0200 and all is well (still awake and alive on the Nightwatch)
Here’s a thought… what is the Kingdom of God?
Luke 17:21 Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
I’ve heard a lot of preaching that would indicate that the Kingdom of God consists of all of the businesses owned by christians, and all of the countries run by christians. While that is a very real aspect of the Kingdom of God, it isn’t the primary one. The main land that Christ is interested in isn’t physical real-estate, but rather the hearts of men (and women, of course). So what is it really to be in the kingdom of God? What is the kingdom of God?
The kingdom of God is the state in which God’s will and presence is manifest. When I open my heart up to the Lord, and ask Him to have His way in my life, the kingdom of God is being manifest within me, and I am walking around as an encapsulated bubble of the kingdom of God in a world that is completely anti-Christ and lying in the wicked one (I John 5:19).
Here’s the powerful thing: when those who have come under the authority and government of God begin to walk together in unity as a true expression of the body of Christ (and not just a bunch of unrelated people living separate lives and meeting once a week), the power of that expression of the Kingdom of God increases exponentially!
While the kingdom of heaven and the kingdom of God are the same concept, I believe that from the context of where the bible differentiates between the Kingdom of heaven and the Kingdom of God, that the Kingdom of heaven refers to the eventuality of God’s will being manifest in totality on the earth, while the Kingdom of God seems to refer to the will of God being manifest in men on the earth today.