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The Mystery-The Kingdom of God Is Within You

  • In this piece, I'm going to tie two verses together and reveal something few have seen in scriptures. 

    Jesus came as the son of man, in fact, he even called Himself the Son of man while referring to God as his Father. 
    Which would be genetically correct.

    Jesus, just as we struggled with pride, being tempted to resort to his own abilities, and prematurely displaying his own glory, rather than allowing God to exalt him.

    Jesus's Temptation in the wilderness after 40 days of fasting, revealed the natural mind was still present in Jesus. I'm going to bypass the hyperbole here on an actual being called satan, and state straightforward that Jesus was tempted at his lowest point, by his own carnal natural and willful mind. Jesus was a Jew, whose Torah taught that satan and devil were not nouns, but rather adjectives and verbs of adversity, accusations, and judgment.

    Jesus was in a state of severe starvation and possibly dehydration, along with mental delusion. Jesus's own natural mind took this opportunity to persuade him to enact upon the powers given Him, versus trusting his Father to sustain and provide for him. Jesus emulated total reliance on the father. Jesus was not here to bring glory to himself, rather glory to the Father. To invoke his own power in any of the temptations would be yielding to the pride of the carnal man.

    Jesus was tempted at that point to bypass the coming torture and crucifixion, by declaring, exalting and glorifying himself as supreme. "Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. “All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.” Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.’"
    If Jesus had surrendered to the temptation of pride, he would have immediately and totally destroyed the purpose of his presence with us.
    He would have demonstrated that our journey in the garden of Eden would have been impossible even for the Son of God.

    If Jesus had tried to power through this trial and Temptation on his own strength, will, and determination, he would have failed. Because this is the course and answer of the natural mind. Jesus resisted all attempts to bring attention to himself, rather he focused on glorifying the Father. He honored His Father. Immediately after Jesus was raised from the dead, God honored and glorified Jesus in an extravagant ceremony. 

    Centuries before Daniel described this incredible event that Jesus, instead of giving himself Dominion and Kingship, God now granted and favorably endowed him with everything: "In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, a coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed." Daniel 7:13:14.

    Jesus knew this was going to be the end result, the carnal mind often tells us prematurely to latch onto and take a hold what is ours. But the spirit says wait, be patient and allow God to exalt you in his due time, and not yours. This is one falsehood of doctrines like the " Prosperity Doctrine", in which we attempt to manipulate and distort scripture for our own benefit. Jesus called it tempting God. God promises to supply our needs if we are willing to wait patiently on him.

    How do we know the difference? By embracing our Oneness with our Father, and realizing our direct and sustained connection in unison with God.
    The Kingdom of God is within us. This is the secret Jesus lived, died and was resurrected by.

    Luke 17:20-21 Now having been questioned by the Pharisees as to when the kingdom of God was coming, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God is not coming with signs to be observed; 21 nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or, ‘There it is!’ For behold, the kingdom of God is in your midst.”

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