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Kingdom Sons of God

In It For The ‘Whatever’

Jesus said something unpopular one time (as he was often wont to do during his earthly ministry; he was very good at sabotaging his own Messiahship.)

Here’s what happened:

After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life…
John 6:66-68 ESV

“To whom shall we go?’ is a very useful question to ask.

Many people have adopted this answer by default: “Simple! I will find teachers that I like better!”

(They will not admit this is true, but this is what happens.)

Others respond, “I will go to nobody! I am my own man/woman! I will decide my own course!”

…and then proceed to do so.

Others go directly to the Source (Spirit inside), and say, “I do not understand this. Will you explain it to me?”

…and then wait for the answer.

Sometimes the answer will be pleasant. “Ah, that’s what it means! Thank you, Comforter.”

Sometimes the answer will be unpleasant: “That cannot be what it means! Shut up, Counselor!”

…and then later on, the conversation goes:

“Papa?”

“Yes, child?”

“Is this really what it means?”

“Yes, dear one.”

“Okay.”

…and life goes on.

This is the way of hearing from Spirit.

It is the way of humility.

Few are willing to walk this path.


It can be a profoundly lonely thing, when one hears from God, unmistakably, and what they say, is unacceptable to those around them.

Sometimes you will say what Spirit has revealed, and you will find new friends who accept what you say, believe the same things (because Spirit has revealed it to them as well), and you find a new family.

Other times, you may be told something that seems like madness to you, and to others, and there is no wise counsel to appeal to, because nobody understands.

It is in those times where you have to make a decision:

Do I stay in the fire, and allow God to continue to burn out the dross—the need to have others affirm my path?

Or do I compromise, and say, “I will go back to the camp and submit to the leaders.”


There are some times where you make the right decision. You strike out like Abraham, headed for parts unknown.

Those who do this, and survive in the wilderness, and survive, and up changing the world forever.

There are others who say, “this is too uncomfortable. I wish for a good life for me and for my family.”

…and then they return to the camp.


We cannot become like Abrahams (and Sarahs)
on our own.

Self-effort will do you no good in the wilderness. You and yours will perish there, or yours will leave you, if you try to do it without the explicit, unmistakable calling of Spirit.

(This part is directed specifically at men. Women, please substitute your gender in accordingly.)

Any man who says, “I will back off of this plan for the sake of my wife and family,” does a good thing.

God will never argue you down from that plan.

He will continue to provide for you and yours, and take care of you, wherever you are, for the rest of your life.

He will honor you forever, for taking care of yours. Being a husband and father is one of the most noble callings there is.

But there is sometimes a higher calling, one which husband and wife go towards, together, with their children.


Being a patriarch is hard work. It requires husband and wife to work together closely, and raise their children in unpredictable circumstances.

Often the patriarch and matriarch do not understand what is going on.

They are being prepared for greatness, unaware.

That is what the wilderness is for.


You probably will not go to a literal desert to be purified. It is not needed. God can create a metaphorical ‘desert’ in the middle of the rain forest, or downtown Manhattan, or in the corn fields of Kansas, for you.

If you say, “God, I am in it for the ‘whatever’,” and then say, “I will do whatever you wish,” you do well.

Just prepare for what he says.


Sometimes it will be extremely enjoyable. Taste and see that the Lord is good. He is very good. If you are not tasting His goodness, keep on asking until you do. (Tip: You are looking for New Wine.)

Sometimes it will be extremely uncomfortable. That means you are in the fire. Fire is extremely unpleasant. It is also necessary. ‘Fuller’s soap and refiner’s fire’ are not pleasant concepts.


Both fire and wine are necessary, to grow up in the faith.

You may choose only one or the other, and God will absolutely honor your choice.

Choose fire only, and you will burn out, and burn out others.

Choose wine only, and you will likely wonder why your life is going nowhere.

Both are needed.


Who will ask God for the ‘whatever’, and then follow through with what he tells you next?

I would like to meet you.

This is the way of the sons of God.

Peace.

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Authority Kingdom

Hypotheticals

Hypothetical situations are a blast, man.

I mean, just this morning, I led an army of unicorn soldiers to conquer the Candy Cane Kingdom. They installed me as their rightful Emperor and it was free candy for everyone, and we lived happily ever after.

blip! Back to reality.

So yeah, this morning, someone also engaged me in a hypothetical situation.

This one wasn’t so fun.

I mean, sure, playing ‘what if’ is a lot of fun, if you’re using those powers for good.

Both Martin Luther King, Jr. and Hitler used their ‘what if’ powers, and both changed the world irrevocably, one for good and the other for evil.

‘What if?’ is a powerful question, IF USED FOR GOOD.

When I was growing up, I played ‘Ghostbusters’ with my friends at least once. It was fun, and we had a blast. Sure, we nearly completely ripped off the plot to the first movie, but it was fun enough to keep us occupied during at least one recess period.

What happened when someone didn’t want to play a game you didn’t want to play?

You just said, ‘nah, I don’t want to play that game’ and worked it out from there.



The problem with hypothetical situations is that adults love to play the same games, too. They just won’t admit that it’s a game.

And adults (especially Christians, for some reason) love to play the game with an extra added element of, ‘What if God didn’t exist?’

I’ve been offered to play the ‘what if?’ game several times. It almost always plays out like this:

‘What if an attacker is holding your family captive with a knife/gun/pool noodle, and you don’t have a gun? What are you gonna do then, hotshot?’

I always say, ‘nah, I don’t want to play that game.’

Sorry. My Kingdom doesn’t work that way.

God doesn’t work on hypotheticals. Something is, or it isn’t.

We are kings. We declare a thing, and it happens.

If it doesn’t happen exactly according to our dictated plan, it’s not a huge deal, because God works through fallible people.

So what happens?

It ultimately works out, and it always turns out better than we anticipated.

Always.



If you are worried about this, or calling BS on me, it’s because you don’t understand authority.

It’s not a huge deal, most Christians don’t understand authority either. I’m fairly new to this thing, too. I’m learning. Spirit, and angelic protection, and good friends, are there to provide a ‘safety net’ while we learn to understand authority.

God’s not going to ask me to cast a zillion demons out of Africa tomorrow. I wouldn’t have the first clue what to do with that, and he knows that.

How much authority do we have in Christ?

Well, how much authority does Christ have?

‘You mean we have the same authority as Christ?’

Of course!

We are one with Him, are we not? Joint heirs? Co-seated with Him and in Him, on the throne of Heaven?

God’s words created everything, right?

We’re made in God’s image, yeah?

Jesus said ‘you are gods’, and did not take it back. Am I right, or am I right?

So, therefore, we create with our words too.

We frame up our world.

Here’s how it plays out, when we understand authority:

We declare what’s what, and if it doesn’t happen the way we declare it, God will send better friends to help, or angel armies, or mosquitoes with water guns, or anything else in all creation, to make it happen.

It all works out.

Every time.



At some point, we’ve got to stop playing the children’s games, and decide: am I really going to believe this stuff, or not?

Look: you can spin your wheels all you want. You are gods, you can distract yourself with entertainment or pointless arguments all day long.

I’m 41 years old. If I don’t do something now with my life, the sand in the hourglass, statistically speaking, is over halfway through (unless I figure out immortality, in which case, your great-great-grandkids are gonna have a riot of a time trying to argue me down).

I’ve been itching to be free from religious jail forever.

Now that I’m free, I just don’t have the time to play games.

You can play the ‘what if?’ game all you want. You’re the gods. You steer your own boats. Feel free.

Just don’t try to play those games with me. The Kingdom doesn’t work that way, and I don’t have any time to waste.

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Kingdom Love Presence

What If I Wasn’t Afraid?

sammie-vasquez-549428-unsplashThis week has really had the theme of ‘perfect love casts out fear’, as my recent post mentioned. I could be a case study with regards to how God’s love ‘turns fear out of doors and expels every trace of terror’ (1 John 4:18 AMPC), as, for some reason, fear has been a dominating factor in my life for years and years.

Though a lot of my Big Fears have been taken care of through experience with God being faithful (fears such as dying early, or Really Bad Things happening to my kids), a lot of little niggling fears have plagued my life and stolen my joy for far too long.

Most often, the fear of man has been the ‘joy thief’. What will this person say? What did his/her facial expression mean? What does my boss think of me? Am I in danger of getting fired? Am I in trouble? The list goes on and on. You name a fear, I’ve probably dealt with it in one form or another.

Recently, Holy Spirit has been dealing with me to deal with ‘the little foxes that ruin the vineyards’ (SoS 2:15). In this case, the ‘little fears’ are what is messing up the vineyard of my heart–the Secret Place where I meet with God inside. These ‘little foxes’ distract me from the presence of God and cause me to focus on things that will never happen, or really don’t matter.

So what can be done about the little fears–not the Big Fears that keep you awake at night, but the little ones that pester you like sand gnats on the beach?

Yesterday, the question came to me,

“What if I wasn’t afraid of that?”

This clicked in my spirit.

I asked the question over and over. Someone looked at me funny: “What if I wasn’t afraid of them?” Passing people in the hall: “What if I wasn’t afraid of them?” Someone says ‘hi’ on the elevator: “What if I wasn’t afraid of them?”

And on it went.

And you know what? It’s helping. I’m realizing that I don’t have to be afraid of anything or anyone. That’s important. It helps me become more bold and less timid, something that looks great at work or anywhere.

Fearless ambassadors of Christ–that’s what the world needs.

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Kingdom

Here, Now

The Good News is far better than, ‘intellectually assent to a certain list of ideas and you will go to a wonderful place when your body dies’.

It’s the news that heaven is here…on Earth, right now.

It’s the news that you are redeemed, sanctified, glorified, made holy…right now.

You don’t have to wait until you die to experience God, to experience Heaven. You can have that experience right here, right now, right where you’re sitting or standing or walking or running.