From My Heart, March 2017

Living in the Kingdom of God is a lot of fun.

We have been delivered from the Kingdom of Darkness into the Kingdom of Light (Col.1.13). We are no longer slaves to sin, but we are God’s own children who are heirs to all things (Gal.4.6-7).

The Earth Cursed System (ECS) has given way to the Kingdom of God. We still war with it, but it does not have to dominate our thinking or lives. The ECS originated with Adam’s sin. It brought pain, toil and sweat upon humanity and we assume that’s just the way life is supposed to be. It is so engrained in us that we don’t even see it.

There is nothing wrong with working. We will do that in eternity. It is the lack, hardship, constant struggle, never quite enough, pay check to pay check mindset that is counter to God’s will. You hear this echoed in Matthew 6 as unbelievers are running about squawking that they never have enough _______________ (fill in the blank).

According to Galatians 3 – 4, Jesus redeemed us from the curse and we now live under the blessing of Abraham. God blessed Abraham with “life more abundantly” (John 10.10). He was: a friend of God, lived a long and satisfying life, overcame all his enemies, financially prosperous and the father of many nations. As Gen.24.1 says, “the Lord had blessed him in every way.”

I believe the followers of Jesus can live in the same abundance. There are hardships, setbacks and persecution, but I do not live below it, but rather above it through the blood of Jesus. I do not accept the ECS as normal but as a curse defeated by His blood.

The way above it is through Matthew 6.33 which tells us to seek the Kingdom of God above everything and to live righteously and he will give us everything we need. The Kingdom operates like an earthly kingdom. There are laws that govern it and when we follow those laws we experience the abundant life.

I view the Earth Cursed System like sickness. The redemptive blood of Jesus applies to every area of life. I once believed sickness was not under the blood and whatever happened must be God’s will.  Since my mind has been renewed, I see sickness as an enemy and part of the curse defeated by Jesus. Yes, people still get sick and die, but I no longer default into the “whatever will be, will be” attitude. I war and rest in knowing what God’s perfect will is.

Mind renewal is the key to live in the Kingdom. We see everything through the finished work of the cross. Therefore, just as the Israelites lived under the blessings of God through their obedience, we can live in abundance through faith in Jesus.

Press In,

Pastor Scott