This blog is all about what cannot be seen with human eyes. This is my attempt to start a conversation about the Kingdom of God (KoG). It is my goal to use the subject of evidentiary law as a metaphor for demonstrating this invisible Kingdom. Evidence is normally about tangible proof for events that happen in this natural realm. I believe we are all called to present evidence or demonstrate the existence of the spiritual realm once we have discovered it.
Evidence has one purpose and that is to establish fact. Even if we are a firsthand witness we collect and secure the evidence for that one reason. The converse is true of those who destroy evidence. For us who live and operate in both time and eternity we do not need any more proof of its existence. However what we do need is a greater consciousness of our heavenly Father and His Kingdom. For example, after we learn how to paint we can use the basic skills to acquire new skills and become an artist. Spiritual living is also an art that allows God to express the reality of His existence through us.
I do not want this blog to become a place where the conversation is about trying to impress each other with our knowledge. I truly want this to be a place of encouragement and collaboration. I believe the heart behind Jesus’ demonstrations was to cause people’s spiritual awareness to awaken. These demonstrations were also about making people conscious and what is available to mankind. This has been the mission of God from the beginning as it concerns Adam and Eve and all their children.
There is power and confidence in community. For any of us to get here we have had to travel alone and learn to lean on our invisible Father. I would encourage all of us to remain in that attitude of embracing the lone wilderness experiences. If your method has been meditation, fasting, watching, retreating or just plain practicing the presence of God; guard that method and protect it, but always remain willing and open to change.
Our communication with God is precious above all. Chasing manifestations in this material world can lead to disaster. But the awe of discovering a glimpse of our Father expressed, should cause any of His lover’s hearts to skip a beat. It will always be a bonus to share that experience with others. It is not necessary, but to share with a brother or a sister who is also aware of our Father when He moves and say to one another “did you see that, or hear that, smell that, taste that or feel that, is a really cool experience.
The Apostle Paul said it is more effective to demonstrate the reality of what is on the inside of us. Jesus our brother and head of this invisible Kingdom identified it as a spiritual person that we each carry on the inside of us.
1Corinthans 2:1-5 (New King James Version; NKJV) And I, brethren, when I came to you, did not come with excellence of speech or of wisdom declaring to you the testimony of God. 2 For I determined not to know anything among you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 3 I was with you in weakness, in fear, and in much trembling. 4 And my speech and my preaching were not with persuasive words of human wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, 5 that your faith should not be in the wisdom of men but in the power of God.
Luke 17:20-23 (NKJV) Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; 21 nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there! For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.” 22 Then He said to the disciples, “The days will come when you will desire to see one of the days of the Son of Man, and you will not see it. 23 And they will say to you, ‘Look here!’ or ‘Look there!’ Do not go after them or follow them.
I want our conversation to encourage us to become still enough to listen to the still small voice we carry on the inside. Then I want us to be encouraged to act on what we hear. Collecting evidence of the results of God’s working through our lives is proof that we understand and can allow God’s Spirit to operate through us. That, my friends is the art of spiritual living.
**A caution to all. Collecting evidence of the operation of the invisible is the main focus of our conversation; however chasing evidence is not the goal. I promise, I will repeat this often. **
It is true that faith without works is dead but spiritual work is often and on purpose sometimes best kept hidden. Jesus even told people not to tell anyone of the works He performed. Jesus performed miracles with bread and fish several times and many who observed including the disciples totally missed the purpose and the art of the miracle. 2000 plus years later I think we need to heed the lessons and remember in humility we are also flesh and spirit.