Kingdom Living

Kingdom Living

“You will not certainly die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat from it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil." - Genesis 3:4-5

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Everything we have been taught as church-goers without the leading of the Holy Spirit must be sanctified. Growing up, I thought that the salvation of my soul was only about me going to heaven after my physical body dies. No one taught me that, Jesus's blood did more than secure my place in heaven. Jesus's blood allows me to also live heaven on earth. Jesus wants us to die to ourselves, so that everything that we've been taught as sinners BEFORE accepting Jesus as Lord, will not hinder us from entering into God's rest. God's rest is how God intended for mankind to live before Adam & Eve sinned.
[BEFORE ACCEPTING CHRIST] So also, when we were underage, we were in slavery under the elemental spiritual forces of the world. Galatians 4:3 
[AFTER ACCEPTING CHRIST] I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I now live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God,who loved me and gave himself for me. Galatians 2:20
If you've read the blog post titled "From Milk to Meat," you will know that there are 3 cultures in this world and they are kingdom culture, worldly culture, and religious culture. Let's look at what the bible says about these cultures and I will show you examples of how each of these cultures live according to their faith in Jesus.


Kingdom 
Kingdom culture is the culture that God intended mankind to live in while living on the earth. It's how Adam lived before he sinned and introduced sin into the world
Worldly culture is the culture that  was introduced into the world, after Adam sinned. It's the culture that everyone is accustomed to, if they have not been sanctified by the Holy Spirit.

Religious

Religious culture is a mixture of kingdom culture and worldly culture. It's what we would call legalism and or Grace without transformation. 
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Perspective of marriage in 3 cultures 
Kingdom living - I'm so dependent on Jesus that I know I need Jesus to breath, eat, pay my bills, for peace, joy, love, and life (for everything). My identity is not found in my spouse and vice versa. I didn't marry my spouse because I needed them but because it is a calling from God. So, if my spouse ever received fake news about their identity in Christ, my identity is not lost or hindered because there's is. My identity is still in Jesus Christ and it did not leave because I got married.

Worldly living - I'm independent because I trust in myself. I want to get married to benefit me, so that I can have a companion to do things with to fulfill my sexual urges or to travel with, and or to split bills with. So, when my spouse does not give me what I 'need', I leave. My identity is my needs.

Religious living - Let's pray for everyone to get married so that they will not live in sin. Although, they still need to be sanctified by the Holy Spirit and understand that marriage is not a desire to fulfill selfish desires, rather it's a calling from God to serve the other person.

Perspective of love in 3 cultures
Kingdom living - I'm so dependent on Jesus that I know I need Jesus to breath, eat, pay my bills, for peace, joy, love, and life (for everything). My identity is not found in my spouse and vice versa. I didn't marry my spouse because I needed them but because it is a calling from God. So, if my spouse ever received fake news about their identity in Christ, my identity is not lost or hindered because there's is. My identity is still in Jesus Christ and it did not leave because I got married.

+ I am then able to love my spouse, even if they've stepped out or are having an identity crisis  because they don't know how much Jesus Christ loves them. What they do, does not change who I am in Christ. Thus, I am able to still love my spouse, because I'm dependent on Jesus to give me what I need and not my spouse. My spouse is not my need provider. They weren't born to satisfy all my needs. Rather they were created for a Godly purpose.

Worldly living - I'm independent because I trust in myself. I want to get married to benefit me, so that I can have a companion to do things with to fulfill my sexual urges or to travel with, and or to split bills with. So, when my spouse does not give me what I 'need', I leave. My identity is my needs.

+ I am not able to love my spouse, if they don't give me what I need because I don't know how much Jesus Christ loves them and how much he loves me. What they do, changes who I am in in the world because my identity is in my needs, feelings and emotions and not in Jesus Christ. Thus, I am not able to love my spouse if they don't give me what I need, because I'm dependent on myself to get me what I need, and others to give me what I need. I married my spouse so they can be my need provider, as if they were born to satisfy all my needs and weren't created for a Godly purpose.

Religious living - Let's pray for everyone to get married so that they will not live in sin. Although, they still need to be sanctified and understand that marriage is not a desire to fulfill selfish desires, rather it's a calling from God to serve the other person.

+ Two saved people get married, and then get divorced because they were in it for the wrong reasons. Now they feel condemned and either blame God or become more self-centered and blame their spouse for the divorce and repeat marriage all over again to find that the same issue is in the second marriage too.