Success in the kingdom of God is proportionate to how much it becomes our reality, our actuality, existence, or state of being.
Existence has to do with what our physical senses make us aware of in terms of our surroundings.
What we are aware of around us becomes our environment that dictates with it a culture.
When Jesus said in Matthew 6 “let your kingdom come, let your will be done, as in heaven so upon the earth,” He is talking about existence. The term, “let your will be done”, is actually “become” (Greek “Ginomai”). Jesus is saying, let your kingdom come upon us our reality and let your will become our existence or state of being.
As a matter of fact God’s philosophy of existence is so important that the Lord’s Prayer is stated in the grammatical mood of command, or how the Greek grammar defines it; “the imperative mood”.
The Lord is not telling us to pray “Lord let you kingdom come….”
Rather it should be prayed like this “Come thy kingdom!” “Done be thy will!”
Jesus is telling us to contend for the existence and the actualization of the environment and culture of heaven to become our norm of life here on earth.
Exodus 3:14 And God said unto Moses, I AM THAT I AM: and he said, Thus shalt thou say unto the children of Israel, I AM hath sent me unto you.
The term “I am that I am” in the Hebrew is “I am the existing one which exists” (or your life must become actualized in me, God who is the true existence. Or, the things that make up God, His kingdom and His will must become our existence, because only this is true existence).
Existence had to do with our surrounding reality. It is a state of being that becomes our life. It is what we are aware of.
Things or objects in this visible natural kingdom that make up our visible existence are made up of matter that has a certain shape, function and purpose. This matter is called substance. Substance on earth is material with its own chemical composition. This material takes us space that creates places. Places create an environment which defines a culture.
The matter of the invisible objects or things in the kingdom of God is called faith.
Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.
It is important for us to realize that God’s kingdom is full of things or objects.
Ro 1:20 For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:
Col 1:16 For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him:
The invisible things of God’s kingdom are far superior to the visible things of this earth.
2Co 4:18 While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are
seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
2Co 5:17 Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
Col 3:2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.
While we access the visible things of this earth through our senses; seeing, hearing, smelling, etc.; the things of heaven must be accessed by a spirit of revelation. (Ephesians 1:17-18)
All heavenly things are hid in mysteries. We will blog about this another time. Sufficient is to say that a mystery cannot be accessed by our sensory perception but by revelation.
His invisible things are made up of an invisible substance called faith. The more that we can walk by faith, the more that we will enter into the reality, existence or the state of heavenly things.
As there are earthly spaces or places so there are heavenly spaces or places.
Eph 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ:
Eph 1:20 Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him at his own right hand in the heavenly places,
21 Far above all principality, and power, and might, and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to come:
22 And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the church,
23 Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all.
Eph 2:6 And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
7 That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.
By the simple reason of our being born again we now have our daily affairs, and the carrying out of our normal everyday life in heavenly places.
What are the advantages of living in these heavenly places? Ephesians 1:3 tells us that in any heavenly place that we access and live in, all of God’s spiritual blessings are at our disposal.
Ephesians 1:20 tells us that in a heavenly place we find ourselves seated far above every demonic entity, sickness and every name that is named. Does everything in earth have a name? Does cancer have a name? Do financial difficulties have names? You are seated above them. But unless this heavenly place becomes our reality, our awareness, our environment, what we can touch, see, or feel by faith, we won’t be able to experience these realities within our life.
The doorway to entering into the awareness and the enjoyment of the environment and culture of heavenly things is a renewed mind. A mind that operates in doubt, unbelief, or ignorance to the Word of God will become a closed door to the entrance of heavenly places and its indwelling things. The door to these places becomes slowly and progressively opened by the renewal of the mind until when it finally becomes free it drops you into these heavenly locations.
Romans 12: And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
Paul says in Romans 12:2. “Do not copy the blue print or schematic of this world system but be metamorphosed by the renewing of your mind so that it becomes a totally different type of mind and you find yourself transformed. A metamorphosis of your mind and life are the keys to the doors of heavenly places.
Where there is doubt and unbelief or confusion so will be the doors of heaven will be barred to you. This is because the substance of heavenly things and places is faith, not doubt.
Genesis 1:3 And God said, Let there ( become) be light: and there was ( became) light.
In Genesis 1:3 the Hebrew reads like this “and God said let light become (or become the existence) and there became light.
From the beginning of creation God brought the tangible reality and existence of heaven to earth. He knew from the beginning that the existence of the invisible as our reality is the most important thing that there is.
Lets finish by looking at a few more scriptures from Genesis.
Genesis 1:5 And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And the evening and the morning were the first day. (Hebrew: And it became the evening and it became the morning, the first day.)
6 And God said, Let there ( Let there become) be a firmament in the midst of the waters, and let it( Let there become) divide the waters from the waters.
8 And God called the firmament Heaven. And the evening and the morning were the second day. (And it became the evening and it became the morning, the second day.)
9 And God said, Let the waters under the heaven be gathered together unto one place, and let the dry land appear: and it was so. (and it is becoming so)