One drink away

You’re one drink away from an incredible high–an inner spring gushing with phenomenal inebriation. Take the Jesus drink–John 4:14. That drink is served in the kingdom of God. Jesus stood up at a feast and shouted: “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.” Thirsty?

The kingdom of God and the kingdom of self can’t coexist in you at the same moment. Which do you spend the most time in?

To be in the kingdom of God is to be under the active and direct control of God’s Spirit. That should be a Christian’s first priority. Let the Holy Spirit control you like a rider controls his horse.

Self-will is a border wall that keeps people from living in the kingdom of God and drinking Christ’s living water. Continual surrender to Jesus grants legal access. We start to live in the kingdom of God when we begin to daily yield to God’s restraint of our free will.

Spirit-controlled people march in harmony, like a well trained marching band. The kingdom of God is anywhere that God is the active, direct, and sovereign ruler. If God’s not directly controlling a meeting, it’s not a manifestation of the kingdom of God. If the umpire tried to program a baseball game, people would be outraged; but pastors program church all the time.

A Spirit-controlled life sets people free from self-deception, self-consciousness, and self-destructive behaviors. However, instead of surrendering to God’s kingdom, many people prefer to just let God have a tiny part of their kingdom.

Jesus said that the kingdom is “at hand.” Will you let it annex you? If your ultimate allegiance isn’t to the living God, then (by definition) you are outside of His kingdom.

Jesus announced and demonstrated the kingdom of God — the direct rule of God in a human life. He defined the kingdom of God as God’s will being done on earth as it is in Heaven. (See Matthew 6:10.)

Ancient Romans said, “Caesar is Lord!” Early Christians said, “Jesus is Lord!” Who is your Lord (absolute master)?

God has always wanted to personally be the Head (King and Lord) of His people. Israel rejected Him and wanted a human king instead. Church usually makes a man the head, too, instead of letting the risen Christ be the Head.

Church teaches people what Jesus commanded. However, Jesus said to teach people “to obey everything I have commanded you.” That’s a big difference! Here’s a kingdom question: Are the currents flowing through your mind and emotions moving you along, to where God wants you to be?

Arrogance makes us unaware of our ignorance. Humility shows us the vastness of our ignorance and opens our hearts to God’s rule.

Jesus can detoxify your mind and emotions and make them pure again. He’s the most powerful cleansing agent there is!

An amazing thing happens when I take a Jesus-drink. Son-shine sparkles on the living water in my heart, dazzling delightfully. (See John 1:9 & John 7:38.)

one drink away


About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I co-lead a non-traditional expression of the body of Christ in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the first Christ-followers come to life in our time. I have written a book about our experiences called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia" that is available in Kindle & paperback @
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