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Quote seen on a meme: "There is no need to go abroad to attain the kingdom of heaven, nor cross the sea in search of virtue: as the Lord has already told us, the kingdom of God is within you." (Attributed in the meme to St. Antony of Egypt.)
The "Kingdom of God" these days is misconstrued to be the human spirit inside anyone, Christian or non Christian, or the "inner light” as it is sometimes called. As if that - unregenerated by the Holy Spirit which must enliven it - has any wisdom in itself! It's essentially Humanism. That's where this "you are god" idea comes from, as well as the idea that "we are all one." (Synchretism.) Or "There's only one being, and you are that." (Solipsism.)
So, what's entered the thinking of all too much of Christendom today is a philosophical cocktail which, when imbibed spiritually speaking, keeps people outside the Kingdom of God. This is the adversary who comes to rob, steal, and kill.
This "Cocktail" is not what Scripture teaches, but more and more it's being promoted in just about every denomination and religion. This is what happens when the whole counsel of Scripture gets kicked to the curb, and we start relying on tradition, philosophy, and the doctrines of men. Or elevating one man as the mouthpiece of Christ on Earth, and that without any background checks on him to see where he's actually coming from. (Another story for another day.)
But the fact is, that not everyone is part of the Kingdom of God, because not everyone has received Christ. They therefore have not the Spirit of Christ. That's the bad news.
The good news is - that can change by surrendering your life and the entirety of our being to Jesus Christ and continuing to do so. For "... as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.” John 1:12,13.
"You, however, are controlled not by the flesh, but by the Spirit, IF the Spirit of God lives in you. And IF anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, he does not belong to Christ." Romans 8:9. If…!
This is a serious warning. But then it's serious business where you'd like to spend eternity.
The kingdom "within" can also be translated in the verse referred to by the meme (Luke 17:21) as "among you" or "in your midst".
The quotation included in the meme is taken out of context to make it look "inclusive" of multiple faiths not in agreement with the Christian Gospel of Jesus Christ as Savior and Lord as the only Way to God. It's certainly politically correct, but not spiritually so. If it were, there'd be no need for the Savior or the outpouring of the Holy Spirit.
Since many have been led to believe there is no need - a sort of “I’m OK; you’re OK” as you are - then there is no asking, seeking, or knocking - in order to be filled with the Holy Spirit.
That inclusive perspective certainly was not intended by the ancient Church Fathers, one of whom is allegedly quoted here (St. Antony of Egypt) who knew the dangers of twisting Scriptural Truth to mean what you want it to say. And that is exactly what's happening in our times.
The Church Father's were anything but "inclusive". This statement is therefore not addressed to everybody, but rather to those who did have the Spirit of Christ within them, and who were serious and resolute about going on into mature sonship in Christ, but also needed the reminder that it was not by religious works, pilgrimages, and rigors that we are saved.
Instead it is in repentance that we turn away from self mistaken for God, and toward the power of the Holy Spirit given to those who love Him as He comes to dwell within them.
This article addresses a popular concept that has crept into the thinking of a lot of people who sojourn under the banner of Christendom. It may seem surprising, but it needs to be addressed. It's this idea that I am the captain of my soul, and I can determine my future, and I am this, I am that, and I will do this, that, and the other thing, and no one is going to tell me otherwise. Because I say so, what I declare goes and it will happen. I will make it happen. All under the guise of "positive thinking."
You will? Let me know how that goes for you.
Reason I'm bringing this up? Been there, done that. It comes straight out of New Age / New Thought. This is not Christianity. Not a good idea. It may work for awhile, but sooner or later your mojo is going to fail you, since it's outside the purposes of God. And you will wonder what hit you.
Sound familiar? Ring any bells? Maybe this will help jog the memory, from Isaiah 14:13-15. It's God’s word through Isaiah His messenger (prophet) to the king of Babylon, whose driving force and motivation behind the throne was Lucifer himself. They were essentially one! "You said in your heart: 'I will ascend to the heavens; I will raise my throne above the stars of God. I will sit on the mount of assembly, in the far reaches of the north. I will ascend above the tops of the clouds; I will make myself like the Most High.' But you will be brought down to Sheol to the far reaches of the Pit."
It seems that the Lord is still in charge, and He isn't especially impressed with the "I wills".
Basically you’re playing God, yet calling yourself a Christian. Surprise. Your fallen ego self is your god, not Jesus Christ. And Lucifer doesn't care who you worship, especially without realizing it - because no one bothered to teach you the difference or what to look out for. Or maybe you didn’t want to hear it anyway. If you call Jesus Lord, then there cannot be two kings on the throne. Who's in charge - Jesus or you? No way around it.
This “I will” attitude is just plain old fashioned witchcraft, and nothing less. It's become quite popular in the "church" - among those who attend a brick and mortar and also those who don't. Sometimes it's even disguised in their "mission statement." It's become so engrained in our pop culture infested churches that discernment is completely lacking when it comes to this sort of thing. It's seems pretty subtle, until you can see it for what it is.
Here's an example from the book of James, just in case you think that your idea really is something new under the sun, and you're feeling awfully good about yourself.
"Come now, you who say, 'Today or tomorrow we will go to such and such a city, and spend a year there and engage in business and make a profit.' Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away. Instead, you ought to say, 'If the Lord wills, we will live and also do this or that.' But as it is, you boast in your arrogance; all such boasting is evil..." From James 4:13-16.
It’s a good idea to read the whole chapter, since its context addresses friendship with the world, which the Apostle plainly calls hostility toward God! The idea is, you’re either in or you’re out. And that is not the kind of Christianity we’re used to hearing about. But it is the Bible kind. Maybe we should read it and heed it. All of it.
Yes, if the Lord wills! That is humility and it is precious in the eyes of God, because it reflects the likeness of Jesus Christ, Who did the Father’s will by coming into this world to redeem and restore us - His way. Remember His prayer in Gethsemane? “Not My will, but Your will be done.”
Paul reinforces this when he directs us, “Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, existing in the form of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a servant…” Philippians 2:4-7.
But the "I wills"? Well, we know whose image that reflects.
So once you can see this, there's a choice to be made. It's either Jesus as Lord or, frankly, you’re partnered up with the devil. What's it going to be?
And as for the brick and mortars with their "We will" mission statements, are you working for Jesus, or does your eye gaze at becoming some globalist corporate megachurch that sells people-pleasing religion, with expansionist ambitions? Please visit Acts 16:6-9, for how Jesus plants churches.
Maybe the answer is more Holy Spirit led prayer meetings and fasting, instead of flesh led board meetings and feasting. It’s time we learned how to listen!
Was Tolkien trying to reveal something about absolute power in his epic writings, The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit? Something maybe even predictive about where the world is headed many years later?
While I really appreciated the books a lot more than the Hollywood rendition, in both cases the story line reveals something about what the ring unmistakably symbolized - absolute power, how intoxicating it is, how alluring, and how it possesses the wearer in progressive stages, a little more and a little more every time he makes use of it. Until it ruins him, as in the case of Gollum who could not do without his “Precious.”
Thus the only sensible solution is to destroy it.
I recently watched the movie series again, and there was no mistaking the lesson, as to how destructive the pursuit of riches and power really is, especially absolute power. The ring’s dark inscription was “one ring to rule them all.”
One might ask, is not the current “power” direction essentially one first of all of deceit via much propaganda? Consequently, it may be said, “One ring to fool them all, before we rule them all.” Are we seeing a convergence of many major world powers and potentates, all vying for the position of being the “ring master” (head of the circus?) who rules them all. Who are the players? What do they really represent on the world stage? What’s the agenda here? These are questions we should all be asking, and then keeping our eyes up and being alert.
Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely. Men are corrupt in their hearts, and power over others can have an intoxicating effect.
What puzzles me is that, when these films first came out, strung across several years, many people were practically idolizing this ring although its inscription is a dark one, purchasing models of it, and wearing it on their persons. These were not all children or young people, but adults as well! People who say they do not stand for tyranny. Yet they were quite willing to wear something that symbolized it. Why would anyone even want to identify with an oppressive idea like that, unless the idea itself found a place to hook into them?
I’d like to think it was because they wanted to identify with the quest of destroying it in Mount Doom. But I tend to be a bit skeptical of human trendiness.
Food for thought. Indeed, “One ring to fool them all, before we rule them all.” And how easily we can be fooled. It is so much easier to present a pretty idea without the messiness of firing a shot, or starting wars where possible - if people can first be charmed into submission, and compliance with dominance can be achieved with flattering speeches, empty promises, and trinkets.
Take a really good hard look at what’s going on in the world, an honest one. Look at trendy trends, like the foregoing. What precipitates them? What’s unfolding across the world afterwards? Were we warned, threatened? What effects are they subtly planting in people’s noggins, these lovely little fads? We know that Hollywood is a propaganda mill, and that much coming out of it is perfectly timed, very calculated, and not by accident.
My thought on it is that we were given a message packaged as entertainment, when it may well be calculated entrainment. The ring represents a very alluring but dark idea, pulling along many into its vortex - if they have little discernment or ability to view entertainment with a critical eye.
Good stories aren’t written with no point to them other than to “entertain” people. Especially with the effort put into the creation of this story, as well as its film follow-ups. Perhaps thinking and analysis don’t rate very highly on the list as ways we can be entertained. When it’s all about thrills and feelings and purchasing rings with darkly occult messages on them to amuse ourselves, then we may have already marked ourselves as easy targets for those who seek absolute power: the one ring to first fool them all, before it is revealed as the one ring to rule them all.
...global-ism, new world order-ism, communism, fascism, nazi-ism, corporate-ism, socialism (or "communism light", as in "light" beer or "near" beer, not quite full strength)... call it what you want. It's the same old "Luciferian World Order" that's been in place since the beginning. Some political and religious leaders like to call it "new" world order, so as to fool people who have swallowed the blue pill of a shady narrative of history. The religious (popes, priests, prelates, preachers, or pew sitters) who buy in like to call Jesus the first communist, or try to give that impression.
Not. One. Bit.
Any way you cut it, any of these forms of totalitarianism is a philosophy of godlessness and ungodliness, spitting in the face of God the Father, Christ the Son, the Holy Spirit, and those called by His name. These philosophies of men are patently and unabashedly atheist. Therefore, they have nothing in common with Christianity. (By that I do not mean "religiosity.") They are the enemies of God, Christianity, and humanity in general. Therefore we are admonished as Christ followers, "Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what partnership can righteousness have with wickedness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness?" 2 Corinthians 6:14.
The Blood bought and Holy Spirit begotten are, after all, what the new world order hates. If you embrace their agenda (and/or its new age one world religion), and call yourself a Christian you are either deceived, uninformed, or have not been born again of the Holy Spirit, or some combination of all of these. It doesn't matter how "religious" you are. At best you suffer from a serious case of cognitive dissonance and a serious lack of spiritual discernment.
The so called new world order has no place among Christians, some of whom (usually nominal, left liberal leaning politically), for some reason, get atheistic totalitarianism confused with an unique outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the first century church, where they held all things in common. See Acts 4:32 and context. However, no one was standing over their heads with a totalitarian baseball bat, demanding that they submit or else. That's one big difference. That first Christian community was not fooled and ruled by any external ideology of the world. That already existed under severe Roman domination, so they already knew what life was like under an imperial, Christ hating regime. They knew the difference between the two.
1 John 5:19 informs us that the whole world lies under the power of the evil one. His game is and always was global domination. He is also a deceiver and the father of lies, who has no place in Christ Jesus, or among His people. There's nothing "new" under the sun, including the brave new world order. (I refuse to even dignify that, or any of its other descriptors, by capital letters.)
The world is ever so weary of the experimentations of these various fascist m.o.'s and of their little potentates, none of which has ever succeeded in the glorious promised utopia. They worked quite well however at this: bringing about the demise of individual creativity and ingenuity, entrepreneurial endeavors, the ability to become fully human (restoration in Christ), the destruction of the traditional family consisting of one man and one woman and their children, morality, and the rule of law. Eventually any of the forms of totalitarianism destroyed every culture or civilization where they were either wholeheartedly embraced, or their peoples were deceived or bullied to comply, and then easily became complicit with it. Every good thing God ever intended for humankind was abolished in lands where these devil begotten philosophies were embraced or forced.
So, now we are on the brink of a global fascist state - the breakdown of the entire free world. The USA is the last bastion of the free world. This is why "they" are trying so hard through infiltration and every deception to bring her down.
We are offered redemption by the Blood of the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ - who set us free from sin, death, and the power of the evil one. To receive His gifts and to live in Him is to come into the freedom for which He set us free - from sin, death, and the power of the evil one (which is what every totalitarian state and philosophy represents).
We need to wise up and pray, understand what the Holy Scriptures actually reveal, and rediscover who we are in Christ Jesus, and what that means. We are invited to ask for wisdom from the Holy Spirit, to understand how to navigate the waters of the New Year 2018 and beyond. See James 1:5.
And let us never forget that there is a way through and out of this darkness: "If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land." 2 Chronicles 7:14.
Time for a game changer! Could it be that one is already in progress - one that is already in process of taking down that which has for too long been in place oppressing and enslaving humanity? No wonder so much corruption is being exposed, some of it vile beyond belief - so that we can all see clearly who or what has maintained the upper hand for far too long.
Therefore, "Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving." Colossians 4:2.