Summer of Freedom

Summer of Freedom

Summer of Freedom

Tuning into His Kingdom

Revelation 21:5-7

Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.

The Matrix is everywhere.  It is all around us.  Even now in this very room.  You can see it when you look out your window or when you turn on your television.  You can feel it when you go to work.  When you go to church.  When you pay your taxes.  It is the world that has been pulled over your eyes to blind you from the truth.  Morpheus the Matrix.

God is deeply invested in restoring things that have been lost.

That is the nature of God.

It can been seen in everything He does.

The Gospel is a huge story much larger then setting us free although it is very important and significant.  

The Gospel is the Good News about God restoring all of creation.

To the factory settings (Original Intent)

To get this we have to think like a parent.

Your life before kids 

God before creation

The Kingdom of God: The whole atmosphere filled with Him, His personality, His preferences, and His Power.  Whatever God liked and wanted in that place.  

The flood of 1996

The Kingdom of Mike and Liz

Everything we desired and wanted filled our home.

In God’s Kingdom whatever is true about Him is what fills the atmosphere.

So what do we know?

  1. God is Love

God is the essence of love

The love that motivates someone to intensely pursue another with unwavering good will.

The kind of love that will not tolerate harm or darkness

The kind of love demonstrated by Jesus when He healed the sick

2.  Life

God is life 

He is what makes things come to life

We know that in Him is Life and that life is the light in men

3.  Righteousness and peace

Righteousness is not just the absence of evil but rather things working just right.

In other words rightly functioning

A fine tuned vehicle, a fine tuned watch or a perfectly fulfilled blueprint.

So the Kingdom of God is a love and life soaked realm where everything works as it is designed. 

All of this was brought into creation

The Story of Creation

Connected to God

They fell from that connection

And connected to another kingdom and altered the course for the entire human race.

Satan is the opposite of God not His equal but His opposite

He steals, Kills, and destroys.

God Loves, gives life, and brings righteousness and peace.

They unplugged from the source of life (The Tree of Life)

And connected to a new source our own knowledge of good and evil

So now we should see the problem

We are now the source (yikes)

I can do this myself

So when God came all Adam and Eve could do was hide

Shame had replaced His Image

love, life, and peace gone

selfishness, death, and fear in its place

The first marital conflict

The first murder

The whole atmosphere changed

Destruction began to march through everything God had made.

They had to leave Eden

A place of connection

A place they could see what now is invisible to us

They lost the frequency of Heaven, of The Kingdom of God.

The eyes of our hearts closed

Remember our message from two weeks ago,  “Open the eyes of my heart”

Our hearts became darkened, and blinded

But that heart still knows something is out there

It is trying to get back to the garden

Listen to the lyrics of the world speak of this:

We are stardust, we are golden and we have to get ourselves back to the garden.

Woodstock by Joni Mitchell

I came upon a child of God

He was walking along the road

And I asked him, where are you going

And this he told me

I’m going on down to Yasgur’s farm

I’m going to join in a rock ‘n’ roll band

I’m going to camp out on the land

I’m going to try an’ get my soul free

We are stardust

We are golden

And we’ve got to get ourselves

Back to the garden

Then can I walk beside you

I have come here to lose the smog

And I feel to be a cog in something turning

Well maybe it is just the time of year

Or maybe it’s the time of man

I don’t know who l am

But you know life is for learning

We are stardust

We are golden

And we’ve got to get ourselves

Back to the garden

By the time we got to Woodstock

We were half a million strong

And everywhere there was song and celebration

And I dreamed I saw the bombers

Riding shotgun in the sky

And they were turning into butterflies

Above our nation

We are stardust

Billion year old carbon

We are golden

Caught in the devil’s bargain

And we’ve got to get ourselves

Back to the garden

The Garden by Carly Simon

Come into the garden, It’s magical trees

Dapple the sun as they sway with each lazy breeze

They’ll set your mind at ease

Pretend you’re a child, with nothing to hide

Then we’ll join hands and let the universe swing wide

We’ll lay our fears aside

Hold me, here we can soon be born again

Trust me, believe we can still be born again

We’ve been sleeping all our lives

At least we can open our eyes

Our gates are unguarded, I’ve stolen the key

To where everything holy inside us is free to run free

To smell and taste and touch and see

Hold me, here we can soon be born again

Trust me, believe we can still be born again

We’ve been sleeping all our lives

At last we can open our eyes

Both of these artist knew there was something more but thought they could get there and build their own utopia based on their own understanding.

But Jesus holds the keys 

He is the Way the Truth and the Life

He is the connection back to the Father.

God always had a plan to restore what was lost and His Son Jesus at just the right moment entered into the midst of the chaos and decay.

Remember we had lost our way we lost the connection to the road map 

Identity > Perception > Desire > Choice > Action > Experience > Impact

 “Freedom is the ability to act and react in life as the man or woman you were created to be”

So What is the Kingdom and how do we get reconnected?

The Kingdom of God

The invisible but active reality of God’s presence

Romans 14:17

for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

God has come to restore that which was lost in the very geography you occupy.  

He has not come to demand allegiance and enforce oppressive laws rather He has come to repair the broken to allow them to see again so that if they will, they might choose to return to the family and live life again as Son’s and Daughters of the King.

The Kingdom of God is the presence and power of God to enable us to come to a new way of seeing and knowing reality, of seeing and knowing God.  As a result, we can begin to see and know ourselves more clearly as well.  Those who will choose to see differently through God’s perspective, will be free to exercise their will to be who they truly are not who they had become.  (Praise God!!!)

The Kingdom of God is like a radio station

Jesus told us to repent or as we have learned the Greek word Metanoia (change the way you think and you will change the way you live)

Change the way you perceive 

We live in the physical world but we also coexist in an invisible spiritual kingdom 

This spiritual kingdom cannot be perceived like the visible world nor its power accessed the way we access human power.

To understand this lets use something we do understand

The air around us right now is completely saturated with radio waves.

They pass over you, around you, and through you.

You cannot touch, taste, smell, see, or hear them.

But we know they are present

Today it takes little or no faith to believe in radio waves

But what about in Jesus time do you think they believed in radio waves

The Kingdom is all around us

It passes over us, around you, and through you 

You can’t  touch, taste, smell, see, or hear it.

But when we connect to Jesus The Way the Truth and the Life we now have the receiver to hear His voice 

The Kingdom of God is like an oven

The oven is an environment of intense heat

Anything placed with in the oven is changed by the heat

Cookie dough exerts no effort of its own to transform into a cookie

It is simply placed in the oven

Heat turns ice to water, water to steam batter to brownies

The atmosphere of the Kingdom has the same effect like an oven.

It has a transforming power all its own

As we have said today several times the Kingdom is Love, life and peace

If you dive in these forces will begin to change you to transform you.

Try to do it with your own resources your own thinking  and nothing will happen

The Kingdom of God has the power to effect anything that enters its atmosphere.  

Our role

Enter in

Change your source from yourself to Jesus

Surrender self reliance

Surrender to the immediate present rule of God

He will bake you

Change will come

But it will be His power not your effort

Revelation 21:5-7

Then He who sat on the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new.” And He said to me, “Write, for these words are true and faithful.” And He said to me, “It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the Beginning and the End. I will give of the fountain of the water of life freely to him who thirsts. He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.

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