Tuesday, November 30, 2010

What is the kingdom of God?

 Every kingdom has 4 basic components:(1) a ruler or rulers, (2) subjects, (3) a domain or area of rulership, and (4) laws. Gods kingdom is no different. It has a ruler, subjects, domain and laws.   
   However, because Gods kingdom is a revolutionary kind of kingdom, these 4 basic components take on unique aspects.
   To begin with, Gods kingdom has no erthly ruler, its ruler is Jesus Christ, who reigns from heaven. Earthly kingdoms periodically change rulers and policies. In contrast, Jesus is eternal, and His policies dont change." Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever"(Heb. 13:8).
   Who are the subjects of the kingdom of God? the Jews? No, Jesus told the jews quite pointedly, "I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it"(Mt. 21:43). Who was this nation to whom Jesus said He would give the kingdom? The Romans? The British? the Americans? NO....it was none of these for the Scriptures tell us, "There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave not free, there is neither male not female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. A d if you are Christs, then you are Abrahams seed, and heirs according to the promise"(Gal. 3:28, 29).
   So all of us who belong to Christ---all of us who are genuinely born again---we are the subjects of this kingdom. We have become the heirs of Gods promise, the citizens of His new nation. In writing to Gentile Christians of his day, Peter addressed them with the following words:"You are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclain the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy but now have obtained mercy"(1 Peter 2:9-11).
   So the subjects of Gods kingdom are called to be a holy nation, a kingdom of priests, just as the Israelites had been called(Exodus 19:5,6). However, the kingdom was taken from the Israelites and given to a nation that would produce the fruits of righteousness---the nation of born again believers.
   One unique aspect of the kingdom of God is that its subjects dont occupy a certain portion of the earth, like the subjects of other kingdoms. The citizens of Gods kingdom are interspersed among all nations of the world. This feature has caused continual conflict for the kigdom of God. Thats because its citizens always live under 2 diffferent kingdoms---a kingdom of the world and a kingdom of God.
   Jesus told the Samaritan woman, "The hour is coming when you will neither on this mountain, nor in Jerusalem, worship the Father"(John 4:210. Gods kingdom would have no earthly capital nor shrine.
   All of this was something beyond the experience of both the Jews and the Gentiles of Jesus' day. the kingdom of the Israelites had encompassed a specific grographic area. So had all of the kingdoms of man. The Israelites had always had a physical location where theur tabernacle or temple was placed. For a thousand years, that place had been Jerusalem. Every human kingdom has an earthly capital, but Gods kingdom does not.

More later..
Next, The Kingdom of God is within you....

Love to all who read...

Song of Solomen 3:4

"..I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go...."

Reflecting on "To Love Their Husbands"......
The physical union between a man and a woman is so beautiful, so otherworldly that God uses the intimate relationship to illustrate our relationship with him(Ephesians 22-33).
"This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the Church"(Ephesians 5:32).

Traits of a good helpmeet
   A good helpmeet glories in answering her husband needs.
   She learns to know his needs even before he is aware he has them.
   She empties her mind of the cares of this world so her body can respond to him with eagerness.

Traits of a wife who is in danger of disobeying the Word Of God
   Accuses her husband of lust toward her because he wants to be intimate more than she does.
   Accuses her husband of being insensitive when he needs to be intimate and she doesn't feel the desire.
   Excuses her lack of wanting to satisfy him intimately on the grounds that _________________...(You fill in the blank, the excuse list may be VERY long).

Make a new habit....
   Make a list of personal plans of how you are going to love your husband. Be sure you come up with lotsd of bright ideas. I would suggest at least one special date a week... Plan on different addition to your "birthday suit" each week......Have fun!!!!

Getting serious with God...
   The Song Of Solomen is the 22nd book of the Bible. It is a love song/play that was written by Solomen about his wooing and wedding of a shephard girl.      
   All 8 chapters tell the story of longing for the lover, finding the lover and what the lovers did when they were together. Most writers find a need to turn the passage into a spiritual picture of Christs love for the Church.  I certainly believe that old Solomen was thinking of the sexual expression of his love for her when he wrote it, and I think the same when I read it. What do you think? As you read "God's" novel aboaut the intimate relationship, ask yourself if you feel toward your husband the same hunger as the shepherd girl did for her lover. Make a written list of things you are goint to do that will start a "change" reaction in your actions. Your feelings will follow suit.

Several good reasons to be Sexy for your man.......
   It's fun!
   Its healthy...several studies prove regular         intimacy makes a person healthier.
   It provokes a msn to appreciate you.
   It causes Him to feel good about himself.
   It mellows a woman out and helps keep her hormones balanced.
   It safeguards your husband from wily, sinful women trying to mar his intregrity.
   Children benefit from having a mother and daddy who are terribly in love.  
   It is intended by God  to be an earthly example of divine worship and intimacy.
   Makes sweet babies........   :)

Until later,,,,,,

Love to all who read.....

Sticky keyboard...LOL!? :)

Good day all who read ..a few weeks ago my grandson was eating a "otter pop" above my keyboard when suddenly it dripped, right on my keyboard :)     ...welllllllll............now it is sticky and my keys wont hardly come back up when pushed....it seems to be melting over to the next key and that is my space bar,,,,,,,,,soooo that is why posting today, instead of yesterday.... it will take me way longer now, but, I will try....

Love to all who read....