A Timeless tale – Chapter Twenty Five


Living a Life in the Kingdom of God – Continued

How often have you heard people say, or have read, that all you and I have is now, this moment in which we breathe and live; laugh and cry, sing and shout? Yesterday exists in our memory, tomorrow in our dreams; it is only today that we hold in our control. Where we make choices based on love or fear, faith, doubt….

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A Timeless Tale – Chapter Twenty Four


Living a Life in the Kingdom of God – Continued

What is God’s Desire?

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A Timeless Tale – Chapter Twenty Three


 

Living a Life in the Kingdom of God – Continued

We continue this week, discussing the third part of our three-part human make up – the spirit.

Living in the Spirit.

Before beginning this week’s session I need to, once again, emphasize an important point. As a young man training for the priesthood, my tutor used to say over and over again, “Repetitio est mater studiorum” repetition is the mother of studies. As you can see through this series, I have adopted this approach.

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A Timeless Tale – Chapter Twenty Two


Living a Life in the Kingdom of God – Continued

We continue this week, discussing the third part of our three-part human make up – the spirit.

As we read through the Bible, we may not realize that references to ‘the spirit’ or just ‘spirit’ are different to references (particularly in the New Testament) of ‘The Spirit’. The ‘spirit’ is our human spirit and ‘The Spirit’ is the Holy Spirit.

Our human spirit is a channel or connection to the atmosphere world and could be easily be compared to a modem in our computer that connects us to the internet.

The Holy Spirit is the third part of God. He is the one who enlightens us about God the Father.

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A Timeless Tale – Chapter Twenty One


 

Living a Life in the Kingdom of God – Continued

In the previous chapter we discussed the three part make up of humanity, body, soul and spirit. (http://biblehub.com/1_thessalonians/5-23.htm} We discussed the first part – the body, now we will look at the next part – the soul.

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A Timeless Tale – Chapter Twenty


Living a Life in the Kingdom of God – Continued

Utilizing all the Faculties God has given us.

As we discussed in the previous chapter, management of the thoughts in our minds and the resultant habits that these thoughts create, is the very foundation upon which we build our lives in the Kingdom of God on this earth.

Yet, our minds do not operate independently of our souls, bodies and spirits. God created us as compound beings with three interdependent parts:

  1. Body – Our physical being.
  2. Soul – Intellect, emotion and will.
  3. Spirit – Our spiritual wireless link to God.

First and foremost our body is the ‘home’ of the Spirit of God.

This being the case, we can never neglect or ill treat the body. In short, the body must be properly nourished and exercised. Each of us is responsible to maintain this state; no one else is responsible for the well-being of our bodies, but us. “If you abuse your body, God will allow your body to abuse you, even to death”.

For the most part, we are inclined to seek for pleasure with our bodies. We eat and drink to enjoy taste and consider this practise to be quite acceptable, providing we do not overindulge ourselves. Sadly, there are many who do overindulge and either medicate to deal with this condition, or  embark upon food and drink diets. Mostly we favour those diets that lose weight in very short periods, not having reasoned that the overindulgence process probably took place over some months or years and that quick-fix diets will often result in a detriment to our health.

The process of eating and drinking, whilst giving us pleasure, must essentially be a healthy lifestyle diet.

There are many other activities that we use to give pleasure to our bodies that in turn have a negative effect on our health and well being. A common example is spending hours in front a TV set, where both our bodies and minds are in a subjective state. Long periods of sitting, especially if we fall asleep in the process are very negative to our well being.

I’m sure you all know how to take care of your bodies; what is equally vital is to know however, is that your body is home to the Spirit of God. If you neglect your body or treat it with disrespect, you cannot fail to neglect His home.

Apart from obvious good care of our bodies, we need to maintain God’s home as well. The way we accomplish this is to daily express our gratitude for the function and well being of our bodies.

I say daily, but what you will find is that after a daily practice of expressing you gratitude when you enter your prayer/meditation/quiet time, at whatever time you do that; you will begin expressing your gratitude throughout the day.

You will find yourself expressing your gratitude as you perform activities during the day, because you become aware that your sight, hearing, speech, body mobility are all gifts from God, these and many, many more.

Three times a week, during the course of my daily prayer and meditation, I practice what I call my ‘body meditation’.

Starting at the top of my head and extending to the soles of my feet, I tell God how grateful I am for the fact that He has restored my skin to a place of divine health. Next I offer gratitude for my scalp and the new hair follicles’ that He has restored (quite a few of them have vanished over time). Then I go onto that most wonderful of all my organs, my brain, to my skull and skeletal structure and so on, covering every part of this wonderful body He has given to me.

I am a person that enjoys a great state of health and I know this is a result of caring for God’s home. It is a result of conveying my gratitude for my body, all through my day.

In the next chapter, I will illustrate what is scripturally recommended for the successful function of our other faculties.

Please share this with your friends – you can never tell whose life might change, eternally, by your obedience to this request.

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A Timeless Tale – Chapter Nineteen


Living a Life in the Kingdom of God – Continued

Managing Thoughts in our Minds.

Managing the thoughts in our minds is no picnic. It is an extremely difficult process and takes a great deal of focus and commitment.

In the process of managing thoughts, we have to navigate the minefield of our habits. We humans are creatures of habit. In the course of any twelve plus hour day, we unconscientiously follow many habits.

In her book, ‘Switch on your Brain’, Dr Caroline Leaf deals extensively with the issue of habits and how to separate those habits which are beneficial to the accomplishment of our goals and those habits which block the accomplishment of our goals.

I am a great believer in the process of examining our lifestyles, even to the point of physically listing things like thoughts and habits that we experience in any one day; analyzing the list and then focusing on removing negative thoughts and habits from our minds. Dr. Leaf offers a twenty one day “Detox Plan”, which is a plan to help people get rid of negative thoughts and habits. The Detox plan works on a basis of the fact that habits can be formed and eliminated over a twenty one day period.

I have mentioned in previous chapters, that, in the process of living in the Kingdom of God, here on this earth; God does not wave a magic wand of change, in response to our petitions for His support in us wanting to change our lifestyles. He wants US to use the faculties that He has given us, to bring about the necessary changes we desire in our lives. There is no quick-fix, magic wand solutions to living in the kingdom.

However, I also believe that God wants to coach us in this process.

In my day-to-day living, I call upon God frequently to ‘guide’ me in the many projects, large and small, I undertake. This very article, I am writing now, is as a result of my request for His guidance for me to produce words that will bring about life changing experience for those who read them.

What then are the essential faculties that He has given us as instruments to accomplish the changes that we want to see come about in our lives?

Firstly, there is our body, the magnificent collection of senses, mobility and physical responses to that most superb management system – our brain. Then there is the mind, or as the scripture refers to it – ‘the soul’. The soul consists of the emotion, will and intellect. Lastly there is the spirit, that most excellent device that hooks us up to communication with God.

If you give serious consideration to the power of the above faculties you will realize that the quick-fix, magic wand solution is not only non-existent, but put into the plainest language:  grossly immature thinking.

What we need to do is to take a closer look at the faculties God has given us and how we can best use each one, to keep us on the path of Kingdom Living and the ultimate benefits of health, wealth, peace and power in this life and eternal living in the next.

I will deal with these faculties in the following order:

  1. Body – The importance of our physical body and our gratitude for its function.
  2. Soul – Intellect, emotion and will.
  3. Spirit – The effective use of this vital channel for our communication to and from God.

In the next chapter, I will illustrate what is scripturally recommended for the successful function of the above faculties.

Please share this with your friends – you can never tell whose life might change, eternally, by your obedience to this request.

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A Timeless Tale – Chapter Eighteen


Living a Life in the Kingdom of God – Continued

Role of the Mind

Each one of us is a result of the cumulative thoughts of our mind, since conception in our mother’s womb. Right from our conception we have accumulated thoughts. Certain of our thoughts are conscious thoughts which are dealing with the here and now and other thoughts are filed away in our subconscious mind.

Conscious thoughts are active in our minds throughout our day-to- day living (this also includes thoughts that are active in our minds as we sleep). Subconscious thoughts are brought into our conscious realm by ‘triggers’. Triggers come in the form of certain experiences we have in our lives that are revealed through our senses; sight, sound, taste, smell etc.

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A Timeless Tale – Chapter Seventeen


Living a Life in the Kingdom of God – Continued

As an example of how one, who is living in the kingdom here on this earth, becomes visible – we turn to what Jesus reveals in the Sermon on the Mount.

 Before we continue I would like to raise a point here; you might find it a little confusing that Jesus uses expressions like: “The Kingdom of God” and “The Kingdom of Heaven”

Some say that the kingdom of God is the here and now and the Kingdom of Heaven in the eternal realm.

The expression ‘Kingdom of God” is used one way and another by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John in the Gospels.

The expression, “Kingdom of Heaven” is only ever used by Matthew.

My own opinion is that both expressions refer to the continued process from the time of Jesus’ ministry on earth until we dwell in the eternal realm and both expressions are applicable to: here on earth and in the eternal realm as well.

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A Timeless Tale – Chapter Sixteen


The Holy Spirit and Gifts of the Spirit

With your permission, I want to change course for today.

I feel it important at this point, to make mention of The Holy Spirit and gifts of The Holy Spirit.

As I mentioned to you in a previous chapter, with the advent of the revival experienced at Azusa Street in the early nineteen hundreds, there was a powerful wave of activity, centered on The Holy Spirit and the gifts of the Spirit.

People were speaking in tongues, prophesying, healing and many other exciting activities. This revival gave birth to the Pentecostal movement and subsequently the Charismatic movement.

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