The Kingdom of God, part 1
1st of August
What is the Kingdom of God? It is not of this world. That is absolutely sure. Jesus says to Pilate in John 18:36 “My kingdom is not of this world. My servants would fight, so that I should not be delivered to the Jews, but now My kingdom is not from here.”
The head-line is the Kingdom of God and we understand that this kingdom comes from God. Jesus says that we are IN THE WORLD, but not OF THE WORLD. That actually means that those of us who have received Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, are visiting the earth, but have our home in Heaven.
I have been in India and Norway lately, but I live in Sweden. I got some emotional questions. Where is my home? The Holy Spirit reminded me of an old song that says that we are strangers here on earth, but our real home is in Heaven. I was also reminded of a story that I have heard once. It was an American missionary going back to America on a boat. On that boat was the President of the United States. He was welcomed home with speeches and music. The missionary felt a little sad and said: “Nobody makes a fuss about me.” Then he heard God say: “You have not come home!” This is a very true statement. IF WE IDENTIFY WITH THIS WORLD, WE LIVE LIKE WE ARE OF THIS WORLD. WE ARE ONLY PLACED HERE FOR A LIMITTED TIME.
God has placed us here in order for us to represent Him on earth. God, the Father and Jesus are to-day in Heaven and The Holy Spirit is here on earth, helping us Christians to promote the Kingdom of God. We are sent by God to be His AMBASSADORS, HEAVENLY AMBASSADORS.
Jesus taught His disciples to pray and we can read in Matt. 6:10 “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on Earth as it is in Heaven.” God wants Heaven to come down to earth. I can hear you say: “This cannot happen before the devil is bound.” No, it will be a fight for it, but God has called you and me to be part of that war. If you are a child of God, you are already BORN TO WIN. Is’nt that fantastic! In 1.John 5:4 we read: “For whatever is born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world – our faith.” Without faith, we cannot please God. (Heb.11:6) God has given us faith and everything else that belongs to His Kingdom.
That leads us to the next point. In Luke 17:21 Jesus says that THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN US. When we receive Jesus as our Lord and Savior, we become a new creation. (2.Cor.5:17) The kingdom of God has moved into your spirit. If you and I really understood what we have inside of us, there would be no limitations for what we could do for God. There is always a fight when i want to teach on the content of our new-born spirit. The kingdom of God is within us and WE SHOULD IDENTIFY WITH THE NATURE OF GOD WITHIN US AND NOT WITH WHAT THE DEVIL HAS DONE IN OUR LIVES. If we identify with the works of the devil, we allow the devil to run our lives.
Gal. 5:16 says that we should walk in the Spirit. I have earlier taught a lot about spirit, soul and body and I recommend you to look that up.
In order to walk in the Spirit, we have to know what the spirit is and what we have in the spirit. Most people do not know the difference between the spirit and the soul. Most people live by their emotions and thoughts or circumstances.
I will repeat some of the things in our spirit.
Do you believe that God is perfect? If you believe that, your spirit is also perfect since you are born by God. Your spirit has un umbilical cord directly to Heaven and you have received God’s DNA. Du have the love of God, His power, His divine health, His peace, His faith, His patience and His goodness. YOU HAVE EVERYTHING THAT GOD HAS AND IS. A Christian cannot come to me and say: “I have no faith or I have no love.” I say then that they are lying. The Word of God says that He has poured His love into our heart. (Rom.5:5) We have gotten an abundance of love. If our feelings say something different, we have to check ourselves. Have we forgiven our family and friends? Do we identify with what the devil is saying? WHY DO WE IDENTIFY WITH THE DEVIL SINCE WE KNOW THAT HE IS THE FATHER OF LIES? When we identify with lies, we are put in Prison. I can hear some of you laughing, saying that I make a joke. No, the Bible says in John 8:32 “And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.” The opposite is imprisonment. The devil knows this and he wants to keep the truth away from us.
IDENTIFY WITH THE NATURE OF GOD IN YOU. ONLY THEN CAN YOU WALK IN THE SPIRIT.
I wrote that we are ambassadors here on earth. An ambassador has to know the rules an regulations of his own country very well before he or she is posted in another country. They have to know how the leaders of their own country is thinking. They also have to know what to say and how to behave in order to be a worthy representative for their country. They have to identify with their own country.
YOU ARE AN AMBASSADOR FOR GOD. DO YOU KNOW HIM WELL? DO YOU KNOW THE RULES AND REGULATIONS OF THE KINGDOM OF GOD?
God has written them down in His Word.
DO YOU KNOW THE WORD?
Ambassadors have to have an intimate relationship with their own country while they are in another country. They have to ask for guidance in order to represent their country and not themselves. DO YOU HAVE A DAILY RELATIONSHIP WITH THE ONE WHO SENT YOU? When we represent someone, it is not interesting what our friends say, or what they say on TV or write in the newspaper, but what our BOSS say.
WE ARE ALWAYS AND EVERYWHERE AN AMBASSADOR.
When a king is on a private visit, he is not loosing the title of a king. Everybody knows the king. Many people think that we can be private under certain circumstances, but we cannot. We are always sent and always representing God, even when we are alone. The invisible spiritual world is watching.
An ambassador has a code for dressing. Is God agreeing with our way of dressing? It is not a question of skirts or slacks, but He wants us to dress in a decent manner and not to copy the world. I never want to buy anything with the wrong symbols.
An ambassador is proud of his country. ARE WE PROUD OF THE FACT THAT WE ARE CHRISTIANS? DO WE TALK LIKE AN AMBASSADOR? DO WE WALK LIKE AN AMBASADOR? JESUS IS OUR EXAMPLE OF A GOOD AMBASSADOR.
An ambassador is there to defend his or her country, not physically, but in words and deed. He has been given an authority. WE HAVE BEEN GIVEN AUTHORITY IN THE NAME OF JESUS AND WE HAVE BEEN TOLD TO USE THAT AUTHORITY HERE ON EARTH.
GOD BLESS YOU AS A HEAVENLY AMBASSADOR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!