Category: God the King

Nine – Our Purpose, pt. 2 – p. 374

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May 6

The Kingdom Come

The King of all things desires to rule over this earth – in every aspect, and in every life. But He will only rule as He is invited to rule. True Christianity is the living representation, and invitation, to that Ruler’s rule. The world should see in us what they first saw in Jesus – and when they see Jesus, as He really is, they cannot help but be drawn to Him (see John 8:28; 12:32).

Every human being was designed to live in relationship with God – and we were purposed to rule over this earth, under the canopy of Our Creator’s rule over us. We were always meant to be the physical outflow of His spiritual will, expressed through us. This was lost and broken when sin entered into this world. Jesus came to restore that which was lost – to bring us all back to our original design and purpose.

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True Christianity is the restoration of that original design and purpose.

All this is made possible by the all-encompassing work of our Savior and Master. He not only came to provide for our liberation, but also to show us what our liberation would bring within us. Jesus is the firstborn of many brothers (Romans 8:29; Colossians 1:18; 1 Corinthians 15:23). He came and initiated what the rule of the One True King could be within those who would devote themselves to Him.

All Christians are the recipients of this divine handiwork, provided through The Christ.

We are brought into the Kingdom of God to know, love, and serve the King – and to live in the fullness of His favor and blessing. We, who have embraced Jesus, and His work, are in God’s Kingdom to know and learn His ways, His will, and His purposes – so that we can reach out to those souls who are enslaved by sin and selfishness, and bring the loving rule of the One True King into their lives.

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We belong to Him, to be the living demonstration of Who He is (His immense love and immeasurable power) just as our Lord demonstrated to us. We belong to Him, as He always intended, to bring the rule of the Creator-King to this earth. We are the King’s sons and daughters. We wear His Name. We are empowered with His Spirit. And we are instilled with His message – a message of divine deliverance, healing, and purpose. We are the emissaries of the King – just as our Lord before us. We are anointed to carry on His work – bringing the rule of the King wherever our feet may carry us.

Nine – Our Purpose, pt. 2 – p. 371

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May 1

The third way in which we may participate in Kingdom work is…

Direct encounter with darkness

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There are times when we must directly act to implement the King’s will. We are not only called to pray, and called to give testimony, but we are also (at times) called to interact with the needs and circumstances around us – to bring the will of the King into direct encounter with those in need. There are moments when the advancement of the Kingdom of God requires the power of The King.

God not only desires to assert His will on this earth, He also has the power to do so. The gospel of the Kingdom declares the King’s desire to openly display His Kingly qualities – and reveal the ample benefits of His Kingdom rule. God, the King, is good and loving and nurturing. But He is also almighty and powerful. His ability is unlimited. The Kingdom of God is about the full discovery of the power of God at work in the lives of those who need to experience His infinite goodness and love.

This is another of those defining characteristics of the ministry of our Lord in His time among us. Peter, in his message to Cornelius and his friends, brought this summation of Jesus’ ministry: “You know… how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power, and how He went around doing good and healing all who were under the power of the devil, because God was with Him.” (from Acts 10:37-38)

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Jesus Himself testified: “The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent Me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’” (Luke 4:18-19) As was stated before, The Lord’s message of deliverance, liberation and healing came with a demonstration of the power of the King, behind that message. Jesus did not just come and offer the promise of liberty to the captives – He came and gave undeniable evidence of the power behind that promise.

The gospel itself is a promise based upon the power and trustworthiness of God. It has the power to set us free only because there is a King behind this gospel Who empowers it to set us free. The gospel of the Kingdom comes with a guarantee and a demonstration of the power of the King of that Kingdom – and we cannot separate these things from each other. The message of the King, without the power of the King, is only empty talk and shallow promises.

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The apostle warned of a powerless message when he was inspired to say: “The Kingdom of God is not a matter of talk but of power.” (1 Corinthians 4:20) The promise of a king, who shows no power to back up what he says, offers no incentive to any listener. What is more, faith in the power of a powerless king only deludes and deceives those who are devoted to Him…

Nine – Our Purpose, pt. 2 – p. 367

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April 24

There are three primary ways in which we may all participate in accomplishing our King’s purpose to rule on this earth…

Prayer

It is a common tendency to view prayer as our way of talking to God. But prayer is far more prayerthan merely talking to God, and asking Him for the things that we think we need. Prayer, at it’s depth, is our link with God, spirit to Spirit. It should be seen as two-way communication: Him to us, and us to Him. It is not just a means of “asking God for what we want” – it is the means of experiencing a conversation in the very Throne Room of the Most High King. Asking God for the things we desire is a part of prayer, but if we see it as the only part, we are missing the deeper wonders to be found in prayer – and why it is so essential in our walk with God.

All we really need to know about the importance of prayer is found in the life of our Lord Jesus. The very fact that Jesus prayed, often spending great amounts of time in prayer, teaches us volumes. Jesus is the eternal Son of God, God incarnate, allotting His time and applying His energies to the essential element of communication with His Father (the King!).

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So vital was this time of communication, and so relevant in His life and ministry, that Jesus’ disciples noticed the immense value of prayer. The Bible records that prayer is the only thing that the disciples asked Jesus to teach them (Luke 11:1). They could readily see the effects of the power of prayer within Jesus’ life and ministry, and they desired to experience this power for themselves. The disciples saw the effectiveness of prayer, in the life of their Master, and they sought out this vital key to powerful living.

The true essence and focus of prayer is seeking out and understanding the will of the King. Once we have heard from the King, once we have come to know His will, we can proceed to doing our part in ushering in whatever the King desires here on this earth.

We observe this first real focus point in what we often call “The Lord’s Prayer.” We are taught that our first expressed desire is for the Kingdom of God to come to this earth through the understanding and implementation of the King’s will.

Our Lord, Himself, taught us this:

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True prayer is centered in what God wants – not what we want. True prayer seeks the King’s will, not our own will. True prayer acts in the understanding of the model of heaven – that whatever the King of heaven desires, happens!

Nine – Our Purpose, pt. 2 – p. 366

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April 23

The King’s rule – Displaying the authority of His rule through us (cont.)

…The war against God rages all around us – and our devotion to Jesus automatically inserts us into the battle.

Because we are at war, we must be mindful that the usurper to the Throne will not surrender quietly. He will rage and roar, intimidate and deceive, tighten his bonds around captive hearts, and continue to thoroughly blind the minds of the unbelieving (2 Corinthians 4:4). He will seek to terrorize and enslave, intimidate, and devastate – and he will often have the unwitting assistance of souls who are trapped within his devious and deadly deceptions.

But Scripture declares that he is a defeated foe! Jesus overcame him, and his power, at the cross (Colossians 2:15!) – and overwhelmed him in His resurrection. But what is more, we who belong to Jesus, share in our Lord’s victory! The Lord’s disciples are now divinely-enabled to confront the dark lord and his minions with divine authority and power – just as our Lord did in His time of ministry among us.

As the apostle informs us:

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These weapons are defined as flowing out from the rightful rule of the rightful King. The enemy of God no longer has any real authority. His only authority is yielded to him by those who are still caught within his deceptive clutches. Jesus came, and demonstrated, what the King’s representatives are empowered to do – He came and confronted the usurper and overcame him with the rightful rule of the One True King!

The ministry of the Lord Jesus was a ministry of deliverance, liberation, and healing. It is a ministry still alive and well today. Our purpose, as God’s redeemed people, is to take the rule of the King to those still dominated by the usurper’s unrightful rule. At the heart of the gospel of salvation is the gospel of the Kingdom. Just as our Lord before us, we are God’s Own emissaries, carrying His message, and the power and authority of His rule, to anyone in need.

We can be certian that the usurper will mount a formidable challenge – but his cause is utterly lost. He cannot undo what has been done through God’s Own Son on the cross.

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He cannot reverse what our Lord has accomplished in His resurrection. And He cannot unseat the victorious One who sits enthroned at the right Hand of The Father in the heavenly places. Now, the rightful Ruler intends to bring His reign to this physical planet through His willing and devoted disciples.

The apostle was inspired to teach us: “(God’s) intent was that now, through the Church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms, according to His eternal purpose which He accomplished in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Ephesians 3:10-11) Every true believer is called, and assigned, to the glorious occupation of ushering in the rule of the Kingdom of God.

Nine – Our Purpose, pt. 2 – p. 364

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April 18

The King’s rule outwardly – Displaying the authority of His rule through us

While it is true that “the Kingdom of God is within (us),” (Luke 17:21) it is not intended to be only an inward personal benefit to individual believers. In other words, it is not meant to be solely (or selfishly) kept to ourselves.

The Kingdom resides within us so that we might impact the world around us. It is not enough for us just to have the inner workings of righteousness, peace, and joy – the rule of the King comes to us so that the rule of the King might come through us. It is God’s full intent to reach out and touch others with His presence and power. He accomplishes this purpose through His Own people. Our task is to reveal the rule of the King, not only by what He does within us, but also by what He does through us.

Once again, Jesus is our Model. He not only possessed God’s rightouesness, peace, and joy – He also confronted the kingdom of darkness and overpowered the usurper’s rule by the King’s authority. He set the captives free. He delivered those in bondage. He healed those oppressed by physical, emotional, and spiritual afflictions. In short: Jesus brought the glorious light of the Almighty Creator-King into direct confrontation with darkness – and He prevailed.

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This is just as was prophetically foretold: “The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” (Isaiah 9:2; quoted concerning Jesus in Matthew 4:16) Isaiah went on to speak of the work of the Messiah to “reign on David’s throne and over His kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever.” (from Isaiah 9:7)

As we have already observed, the true Son of David, would bring the power of the One True King into direct contact with humanity. The Christ, the long-promised Messiah, would bring the rule of God to the afflictions of mankind, and powerfully prevail over the usurper’s power.

As was first witnessed in the life and ministry of Jesus, this divine authority was always intended to be passed down through each and every disciple of Jesus. The Kingdom of God is an invasion force unleashed on the kingdom of darkness. This force moves under the canopy of one simple principle: the rule of God is meant to encounter the rule of darkness and overcome and overpower that darkness…

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Nine – Our Purpose, pt. 2 – p. 357

April 9

The importance of divine authority (cont.)

Jesus’ passion and purpose was, simply, the rule of the King. True disciples of Jesus are made the recipients of divine authority to usher in the rule of the King wherever it is lacking. This is what Jesus demonstrated daily. This demonstration reveals the core of mankind’s dual-purpose. If true Christianity is the imitation of The Christ, then true Christians must live for the same passions and purpose as their Master.

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Scripture tells us that devoted disciples are empowered and enabled, with divine authority, to walk just as our Master did.

The King’s rule – and the effects upon us

What we have discovered, we must now put into practice. For this reason, we turn our attention to the practical application of the rule of the King. We must apply ourselves to what God has given us, and has done for us, in making us His people. There are two primary ways in which we, as God’s people, can experience and exhibit the rule of The King in, and through, our lives…

The Kingdom of God resides within us. This is just as Jesus told us: “The kingdom of God is within you.” (see Luke 17:20-21; John 7:38; Ephesians 3:20) At the moment we are “born from above” (or born again; John 3:3-8) the Kingdom resides within us. The Kingdom enters through the doorway of our hearts and permeates and impacts our souls (mind, will, and emotions).

The Kingdom flows from the inside out. Vital to our understanding is that the evidence of the Kingdom must be experienced within us… and it must flow out from what God has placed within. Scripture informs us that:

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This is the apostle’s inspired summary of what occurs inwardly, within those who are born from above, into the King’s Household.

We will turn our attention to these three inward components, the experiences and proofs, of the Kingdom of God within us…

Nine – Our Purpose, pt. 2 – p. 356

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April 8

The importance of divine authority

Jesus came to this earth with the authority to represent the Most High, and to perform His will and His work upon this earth. This is the summation of Jesus’ earthly ministry. But Jesus always had every intention of passing on this assignment to those who would surrender themselves to Him. We find affirmation of this fact when we see a vital part of the disciples’ training unfold.

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This one fact emerges: the ministry of Jesus’ disciples unfolded and occurred just as Jesus had demonstrated to them. When Jesus sent them out, their ministry was just as effective and productive as His ministry. This was exactly as Jesus had purposed and intended. This was His plan for His people – for all those who would commit their hearts and lives to Him and to His purposes.

But so that we would not conclude that Jesus intended this effective ministry only for the chosen twelve we also read:

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What were the results of the ministry of the seventy-two? “The seventy-two returned with joy and said, “Lord, even the demons submit to us in Your Name.” He replied, “I saw Satan fall like lightning from heaven. I have given you authority to trample on snakes and scorpions and to overcome all the power of the enemy; nothing will harm you…” (from Luke 10:17-19).

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Once again, we see the intentions of Jesus unfold for those committed to Him and to His purposes. Jesus’ disciples are meant to impact the world with God’s love and God’s power – just as their Lord did before them. They are intended to bring God’s touch to those who desperately need Him – and they are meant to be the ambassadors of the rule of God for those long subjugated to, and ravaged by, the powers of darkness.

All this is just as Jesus Himself had done. All this is only possible through the power of divine authority given to submitted subjects of the One True King. As Jesus was submitted to the rule of the King (in His time of earthly ministry), so also those who are devoted to Jesus must be similarly submitted to His rule. Those wholly submitted to Jesus are true disciples of Jesus – fully committed to the passions and purposes of their Master.