It takes a focused mind to transform a religious mindset to a Kingdom mindset. The only thing that got Pilate's attention was the work king! Notice our King's reply. Jesus answered, “My Kingdom is not an earthly kingdom. If it were, my followers would fight to keep me from being handed over to the Jewish leaders. But my Kingdom is not of this world.” Pilate knew any other king in his nation would be in conflict with Caesar's. That is why the Lord gave him that reply. Pilate knew you could only have one king in one nation or country. So, he asked again: Pilate said, “So you are a king?” Jesus responded, “You say I am a king. Actually, I was born and came into the world to testify to the truth. All who love the truth recognize that what I say is true.” Did you notice the Lord's answer? He didn't come to start a new religion. He was born to be a King. He was born to confirm His Fathers Words are Truth. The ambassador Paul had the right thinking when he stated: And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all He has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind He will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship Him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. Ambassador Paul wrote that letter to the citizens of Rome, Kingdom citizens and believers everywhere.
To understand the Kingdom concept, you must first read and re-read God's Constitution. A transformation takes place with new thinking. Remember, the Kingdom of Heaven is a government, not a religious group or organization that can be debated on. Jesus is the door to the Kingdom. 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.
There are many who believe in Jesus but fail to know of His Kingdom. He made it very clear. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and He will give you everything you need. So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
It was foretold by Isaiah, representative of the King and His government. For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. His government and its peace will never end. He will rule with fairness and justice from the throne of his ancestor David for all eternity. The passionate commitment of the Lord of Heaven’s Armies will make this happen!
He is our King, not some religious symbol as some would like for us to believe. To truly understand the Kingdom, we first embrace the essence of the Kingdom concept. We must change our thinking through the Word. Read and study the Four Gospels. Transforming your mind. It is a process. Be consistent and persistent.
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. NKJV
John 18:33-37 Romans 12:1-2 John 10:9 Matthew 6:33-34
Isaiah 9:6-7 Philippians 4:8-9 all NLT except where noted
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