- written by Scott Crowder
From there he went all over Galilee. He used synagogues for meeting places and taught people the truth of God. God's kingdom was his theme—that beginning right now they were under God's government, a good government! He also healed people of their diseases and of the bad effects of their bad lives. Word got around the entire Roman province of Syria. People brought anybody with an ailment, whether mental, emotional, or physical. Jesus healed them, one and all. More and more people came, the momentum gathering. Besides those from Galilee, crowds came from the "Ten Towns" across the lake, others up from Jerusalem and Judea, still others from across the Jordan. (Matthew 4:23-25 MSG) (bold is my emphasis)
The signs of God's new government weren't external. They were internal.
This good government is marked by self-control, therefore it's gentle.
It's not easily overthrown or put off.
It's only demand is that you remain - that you abide.
This new government starts in the invisible but quickly is revealed in the visible.
It's a secret that spreads in contagious fashion once the word gets out.
It's powerfully momentous like a jet stream.
By the time you've realized that you've come into contact with it you've already been moved from where you were before you heard it.
You want to know more.
You want another ride.
You're addicted to this new goodness.
It's incomparable, insatiable, incalculable - you can't wrap your head around it.
You've tried explaining it but the only option is figuring out a way to bring others into the power of it.
This new government of goodness, this kingdom life refuses to be limited by description.
It's vast. It's hard to wrap your head around but when you're under it all the pain you've felt from unanswered questions and the tragic events that victimized you dissipate.
You don't feel manipulated like some kind of puppet here.
There's no concern about being controlled.
You're starting to trust again.
You've forgotten some things that once seemed so very important.
This government that starts in an unseen realm is bubbling up and out of you.
People are noticing something different about you. Something that wasn't there before.
You're happy and they don't understand it.
You're unrelenting when they think you should quit.
You're circumstances seemed like evidence stacked against you yet your head is held high like a victor. You've got new perspective and you've started to make them wonder.
How can I find this in my life?
What is it that they've discovered?
The peace you're feeling is bigger than you now. It's facilitating breakthrough for the many. It's peace that undoes bondage and clears away wreckage.
It's like the ocean. It flows from love.
You can call your circumstances 'your island' and think you're isolated. You can deem it a land mass or imagine its your own continent with separate climates and topography, but you're still surrounded.
Love is washing over your coastlines.
It's running through your rivers. It's pouring down your mountains.
It's kicking up storm systems that are there to refresh you and provide relief from drought.
Your deserts are sitting on reservoirs that are about to be discovered.
The ice from your mountains is breaking up and about to melt creating new rivers, overlapping tributaries, flooding into valleys and gorges, pushing out debris and driving away predators.
It's a year of Jubilee.
You've never had it this good.
Good is about to be better. And better buckles under the weight and glory of His best poured out on you.
You're not going to be able to keep this in.
It's going to pour out like living waters.
Flow, flow, flow Spirit of life in Jesus Christ right now.
Invisible heaven be revealed and re-presented right here,
in these hearts,
in these minds,
in these lives.
We're under Your majesty.
Your good government will never end.