Living out faith seems fun and easy when things go well. But what are we supposed to do when things don’t go so well? Still keep going strong? But how is it possible?
The trick here is….we are not to lean on our own strength…but on God’s strength. We are not to thrive on our own…but to let God empower us. Then it’s not about good times or tough times. It’s about kingdom living. It’s about Christ living in us.
My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me. (Gal.2:20, NLT)
“Mary DeMuth states in her new book The Wall Around Your Heart “When we pray, “May your Kingdom come soon,” we submit ourselves to God’s kingship over us. We let go of our assumptions about how we think our lives should go. We rely less on reacting to a negative past to fuel us and instead focus forward, compelled by the glorious future awaiting us. It’s a positive, God-fueled way to live.”
This is crucial. Otherwise we don’t live out our faith but our fears and feelings. We try to manage our lives on our own and we sink deeper in desperation. Only when we live and breath God’s kingdom, we are able to live freely and joyfully as a child of God. Only when we receive grace upon grace, we are ready to move forward according to God’s plans.
Mary writes “God wants to woo us forward to kingdom building. It’s a greater motivator than anything else, including negative encounters. We can live in reaction to a negative relational experience and eventually stagnate, or we can ask God to compel us forward to a kingdom goal. Similarly we can become Christians because of our fear of hell, or we can follow Jesus in the adventure of living in light of the kingdom of God. See the difference?”
Kingdom living is what God has planned for his children. Do we want anything less? I hope not. Because then we are living under the privileges of God’s beloveds.
Yet we do struggle with this from time to time. Because we don’t dare to believe the goodness of God. Or we are not ready to wait for God’s timing. Or we think we’d know better than God. But then….we are not living our best life, even if we dare to disagree.
I’ve learned that the more I surrender, the better my life turns out. Step by step I learn to lean on God and not on my own understanding. And then -by God’s grace- blessings of kingdom living surround me. All the days of my life.
Forgive us for wanting our way
when you are offering us the best way.
Show us how to embrace kingdom living.
Enable us to surrender to your leading.
Empower us to always live in your grace,
surround us with your love.
In Jesus’ name,
Q4U: Have you learned to embrace kingdom living or do you live in the past or out of fear?
Be blessed, my fellow pilgrim, as you fully embrace kingdom living!
Image courtesy of Jeff Brown, design by Mari-Anna Stålnacke. Linking up today with Sharing His Beauty, Hear it on Sunday, use it on Monday, Playdates with God, and counting blessings with Ann Voskamp: #1051 By God’s grace we can enjoy kingdom living all the days of our lives.
I am part of Mary DeMuth’s launch team for her new bookand I have to say that this book absolutely rocks. It’s not only well written but it is full of uplifting stories that just I can’t capture here on the blog. But make sure to visit the other blogs that are linked up here. They are also blogging through the book. Maybe together we can give a more vivid and accurate picture of the book. And the launch date is coming up too! Hence even more fun in the horizon!
10 thoughts on “Kingdom Living”
Love Mary DeMuth’s writing! Loved the quote you shared from the book too. It truly does come down to submitting to His kingship. May we push other king’s off the throne of our hearts! I was your neighbor this morning at Hear It, Use it.
Have a great Monday,
Thanks, Joanne, for chiming in! Yes, Mary DeMuth is a great writer. Yes, it really is all about submitting, over and over again, to His kingship. But there’s no better place to be! Abundant blessings to you, dear neighbor!
This is so true. This is waht it is all about, dear friend; the Living Ressurected Lord Jesus living in and through us. Anything else is not eternal life.
Yes, Christ in us. That’s the essence of life and all the good things right there. Thanks for visiting, Mia. May God continue to bless you and keep you!
I need to lean heavier today onto God’s strength. Feeling a little tired from the weekend and from looking at the week ahead. But it’s HIS power that will get me through, not my own. Thanks for this encouraging word just when I needed it, Mari-Anna!
Thanks, Lisa, for your kind words. Yes, we need reminders of God’s empowering grace along the way home. Strength-filled Blessings to you!
Sounds like a great book, I need to read it.
Oh, to be Kingdom minded! That changes everything. It’s the BIG picture.
Your post reminds me of my own today. I love when God is speaking similar messages through His children. God bless.
Thanks, TC! To be Kingdom minded…that says it all. And brings it all together too. And, yes, I love when God is speaking the same message through different people…until we finally notice it. God is so good. God bless you too, sis!
Beautiful post! I’m finally getting caught up a tiny bit and getting on the ball with this! Thank you so much for hosting this link-up. God has given me such a heart for kingdom living in the last few years…and yet, there are still those times when I get caught up in my own little world and lose sight of the blessings and wonder of kingdom living. Really trying to meditate on the things God is teaching me in this area right now.
Thank you for sharing, Jenbh! Kingdom living is a journey home, there are ups and downs but we are in good hands. Thanks for sharing the journey! Abundant blessings to you!