"What you are seeing in your spirit is the manifestation of the kingdoms to which people have subjected themselves."
As Christians we all believe we are part of the Kingdom of God and are subjects. That at one level may be true, at least in confession. Yet, there are good people who call themselves Christ Followers who are of another kingdom. Paul the apostle called it another gospel preached of another kingdom:
But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach a gospel other than the one we preached to you, let him be eternally condemned! Galatians 1:8I have heard this preached about in many iterations. Mostly having to do with faith, works and salvation. That is true..but there is more. Much more. Jesus identified the Gospel to be taught as the Gospel of the Kingdom:
The hair splitters that define denominational differentiation as "Another Gospel" are mislead and are misleading. The gospel according to Jesus and according to Paul is the Gospel of the Kingdom.
And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come. Matthew 24:14
In light of this, here's what I saw this morning:
There is a Gay Pride parade in Chicago today. A half million people will take part. It celebrates in the end sodomy and homosexuality. Another Kingdom and the people who find themselves in agreement with this are of another kingdom, another gospel.
I was at a gathering of very wealthy people. The conversation revolved around money, how we spend it, how we will spend it, how we invested it. How big a deal it is. AND all the relationships around that table were about money. Money gods. Another kingdom another gospel.
The Sandusky conviction. His sin is public. He is paying an earthly price. I hate what he did but I hope he can find peace with God before his soul is required of him. He is in another kingdom, another gospel. Driven, ruled over by lust for boys.
Titillation. Sex. Pornography. Stimulation. These are rulers over men and women's souls. Their thought life if taken by these impulses. The capacity of the world to continue to provide allure to these temporary pleasures are everywhere. When we subject ourselves as slave to these passions we enter into another kingdom, another gospel.
Drugs. Alcohol and addictions (including food). These have the capacity to take lordship over your normal restraints. We allow them to reduce our barriers to sin. Talking foolishly. Acting out fantasy. It's a trap. We allow by our indulgence to be ruled by a false king. Another kingdom another gospel.
Entertainment. Sports. Politics. News. Markets. Movies. Music. Physical Fitness. Diet. The world of flesh is being fed by these sirens is everywhere you look. People live lives dominated by needing to be up on all the sports, all the news, all the political gossip, all the latest movies, the hottest music, the club scene. The insatiable need for entertainment (Flesh Feeding) is evidence of another king being on the throne of your life, at least for a time. I am guilty of this. I need to keep reminding myself to not allow any another kingdom or another gospel to set up shop in my spirit.
People who could become KING or QUEEN in your life. A kingdom must have a sovereign. One who sits on the throne of your life or mine. It could be a friend or a lover. It might be a spiritual leader. It might be your Apostle. It could be a boss. It could be anyone who's opinion can drive your life. That is dangerous, that is other gods before... another kingdom another gospel.
There is only one KING. His name is Jesus. He is King of King and Lord of Lords. He is the true Gospel. He is the King of the Kingdom that is in your life that is trying to displace him. Yet he is above all. When you die, when you are in trouble, he will still be KING. LORD. He is called this at least Three Times 1 Timothy 6:15, Revelation 17:14, and Revelation 19:16.
The Lord said to me,
"Tear down those strongholds (YOU TEAR THEM DOWN) that have risen up against the knowledge of ME. They are another Kingdom, Another Gospel. They all lead to death, on this side of the veil and on the other."
I know this was for me...perhaps there is one other who has allowed another Kingdom and another Gospel to find a fiefdom in their lives. IF SO...hear the Word of the Lord