The King and His Kingdom Video
In previous sessions we’ve looked at the Kingdom of God and how it is that as we obey God’s principles, (or His Government), we are blessed by Him (Psa.1:1-4). We also saw that as we drift out of His principles in our day, God is not able to bless us – this is because His Government is indisputable, irreversible, and final. We see in the books of Zechariah and Daniel, that His government, or another expression for His word or law, is beyond debate or question, whether we agree with it or not! (Zech.14:9; Daniel 2:44).
God desires to bless you and me on a daily basis, but if we do not adhere to His principles, His own government prevents Him from doing so. If He were to bless someone who is acting outside of His Government, then He would be obliged to even bless the accuser of the believers, the devil – a situation He cannot have!
The more we obey these principles, the more we feel the character of God in us, and the more we walk in His authority.
These Godly principles need to be real in our lives. If they are not real, practical and easily understood, then our daily walk with the Lord becomes a farce – an act for the world – which we struggle to maintain in our strength on a daily basis. No – our relationship with God needs to be a true reflection of blessing to us and those around us.
In our daily lives, we will not be perfect in our display of God’s principles. As we miss the mark with God, provided we are truly sorry, we receive forgiveness. As He forgives us, God intends for us to learn from the error of our ways and His amazing grace will help us to continue our day, without guilt.
If the Lord’s principles are near to our minds on a daily basis, it will help us to walk closer to Him – help us to be more aware of the path to glory.
Let’s take a look at some of these Godly principles which make up God’s government and see how we measure up to them. Perhaps this will give each one of us an indication of why we are not being blessed by God as much as we could be?
Please remember there are many more principles in His word than what we are looking at in this session. Let’s try and prayerfully sit with the Lord on a regular basis, asking Him to reveal others to us, so that we become more aware and more blessed.
Mat 5:13 “You are the salt of the earth; but if the salt has become tasteless, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot by men.”
Are we being an example for the Kingdom of God on a daily basis? How do we reflect God at home and work? And what about in our daily relationships – family and work colleagues?
Mat 5:25 “Make friends quickly with your opponent at law while you are with him on the way, so that your opponent may not hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the officer, and you be thrown into prison.”
Do we have any issues with others that have been left unattended? The scripture says deal with it now or it may turn into something worse.
Mat 5:27 “You have heard that it was said, `YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY’;
Mat 5:28 but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart.”
The Lord shows us here that sin has been committed in our hearts even as we think about doing something wrong. This, before we have physically done anything!
Mat 5:37 Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.
How do we answer others in our daily communication? Deceitfully – or truthfully and to the point. Interesting that Jesus says “anything beyond this comes from the evil one”!
Mat 5:42 Give to the one who asks you and do not turn away from the one who wants to borrow from you.
Do we feel the need to judge how others are going to use that which we give them, instead of just giving and allowing God to be their judge?
Mat 5:43 You have heard that it was said, ‘Love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’
Mat 5:44 But I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you,
Rom 12:14 Bless those who persecute you; bless and do not curse.
How did we react the last time someone was negative towards us in our day – did we pray for them or get angry with them?
Rom 12:16 Live in harmony with one another. Do not be proud, but be willing to associate with people of low position. Do not be conceited.
It’s very difficult to live alongside others if we are proud and conceited. We will always feel that we are superior.
Rom 12:17 Do not repay anyone evil for evil. Be careful to do what is right in the eyes of everybody.
Rom 12:18 If it is possible, as far as it depends on you, live at peace with everyone.
Rom 12:19 Do not take revenge, my friends, but leave room for God’s wrath, for it is written: “It is mine to avenge; I will repay,” says the Lord.
How many times when we are offended by another do we want to take revenge? God says it’s His job to judge and avenge others.
Rom 13:1 Every person is to be in subjection to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except God, and those which exist are established by God.
Rom 13:2 Therefore whoever resists authority has opposed the ordinance of God, and they who have opposed will receive condemnation upon themselves.
It’s very easy for us to disobey or be deceitful to those in authority over us. Mankind may not see – but God does! Are we receiving condemnation from God because we disobey those He has put in authority over us?
Php 2:4 not looking each of you to his own things, but each of you also to the things of others.
Php 2:14 Do all things without murmurings and questionings:
Php 2:15 so that you will prove yourselves to be blameless and innocent, children of God above reproach in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, among whom you appear as lights in the world.
Going about our daily tasks without having negative comments or thoughts is very difficult. God says we should see where we can serve others instead of criticizing them.
In your group now, please read the following three sections of scriptures out aloud together. At the end of each section, pause and discuss for 10min what you have read together. After your 10min discussion, read the next section.
Rom 14:13 Therefore, let us not judge one another anymore, but rather determine this, not to put an obstacle or a stumbling block in a brother’s way.
Rom 14:19 So then let us follow after things which make for peace, and things whereby we may edify one another.
1Co 10:32 Give no occasions of stumbling, either to Jews, or to Greeks, or to the church of God:
1Co 13:4 Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant,
1Co 13:5 does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered,
1Co 13:6 does not rejoice in unrighteousness, but rejoices with the truth;
1Co 13:7 bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.
1Co 13:8 Love never fails…
Rom 12:15 Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
Rom 12:20 On the contrary: “If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head.”
2Co 9:6 Now this I say, he who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.
2Co 9:7 Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God, loves a cheerful giver.
1Pe 2:15 For such is the will of God that by doing right you may silence the ignorance of foolish men.
1Jn 3:18 My Little children, let us not love in word, neither with the tongue; but in deed and truth.
Pro 11:15 He who is a guarantor for a stranger will surely suffer for it, But he who hates being a guarantor is secure.
Pro 11:28 He who trusts in his riches will fall, But the righteous will flourish like the green leaf.
Pro 12:1 Whoever loves discipline loves knowledge, But he who hates reproof is stupid.
Pro 12:15 The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.
Pro 13:18 Poverty and shame will come to him who neglects discipline, But he who regards reproof will be honored.
Pro 14:29 He who is slow to anger has great understanding, But he who is quick-tempered exalts folly.
Pro 15:1 A gentle answer turns away wrath, But a harsh word stirs up anger.
Pro 15:6 In the house of the righteous is much treasure; But in the revenues of the wicked is trouble.
Pro 15:27 He who profits illicitly troubles his own house, But he who hates bribes will live.
Pro 16:7 When a man’s ways are pleasing to the LORD, He makes even his enemies to be at peace with him.
Jas 1:23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks at his natural face in a mirror;
Jas 1:24 for once he has looked at himself and gone away, he has immediately forgotten what kind of person he was.
Jas 3:8 But no one can tame the tongue; it is a restless evil and full of deadly poison.
Jas 3:9 With it we bless our Lord and Father, and with it we curse men, who have been made in the likeness of God;
Jas 3:10 from the same mouth come both blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not to be this way.
Php 2:3 Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves;
Mat 5:11 Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you, and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
Rom 8:6 For the mind of the flesh is death, but the mind of the Spirit is life and peace:
Php 3:20 For our citizenship is in heaven; whence also we wait for a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ:
Remember – as we adhere to these principles daily, we will be blessed. I pray that the Lord has ministered some ‘pearls of wisdom in this session. These Godly principles for our daily lives are very difficult to adhere to if we try in our own strength.
As we enter into the Kingdom of God here and now, we have acknowledged that our old sinful nature (the engine that drives us to sin), has died and been buried with Jesus. Let us begin to walk in the new resurrected nature that God has given us. This is the nature that is able to walk daily in God’s principles.
Please join me next week, for PART 3, where we will start to look at the roles God would like us to fit into. Be blessed during this coming week – I look forward to being with you soon.
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