The kingdom of God manifests when people are being led by the Spirit.

When God’s word
Not just as legislation,
Your heart becomes a place
Full of amazing grace
And the flowing light
Of living insight
Makes doing God’s will
Pure delight,
Joy unspeakable
And full of glory!

I wake up almost every morning with insight being birthed in my heart. It blazes within me like a burning bush. It’s such a blessing to be still and know that Jesus is alive and wanting all of us humans to be led by His Spirit.

The kingdom of God is Spirit-led order, not outward rules and religious regulations. (See Romans 8:14.) If you’re not doing the will of God from your heart, you’re rebelling against His kingdom. To keep first things first the kingdom of God (being led by the Spirit in your everyday life) must be your number one priority. To seek first the kingdom of God is to be so led by the Spirit that you make the risen Jesus your living Head.

For the kingdom of God to become more than a mere theological concept to you requires that you continually submit to the risen Jesus as your literal King and the Ruler of your daily life. If the kingdom of God isn’t ruling and reigning within you (if God’s not the monarch of your heart) you won’t ever be able to find it anywhere else.

The kingdom of God isn’t about religious rules and rituals. It’s about being continually led by the Spirit into God’s righteousness, peace, and joy. It’s not about religious talk. It’s about supernatural power to love (even our enemies) with acts of kindness and a heart full of God’s grace and compassion.

The best way to know the Bible is by doing it, not by hearing talks about it. Bible study is good. Daily letting the Holy Spirit use the Bible to deeply touch your heart is better.

Human beings way overestimate our power and reality, but we way underestimate God’s power and reality. The more Christ-followers are willing to allow themselves to be led by the Spirit, the more the kingdom of God is manifested in, through, and among them.

Many Christians trust more in sermon hearing than they do in having a daily walk with Jesus. Too often a pastor is like a governor on a rental truck that limits the speed it can go. Pastors, let God’s people go as fast and as far as He wants to take them. Jesus wants to lead us all to the great spiritual heights of the kingdom of God!

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 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 in non-traditional church, called, "Beyond Church: An Invitation To Experience The Lost Word Of The Bible--Ekklesia." If you need encouragement, search for: Elephants Encouraging The Room and/or check out my Amazon author page. Thank you!
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