The Kingdom of Heaven (17 Nov 2016)
Insights - Mar 30, 2021 Author: Jeanette Green

The Kingdom of Heaven (17 Nov 2016)

One morning, I prayed, “Lord, please show me an image of heaven.”
A vision, of Jesus, hanging on a cross flashed before my eyes. And then, understanding dawned in my heart.
Heaven is a kingdom ruled by a King who loves his people so much, that He goes  'under cover', and becomes one of them, to save them from destruction. He can fully understand their struggles and their pain. This King serves his people and places himself last.

The King sets the same standard for all who want to live in Heaven. When someone applies for citizenship, he/she is tested and trained in the values of the kingdom. When he/she perseveres through all the tests and training, he/she receives citizenship and is adopted into the family of God.
We can only enter into the Kingdom of Heaven when we become like little children. Little children accept their lives; it is all they know. They don't make their own plans, they are completely dependent on their parents. So, to enter Heaven, we must submit to God’s guidance and authority, and in full dependence, recognize Him as our Father.

When we reach a place of deep contentment with God's plan for us, we unlock his power in our lives. Like small children, we are disciplined a lot and have little freedom. As we mature, we grow in wisdom, and as we submit to the Lord's authority, we need less frequent disciplining. When we come of age, we become representatives of Heaven, bearing Jesus' name, and his authority rests on us.
As we enter the Kingdom of Heaven, we have total peace. We know our Dad is King over everything, and able to do all things. He offered up himself to save us, how will He withhold any good thing from us? He will surely provide, protect, and guide us.

 
Scripture:
For God's Kingdom is not a matter of eating and drinking, but of the righteousness, peace, and joy which the Holy Spirit gives. (Rom 14:17)
 
Jesus said, "My kingdom does not belong to this world; if my kingdom belonged to this world, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish authorities. No, my kingdom does not belong here!"
(Joh 18:36)

Some Pharisees asked Jesus when the Kingdom of God would come. His answer was, "The Kingdom of God does not come in such a way as to be seen. No one will say, 'Look, here it is!' or, 'There it is!'; because the Kingdom of God is within you." (Luk 17:20-21)

For we fix our attention, not on things that are seen, but on things that are unseen. What can be seen lasts only for a time, but what cannot be seen lasts forever.
(2Co 4:18)
 
Matthew 13
The parable of the sower, parable of the weeds, parable of the mustard seed, parable of the leaven, parable of hidden treasure, parable of the pearl of great value, parable of the net.
Then the disciples came to Jesus and asked him, "Why do you use parables when you talk to the people?" Jesus answered, "The knowledge about the secrets of the Kingdom of heaven has been given to you, but not to them.
 (Mat 13:10-11)

 
Prayer:
Father God, I pray that You will give us a clear picture of the Kingdom of Heaven to hold in our minds and hearts. And help us to become like little children, fully trusting in our Father. Help us to yield to Your discipline, and to mature in our faith. We look forward to the day when we will come of age.

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