Kingdom Character and Discipleship
"Remember who you are. Don´t compromise for anyone, for any reason. You are a child of the Almighty God. Live that truth." ~ Lysa Terkeurst
Kingdom discipleship shows through Kingdom character and Kingdom character plays out in our everyday lives. Let's establish one fact from the start. Kingdom character does not mean being a perfect human being in the natural. Our perfection comes from Yahshuah Messiah's Spirit in us, His perfection. It is only through the Master's Righteous and Perfect nature that we become worthy. Kingdom living is simply a life founded on a relationship with our High and Holy Father and following His Savior Son, over and above our human sin nature. In Scripture, Yahshua made repeated references to the Kingdom. Living with a Kingdom mentality focuses on the Right-Ruling Kingdom of Yahweh Elohim, The Almighty Great I AM. Instead of this temporal world being our compass, we follow Yahshuah's spiritual path through this natural life. The character of Kingdom living is simply a way of thinking and living with the Kingdom of YAH framing our worldview. It's doing life His Way, putting yourself under His Divine authority. Scripture tells us our Redeemer was given full authority in heaven and on earth. To me that means Kingdom authority, so, this clinches the fact that Yahshuah is King and this world is His Kingdom. Being a disciple of Yahshuah Hamashiach is being a Kingdom disciple and the goal is to become more like Yahshuah and less like the world.
And having come near, Jesus spake to them, saying, `Given to me was all authority in heaven and on earth;
having gone, then, disciple all the nations, (baptizing them -- to the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit,
teaching them to observe all, whatever I did command you,) and lo, I am with you all the days -- till the full end of the age.'
Matthew 28:18-20 (YLT)
Being centered on the Gospel of the King and His Kingdom puts us at odds with the world's culture. The world, under influencial adversarial power, actively and vehemently opposes the Kingdom of God and everything it stands for. Even as born-again believers we have the inherited sin nature of all humanity. Living out our Kingdom discipleship in real time makes for constant battle of our will or His Way. We have to become cognizant of which kingdom we are under with every thought or attitude we harbor, each word we speak and action we take? How do we rise above natural inclinations and navigate our journey toward Higher Ground? Understand first, there are definite ways we can stop surfing the waves of contemporary culture. We do not have to be held prisoner by the opposition of Yahweh, our Creator and manipulators of humankind. We have been given the means and power to be light in this unholy darkness. Kingdom people try to focus on walking in the spirit and the Savior's Sacrifice and Resurrection victory that goes before us. It requires intentional effort and hard work to change how we think, speak and act. Refocusing our worldview, restructuring our value system and redirecting our moral compass all grates against the flesh. If you are a child of the High and Holy One, redeemed by the Blood of His Son then you are enabled and instructed to do just that, RENEW YOUR MIND, WALK IN THE SPIRIT and TRUST YAH.
And fashion not yourselves like unto this world, but be ye changed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what that good, and acceptable and perfect will of God is. Romans 12:2 (1599 GNV)