And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, the kingdom of God cometh not with observation: Neither shall they say, Lo here! Or, lo there! For, behold, the kingdom of God is within you – Luke 17:20-21
The Lord Jesus makes it clear that the Kingdom of God is within you. What an extraordinary communication of spiritual truth! This doesn’t mean the Kingdom is inside your body. It also doesn’t mean it’s in your imagination. First, notice He wasn’t talking about the “Kingdom of heaven,” which has to do with the work that He came to start here in the earth. Rather, He said, “the Kingdom of God is within you.” The Kingdom of God is all of that sphere that is under the influence of God Almighty in heaven and in earth. That Kingdom is where God resides. That’s big!
Try to imagine how big God is: all the heavens and the earth are inside Him. He surrounds everything, and His presence is everywhere. If Jesus then says, “The kingdom of God is within you,” He means you have the capacity to contain God Almighty. Not only is God in you, you also have His nature to contain everything: “He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the hearts of men…” (Ecclesiastes 3:11, NIV)
Is there anything you need to improve in your life? Look inwards, for the Kingdom of God is in you. Eternity has been set in your heart (Ecclesiastes 3:11), meaning there’s no limit to the extent and reach of your abilities, and what you can possess with your spirit. Thank God for the privilege and power of prayer. Through prayer, we can transport ourselves to divine realms of glory, far beyond the reach of human minds and abilities, and live the Kingdom-life on earth. Glory to God!
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Confession (Faith’s proclamation)
I carry within me God’s divine presence to influence and affect my world, establishing the peace, righteousness, love, joy, health and prosperity of the kingdom, and revealing the victorious life in Christ. Halleluiah!
Further Study: Psalm 82:6; John 10:34; 2 Peter 1:4