Three Key Things That Prepare Us For God's Kingdom
Three Key Things I've learned that Prepare us for God's Kingdom:
1. Satan is the prince of this world (2 Cor 4:4; John 14:30)
Realize from the beginning that we are in for a fight and that's the way it is supposed to be. The entire world's system is evil and only the devil's boys are running things on this earth and we just don't fit in... anywhere.. we're (we true Christians) are only passing through (I'm not saying we don't strive and work and preach the gospel.. that's what we do... but these churches today try to teach the flock to be rich and fit in with the world. (I'm not against wealth.. I'm against seeking wealth for wealth's sake). So, don't be surprised when you see all these terrible things happening around you because that's the way it is supposed to be..... And we live by this, "Jesus said, in this world you will have Tribulation, but be of good cheer, for I have overcome the world." John 16:33.
2. The Law of Opposition (Revelation 2:7)
From the second we are born to the moment we die we are in constant, never ending combat, attacks to destroy us physically, mentally and morally (spiritually). . Life without war is impossible. We should expect to fight and always look forward to it... As Oswald Chambers writes, "We must learn to fight against and overcome the things that come against us, Then it becomes a delight to meet opposition. But be of good cheer because Jesus said, "In the world you will have tribulation... But be of good cheer, I have overcome the world." John 16:33. God wants us to overcome... Read the first 3 chapters of Revelation directed at the church before the Rapture... To he who overcomes..."" How do we overcome? by the blood of the lamb and the word of our testimony..." the blood of the lamb is Jesus Christ and his shed blood.. the word of our testimony is claiming and believing in the power of that shed blood. Amen.
3. The Law of Paradox: (Deuteronomy 29:29; Phil 2:12,13)
PARADOX is two truths laid side by side that are mutually exclusive yet when examined closer they prove to be compatible and open up a whole new dimension of truth. examples of prime paradoxes: Christ was fully God and fully Human. We have to die to self in order to live; the humble are exalted, slavery leads to freedom; the foolish are wise; the poor are rich; the weak are strong; etc. Understanding the Kingdom of God is all about living and understanding Paradox. Through prayer and time and the wisdom of older Christians I began to see that the Kingdom of God has written rules for sure, but we do not operate by living within these rules in our own ability and in essence it is not "primarily" about rules and morals, but about being In CHRIST CRUCIFIED and walking in the spirit by Faith (hence the freedoms in Christ is not being bound by sacraments and rituals and religion and laws) . Our 10 commandment tablet of rules is not written in stone but in our hearts and the Holy Spirit is our conscience, intuition, and communion. The Paradox here is we have rules we must follow, but we're incapable of following these rules. What this means to us in life is that we comply with the laws when we are by faith in Christ. When this takes place, Jesus Christ calls us to do do a mission that is utterly and completely impossible, and yet we're told we're more than conquerors and can do all things through Christ. When we are completely incapable of doing what He wants, this is when we are ready for Christ's service. When we are WEAK then we are STRONG... God's great grace is definitely sufficient. Thus, ultimately, we are more than capable of handling and overcoming all adversity..through Jesus Christ our Lord, and in essence we are only prepared through our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, Amen!