Command Not Suggestions
“Clean up your room.”
“Put away your books.”
“Wash your dishes.”
I’m sure you hear the same things coming out of your mouth that I hear coming out of mine—on a daily basis. We’re always pushing and poking our kids to get them to do more and be more. And we should. That’s our job. And if it takes us standing in front of them, giving them commands with our arms folded and our head cocked to the side, then so be it.
And I’m sure at your house, you have the same situation that I have at mine. We come back later and the room is still messy, the books are still out, and the dishes are still dirty. It seems our kids have the mistaken idea that we were just suggesting they do these tasks, and they actually had the option to turn them down. Wrong!
“That was a command, not a suggestion.”
We can do that. We’re the moms. We suffered through nine months of lugging them around, hours of tough labor, and the daily hardship of parenting—we have the authority to issue commands. It’s part of the job description.
But it’s not the only thing we have authority over…
If you knew the authority you had as a believer and follower of Jesus Christ, it would throw you for a loop. Let’s look at one simple statement that we all know by heart:
“Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done” (Matthew 6:10)
We’ve probably set it a thousand times. I know I have. I would mumble it at church every week growing up. But the other day, during a time of prayer, God laid it heavy on my heart—“Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done.”
He told me that His kingdom wasn’t something that was coming. It was here right now! That shocked me because in my head, I had always heard that as “Hey, God’s Kingdom is on its way—either when I die and go to heaven or when He comes back here to earth.” But that’s not it at all. His kingdom is already here. It’s right now!
“Thy kingdom come” is a command, not a suggestion. It’s Jesus showing by example how we should be praying. The authority of the believer acts on the same creative power that God used to create the world and everything in it. He spoke it into being. And that is how we act upon that same authority given to us through Jesus Christ. We act on it. We believe it. We speak it! We claim God’s kingdom over every spot our foot lands and every thing we put our hand to. God’s power and grace flows through us. How cool is that? If your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, that means you are carrying God into every room you enter and every life situation you step into. Now that, my friend, is power! His kingdom is not something that’s coming. It has already come!
You want more proof? Check out part 2—“Thy will be done.” That’s past tense, sister! His will is not something that is on the horizon. It’s something that already took place—on the cross at Calvary. We pray incessantly for God’s will, but in reality, His will has already been done. That’s why Jesus said, “It is finished.” All the work and stress and striving—it’s over!
Luke 12:32 tells us, “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.” Did you get that? It is God’s pleasure—His will—to give you the kingdom. It’s already been done and is being done through you! Oh, it gets me so excited I can hardly sit still! This world and all of the circumstances you could ever face during your life can’t harm you at all. You are covered in God’s grace—not by being good enough, but simply by believing it and acting on it. His will is done. You just need to step into it.
And there is no better place to be. In John 16:33, Jesus says, “In Me you may have [perfect] peace and confidence. In the world you have tribulation and trials and distress and frustration; but be of good cheer [take courage; be confident, certain, undaunted]! For I have overcome the world. [I have deprived it of power to harm you and have conquered it for you.] How amazing is that? Jesus conquered the world when He took all our suffering for us. He stripped Satan down to nothing—rendered him powerless to affect you in any way!
“Thy kingdom come; Thy will be done.” It’s not a suggestion, or wishful thinking. It’s a command. God has already commanded blessing upon you. His kingdom is now, not later. His grace is for today, not tomorrow. His will is to prosper you where you are, not where you’re going. Are you ready to believe it and act upon it?
What do you think about this? I want to hear from you. Do you see God’s blessing for now? Or later? Leave a comment and let’s get the conversation started.
Hannah Keeley was once in overwhelmed mom living in a cluttered house, deep in debt, out of shape, and barely hanging on. But one day, after finding herself sobbing uncontrollably into a pile of clean laundry, she realized God has bigger and better plans for her (just like He does for each one of His children). Beginning that day, she began making changes in her life that took her from overwhelmed to overjoyed. Today, she’s helping moms do the same. Hannah, her husband, Blair, and their seven children live in Richmond, Virginia, and are having the time of their lives!
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