We also pray that you will be strengthened with all his glorious power so you will have all the endurance and patience you need. May you be filled with joy, always thanking the Father. He has enabled you to share in the inheritance that belongs to his people, who live in the light. For he has rescued us from the kingdom of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of his dear Son, who purchased our freedom and forgave our sins. – Colossians 1:11-14 NLT
What a great Prayer. People who know how to pray, usually know the Lord, know His Word, and desire HIS WAY! Colossians 1:9–14 is a prayer on behalf of the Colossian Christians. Paul prays for their continued spiritual growth, including knowledge of God, knowledge of His will, and wisdom. Paul also prays for their strength and endurance. In so praying, Paul reminds the believers of Colossae that salvation is entirely the work of God, who drastically changed their fate by rescuing them from sin. We must remember that we live in a world that is fading away, that is temporal. This is why we are to LOVE GOD and the things that are eternal and NOT LOVE THIS WORLD, which is temporal, and which pulls us from the Love of God the Father. “Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world—the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride of life—is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away along with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever”. (1 John 2:15-17)
Leader, this is why we are encouraged to focus on the Kingdom of God. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need. (Matthew 6:33) “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21) Paul, Abba, Jesus, Peter, John- all those who are Great in the Lord, tell us that we are to focus on the Kingdom of God and fight against the flesh, the world and the devil who wants to keep our focus on the Kingdom of darkness. Where are focus is, we move in that direction. Our eyes are in the front of our head, so we can MOVE in the direction of our FOCUS, and we FOCUS in the direction we MOVE! Which is why the great theologian C. S. Lewis said, “Aim at heaven and you will get earth thrown in. Aim at earth and you get neither”. Today refocus your attention, your aim. Focus on God’s Kingdom, and not America’s kingdom, or your Kingdom, or your temporal desires.
Conduit, there are 2 Spiritual kingdoms. They are real and they are political or geographical kingdoms. They are universal-wide and exist in people’s hearts. Every person in the world belongs to one of these kingdoms. In a sermon from simplybible.com, it was put into simple understanding. There are certain things that need to be considered in every kingdom. There needs to be a ruler, a monarch. Every kingdom is concerned with having someone crowned and enthroned as ruler. Every kingdom has to have a realm or territory over which its ‘Leader’ rules. All Kingdoms have subjects, citizens. The citizens must abide by certain laws issued by the leader, to keep order in the Kingdom. The citizens live by certain distinguishing customs. A kingdom is concerned with its strength and power in conquering and defending. A kingdom is also concerned with its destiny —whether it will fall to ruin or rise to glory. The seven considerations above are true of spiritual kingdoms too. They are true of Christ’s kingdom, and they are true of Satan’s”. Some questions that will help us identify where we are currently at: Am I acknowledging Jesus as my Lord and King? Where is my life and heart centered? Are my affections for this world or for the heavenly realms? What would those closest to you say about your affections? Do I strive to keep the law of Jesus, working to be both- hearing and DOING the gospel? Do I purpose to make it a custom and habit to show the light and Spirit of Christ in my daily conduct? Do I daily seek God in prayer and His Word? What makes a ‘good day’, a GOOD DAY? If a good day has to do with things of the flesh, versus things of the Spirit, then maybe it is time to RE-ADJUST your focus and your life? We are told to live an examined life! Examine yourselves, to see whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. Or do you not realize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you? —unless indeed you fail to meet the test! (2 Corinthians 13:5) Why? Because planes crash and people die, it is a fact of life, and God tells us that if we judge ourselves then He will not feel the need! But if we judged ourselves truly, we would not be judged. But when we are judged by the Lord, we are disciplined so that we may not be condemned along with the world. (1 Corinthians 11:31-32) Check your passport and make the proper adjustments! The Time is NOW, repent; Change your mind, do something different- for the Kingdom of God is at hand!