Thy Kingdom Come

I think of  the excitement I felt at the  words from an “end of days,” dream I had when I was young. I knew this wasn’t   a regular dream. It was more of a ‘God-dream.’ And it was something revealed which I saw a prophetic in nature and it involved a lot of warfare in my own life. I had no idea that I would be trained in such a manner. A shy child, but something which would be borne out of a deep compassion for others and the pain of watching so many being hurt by greed. This doesn’t exclude the ones, ensnared by greed itself.

In my own life, I have no desire for anything material. It hasn’t always been this way but I have felt a slow, ‘stripping away,’ and a need to travel light. I look around and actually feel compelled to let go of things. I see how everything weighs people down. As I as waking from sleep one morning, I heard the Lord speaking to me, and His words to me were, “do you live for things, or for people?” I looked around my room. I knew that I could not continue to serve Him in the capacity which I would like, if anything is demanding my attention. He left Peter with a clear message, “Feed my sheep.” He didn’t speak about taking care of anything but His people. And His other messages, were always, “Store up your riches in heaven. The things which cannot be taken from you.” The enemy of our souls has been working overtime, to divert attention from this goal. People are still trying to make a  living so that they can pay for material things. It’s so sad, and the reason that there are broken ,disillusioned people everywhere. The interesting thing is that, whether the person is wealthy or not, they are just as broken. This in itself, should be a stark message, however, the statistics seem to prove that the missing ingredient is not money or power.

In fact, I rather like the movie, Lord of the Rings, because the concept was so simple, yet difficult for most to understand. The ring, seemed to be a thing, which everyone wanted to possess, but when it was in ones possession, it had the ability to possess that person. Exactly what greed does to a person. You cannot satisfy it. It is a growing monster. Which is why there was only one who could carry this ring. One who was didn’t seem to have the capacity to be owned by this evil.

Now,  as I watch the world, collapsing into this shambles, even my own small sphere, I see, it is the corruption of so many. But the Lord spoke of all of these things and the small army of His people, that would indeed, be called upon, to carry the ring. Believers, in the last days. His kingdom, upon the earth. This is why we pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven. ”

If you look back in history, you will see that God likes to do things to show His miracles. This is to prove that it is not by the power of man, but by Him. Look back at the story of Gideon’s Army. You will find this in the Book of Judges. First, Gideon tells the Lord that he is the weakest clan in all of Manasseh, and the least in his family. But the Lord reminds him, that He will be with him.

Now the army of Midian, was about 135,000, strong. At this point the Lord told Gideon, he must reduce his army, once again, so that they would not boast, that it was their own strength. He told him to let anyone that was afraid, leave. So, 22,000, left immediately. I’d imagine, Gideon was a little bit shaken by this, but it didn’t end here.

God spoke once again and said, “There are still too many men.” That’s where I might say, “Hey, Lord. Are you sure about this?” We all have these moments. We don’t see the plan. We get angry. It’s not making sense. I mean even with Gideon, a few chapters back, he put a fleece out, to test the Lord. And what’s up with that? Didn’t the Lord say, not to test Him? Well, even our Father knows, we aren’t always, down with His plans. We are, after all, scared, but He knows, some of us, have stronger faith than others. And I admire this guy, Gideon.

So, this is where the plan gets interesting. Gideon is told to take the men down to the water and he is to separate the men who lap the water with their tongues like a dog,  from those who kneel down to drink. Three hundred, lapped with their hands to their mouths. All the rest got down on their knees to drink.

Now, I went to Israel, last year, and I saw this spot. I was fascinated to think about all of these men and this one specific trait which the Lord was looking for in them.

Gideon's Army the spring

Now I thought, what is this, which set them apart, in the Lord’s plan? It seems to me, that it is a picture of greed. In that small mannerism, the Lord saw a difference in character. I see it myself. Men bringing the water to their mouths, rather than their mouths, to the water, to guzzle, as much as they could get. Very interesting, no? It made me think of my great-grandmother’s expression.  “You can only sleep in one bed, and you can only eat from one plate,” etc. I didn’t know her, but the wise words of a woman borne of the depression era and the loss of her husband. I believe her strength and fortitude was passed down for generations.

I think that the Lord was pointing out the men who had already lacked self-control. They learned a way of getting as much as they could, and therefore, they were not thinking of everyone, but just their own needs. The spring which was a shared resource was similar to an army force and you had to look out for each other.

So the question was one of integrity. As it is the core of everything in life. And in the heart of man, we see corruption. We all have it, as it is sin. But, the Lord as we surrender to Christ, He exposes every dark corner and strengthens us for the battle.Anyone can have their slate wiped clean, and start new, with Christ. But this is the battle in the mind. The enemy deceives men, into filling this need for their savior with many false beliefs, or things. Whatever he can use in his arsenal of lies.

Through His army of believers, He is bringing His kingdom to this earth and He is weeding out this darkness. He will have men and women of integrity in places of authority. The true kingdom of God, is a spiritual kingdom which displaces this kingdom of darkness and evil. Justice will prevail. But for this to happen, the true believers must have self-control.  The apostle Paul gave us a warning about these days, it is imperative, as “Satan roams this earth as a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”

As we pray, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth, as it is in heaven,” we will encourage each other. His kingdom, is already here in the hearts of believers. He’s just waiting for believers to take a stand! So, stand up, as Gideon’s army did. “He does not delight in those who shrink back.” If you are afraid, cut loose. This is not for the weak or faint-hearted. We are warriors, in the spiritual army of the Lord.

Paul told us that we “war not against, flesh and blood, but against powers, principalities, and spiritual wickedness in high places.” The first strategy in any war, is to know your enemy. Stop playing church and Be the church! Use all the weapons which the Lord has given you, and if you don’t know what they are, you aren’t in His Word. Cause that’s your Sword!

Now, train yourself as a good warrior, and either get in the battle or run away as a coward. As for me, I want to be on the front lines, where the action is!