The upside down Kingdom.
It’s a long road back to recalling what the kingdom principle unlocks and releases.
Scripturally it arises throughout the Bible constantly that what appears to be the opposite to the natural is impulse is the narrow way back to redemption.
In this time and the circumstances we witness in each other and in Nations.
It is more true than ever for us to honour.
Be those who value, encourage and bear witness towards mercy, forgiveness and turning the other cheek.
We undoubtedly reap what we sow.
We undoubtedly can turn things on their heads with the divine insight of righteousness.
We undoubtedly can turn things away from favour if we resist biblical principles .
We undoubtedly can restore favour if we perceive and practice the kingdom teaching.
The practice of unbiblical nonsense has brought about the chaos and anarchy we sadly have media access to witness even when we ourselves are not the perpetrators.
What we see happen today arises out of our history and what we do today gives rise to the actions we will witness in our next generations tomorrow.
Scripturally we have clearly been instructed to look after our widows, immigrants, poor marginalised and sick.
Scripturally we have clearly been guided to repent and ask forgiveness for failures, to forgive others, to turn the other cheek, to walk the extra mile, to give more than is asked of us, to guard out tongue from cursing but to bless and to love our enemies.
God has grace to restore and empower what the enemy has stolen and disempowered.
“Restore what the locusts have eaten”
He wants to establish Godly power and authority multigenerational through His prophets priests and kings.
Our actions and words today shape our future.
Our tongue can curse and cause much harm if not tamed and controlled.
What was sown yesterday we will reap today.
What we sow today will be reaped in the future.
If we sow criticism and resentment we will reap opinionated and judgemental.
If we sow with self pride we will reap destruction and downfall.
If we sow with selfish ambition we reap collaborate relational chaos.
If we sow with hatred we will reap fearful.
If we sow with suspicion we will reap with judgemental.
Our cry for revival and a move of God will be suppressed by the hate, incendiary and destruction wreaked.
We mobilise the kingdom by abiding in its values of grasping hold of love, mercy, forgiveness, repentance.
To be willing to back down and give up ground.
To say sorry even at our own expense knowing it was not resulting from us but we desire to share the blame and lift away som of the weight from the others shoulders.
To give the other cheek instead of retaliation.
To forgive and forget.
To not point and blame only.
To honour and not complain.
To acknowledge we have been resistant.
To bless our enemies and those cursing us.
To pray for God’s sight to see solutions when none appear visible to us.
God will be willing and able, in our faithfulness, to move His hand.
The enemy spirit will be slain and Jesus walk triumphantly towards us.
Make way, make way for the King.
Hosanna in the highest.
The illustration shows the stereotypical face of wisdom with a hand over the mouth aghast at the world and it’s corruption.
Hand over mouth hushing words spoken outside of those spoken within the kingdom.
Hand over the mouth to silence that which will not reap well in the next generation. Enabling the light to shine through the darkness.
Four Scriptures that come to mind:
“The threshing floors shall be full of grain; the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. I will restore to you the years that the swarming locust has eaten, the hopper, the destroyer, and the cutter, my great army, which I sent among you.”Joel 2:24-25 ESV
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard and seen in me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.”Philippians 4:8-9 ESV
“but no human being can tame the tongue. It is a restless evil, full of deadly poison. With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse people who are made in the likeness of God. James3:8-9 ESV
This is not the wisdom that comes down from above, but is earthly, unspiritual, demonic.”James 3:15 ESV
The song. Stand As One. Sandra McCracken