How to Live in the Kingdom of God Now

December 1, 2016

Is it possible to enjoy the benefits of God’s kingdom right this second? Don’t we have to wait til we get to heaven to truly experience God’s kingdom?

I can only imagine what heaven will be like. I believe it will be far greater than anything I could possibly imagine. However, who says I have to wait until I die to experience God’s kingdom?

The truth is, the kingdom of God can be experienced by me and anyone else right here, right now. How do I know? For the Bible tells me so. Luke 17:21 says that the kingdom of God (some translations even call it the kingdom of heaven) is within you. Other translations say that the kingdom of God is in our midst. Either way, this tells me one thing…. The kingdom of heaven is part of me and I am part of it. It is all around me and it is all around you. Whenever you are consciously aware of it, you can experience the kingdom of heaven NOW!

Another popular Bible verse advises to seek first the kingdom of God and all else will be given to you. (Matt 6:33). Knowing that the kingdom of God is within you and in your midst, you are in essence seeking what you already have. A great thing is that all you can ever want to be or have is a part of this great kingdom of God. So when you seek the kingdom first, it’s no wonder that all else is added to you!

So how do you experience the kingdom of God on a regular basis? Simply be consciously aware of it. Remind yourself constantly that you and the kingdom are one. Remember, it is within you and all around you. Mentally “seek first the kingdom” as often as possible during the day. As you do so, your faith, love and joy automatically increase! This is because they and all other positive emotions are fruits of the wonderful kingdom of heaven that, as you are constantly aware of them, automatically manifest as you seek the kingdom first. Of course then, you begin to experience miracles on a regular basis.

Remember, the kingdom of God is something that can be experienced any time. Seek it first, and all will be added unto you. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


Use Your Imagination to Dream God’s Dreams

January 13, 2016

 

The following is part 2 of an excellent sermon I heard recently about the power of imagination. Following these guidelines can change your life. I invite you to listen, apply, and enjoy 🙂

Most people don’t imagine because they’re afraid of failure, but doubt and fear neutralize what God wants to do in your life. Pastor Rick explains in this message how to let your imagination be governed by faith, not fear.

Source: Daring to Imagine, Part 2


Using God’s Great Gift…The Power of Imagination

January 12, 2016

I am a firm believer in the power of imagination. Much of the information provided on this site is based on that. Recently, I heard an incredible message from pastor Rick Warren about God’s gift of imagination. It’s the best presentation of this that I’ve ever heard. There are three messages. I will provide one each day.

Daring to Imagine, Part 1

The Bible says you need to focus on the things that will last — the things you can’t actually see with your eyes. So how do you focus on things you can’t see? In this broadcast, Pastor Rick teaches why your imagination is essential to living by faith.

Source: Daring to Imagine, Part 1


With God All Things Are Possible

August 31, 2015

With God all things are possible (Matthew 19:26). Do you believe this today? For many of you, it is easy to answer yes. However, I will ask again…do you really believe this? I ask because of my own response. I firmly believe that through God all things are possible. If you asked me this question I would say yes without hesitation. Yet, as much as my faith has grown in leaps and bounds in the past few years, my actions don’t always indicate my belief in this powerful concept.

I know that all things are possible with God. Yet why do I still hold back at times? Why do I still doubt? If you are asking yourself those same questions, you are not alone. However, if you want to experience the greatness that God has for you, it is time to start not only believing this verse, but living it.

A great wake up call for me was when I read a quote from someone (I cannot recall the source) that said we have two choices of who to believe…God or the devil. He said that when one doubts, they are in essence believing the devil’s lies over God’s truth. Of course, this shook me to the core. I didn’t want to be accused of siding with the devil, but I didn’t have to think about it long to realize I was doing that every time I doubted. When I doubted, I was completely disregarding this verse I said I believed. I knew I had to act quickly and start believing the Father of all possibility instead of the father of lies.

There are two main ways I started to bring my mind to focus on all possibility instead of doubt:

  1. Besides the above verse, I found as many verses as I could about faith and the promises of God. Here is an excellent list… 15 Verses on What The Bible Says About All Things Are Possible The more you focus on God and His wonderful promises, the more your faith increases, and the less you believe the devil’s lies.
  2. Affirmation and visualization – I often share about the power of repeating positive phrases and visualizing these situations in my mind. The more your subconscious mind hears these words, sees the beautiful pictures, and feels the powerful emotions, the more it is convinced of its truth.

I will ask again…do you believe that with God all things are possible? If you do, let it show in your actions as you move confidently and successfully through your day. If you don’t, follow the steps above and let its truth sink into your mind. Then the confident actions will occur automatically, and your faith will grow exponentially. Every desire and goal you can imagine is a true possibility. Just believe it, and watch it manifest before your eyes. Enjoy the blessings 🙂


I’m Alive Because He Lives

April 4, 2015

Check out this excellent song that is a great reminder of what this Easter weekend is all about…


Where Can I Find God?

January 20, 2015

One of the more powerful and comforting verses in the Bible is Matthew 6:33 which says to seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well (these things are your concerns and needs of life mentioned in the verses before).

I find a great peace in this, knowing that simply seeking God and His kingdom allows everything else to fall in line. I love the awesome possibility that the manifestation of your desires will follow your conscious effort to focus on God’s presence and kingdom.

It seems simple enough, but people will often ask the serious question…where do I find God? It’s a valid question, especially if you are new to idea of seeking God in the first place. Where can you find God? How can you find God? Each day, I get a greater grasp on the answer to this question. He is everywhere and a part of everything and everybody. He’s part of you and part of me. He created the trees you see in the park,and the beautiful sunset you admired the other night. His hands move the waves of the ocean. Even the snow that I am already sick of this winter is His beautiful creation.

As you can realize, it’s very easy to find God. No matter where you look or where you go He is there. Another great way to find Him is to ask for His presence, assistance, peace, or anything. The great thing is that when you actively seek God, He will reveal Himself to you and allow you to find Him.

Here’s one new part of this old equation I’ve recently discovered… I’m starting to see it as a main reason you receive everything else when you seek God. The idea that when you seek God, you are in essence seeking and finding everything else. It’s because God is in everything. God is the creator and essence of the extra money you are seeking. He is the creator and essence of the relationship you desire. He is all about perfect health, free of disease and stress, and full of love, joy, and confidence. He’s created both the dream and job of the dream job you are pursuing. The list goes on.

The bottom line is that when you seek God you will find Him. And you will also find everything else in the process. Enjoy the blessings.


How Was 2014?

December 30, 2014

End of Year 2014

We have already arrived at the end of this “new” year (seems like it just started yesterday) 2014. I hope yours was a great one.

As I like to give me readers occasional glimpses inside my head, I will complete one of my annual “selfish” posts and share some of my own reflections of this past year. For me, 2014 was like the past five years. I was optimistic that this would be the breakthrough year where my greatest dreams would come true. Although it didn’t quite happen, it was a year of serious personal growth that has taken me steps closer to realizing my ultimate goals.

My greatest growth was a spiritual strengthening and renewal. My Christian walk has grown steadily for the past few years. However, I realized more than ever that the kingdom of heaven is within me, and that God’s spirit is not only near me, but an actual part of me. Reading books like Wayne Dyer’s “Wishes Fulfilled”, and St. Germain’s “I Am Discourses” really enlightened me to this truth and helped me begin to live it out. I also benefited greatly from learning more about the importance of living in the present moment instead of dwelling on past or worrying about the future. Eckhart Tolle’s book “The Power of the Present Moment” was a great help in getting me there. It’s a book I tried to read in the past but found it very difficult to understand. I guess the timing was right this time around and it truly resonated each time I read it. Regardless, I discovered that living in the present moment is truly one of our greatest powers.

In other areas of my life, there was some growth, while some areas didn’t grow as much as I would have liked. The greatest blessing was in the financial area as this was far and away my greatest financial year. We were able to put a significant dent in out debt and paid most of it off completely. I was provided a different part time job in addition to my teaching that paid twice what the previous one did.

The one area that still needs great improvement is my leadership at home. People tell me I am a good father, and I believe it. I still feel like I could be a much better husband and leader. I am home less due to the work schedule, which makes it a bit difficult. That will be major focus for next year. Speaking of jobs, I am less than happy with either of them. On the other hand, I am extremely happy to have them, and thankful for the income and impacts I can have on other people, especially adolescents. My ultimate goal is to work one job from home, and steps were taken this year to potentially make that happen.

Finally, I can also be thankful for the great health of myself and my family. We are very well protected, and none of us was sick for an extended period of time. Even among my crazy schedule, I did not miss any days because of extended sickness.

The bottom line, as I end another year, is I have SO much to be thankful for. I serve a God that has only my best in store, wants to bless me abundantly, and is a part of my very being. I take this with me as I head into 2015. I am setting some major goals, and look forward to the journey to reach them.

I thank you for staying with me for one person’s take on this past year. I invite you to share how 2014 was for you. I hope you have grown and can also eagerly look forward to 2015. Enjoy the blessings 🙂