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The Kingdom of God pt.2

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 Boundaries of the Kingdom

       In every area of our life that we do not acknowledge God’s rule and reign, another king rules there. This other king is a selfish, childish, petty king. This king is influenced by lust and fleshly desires. This is not a loving, caring king. This king is vindictive, judgmental and prideful. This king wants to exalt his throne and be like God. This king is willful and disobedient. This king… is you.

       Yeah, I know, you may have thought that I was going to say the devil, but no, it’s you. If you have areas of your life that Jesus is not Lord over, then you have decided to preside as king over those areas. You have violated the most important Kingdom principle; Obedience.

The kingdom of me.

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       Willful disobedience violates the light of truth, and goes directly against the will of the King. When that happens you now attempt to serve two Kings. King Jesus, and king ……………<(your name here). The Kingdom of God and “the kingdom of me”. Just saying “the kingdom of me” sounds pathetic doesn’t it? Go ahead, say it out loud. How does that register in your spirit? Pathetic, right?

       Before you serve a king, you need to consider the authority, power and resources of the king you will serve. Is he a good king? Does the king have the power to save? Does he have the power to heal? Can he confer blessing, and power? What are your rights and privileges under this king? Are there any kings more powerful than him? How long will his reign be?

       If you ask yourself these questions before disobeying God, you will be less likely to set up the “kingdom of me”. For in the kingdom of me you must get your own deliverance, your own healing, and your own provision through your own power and resources. Obedience to the King prevents the kingdom of me from being established.

       Just like all other kingdoms, the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of me have boundaries. The boundaries of both kingdoms are established by the same thing; our free will. When we submit our will in obedience to the King’s word, the Kingdom of God expands and the King is exalted. When we disobey the King’s word, we set up our own kingdom with its own boundaries. The boundaries of that kingdom are set up to keep God and the light of His word out.

       Make no mistake, there are only two kingdoms in the spirit realm that we see in scripture. The kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness. The kingdom of me is the kingdom of darkness.

       The Lord has made us a steward over the Kingdom of God in our heart. As a wise steward, we are expected to expand those boundaries within us. God expects increase. The only way those boundaries are expanded is by proper stewardship of our free will. This equals obedience. Walking in the light of the truth we have been exposed to. The more we obey the King the more light we will be exposed to, and the more His Kingdom grows within us. The more expansive His Kingdom becomes, the more authority we are able to walk in and the more power is released in and through our life.

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The Garden of God

       When we are born again, God recreates our spirit as a model of the Garden of Eden. Paradise within you, perfect and complete. In our inner man stands the Kingdom of God. What an awesome thought!

       We know from scripture that the Garden of Eden did not cover the whole earth, but was located in a small area in Africa at the head of four rivers. Adam was placed in the Garden and was instructed to fill the whole earth and have dominion, bring it into subjection, and subdue it. When we are born again, the Kingdom of God within us is small, but just like the first Adam, we are commanded to be fruitful, multiply and fill it up! We are to fill ourselves up with God and take dominion over our entire being, subduing the carnal man and bringing him into subjection. We should always be taking new territory in our hearts. This results in the restoration of the image of God in man, which is our created purpose.

Genesis 1:28  Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

       There were many trees in the midst of the garden that were beautiful and good for food. The two trees specifically mentioned in the midst of the garden where the Tree of Life, and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. God’s instruction to Adam was to eat of every tree in the garden except the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, because in the day he did, he would surely die. ( Genesis 2:17)

       Just like the original Garden of Eden there are two trees in the midst of the garden in our heart. We have the Holy Spirit representing the tree of life, and we have our free will, our own personal authority, which represents the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.

       We are the body of the “last Adam” (1 Corinthians 15:45). We can walk with God just like the first Adam did by the Holy Spirit living within us. The model is very much the same, with one little difference; we are the last Adam’s body. Instead of Adam walking around in the Garden, Adam walks around with the Garden inside His body. This is one reason Jesus is called the last Adam.

       We have a stewardship just like the first Adam, and in like manner, we have only one thing that we must not do. We must not eat of the tree of our free will. For in the day we do, we will surely die. Our free will represents our right to say no to God, and it represents our ability to know evil. If we continually walk in obedience to God, we will only know good. Saying no to God always brings death in some measure, but say yes to God brings abundant life. Disobedience not only brings death, it makes it painful the whole time we are dying.

For a continuation of this message, click here> The Kingdom of God pt.3

Defining the Kingdom pt.1

 

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Defining the Kingdom – part 1

       Authority is defined as the right to influence, command, control, direct, and delegate.

       Kingdom authority is based on ownership. The King owns everything within His kingdom; the lands, the buildings, the resources and the people. What the King owns, He has dominion over. What the King doesn’t own, He has no legal right to exercise His authority over. Outside of His Kingdom the King has no rights, no dominion, no control, and very little influence.

       Christians in general have a catchy little phrase that they throw around and it sounds like this: “God is in control!” Is He in control of everything? Do you really believe that? If so, I recommend you hide your religious cows because this teaching will likely take them straight to the butcher.

       Let’s start with you. Is God in control of you? Are you doing absolutely everything that the Lord wants you to do? Are you waking up every day and walking out God’s perfect will for your life? Have you done that every day of your life? Are you beginning to see the problem with the whole “God is in control” theology?

       When God gave man dominion over the earth He gave him complete control. Man had absolute control over the earth for a season. This is why man was able to give this dominion away to the devil. That dominion and control was eventually bought back by the precious Blood of the Lamb. Glory to God!

       The truth is, He has left most things of the earth in our control. The Kingdom of God on earth is ours to keep and steward. Our level of stewardship determines how much dominion we have on this earth. We need to acknowledge that and start taking responsibility for it.

       In an earthly kingdom, the king can decide to use his power and resources to overtake more lands and thereby expand his kingdom. In the Kingdom of God, He has delegated that task completely to the individual members of the church. The community, which is the body of Christ, is not capable of expanding the kingdom as a group, or an organization, it can only assist the individual in making quality choices in their lives that will expand the Kingdom within themselves. The size and strength of the Kingdom lies within your control.

 

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Free will – Your own personal authority

       The fact that you have a free will contradicts the very thought of “God is in control.” God did not create man to control him, He created him for relationship. Specifically, son-ship.

       When God delegated His authority to Adam, He also gave Adam his own personal authority, his free will. Free will was given to man because God wanted relationship, not a robotic slave that was forced to submit to His will. God wanted a people that would choose Him, that would believe in Him, that would love Him for who He is. This is the foundation of intimate relationship.

       Free will can be described as the freedom to make choices that are not controlled by fate or divine intervention. The power to act without constraint of necessity. Freedom to choose. For the purpose of this teaching we will use a simplified definition of free will: The right to say NO to God.

       God doesn’t want you to serve Him. He wants you to want to serve Him. If you don’t want to serve God, you are a moral free agent, and you have the right to say no to Him. It is sad, but many are exercising that right every day and paying a terrible price for it.

The most dangerous thing to the kingdom

       How dangerous is this thing called free will? Exercising the right to say no to God resulted in the fall of mankind. It got Adam and Eve evicted from the Garden. It causes people to go to Hell. It causes eternal separation of man from his creator. Free will is the most dangerous and destructive thing to the Kingdom of God. This dangerous bit of authority called free will has been placed in your hands. What are you doing with it? What did the first Adam do with it?

       Our free will was given to us for creativity and expression in relationship with God. It was designed to be used in cooperation with God, not in opposition. When we exercise our right to oppose our creator, we cut ourselves off from the life giving Spirit of God and become a landing strip for demonic influence and every evil work.

Defining the Kingdoms

      When we hear the phrase; “Kingdom of God”, our minds immediately think of another place such as Heaven. The truth is, according to Luke 17:21 the Kingdom of God is within us.

Luke 17:21  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the Kingdom of God is within you.

       The Kingdom of God on earth is not the same as the Kingdom of Heaven. At least not yet. The Kingdom of God on earth is an outpost of the Kingdom of Heaven. God created Adam from the dust of the earth and placed him here as a steward to rule over His Kingdom. God delegated His authority to Adam and gave him specific instructions on how to exercise that authority. Adam was essentially, the god of this world.

       Look at it like this, The Kingdom of Heaven is the place where God dwells and has supreme authority and absolute rule. The Kingdom of God on earth is the place in our heart in which, at any given time, God’s rule and reign is acknowledged. Therefore we have control of the Kingdom of God. We can cause it to grow and expand by our obedience and submission to the King. Or we can deny the King to rule in His Kingdom, and cut off all power and resources that the King has made available to us. We are the steward of our own heart.

       We know that there is a difference between the two Kingdoms because Jesus is going to deliver the Kingdom of God on earth to the father.

1 Corinthians 15:24  Then comes the end, when He delivers the kingdom to God the Father, when He puts an end to all rule and all authority and power.

      What kingdom is Paul talking about here? Jesus is not going to deliver Heaven to God the Father, but the outpost of the Kingdom of God on earth. When this happens, both Kingdoms will be congruent, they will be the same. Until then it is important to understand the differences so that we can function in the Kingdom that God has made us stewards over. The Kingdom in our own heart.

For the continuation of this message, click here> The Kingdom Of God pt.2