The what, where, when, why and how of kingdom living!
What is your understanding of the kingdom of God? Is it something which is to come? Is it speaking of a specific area set by boundaries which distinguishes it from other kingdoms (empires)? Is the term making reference to the place where where the throne of God is where Jesus is seated at His right hand? Is the phrase being used to describe God’s dominion, authority and or power?
A clear understanding of the biblical terms “the kingdom of God and “ the kingdom of Heaven” is very important in our walk with Jesus and can open the eyes of our understanding many to many other biblical precepts.
Heavenly Father I pray thee send a fresh anointing onto us and let thy precious Holy Spirit open the eyes to our understanding and lead us onto all truth, in the mighty name of our Lord and Savior, you’re only begotten Son Jesus. Amen!
Understanding the Kingdoms
Interestingly the term or phrase “kingdom of heaven” is used exclusively by the Apostle Mark alone who uses it some 33 times within 32 verses in his gospel. Mark also uses the phrase “kingdom of God” 13 times in his gospel. All of the other apostles use the phrase “kingdom of God” exclusively and do so some 49 times throughout the new testament. It is also interesting to note that neither of these phrases are used at all within the old testament scriptures.
Although both phrases can, at times, be used interchangeably, the primary difference between the two, in their contextual usage, is that the phrase “the kingdom of heaven” seems to be speaking concretely, making reference to a place more than God’s authority over it whereas the phrase “the kingdom of God” seems to be speaking abstractly and more towards God’s dominion, power and authority.
The Greek word basileia (kingdom) is used three ways within scriptures:
- abstractly, to mean rule
- concretely to mean a realm
- literally or figuratively to mean kingdom + reign
and comes from the word basileus (from which the Latin word basilica is derived) (through the notion of a foundation of power); a sovereign (abstractly, relatively or figuratively): king, which is probably from the Greek word basis, from βαίνω bainō (to walk); a pace (“base”), that is, (by implication) the foot: – foot.
This is an interesting Greek word with an interesting morphology. It can mean either rule, realm or both combined depending on the context in which the word is used.
- The word “rule” is defined as; governing power or its possession or use; authority.
- The word “realm” is defined as; a community or territory over which a sovereign rules; a kingdom.
The English word “heaven” is translated from the Greek word ouranos is used to mean the abode of God. (through the idea of elevation); the sky; by extension heaven (as the abode of God); by implication happiness, power, eternity; specifically the Gospel (Christianity): – air, heaven ([-ly]), sky
Subsequently the phrase the kingdom of heaven speaks about the place where God, for lack of a better term in light of His omnipresence, dwells or His realm. Conversely the phrase “kingdom of God” is more abstract and speaks to His rule (dominion, power and authority).
Now let’s begin to examine some scripture in the light of this distinction between the two phrases focusing on “the kingdom of God”.
The Kingdom of God
So many Christian brothers and sisters believe that the phrase the” kingdom of God” is speaking about God’s realm. Subsequently they believe that they enter into that kingdom when they pass onto the next life. This means, for all intent and purposes that they are missing the boat. If they do not understand what the kingdom of God is or where it is, they can live within it operate within it. They can not live the kingdom life.
The Kingdom of God is Here and Now!
(Mat 12:28) But if I cast out devils by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God is come unto you.
Question; did Jesus cast out devils? Yes!
(Mar 1:23) And there was in their synagogue a man with an unclean spirit; and he cried out,
(Mar 1:24) Saying, Let us alone; what have we to do with thee, thou Jesus of Nazareth? art thou come to destroy us? I know thee who thou art, the Holy One of God.
(Mar 1:25) And Jesus rebuked him, saying, Hold thy peace, and come out of him.
(Mar 1:26) And when the unclean spirit had torn him, and cried with a loud voice, he came out of him.
According to Jesus own words, “then (after he cast out devils by the Spirit of God, which He received after His water baptism) the kingdom of God is come onto you“. When Jesus cast out that demon through the power of the Holy Spirit, he was demonstrating that the “kingdom of God” had arrived!
The kingdom of God has been here on the earth for some 2,000 years and a majority of brothers and sisters in Christ are still waiting for it to come!
(Mat 6:33) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
When we “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness (Jesus Christ), all these things will be added onto you.
(Mat 6:25) Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
(Mat 6:26) Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
(Mat 6:27) Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
(Mat 6:28) And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
(Mat 6:29) And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Clearly these things are earthly provisions. This is not speaking of some future event in heaven. Jesus said: “Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment”? This is clearly making reference to our life here on Earth!
Once we understand and believe that “the kingdom of God” is speaking of God’s rule, not His realm and that the kingdom is here and now we can begin to operate within the kingdom.
You see brothers and sisters if we don’t believe that the kingdom of God is here and now we can’t be kingdom dwellers. That is to say that we can’t operate within the power given to us through the Holy Spirit of God by the authority of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(Pro 23:1) When thou sittest to eat with a ruler, consider diligently what is before thee:
(Pro 23:2) And put a knife to thy throat, if thou be a man given to appetite.
(Pro 23:3) Be not desirous of his dainties: for they are deceitful meat.
(Pro 23:4) Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom.
(Pro 23:5) Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? for riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven.
(Pro 23:6) Eat thou not the bread of him that hath an evil eye, neither desire thou his dainty meats:
(Pro 23:7) For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
We MUST NOT live a life of experiential Christianity. That is to say that the beliefs of many people are based on their personal experiences rather than standing in faith in the Word of God. If Jesus said the kingdom of God “is come” then it has come!
There are people who will tell you otherwise. They will present secular arguments based on their own understanding which is based on information and not revelation. They will present their points of view eloquently (dainty meats). We must rely on the Word of Truth
Labour not to be rich (in wisdom): cease from thine own wisdom. Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee.
When we seek the kingdom of God based on the doctrines of men we will never find it. To find it we must first “seek” it, we must desire it. If we do not seek it we will not find it and if we do not believe that it is within our reach we will not look for it.
What a man thinks (believes) in his heart he is!
(Luk 17:20) And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
(Luk 17:21) Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
The kingdom of God was established during the life of Jesus, at His baptism, and it became available and accessible to mankind on the day of Pentecost. Jesus received the Holy Spirit at the time of His water baptism.
(Mat 3:13) Then cometh Jesus from Galilee to Jordan unto John, to be baptized of him.
(Mat 3:14) But John forbad him, saying, I have need to be baptized of thee, and comest thou to me?
(Mat 3:15) And Jesus answering said unto him, Suffer it to be so now: for thus it becometh us to fulfil all righteousness. Then he suffered him.
(Mat 3:16) And Jesus, when he was baptized, went up straightway out of the water: and, lo, the heavens were opened unto him, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon him:
(Mat 3:17) And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
Jesus told John: “thus it becometh us to fill all righteousness”.
(Act 1:4) And, being assembled together with them, commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, saith he, ye have heard of me.
(Act 1:5) For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence.
(Act 1:6) When they therefore were come together, they asked of him, saying, Lord, wilt thou at this time restore again the kingdom to Israel?
(Act 1:7) And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.
(Act 1:8) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
This “righteousness” was fulfilled when Jesus ascended to the Father and assumed His rightful position as High Priest and Lord. When this was accomplished the Holy Spirit came down to earth to live within us.
(2Ti 1:13) Hold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.
(2Ti 1:14) That good thing which was committed unto thee keep by the Holy Ghost which dwelleth in us.
Living in The Kingdom of God
When we are born of our parents, into the carnal or physical world, because of the transgression in the garden which was in Eden, we are spiritually dead. As such we can’t enter into His kingdom because we are no longer made in His image.
When God “created” man He was created in His image and likeness (Gen 1:26). God is a tripartite being; The Father, The Son and The Holy Ghost (Matt 28:19). Man was created a tripartite being, in the image and likeness of God; Spirit, Soul and Body.
When Adam & Eve transgressed they died spiritually. Men and women come into this word spiritually dead. We are born two part beings, soul and body. When we are “born again” our spirits are regenerated and we become, as it was in the beginning, three part beings in the image and likeness of God!
This does not mean that we are reborn spiritually mature beings. In fact we are spiritual babies. We have to learn how to live our lives all over again by a new set of rules and standards. We have to learn how to walk, talk and think all over again so that we can live within God’s spiritual kingdom!
Before we were saved all we had to work with was our physical bodies to serve our souls. We had to rely on our physical senses to understand the physical realm in which we lived. Further more, because our soul was actually designed to serve our spirit, our soul had no true purpose. Our soul couldn’t serve our spirit because our spirit was dead. This explains why so many unsaved people feel so lost and hopeless and without purpose. We can only serve God in spirit. We can only give Him praise and worship in spirit. We can only pray the spirit and we can only enter into the kingdom of God in the Spirit.
What Is The Purpose of The Kingdom of God?
To prepare us for our next life, our everlasting life, with Jesus in His Kingdom!
You see brothers & sisters there are actually three kingdom’s. There is the kingdom of God, the kingdom of Satan (Matt 12:26) and the kingdom of Jesus (John 18:36), the new Jerusalem (Rev 21:21), where we will be with Him forever (John 17:24).
This new life in the kingdom of God is, for lack of a better term, spiritual boot camp! It is preparation for living our new, eternal spiritual lives. As new creations, of which Jesus was the first fruit, and being given new hearts and minds through our spiritual rebirth, we must grow or mature spiritually. That is to say that we must be transformed into the image of Christ who is representative of the good and acceptable and perfect will of God!
We are not spiritually reborn into perfection automatically, it is a process. We are reborn as spiritual babies. We must learn how to grow in spirit while Living in the Spirit!
Salvation, that is accepting the person of Jesus Christ as Savior is the first step in the process. When we receive Jesus as savior we are born again in spirit. The flesh however needs to be brought into subjection to our soul. We have lived our whole lives fulfilling the desires of the flesh. Our souls also have desires and they could not desire the things of God because spiritual death had separated us from Him.
(1Co 2:9) But as it is written, Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him.
(1Co 2:10) But God hath revealed them unto us by his Spirit: for the Spirit searcheth all things, yea, the deep things of God.
(1Co 2:11) For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.
Now that we are spiritually reborn and have, as new creations, the Holy Spirit of God living within us, we are now able to bring our soul under subjection to our spirit and subsequently bring our bodies into subjection of our will (soul). I call that being translated into the kingdom.
How Do We Become Translated Into The Kingdom?
When we receive our salvation and the Holy Spirit comes to dwell within us, we are fully equipped to begin the second step of God’s plan for our restoration.
Those who have served in the military know that the first thing that happens when you get to boot camp is that you are fully equipped to begin and complete basic training. The same is true with our spiritual rebirth. Military boot camp is designed to turn you from being a civilian to a soldier. Spiritual boot camp is designed to take you from a babe in Christ to a spiritual soldier. Military boot camp takes time to complete. Spiritual boot camp takes time to complete. The difference between the two is that one has a DI (drill instructor) to lead you and the other has the HS (Holy Spirit) to lead you.
Unlike the Holy Spirit however the DI will kick your butt if you don’t make the grade. The goal of your drill instructor is to break you out of the old habits you showed up at boot camp with. They basically break you down and build you back up again into a new creation, a soldier. A soldier is trained to be subordinate his or her leaders.
We as Christians also must become subject (subordinate) to out leaders. We must receive (take hold of) Jesus Christ as Lord, The Holy Spirit as Teacher and the Word of God as our code of conduct. This however is not done by force. None one puts you on guard duty or KP duty or denies you leave if you don’t live up to the standards set before you.
Spiritual growth is accomplished through the act of willful submission.
You can be saved for 50 years and never get to boot camp (the kingdom of God). The Holy Spirit will not force you to do anything that you don’t want to do. In spiritual boot camp we have free will and the privilege to exercise it. How quickly we mature spiritually is totally dependent on how soon we submit to the Holy Spirit and let Him renew our minds!
Our minds are transformed by submitting to the Holy Spirit. He will teach us all things and lead us onto all truth within the Word of God. We must set aside our old ways. We must not rely on our natural eyes, ears or our own understanding.
Operating in the kingdom means that we learn how to function under the unction of the Holy Spirit. It means that the Holy Spirit opens up our spiritual eyes, ears and understanding. It means that we no longer receive or accept information rather we receive revelation! It means that we begin to change and see things as God sees things, hear things as Jesus heard things and act as did our Lord through the power of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Amen!
(Rom 12:2) And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
This is perhaps the most important doctrine of our faith to get right. EVERYTHING that we will become, as matured Holy Spirit filled sons and daughters of God, depends on a clear understanding on what Romans 12:2 means and how we utilize it in our daily lives!
Jesus made the claim;
(Joh 14:6) Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
The first thing that we must understand is that our Lord Jesus is the physical manifestation of the good and acceptable and perfect will of God!
He is the only man of whom God said:
(Mat 3:17) And lo a voice from heaven, saying, This is my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.
What is the will of God?
(Joh 6:38) For I came down from heaven, not to do mine own will, but the will of him that sent me.
(Joh 6:39) And this is the Father’s will which hath sent me, that of all which he hath given me I should lose nothing, but should raise it up again at the last day.
(Joh 6:40) And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.
You see brothers and sisters there is no great mystery as to exactly what the will of God is! Actually it is the most simple part of all the things which we need to know as Christian believers.
The Greek word thelēma (will) means desire and or good pleasure. Therefore, by definition, to do God’s will is to do the things which He desires that please Him.
Now watch this:
(Luk 12:30) For all these things do the nations of the world seek after: and your Father knoweth that ye have need of these things.
(Luk 12:31) But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.
(Luk 12:32) Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
It is our Father’s “good pleasure” to “give you (us) the kingdom”! Our Father will give us that which the “nations of the world seek after”. God knows that we have need for these things (v.30) and He said not to worry about them that He will provide.
This is the first tenet of kingdom living. God is the provider!
You see it’s not our jobs or businesses that are actually providing the means by which we live. It is our Father in Heaven providing for us through them. God has promised to provide for us and His word NEVER returns void. We don’t even have to ask for it. We simply need to have faith in His word!
God has also promised to give us “the desires of our heart”.
(Psa 37:3) Trust in the LORD, and do good; so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.
(Psa 37:4) Delight thyself also in the LORD; and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart.
(Psa 37:5) Commit thy way unto the LORD; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.
(Psa 37:6) And he shall bring forth thy righteousness as the light, and thy judgment as the noonday.
(Psa 37:7) Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass.
This is the way of the kingdom of God. This is the way of kingdom living. This is the way Jesus lived His life and it pleased the Father!
What was Jesus first command to His disciples?
(Mat 4:19) And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.
(Mat 8:22) But Jesus said unto him, Follow me; and let the dead bury their dead.
(Mat 16:24) Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
(Mat 16:25) For whosoever will save his life shall lose it: and whosoever will lose his life for my sake shall find it.
Why do we follow Jesus? Why do we make Him our Lord?
Because He is the way, the truth and the Life. Because living that life is the will of our Father. When we follow Jesus and begin to become as He was the Father is pleased with us. When the Father is pleased with us He blesses us. That is the way of the kingdom and Jesus is the way to the kingdom.
Subsequently when we follow Jesus, who is the way to the kingdom, we find the kingdom and when we find the kingdom we find all of the blessings of God.
Now we can not serve two masters. We can not follow the ways of the world and the ways of Christ. We must love one and hate the other.
- We must not conform (suschēmatizō – fashioned into) to the world (aiōn – an age).
- We must be transformed (metamorphoō – change, transfigured) by the renewing (anakainōsis – renovation) of our mind that we may prove (dokimazō – test) the good, and acceptable, and perfect will of God.
Now this proving or testing the will of God is not tempting God.
What the scriptures are saying is; reject the world and it’s ways, follow Christ, learn His ways, do those things and see if they do not do for you what the Word of God has said they will do!
What will happen if we follow these instructions?
We Will Become Christ Like! We will receive the gifts of the Spirit. We will begin to manifest the fruits of the Spirit. We will increase in faith and power. We will overcome the world as He overcame the world while he was still walking on the world.
A Warning Was Given
(Mat 7:15) Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves.
(Mat 24:11) And many false prophets shall rise, and shall deceive many.
(Mat 24:24) For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
(Mar 13:22) For false Christs and false prophets shall rise, and shall shew signs and wonders, to seduce, if it were possible, even the elect.
(2Pe 2:1) But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who privily shall bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction.
(1Jn 4:1) Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.
These wolves come in sheep’s clothing. They look like sheep, sound like sheep and act like sheep. But they are not sheep and will deceive many! They will show great signs and wonders but they are not of the flock. They are false preachers, teachers and prophets.
But there is nothing new under the sun:
(Jer 14:14) Then the LORD said unto me, The prophets prophesy lies in my name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them, neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination, and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.
(Lam 2:14) Thy prophets have seen vain and foolish things for thee: and they have not discovered thine iniquity, to turn away thy captivity; but have seen for thee false burdens and causes of banishment.
(2Ti 3:1) This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.
(2Ti 3:2) For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy,
(2Ti 3:3) Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good,
(2Ti 3:4) Traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God;
(2Ti 3:5) Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.
In 2 Timothy the apostle Paul is not speaking about those who are outside of the body of Christ. He is speaking of wolves who have infiltrated as sheep.
(2Ti 3:6) For of this sort are they which creep into houses, and lead captive silly women laden with sins, led away with divers lusts,
(2Ti 3:7) Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.
These women being spoken of are “ever learning and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth”. They are being taught false Christian doctrines by those having “a form of godliness”. They are being led astray buy these wolves in sheep’s clothing.
We see that this is prevalent within the body of Christ today. People blindly put their trust in men and women rather in God and His word. They have given themselves over to these false doctrines of men and accept them as truth.
Subsequently the kingdom of God has been shut off to them!
(Mat 23:13) But woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye shut up the kingdom of heaven against men: for ye neither go in yourselves, neither suffer ye them that are entering to go in.
(Mat 23:14) Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye devour widows’ houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation.
(Mat 23:15) Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves.
Brothers & Sisters in Christ,
In closing I want to reiterate these things which were foretold by our Lord to keep us on the narrow path so that we can enter into the kingdom through the narrow gate.
The church in this present age is full of Pharisees!
(Mat 15:7) Ye hypocrites, well did Esaias prophesy of you, saying,
(Mat 15:8) This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
(Mat 15:9) But in vain they do worship me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men.
We must remember that there is nothing new under the sun. The fathers of the old testament did not hear the prophets of God. Their children did not hear Jesus and their children’s, children’s children will not hear the Word of Truth today!
Do not accept doctrine because it is supported by “popular opinion” nor reject it because it is not.
The Word of God tells us:
(Joh 14:23) Jesus answered and said unto him, If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him.
(Joh 14:24) He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings: and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father’s which sent me.
(Joh 14:25) These things have I spoken unto you, being yet present with you.
(Joh 14:26) But the Comforter, which is the Holy Ghost, whom the Father will send in my name, he shall teach you all things, and bring all things to your remembrance, whatsoever I have said unto you.
(Joh 14:27) Peace I leave with you, my peace I give unto you: not as the world giveth, give I unto you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.
We are to keep the words of Jesus and no others! When Jesus said “my words” he meant just that. His words and no others. No other words can save you. No other way can lead you into the kingdom. No other words spoken before His were the good, and acceptable, and perfect of God. God said of no other that they were “His Son” of whom He is well pleased.
(Joh 10:7) Then said Jesus unto them again, Verily, verily, I say unto you, I am the door of the sheep.
(Joh 10:8) All that ever came before me are thieves and robbers: but the sheep did not hear them.
(Joh 10:9) I am the door: by me if any man enter in, he shall be saved, and shall go in and out, and find pasture.
(Joh 10:10) The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
(Joh 10:11) I am the good shepherd: the good shepherd giveth his life for the sheep.
(Joh 10:12) But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, and scattereth the sheep.
(Joh 10:13) The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep.
(Joh 10:14) I am the good shepherd, and know my sheep, and am known of mine.
(Joh 10:15) As the Father knoweth me, even so know I the Father: and I lay down my life for the sheep.
Jesus is the way the truth and the life. Only He is the Shepard of the true flock. His sheep hear His voice and follow no other.
Brothers and Sisters the only way that we can know the truth and not be led astray is to follow Jesus and follow His teachings. We do not need men and women to teach us anything. All we need them to do is to preach (present) the word of God. To present the word of truth to us. God does the rest!
You will know if what you are hearing is the truth by spiritual discernment given by the Holy Spirit of God through His appointed, anointed preachers teachers, brothers and sisters. They will never boast of their own knowledge and wisdom. They will never hold up a banner of formal education before you to prove their mastery of scriptures. They shouldn’t have to!
Jesus sent the Holy Spirit to us to teach us all things and to lead us onto all truth. You don’t need me or anyone else to teach you. That is to say take no man or woman’s word as truth.
1 Thes 5:16-21
- Rejoice evermore.
- Pray without ceasing.
- In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you.
- Quench not the Spirit.
- Despise not prophesyings.
- Prove all things; hold fast that which is good.
When you do these things you can live the way of Christ. You will find rest and enter into His peace. You will receive understanding and wisdom given to you by God Himself from on high (revelation).
If you hearken diligently onto the voice of our Lord and observe all that He has taught you will be blessed going in and coming out and you will find pasture in the kingdom of God on Earth.
God Bless You All in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ!
Amen & Amen!
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