to hear him, and how they would soon be hungry in this desert place, he told them, “they need not depart, give ye them to eat.” He knew they could do it, if they only believed. Jesus knew their is no hunger in his kingdom. Jesus told them, ” And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give.” Mathew 10: 7-8. All these abilities are within us, because Jesus is in us. If we can enter into his kingdom now, nothing is impossible, that brings glory and honor to him, and the Father. Luke 10: 9 And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you. Jesus told his disciples that after healing the sick they were to tell those that had been healed, the kingdom of God had come near to them. The kingdom was within those disciples and they had brought it near to others. There is no sickness in God’s kingdom. Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in heaven. It was becoming on Earth, as it always has been, and will be in heaven, when these disciples healed the sick. Satan wants us to remain in his kingdom. He wants us to believe his lies. He wants us to think that sickness and disease, selfishness, covetousness, boasting, ect, are all natural. He wants us to think we have no power in this life, to overcome these emotions, and defeat those things that are contrary to God’s good and perfect will. 2 Timothy 3: 1-5 This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.2 For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,3 Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,4 Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;5 Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away. Paul tells Timothy in the end times, people would have all the traits and qualities of Satan’s kingdom, and they would deny the power and goodness of the Kingdom of God. Finally the kingdom of God is within us, because Jesus is in us. His power, and goodness, and holiness, and truth, are in us. We enter into that truth, when we stop listening to the lies of this world, and begin to study God’s word with a new freshness and belief, that what it has to say is real truth, on any matter. When we begin to search God’s word, as we would search for silver or gold, for all God’s goodness and love. When we search his word for every promise that is made to his children, and believe those promises as children, we will begin to know what Christ meant when he said, the kingdom of God is within us.
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