Kingdoms Clashing

Kingdoms…there are two.  In my previous post I spoke to you  about them.  The Kingdom of Light, of God, of Heaven, whose King is Jesus, and the kingdom of darkness, the world system, whose king is the fallen angel Lucifer, the adversary, the accuser, called satan and the devil.

“I do not believe in a God I cannot see.”  Two kingdoms, two roads and a choice.  Every human being will make a decision which kingdom they want to be in and which king they choose to follow.

A little girl was born, she was a preemie.  She spent many months in the hospital.  During that time her parents worried; they prayed and asked others to pray.  She survived and finally came home.

One day she and her parents were at a Little League baseball game where her brother was playing.  The little girl was playing with her dolls and some of the other children.

As the game progressed it became obvious that a storm was brewing and the coaches were talking about postponing  the game to a later date.  The parents called the little girl to come back sit by them.  “It smells like rain.”, they said.  She was playing with a doll and seemingly paying little attention to the conversation, so when she said, in an almost offhanded way, “It smells like Him.”, they were astonished.

When questioned about what she said, the little girl told her mother it smelled like God.  In those months when her life hung in the balance God held her close to Himself.

This is a true story.  I am sorry to say that I heard it so long ago that I cannot document it for you.

Every person is a spirit who came from God the Father.  Every person has a soul who lives in a body made of earth.  Ever been to a funeral and heard the words, “From dust you came to dust you will return.”?  We have an earth suit and when it dies the soul and spirit are released to the god/God whom it has served on earth.

God is the creator.  It is He who planned it all with purpose.  He has a purpose for every person.  I asked Him if He wanted children who are born of rape.  His response was that the means, though not His, the child conceived was His, came from Him and is loved by Him.  He wants them to live, come to know Him as an adult and have an abundant life.

A child is born.  He or she comes into the earth, a spirit from Our Father in Heaven, sent into the womb of a woman at the moment of conception.  I refer you to Psalm 139 for an example.  (The Bible is the instruction manual; I am amazed at how many who call themselves Christian do not read it or believe it is the Word of God.)

The child enters into the life cycle.  The world says you are born to die, God says you are born to live.  Two kingdoms.

As the child grows in his physical body the parents are charged with the responsibility to teach, correct and protect that child.  If they are believers in Jesus they will teach their children about God and bring them to the point of receiving Jesus into their lives.

There are different doctrines about that process, but what came from the mouth of Jesus as recorded in the gospel of John is, ” You must be born-again”.  I refer you to the Word of God.  John chapter three, Nicodemus, a religious leader who came to Jesus with the question, “We know that you are a teacher come from God, for no one can do miracles that you do unless God is with him.”  They could not refute the miracles that they saw.

Jesus, knowing the real issue, told Nicodemus that a person must be born of water (natural birth) and born of the Spirit of God (supernatural birth) to see the Kingdom of God.  In the original language of Hebrew the word “see” in this passage means “to perceive, notice, discern, discover, observe, examine, experience, to know”, to name a few.

The Kingdom of God is not discerned, discovered, observed, examined, experienced, or known by the natural mind.  You will not “see” it, you will not “get” it with your natural mind.

When you as a believing parent have done all you are charged to do with and for your children, knowing that you are not perfect, must rest in the fact that God loves your children more than you do, He is perfect and He is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that we can ask or even think.

When a child reaches a certain age, called the age of accountability by some in the church, he will come to the fork in the road where the road divides and he must chose which road he will go down.  Because of inexperience, perhaps rebellion or stubbornness, he may choose the broad, well-traveled road that leads to hell instead of the narrow road that leads to Heaven.  What are you as a parent and a believer to do?

“If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?  The Lord is in His holy temple, the Lord’s throne is in heaven; his eyes behold, his eyelids try, the children of men, the Lord tries the righteous.”  Psalm 11:3-4    “Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding.”  Proverbs 3:5

It may appear that the foundation that you laid for your child has been destroyed, but take heart, Acts 16:31 gives you scriptural ground for faith for your household.  Jeremiah the prophet spoke these words many years ago, but they hold true today as well:  “Your work will be rewarded, the Lord says, your children will return from the enemy’s land.  There is hope for your future, this is the Lord’s declaration:  Your children will return to their own country.”  Jeremiah 31:16-17

The kingdom of darkness has opened its mouth wide to devour godly seed.  The prophet Isaiah spoke these words:  “Shall the prey be taken from the mighty or the lawful captive be delivered?  Yes, says the Lord, even the captives of the mighty will be taken away, and the prey of the terrible be delivered.  For I will contend with him who contends with you and I will save your children.”  Isaiah 49:24-25  Numbers 23:19  “God is not a man, He does not lie.”  Believe God’s word!

The kingdoms are clashing as they have since the defeat of the adversary when Jesus rose in victory over death, hell and the grave, He has the keys.  He sat down when He got back home and began to intercede for the children, now He awaits the word of the Father as to the time for the judgement of all things.  He will return to earth a second time, not as the suffering Messiah, but as the “Conquering King”.

Stand, having done all stand on God’s word!  Pray, trust, rest, speak, act, follow Holy Spirits leading.  See Jeremiah 23:29 and Psalm 103:20 and Ephesians 6:12

My prayers go forth for you today as I post this; I believe for my household and I trust you do for yours.  When we are not faithful we can know that God is faithful.  May He bless you today with abundant life and peace is my prayer as you wait upon Him for the fulfillment of His promises.  Amen!

In Him,

Joy

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