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Kingdom Culture – Speak the language

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2 NLT

My last post kicked off a new series on God’s Kingdom Culture. When you are in God’s Kingdom, he doesn’t patch you up. He doesn’t just cover up your mistakes. He doesn’t put touch up paint on your faults. He completely TRANSFORMS your life.

We read from a book that Paul wrote to the church in Corinth…

“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.”2 Corinthians 5:17

Don’t believe this world’s culture. Don’t buy into this world culture. Don’t allow the kingdom of this world to dictate who you are or tell you cannot become a new person in Christ!

You can be everything God created you to be!!!!!

The voice of Gods’ Kingdom / Culture MUST be louder than the voice of this world.

Every kingdom / nation / culture has its own language.

The language you speak identifies what kingdom you belong to! You and I MUST decide if we are going to speak the language of God’s Kingdom or of this world.

Here is a great example of speaking the language of God’s Kingdom from Sydney McLaughlin. Sydney is a 2x Olympian and a World Record Holder.

Let me start off by saying, what and honor it is to be able to represent not only my country, but also the kingdom of God. What I have in Christ is far greater than what I have or don’t have in life.

I pray my journey may be a clear depiction of submission and obedience to God. Even when it doesn’t make sense, even when it doesn’t seem possible. He will make a way out of no way. Not for my own gratification, but for His glory.

I have never seen God fail in my life. In anyone’s life for that matter. Just because I may not win every race, or receive every one of my heart’s desires, does not mean God had failed.

His will is PERFECT. And He has prepared me for a moment such as this. That I may use the gifts He has given me to point all the attention back to Him.

Most athletes/Olympians use a language that only points back to them. They usually talk about what they have done, what they have accomplished, the strength they built and the medals they deserve.

I want to challenge us all to ask ourselves to consider what language we are speaking.

If you have been TRANSFORMED by the power of Christ, and experience the full gospel, your native tongue will change, showing you belong to a new Kingdom.

For example, you and I should not understand and comprehend this world’s culture language. Let me say it like this, when the world’s philosophies are being spoken that are against the culture of God’s Kingdom, it should not make sense to the Spirit that is living inside of you and me. 

What you and I read, what you and I watch, and what you and I listen to should line up with His Holy Kingdom Culture. Kingdom Culture strives every single day to be more like Christ and live according to His Word.

So if you have to close the book, close it. If you have to turn it off, turn it off. If you have to change the station, change the station. If you have to unsubscribe or unfollow, do it and do it without hesitation.

Do not love this world nor the things it offers you, for when you love the world, you do not have the love of the Father in you.

For the world offers only a craving for physical pleasure, a craving for everything we see, and pride in our achievements and possessions. These are not from the Father but are from this world. And this world is fading away, along with everything that people crave. But anyone who does what pleases God will live forever.” 1 John 2:15-17 NLT

Everything about the kingdom of this world is about physical pleasure, natural achievements, and temporary possessions. 

If you continue to define your meaning in this culture alone, you will be forever disappointed in this life.

That is why we must transform our thinking and transform our language…. 

So, when this life doesn’t go our way… Kingdom Culture says, in its native tongue, “Not my will, but thine be done.”

Let’s let God transform us today! #KingdomCulture

Kent Elliott

Senior Pastor | Faith Tabernacle | Manchester, CT

Sr Pastor at Faith Tabernacle / President & Lead Consultant, FAITHWORKS Image Consulting. Husband to Crystal & father to Kaylea, Johnny (SIL) & Chase.

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