Living the Kingdom
By Manuel Hernandez-Carmona copyright 2008
The Kingdom of God is “able to do exceedingly abundantly
“above all that we ask according to the power that works in
us” (Ephesians 3:20, NKJV). The children of the Lord have
the opportunity to go beyond the natural order of things once
they allow God’s power to work full throttle in their lives.
“Exceedingly abundantly” and “above all” are descriptors that
imply more than the usual and ordinary. Our Lord Father makes
the impossible possible when our lifestyles denote peace,
justice, joy and authority in the Spirit.
The only supernatural way to react and respond extraordinarily
to ordinary situations is to move forward from one level of
understanding to the next. Throughout the letters sent to
the Corinthians church, the Apostle Paul constantly reminds
them (us) to leave behind the so-called “child mentality”
that stands in the way of reaching that next level. To conduct
our lives “according to that power” means to release that
which is “exceedingly abundant” in all of us.
The Kingdom of God is revealed and enacted according to
the way we (God’s children) react to real-life situations
and circumstances. Daniel was a captive and exiled in a foreign
land well beyond the borders of his country. But when faced
with defining his relationship with God, he decided to take
advantage of the opportunity to make the impossible possible
and “purposed in his heart that he would not defile himself
with the proportion of the king’s delicacies” (Daniel 1:8).
God’s purpose in Daniel’s life brought about the kingdom of
God, and he accepted the challenge and reached the next level
of His Father’s will. Joseph was betrayed by his brothers
and sold as a slave, but he never strayed away from the “vision”
that God Himself designed for him. His circumstances did not
get in the way of exceeding and acting accordingly.
The only way to receive the kingdom of God is by living
it daily. Let there be no misunderstanding; it is not about
disregarding who we are as people who must live an everyday
reality, but it is regarding the truth of who we are as children
of the Almighty God even when betrayal, death, disaster and
tragedy knock on our doors. It is lifting our heads and focusing
on what He said He would do, rather than looking down at the
situation and dwelling on our “past way of living”. Go forth,
move beyond the ordinary and allow the Kingdom of God to make
a difference in you and your generations to come. This is
the day that God made to glorify Him in your life!