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Where do you live?

I realize that’s a simple question, but I want you to stop and think about your answer for a moment. Your immediate response might be to name a country or a city. You probably think of the spot on this earth where you wake up each morning and go to bed each night—the place where you keep your natural belongings.

But if you’re a believer, you need to think more deeply than that. You need to become aware of the fact that although you are in this world, you do not belong to this natural world’s order. You are a citizen of heaven. You are, even here and now, privileged to live in that kingdom.

That statement would startle many Christians. Religion has taught them that they won’t reach God’s kingdom until they die and go to heaven. But the Bible says we’ve already made the transfer.

The Father has delivered and drawn us to Himself out of the control and the dominion of darkness and has transferred us into the kingdom of the Son of His love. (Col. 1:13)
Because God dwells in us and among us, His kingdom is present with us right now.

Jesus said it this way:

“The kingdom of God does not come with signs to be observed or with visible display. Nor will people say, Look! Here it is! or, See, it is there! For behold, the kingdom of God is within you in your hearts and among you, surrounding you. (Luke 17:20-21)

Certainly, we will go on to the place called heaven when our bodies die or when Jesus catches us away. And that’s great because heaven is a wonderful place! It’s the headquarters of this great kingdom. But, thank God, since we’re already citizens of the kingdom now, we can enjoy many of the benefits of heaven right here on earth. We can live our lives in love, peace, joy, prosperity, health, and victory.

We can also bring those kingdom blessings to others who are still under the dominion of darkness. “If Christians can do that,” you may ask, “why don’t they?”

Mostly it’s because they haven’t been very aware of the kingdom of God. They have been so absorbed in the kingdom of this world— the world that they can see and touch— they haven’t given much thought to God’s kingdom. They’re so caught up in the busyness of this natural world and its demands, so familiar with its way of operating, that they’re practically strangers to the operations of the kingdom of God.

But we can change that, in the Name of Jesus! We can obey the instruction of the Apostle Paul who wrote:

Aim at and seek the rich, eternal treasures that are above, where Christ, the Anointed One is, seated at the right hand of God. And set your minds and keep them set on what is above (the higher things), not on the things that are on the earth. (Col. 3:1-2)

By studying and meditating on what the Word has to say about the kingdom of God, we can become more and more kingdom-of-God minded. There is so much information in the Word about the kingdom of God, I could talk about it for hours—and I have. Brother Jesse Duplantis says I am the only preacher he knows who can preach on the same sermon for a year. But I can’t help it! That’s how long it takes to get through!

So all I can do is get you started. I challenge you to take up this study on your own from here. Get out your concordance and look up all the references to the kingdom of God or the kingdom of heaven. I believe the New Testament uses them interchangeably. Let the reality of that kingdom get down in your heart so that you are aware of it every day.

Copyright © Kenneth Copeland Ministries
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Author Biography

Kenneth Copeland
Web site: Kenneth Copeland Ministries
For the last 50 years Kenneth and Gloria Copeland have been passionately teaching Christians all over the world how to apply the principles of faith found in God’s WORD to their lives.

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