“And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you,’” (Luke 10:9).
Once I became a child of God, I can trace any times of anguish to my unbelief. To not simply taking Him for His Word.
Thus, I made myself into a punching bag for my OWN unbelief.
In the past, there were times where I wept and sobbed myself sick when I desperately needed provision for me and my son and couldn’t figure out how it would all work out. The Lord heard my cries for help for us and came through every time.
All that anguish was unnecessary. The Word says He supplies all our needs according to His riches and glory, and my part is to pray and “only believe.”
- You can read this testimony where my faith was in a much better place and the Lord came through miraculously, exceedingly and abundantly: Odds against you? The Lord says, “My Child, what odds?”: A Powerful Testimony
On that note, I will say, yes, of course, we are not unfeeling, we are human. And when say, my child has suffered, I felt every bit of his suffering and anguish with him. But in it, the Lord strengthened me to rise up in faith, stand firm on His Word, and enter into His peace about it, and believe Him for His promises regarding it. He didn’t want me living in the land of anguish and grief. The joy of the Lord is our strength.
Now, Onto the Latest Way the Lord is Blowing My Mind in His Word: The Kingdom of God
You know when you’re reading the Word and talking to the Lord about it as you read, and you know He’s strongly highlighting a verse or theme to you? Well, that’s what He’s doing with “the Kingdom of God.”
And what’s funny is that the Lord also reminded me how we, His children, complicate what He made simple in His Word with all our figuring out and unwillingness to humble ourselves as little children and only believe.
Here’s the lead verse again…
Jesus said to His disciples, “And heal the sick there, and say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you,’” (Luke 10:9). Anywhere they went, the Lord considered it to be where His kingdom also went.
I can almost hear Jesus saying to me as He did to His disciples, “Are you still so dull?” (Matthew 15:16). *made me snort with laughter* *not offended at all with my sarcastic bent.* It’s so very simple, and we can be so very slow. We’re the ones who complicate His Word with our overthinking and figuring. Thank You for Your great patience with me.
So, Lord, as Your child, I carry the kingdom of God with me everywhere I go. And everywhere I go, since Your kingdom lives inside me, then it’s MY calling to be living water to those around me. And Your kingdom runs by faith, so I need that too. Only believe. Got it!
It’s on me as Your kingdom carrier. It’s not all on You, Lord. I need to partner with You as Your co-laborer, stay fully surrendered, in faith, and Spirit-led, so Your kingdom flows through me to others. “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water,” (John 7:38)
Then He brought these verses to my remembrance. And. Had. Me. Weeping.
“And it shall be that every living thing that moves, wherever the rivers go, will live. There will be a very great multitude of fish, because these waters go there; for they will be healed, and everything will live wherever the river goes. It shall be that fishermen will stand by it from En Gedi to En Eglaim; they will be places for spreading their nets. Their fish will be of the same kinds as the fish of the Great Sea, exceedingly many,” (Ezekiel 47:9-10).
“Then He (Jesus) said to them, ‘Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men,’” (Matthew 4:19).
As carriers of the Kingdom of God wherever we go, His rivers of living water also go. And what did He say happens when the kingdom of God, inside us, is near? People are healed and set free.
And wherever we, “the rivers,” go and do what we are called to do, there will be a “great multitude of fish.” Those we’ve caught for the kingdom of God. And we know, on purpose, to confirm His Word in Ezekiel, the first disciples called were fishermen to be fishers of men. *sobbing*
Jesus!!! You. Are. Slaying. Me. (In the best possible way of course). Hallelujah to the Lamb of God!
I also recently heard Him say His children need to “get their acts together.”
And it came to me later, by His Spirit, that it was also a play on words. Acts – like the book of Acts. We need to get our “Acts” together.
We are called to co-labor with Him to set the captives free. Matthew 10:8 says, “Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.” Often, God’s children beg Him to do what He gave us to do in His name.
More verses on the Kingdom of God
“He sent them to preach the kingdom of God and to heal the sick,” (Luke 9:2). His disciples carried His kingdom and brought it to the people.
“But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, surely the kingdom of God has come upon you,” (Matthew 12:28).
“The kingdom of God is within you,” (Luke 17:21).
O Father, we have been a disobedient people who haven’t taken You for Your Word for the most part. Thank You for Your mercy and patience with us. Help us, Lord. Drive out the demonic spirits of unbelief in the church that we may get our “Acts” together and show Your love, salvation, mercy, healing, and deliverance to a lost and hurting world. That we may catch and heal in Your name a multitude of fish for You in Jesus’ name, amen.
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