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Professor Manuel Hernández
Essays Collection

Address: : 2012 Ernest St. Kissimmee, Florida 34741

Manuel Hernandez was born in Sleepy Hollow, New York in 1963. He completed undergraduate studies at the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus and finished a Master�s in Education from Herbert H. Lehman College (CUNY) in the Bronx in 1994. He has coordinated symposiums, produced and coordinated television interviews on the literature written by Puerto Rican and Latino/a writers from the Diaspora. He has done numerous presentations, workshops and seminars on how to integrate latino/a literature in the English classroom. In 2014, he participated in a TedxTalk (Connections) at Southern New Hampshire University. He is the author of three books, , Latino/a Literature in the English Classroom (Editorial Plaza Mayor, 2003), The Birth of a Rican (Imprenta Sifre. 2008) and Living the Kingdom with purpose (Imprenta Sifre, 2013). He is a Language Arts teacher at Osceola School District in Florida.

Living the Kingdom (11)
By Manuel Hernandez-Carmona copyright 2008

Living the Kingdom is an act of declaration! When the forefathers of our constitution declared and proclaimed liberty and independence from England, it was an act of outstanding Faith. The US colonies were still politically and economically embattled to the King of England and his imperial domination. Within that endangered situation, the Hancocks and Adams of the era, declared freedom, equality and justice for a colonized nation and for generations to come. Spiritual victory must be conceived in the mind first, then spoken and declared by any means possible. The children of the Lord cannot live a life of victory without verbalizing and reiterating a life of freedom from an enslaved mentality.

The power of our words precedes our actions and fosters the way we live our lives. Moses was probably the most powerful leader of ancient time, but his excuses may have cost him the keys to the kingdom. Gideon was the most ferocious warrior of his day, yet he was determined to undermine his Godly calling. When God’s children decide to live the kingdom, excuses become non-existent and His Purposes become first, second and third. Even leisure and professional business are purposefully integrated into His Design.

Walking by Faith produces sound and solid actions which pave the way for His Purposes. Our mind needs quality control and as stewards of His Kingdom---we are called to maintain a kingdom way of thinking each and every day. Although Joseph (Jacob’s beloved son) lived physically enslaved for years, he was always blessed and prospered no matter where he was and what he did. While David sought refuge in a cave, three-hundred men with worst problems than his came under his leadership and discipleship and became the most highly recognized, decorated and reckoned force of the day. What happened to David in that cave? He underwent a change in mentality which led to a character transformation that was ultimately imparted to the so-called “brave” three-hundred.

God is not interested in your feelings; he is interested in your character. The only way to mold character is by being thrust into the cave of situations that you are probably going through right now. The Abrahams, Isaacs, Davids, Ruths, Josephs, Daniels, Esthers, Peters and Pauls of Biblical times lived highly embattled lives, but all lived and became influential and visionary leaders of their era. How about us? We have become accustomed to the well-paying jobs, comfortable homes, SUV’s, Internet access and beautiful families. That’s all good. Our God has become: the congregation, the sermon, the program, the so-called service, church activities, etc. But living the kingdom is much more than being a two-day, three-day or seven-day church person; it is doing and rewriting history and impacting humanity for the sole purpose of not only saving lives but to share and impart by grace by what grace has been given to you.