Written and Illustrated by Rhonda Logan Bailey - Heartland Church - Fort Wayne, IN
The Holy Spirit spoke, "The buffalo people" to me and I was confused.
I asked for clarity and was given this message:
"It isn't a race of people; they are my messengers, the ones creating pathways to me, and they are of all ages."
The Buffalo People
The Buffalo People gather and the ground quakes…
Things are shaken loose, even broken off,
small things are compacted, big things are
detoured and quickly left behind.
Even the atmosphere is affected…
Dirt is displaced with their passing through,
and the paths created are made solid by
the countless number of feet.
All take notice…
Although some fear and hide, others emerge
from their darkness to rejoice in the light as they
witness lies exposed and exchanged for truth.
The vibrant reality of God causes
the chaotic cacophony to subside and
the Holy Hush to abound,
silencing fear, softening scars and healing every wound.
In this miraculous moment
darkness is left to burn away as eternity begins,
and all at the table are welcomed to the
feast of all feasts and fountain of living water.
Join me in prayer for eyes to see and ears to hear God's message as the pathway from the heart to the mind is made clear. In the name of Jesus. Amen.
Matthew 13:11-12 and 41TPT
11 He explained, “You’ve been given the intimate experience of insight into the hidden mysteries of the realm of heaven’s kingdom, but they have not. 12 For everyone who listens with an open heart will receive progressively more revelation until he has more than enough. But those who don’t listen with an open, teachable heart, even the understanding that they think they have will be taken from them.
41 The Son of Man will send his messengers, and they will uproot everything out of his kingdom. All the lawless ones and everything that causes sin will be removed.
Revelation 19:9 TPT
Then the angel said to me, “Write these words: Wonderfully blessed are those who are invited to feast at the wedding celebration of the Lamb!” And then he said to me, “These are the true words of God.”
Revelation 21:4 TPT
He will wipe away every tear from their eyes and eliminate death entirely. No one will mourn or weep any longer. The pain of wounds will no longer exist, for the old order has ceased.
Revelation 21:6 TPT
Then he said to me, “It has been accomplished! For I am the Aleph and the Tav, the beginning and the end. I will give water to all who are thirsty. As my gracious gift, they will continuously drink from the fountain of living water.”
Written by Fr. Dale Minor - Reclaim Ministry - Rutland, OH
It may be a surprise to some to hear that man was created to rule the earth, yet that is what we we read in the story of the creation of man, (Gen 1 &2). “Subdue the earth and have dominion over it.” (Gen 1:28) But Adam relinquished that authority when he chose to rebel against God. The result; Adam was exiled to a harsh and unfriendly world and we still reside in that world. However, as much as we may think otherwise, we do not rule over it. We have a King!
As Christians, we believe and acknowledge Jesus as Lord and King. Even His enemies unwittingly acknowledged this fact as they placed a crown of thorns on his head at His crucifixion while the multitudes proclaimed Him the King of the Jews. But, what does the Bible say about Jesus and His kingship? More than 80 times in Scripture there is a reference to the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom of heaven, or the Kingdom of Light, all referring to the place where God reigns supreme and Jesus is king of an everlasting realm.
So, just where is this kingdom? Many people look to this as a future kingdom, that which they will enjoy in heaven. Yet there is considerable evidence in the Bible urging us to understand that the kingdom exists whenever and wherever Christ is king of your life. For instance, Col. 1: 13 says, “Christ has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love.” At the same time Rev. 20 promises an everlasting kingdom in heaven, leaving us to understand that the Kingdom of Heaven has both a present and eternal dimension.
Yes, we can look at the words of Jesus as in Mt. 18:36 and quote, “My kingdom is not of this world.” But to understand what Jesus was saying we have to read on. “If my kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now, My kingdom is not from here.” Christ has not said that His reign has nothing to do with the world, but that His reign does not come from any earthly human authority, but from God. Further, Jesus spoke of the benefits of kingdom living as he explained why he spoke in parables, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given.” (Mt. 13:11) And, did He not instruct us to pray for the kingdom here on earth? “Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” This says that when we are in God’s will we are in His kingdom.
In the 1970’s a best selling Christian book was making the rounds, How to live like a King’s Kid, by Harold Hill. The premise is that King’s kids live in a natural world, yet we enjoy heavenly rule.” So if we are children of God, that is King’s kids, then why aren’t we living like it? Why aren’t we enjoying the perks of living in the palace? The answer is simple enough: Because we are spending too much time living outside the kingdom. We often choose to step back into that world of exile which was assigned to Adam because of his sin.
Okay, so Christ is king, we know that, but He has ascended to heaven. Won’t we have to wait until he returns to live in His kingdom? No; Mt. 16:18-19; “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter; and on the rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys to the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” At this, Jesus assigned limited authority of the kingdom to His church.
One final thought: It is the gift of the Spirit received at Pentecost that has instilled in us the right to proclaim citizenship in the Kingdom of God for as St. Paul claims, “No one can say that Jesus is Lord (King) except by the Holy Spirit.” To paraphrase Harold Hill, “It is time to begin living who we are, -- as King’s kids.”