Once Upon a Time There Was a KING…..And He Still Reigns!

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Lord, Your love astounds us. We are in awe. We bow to You. Take our lives and have Your way. You are all we want and all we need

by Elizabeth Burgard Fulgaro (c) 2011   www.holyspiritpress.org   www.eaglesnestfoundation.org

Once upon a time there was a great King.  He was more powerful than any other and unlike anything else on the earth or in the universe, for He was not created.  He was the Creator.  He had always been.  He did not change, grow or develop.  He was.  And there was no one wiser than He because as the Creator He was supreme in every way over everything created.  He was the embodiment of all true Wisdom.

Yet unlike many mortal kings who would be here and gone with the passage of time as each generation passed away and the new one rose to power,  He was all good and never-ending.

None of His motives were selfish, for He was completely selfless.  Though He had all power, He did not seek to dominate by this power.  In fact, He did not force His subjects to do anything.  He loved them.  He loved all who dwelt on the earth – both the subjects of His kingdom and those outside His kingdom.

But even in this love, His kingdom was one of extreme order, not anarchy.  There were very specific, unchanging, unwavering, not-up-for-discussion, not-to-be-questioned principles upon which His kingdom was established. This was because these principles were not arbitrary, but reflected the essence of Who He was.  And just as much of His creation had cause and effect – for instance there was a principle called gravity which dictated that whatever went up into the air eventually had to come back down – there were principles of cause and effect which resulted from His way and gave certain structure to the operation of His kingdom.

Because He was (and is) an infinite God, so superior to human beings in His wisdom that He could not be fully comprehended, only a few of of the most basic principles have been included in this tale.

The first principle was that in order to be in His kingdom, one had to recognize He alone was King (and Sovereign above all) and to revere, honor and bow to His supremacy.  He was the one and only Lord!  This was a reasonable principle.  Why would anyone want to be subject to a king whom they did not believe was worthy of being bowed to?  And why would a king want anyone in his kingdom who was not willing to submit to his rule?  (In most earthly kingdoms, those who do not submit to the rule of the realm are imprisoned or exiled.)

The second principle was that He would never force anyone to become part of His kingdom.  It would be the choice of each individual whether he or she chose to be in His kingdom (or not).  And so He allowed another supernatural, but inferior created being, who was His anti-thesis (complete and total opposite) to rule the air and roam around looking for people to devour.  This adversary provided the people with a clear choice.  Each individual now could decide personally whether he or she wanted to submit to the King of kings’ dominion and be a citizen of His eternal, all-good kingdom or be under the dominion of the evil one.

The third principle which was foundational in the King’s realm, was that He created each individual so no one could ever be perfect,  though He was perfect.  This was for His good pleasure, so the King could show His subjects how much He loved them.

Since anyone who wanted to be near His perfection would have to be perfect too, this perfection would have to come through the forgiveness and wiping away of all former transgressions.  Being an action-consequence Creator, it was such that there was a price  to be paid for each transgression in order for it to be wiped clean as if it had never happened (and forgotten).  The King understood the system He had set up.  It was not a mistake and He definitely was not trying to keep anyone out of His kingdom.  He was setting up a dual dynamic.

On the one hand, He wanted every person to know the depths of His love.  Thus from the creation of the universe, He had known He would send His Son to live, die and rise again, by His death paying the price for all the past, present and future transgressions of anyone who asked Him to forgive them.  In this way, by the price He paid, individuals who sought His assistance (His salvation from what they could not save themselves) could be perfect as He was perfect and thus enter into the Kingdom of the Father forever.

In addition, He wanted each person to understand that he or she needed the escort of the Son in order to gain entry into this eternity He had planned.  He wanted each person to know he or she was dependent upon the Son and not He on us.  He wanted all people to understand the royal organizational structure: He was King; all people who chose to be in His kingdom were the subjects.  He was the Father; the people were the beloved children.  The people were incapable; yet each person could do all things through Christ who provided the strength – including the way to enter eternity with the beloved King.

And this was how this King ruled His kingdom forever and ever.  Those who chose to be His subjects dwelt in His kingdom always in great peace. This peace and an all encompassing inner joy remained with them whether they were on assignment for the King as ambassadors in a foreign land, living life in a physical body temporarily, or if they were together with all the generations of His people who had lived for Him before and now celebrated the King together day and night in His intimate throne room Presence.  All who knew Him and chose Him as Savior, Lord (and King) lived happily ever after…..

NOTE: this is NO fairy tale!!!  It is the Truth of Father God, Jesus Christ and the Most Holy Spirit!!! Our God reigns!!!

16For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  (John 3:16 NIV)

Selah! [Pause, and calmly think of that!]

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PLEASE remember to view the new song, “ONE NATION UNDER GOD” on youtube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d593RguxQI8&feature=share  SHARE the link!  Let’s let everyone know that the USA is and remains one nation under God and be encouraged in how God values every individual.

Elizabeth Fulgaro is a wife, mother, writer, inspirational speaker, worship leader, composer, singer & recording artist.  She is also a Certified Financial Planner and Accredited Financial Counselor with a heart for helping Christians understand and steward their finances God’s way. 

For books, worship cds, Bible studies and teachings written by Elizabeth Fulgaro or to schedule her to come speak to your group please visit www.holyspiritpress.org  Worship music audio clips can be found at www.cdbaby.com/Artist/ElizabethFulgaro For information on her work for the military and their families please visit www.eaglesnestfoundation.org   Eagles Nest Foundation is a 501(c)3 corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.

Author: Elizabeth Fulgaro

I am a God-seeker--a Jesus-worshipper--a Holy Spirit follower. I create songs, devotions, prayers, books and Bible studies to give words with which to get to know God more. For you. Its for one-on-One encounter unto transformed, transcendent living. This is not my vocation. I am not professional. I am a real, ordinary person just looking to do what God put me here to do. (You have a unique purpose too.) So I am called to the work. It is not my income source, but my gift to those who find it blessing. Eagles Nest Foundation sponsors all projects for you. The result: pure, clean spiritual nutrition to feed that deep insatiable spiritual hunger which eventually overtakes each of us and galvanizes you to the life God has for you. This life is purposeful. Exceptional. You--yes, you--are called to something greater and more satisfying in His service. So it is hoped you'll try this spiritually dense nutrition and find it to be a personal blessing. However, the goodness of God-following doesn't stop there. He uses those who seek Him to be His love and care (justice, mercy, advocate, kindness) very tangibly in the lives of those around you. Not by your power but by His. His ideas. God ideas. Not just good ideas. To be part of changing the world, if you will let Him. You learn to just follow where He leads. That if you listen, He will teach you to hear His voice and then when you obey His inner promptings you will become His incredible hands and feet in this hard world. These materials will help! They will help you aim your life towards God in a way you never look back. You will not be the same. He will become the River in your desert spaces and you will become a conduit of this same River of refreshing, replenishing Water of Life to others. Find a prayer. Pick a blog post. Read a book. Be led deeper into the Bible. Select a song which resonates and use it and use it again to go close and ever closer to the God who longs to draw you near. Oh, and don't be tempted to think I'm a crazy over-spiritualized loony...My background is financial planning and counseling. Almost 40 years of it. To choose to believe in God is not to leave practicality and reason behind, but to learn that there is that which goes beyond it and includes it, unto true life fulfillment beyond all your dreams for the one who keeps seeking Him. I am a third generation Californian. I am a person to whom family means everything. The only priority higher is God. The foothills of the Sierra Nevada are my home. It is here the 1849-1856 Gold Rush is still glorified. Easy money? Actually only for the few. Even though I was raised in the Church, it took me ten years of doubting God even existed to realize that without Him, no matter how much of this life's "stuff" is accumulated, I actually have nothing. To come to know that all those who chased after gold are dead and all those who still chase stuff will be dead. That's when I became a God-seeker. Looking for that more. And Eureka! (This is California's state slogan and means I found it.) I found God...or rather, I discovered He was there and had been there waiting for me to look for Him the whole time. May you discover more of Him for you, greater flourishing life and greater flourishing for all in the world as well. God bless you! ~Elizabeth

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