Being Kingdom Minded

We are told to have the mind of Jesus (Philippians 2:2-5) “fulfill you my joy that
you be likeminded, having the same love, being of one accord, of one mind.  Let
nothing be done through strife or vainglory, but in lowliness of mind, let each
esteem others better than themselves.  Look not every man on his own thing, but
every man also on the things of others.  Let this mind be in you, which was also
in Christ Jesus”.  Ask yourself of what mind was in Christ?  Jesus was obedient to
the will of God, and made Himself of no reputation, was humbled.

When it said “let” this means you have a responsibility in it.  When you read
through the Bible and it says “let us” take some time to agree with God.   You
can make a commitment to do it, and ask God to help you walk it out; then thank
Him for giving you the strength and grace to do it.

Jesus came to restore us to the kingdom (II Corinthians 5:19-20) “to say that God
was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to
them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation.  Now then we are
ambassadors for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us we pray in Christ’
s stead, be you reconciled to God”.  We as an ambassador for Christ, have to
speak what He spoke.  Remember that Jesus said, He only spoke what He heard
His Father say.

Jesus restored our dominion (Luke 10:19) “behold, I give to you power to tread
on serpents and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing
shall by any means hurt you”.  He gave us the keys to the kingdom of heaven
and told us that whatsoever you would bind on earth would be bound in heaven,
and whatsoever you would loose on earth would be loosed in heaven (Matthew
16:18-19).  Jesus tells His disciples “verily I say to you, if you have faith as a
grain of mustard seed, you shall say to this mountain.  Remove here to yonder
place, and it shall remove, and nothing shall be impossible to you” (Matthew 17:
20).

Remember that when Adam fell, he was removed from the kingdom, he was put
out of the garden of Eden.  In (Romans 5:15-17) the Bible says “but not as the
offence, so also is the free gift.  For if through the offence of one, many be dead,
much more the grace of God, and the gift of grace which is by one man, Jesus
Christ has abound to many.  And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift;
for judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences to
justification.  For if by one man’s (Adam) offence death reigned by one, much
more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness
shall reign in life by One, Jesus Christ”.  
Adam lost his dominion and the devil became the god of this world.

Jesus came preaching “and saying, the time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God
is at hand; repent you, and believe the gospel.” (Mark 1:15).  He told many
parables about the kingdom, and said that it is for you to know the mystery of the
kingdom.  

The gospel of the kingdom in (Matthew 4:23) says “and Jesus went about all
Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom,
and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the
people”.  Mark 16 commissions us to preach the gospel to every creature and He
says “in My name shall they cast out devils, they shall speak with new tongues.  
They shall take up serpents, and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt
them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover”.  He also says in
(Matthew 24:14) “and this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the
world for a witness to all nations, and then shall the end come”.

Many churches preach the gospel of salvation, and one must be born again to
see and enter the kingdom, Jesus said to Nicodemus (John 3:3,5).  Jesus
preached the gospel of the kingdom.  He sent out first His 12 disciples, and then
the 70 elders and He told them “the harvest truly is great, but the laborers are
few, pray you therefore the Lord of the harvest, that He would send forth
laborers into His harvest.  Go your ways, behold, I send you forth as lambs
among wolves.  Heal the sick that are therein, and say to them. The kingdom of
God is come near to you (Luke 10:2-3,9).  And they returned confirming that
even the devils are subject to us through Your name verse 17.

The difference between the gospel of salvation and the gospel of the kingdom is
that people of salvation thinking, look at salvation as the end.  Getting saved and
living to receive the promises when they get to heaven.  And we thank God for
salvation, but the kingdom people think of God’s kingdom and have a desire to
bring it down, the Lord’s prayer says “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in
earth as it is in heaven” they are living a kingdom life on the earth (Mark 10:29-
30) “and Jesus answered and said, verily I say to you, there is no man that has
left house, or brethren, or sisters, or father, or mother, or wife or children, or
lands, for My sake, and the gospel’s.  But he shall receive an hundred fold, now
in this time, houses and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and
lands with persecutions, and in the world to come eternal life”.

Jesus gave His disciples a commission (Matthew 28), and that commission is for
us as well.  Our purpose should be sharing the gospel with those around us, live
a godly life before others (Matthew 5:16) says “let your light so shine before
men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in
heaven”; remember we are told to be salt and light.  We are to work for the
kingdom of God and for the betterment of mankind.  Leading people to the God
adds to the kingdom and causes men to be saved. The early church had this
mind set, and they turned their world upside down.

Colossians 1:13 tells us that “God has delivered us from the power of darkness,
and has translated us into the kingdom of His dear Son”.  Jesus is the King of
kings, and we are the king that He is king of.  He is our King.  

Jesus tells us how to be kingdom minded (Matthew 6:33) which says “but seek
you first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness and all these things shall be
added to you”.  He explains that the world seeks after things, but we because we
have a covenant with God are to seek the kingdom.  Seeking the kingdom is
seeking God’s way of doing things.

Another way of seeking God first is to go to Him first and ask Him for wisdom to
overcome any problems in your life.  David did this, and God was able to reveal
things to him.  The Bible tells us in Philippians 4:6-7 “be careful for nothing, but
in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be
made known to God.  And the peace of God which passes all understanding,
shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus”.

When you first come to God, you have to take time and find yourself in the
scriptures; what is God calling you to do?  Jesus found Himself in the scriptures
(Luke 4:17-21), as He read from Isaiah chapter 61, He said today this scripture is
fulfilled in your ears.

We are told to “grow up into Christ’s likeness” (Ephesians 4), this is what God
predestined for us (Romans 8:29) “for whom He did foreknow, He also did
predestinate to be conformed to the image of His Son”.  

Sermon by: Harriet Bond
Date: January 23, 2009
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