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.” Luke 17:20-21 GNT
Oh this great and wonderful truth of what we carry inside of us. It’s not found externally, but internally. It’s not eating and drinking, it’s righteousness, peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. There’s nothing in this world that can imitate it because it’s only found in Him.
I love what Paul wrote in Colossians 1:27; God’s plan is to make known his secret to his people, this rich and glorious secret which he has for all peoples. And the secret is that Christ is in you, which means that you will share in the glory of God.
Who is this that lives in us? LOVE. God is Love. The power of love changes and transform us from the inside out. It is Love (God) in us that will change the world, heal the sick, raise the dead, cast out demons. When we as believers begin to operate in that kind of unconditional, sacrificial Love, everything around us will change.
You’ve got to try and understand this because it’s the key to everything in the Kingdom. It has nothing to do with how good you are or how you act or dress, it’s an internal thing. You are only holy because Christ lives in you. “ so that it is no longer I who live, but it is Christ who lives in me. This life that I live now, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave his life for me.” Galatians 2:20
I could go on and on and on all morning about this, but the truth is found in the fact that we must know God to know Love. To love as God loves we must die to self and surrender and allow Him to fill every nook and cranny of our lives with Him. If we want signs and wonders to follow us, Love. The true power is found in Love.
Father, it’s my desire to know You deeply and completely so I release those I’ve held prisoner, those who have hurt me, deserted me, lied to me, used and abused me. You said that love covers a multitude of sins, so I choose to cover not expose. Father forgive them, they don’t know what they’ve done! I ask Your grace and mercy be on them today and that they may truly know You in the deepest way. They are Your sons and daughters who have been deceived. May Your deep Love open the eyes of those blinded and may they be set free today. It’s in Jesus’ name and for Your glory, Amen.