Kingdom that Eliminates Fear

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One day Jesus and his disciples had to cross a lake to do ministry at the other side. While crossing, a furious storm met them and was about to sink the boat they were in. Where do you think would a Kingdom person be found in such emergency?

With other believers praying really hard?

Agreeing to Panic

Praying is good, more so with other believers who’d agree with you. Prayer in agreement is powerful, says the bible. But gathering to agree in fear is different, and often that is what we actually do in our “prayer meetings” during tough times. Ostensibly we gather “to agree in prayer”—we may even utter prayers that sound powerful to the human ear and claim bible verses in the process—but really, in the spirit, all we do is enforce one another’s fears.

Look at what the disciples did. They went to Jesus to “pray.” I mean, they asked Jesus to save them, didn’t they? Isn’t that praying? But in the spirit, all they did was express their fears together. That’s what Jesus saw. He asked them later, “Why are you so afraid?”

They went to Jesus in prayer but they were “so afraid.”

So Jesus showed them what a genuine Kingdom person would do during a desperate, dangerous situation—sleep! I thought about it a lot, why Jesus slept while the storm raged on. And they were in a dangerously weak sea craft at that. Why didn’t he stand up and pray? Why didn’t he gather his disciples to ask God’s protection together? That’s what most of us would do.

But not a Kingdom person.

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Then it dawned on me. Indeed, it was better to sleep than gather together “in prayer” pretentiously when actually we just magnify our fears together. In fact, Jesus would never had waken up all through the storm if the disciples hadn’t disturbed his sleep. It actually makes Kingdom sense to sleep than pray during a fierce storm. Have you done that? It’s according to sound Jesus doctrine.

A lot of prayers are nothing but expressions of panic. Worse, lots of prayers are actually expressions of faithlessness. One time, a pastor and his church members went to pray for a dying person. The pastor prayed for “total healing,” claiming that the Lord heals diseases and claiming other fine-sounding promises in the bible. It sounded so powerful.

After they left the place, his members commented one by one how they were sure the patient would die because of his sickly and deathly appearance. “He looked as good as dead,” they said. “He’d die any day now.” Imagine if you have companions like that in a sinking ship and they ask you to pray with them. If you’re a Kingdom person, you’d rather sleep. I’m serious.

This is why most times, people don’t see me praying much. Or if they do see me, they often see me praying extremely short prayers. Then they conclude that I’m not a prayerful person. To them, “prayerful” is when a guy keeps praying long, poetic prayers in public. Frankly, sleeping is much better (and more powerful) than that.

Don’t get me wrong. Corporate prayers are good and powerful—if they are said in genuine faith. But if folks around you are just panicking religiously (or trying to see if prayer would work), it’s better to pray silently alone. God appreciates a fearless and daring prayer, full of faith. Right after praying, what do you feel and what do you often think about? Do you expect positive results or do you wonder if your “wishes” would come true?

There’s no place for earthly fear in the Kingdom. This is what we should pray to possess—radical and fearless faith in prayer. Some people’s prayers are full of fears. It’s more of expressing their personal opinions and apologetics to God rather than boldly claiming God’s promises. It’s more of reciting prayers (or doing extemporaneous speech) with carefully select, fine-sounding words rather than personally asking God to perform his mighty works.

A Furious Storm While Doing God’s Will

A lot of folks say that if you’re doing God’s will nothing will go wrong. Well, Jesus was in the middle of God’s will when a storm “suddenly” happened without warning. I’ve heard a lot of pastors and church leaders comment how a guy is not doing God’s will (or doing a wrong ministry) if something serious goes wrong. They even say your ministry is not in God’s will  if you have no money.

The storm that met Jesus was even about to sink the ship he was in. That was serious. And I can imagine how some pastors would panic at the sight of a big storm about to topple their ministries. Their number one fear is to lose their ministry and that’s where the devil often attacks them successfully. Pastors panic so easily.

The important thing here is to see how your faith would behave, NOT how you would solve the problem and get everything back in order.

You see that?

God is not interested about how you can save the ministry or make it grow or make it mega. He allows storms to see how your faith would behave. A lot of pastors think it’s the visible achievements (material things) they produce that matters—church buildings here and there, big church memberships, big church incomes, cars and church vehicles, etc. God doesn’t care about them.

What God cares about is how your faith grows.

These (trials) have come so that the proven genuineness of your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. [1 Peter 1.7]

Kingdom persons know that what matters in the spiritual realms is how your faith can result to Christ being revealed gloriously in you (it’s not you who live anymore but Christ who lives in you. Christ in you is the hope of glory). This is the only thing that matters, and only genuine Kingdom persons know this. Those who truly see in the Spirit pursue this with all their lives. And once you begin to really see this in your spirit, nothing can prevent you from pursuing Christ. You become fearless.

You even begin to defy (or destroy) long held traditions, especially the tradition of fear.

And when I say “fearless” I don’t mean you begin to fight or debate people who oppose your church or denominational doctrine. I mean you dare sleep soundly even if your ship is beginning to sink—that kind of fearlessness. Everyone’s panicking like crazy and you’re there sitting cool and comfortably in a chair enjoying a cup of coffee or relishing in your bible meditation. And they begin to wonder and gradually get pissed off that you don’t seem to care if you all perish.

“Teacher, don’t you care if we drown?” [Mark 4.38]

When serious problems begin to besiege the church, church people will want the pastor to do something pronto (and disturb him in his “sleep”). And some pastors will be driven to do something desperate to solve it (because they fear losing their jobs). In other words, panic. When the church sees the pastor panicking, they love it. To them it means concern for the church. Then they have a panicking church pretending to pray hard for the situation. But it’s nothing but a fearful church.

The World is Alien to Rest

A Kingdom person will do differently, not for the sake of doing differently, but because it’s his nature to live and act oppositely to how the world operates. He will kindof “sleep” on the job. He will do this not because he’s sleepy or exhausted or lazy but because he wants to stay out of the fear mania in the church.

The churchy of this world will never understand a Kingdom person because they have never seen or entered the Kingdom yet. All they are familiar with is the world and will always mimic what they see in it.

The worldly church is alien to Kingdom concepts like rest and sleep. You can only truly rest and sleep if you have no fear—if you realize how God often prepares a delicious meal for you right in front of your enemies.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. [Psalm 23]

The idea is not to eat in fear of your enemies but to enjoy God’s banquet anywhere without fear of anything or anyone. Have you tried eating slowly and just enjoying your food while others around you eat fast and tense, always hurrying to make it on time for their next appointment? In the Spirit, Kingdom people’s main activity (in fact, their ministry) is to enjoy the food the Father prepared for them. Nothing more.

Mary (sister of Martha) knew that. She was a Kingdom person. Martha thought the Kingdom was about getting busy in ministry, while Mary just lazily sat there by Jesus feet, relaxing and enjoying her “food.” Often, we are forced to be busy for fear of being called lazy in church. Pastors fear being called lazy in ministry. So they work hard all day everyday, doing everything to avoid having their ships sinking.

Just think—if the devil can easily put fear in us with such simple strategies as having our boats sinking, what more if he starts scaring us with his brand of signs and wonders? If you can’t “sleep” soundly when the devil scares you with furious storms and strong waves and wind and sinking boats, you will never make it when real war breaks out.

If you have raced with men on foot and they have worn you out, how can you compete with horses? If you stumble in safe country, how will you manage in the thickets by the Jordan? [Jeremiah 12.5]

But imagine this. What if you can manage to sleep well even if the devil scares you with a sinking boat scenario—or any scary scenario for that matter? If you’re powerful in sleep, what more if you’re awake?

The weakness of God is stronger than human strength. [1 Corinthians 1.25]

Rebuking Wind and Waves

A genuine Kingdom person rebukes winds and waves, and they obey—literally or figuratively. This is why I don’t want just being a member of some church denomination who knows nothing about the Kingdom. I want to be a Kingdom person in Christ. Kingdom people rule and reign with Him. They sit where Christ sits in the heavenly realms. They exercise power and authority over creation, spirits and things. The spirit world knows them although Kingdom people stay low-profile, meek, and ordinary in the worldly realms, especially in the worldly church.

It’s joy unspeakable when you personally experience rebuking devils, spirits, the rain, the wind, and other creation—and they obey you—because they see Christ in you. I have not yet tried rebuking waves, but it is God who chooses the time, place and situation to do this. Remember, as you conquer more forms of fear, you gain authority over more territories and situations in the spirit realms.

Better yet, if you master “sleeping” over more fearful and deadlier situations (sleeping in the everlasting Arms), then the devil begins to recognize you as it recognizes Christ.

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Are You a Kingdom Person?

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Do you live life and do ministry in the ways of the Kingdom? You should if you’re a Kingdom person. You do everything in God’s ways, the way Jesus Christ did things in Scriptures. You never follow the ways of men and of this world. The reason why we’re born again is to be a Kingdom person like Jesus is.

The moment you’re born again, God wants you living in the Kingdom right away and be a true citizen there. “Unless you’re born again you cannot see the Kingdom of God,” says John. God wants you born again so you can see the Kingdom. That’s the very purpose of being transformed and regenerated. “Unless you are born of water and Spirit you cannot enter the Kingdom of God.” Next is, you have to enter the Kingdom  now—and stay there. Live as a true citizen.

You live and work for the Kingdom. You share the Gospel to people so they too can be part of the Kingdom. You use your money and resources for the Kingdom. Everything is for the King and His Kingdom, because you’re a Kingdom person. You seek nothing except the Kingdom of God and His righteousness. That’s all. And the promise is, all your other concerns and needs will be added to you. God will supply your needs IF you are a Kingdom person.

And you know for sure that there is only ONE Kingdom. The Kingdom is NOT divided. The King is King to only one Kingdom. There are no small empires in the Kingdom.

In men’s churches today, there are many empires, each with its own doctrines. Each has its own founders or “emperors.” God’s Kingdom is not like that. It has only one Founder—Jesus Christ. It has only one doctrine—the entire Word of God. When it does something, it is done completely different from how the world does it.

When choosing leaders for instance, the world opts for those coming from the best schools with good credentials and titles and degrees and then vote on them. Jesus did differently. He chose “those he wanted” [Mark 3.13] and personally discipled them himself. There was no election and his apostles didn’t enroll in seminary or schools. In the Kingdom, serious church leadership training is through a Jesus-style discipleship, supernaturally deep in the Word and empowered by the Holy Spirit, not through bible school or seminary.

Churches today believe that Sunday worship should be done in their religious buildings. But Jesus said true worshipers worship neither on this or that mountain (no special place) but instead worship God in Spirit and in truth. Churches today also believe that God gave us one day out of six to devote for worship. But the Word says God owns our all—including all our 7 days in a week—so that worship should be daily (true Sabbath rest in God is everyday, says Hebrews). In fact, it says meditate the Word of God day and night, [Joshua 1.8].

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The church in the world today says worship is what we do on Sundays in church, especially our Sunday worship programs and other activities. In fact, worship programs have become so important these days that churches are practically helpless without them. But Romans 12 says true spiritual worship is when we offer our bodies as living sacrifices (and that’s on a daily basis), holy and acceptable to God. It has nothing to do with rituals or programs we do in church.

In God’s Kingdom, the least is the greatest and the greatest is servant of all. Not so in the church today. They all pursue their masters and doctorate degrees to attach titles to their names and create an aura of greatness. They all want to be great and hold high positions because their worst fear is to become the least. Oh, how they fear being the least and smallest and weakest and the most insignificant of all! Every pastor is out there working hard to have a mega church and a name. They fear being the smallest church.

A Kingdom person belongs to one church—the universal, spiritual church of Jesus Christ—which is without spot or wrinkle or any other blemish, holy and blameless. It is radiant and glorious. He does not belong to any church denomination because he seriously believes God’s will reflected in Jesus’ prayer for all true believers to be completely united [John 17.23].

Finally, a Kingdom person is relaxed and stress free, living a simple, easy, meek and low-profile life while seriously serving the Lord. They have surrendered their lives and efforts to the Lord who promised them rest and an easy yoke.

“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” [Matthew 11. 28-30]

But the world system gives you nothing but stress and exhaustion, requiring you to do big undertakings and produce endless accomplishments, pedestals and monuments, with a promise of making you great some day. But all you become in the end is sick with deadly diseases and never fully realizing that only God is great, along with the least in his Kingdom.

Jesus said, “Those who wear fine clothes live in palaces.” This is what people want—wealth and its concomitant greatness. But John the baptizer was different. Though he looked small and inconsequential, he was more than a prophet. He worked for God’s Kingdom alone and announced its coming. He talked of nothing else but the Kingdom and its righteousness. He was not just involved in a religious sector like the Pharisees and law teachers were. He represented the Kingdom.

Are you a Kingdom person, or are you just a member of some church denomination?

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