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Topic: The Kingdom of God (03/12/09)
TITLE: In the sweetest dream
By Yvonne Ostman
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You turned to me and spoke into me: “As I am, so are you in this world.” (1 John 4:17) I stood silent, while your words roared through me as a thunderstorm, and as a fire. It hurt, but I knew that you where telling the truth, that you wanted to set me free, not to condemn me. Nothing I had ever heard with my ears had impacted me like this, because you held my spirit, I had given it to you, and you where busy making it one with your own. I wasn´t concerned about myself, I didn´t think about anything but you, your great love and mercy, and your willingness to mold me into your image. Never did it occur to me that you could be wrong, because your words filled me and made me whole, they produced in me fruit that was undeniable, strength that would have been overwhelming, weren´t it for your presence.
Gently and lovingly, you showed me more. I could see myself talking to my children, and I could not only hear my words, I saw them, and I cringed. They where ugly, grey, spoken in anger, and they bore fruit that I certainly didn´t want in their lives. I never really believed in the reality behind my words, but now I saw it, now I felt it, now I understood, and I cried out for mercy. And mercy came, as real as everything else, visible, yet spiritual, and indwelt me. Peace flooded me, and I knew that I would change, that I would remember, that I would take heed.
In my heart now dwells a King, the greatest of all, of Your reign there is no end. Never did I imagine the change that You would work in me, or anticipate the magnitude of Your grace towards me. “You are not of this world” you told me, “not now, not anymore – you are a resident in my Kingdom, and it grows within you, day by day, from seed to plant to fruitful manifestation.”
Every morning I wake up to that reality, You in me, the hope of Glory! I clothe myself in a queen´s garment that fit my place in the Kingdom: love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Every part of me glows with Your presence as I meet my day, every obstacle in my way is already defeated and removed, whether it looks like it or not, and I walk with confidence.
I am Your outstretched hand towards a hurting world, and I extend my arms to draw more people in to Your presence as they see You moving in my life. With You I reign in love, that my children may be blessed and peaceful, strong in faith and mercy. The seed is sown in their lives, as in mine, and it grows to its full stature in its time. Such is Your kingdom that I have no need to fear, no need to worry, no need to sorrow, because You are not only with me but within me, whispering counsel and comfort throughout my day. Such is Your Kingdom that I can enjoy it now and throughout eternity.
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