Thanksgiving for the Kingdom of God

As a believer, the Kingdom of God lives in you by the presence of the Holy Spirit

Thanksgiving for the Kingdom of God
The Kingdom is Not Visible – Part I

Key Verses: Luke 17:20-21
Once, on being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The coming of the kingdom of God is not something that can be observed, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is in your midst.”

Continuing our study of the Kingdom of God, Jesus spoke of the Kingdom in many places in the New Testament. Today we look at a conversation Jesus had with some Pharisees.

These Pharisees were always looking for ways to trip Jesus up and give a reason to discredit Him. On this occasion, the Pharisees asked Jesus when the Kingdom of God would come.

Before Jesus came to preach the new covenant, the Jewish people always focused on the synagogue as the center of the Kingdom of God. The synagogue was where they worshipped God.

Just as the Pharisees put too much emphasis on the place of worship, we can do the same thing if we are not careful. We have beautiful sanctuaries everywhere, and there is nothing wrong with that. However, God’s Kingdom does not need beautiful buildings because His Kingdom has nothing to do with buildings.

As Jesus told these Pharisees, people cannot observe at the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is not something that anyone can say, “Here it is” or “There it is”.

If you have asked Jesus into your life, then God forgives your sins by your faith in what Jesus accomplished on the bross. You are the physical representation of the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom lives in you in the presence of the Holy Spirit.

A person who happens to walk by will not recognize that you have the Kingdom of God in you. However, anyone who hangs around you for a while certainly begins to understand more about God’s Kingdom. The way we talk, behave, and give of ourselves to the people around us tells the story of the Kingdom of God.

Realize that some people attend a church all their lives, yet never experience the Kingdom of God in them. Millions of people in the poorest regions of our world experience the Kingdom of God but never have a building to worship in.

We can enjoy worship in our beautiful buildings but when we leave, it is only an empty building. The Kingdom of God leaves within the believers!

Father, thank You for granting me a place in Your Kingdom. Help me to live in such a way that people can see Your Kingdom in me. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.

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