Those who have been born again of the Spirit are citizens of the Kingdom, with the rights of citizenship. It is nothing like the Magic Kingdom or any other amusement park. We have the benefits of citizenship under a loving King. Our King also gives us protection. We don't have to fight for our rights, He has angels for that.
How do we gain access into the Kingdom? First, you must acknowledge Jesus as your Lord and King. Then you must "turn around" or repent and turn away from your sins. Remember, He is your Savior and access to the Kingdom. He is the door. Only believe and have faith in Him! You can't bring all your sins into the Kingdom of God. Put them down, leave them with Jesus Christ and walk away from them! The Lord Jesus is the only way to enter into the Kingdom of God. "Yes, I am the gate. Those who come in through Me will be saved. They will come and go freely and will find good pastures. The thief’s purpose is to steal and kill and destroy. My purpose is to give them a rich and satisfying life. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd sacrifices His life for the sheep." John 10:9-11 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through Me." John 14:6
The Lord Jesus characterizes Himself as the Good Shepherd. He gives spiritual life and gives access to spiritual food. By the way, His food is His Word. So the Word became human and made His home among us. He was full of unfailing love and faithfulness. And we have seen His glory, the glory of the Father’s one and only Son. John 1:14
I cannot overemphasize the importance of reading and studying His Word. Do you eat every day? In the same way, we must feed our spirit every day. By doing those things, and putting His Word into practice in your life it will become your lifestyle. Remember, this is a fallen world that we live in. By doing those things, He promises you the Holy Spirit--our Governor. If you love Me, obey My commandments. And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you. 14:15-16
Attending a church every Sunday and being good to people doesn't mean you know the King or are part of the Kingdom. The Lord Jesus wants you to live by His Word and make it your lifestyle so you will know the Truth. He is the Holy Spirit, who leads into all truth. The world cannot receive Him, because it isn’t looking for Him and doesn’t recognize Him. But you know Him, because He lives with you now and later will be in you. John 14:17 Notice that the Lord Jesus wants you to have the Governor--Holy Spirit--because it is essential to being in the Kingdom. He states "It will be with you and in you, forever".
Now, as a Kingdom citizen in good standing,you have all the promises and rights of His government; meaning protection provision, healing and all the other privileges that come with being a citizen of His Kingdom. The Kingdom of God isn't a religion, but a government. I repeat this often because it is very hard for people to separate from all the things they have learned through religion and see King Jesus and God's Constitution in terms of a Kingdom government!
Your faith in the King gives you that access to the Kingdom. I can't say that enough. Why do I say this? Because without faith in the King, there is no other way to please Him. Ambassador Paul said it well: And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to Him must believe that God exists and that He rewards those who sincerely seek Him. Hebrews 11:6 It is my goal in this life to please Him in all my ways.
So remember that your faith in the King is your greatest asset in the Kingdom!
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