WHAT IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD?

Jesus preached the Good News of the Kingdom, so we must embrace HIS agenda. 

What did Jesus teach us about the KINGDOM?

IN THE KINGDOM OF GOD, THE KING IS THE HEALER OF ALL THINGS.

Matthew 4:23 (ESV)  And he went throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom and healing every disease and every affliction among the people.

THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS A RIGHTEOUS KINGDOM.
To live in the Kingdom we must turn from evil.

Matthew 4:17 (NKJV)  From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”

Repentance also means to change you mind, to change your thinking, to think like God thinks.

WE MUST SUBMIT TO OUR GOOD KING AND LEARN HIS WAYS.

“The King of Love my shepherd is whose goodness faileth never. I nothing lack if I am his and he is mine for ever.”

  • Romans 12:1-2 (NKJV)  I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.

  • And do not be conformed to this world, 

    • but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.

THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS ONE. IT IS A KINGDOM OF UNITY.

  • 1 Corinthians 10:17 (NKJV)  For we, though many, are one bread and one body; for we all partake of that one bread.

  • John 17:20-21 (NKJV)  “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word;

    •  that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me.

  • You may be stuck with a way of thinking you learnt from your church but you are not open to fresh inspiration from the Holy Spirit and from ideas from believers outside your tradition.

  • If so, you need to REPENT, think again, listen to God and listen to inspired thinking from believers outside your denomination or local assembly.

GOD IS LOVE AND HE LOVES NOT ONLY YOU BUT THE NATION WHICH YOU BELONG TO. 

  • Patriotism is of God because God is love and He loves your nation and your people.

BUT THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS INTERNATIONAL AND OUR PRIMARY CITIZENSHIP IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.

  • Galatians 3:28 (NKJV)  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

  • There must be no discrimination amongst God’s people. Patriotism must not be contaminated with sinful pride, racism, prejudice or exclusive nationalism. 

  • I also thank God that He has raised up women as wonderful preachers and teachers of the Kingdom in our generation as He also did in Bible days. 

  • I thank God for Cindy Jacobs, Heidi Baker, Wendy Alec, Mother Teresa, Jackie Pullinger, Joyce Meyer, Basilea Schlink, Corrie ten Boom and many other wonderful women who have built and are building the Kingdom of God.

THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS A KINGDOM AT WAR.

  • Matthew 10:7-8 (NKJV)  And as you go, preach, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand.’

  • Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. Freely you have received, freely give.

We have an enemy, Satan, the adversary of God. The Kingdom of Darkness afflicts people with sickness; demons possess and destroy lives. 

  • We have received the free gift of forgiveness, a new life and the right to exercise the authority and power of Jesus. 

    • We must use this power to heal and restore lives, to rescue people from the prisons of sickness, rejection and from the control of demons.

THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.

  • Matthew 6:9-12 (NKJV) In this manner, therefore, pray: Our Father in heaven, Hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come…

  • YOUR WILL BE DONE ON EARTH AS IT IS IN HEAVEN.

  • In Heaven there is no sickness and no poverty, so we must resist these things as our enemies.

  • In heaven there are no denominations, so we must embrace ALL believers here as our brothers, demonstrating actual fellowship and practical love.


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