Summary: God wants us to have an understanding and a revelation of His Kingdom which will help us to understand who we really are
Defining The Kingdom Of God
God wants us to have an understanding and a revelation of His Kingdom which will help us to understand who we really are. If we do not understand who we are in Christ, we are never going to be able to access the blessings of heaven. God wants us to have a picture of why He created us and placed us on the earth so that we can live to our full potential. God wants us to enjoy the best that heaven has to offer while we are doing God’s will on the earth.
Mark 1:14-15 - Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, "The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel."
From the time Jesus started preaching the gospel of the Kingdom, a new season of hope was made available to all as Jesus went about describing what heaven was like.
When we are blessed with a wonderful home, we eagerly share our joy and the secret of our success with others. When Jesus preached the Kingdom message, He was actually telling everyone what His home was like. However, He went further by telling everyone that His desire was to share all that was His with others. He also made it clear that this was not for the future, but available in the present to share and to enjoy.
Live like a king
This applies to us today. God wants us to live in the realm of His Kingdom on earth each and every day of our lives. It is available to His people and all we have to do is make the choice to enjoy what is ours.
1 John 4:17 - As He is so are we in this world.
Jesus came to restore our purpose which is to live in the realm of and to rule over our earthly destiny. God’s children should not be enslaved, abused, or down-trodden. We are called to be the head and not the tail and we should ensure that we occupy positions of authority and power. This is our God-given destiny and it should not really be prayed for. We should not engage in spiritual warfare in order to obtain it. No, just take it because it is a finished work that Jesus completed on the cross.
Every born again Spirit-filled child of God who is living below their potential is living as a victim when they should be victors. God’s people who are living in these circumstances cannot blame God or the devil. When Jesus preached the Kingdom message, He explained that there was a much, much better way to do life. God wants His people to have a good quality of life so that they can influence others.
If we do not live under the influence of heaven, we will live under the influence of the devil.
An everlasting Kingdom
Belgian television recently broke into their regular programming with an urgent bulletin stating that the nation had come to an end. The news flash informed viewers that the Dutch-speaking half of the nation had declared independence and the king and queen had fled.
The bulletin was highlighted with footage from a military airport showing dark silhouettes of a royal entourage boarding a plane.
Thirty minutes later the station flashed a message saying, "this is fiction," but it was too late. By that time, many Belgians had already fallen for the hoax. Embassies were calling authorities to find out what was going on while foreign journalists scrambled to get confirmation of the story.
Why did everyone respond in this way? The kingdoms of this world will come and go. We can wake up in the morning to a new government. This happens in so many countries all over the world. Even the strongest and most powerful kingdoms will fall or come to an end. History tells us about some of the mightiest empires that lasted for generations, but eventually ended.
The Iron Curtain held people under communism for seventy years, but it fell in one day. The kingdoms of the world cannot last because they are not under the rule of the King. That is why they will not last forever.
There is a great conflict between the Kingdom of God and Satan’s kingdom which is still present, active, and alive. It is organized and set against God’s people and against God’s purposes for the earth. Everything that opposes God comes from the kingdom of darkness.
The devil hates God, His image, and His creation and that is why he makes war against men and women.
Jesus presides over an everlasting Kingdom. It has no end. It is so sad to see people follow after things that will come to nothing, but they will resist submitting to a Kingdom that is permanent. It makes no sense at all. When we follow Jesus, we access permanent blessings. They are everlasting.