“For out of His fullness (abundance) we have all received [all had a share and we were were all supplied with] one grace after another and spiritual blessing upon spiritual blessing and even favor and gift [heaped] upon gift.” Jn 1:16 Amp

“[That you may really come] to know [practically, through experience for yourselves] the love of Christ, which far surpasses mere knowledge [without experience]; that you may be filled [through all your being] unto all the fullness of God [may have the richest measure of the Divine Presence, and become a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself]!” Eph 3:19

“…God is love, and he who dwells and continues in love dwells and continues in God, and God dwells and continues in him.  In this [union and communion with Him] love is brought to completion and attains perfection with us, that we may have confidence for the day of judgment [with assurance and boldness to face Him], because as He is, so are we in this world.”  1Jn 4:16-17


Many of us, when we were first saved, received a share of Christ’s fullness.  We received a portion of His abundance that was supposed to not only tide us over while we grew in maturity, but it was to allow us to be and operate in kingdom assets and authority.

Did he not say to us in Jn 4:14:

But whoever takes a drink of the water I give Him shall never no never, be thirsty anymore. But the water that I give him shall become a spring of water welling up (flowing, bubbling) [continually] within him unto (into, for) eternal life.”

Okay then. That drink of living water ushered you into the Kingdom, into salvation in Christ.  Here is the issue:  there is a difference between having a share in Christ’s abundance and being filled throughout all your being unto the fullness of God and becoming a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself. 

In fact, the standard of the provision made by Christ for every single believer, is that as He is – so shall we be in this world! The provision is for a reciprocity so grand and staggering between Christ and his Body (of believers), that we collectively would be a body filled and flooded by God Himself!

Knowing that that is what is provided for, that that is the level of fullness in Christ’s abundance that is not only available but is called to be ours should stir our hearts and call us to rise to receive it.  But there is something critical here that I want you to see.

To become a body wholly filled and flooded with God means that God’s provision is not just going to flow into our spirit man from God, but it will fill our entire being (our self, our actual soul).  It means the very Presence of God makes His home in our heart, and strengthens us in our inner man (soul) so that He can dwell there and flood even our personality. (Eph 3:16-17 Amp)

Only when we believe, and begin to receive this provision of His fullness can we begin to operate in His fullness and love like He operates.  Only then can our natural Adamic nature, which is earthly-minded, begin to bear the image of the Second Adam, the Man of Heaven. Only then can we begin to be heavenly-minded, as He is…. (1Cor 15:45-49)

It was from this place in Christ, that the disciples operated. It was from this Source and His fullness, that miracles were done. It is from this place, from bearing the image of the Man of Heaven, that His Body – the Body of Christ, will fulfill His calling that we do greater things because He goes to the Father (Jn 14:12)…



“And Ruth said, ‘Urge me not to leave you or turn back from following you; for where you go I will go, and where you lodge I will lodge.  Your people shall be my people and your God my God, …’”. (Ruth 1:16)

How was it that Ruth could be so done with her past life, her past position in Moab, her past idolatry? Imagine peering over a steep cliff at night from the precarious position of a slim shelf of safety. As the moonlight shifts from behind clouds, you gasp as you see the black hole into which you narrowly escaped tumbling! Shock and terror momentarily grip you, but you will never forget that inky blackness, its nothingness and the certainty of death, and the grace that held you back from destruction.

Even though Naomi’s heart was heavy with grief over her family losses, she carried with her the faith that the Lord had visited her home in Bethlehem, and there was now food there.

Ruth had seen the death and darkness of her old existence. It could offer her nothing. So it was not difficult for her to commit so fully to follow Naomi as she returned. The contrast for Ruth had to be dramatic! Naomi was heading out of darkness, and lack, and travail towards life.  The aromatic promise of fresh bread, and grain, and wine, and greens drew Naomi homeward.  But the future kiss of fellowship and communion with her people and with her God soothed her even where she yet stood as a living balm across the starving edges of her soul.  She was going home!

This hopefulness stood like a beacon before Ruth.  There was nothing to debate, no reason to reconsider. The reality of what she escaped propelled her toward life, toward Naomi’s home and her people, and especially towards her God.

But Ruth did not carry into Bethlehem a plan to reinvent her old self in a new location. In the dust of Moab she left behind all that she was and all that she had tried to be.

She was postured for the new as she came into Bethlehem. But her posture was one of devotion, caring, protection for Naomi, and also the humility to come in the lowest manner – as one who would glean in the fields where she would find favor.

I find this profound:  Ruth’s capacity to not only leave it all behind, but to forget it all – not just Moab and her life, but even herself.  This is also important for you and I as we daily continue our journey into the Promised Land and the Presence of God.

In having packed our bags to enter salvation, we often include old baggage.  We fail to leave behind old ways of thinking, old notions of who we are, but also how we are – what defines us.  I find Ruth’s example to be one I need to revisit.

What is still packed in my bags that needs to be dumped?  Are there old fears, old insecurities, old wounds that are going to hinder my ability to live fruitfully or fulfill the call on my life?

It is time to reckon ourselves anew as being dead to sin (that which misses the mark) and alive to God! This day it is time to allow the ministry of the Holy Spirit the freedom that is His to mortify the flesh that has stowed away on this journey of life. It is there to sabotage success!

Romans 8:13 reveals:  For if you live according to [the dictates of] the flesh, you will surely die. But if through the power of the [Holy] Spirit you are [habitually] putting to death (making extinct, deadening) the [evil] deeds prompted by the body, you shall [really and genuinely] live forever.”

It was not just enough for Ruth to leave Moab and enter Bethlehem, it was necessary for her to leave all of her personal “Moab” behind, and pick up her “Bethlehem.”

Likewise, it is not enough for you and I to leave all our “old man nature of the flesh.” But we must pick up the new nature of the Spirit of the life of Christ, the “new nature” and let it occupy us today.

This is what is meant in 2 Cor5:17 where it says:

Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!”

Believe it! Receive it! Walk it out today!  And if you should see any vestiges of Moab life trailing you behind like toilet paper stuck to your shoe, don’t fret or bemoan that fact. Cut them loose and claim the truth of the word as yours today. Press into it and let the Lord do a full work! He is able!!!!

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“…Truly I say to you, unless you repent (change, turn about) and become like little children [trusting, lowly, loving, forgiving], you can never enter the kingdom of heaven [at all].” Mt 18:3 Amp

“Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the entire renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].” Rom 12:2 Amp

“Beloved, we are [even here and now] God’s children; it is not yet disclosed (made clear) what we shall be [hereafter], but we know that when He comes and is manifested, we shall [as God’s children] resemble and be like Him, for we shall see Him just as He [really] is.” 1Jn 3:2 Amp

“For in Him we live and move and have our being; as even some of your [own] poets have said, For we are also His offspring.”  Acts 17:28 Amp

In the corporate world, the notion of “branding” is quite prominent. It’s purpose is to color a product, production, or service flow with a singular identity. It is to distill into one identity the company and its product, so they are uniquely linked in the minds of consumers. That identity is carefully crafted, emphasized, and enforced. Thus, it stands apart from other contenders, and pretenders.

In the Kingdom of God, Brand identity not only exists, it is from there that the practice of brand truth first began which the world now emulates as brand strategy. What the Kingdom of God originated, now the world tries to make its own.

Think of it…

– “they’ll know we are Christians by our love…”

– “being salt and light in this world”

– “the first must be last”

– “like sheep among wolves”

-“a pupil … when fully trained will be like his teacher”

… these all describe the Brand of Jesus Christ, or Christlikeness! The One Who is Firstborn among many brethren!

Our identity as believers in Jesus, is hidden in, derived through, and defined by Him. That is, by the Word! And there are many, many, analogies, metaphors, and parables which provide clarification and refinement as well as instruction to the believer.  And then The Holy Spirit leads us to walk into it, more and more fully.

So with all the ways of “seeking’’ to be more Christ-like it can get a little overwhelming. But I believe the Lord has left us a sure-fire way to walk in His Brand truth with His Brand integrity!

What is this way?  What is the mindset that will succeed time and again to help you enter into His Presence, receive from Him and orient you in His truth? What will help you in your desire to become more Christ-like?  What will help you to find your acceptance and identity in and through Christ?

It is to remain as a little child in relation and reference to Him.  Not just any child. Like His child — one He has adopted, one He loves and has given all things for, even His very life.

The one who can become like a little child, will never be too big in his own eyes to be humble. He will not place himself first, but is willing and able to wait. He is trusting, lowly, loving, and forgiving…, and he will be great in the Kingdom! (Mt 18:1-4)

As believers we have moved through many renditions trying to distill out the Brand truth of Jesus and the Kingdom. Many have postured us wrongly…

-“I’m a child of the King” often encourages bratty, self-focused, entitled behavior.

– “Being the Bride” while good, likewise keeps more focus on us and does not provide as clear a posture before the Lord.

– “Being the child of God” keeps us rightly focused to remain both humble and reliant on the Lord. (The difference here from being a child of the King is the focus is on Him, not us)

— He has done it all not us! (Jn 1:12-13)

— It is an enduring posture that keeps us in the right posture, eternally. (Mt 3:1-4)

— It helps us to receive the blessing of His love in the proper awe, and with Joy and gratitude! (1Jn 3:1-3)

— It helps us relate both to other believers and the world (1Jn 3:10-16)

As someone who has herself struggled sometimes to find the right “angle”, or to have the right view of approach, I can tell you that this realization anew that I am His child has brought me healing for old wounds, and overflowing joy that I have a place in His heart as His child. I advocate you check it out!



“…For whatever a man sows, that and only that is what he will reap.” Gal 6:8

A lot of insights I receive are first played out on the playing field of my life, through mistakes I am making.  I am indeed a rich source of fodder for the Lord to paint with, so to speak… to wit:

I am at various times impatient, or easily exasperated over what I perceive to be the insensibility or lack of consideration that people can demonstrate for others.  It registers in my thinking as general oblivion to the fact that other people exist. Of course ‘’”for others” is often code for “towards me” in particular.

It is true. I am unveiled here. I have been exposed, my true nature laid bare.  The latest exploit took place in the Wal-mart parking lot. The last TWO TIMES! (While the Wal-Mart parking lot may seem inconsequential to some, let me assure you it is rich with high drama and spiritual insight!)

First situation: I am parked in my normal location which allows for both car safety and built in life-exercise as it is roughly located in west green acres and I have to hoof it to the front door roughly 3/4 mi. When I return to the car a “foreign” (meaning not supposed to be there) car is parked perpendicular to me and right in front of me. Did I also mention I endeavor to NOT ever have to BACK UP in the said Wal-Mart parking lot because it is dangerous? There is an elderly couple siting in the car, the motor is running, they are talking on their phone. This is actually quite good because you don’t want them actually driving while holding their phone, but nevertheless as I look around I am annoyed. I survey the parking lot and there are at least 30 other acceptable options to park in similar ease and safety to discourse on their phone. But, it is my honor to have them before me. I back up, drive around them … but my thoughts are not profitable.

Second situation: Again at Wal-Mart, parked in same place actually. Return to car after shopping with granddaughter and have to unload cart and her.  An older, well-used car is parked right next to me but at an odd angle so that opening my door is nearly impossible, opening the passenger door behind me where I have to place my granddaughter in her booster seat and load the groceries will be challenging to say the least. I glance at the driver intently but say nothing. I get the groceries unloaded and close the door and again look to the driver. They are still talking but now looking up. I gesture ( not what you are thinking) quizzically, “Really?”

Instead of trying to shoe horn myself into the driver’s seat I opt instead to roll the cart back to the cart storage kiosk.  The driver takes that opportunity to drive away.

The Lord queries me, “What did you show forth Sandra?” I pull up out of my impatient musings, and I hear what He is asking.

“My flesh…,” my regret is sincere.  Immediately the words of a previous reading come back to me about, “to the merciful He will show mercy.” I realize something that has not been processed this same way previously.

At any given time there stand before me two choices: to show forth the Kingdom of God; or to show forth my flesh. To sow to the Spirit, or to sow to my flesh. To exercise the Kingdom, or to exercise my flesh. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.

The Lord is exceedingly patient with Me, but in the time He is expecting to see change in Me He is very clear, and He is always working in a deeper swath pattern, making greater and greater inroads into me. I am being overturned. My old nature plowed under, like a field that has laid fallow and is being prepared for new planting.

But it is clear, what was acceptable for me in the last season is no longer tolerable today. The days of sowing decay and ruin can no longer stand! The Lord is calling for change in me, and His Body!

You see it is that clear a choice. It is not that these situations have had explicit interactions. Words were not exchanged in either situation, but communication did take place … and I fell short of His glory in both.

I have had to repent and renounce this attitude of my heart. In those moments I thought I was free to exercise my natural personality and consequential opinion.

But you see as saints of God, none of us are free to do that for we have been purchased with a price – we have been made His own! We are thus called to honor Him and bring glory to Him in our body, which is His Body (1Cor 6: 19-20).

Over two-thousand years ago He paid that price for us, and we celebrate that this coming Sunday, Resurrection Sunday!  Death had no hold on Him and neither death nor its attitudes or patterns of sowing should have a hold on us today … no longer! Are you ready for that?

Perfect Peace, Happy Easter,

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“For the weapons of our warfare are not physical [weapons of flesh and blood], but they are mighty before God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds,…” 2Cor 10:4 Amp

“Lest you be self-opinionated (wise in your own conceits), I do not want you to miss this hidden truth and mystery, brethren: a hardening (insensibility) has [temporarily] befallen a part of Israel [to last] until the full number of the ingathering of the Gentiles has come in,…” Rom 11:25 Amp

“Do not be conformed to this world (this age), [fashioned after and adapted to its external, superficial customs], but be transformed (changed) by the [entire] renewal of your mind [by its new ideals and its new attitude], so that you may prove [for yourselves] what is the good and acceptable and perfect will of God, even the thing which is good and acceptable and perfect [in His sight for you].” Rom 12:2 Amp

“There has befallen them the thing spoken of in the true proverb, The dog turns back to his own vomit, and, The sow is washed only to wallow again in the mire.” 2Pet2:22 Amp

Dog vomit…. It does not pose a very attractive picture. Nor does the believer, who becomes stuck in his old patterns of thinking, resistant to the very word of God to free him by the power of the Holy Spirit – to renew his thinking.

Understand in this day many believers remain stuck – even immovable by their own preference for indulging fleshly, soulish thinking.  Once having developed an opinion on a matter – it remains to them as “Gospel Truth.” Yet on the contrary, it is full of dark perspective and has not been renewed by the light of God as it is brought captive to the obedience of Christ and is corrected.

Not one believer can claim to have never been stuck in this way. We all have. And it is the grace of God that brings a wreaking ball of His power to expose and sift our fleshly thinking, that it can been transformed into kingdom thinking.

The wreaking ball of God frees us from returning as a dog to his vomit!

Think of Job. He had developed some dark, fear-based thinking about God. God addressed these patterns of fleshly thinking that kept Job captive as He confronted Job: “Who is this that darkens counsel by words without knowledge?”(Job 38:2)

Thus…wreaking ball breaks inaccurate thoughts about God…

Jobs thinking is flooded with the light of truth and he declares: “[You said to me] Who is this that darkens and obscures counsel [by words] without knowledge? Therefore [I now see] I have [rashly] uttered what I did not understand, things too wonderful for me, which I did not know.” (Job 42:3)

The plain fact was, as good as Job was, as blameless as he was, he had areas of his thinking that were stuck and needed to be unstuck. They needed to be renewed. They needed the weapon of God for the overthrow and destruction of strongholds.

Only God could do it for him, and only God can do it for us! You and I can not run a self-diagnostic to indicate such harmful thinking. You and I cannot self-diagnose or self-treat. But the Holy Spirit is very faithful to put His finger on problem areas! He guides us into all Truth, and He takes what is of Christ (His Truth) and He reveals, discloses, and transmits it to us! (Jn 16:13-14)

This means the Holy Spirit is not only showing us truth as information, but He is actually importing truth into our very spirit! The problem occurs when I am not open, teachable, or humble before God for such a learning experience and such a transformation. Enter then, the wreaking ball!

How many believers have you witnessed as being stuck. Maybe it concerns their doctrine – things that make them uncomfortable and they fear they will lose control.  Maybe it is their own pet-perspective, some cherished myth about God not based on truth. Whatever it is, you will be able to recognize it because this error will be revealed through their speaking. It will reveal the very local of the initial corruption, because out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks. (Lk 6:45). As a man thinks in his heart, so he is. (Prov 23:7) It is with your heart you first believed (Rom 10:10), and this is true for righteousness as well as retaining error. 

It is the corrupted heart that is hardened or insensible to God’s call. It is the hardened heart that persists in thinking that is adversarial to God’s truth.

Where your thinking and believing in your heart are not overturned by truth and the word of God, you will persist in error. Corruption will openly lodge in your heart, and your spirit will immediately reflect such a state. The dog turns back to his vomit. The sow has been washed only to wallow again.

This is the reason victory seems illusive in a believer’s life. This is why breakthrough seems unavailable.  But the shortcoming is not on God’s side, it is on ours. We have failed to have error overturned by truth. We have resisted and protected our own putrid thinking. Ultimately, we have regarded our own thoughts as superior to God’s truth: we have moved in idolatry maybe without even realizing it.

Are you a believer that has professed Christ for many years and yet, while you have read and studied the word of God, it has not been given freedom to know and study you? It has not been able to overturn favorite, protected ways of thinking? It has not been allowed to be light that pierces the darkness? Dog vomit.

Do you find yourself repeating the same confrontations, with the same arguments, and you are in the very same position you were years ago? Playing out the same exact struggles? No change? Dog vomit.

Beloved it does not need to be so. God is ready to disclose and unveil your personal error in thinking. But it requires your letting go, willingness to be found out, sacred tables to be overturned.

We must come before Him as a little child (humble, lowly, loving, and forgiving). We must repent ( change, turn about our thinking), or we can never enter the kingdom of God.

This year, make a change. Get off the Merry-Go-Round. Dis-engage the do-loop. Stop singing: “She’ll Be Comin Round the Mountain.” Trust Him enough to become like this little child. You have nothing to lose but the chains and bondage of dog vomit thinking.



“Show Me a denarius (a coin)! Whose image and inscription does it have? They answered, Caesar’s.  He said to them, Then render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” Lk 20:24-25 Amp

“[He has also appropriated and acknowledged us as His by] putting His seal upon us and giving us His [Holy] Spirit in our hearts as the security deposit and guarantee [of the fulfillment of His promise].” 2Cor 1:22

“And just as we have borne the image [of the man] of dust, so shall we and so let us bear the image [of the Man] of heaven.” 1Cor 15:49

“Set me like a seal upon your heart, like a seal upon your arm; for love is as strong as death, jealousy is as hard and cruel as Sheol (the place of the dead). Its flashes are the flashes of fire, a most vehement flame [the very flame of the Lord]!” SoS 8:6

Many commentaries and books about Song of Songs admit that a great difficulty in interpretation stems from not knowing exactly who is talking.  This difficulty becomes compounded when trying to apprehend the meaning behind Scriptures like Song of Songs 8:6 above.

The paramount question becomes: “Who is setting, and Whom is to be set?” I would like to take issue with the common rendering of most translations that imply the Schulammite or the Bride is speaking to her beloved Shepherd, and asking Him to set her like a seal upon His heart …and upon His arm.

Sentimentally, that would be something we would see in the world today. The one you love tattoos your name on his arm. It appears to be an indelible sign of his devotion… his never-ending love. Our hearts are touched by that. We like it.

But I believe there is much greater profit and purpose if we render the focus and flow differently, having the Beloved/Shepherd asking the Bride (Schulammite) to set Him like a seal upon her heart, like a seal upon her arm. Allow me to share why.

When the Bride applies the Beloved Lord like a seal to her heart and to her arm, it is a witness to the world – she is the Lord’s! The currency of her heart and life are forever engraved with His image!  And this is proper and appropriate, as we are to now forever bear the image of the Man of heaven.

It is also appropriate because we have the seal of the Holy Spirit upon our heart as a security deposit until the promise is fulfilled in eternity – that we will join Him.

But I believe there is an even greater reason and emphasis for embracing such a rendering… of having the Bride with the Lord’s seal upon her. Previously in Song of Songs (Chapter 4:12), the Beloved describes His promised Bride as a garden enclosed and barred, a spring shut up and a fountain sealed. This doesn’t just have to do with her devotion as being singularly the Lord’s, although that is part of it. It therefore does allude to keeping herself as consecrated to their future marriage. But it also speaks to the need that she, the Bride has currently to remain filled and abiding in His Spirit.

In Bob Sorge’s devotion, “Secrets of the Secret Place,” he unlocks the importance of shutting the door when you enter the secret place of God’s Presence (Mt 6:6). He explains that to get into the Lord’s Presence, you must shut the door.  Now, this is not the door to your study, nor is it blocking out this realm by shutting your eyes. Instead, I believe that it is closing the door to the tabernacle of your heart, the very Holy of Holies, where you are meeting with the Lord. Shutting the door allows you to fill up in the spirit of your heart with the substance of His Presence, with the very rarified air of the Kingdom of God.

The Lord has given me a metaphor to understand this… and it deals with ships entering the locks of the Panama Canal.  When a ship enters the lock, doors are closed which allow the water level to rise. The ship is then free to exit the lock and operate on a higher plain. I believe when we meet with the Lord and shut the door of our spirit, we too are filled and able to operate on a spiritual level otherwise impossible. It then becomes an issue of frequency and faithfulness in our meeting with the Lord, and shutting the door against dissipation of the spirit, that causes us to walk in life led by the Holy Spirit and to manifest the seal of the King’s signet ring, His seal emblazoned on our hearts and testifying of His strength operating in us.

If this expansion bears witness in your heart, take it into the Lord’s Presence with expectation. Shut the door when you come into the secret place, believing His desire is to meet with you and fill you! Come empty! Come hungry for Him! Come believing with all your heart that He wants you to be sealed with His signet ring as a testament that you are His!


“Establishing and strengthening the souls and the hearts of the disciples, urging and warning and encouraging them to stand firm in the faith, and [telling them] that it is through many hardships and tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.” Acts 14:22 Amp

“…For behold, the kingdom of God is within you [in your hearts] and among you [surrounding you]. Lk 17:21 Amp

“The entrance and unfolding of Your words give light; their unfolding gives understanding (discernment and comprehension) to the simple.” Ps 119:130 Amp

There is a truth so central to solving the mystery of how to enter the Kingdom …yet while in some ways so simple, one’s cursory glance will yield only confusion. Puzzles may need to be figured out, but this one the Holy Spirit untangles within you!

For me it started with being provoked to sit before the teaching of the Beatitudes. I was gripped by them, and I knew there was something there for me.  I had recently been teaching on the notion that “where your heart is there your treasure will be also.”  We had been looking at the importance of the Biblical heart.

But as I began meditating anew on the Amplified Bible’s rendering of Matthew Chapter 5 …something in the language struck me full in the face. It hit me in my place of deep deficiency. To clarify this I must quote just the first of the beatitudes:

“Blessed (happy, to be envied, and spiritually prosperous – with life joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation, regardless of their outward conditions) are the poor in spirit (the humble, who rate themselves insignificant), for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” Mt 5:3

I saw in this passage for the first time how much I lacked life joy and satisfaction in God’s favor and salvation. Explosion! I saw how in the midst of any onerous condition of life, I have readily available the state of being in joy because I possess God’s favor, and I should have satisfaction because I have been blessed with salvation.  But to experience this truth I had to learn to believe it, and to exalt it, in the midst of my situations! This truth is not just a “reason” for gladness, but it is the very reality of the constancy of Christ.

The more I sat before this truth, the more I saw something bigger, grander than I could ever imagine. In the very midst of every condition that we experience here on earth, God has breathed the reality of His kingdom so that in Him we can find life joy. In Him we can find satisfaction no matter what we are experiencing. In Him we find the very expression of the answer to the deepest needs we have.

Are you poor or broken – do you appear to lack this realm’s assets and thus seem insignificant in this world? – You have from God’s Kingdom ready to be appropriated, all that is needed to have joy in this moment, in this situation.

Are you in a place of mourning? Someone or something has died – The same is true for you as well…

And on and on through each … meek… hunger and thirst… merciful… etc.

Here is the point. Your current residence is this realm, on earth. You experience challenge every day: some small and irritating, some massive and devastating. But in the very midst of that challenge, what matters most is not what is assaulting you from life, but what is living and abiding in you as you go through the difficulty!

You must understand, you have the very real state and substance of God’s kingdom waiting to fill you and fortify you; to lift you up, and to carry you through the challenge in a manner that you shine with life joy and satisfaction in God’s provision for you. And it is through the active, living, agency of the Holy Spirit that this provision flows – through His Presence! He brings to bear, and reveals, and discloses, and transmits to us all that is Jesus’. (Jn 16:13-15)

So that while the appearance is that I am living in this moment in this world moving through its trying and sometimes terrifying terrain, the greater reality is that I can carry as a constant state the blessing of the kingdom and the Presence of God – in me and with me!

Now this you must hear: The Key to the door of the kingdom is this: to enter the kingdom, it must first enter you…. To enter the way of eternity, eternity must have first made a way in you.  Before I can dwell in the future place of the Kingdom, it must be already at work in me.

The beatitudes demonstrate this truth. I overcome my condition right here and right now on this earth through God’s provision and by keeping my heart and mind focused on the truth that I have His favor and blessing and salvation! These can trump and overcome any situation as surely as Meshach, Shadrack, and Abednigo overcame the flames of the furnace because Jesus was the fourth man in the furnace with them.

The evidence of the Kingdom in you is this: you have power and ability to have life joy and satisfaction in the midst of any trial, because you know that God is with you! And your victory is not just mentally overcoming with a good attitude, it is the substance of the kingdom having its way in you to bear you up! 

As you entertain this concept of the kingdom being available to you and able to keep you in a state of life joy and satisfaction with God’s provision, examine this concept as it applies to these teachings in the Bible:

– Mt 7:21-27 the house founded on the rock

– Mt 18:3 the child who I greatest in the kingdom

– Mt 23:13 pretenders and hypocrites

– Mt 25:1-12 the wise virgins

– Mt 25:14-29 the talents

– Heb 4:3-11 the Lord’s rest

– 2Pet 1:3-10 partakers of the divine nature

Without fail you will notice: Each time something is first given, and something is received, and that thing yields a crop of righteousness and blessing for the receiver…

May you recognize and embrace anew the fullest blessing of your salvation and life joy and satisfaction in this moment … whatever your situation.

The Favor of God be with you…