• Don't settle for a touch when you can be immersed.

    Don't settle for a touch when you can be immersed.

The wilderness seasons of life are periods of struggle. They are the times we are left alone to wrestle with where we are in light of where we want to be and where God is taking us. This is Rapunzel’s lonely tower, Sleeping Beauty’s secluded time in the forest, Ana’s search for Elsa, and Cinderella’s nights by the stove. This is when doubt sets in; when we have misgivings about ourselves and questions for our God. It’s okay to have questions, but we can’t let the wilderness cause us to question God. We have to learn to rest in His sovereignty while living in what looks like uncertainty. This is also the landscape of the kingdom of God and this is often where He does His greatest work in us. He is placing His kingdom in us so that we can bring it to the world around us. It is here that He is teaching our hearts to sing a most captivating song of worship.

Taken from The Happiest Place on Earth as it is in Heaven, chapter 7.

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God is calling us to a faith that is pure and faultless. “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world” (James 1:27). The service aspect of this scripture is not surprising to most of us. God has a work of the kingdom for all of us. We are each called to serve and to especially serve those who cannot do it for themselves. Yet, many times we neglect the latter part of this verse that speaks of keeping “oneself from being polluted by the world” as religion that God accepts as pure and faultless too. God has called us each to a faith that is unpolluted by the world. We are told that we are to KEEP ourselves from the world’s pollution. This takes a deliberate act on our part. We have to set a higher standard that keeps the pollution of the world’s ways out.

Daniel is a great example of this principle in action. During Israel’s time of captivity in Babylon, the king took notice of Daniel’s exemplary quantities, training, and breeding. He selected Daniel for royal service in his court. Daniel was like us in that he lived in a land that was not his own. Yet, he chose not to defile himself with their indulgent excess. He asked for permission not to partake of the rich things of the new kingdom. Daniel then prospered more than any of the others. He was deliberate in his devotion. He faithfully prayed three times a day to God. When he did, he would turn his face toward the holy city and focus his attention. Daniel’s heavenly nourishment did more for him than all the other’s earthly food.

Taken from The Happiest Place on Earth as it is in Heaven, chapter 6.

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When we wake to the things of God, to a kingdom not of this world, we begin to recognize the worship all around us. We hear it in the breeze on a hot day, the smell after the rain, the sound of children’s laughter, the touch of a loved one, the smile of a stranger, the blood pumping through our veins. They all testify that there is a God. His kingdom becomes our reality. With each step closer to Jesus, we see more clearly. Our lives become a process of constant revelation. God longs to be found by us. “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law” (Deuteronomy 29:29). Great treasure is available to those that seek.

Many of us are constantly searching for the ever-elusive treasure map to happiness and success. We hold off on living, true and completely living in the here and now, because we are consumed with a false hope sold to us by this fallen world. We set our sails in pursuit of health, financial prosperity, and comfort. All the while, God is offering so much more, and the world is really just stealing our joy, our peace, and our days. I am so guilty. I have a Post-it note on my computer that says, “Be here.” I must daily remind myself to be here, today; to live in this moment. On the days I get it, I find more riches than any pirate’s map has ever led to.

Taken from The Happiest Place on Earth as it is in Heaven, chapter 6.

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Life in the Garden of Eden was unspoiled. I would venture to guess that it was easier there. Adam and Eve walked with God hand-in-hand. They daily saw the One in whom they believed. The garden was theirs to manage. Their innocence was openly rewarded and their faith was simple. Their spirit, soul, and body prospered completely. When sin entered the world, things changed. Adam and Eve were made to leave the pristine paradise they called home. Death and decay became reality. Their bodies felt the sting of this. Their souls knew grief, confusion, and disappointment for the first time. Their spirits were also affected by their fall. Proverbs 20:27 (NKJV) tells us, “The spirit of a man is the lamp of the Lord, searching all the inner depths of his heart.” For the first time, Adam and Eve knew darkness.

In this fallen world, we are all born into darkness (Ephesians 6:12). We first know spiritual light when we meet Jesus. Our eternal address changes when we become believers. We are adopted as children of God. We inherit eternal life in His kingdom. We are redeemed from the curse of sin. God’s kingdom is not one of darkness. His is one of light. Jesus says, “I have come into the world as a light, so that no one who believes in me should stay in darkness” (John 12:46). The landscape of this earthly empire is far different from God’s kingdom. Things of earth are dim. Lines are blurred. Truth is muddied. In God’s kingdom, all things shine.

When we respond to God’s invitation to follow Him, it’s like putting on night vision goggles. We see more clearly. We understand more fully and we begin to feel the strong, inviting pull of truth. “You are all sons of the light and sons of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be alert and self-controlled” (1Thessalonians 5:5-6). Choosing God over the world is a wake-up call for our spirit. It awakens our inner person. It connects us to the kingdom of God. It gives us clear vision to see what once was veiled.

The ruler of this fallen world struggles to keep us in the darkness; to keep us asleep. He plots and he plans. He coerces and he deceives. It is vitally that we awake to truth; that we awake to our destiny. This world thinks in arrival. It considers only ways to get. It convinces us to think of ourselves. It throws at us everything that is contrary to God’s kingdom and offers false hope and empty promises to entice us. The landscape of God’s kingdom is not marked by castles or pots of gold, but by a life that the apostle Paul called an act of worship (Romans 12). To enter, we must wake up.

Taken from The Happiest Place on Earth as it is in Heaven, chapter 5.

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We can settle for a touch or we can be immersed. God will let us settle, but He has the whole fairy tale for us to discover. He will let us choose to forfeit the desires of our hearts, but if we seek Him first we get it all. Worshipping Jesus is the greatest thing we’ll ever do. It is the cure to boredom, the fix for insecurity, and the downfall of fear. It’s what makes us different. When we follow God, our whole life becomes worship to Him. When we choose to bring the Kingdom of God here on earth, worship transcends beyond voices singing notes and instruments playing chords and becomes the journey of our lives. When we embark on the adventure of such a life, community is no longer about offense, appreciation, or feelings, it becomes a group of fellow sojourners intent on one goal. It becomes the perfect place to be planted and to grow into all that God has for us.

Taken from The Happiest Place on Earth as it is in Heaven, chapter 4.

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Having church does not promise the kingdom. The kingdom is built by the church. We are custodians of it. It is our responsibility to bring it. One day, the kingdom of God will be fully established for all to see, but even now we are told to pray, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10). The word kingdom means royal power, kingship, dominion, or rule. Bringing the kingdom means exercising the dominion that is given to us as believers. We are told, “Whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven” (Matthew 18:18). Bringing the kingdom here on earth is the manifestation of the unique quality of power that the church possesses. First Corinthians 4:20 says, “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power. What do you prefer? Shall I come to you with a whip, or in love and with a gentle spirit?” Could it be that the power that the church is missing is not just miraculous signs but a well-lived life of kingdom principles?

Taken from The Happiest Place on Earth as it is in Heaven, chapter 4.

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Authentic worship is the daily pursuit of Jesus. Our lives and the paths they take are the landscape of the kingdom, and it is marked by figurative steep hills, deep valleys, and rushing water. Our journey on the path of life is music to God’s ears. When we live holy and pleasing to Him, the kingdom follows us. It transforms the mundane and ordinary into the glorious and extraordinary. Scripture teaches that, “Blessed are those whose strength is in [God], who have set their hearts on pilgrimage” (Psalm 84:5). We can sing beautiful songs, say shallow prayers, and love only within our own power and all we have simply received is a touch of God’s presence. To live a life of worship is to pursue a life immersed in Him. It is a life that takes a journey, not just one that raises a hand of dedication out of emotion. Worship is what we are called to TODAY.


We will never be fully satisfied until our worship settles on God. He made all of mankind with an eternal compass that’s magnetic pull is God-worship. Fighting the gravitation of it is futile. It will not go away. All of life will be lived in resistance until we surrender. When the worship that is innate to us is not directed toward God, it will land on something. Often that something is what makes us feel good: academics, success, attention, beauty, riches, or comfort. So many times we give our worship away to unworthy recipients and frequently we are the primary benefactor. It is important that we protect our worship. if we leave ourselves unguarded, the enemy will steal our worship by directing it away from God. We must not bow to something that isn’t God…not to fear, insecurity, failure, acceptance, comfort, friends, our spouse, stuff, or self. Only God is deserving of our worship.

– Taken from the Happiest Place on Earth as it is in Heaven (Chapter 3)

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Could it be that all the fairy tales we grew up loving, all the epic love stories, and all the heroic battles have taken their inspiration from the story of the kingdom of God? God has been telling a fantastic love story, a great adventure, from before time began. The King of the world chose us, He came knocking, and He’s calling us toward Him. Have we grown up too much to see it anymore? Do we still stand in awe of it? Do we even believe?

I think what must be revived most of all in the church is our ability to think like a child…to believe like a child…to see like a child. Disneyland is called “The happiest place on earth.” It’s such a great slogan. I think it should be the description of the kingdom of God. This life will never bring perfect happiness, but in living with God’s kingdom in mind, we can find a truly happy place.

We are called to bring the kingdom here to earth. We do that through our spiritual act of worship…living life as unto Him every day. Oh, that we would never settle for a touch but be ever immersed in such a simple faith. May we bring the kingdom of God here and find in it the happiest place on earth as it is in heaven.

– Taken from the Happiest Place on Earth as it is in Heaven.

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Could it be that all the fairy-tales we grew up loving, all the epic love stories, & all the heroic battles have taken their inspiration from the story of the kingdom of God? We glimpse the almost magic-like power of His kingdom in the smile of a baby; the smell after the rain. It’s there in the holy moments of old love & in the promise of hope found in a new friend. A life of worship brings that kingdom here to earth every day… in the miraculous as well as the mundane. Jesus is standing at the door & inviting us on the greatest of adventures. When we embrace the childlike wonder of the kingdom of God, we can find a truly happy place in every season of life.