My kingdom is different from the kingdoms of the world. The more you fight for yourself and the more you assert yourself in the flesh the less authority you have and the lower is your standing in my kingdom. I seek after the meek and lowly, not those who are self-confident in their own worth and ability I seek those whose confidence lies in me alone. That is why I require that you die.
I require that you die to yourself, your abilities, your accomplishments and even your dreams and your desires, and give them to me. I demand that nothing of you and yours must take precedence over my will, my purpose, my plan. I require that nothing in you and of you comes even close to competing with the position I must have in your life if you truly belong to my kingdom.
It is the way I work. I always work from nothing. It is in creating beauty from ashes, a palace from a hovel and kings from beggars that I am glorified.
It is in creating an orchard from a single seed that lay buried in the ground; it is in creating a king from a helpless baby lying in his mother’s arm – yes from a tiny almost invisible seed germinated through my desire my plan my purpose.
I do not get any pleasure from the glory of man and his fleshly accomplishments – from the skills in his hands or the swiftness of his legs because there is nothing in the flesh that can glorify me. It is all transitory and of no true value unless in it he honors me.
The magnificent structures over which you stand in awe mean nothing to me unless in it you see my glory. That is what you were meant to do and be – to reflect my glory. And without your acknowledgement of me and who I am, then your work and your accomplishments are empty and meaningless in my sight.
Go back and look at many of the great artists and creators of the past. See if it was not through me that ideas came to life and bore fruit. I am the source of all creativity. It is through me that all things come to life.
That is why I say unless a gain of wheat falls into the ground and dies it cannot bear fruit. So I designed it and so it must be. There can be no other pattern for true greatness. Any other greatness is not of me, and must and will come to nought.
I will not; I shall not share my glory with another. There is none of my creation that is worth of my glory save my only begotten son, the one in whom I dwelt while he was on earth. The one who was completely united with me in heart and mind and whose sole purpose and avowed intent was to do my will and walk in my ways.
So all those who would seek to be established in my kingdom must imitate my son – the joy of my life. They too must die to the desires of the flesh, the pleasures of the world and the success that come from mammon. They must die to the pursuit of all these things and when they have buried them and are they are no longer the little gods in their life, then, I will give it back to them that they may enjoy my glory and give me back glory in return.
Then they will know that all things are of me and through me and from me and they will not look elsewhere to meet their needs. They will look to me alone, and in that I am glorified.
It is truly all about HIM, not our kingdom, but HIS. Dying to ourselves sometimes is painful, but oh!!! the freedom that comes from that is so great, knowing HIS way is best and we just have to follow HIM. Thank you for sharing this. GOD BLESS YOU