God desires to make you a declaration to the kingdom of darkness. A declaration that the kingdom of God is at hand!
If any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away;
behold, all things are become new.[i]
In Christ, you become a totally new creation. In Christ is a place, an identity, a relationship with a completely new order of thinking and acting. From this position, He has made available to us the use His name and His authority.
In Christ, there is no division, not Jew or Gentile, no male or female. In Christ, there is neither circumcision nor un-circumcision. All divisions and separations fall. In Christ, we have entered a new kingdom, the kingdom of God. All other kingdoms are merely the kingdoms of man.
Are you in Christ? I mean are you really walking as one in whom all things have become new? On the other hand, are you in Christ, yet still dependent upon the kingdoms of man for your identity? The real question again is, are you in Christ?
If you are in Christ, you are of a completely new order of species, responding to a new kingdom and no longer wooed by or intimidated by lesser kingdoms. It is a choice between the kingdom of God and the kingdom of man, which is ruled by Satan. Wherever man is at the center and not God, you have man’s kingdom.
Although we speak of man’s kingdom, there are really only two kingdoms: the kingdom of God and the kingdom of darkness. Ephesians is very clear on the fact that when we did not know Christ, we walked under the power of the dark kingdom. When we came to Christ, we were translated from one kingdom into another. We can only walk in one or the other.[ii]
We can make many things kingdoms if we are not careful. We can have the kingdom of family, the kingdom of our work, even the kingdom of church, or our ministry. When we lose the focus of, and identification with, the one King and His kingdom, we allow all the division that comes in with clashing kingdoms.
Seeing the kingdom and having our hearts submitted in all areas to the King, sets us apart. It allows the bringing forth of the kingdom of God on the earth.
God must realign us. He will remove us from under the kingdoms of this world and place us solely under Christ, if we will allow Him. The Holy Spirit will sovereignly work in various ways to cause us to lose our grip of control.
As we seek Him, God will give us more and more revelation, the truth that sets us free indeed. Pray for revelation and allow God to have His way, no matter what the cost.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. May it be so in and through us!
[i] 2 Cor 5:17
[ii] Eph 2:1-6; Col 1:12-13