Contrary Kingdoms

Therefore, putting aside all filthiness and all that remains of wickedness, in humility receive the word implanted, which is able to save your souls. - (James 1:21)

A prevalent strategy that Satan seeks to introduce into your life is to get you to leave the kingdom rule of Jesus Christ and come back over to his. Much of this happens through the division of the secular and the sacred. This is done when you attend and participate in church under one kingdom, then you go out into the world Monday to Saturday and function there under the influence of another kingdom. You might do a Bible study in one kingdom, then do your socializing under the influence of the worldview of the other kingdom—Satan’s domain. Essentially, when you flip-flop kingdoms depending on the activity you are participating in, or the day of the week, you do not fully actualize or experience the victory and rule that comes with the abundant life in Christ.

Satan ends up ruling people’s lives because they are yielding the power to him—not by way of any rightful authority that he has but simply because of a failure to align their thoughts and decisions under the lordship of Jesus Christ. By not giving Jesus Christ the proper place in your home, church, work, relationships, entertainment choices, and wher- ever, you lose the full presence of His covering.

Reflection: In your daily life (work, class, family life), do you make decisions based on what God’s Word says, or using other grids and patterns? If someone were to ask your counsel on how to make a good decision, what would you say? How can you help your children, or young people in your life, learn godly decision making?

Lord, I do not want to be a follower of Christ only on Sundays, or only when it seems convenient to me. I realize that for me to be a true follower of Jesus Christ, Jesus needs to be Lord over all of my life. I give You my life, thoughts, and actions at this very moment—they are all Yours to guide and direct. Let me be a follower who knows and honors You throughout every moment of my life.

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