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My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

Forgive me if I am very brief in the posting of this article but intervening circumstances have caused my wife and I to pass through a period of transition. Not between us but affecting both of us. Now, although the Lord has mightily manifested His Grace and Favor towards us, nevertheless we, in union with each other and Christ, have passed through a trial that the Lord used to continue His process of perfection in us.  I dare not say any more until I have time for the Lord to complete His work in me. What I can say is that the Lord is faithful to His promises and, in faith, both my wife and I know that what has transpired is entirely for our good, and that He has placed us where He wants us and where He wants to bless us. Praised be His Holy Name!

It is through such testing that the Kingdom of God is truly made manifest to us. When we see God working through the circumstances of our lives in such a way that we see His hand on everything that occurs and the persons who enter our lives to carry out the Lord’s plan we “know” with the certainty of faith that he is placing His hand on everything that is happening and the blessing that are coming forth in the  midst of turmoil.

And that is what I want to give testimony to today — that the Kingdom Of God is not just some theological fantasy! It is a reality! When you begin living out the Kingdom Life you immediately sense the presence of the King in your everyday lives. In what you do, in what you say, in the people who come into your lives, and most of all in the Favor the Lord provides you as you live out your lives in Him!

The King within us

The King within us

This is the “Good News Of the Kingdom” that Jesus preached – the Good News that the Father wants to come into our lives and take part in our very living – He wants us to be His partners in  bringing forth His Kingdom in this world- if we all only let Him! If only we really let Him be the King of our lives and not just a theological figurehead!

What keeps most of us Christians from living out the Kingdom in our lives is that we, because of the self-directed human nature we are born with, think that when we are converted and come to Christ, that being a “good” Christian merely means that we dedicate our human efforts and energies to serve Him by doing good works, going to church every week, and attempting to be holy in everything we do.

While that is certainly the way to get started in our walk with Him, it is NOT what the Lord’s ultimate or perfect desire is for us. His perfect desire is that, as we grow spiritually through His Word and prayer, we enter a state where we yield ourselves so completely to Him, that we no longer operate out of our own self-willed human energies but, instead, we die to our “selves” and let “Him”, the person of Jesus that is in us, be the motivator and energizer of how we live out our lives. That is what it means to truly let Him be our “King”!

We have to let Him be King, and that is what entering the “Kingdom” and “Living out the Kingdom” entails. That is what yoking our selves to Jesus is about (cf., Matt. 11:27-29). And unless you are yoked to Him in this manner you are not in the perfect relationship with Him that He desires. That, my fellow pilgrims, is what St. Paul meant when he said, “I am crucified with Christ, it is no longer I who lives, but Christ who live in me [and through me]” (Gal. 2:20).  It is only in this state that we can come close to realizing the Father’s ultimate purpose for us here in this world, namely, “Christ in us, the Hope of Glory” (cf., Col. 1:27)! (Note: His Glory NOT ours!)

But coming to this state requires carrying the cross of our mortification daily, and that, my brothers and sisters, is our major stumbling block in being assimilated into Christ. My wife and I can certainly not assert that we are there yet, but we can say that we have begun to truly understand what living out the Kingdom really means and the struggle with our flesh that is required to attain to that goal.

Disciples in the making

Disciples in the making

We, like Daniel’s friend who were thrown into the furnace, truly understand that He is present with us in in the furnace of human experience and will sustain us until we come out of that furnace into the paradise of His Glory. Praised Be His Holy Name Forever! Amen and Amen!

I pray that this testimony will lead you to desire to enter into the Kingdom of God for His Glory and for that purpose I add a Prayer of dedication and some links relevant to this topic.

May the Spirit of the Lord guide you as you walk with Him along the Way …

Your Brother in Christ … Bartimaeus

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Lord Jesus, I believe that you, the Son of the Living God came down from heaven to reveal the Father’s Love to me by suffering and dying for my sins. I believe that through your death and resurrection you have brought redemption and life not only to me but also all else who believe in you. I further believe that it is only through knowing you in a loving personal relationship that I can know the Father.

It is because I have a burning desire to know you and abide in you that I now yield myself completely to you and your love. I open the door to my heart so you can come in and sup with me and thus begin the special relationship with you for which you died and for which I hunger.At this moment I yield myself to your love. Enter in and activate my spirit with your Holy Spirit so that I can go beyond just mere intellectual belief in you to a personal spiritual knowledge of you and the Father.

I yoke myself to You Lord Jesus, cleanse me from my sins and make me a fit vessel for your presence. Permeate my entire being with your life and your love so that I can truly be your instrument in this world. Be my Lord, Be My God, Be my King to rule and to reign in me. In faith and by your grace I receive You and I receive Your word.

Abide in me just as you abide in the Father and the Father in you! Thank you for giving yourself  for me. Amen!

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Recommended Link(s):

Sweet Yoke Of Love

Overcoming the World

Understanding The Kingdom

Yielding to the Kingdom Anointing

(© B.R.Timeo and Bartimaeus’ Quiet Place, [2008-2013])

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