Living the Life You’ve Always Wanted

Have you ever been in a church service and heard the term, “Kingdom of God”? Perhaps you’ve wondered what in the world this means. Well, you’re not alone. In fact, there have been countless books written about the Kingdom of God, so it begs the question: What exactly is it?

At its simplest, the Kingdom of God is where God is recognized as the sovereign ruler—the King.

That Kingdom is in heaven, but it’s also here on earth. Luke 17:21 says, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.”

If you’ve accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, then you have said, “Lord you’re in charge here, not me. My life is your domain.”

Domain is defined as an area of territory owned or controlled by a ruler or government. Some people will push back to this idea of giving God rule of their life because they don’t want to be owned or controlled. However, God isn’t interested in controlling you. God gives us freedom to make our own decisions, and He’s been doing that from the beginning. In Joshua 24, the Israelites were told to fear the Lord and serve him with faithfulness, but if serving God was undesirable then they could choose whom they would serve. The bottom line was they were going to serve someone.

The same is true for us today. We are either going to serve God and follow Him, or we’re going to be ruled by our own desires. When we choose God’s way, we’re relying on Kingdom thinking which results in Kingdom living. In God’s Kingdom is all the power, beauty, understanding, wisdom, healing and provision that is in heaven, and Jesus wants us to understand that we can experience that part of His kingdom here on earth.

I don’t know about you, but that gives me amazing hope! If we live by this truth, then we live in a new level of grace, forgiveness, provision, and healing. This is the kind of life that draws the attention of others. A Kingdom living lifestyle is what brings hope to the hopeless and speaks life to the brokenhearted. Having a Kingdom lifestyle is what speaks faith in place of fear and gives generously in times of lack.

In contrast, if we choose to live according to our own way, then we are relying on worldly thinking which results in worldly living. Worldly living often leads to confusion, regret, shame, and heartache. Galatians 6:8 says that a person reaps what he or she sows. Whoever sows to please their sin, from their sin will reap destruction; but whoever sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life.

That’s the kind of life we should desire. A life that is pleasing to the Spirit and attractive to the world. That is the Kingdom of God!

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