Upside Down Kingdom

Upside Down Kingdom

Have you ever noticed God’s kingdom is upside down–at least to our natural eyes!

  • Our King did not come in pomp and circumstance matching the Majesty of Who He is. No, our King was birthed in a lowly manger. A pharaoh was afforded more luxury when He was born.
  • Jesus said to be the greatest of all, you must be the servant of all (Matthew 23:11).
  • To find your life you lose it (Matthew 10:39). To truly live, you must die a million deaths throughout your life.

I had a friend tell me recently that “Satan is beautiful!” I had to let that one sit for a minute. But it’s true. It says in Ezekiel 28:12-14 that Satan became prideful because of his beauty. He lures and seduces.

Of Jesus, it says, “He had no beauty or majesty to attract us to him, nothing in his appearance that we should desire him” (Isaiah 53:2).

Yet, Jesus is considered to be the desire of all nations.

Jesus said in John 4:24 that we will worship Him in spirit and in truth. Satan wants to divert our attention from the eternal to the temporal things of this world. I’m not talking about the kind of worship where you raise your hands and lie prostrate before a statue of some sort.

No, the kind of worship I’m talking about is the kind that takes the place of God in our lives. We were created to worship. We will worship something. The question is Who or what will we worship?

Who or what has your attention? Who or what consumes most of your thoughts? Who or what are you relying on instead of the Lord?

Our natural minds are against our spiritual minds. Our natural minds cannot grasp or comprehend the things of the Spirit. What makes sense to our spirit may not make any sense whatsoever to our natural minds.

The Way of the Spirit

When someone steals something from me, without the Spirit’s help I am NOT so inclined to give them something more than they already took (Luke 6:29).

When someone slaps me (either verbally or physically), without the Lord’s power to do so, I am not so willing to offer the other cheek (Luke 6:29).

When someone maliciously mistreats me, I don’t really feel like praying for them. I feel like licking MY wounds and figuring out a way to get them back for what they’ve done to me (Matthew 5:44).

But that is the way of the Spirit!

Be encouraged as you go about your day that God’s power working in you through His Spirit can help you live in His upside down kingdom. Ask Him to give you eyes to see and ears to hear what He’s saying to you in any and every situation you encounter.

 

 

 

2 Replies to “Upside Down Kingdom”

  1. Julie, so cute how you added the upside down picture. Yes, I have noticed but loved the reminder of how differently God does things than how we do them.

    1. Yes, I have to remind myself that even marriage is upside down (counter-cultural). Instead of “What can I get out of this marriage?” We should be asking, “How can I invest more into this marriage?”

      Thank you! Your post on Twitter about trying to straighten what God has made crooked is a powerful post toward God’s sovereignty. Still wrestling with that one!

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