Child-likeness and Kingdom Reality

 

The world is groaning waiting for the sons of God bringing forth the return of the Kingdom of God on earth as it was designed to be in the Garden of Eden,   (Romans 8:22).

Can such a magnificent transition and transformation be brought about in this suffering world of upheaval and stress?  Yes, and it has already begun.

Pure revelation by the Holy Spirit from the Holy Bible has been and is now being uncovered for God’s people to see, and it is causing the whole world to be shaking with the potential transition from one major age of God to another,   (Romans 16:25, Mark 4:11).

As the fallen loveless world system is moving toward annihilation.  The Kingdom of God is quietly growing in the purified holy hearts of the people of God’s love.

Day by day and piece by piece the simple words of Jesus are being illuminated with powerful simple keys that unlock the mystery of the kingdom coming forth on earth as it is in heaven.

Not by man’s power and might but by the Spirit of God,   (Zechariah 4:6).

Great armies with super weapons, brilliant technology, wise battle strategies, and even supernatural powers cannot bring forth the glorious Kingdom of God on earth.  The greatest strengths and best efforts of all collective mankind cannot build or establish the Kingdom of God,  (Matthew 5:1-12).

Jesus said the Kingdom must be received as a small child or not at all.

Only small children or a childlike people truly can have the potential to enter into the reality of the Kingdom of God on earth.

Jesus said that we would have to be converted to becoming like a small child to enter this Kingdom reality.  It seems we must have missed the total reality of what he meant by “converted” to as a small child,   (Matthew 18:3).

According to this word it is no wonder that mankind has missed seeing the reality of the Kingdom of God for these many centuries.  Personally entering into the Kingdom and corporately entering into the Kingdom age has some similarity with being childlike.

To the natural man in the fallen Adamic world, strife and cunning in competition with others is seen as the way to cure our sense of need and lack and to attain success and happiness in life.

Being number one and having the most drives the best of natural societal order of life.  Peace and rest become a casualty in the scheme of strife and frustration of seemingly never having enough or being good enough to maintain a sense of deep satisfaction in life,   (Haggai 1:6, Matthew 6:31-33).

Only a small child is immune to the press of mental and physical striving of life in a hostile competitive world.  A small child simply trusts in his loving mother and father to provide for his needs and well-being.

The child does not know right from wrong but can instinctively recognize love in his or her parents.  Even a baby knows and responds with trust to his loving mother and father’s voices.

However, it does not take very long for the child to begin to be trained in the competitive striving ways of this world to get what he or she wants by cunning and strife.

God’s Kingdom is an invisible Spirit Kingdom that rules in the visible world.

Jesus said, that a natural minded adult person could not even see the Kingdom of God. He further said that one must be “born again” to even be able to see the Kingdom of God.

Being born again means being born a redeemed Spirit being, a new creation – a child of Spirit Father God,   (John 3:3).

When one is truly born again, all things become new as our life source of being is moved from the natural fallen world to heaven’s Spirit source of life in God within us becoming as one Spirit.

As a new person, a new creation and child of God we, for the first time, experience the real all-consuming love from God and for God,   (2 Corinthians 5:17).

We begin to feel the trust and faith that our loving Father will provide all that we need and set us, as His sons, in a high place of governance in our lives and in the world around us.

We no longer have any need for striving on our own, seeking to find fulfillment and love in this life.  We are filled to overflowing with His love and provision to become a source of God life to the world around us,   (John 7:38).

There is a strong desire in our hearts to never disappoint our loving Father.  We are quick to obey His desire for us at all times.  Our life is more than fulfilled in is His loving presence always with us.  Joy and strength fill our lives.

Peace and rest fill our souls as we trust Him for every breath and heartbeat of life. We are never alone in Him and Him in us,  (John 14:21).

Channels of the River of God’s Love and Life

As humble sons (male and female) of the living God who abides within us, we have no need to elevate ourselves or to seek after the things of this life.  There is no need or desire to build any monuments to our lives such as ministries, institutions, buildings, famous reputation, nor any other tribute or honor to ourselves.

If indeed a person has need of these things and seeks after them, he cannot yet see the Kingdom of God.  His eyes and ears are closed to the reality of the Kingdom of God,   (Matthew 13:10-17).

The brilliance of the love and life of God flowing through the true sons of God shines out to the world around us, and the people are drawn to the light of the love and life of God in us,   (Matthew 13:41-43).

Prophetic Vision of the Transformation from the Church Age to the Kingdom Age

As the people see the light and hear the sound of the love life of God, they step out of their drudgery of marching in a well-worn religious path of deep sand while carrying heavy burdens upon their backs.

They will step out of the path of following one another in shades of darkness in an endless file, one right behind the other, and lay down the heavy pack of burdens that were upon their backs.

They will turn toward the light and begin to move toward the sound coming from the mountain of God.  On their way they quickly come to a shallow gravel bottom, perfectly clear cleansing stream of the joy of the love of God and are washed clean from all the past as they frolic in the fresh water of heaven’s refreshing life of love.

Revived and filled with the joy and peace of the love of God, they continue on walking side by side to the mountain of the reality of the Kingdom of God that fills every area of their lives now in this world and in the life to come.

(For this full prophetic vision read the following article.)

The Sound of Transformation

Feb 19, 2006

In the 90’s, I spent over a year alone in my log cabin in the piney woods area of East Texas.  The LORD was with me in a very personal way and was my only constant companion.  About sunrise most mornings I walked the short distance from my cabin to what I called my prayer hill.

One morning as I approached the prayer hill area just prior to sunrise the LORD asked me to stop for a moment.  As I paused looking over the flat part of the top of the prayer hill area, a vision began to appear before me.

In the grey light of pre-dawn before me I saw an endless line of people moving in single file one behind the other.  They were walking from northeast to southwest across the prayer hill area.

They each had a large pack on their backs and were walking in a well worn trail.  The land was sandy and all the grass had been worn off of the three to four foot wide trail that had become as a rut.

The trail was soft sand which made walking carrying the large packs very difficult. All of the people were bent forward a bit under the load and looked only downward at the feet of the person before them.

No one spoke as they moved in complete silence.  The people all seemed covered in a dull grey slightly greenish color including their skin, clothes, heavy boots, and their heavy back packs.  It was if they had been completely covered in a dull grey colored substance.

As I stood watching this vision a beautiful sound of heavenly music began to be heard coming from a hill to the east of my prayer hill.  The music was as voices blended so perfectly as to sound like instruments and perhaps there were instruments as well.

Immediately after the music began, a bright slightly golden light began to shine from behind the hill which had become as a small mountain with the top glowing with the light.  At almost the same time the music was heard, the light began to strike the prayer hill and the people drudging across it.

Without a word simultaneously all of the people on the hill stopped, lifted their heads and looked toward the light streaming in from the east.

All of them at the same time stepped out of the rut and without a word removed their back packs and laid them down beside the trail.  All those on the hill then began to walk quietly as a bunch toward the light and the sound.

On my prayer hill, if you walked toward the east down the hill, there was a valley through which the east fork of Piney Creek flowed.  In the natural it is a small stream.

As the grey people began to walk toward the east down hill from the prayer hill they came to the stream which had become a larger stream of fresh crystal clear water.

The stream was now two to four feet deep with a clean gravel bottom.  The group of people entered the stream and began to wash and splash around.  For the first time they began to speak and interact happily with each other.

As they came out the other side they were no longer grey people but had natural skin and were wearing brightly colored clothes.  They seemed very much alive and happy.

As they walked on several abreast and began to ascend the hill that had become a small mountain.  Their eyes became fixed upon the top of the mountain with the bright light and heavenly sound of music.

They began to interact with the music in perfect harmony with the heavenly sound.  As they ascended, their brightly colored clothing became a bright white as they blended with the now bright white light.

The LORD spoke again in my spirit and said, “Go look in the packs.”  I walked over to the line of packs on the ground.  I was astonished by the heavy weight of the pack that I tried to pick up.

I opened several of the packs and inside I found a number of different types of items.  There were a lot of thick very heavy theology books and various kinds of religious symbols and paraphernalia.

There were “how to” books of success and self improvement and science of mind type things.  There were also a lot of property deeds, business papers, mortgages, financial records and such.

I found nothing in the packs that would be considered evil.  On the contrary they were filled with important sorts of things that we would consider valuable in this life.

I knew beyond a doubt what the awesome vision meant.  I knew that the grey people were God’s people locked in the rut of religion carrying unbelievable burdens trying to fulfill church systems that had become lifeless and inordinately filled with man’s traditions.

I was overcome with the magnitude of what I had just seen.  The LORD assured me that this change would come about.  I proceeded to my prayer spot with a broken heart for God’s people and began from that moment on to cry out for the glorious transformation that I had seen to come to pass.

I prayed for the sound to come and the light to shine and the crystal clear river to cleanse the religious coating of death from His people and cause us to lay aside the heavy burdens of religion and ascend into glorious oneness with Him.

The transformation has begun.

Praise God!  The transformation has begun and is now in process.  In the vision I was aware of an endless line of people before and behind the ones who were on the prayer hill.

Though it was not a part of the vision, I believe that as the grey people in the endless line come to the hill of prayer they will come into a place where the sound of transformation can be heard and the light of glory will shine upon them.

And as it was in the vision all who hear the sound and see the light will be transformed. Are you hearing the sound and seeing the glorious light of transformation?

But what about the adversity that I have encountered after stepping out of the rut?

After having heard and seen, some may not realize that they are on the way because of the adversity they have encountered.  The vision did not show the tribulation and persecution that we encounter in the valley.

The pain of transformation that many of us have already or may soon pass through was not described in that particular vision.  God was not hiding it from us but was showing us what to pray for.

We never need to pray for persecution, it will come as needed to aid transformation for at least some of us.

Persecution and unjust painful experiences are a normal part of becoming as Christ is in the world.  These painful experiences are much more than just some unpleasant side effects of becoming as Christ.

There is a significant purpose in suffering persecution.  Scripture clearly tells us that those who are treated badly for the sake of righteousness or the name of Christ are blessed.  Quietly suffering unjust painful experiences and willingly accepting personal sacrifice can cause significant increase in possessing the Kingdom of God.

Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, For theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake.”  Matthew 5:10-11.

“So Jesus answered and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or father or mother or wife or children or lands, for My sake and the gospel’s, who shall not receive a hundredfold now in this time; houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions.”  Mark 10:29-30.

“Yes, and all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution,”   2 Timothy 3:12.

DON’T WASTE YOUR PAIN.

What is the blessing or fruit of unjust painful experiences?

Is the blessing automatic or can we waste our pain by missing the blessing?

“Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong,”   2 Corinthians 12:10.

The weakening of self makes room for the strength of “Christ in you” to be strong.

Pain in the heart always does one of two things in us dependent upon our response.  We can choose to resent the unjust painful treatment and become defiled by a root of bitterness.

That will change us and bear the fruit of many forms of evil and loss in our lives.  The wrecks of those who have consistently made the choice to resent painful injustices and subconsciously seek to defend their souls from pain and death can be seen scattered along the roadside of life.

Pain plus resentment becomes a flow of bitterness leading to defilement.

The other option available to the believer is to forgive the injustices from the heart. Since the treatment was unjust and we were God’s child seeking to serve Him, forgiving requires the brokenness of our soul’s desires, rights, needs and expectations.

It requires giving up our natural lives to the death.  Resurrection life only comes after death.  A strong but wounded soul creates a strong desire or need to stay alive, prosper and be accepted of others.

Total brokenness for a strong soul like mine was may require many episodes of being lambasted again and again with unjust painful experiences.  Pain plus forgiveness become a flow of love leading to purity and holiness.

The development of Christ’s life in His people is proceeded by pain and brokenness.  If we do evil there is no profit in the resulting pain.  But when we truly give ourselves to God and live righteously, unjust pain is highly profitable if we take it patiently and forgive.

This is a part of our calling to bring forth Christ in us. Only as Christ is formed in us can we rule and reign with Him establishing the Kingdom of God lifestyle in every aspect of life in our world.

“For what credit is it if, when you are beaten for your faults, you take it patiently?  But when you do good and suffer, if you take it patiently, this is commendable before God.  For to this you were called, because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that you should follow His steps: “Who committed no sin, Nor was deceit found in His mouth”; who, when He was reviled, did not revile in return; when He suffered, He did not threaten, but committed Himself to Him who judges righteously,”   1 Peter 2:20.

“If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you,”   1 Peter 4:14.

 

Be made whole in His love,
~ Ron McGatlin


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Ron McGatilnRon McGatlin Ron has over 55 years of seeking to serve God in ministry and business.  Barbara has served in pastoral and Christian education positions for over 10 years.  They currently make their home in the foot hills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in North Carolina, USA.  Ron has written 5 books on revival and the in-breaking kingdom and continues to write powerful apostolic/prophetic articles published weekly in the OpenHeaven.com Digest.

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Child-likeness and Kingdom Reality — 1 Comment

  1. What a precious article, dear brother Ron ! When I’ve read the vision, about the importantance of the music, the golden sunlight and the fresh water, I have been comforted that my work for the Lord and His children was not in vain. Overnight the Sermon on the Mount came again to my mind and I wanted to set it again to my google page. Many encouragements I’ve got through loving brothers and sisters at HKP.
    You all know that mindcontrol programs are widespread. These tons of books, your vision confirmed it, have poisened and oppressed people. Profit had and sadly still have the authors of those controlling “think tanks” who claim to be leaders of the entire world. BUT GOD – His Book is HOLY, and we must use and spread His Words day by day, night by night. And we must be in unity, singing His praises. Written on Sunday and finished at 12:22.

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