To live a Kingdom life is to be full of anticipation of your next move. As a little boy, before I came into the knowledge of the Kingdom, my mother took me to several churches looking for the Kingdom. She may not have known at the time, but the Kingdom was here all the time. As our Lord and King stated, “the Kingdom is within you”. Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the Kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The Kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the Kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:20-21
Always remember these words of King Jesus. They are vital in Kingdom knowledge! “If you love Me, keep My commandments. And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may abide with you forever—the Spirit of Truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him; but you know Him, for He dwells with you and will be in you. John 14:15-17 That Spirit is the Holy Spirit—our Governor; the One who gives us the Kingdom influence. Those of us who are Kingdom citizens live by faith and are full of anticipation of what is going to happen next upon our request. “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man is there among you who, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will he give him a serpent? If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” Matthew 7:7-11
Now, the word anticipation, or anticipate, is defined as: 1. to look forward to; expect; expecting it to happen. 2. When an individual anticipates it to come to an actual fact. A Kingdom citizen believes when praying for anything in line with the King’s Will, that it is already done. It begins with the mind. By staying in the Word, you develop a mindset to embrace faith to live a Kingdom life. King Jesus made this statement when He took a little child and placed him in the midst of them. At that time the disciples came to Jesus, saying, “Who then is greatest in the Kingdom of heaven?” Then Jesus called a little child to Him, set him in the midst of them, and said, “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the Kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:1-3
As adults, we must detox all the wrong knowledge that we have learned down through the years that is contrary to the knowledge of the Kingdom. King Jesus continued, “Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:4
As a child growing up, when my mother instructed me to do something, I never questioned her. I humbly followed her command. It is not as today, where too often parents want to be a friend of their children. In those instances, the parents fail to teach their children what it is to be under authority and the rights, responsibilities and benefits of being under authority. They also do not learn the repercussions of disobedience. All of these things would help in understanding life in God’s Kingdom and how we are to relate to the Father. Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it. Proverbs 22:6
As you endure this divine discipline, remember that God is treating you as His own children. Who ever heard of a child who is never disciplined by its father? If God doesn’t discipline you as He does all of His children, it means that you are illegitimate and are not really His children at all. Since we respected our earthly fathers who disciplined us, shouldn’t we submit even more to the discipline of the Father of our spirits, and live forever?
For our earthly fathers disciplined us for a few years, doing the best they knew how. But God’s discipline is always good for us, so that we might share in His holiness. No discipline is enjoyable while it is happening—it’s painful! But afterward there will be a peaceful harvest of right living for those who are trained in this way. Hebrews 12:7-11 NLT
Before I could fully embrace the Lord God’s Kingdom message, I had to put aside all those religious teachings that were contrary to the Kingdom message as a citizen. It is like saying you want the Lord God to deliver you from cancer, but you are trusting in man—meaning the physicians and medical world. Remember, the Lord God doesn’t need any assistance. He is God and King over all.
Kingdom living is living by your faith in Him, blocking out all else. You cannot have faith when looking with your eyes. Your mind, your soul must already see it manifest in your life. It is totally trusting Him and His Will for your life. But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. Hebrews 11:6 In other words, we can’t do anything to please the King without first having faith and trusting in Him. Your very essence depends on your total trust in the King.
Keep this in mind, children who are taught the Kingdom message are more readily able to embrace the Kingdom message than those adults who have been trained and taught religious traditions and values. “Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the Kingdom of heaven. Matthew 18:3
Religion is like a smoke screen that blocks the Kingdom from view! And the disciples came and said to Him, “Why do You speak to them in parables?” He answered and said to them, “Because it has been given to you to know the mysteries of the Kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been given. For whoever has, to him more will be given, and he will have abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has will be taken away from him. Therefore I speak to them in parables, because seeing they do not see, and hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. Matthew 13:10-13
Keep in mind what the King stated: Then little children were brought to Him that He might put His hands on them and pray, but the disciples rebuked them. But Jesus said, “Let the little children come to Me, and do not forbid them; for of such is the Kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 19:13-14
We will continue this next time.
Remember, your faith in the King’s Word is your greatest asset in the Kingdom.
All scriptures are NKJV unless noted
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