John 18:36 Not Of This World

Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” John 18:36

Throughout the world there are many different types of kingdoms. The most commonly known ones are those of different nations. Along with the nations being kingdoms, there are also kingdoms among businesses.

The focus of the kingdoms is to rule and reign as the best, and pushing back or removing the competition or enemy. Each one has a different method of focus and method to be the best.

As Jesus was being arrested and tried, he was asked what He had done to cause His people to hand Him over. Jesus stated that His kingdom was not of this world and that it worked in a different manner.

The world likes to fight for what it wants. The type of fighting that is usually done is physically. Nations and businesses are made up of people and people will do whatever it takes to get what they want.

Those who are a part of the kingdoms are willing to fight for their leaders and country. Their desire is to protect it at all costs.

God’s kingdom is not of this world and thus works in a different way. No one can physically walk to God’s kingdom, it is in a different realm. Even though it is of a different realm, there is still a battle going on.

Although there is a battle going on, it is not a physical one, but a spiritual battle. Physical fighting is not a part of the battle plan. Believers do not have to physically fight to win this battle. It is won with prayer, sound doctrine, and love. With this type of battle, things may occur that appear crazy, such as Jesus going to the cross, to win the real battle.

Even though you are a part of this physical world, as a believer you are a part of another kingdom and world. As God works in your life, there will be times you must go through situations that do not make any sense.

Instead of physically fighting, you must pray and move forward with God’s plan for your life. You are a part of an eternal kingdom that will never fail or fade away. The problems in this life will fade away with time.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be a part of God’s eternal kingdom; that you will be a part of the spiritual battle of God’s kingdom; that you will fight in God’s manner and ways; and that you will look forward to eternal life with God some day.

1 John 4:5 The World Speaks

They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 1 John 4:5

Everyday people all over the world are talking. They are talking about nearly every subject under the sun possible to be talked about.

One thing that determines what people talk about is what they are interested in personally or what someone they are talking to is interested in. Along with that determining factor, they have to talk about what they know about. The more they know, the more they can talk.

John talks about the people who are in the world. They are speaking from the viewpoint of the world and those in the world are willing to listen.

It is easy for a person to talk to someone who has the same viewpoint. There is no argument or debate when both people are on the same page of understanding.

Many people will tune out someone who is talking about something that they have no clue about.

Often when believers start talking, the world tunes them out because they do not understand what is being said. The believer is talking about spiritual and eternal things. These are things that do not exist in the mind of the person of the world.

Those in the world only understand the temporary and physical things, so they reject the spiritual things of God. All that exists in the mind is what is right before their eyes that they can physically see or touch. Their eyes have not been opened to the spiritual and eternal things.

Believers must keep this in mind when talking to those in the world. Their words must be changed to help them begin to understand the spiritual realm of life. Until the non-believer gets a vision of spiritual things, he will not listen nor understand what is being said.

As a believer you must change your viewpoint from that of the temporary, worldly viewpoint to that of God’s spiritual and eternal viewpoint. Do not keep yourself focused upon the temporary physical things of this world, but upon that which is of God and heaven.

Realize that the world may not listen to you or understand you when you speak to them about God. However, you can reveal God to them by how you live and what you say.

Be His witness each day until their eyes are opened.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear God’s voice in your life; that you will understand the things of God; that you will have God’s viewpoint on life; and that you will be God’s witness to this fallen and blind world.