No longer will I make the statement, “God shows up.”
Why? Because I’m learning more fully the depths of His kingdom already present in us. It’s astounding, for sure. In many places Jesus makes the statement that the “Kingdom is near.” I’ve even written about this in the past—how when He makes this statement, it’s like He’s saying, “Here I am. I am the kingdom and I stand among you.”
But this verse the Holy Spirit showed me takes this to a whole new level of understanding.
Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.” — Luke 17:20-21 ESV
The Greek meaning of the word “midst” is entos and means within, inside within you i. e. in the midst of you, within you i. e. your soul.
My friends, this revelation astounds me and fuels my desire to see God’s kingdom present in my home. I want to see my pre-believer affected by that. My children affected…my family and friends…even strangers I meet at the park or the store. This verse and a providential message the Holy Spirit led me too is helping me walk in this new perspective.
And the possibilities it holds.
But he said, “What is impossible with man is possible with God.” — Luke 18:27
What if we shifted our mindset to the understanding that many of the things we are praying for are already ours to walk in? For example, God’s Word says we are new creations in Christ Jesus. So instead of asking God to make us new, what if we simply thanked and praised Him for doing it already? Perhaps our prayer needs to be, “Abba, help me see myself as you see me.”
If we know His heart is for none to perish, that He sent His one and only Son for the purpose of saving all, then let’s start believing that is what He’s doing. Yes, our pre-believers still have the choice, but we serve a God whose love is beyond comprehension and draws us to Him according to His plan and timing. We didn’t choose Him, He chose us. The same goes for our pre-believers.
I find myself walking through my day and daily activities thinking of God’s kingdom within me and what I carry. I want to carry it in belief, not doubt, my friends. I’m sure you do too. The amazing thing is, as I’m walking more in this, I am starting to see shifts in the those around me. I am starting to see that when we walk in belief and trust, we “show” Jesus. Our doubts and fears are no longer shrouding His presence.
And it goes even further to this childlike faith in the realization that it’s all Him. I don’t have to perform or “be perfect” in order for the Holy Spirit to be able to do His job. Because of His presence, we constantly carry the Kingdom within us. We carry Jesus and the Father through the Holy Spirit, and they are always present in us. This is what Jesus did when He said He did what the Father showed Him.
So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise.” — John 5:19
Jesus is our example of walking in faith and belief. When we believe we hold the kingdom and wait and watch to see what the Holy Spirit is guiding us to do, then listen to that nudge or leading or word and do what He says, we are revealing that kingdom in us.
I have a feeling many of us are doing this more than we realize. We just haven’t learned to trust that it’s the Holy Spirit we are sensing, hearing and listening to. And let me just say that this is where life with God is FUN! My friends, it’s a daily adventure to watch, wait, listen and trust. Challenging too, yes, but those moments when we know He is the one who spoke through us, acted through us, worked through us—they are what I live for each day.
His presence in us, alive and active, moving and changing the world around us, through us, and in us. Amazing!
Lord, we want more, more, more of You and Your kingdom revealed in us everyday. Shift our perspective to see, hear, listen and believe that Your kingdom is in us because You are in us, King Jesus. Holy Spirit, teach and guide us daily how to walk in this childlike faith so that we “glow” with your light and love so brightly that every person we encounter sees You! In the mighty name of Jesus who can do all things, amen!