People of God
People of the Way
Children of the Kingdom
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We are defined by our commitment to the Kingdom of God
We are of a different sphere; realm; source
Live by different nature (order, essence) of Kingdom
Responsible as those to give our lives and to live to the full
In Kingdom, our lives come/hold together
The process is under-way, the Kingdom has, will and is coming
Holy Spirit working in us to conform us to the image of Christ
Before going further let’s define Kingdom in its Biblical usage
‘It is God’s absolute life, God order over all things. All universe subject to God’s plan and by God’s authority works to serve/fulfil this purpose.
God has a goal for everything created.
History will one day be seen to be Gods-story. Everything moving to its destiny.
Your destiny is God’s purpose for you fulfilling your destiny is completing God’s purpose. Your freedom is found under God’s grace. Paul said the ultimate conformity to Christ will be achieved by one being transformed through the ‘renewing’ of our minds. Rom 12:2 The mind being our greatest problem it is right that it is here we first encounter the demonstration of Kingdom power. God described the difference in his way of thinking and ours.
To fulfil God eternal purpose we have to develop a mentality that holds to the way of God, the life of God, the thoughts of God. God’s way of thinking about the whole of life: family, job, money, sex, health must become ours. It is living inside the framework of a God thinking that causes us to triumph in life in this age. Rom 8:5-6. The hallmarks of a Kingdom mentality are:
Realising I am a spiritual being first and grasp life from this spiritual reality
Seeing the invisible: Abraham/City, seeing the church of God as a wall-less city made up of people displaying, living in Christlikeness
Quickened by continuing revelation in the word
Appraise everything from God’s perspective 1 Cor. 2:14-15
Moving/living in Spirit
Not intimidated by fear; we have love; peace; a sound mind
Not shared by temporal ‘meet/drink’ but enjoying righteousness; peace and joy in the Holy Ghost – this is the Kingdom of God
As already said our greatest battle is with our mind, not powers or principalities or men. The only way that anything can come back at you, is if you have something that is hidden of unforgiveness in your life. Jesus said that when the satan would come and would not find anything in him, nothing Jesus corresponding to the devil.
That in Christlikeness will be true of you? It is in these areas where we shelter or hide things belonging to the devil that the enemy builds ‘strongholds’. 2 Cor 10:3-5 These become enemy base-camps in our lives.
How does the enemy go about building a stronghold in our minds
Resurrecting past: memories Psalm 25:7
Through our reading; imagination
What we focus minds on
The baggage of concerns, fears, worry we carry around, mental oppression
Holding resentment; bitterness; lust; greed; withholding forgiveness
How do we counter the enemy?
We must allow Christ’s mind to be fully in control in us 2 Cor 10:5
Harness loose thinking Col 3:1-2
Pull down every thought and take captive. 2 Cor 10:5-7
Fill our mind with Gods Word Ps 119:11
Focus on the right things. Phil. 4:8; Col 3:2
Super spirituality is fake-spirituality (often manifests in an affected voice, and various religious quirks -)
It is the consequence of a non-Christlike mentality Col 2:18
God said Gods thinking – which should become ours – is on a different level
Those who are establishing the order of God that is the Kingdom in their environment and in their lives are people already have the ways of God in their minds; Heb. 8:10, they are lead by the Spirit people. This, in turn, is activating powerfully by the Spirit in Sanctifying us – we are being transformed by the Renewal of our minds. Rom 12:2
Religion does two things to us, it introduces a lifestyle of delay and distance, where all that God is has done and brought about is in dispute in regards to God. Everything is ours from Gods perspective, we have been given everything NOW to attain Godliness. Now we are made a new creation not in the sweet by and by. Immanuel, God has drawn near according to Gods love not that we have to get near, for this is the Kingdom of God.
We are actioning a way of life that could be called a kingdom impact on us 1 Peter 1:13 doing so in clarity/decisiveness. We should be particularly watchful in the questions we entertain in the mind. The vast difference between asking a question – To gain an understanding of ‘questioning’ in the sense of inferring or Untruth or wrong motive.
These are rooted in enemy mind as seen in Eden when the serpent asked such a question of Eve “Hath God said…”
Questions that undermine Gods faithfulness
Questions that question Gods integrity
Questions that question Gods love; ability or will
Questions that reinforce a wrong image of God
Questions that undercut hope/faith
Questions that strengthen negative thinking
The second way the Kingdom demonstrates its power in us is over our Emotions
God is a God of moods but not a moody God. Consider the accounts in the word of those who were not in control of their emotions and see the pattern of destructive consequences.
Samuel/King to rule over Israel
Moses / Rock (struck)
Micah despising David dancing before Ark
Rich young ruler – went away sorrowful
Demas / loved this present evil age
Diotrophes / loved to be first in everything
We are people of the day, we are sons of the Kingdom, we are people of God the ways of the Father, Son and Spirit have become ours the Kingdom is here