We heard an awesome testimony yesterday from an Alabama man who had suffered from a rapidly progressing form of Parkinson's Disease and severe diabetes. When he was at his lowest point and the diseases were killing him, he began to study about Kingdom Living. He made the point that, although he had gone to seminary and spent many years in ministry, his idea of the Kingdom was where we'll go someday...life after we cross the Jordan...Heaven. God began to show him that the Kingdom that Jesus spent so much time teaching about was not the "sweet by and by," but was instead here and now.
What a revelation that turned out to be. He spent a lot of time studying the passage in Matthew 6 that we have come to know as The Lord's Prayer. (In reality, it's our prayer...Jesus prayed it to teach us how to pray.) What this man realized was that when Jesus said "...your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven," it meant that we should pray that God's will be manifested in our lives RIGHT NOW just like it will be when we get to Heaven. So, this is the way he prayed. God touched him and he was instantaneously healed. From shuffling painfully with a cane, or sitting in a wheelchair, to running and praising God, totally pain-free, this man is a walking miracle!
Do we really believe that God is still in the miracle-making business? Do you doubt that this is true? It is verified not only by the man's family who had witnessed him being consumed by the diseases, but by his whole church as well.
I do not claim to understand all there is to know about Kingdom Living...in fact, I understand enough to know that what I do understand is only a tip of the iceberg...but I desire to know. I am praying that God will give me a revelation of this truth and help me to experience Kingdom Living while here on earth. Heaven will be wonderful, but I want a taste of it now, and I believe that if Jesus didn't intend for us to experience it, then he would not have spent so much time talking about it. Kingdom Living is the abundant life that Jesus came to give (see John 10:10).
I fear that out of ignorance, many of us are living a life of defeat when something much better is available to us. I do not believe that God wants His children to wander around clueless. Join with me in praying for God's will to be here and now...on earth as it already is in Heaven...and that He will open our eyes to this great truth. If you dare.