Keep this thought in mind, our Lord’s Kingdom is not of this world. That makes us who are born again of His Spirit not of this world also. Read what King Jesus stated to Pilate: Then Pilate entered the Praetorium again, called Jesus, and said to Him, “Are You the King of the Jews?”
Jesus answered him, “Are you speaking for yourself about this, or did others tell you this concerning Me?”
Pilate answered, “Am I a Jew? Your own nation and the chief priests have delivered You to me. What have You done?”
Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not of this world. If My Kingdom were of this world, My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews; but now My Kingdom is not from here.” John 18:33-36 Once you realize who you are in His Kingdom, you will never have to fight for yourself as many Christians have done. When you realize that your Kingdom is not of this world, then and only then you will embrace this scripture from God’s Constitution: Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord.
Instead, “If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.”
Don’t let evil conquer you, but conquer evil by doing good. Romans 12:19-21 NLT
Have you ever looked for a church in your area that teaches about God’s Kingdom government? Maybe you found a church with the word “kingdom” in their name. Maybe they use the word “kingdom” on their website or even when they talk. But when you go there, you see church as usual. That’s what I’m talking about. Not all that says “kingdom” is focused on His Kingdom government and living as a citizen of the government right here on this earth. They may teach on Kingdom principles, but from the religious doctrinal perspective.
To truly understand about the God’s Kingdom as a government, I encourage you to read the first four books of the New Testament, especially Matthew 13. When you read all that the Lord Jesus said, know that it is our King speaking to His citizens. He tells us what His Kingdom looks like, how it operates and what we can expect and do in that Kingdom while here on this earth!
Those of you who have an “ear to hear”, allow yourself to also understand. The Kingdom of Heaven is where our Lord God resides. His throne is in Heaven. The Lord is in His holy temple, the Lord’s throne is in heaven; His eyes behold, His eyelids test the sons of men. Psalm 11:4
The Lord looks down from Heaven upon the children of men, to see if there are any who understand, who seek God. Psalm 14:2
I will be perfectly clear, only those who are filled with His Spirit are citizens of His Kingdom. That is what He meant when He told Nicodemus that “you must be born again”. Jesus replied, “I assure you, no one can enter the Kingdom of God without being born of water and the Spirit. Humans can reproduce only human life, but the Holy Spirit gives birth to spiritual life.” John 3:5-6
Attending a church, paying tithes and attending what many call Bible study every week does not make you a citizen of His Kingdom. It makes you religious and a good member of your church. And that is fine, if that is all you want. To be a member of a church group is one thing, but to be a citizen of the Kingdom of the Lord God is being filled with the Holy Spirit. It is living in the Kingdom while here in this world, with all the rights, benefits and responsibilities of that citizenship! Once you get a taste of it you will never be satisfied going back to church as usual.
I must add one more misuse of the word kingdom before I close: Using it to ‘grow’ your business. I recently saw a prayer request (not given specifically to us) that wanted people to pray that God would send people with money, who want to grow a kingdom mindset, to their business! Study the life and teachings of King Jesus through Matthew, Mark, Luke and John and find a scripture where Jesus told them how to gain wealth through the Kingdom. Then Jesus went into the temple of God and drove out all those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. And He said to them, “It is written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer,’ but you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’ ” Matthew 21:12-13 Matthew 6 tells not to be enslaved to money and how in the Kingdom all your needs are met if we first seek His Kingdom and His righteousness. The Kingdom of God is not about building wealth. Money is never to be our focus. Don’t take my word for it. Seek out God’s truth in His Constitution. But seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. Matthew 6:33
Remember, your faith in His Word is your greatest asset in His Kingdom.
All scriptures are NKJV unless noted
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