Thy Kingdom Come

Miracles happen every day. The Bible says that in heaven, there will be no more tears and no more sorrow. It is normal in heaven to have health, wholeness and deliverance. He gives it to us on this spinning earth as our inheritance, but He packages it in promised form — the promise of healing, the promise of wholeness and the promise of deliverance.

During our stay on this spinning globe, where two kingdoms intersect—the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of the world—how do we unpack these promises on this earth? Is there something we can do to see these promises come to pass here on earth? How can we set our hearts to receive the miraculous? We want to make sure we do it in a right way that pleases God and not with maneuvering and manipulating.

The Lord teaches us to pray in Matthew 6:

“Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matt. 6:10).

We are to pray, “His Kingdom come, His will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. When we see healing take place, it is all a part of the Kingdom of God in our midst. When the Kingdom of God is near, one of the results will be the miraculous. Here are three prerequisites or principles to understand and establish as foundational so we can tap into our inheritance.

  1. Establish the Atmosphere for the Miraculous

It is God’s will that the Kingdom of God come to earth. Our part is to make sure that we are not impeding, rejecting or stopping the things of the miraculous with our volition, our behavior or our choices. We’ve got to set the atmosphere for the miraculous. When we do, we can welcome that which has already been given to us.

When we choose to take offense, we actually impeded the great God who created the universe. Because we have not set up an atmosphere for the miraculous, He cannot do a great miracle. It actually impedes the miraculous when we choose to be offended. When we stay offended, it turns to bitterness. It will start to destroy us and shrivel us up on the inside of our soul. We will become cantankerous, opinionated, skeptical and critical.

We could use a whole lot more miracles. We must refuse to be offended. It doesn’t mean we won’t be. We will have tons of opportunities to be offended, but we must choose to not be offended. We need the miraculous too much and our future depends on it.

  1. Start Praying! It Sets Miracles in Motion

In the 12th chapter in the Book of Acts is the story of how Herod killed James, the brother of John. When he saw that it pleased the people, he proceeded to arrest Peter and planned to kill him in the morning.

Some hours later, an angel came into the cell and Peter was handcuffed between two guards. The angel caused those handcuffs to fall off and a miracle took place. The doors opened and he was released.

“So Peter was kept in the prison, but prayer for him was being made fervently by the church to God” (Acts 12:5).

As soon as they started to pray, miracles were set in motion. It happened when they started to pray.

We serve a miracle-working God! Miracles take place all the time. We have to set the atmosphere for miracles to take place.

  1. Our Primary Role is to Serve God’s Purposes … Not Ours.

It bothers us when we start praying and nothing seems to be happening. Wouldn’t it be nice if we could compress that and have the miracle happen now! But sometimes the time between prayer and the miraculous will be our greatest testimony.

We have to remember that we are about God’s purposes. Jesus Himself was not delivered from the hand of the enemy. Even when He could, in the Garden of Gethsemane, He said, “But nevertheless, not My will, but Thine be done.” He could have called a legion of angels, but instead, the testimony of Jesus is in the redemption by His blood. We then celebrate Easter and His resurrection.

There are going to be times of suffering and affliction. That may be what it’s all about. That may be our greatest legacy. Don’t think that was all a waste, because we are here to serve the purposes of God.

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