Moving In And Out of The Kingdom

So often we think we don’t have to do all of what God instructs us to do, but just what seems doable— not realizing that partial obedience to God is disobedience.

James 2:10 For whosoever keeps the Law [as a] whole but stumbles and offends in one [single instance] has become guilty of [breaking] all of it. 11 For He Who said, You shall not commit adultery, also said, You shall not kill. If you do not commit adultery but do kill, you have become guilty of transgressing the [whole] Law.

What we may not realize is that God is giving us instruction for our good, to keep us under His protection and to put us on the path He has for us that leads to the good life where all of His promises exist.

When we obey God we are in agreement with God and He will correct us—instruct us to keep us on that good path He has for us that leads to the good life He intends for those who chose Him.  But if we don’t obey God we are actually saying we don’t agree with God.  When we don’t agree with God He isn’t going to be giving us directions, He isn’t going to be leading us on that path He has for us that leads to the good life, but He will honor our choice—He won‘t force Himself on us. 

Ephesians 2:10 For we are God’s [own] handiwork (His workmanship), [recreated in Christ Jesus, [born anew] that we may do those good works which God predestined (planned beforehand) for us [taking paths which He prepared ahead of time], that we should walk in them [living the good life which He prearranged and made ready for us to live].

God will not make us do anything, we have to want to have Him, His good in our life and we choose that good—we choose to believe Him by our act of obedience to Him.

It doesn’t work to do just some of what God tells us to do.  If we don’t follow all of what God tells us to do that is Indecisiveness.  If possible (and it is not) what would that look like?  It would look like we are moving in and out of His Kingdom— in and out of His blessings.   Can you imagine moving into heaven and then going to hell for a while, then back to heaven?  No it doesn’t work that way, but that is a picture of what we are doing when we obey and then not obey, or obey some of what He instructs and everything He instructs.

Jesus said on that day many will have thought they were right with Him, but He said He will say He didn’t know them, those who practice lawlessness (Matthew 7:21-23).  

You can’t move in and out of heaven, likewise in and out of His Kingdom here.  You have to make up your mind which kingdom you prefer and then move all the way in by making a commitment to do all of what God tells you to do.

Therefore the way to have God’s best in our lives is to stay on the path with Him, that path —those directions He gives us that lead us to the good life with Him, here and now and for eternity.

Don’t let the enemy pull you off that path with fear, reasoning’s and theories that exalt above the true knowledge of God. Whatever the enemy tells you is too hard; you can’t do — know that as long as you choose to obey God, God will help you do whatever it is He is telling you to do.

Matthew 11:28 Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden and overburdened, and I will cause you to rest. [I will [ease and relieve and [refresh [your souls.] 29 Take My yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle (meek) and humble (lowly) in heart, and you will find rest ([relief and ease and refreshment and [recreation and blessed quiet) for your souls. 30 For My yoke is wholesome (useful, [good—not harsh, hard, sharp, or pressing, but comfortable, gracious, and pleasant), and My burden is light and easy to be borne.