Doors To The Kingdom
One of the ways the enemy is working on the hearts and minds of people to love and express passion for everything else apart from God is to shut their hearts to the workings of the kingdom of God. Scripture declares “His mercies are new every morning” (Lamentations 3:23), unfortunately, not many are positioned to receive it. Acts 10:38 says “how the Lord was anointed with the Spirit and with Power who went about doing good”. This is not just a historical fact but a present reality. Jesus is still very much involved in the ‘doing good’ business and He daily demonstrates His Kingdom among us, but not too many are caught up in this flow from the throne of God. Friends since the day of Pentecost the Lord’s own Spirit, the Holy Spirit, has been released unto the earth to do all that Jesus would have done if He were here in the flesh both in us, for us and through us. He came in Acts 2:2 as a rushing mighty wind, willing and ready to do what we never had the strength to do for ourselves. He came to accomplish the Father’s perfect will for each soul He has created. He is present and active today, fully in charge of all the dynamics of God’s Kingdom on the earth in every generation. Friends, there is still a rush inside of Him to do more, but are we positioned for His flow?
The position of our hearts and minds on a daily basis is key to experiencing the realities of God. When Adam and Eve maintained a pure heart before God, focused on God’s instructions, they enjoyed access into heavenly resources of wisdom, authority, peace, power, wealth and most of all, the joy of walking, talking and seeing God face to face. Yet the moment their affections were lured away to that which was evil before God, their hearts became shut to all which was richly and readily available. Worse still, they got kicked out of that place of sweet communion. This is still the enemy’s strategy in our days. Friends, disobedience to God is not just an accidental act, it actually begins when our attention and affections are slowly turned away from the Lord to that which is evil (Proverbs 21:16). James 1:14 says “every man is tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust and enticed”. So we see that it is not altogether the devils fault. It’s his job to entice: that we cannot change, but it’s our place to uproot everything in us that draws us away from God. Friend, what is the longing of your heart? Do they draw you to God or away from Him? Scripture reveals that Eve took her time to ponder on the beauty and benefit of that which was evil in God’s sight, “she saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof and did eat and gave also unto her husband with her and he did eat” (Genesis 3:6). When the Lord instructs us to set our affections on things above, it is not a suggestion; it is a command (Colossians 3:2, Philippians 4:8)! Our attention and affections were actually created by God as doors through which the kingdom of God can be expressed and experienced on the earth. As the year runs to an end and Christ’s return is much more imminent, there is no better time than now to position our hearts before the Lord. Friends, uproot all that pulls you away from obeying God with the authority you have been given (Jeremiah 1:10), then sit back and watch Heaven move on your behalf. God bless you.