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Monday, 2 May 2011

Growing in the Gospel of the Kingdom

Growing in the gospel of the kingdom
We need to move past religion
Move past pre conceived ideas of
          What God is:
          What He wants
          And How He wants us to live and
Let His word guide us.

The kingdom won’t fit in your box

It won’t fit in your filing cabinet. 
There is no appropriate heading – nowhere to file this revelation.

The “kingdom“ has always been there but we haven’t seen it.

Jesus spoke about The Kingdom of God/Heaven over 100 times - But what is it?

Over the last 20-30 years there’s been a moving towards kingdom thinking and away from religious thinking even in some more progressive church circles.
Many people are sick of men building their own kingdoms in the name of God. (yet thousands still flock to them).

Matthew 24:14: “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world to all nations, and then the end will come.”

When Jesus preached the Kingdom – many people couldn’t fit it into their theology

Luke 5:36-39: Then He spoke a parable to them: “No one puts a piece from a new garment on an old one; otherwise the new makes a tear, and also the piece that was taken out of the new does not match the old. And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined. But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved. And no one having drunk old wine immediately desires new; for he says, ‘The old is better.’”

The revelation of the kingdom:-  cannot be patched into the old garment;

nor can it be contained in old containers

Receiving the gospel of the kingdom makes all things new, more alive, more real and very satisfying to the soul.

Receiving or becoming a new wineskin or a new garment
is the process of laying down all our previously held religious convictions at God’s altar and allowing Him to reform and return to us those He desires for us to keep.

The others are just left there and will be replaced with fresh new spiritual reality.
Our file system must be redone under the major heading of "The Kingdom of God".

Most of Jesus’ teachings were aimed at explaining the kingdom (government) of God, how it works and how to enter it.

Romans 14:17, gives most clear, concise, spiritual definition of the kingdom of God.
... for the kingdom of God is not food and drink, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

The word translated “kingdom” in the NT is Gk word “basileia”
comes from the root word “basis”.
“Basileia” means “foundation of power, realm, rule, or royalty.”
“Basis” means to walk, to pace, or foot.

The kingdom of God is a realm or walk.
It is a lifestyle, sovereignly ruled by the basic foundational power of God through which God’s rule/dominion is established on earth.

The kingdom walk or lifestyle is produced by the appearing or manifesting of
Christ Jesus through the Holy Spirit within God’s people.

When the character and nature of Christ is developed in the hearts of God’s people,
They become the purified Bride of Christ.
God’s love flowing in and through His bride produces obedience and righteousness prevails.

The kingdom of God begins with the purification of the motives of our hearts.

Only a pure heart can hear the secrets of God’s kingdom.
          This means a heart free from all other allegiances,
          a heart healed of all the enemy’s wounds,
          a heart that not only intends to serve God and no other
          but also has the freedom to actually do it.
          It is a heart that has no needs or desires apart from God.

The ministry of Jesus is the cleansing process that we must go through before we can walk as the purified Bride of Christ, this is the kingdom of God lifestyle.

The goal of ministry is to:-
remove/heal all hindrances to the manifesting of the life of Jesus in the person.

In Luke 4:18 Jesus said, “He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, To proclaim liberty to the captives And recovery of sight to the blind, To set at liberty those who are oppressed”

  It is time to let the healing power of Christ flow through us all
Cleanse our motives  -  Cleanse our thoughts
Empower us with a desire for Him and Him alone

Philippians 2:5 NKJV Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus,
NIV 5 Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: 

PRAYER:- What attitudes do you need to let go of – lets do it now. 

Adapted from 

Living The Kingdom of God Lifestyle  -  Ron McGatlin

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