In last week’s post, I mentioned that I believe Matthew 6:33 is one of the keys to resolving the inequity many people experience between the kind of life they actually experience day-to-day, and the victorious, triumphant, successful kind of life we read about in our Constitution, the Scriptures.
“Seek first the Kingdom of God, and His way of doing and being right/correct, and as we find the Kingdom we will receive all the other things we perceive that we need in life. They will be added to our experience on Earth.”Matthew 6:33 paraphrased
The Kingdom of God was not a new subject for Christ. It was the central theme of His teaching while He was on the Earth. It is not prominent in the teachings of faith today. It is not in the Apostle’s Creed, nor is it found in most of the doctrine of large organizations of faith. Why? That is an answer for another time. The answers we must address today are: 1) What is the Kingdom of God? 2) How does it operate, and how do we make it the experience of our lives? This knowledge and understanding directly impacts our ability to operate on the Earth in power, and authority and in dominion. We will answer these questions.
When Daniel was interpreting Nebuchadnezzar’s dream, Daniel told Nebuchadnezzar that God wanted him to know what was going to happen in the future on the Earth. He stated that there would be a succession of Kingdoms that would follow that would control the Earth. He stated that after these Kingdoms, another Kingdom would arrive on the Earth that would be an “everlasting, eternal Kingdom and its reign would not end.” Daniel further stated that this Kingdom would, “smash all the other Kingdoms into nothingness.”
History has shown that Daniel was describing (thousands of years before their appearance) the Medes, the Persians, the Greeks, and the Romans. All of these Kingdoms operated under a system of laws and disciplines that they called Government. These governments required obedience and support from their citizens. In return, the citizens received benefits from the governments. It was during the reign of the Romans that Daniel said another Kingdom would arise and bring its government to the Earth. This is the Kingdom/government Daniel said would be eternal, everlasting and would be more powerful than any other nation before.
When Isaiah the Prophet spoke about the arrival of Jesus, he said the government would be on His shoulders. When God Himself as Jesus Christ brought the government of Heaven to Earth, it did not appear as many thought it would. No visible throne, or Army, or organization of 15 governmental houses for Senators and other Leaders was established or built visibly on Earth. John the Baptist continued to say the Kingdom of God is coming, and Jesus clearly stated that the Kingdom of God is here. Jesus said, I place it in you. Many then and today continue to miss it because its workings and operations do not often fit our preconceived perceptions.
We can be confident and know that the Kingdom of God is the government of God and is operating in the Earth. And it is very important that we recognize and engage/employ/utilize it, because as Jesus stated, His Kingdom/government rules over everything. Lesser authority must always yield to greater authority. There is no authority above the Kingdom/Government of our God.
Further research into our Creator and God and His nature, shows that He is a God of systems. Everything He has created operates within a system. The solar system, the system of stars, the system we call the Life Cycle, and the human body is an amazing example of many systems working together. For the Earth to remain in balance, these systems must operate as designed. It is clear that the Kingdom of God is the governmental system that God Himself delivered to the Earth for man/humanity to live and operate within so that man will have the power, and authority and dominion to direct the affairs of their lives. This system, the Kingdom of God, and its understanding are the missing piece for humanity to have the power to influence the outcomes of our lives. We do not have to be hopelessly swept along by the current of the lies of the defeated Satan. Through this system, our Creator has provided access to the power humanity needs for dominion and victory over the defeated Satan’s lies.
The tragedy is that for so long we have accepted his lies simply because we did not know about the Kingdom of God and its provisions and purposes. We do now, and we must tell everyone this Good News of the Gospel of the Kingdom governmental system of our God. Our Creator would not give us a charge to live in dominion without providing a way to perform the directive. The written Agreement we have from our Creator is filled from beginning to end with the laws and disciplines necessary to follow and obey in order to walk experientially in a Kingdom governmental system relationship of power and authority of dominion.
In a recent study, I printed for our group’s review the places in the Agreement where the directions begin with the instructions that “if” and are followed immediately with the resulting “then”. It was over one hundred pages. Too often today we are taught the resulting benefits of the “then”, and the discipline of the “if” is not presented. Could that be why we appear powerless in our battles with the already defeated foes of the Kingdom of Darkness? We stand and declare the benefits and we have not been taught the discipline that activates them and makes them work in our lives. The results are that we get our backsides beaten by an already defeated enemy.
Israel complained to the Prophet Micah about a very similar situation. They performed all of the mechanics – sacrifices, attendance, prayer, etc., but none of it was being accepted. They did not know why or what to do. Micah told them that they knew because God had told them. He said, “Do what is right, love mercy and walk humbly before your God”. Discipline and obedience are the activators of the blessings. There is a most interesting phrase in these instructions that God as Jesus Christ gave to us in His instructions concerning the seeking the Kingdom governmental system of our God first. He followed those instructions with an explanation. He said that we were to operate within the guidelines of “His way of doing and being right or correct.” This must mean that there are many other ways we can choose to operate other than “His way of doing and being right.” How do we know the difference, and how do we engage and operate in “His way?”
In the letter to the Romans, we are told not to think like the world thinks, but to allow God to change the way we think to become the way He thinks. We are told to do so by renewing our minds with the Words of our Agreement with our Creator. We are then immediately told that we will understand how simple and clear His will is for us to see and know what to do in every situation we encounter. In summary, we are told to seek first the Kingdom governmental system of our God. We are then told to determine His way of doing things correctly. His way will very often be completely opposite of what we have learned. It may be uncomfortable at first. We are told to follow His way, and everything we need on Earth will be provided by those actions. We will fulfill the dominion mandate, and operate in power on Earth. We will be free from the tyranny and oppression of the Kingdom of Darkness.
So that is how the plan comes together. That is how it all fits into place. When we understand and operate within the living power of the Kingdom of our God, we will begin to experience the powerful, miraculous, and successful lives we were created to live. Does that excite you? It excites me! Praise be to our God!