SHINE! Instead of us talking about how dark the world is, the world should be talking about how BRIGHT we are so that they may glorify our Father GOD! When we realize WHO GOD IS, we can't help but just do good to others...it's all from abundance not from lack! Overcome evil with good. This is what the Kingdom of GOD is all about.
DETAILED VERSION:Wronged. Hurt. Used.
You better do something about it.
Fight! Fight! Fight!
A life of constant warring.
Fighting with idle words that produce no life.
Yet in a moment, a SUDDENLY, this HEAVENLY WIT is revealed with GOD'S supernatural insight. It's that "out of this world" PEACE like no other.
It's not manufactured; it's to a measure of authenticity that I've never known.
It's the kind of wit that makes a JOYFUL spectacle, leaving people in awe as though they just saw a massive, grandiose firework display. Suddenly you realize, this is what the Kingdom of God looks like when it invades the earth!
Let's really think about it, as Jesus walked the earth, HE talked about this so often. When we go through the New Testament with Holy Spirit giving us insight, there's a continual thread of the "Gospel of the Kingdom of GOD"...things said like, "The Kingdom of GOD is like..." We realize it's not necessarily a place, but more so it is about that part of HIM that is placed within us!
I'll show you what I have found in the past few years that come more alive to me more and more...
From Genesis 50:20, "You intended to harm me, but GOD intended it all for good. He brought me to this position so I could save the lives of many people;
Proverbs 25:21-22, "If your enemies are hungry, give them food to eat. If they are thirsty, give them water to drink";
Micah 6:8, "The Lord requires of me to live justly, to love mercy and to walk humbly before our GOD";
Matthew 5 & 6, "...God blesses you when people mock you and persecute you and lie about you and say all sorts of evil things against you because you are my followers. Be HAPPY about it! Be very glad! For a great reward awaits you in heaven, and remember the ancient prophets were persecuted in the same way. You are the salt of the earth. But what good is it if it has lost it's flavor? You are the light of the world - like a city set on a hill that cannot be hidden...in the same way, let your good deeds SHINE out for all to see, so that everyone will praise your heavenly Father.";
Luke 6:27-38, "...Love your enemies. Do good to those who hate you. Bless those who curse you. Pray for those who hurt you...";
Romans 12:9-21, "...Never pay back evil with more evil...instead, if your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads. Don't let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good..." these are just a few. It's even recorded in Acts 1 that after Jesus died and resurrected, he went about for 40 more days visiting the apostles. But what did HE visit with them about? It's revealed in one line..."He went about talking to them about the Kingdom of GOD."
Think about this...the CULTURE OF GOD'S KINGDOM. It's immovable as HE is. You are light, so SHINE! Instead of us talking about how dark the world is, the world should be talking about how bright we are so many good works are displayed as mighty weaponry! When we realize WHO GOD IS, we can't help but just do good to others...it's all from abundance not from lack!
Light simply shines. So when Jesus said, "You're the light"...then we get to shine, shine, shine! I am realizing more through Kingdom insight that darkness has never been the issue; it's the absence of light that has allowed darkness to spread.
In this, now I realize why Jesus spoke so much about the Kingdom of GOD. He obviously knew it was within us. But some things had to take place for it to be seen through us. When we try to fight for our own way; we are fighting to survive so that we can somehow live...but HE knows that's not living...it's barely surviving. So when He said, "You must die to live." It's about dying to the natural tendencies of our flesh so that we can come alive to the divine nature of GOD to be seen within the earth!
Kingdom of God living is a way of life that begins with a mind renewal. It's new perspective that changes the way see EVERYTHING because GOD HAS OPENED OUR EYES TO SEE HIM in the midst of the hard and difficult.
Are you ready to see it? So let's do this...The Kingdom of GOD does completely the opposite of what logic and what this world and even our flesh defaults to. The world says, "To live, you must fight for your life...but Jesus said the opposite, "to live you must die." Or how about this one? The world says, title and prestige is what makes you successful, although that is great; yet what's even more profound is how GOD uses the foolish things of the world to confound the wise.
Think about this, the KINGDOM OF GOD is the constant wit we saw Jesus walk in amongst the Pharisees and Sadducees whenever they attempted to trip HIM up...and yet to their dismay, HE was and is the CORNERSTONE that they tripped over constantly.
This renewal of the mind happens in the middle of our intimate moments of realizing HOW awesome GOD is. It's this constant dance of drawing near to HIM as HE draws near to us. It gets better and better. In the middle of the attacks, we no longer see the attacks as much as we see HIS FOR US power!
Take notice! The Kingdom mindset sees past being taken advantage of and sees the power of GOD's grace to live in this JOY that you can't even articulate and are able to say by faith, "You can't take from someone who already settled it in their heart with GOD that they gave."
God's Kingdom mindset was displayed at the Cross of Calvary by Jesus! Don't ever be mistaken, no one took HIS life, not Pilate, not the angry mob, not the mocking soldiers; just remember, Jesus got the last word as HE GAVE HIS LIFE! HE SETTLED THAT WITH HIS FATHER AND WAS ABLE TO DECLARE THESE THREE EARTH SHATTERING WORDS, "IT IS FINISHED!"
Think about this, this is so crazy exciting! Do you remember when He said, "If someone slaps your cheek, give them your other cheek to slap"? He sets us up to have the VICTORIOUS last word; the one who hit you doesn't get the last word over your life; you GET TO in Christ! When he said, "If they take your tunic, give your shirt also", again...you get to partner with GOD in having the last word over your life. Not your enemy!
Some of you may be saying, "This sounds more like being a doormat." Actually, doing absolutely nothing would be a doormat. But when you bless those that hurt you, do good to those who hurt you and pray for those who persecute you; you're allowing the Kingdom of GOD to come into the earth; it's above and beyond what any fighting in the flesh could ever do...you turn your life into a "welcome mat" for the KING OF GLORY to enter in and do what only HE could do above and beyond our imaginations that is so far reaching beyond our now moments and goes into the moments that will surpass our living years.
The Kingdom "flips the script" on how we were trained by the world to see life from lack and defeat, and now TRULY seeing from Kingdom's perspective, from GOD's place of PROMISE, WHICH IS VICTORY IN CHRIST.
KEEP SHINING BY OVERCOMING EVIL WITH GOOD!