Living the Kingdom
By Manuel Hernandez-Carmona copyright 2008
Within the Kingdom of God , there is peace, justice, joy
power, but it takes a giant leap of Faith to live a kingdom
“naturally” seeing where you are going. The natural and ordinary
of us wants us to see and touch; the supernatural strives
itself and encourages us to receive and believe beyond what
physically tangible. God told Abraham, "Leave your country,
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
blessed through you. So Abram left, as the LORD had told him;
went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set
Haran .” (Genesis 12:1-4, N.I.V.). Without naturally seeing,
obeyed His Father. God is like that; he demands obedience.
Kingdom requires obedience.
The Kingdom of God is gained through Faith. Abraham received
ever-lasting and eternal blessings because he believed, walked
by Faith. It is not a matter of when and how, but a matter
of now. When
Jesus resurrected, he gave a command (mission) to his disciples,
Jesus came to them and said, All authority in heaven and on
been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and
of the Holy
Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded
surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
28:18-20). If God’s children are to receive His ever-lasting
blessings, it is not difficult for you and me to understand
what we need
to do. But to do that, we must go beyond the ordinary four
which we have enclosed ourselves.
God’s children today dwell on programs, rituals and man-made
positions that stray away from His mission. His children cannot
constrained by traditional paradigms that foster spiritual
Daniel was a prophet and advisor to a world leader. Esther
was queen of
the most powerful nation in her time. Mordecai, Esther’s cousin
the second most powerful man on earth. Abraham never had one
lived like a pilgrim but was feared by Kings and Queens alike.
a Pastor and became Israel ’s most beloved King. How about
Apostle Paul traveled around the world and fulfilled God’s
when physically imprisoned and exiled. Close to 50 percent
of what God’s
children read (The Bible, New Testament) today was written
by a man who
had to have an encounter and make a leap of Faith and bury
self-righteous and religious past.
For some inexplicable reason, we have misconstrued the mission.
Millions of dollars are spent in constructing coliseums while
of children die of hunger and malnutrition every year. The
God is not physical but spiritual. We are looking into ourselves
of “making disciples” in the nations. This is not about a
cult or a
sect; it is about moving and doing and carrying out His will.
himself taught us how to live the kingdom when he said, “Going
farther, he fell with his face to the ground and prayed, "My
it is possible, may this cup be taken from me. Yet not as
I will, but as
you will."(Matthew 26: 39).