Anyone who listens to My teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. But anyone who hears My teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash. Matthew 7:24-27 NLT This is why I stress reading and studying the King’s decrees each and every day. With my whole heart I have sought You; oh, let me not wander from Your commandments! Your Word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You. Blessed are You, O Lord! Teach me Your statutes. Psalm 119:10-12
We should speak He Word over our life and lifestyle. It is by His Word that we live and prosper. The fundamentals of the principles of His Kingdom are to make His Word your lifestyle. It is the foundation on which we may confidently build our life. This may only be accomplished by knowing and being obedient to His commands. Remember that the Lord Jesus isn’t a religious figure or a symbol of a religion called Christianity. He is, now and forever, a King ruling over His Kingdom.
In order for us to get in the place that the Lord God wants us to be, we must first put aside all the religious traditions and customs and focus on His Kingdom government as if it were the first time we ever heard of God’s constitution. Change your perspective and get a fresh understanding of what King Jesus was teaching. Do you recall what He stated to His disciples when the question, who was the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven, was asked? 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. Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven. Matthew 18:1-4
Remember, this is a fallen world and when we are born again by His Spirit, we must start all over again. We must learn to humble ourselves to the Holy Spirit—our Governor. “Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven.” Matthew 18:4
Before I could speak or write about the Kingdom, I first had to acquire a Kingdom mindset and that was a process. I am consistently humbling myself to His Word. It is an ongoing process. When you do that, the Holy Spirit will give you wisdom and understanding and you will see things as you’ve never seen them before as you read and study. In order to grow in the Kingdom, you first must learn how to follow instructions, something King Saul didn’t do well. Now the word of the Lord came to Samuel, saying, “I greatly regret that I have set up Saul as king, for he has turned back from following Me, and has not performed My commandments.”
And it grieved Samuel, and he cried out to the Lord all night. So when Samuel rose early in the morning to meet Saul, it was told Samuel, saying, “Saul went to Carmel, and indeed, he set up a monument for himself; and he has gone on around, passed by, and gone down to Gilgal.” Then Samuel went to Saul, and Saul said to him, “Blessed are you of the Lord! I have performed the commandment of the Lord.”
But Samuel said, “What then is this bleating of the sheep in my ears, and the lowing of the oxen which I hear?”
And Saul said, “They have brought them from the Amalekites; for the people spared the best of the sheep and the oxen, to sacrifice to the Lord your God; and the rest we have utterly destroyed.” Then Samuel said to Saul, “Be quiet! And I will tell you what the Lord said to me last night.” And he said to him, “Speak on.” 1 Samuel 15:10-16
A fundamental principle in the Kingdom is to be obedient; His Way, not ours. Keep in mind what the Lord God stated to Saul through His representative Samuel: “Has the Lord as great delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the Lord? Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams. For rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft, and stubbornness is as iniquity and idolatry. Because you have rejected the Word of the Lord, He also has rejected you from being king.” 1 Samuel 15:22-23
Your idea—your plan—will never be as good as God’s plan! Sometimes we get so caught up in the way we want to do something that when the Holy Spirit tells us another way we are too proud of our plans to humble ourselves and submit to His Way. We are so blinded by what we know that we can’t be taught by the Holy Spirit! “For My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8-9
A Kingdom mind filled with His Word, a submissive heart, and a humble spirit are essential and fundamental principles in the Kingdom of God. That is a citizen who will hear and be led by the Holy Spirit. That is a citizen of the Kingdom that the King will use!
Remember, your faith in King Jesus is your most valuable asset in the Kingdom.
All NKJV, except where noted.
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