The Kingdom of Heaven is Within
You have to dig deep to find it! But first, you have to get past the bodyguard of your own ego, overcome it and the world that's sprung from it.
That means, every spot of its characteristic pride, vanity, envy, selfishness, ambition, lust, greed, desire for creature comfort and fear for survival, along with every blemish of worldly (instinctual & egocentric) cares, concerns, desires, hopes and dreams.
And if anyone thinks that he knows anything, he knows nothing yet as he ought to know.1 Corinthians 8:2
If you think you've got over yourself, then that's your ego deceiving you. For its roots run deep into the subconscious mind, which is why the only way, is to forsake all and WALK the narrow path, that contrary to POPULAR belief in the halfway house (church), is not a learning process, but a debrainwashing (cleansing) process, and when you truly find it, you'll discover you knew it all along, deep down in your heart of heart's (soul), but were blinded to it by the pride, vanity, envy, selfish ambition, etc., of the beast of your flesh. That which God calls Satan, man calls ego and we who dwell in His League of True Love (Heaven) call, the sinful, instinctual, egocentric self.
"So likewise, WHOEVER OF YOU does not forsake all that he has cannot be (IS NOT) My disciple."Luke 14:33
This is what God's end time movement, The League of True Love (AKA marching of the saints) is for and very few who sit in the halfway house, will be in that number as the saints go marching in. For though they say they're willing and like to think they're ready, when it comes to the crunch (it's crunch time), they just don't have it in them to ACT on God's invitation (will) He's had me deliver, for they haven't overcome the beast of their flesh and its instinctual, egocentric pride, vanity, envy, selfish ambition, lust, greed, desire for creature comfort and/or fear for survival, that stains (marks) their character.
Don't for a minute, think I'm trying to teach you anything. God didn't send me to teach, but to awaken and harvest the TRUE saints, the perfect gentlemen and gentlewomen of His true love, to what they already know to be true, in their heart of heart's (soul), and deliver His invitation (will), to come out of the world altogether and all together, to live for love with all your heart, mind, body and soul (absolutely), according to true love's absolute holiness, peacefulness, gracefulness and graciousness, with absolute equanimity, humility, cooperativeness and joy, without a care in the world and like a little child-at-heart, though far from childish, and LIVE IT.
It's a message that truly sorts the wheat from the tares, the true children of the one, true, living, Great Omniscient Deity of absolute, undying, true love and majestic virtuousness, from the proud and lofty, religious tares, and lukewarm wannabes (chaff), who sit on the fence in the halfway house with one foot in the kingdom and one in the world, serving two masters and wanting to be like Christ, but are too blinded, deceived, governed and ruled (marked) by the beast of the flesh (ego) and caught up in the world that's sprung from the instinctual, egocentric (sinful) nature, to do what it takes.
But you are not in the flesh but in the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit (nature and characterististics) of God (absolute love) dwells in you. Now if anyone does not have the Spirit (nature and characterististics) of Christ (The character of the perfect gentleman of true love), he is not His. And if Christ is in you, the body is dead because of sin, but the Spirit is life because of righteousness (virtuousness). But if the Spirit (nature and characterististics) of Him who raised Jesus from the dead dwells in you, He who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies through His Spirit (divine nature) who dwells in you. Therefore, brethren, we are debtors - not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh (instinctual, egocentric nature). For if you live according to the flesh you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. For as many as are led by the Spirit (nature and characterististics) of God (absolute love), these are sons (and daughters) of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, "Abba, Father." The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, and if children, then heirs - heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ, if IN-DEED WE SUFFER with Him, that we may also be glorified together.Romans 8:9-17
"We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God."Acts 14:22
Naturally, those who are blinded, deceived, governed and ruled by the beast of their flesh (ego), can't receive any of this, as it pricks and wounds (offends) their pride, vanity and selfish ambition, etc., which causes the beast of ego to rise up like a serpent and fill their mind with dark thoughts that have their Source In Negativity (SIN) and hiss and spit venomous words like a viper or stomp and bellow like a wounded bull.
But the natural (instinctual, egocentric) man does not receive the (virtuous) things of the Spirit (nature and characteristics) of God (absolute love), for they are foolishness to him; nor can he know them, because they are spiritually (supernaturally) discerned.1 Corinthians 2:14
Virtue of the Week
Characteristic of the lamb
Service is cooperating with others and making a difference in their lives. You consider their needs as important as your own. Be helpful without waiting to be asked. Do every job with excellence. When you act with a spirit of service, you can change the world.
But not so among you; on the contrary, he who is greatest among you, let him be as the younger, and he who governs as he who serves.Luke 22:26