Luke 17:21 “… For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you."
In the Old Testament, God was transported in an ark and a tent. Only the Levites were permitted to enter God’s presence on behalf of the people and offer sacrifices for their sins and transgressions.
But today, we are now that holy ark, we are the modern day tents and God’s kingdom is within us! We can freely enter into the presence of God, anytime, 24 hours a day and commune with God.
Jesus spoke often about the Kingdom of God to teach and train us how to operate and live within this Kingdom.
In Luke 13:18-19, Jesus describes what the Kingdom of God is like…
"What is the kingdom of God like? And to what shall I compare it? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and put in his garden; and it grew and became a large tree, and the birds of the air nested in its branches."
What Jesus is saying here is everything God gives to you starts in seed form and grows. You don’t receive things in their fully-grown state. Like a plant grows from a little seed and blossoms into a garden, is how God produces His kingdom fruit through you.
In Mark 4 Jesus teaches the parable of the sower describing it as the most important kingdom parable. It is about a farmer who scatters seed on the ground. Jesus explains that the seed is the Word of God.
Mark 4:14 The farmer sows the Word.
Everything you need in this life is in that seed of God’s Word. Faith, hope, and love are in that seed. Provision, life, fruitfulness and your future are all in that seed. The Kingdom of God comes to you in the seed of God’s Word and within it is everything you need.
It’s within you. Develop it. Let it grow within you. Let it transform your life. Let it be the abundance within you. Out of the abundance of the heart the mouth will speak – as the Kingdom of God grows within, words of faith will flow out of your mouth and it will create and transform your world!
The Kingdom of God grows within you as the Word of God grows within you. The Word is what the Holy Spirit transforms in your life – He doesn’t transform you through positive, motivational teaching, it's through the Word of God. That’s why our preaching must be the Good News of God’s Word and not just positive, catchy, motivational talks.
James 1:21 says “receive” with meekness the engrafted word. “Meekness” here means “teachability” – it's giving the Word of God the highest place in your life and submitting yourself to be changed and transformed by God’s Word.
That’s when you will see the power of God’s Word doing amazing things in your life!