The Beatitudes on the Kingdom of God – Part One.

May 4, 2011 at 10:36 am (The Kingdom) (, , , , )

I couldn’t sleep last night.  It’s nothing new.  But last night was different, it got to 2am before I decided to do something about it.  You have to understand that it always takes me awhile to fall asleep.  A good fair few hours.  While I do sleep I often have dreams that leave me puzzled.  They don’t scare me, just bother me.

But last night, I couldn’t sleep (yet again) and something was bugging me to not turn out my light.  So I pulled out my bible and Ministry School of Development notes and started reading about the Kingdom of God.  I stumbled upon Matthew 5vs 3-12, The Beatitudes, and something caught a hold of me.

There are seven beatitudes.  In the bible the number seven is symbolic of perfection or completeness.  God made the world in seven days, they marched around Jericho seven times, there are seven major notes in music, when light passes through a prism there are seven colours, there are seven types of  crystal systems and there are repeated multiples of the number seven through out the book of Revelation.  I could go on with the list of sevens but I’m choosing not to bore you.  So we must assume that The Beatitudes are nothing short of creating in us the ‘perfect’ Kingdom attitude.

The first Beatitude is:

Blessed are the poor in spirit,

for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven.

What does it mean to be poor in spirit?  Does it mean we need to lack character and constantly have a lack in our lives?  No!  It is about having the mentality that as humans we have a deficency that only God can fill and creating a humbleness around our lives which allows Him to fill that gap.

When someone acknowledges the fact that they are poor they adopt the mentality that they need to rely on someone else for their provision.  They become desperate for this provision and will go to extreme lengths to recieve it.  It is no coincidence that the poorer parts of any country has the highest crime rates.  Luke 16 vs 61 says “. . . and people are forcing their way into it (the Kingdom of God).”   Until we recognise the desperate deficency of God in our earthly lives we will not be able to enter into the Kingdom of Heaven. 

The Kingdom of Heaven is not for the deficient.  It is for the humble.  For the people who understand that without eagerly seeking God and His Kingdom we will not rule and reign with Jesus, whether we are saved or not.

I could carry on but I’m choosing to let this just sit for awhile.  I have the other six written down as well, I’ll save them for a later date.  But in the meantime I’m going to be thinking about how forcefully I am stepping into the Kingdom of God.  This is a battle.  Yes, God has already won.  It is up to us to choose where we stand.

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May 2, 2011 at 5:49 am (Uncategorized) (, )

I’ve caught a bit of a bug.  It’s a social networking bug.  I can’t help myself.  It seems like social media is bombarding us from every angle.  Instead of fighting it, I’ve decided to embrace it.  Facebook, Bebo, Twitter, Flickr, Myspace and Tumblr.  I have them all.  In the past I’ve kept a blog or two but I really feel convicted to maintain a serious blog.  A blog which can lead people, show people and speak to people.

I guess I need to start by introducing myself.  My name is Chloe Rachel Knowles.  I was born in 1992, which makes me 19 years old.  I am extremely blessed with an amazing family of five.  There’s my Mum and Dad, my sister Esther who is 25.  She’s married and lives oversea’s with her husband.  Then there is my 22 year old brother Sam who still lives at home.  Finally there’s me.

The biggest mess in my life is God.  Heck, I thought I was in a sticky situation before I got serious about living in His Kingdom.  I was definitely in for a shock!  He takes me down paths I would never go otherwise, His joy is my strength.  He is my rock and my deliverer.  His plan for me is wild but I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I have burning desires that fills my heart with passion and drive.  I am an intern at Encounter Christian Centre, as well as a part time Vet Nurse.  I have to match pegs up in their colours when I hang out the washing.  My favourite animal is a Panda, but Unicorns never fail to be my favourite creature.  I may have a slight obsession with talking about dinosaurs and midget’s.  I have a bucket list and expectations.  My friends call me Chlomo and I always hold my breath while going under bridges in the car.

I am nothing special, but I have something special.  This is my blog, my story, my muse.

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