Living the Kingdom
By Manuel Hernandez-Carmona copyright 2008
In Romans 14:17, the Apostle Paul defines kingdom as”for
the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness
and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” In simple words, the
kingdom of God is a living encounter with righteousness and
peace and joy in the Holy Spirit; three elements that are
the backbone of how we as children of the Lord should live
our lives every day. Righteousness is God's gift through grace.
It is a God-given attribute. To live in righteousness is to
behave and act the way Jesus did—it is thriving to live a
Jesus-like way of life. To have peace is much more than to
be “calm”---it is eternal and contagious. Those in dire need
of peace will receive it through us—if we are God’s embodiment
of peace. Joy reaches beyond the greetings, smiles and verbal
expressions. It is a daily living experience that transcends
the natural realm. In-spite of situations and circumstances
that life shares with us all---joy is ever-present.
Once the Kingdom becomes a Truth in our lives, God’s blessings
are received by default. But His blessings are conditioned
to the level of obedience that God Himself demands of His
children. In Genesis 12:1-4,”The LORD had said to Abram, Leave
your country, your people and your father's household and
go to the land I will show you. I will make you into a great
nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you. So Abram left, as the LORD had
told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years
old when he set out from Haran.” At his age, most human beings
are in retirement or thinking very seriously about it. Yet
he obeyed and was bathed forever in the Lord’s blessings.
He was so rich and powerful that kings and queens alike feared
his presence. The so-called father of Faith became one of
the fore founders of the Kingdom because he did what His Father
asked him to do---no questions asked.
The Kingdom of God is meant to be lived and experienced through
a series of processes that elevate our way of living from
Glory to Glory. It is going through turmoil and recognizing
His sovereignty in-spite of how difficult and inexplicable
things get. It is not looking for answers but being the solution.
It is believing what God has stated that we are—priests, His
sons and daughters, kings, queens and His chosen nation. It
is accepting His mentorship through those who God has chosen
to disciple us. It is living the dream, understanding HIS
Vision and “obeying” what HE has “told” us to do. Live the
Kingdom and participate in HIS eternal blessings---you and
your generations to come.