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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 8
By Manuel Hernandez-Carmona copyright 2008

The Kingdom of God is a way of living that not only reflects who we are but imparts to others how we live; others will want what we have and desire what we have modeled...through our behavior and attitudes towards them. It is a lifestyle that transcends our daily way of living. Nehemiah's seemingly extraordinary and life-threatening behavior in the presence of the King and Queen gave him the opportunity to share a Vision that God Himself had planted in his heart. Esther's bold entrance to the King's chamber paved the way for God's Purpose to be fulfilled through her actions. The 21st century has developed with all kinds of natural and physical disasters and only God's Spirit in His children can become supernatural facilitators in His fulfillment today.
Living the kingdom is acknowledging who we are even when circumstances and situations are against us. David's uncharacteristic and unkingly behavior when he decided to run away from the throne rather than fighting his own beloved son won him the admiration of those closest to him, and today we read about how God's anointed never naturally embraced what belonged to him and his generations forever. When will God's children wake up and take what belongs to them as rightful heirs to the Throne?
There is nothing that can stand in the way of Gods Purpose in our lives but our own-selves. In Hoseas 4:6, the prophet declares that, my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge”. When we know who we are, there is literally nothing that can prevent us from carrying out His Will. The so-called ladders of success have bewildered our identity in Christ. We children of the Lord dwell in tugs of war over who is and/or who is not rather than focusing on what we are and what God wants us to do. God's children will wake up when knowledge of His Purpose becomes a living Word (REMA) in our lives.
Because we are biologically born (original sin), we do not see ourselves like God sees us. God's identity in us has no limitations. But we continue to believe in earth-set and man-created issues that threaten not only our relationship with HIM but our identity as children of the Almighty God. Romans 8:14 defines God's children as those guided by The Spirit. During the beginnings of the fulfillment of God's Spirit, Phillip was just that-- a man who was “taken” by the Spirit and sent to minister and teach wherever God needed him. He never needed transportation and/or radio broadcast signals; he went and The Spirit would supernaturally place him where He was needed. This is the time for God's children to manifest HIS GLORY! Now, today and forever!