Where Do You Live?

Are you rooted in the way the world thinks or do you live as a citizen of the Kingdom? Do you get your understanding of what is happening in the world from the media or from the Holy Spirit? Do you react to situations as they happen or do you affect situations beforehand through prayer?

We are living in a world that is swirling with hatred, anger, bitterness, and hopelessness. We can either receive all that the world offers and attempt to overcome it through faith, or we can begin to live in the Kingdom of God and walk in His perspective of events. As the Body of Christ, we must make the choice.

Our enemy is a master of the flesh. He knows how to bring forth emotions in response to circumstances. If we live as the world lives, we will be dealing with those emotions on a daily basis. As I write this I am speaking to myself as well. I have had moments when I wanted to throw something at the television set or  have found myself yelling at the person I was hearing on the radio in the car.

The Holy Spirit has been speaking to me very clearly lately. The world is only going to grow darker. If I allow myself to continue reacting to what I see and hear, I will only be mired deeper into its dark depths. I have heard His voice and I am asking Him to teach me how, as Dori Funck wrote, “to come up hither,”  to look down on the darkness and to speak forth the Words of our Father.

As the Body we all must begin learning this. It is one thing to preach of Kingdom and to expound upon the glory of God, but it is a very different matter to learn to walk in Kingdom principles daily. We cannot be overcomers if we simply struggle through each situation and endeavor to counteract the enemy with words of faith. In that scenario we will constantly be fighting a defensive battle.

We must learn as citizens of the Kingdom how to shape events on the earth. We must draw from the counsel of the Holy Spirit and take authority as He directs over situations and events on the earth. This means we cannot fill our minds and hearts with newscasts and social media.

Scripture says that “God raised us up with Christ and seated us with him in the heavenly realms in Christ Jesus.” If we truly believe that, then we should have His perspective on matters in this world. Living in the Kingdom means living in the Kingdom, not just visiting.

That means not just shooting a prayer heavenward in moments of crisis. It means sitting with Him and listening and learning. For some, it begins with even believing that is possible. We each must decide what that means for us.

For me it means to stop listening to man’s opinion on TV, radio, and in social media. It means beginning each day in His counsel, listening to His report. It means learning ahead of time what will be happening so I can act on His behalf, not react to circumstances. It means recognizing that we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. He has triumphed over all of them.

He is King of His Kingdom and as citizens of that Kingdom, we are in His service and represent Him everywhere on this earth. Rise up, Body, rise up above earthly reactions.  It is time to begin seeing the world from His perspective and begin walking in His power! No longer should we be children, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, in the cunning craftiness of deceitful plotting. We have been raised above all those works of the enemy. Holy Spirit, teach us to walk in Kingdom power!

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