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 DOES GODS KINGDOM

GOVERN YOUR SPEECH?’

 

 

By definition, a kingdom [Gr. basileia] is ruled by a king who must have subjects and territory. Used in the N.T. to refer to the reign of the Messiah (Christ). When Jesus began his public ministry we read in Matthew 4:17 — From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. The kingdom of heaven was at hand because He was on the scene to show us the characteristics of the Father.  When the disciples asked Him to teach them to pray in Matthew 6, He said — ...thy kingdom come, thy will be done, as in heaven, on earth also...  Matthew 6:33 tells us to seek first the kingdom of God... [The phrases ‘kingdom of heaven’ and ‘kingdom of God’ are different translations of the same Greek word].

          I have heard derogatory comments for years about  “kingdom now” teaching. The idea behind the sarcasm seems to be that the kingdom is something that we will enter  after we leave this physical world.  This view is difficult to align with scripture. During His time on earth, approximately 33-34 years, Jesus showed us repeatedly what to do and how to operate in the kingdom of God. In Matthew 12:28 Jesus said, .. then the kingdom of God is come unto you. The literal Greek says the kingdom is come upon you. Since the kingdom came upon us, and Matthew 28:18 gives us all authority, it is apparent that the kingdom came and is still  to be in operation today.   If He did not expect us to be able to walk in it during this life, why did He tell us to seek first the kingdom of God? Since He was in fact the son of God living in a body as a man, albeit sinless, everything that He did He expects us to do today. Look at the commission in Matthew 10:7,8 — And as you go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons; freely ye have received, freely give. Agreed, the context is for them to preach to the house of Israel, however, in Matthew 28:18,19 we are told by Jesus that all power [Gr.exousia = authority] is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore... We read in Hebrews 13:8 that Jesus is the same yesterday, today and forever. That means whatever He said while alive on earth, is still in effect. So we come to the question — why are so many of us who claim to be Christians living with so little authority and power demonstrated by and in our lives? We are supposed to be controlling Satan and his demons, not vice-versa.  If time is not spent in the Word and in fellowship with God through the Holy Spirit, there will not be any effective power available for ministry. Yes, I said ministry. Everyone in the church at large is a minister, not exclusively ordained people.

          Since Jesus ascended to The Father, the “church” has managed to evolve into an organization(s) that is(are) hardly recognizable in reference to scripture.  Men  have instituted structure, teachings and traditions that, in many cases, are offensive to God.  If every denomination was correct in their individual thinking and teaching, then why are there so many of them? It appears as though in our desire to “improve” on what God wanted to do, we have managed to pervert  relationship into religion. The primary thing that interests God is our  personal relationship with Jesus.  Simply stated, the only thing we are responsible for is maintaining a close relationship with The Lord Jesus. As I alluded to in the last LifeNotes, we are unable to cause our flesh (natural) man to become spiritual. That is only accomplished through making the  moral choices that are opposed to the things of our natural life that have become deeply entrenched. Even though our natural man has been   crucified with Jesus, he still attempts to do and be contrary to  God. Therefore, most rules established by men or their traditions, are superfluous.     Notice that man seems to always make a list of Don'ts for us to follow if we are to please God. The primary purpose of the Ten Commandments was to show man that he could not be good enough to please the Father. Jesus simplified the law for us in the New Covenant by stating in Matthew 22:37,39 ..Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. (39) ..thou shalt love thy neighbor as thyself. It is very difficult to love your neighbor as yourself, if you have a poor self-image. If you don’t feel that you are worthy enough to deserve God’s love, for whatever the reason, than how can you possibly love your neighbor? We must learn to see ourselves from God’s perspective. As far as He is concerned, we are not sinners. The work on Calvary was great enough to cleanse the sin from all people, for all time, at the same time. This is very seldom preached or taught on today. As John the Baptist said, Behold the lamb of God who is taking away the sin of the world. Many folks feel so unworthy and  guilt-ridden to the point of not being able to believe that God really meant what He said in the Word. For example, look at Mark 4:30-32 for a comparison of the kingdom of God. Notice, the seed must be sown by man (v26) before it can grow. Mark 4:30 And he said, Whereunto shall we liken the kingdom of God? or with what comparison shall we compare it? 31 It is like a grain of mustard seed, which, when it is sown in the earth, is less than all the seeds that be in the earth: 32 But when it is sown, it groweth up, and becometh greater than all herbs, and shooteth out great branches; so that the fowls of the air may lodge under the shadow of it. Notice  that Jesus stated that the kingdom of God is like a seed. Whenever it is sown in the earth it grows up. It is impossible to separate the operation of the kingdom of God from the words that we speak. If Jesus did not want His disciples to understand what He was talking about why did He constantly use parables  relating to natural things  they were  familiar with?  It seems   He was so desirous of their understanding  that He went to great lengths clarifying His thoughts.  

We are all exactly where our words have placed us. The Lord will hold us accountable for every idle (Gr. argos = barren) word that we speak. As an analogy, think of words as buckets that carry ideas and convey pictures. A barren word could then be compared to an empty bucket.  Why not carry one that contains something that God said. We see in Luke 8:11 ...The seed is the word of God. A principle that Jesus established was to ‘speak the word’ (plant the seed) into a given situation and watch it grow, watering it with prayer and faith. When will we learn the necessity of not looking at the circumstances, but believe God’s word concerning it? God has already made provision for us to defeat every circumstance or situation that can come against us. We need to spend enough time in the Word to know what it says and allow it to govern our actions. It seems to be the ‘thing’ to act on how we feel rather than on what God has already said. Our feelings do not matter when it comes to operating in kingdom principles. Why can we not understand that “dead men” don’t have feelings (Romans 6:11). If we have been crucified with Christ our feelings should be dead. However, many folk get their feelings hurt, or get angry, etc. because of something said or done concerning them. The proper response should be: Matthew 5:44 But I say unto you, Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you... Jesus is coming back for a bride that is without spot or wrinkle, not some sniveling little girl who is unable to overcome in the face of adversity, trials, temptation or pressure. These are some of the purifying agents that God will allow into our lives to effect a change in our character. Be aware that many of these difficulties  are presented to us through people, especially Christians. In the natural, we are meant to grow  to maturity, that is the goal. The same holds true for our spiritual growth. How many people do you know who are chronologically mature but emotionally still a child? That is not normal growth.  Every subject in God’s kingdom will have the character of God worked into their life, one way or the other.  The best thing to do is yield to the Holy Spirit whenever He starts to point out an area of our life that needs to be altered. If we yield willingly, there will be much less pressure and time involved.

          To see the importance of words let’s take a brief look at Paul’s ‘thorn in the flesh’.  2 Corinthians 12:7 And lest I should be exalted  above measure through the abundance of the revelations, there was given to me a thorn in the flesh, the messenger of Satan to buffet  me, lest I should be exalted above measure.  Messenger (Gr. aggelos) is a messenger, envoy, one who is sent, an angel, a messenger from God. Therefore, it seems that it was people because the word buffet (Gr. kolafizo) means: 1) to strike with the fist, give one a blow with the fist; 2) to maltreat, treat with violence and contumely.  Look at  Numbers 33:52 Then ye shall drive out all the inhabitants of the land from before you, and destroy all their pictures, and destroy all their molten images, and quite pluck down all their high places: 53 And ye shall dispossess the inhabitants of the land, and dwell therein: for I have given you the land to possess it. 55 But if ye will not drive out the inhabitants of the land from before you; then it shall come to pass, that those which ye let remain of them shall be pricks in your eyes, and thorns in your sides, and shall vex you in the land wherein ye dwell. God told Moses that the Israelites were to do the driving out of the people. Looking at 2 Cor 12:9,  God told Paul, His grace was sufficient — 5485 ca,rij charis {khar'-ece}  •  from 5463;  1) grace 1a) that which affords joy,  pleasure, delight, sweetness, charm,  loveliness: grace of speech 2) good will,  loving-kindness, favour 2a) of the merciful  kindness by which God, exerting his holy  influence upon souls, turns them to  Christ, keeps, strengthens, increases  them in Christian faith, knowledge,  affection, and kindles them to the  exercise of the Christian virtues 3) what  is due to grace 3a) the spiritual condition  of one governed by the power of divine  grace 3b) the token or proof of grace,  benefit 3b1) a gift of grace 3b2) benefit,  bounty 4) thanks, (for benefits, services,  favours), recompense, reward.  

The principal of Israel, not God, driving out the people  carries over to the New Testament. Paul was asking God to remove the problem, whatever it was. God’s answer concerning grace could be approached from different directions. (1) God was telling Paul  all that he needed was already available through the grace provided. He could and should have taken control over that situation, or, (2) God’s grace was and is sufficient to carry Paul, or us, through any situation that may present itself, or, (3) Paul’s pride, brought on by the abundance of revelation, needed to be dealt with.  Malachi 3:6 states For I am the Lord, I change not...God allowed people and situations to correct Paul, just as He does for us today.  Please read Ephesians 1 & 2 so you can see the context of the next reference. Eph 1:22,23 And hath put all things under his feet and gave him to be the head over all things to the church, Which is his body, the fulness of him that filleth all in all. Feet are on the body, not the head. Everything that Jesus did was in obedience to The Father. Our activities should also be in accordance to the leading of God through the Holy Spirit. Jesus said in essence, “I only do what I’ve seen The Father do, and I only say what I hear The Father say.” The expectation of Jesus is for us, the church, to enforce all the victories that He has already accomplished  over Satan and his kingdom. Never forget,  Satan is a defeated enemy. His greatest skill is deceiving  folk into thinking that he is powerful. In 1Peter 5:8 we see that the devil goes about as a roaring lion. He is not the mighty champion that he would like us to think he is. We have been given all the authority we need to maintain Satan in check until the return of Jesus. However, if we do not enforce the principles of the word of God over the territory we are in charge of, it will allow Satan and his demons to run over us at their pleasure.  Jesus has given the command for us, the body of Christ, to enforce His kingdom today, and the only way to do that is by the words that we speak. We must learn to say and do the same things that Jesus said and did and trust God to be God and do what He said He would do. We must learn to hear the voice of, and be led by, the Holy Spirit. That is the essence of living by faith and growing up to maturity in the things of God 

It is imperative that we determine whether we want to live by God’s kingdom principles or the sense knowledge principles of the world. The one will bring victory and the kind of life that Jesus wants us to have and the other will bring, for the most part, disappointment. One of the first things we must do is develop our self-image. See ourselves the way that God sees us no matter the circumstance. Also, we must take charge of the words that we speak.  Proverbs 18:21 Death and life are in the power of the tongue: and they that love it shall eat the fruit thereof. There was a little ditty years ago that said, “sticks and stones may break my bones but words will never hurt me.” Wrong!  Words have the power to kill or to sustain life. Which type of word bucket do you want to sow out of? By determining  to be a sower of the word of God we can be a real blessing to all that we come in contact with. By allowing the Holy Spirit to demonstrate God’s love and mercy through us we put ourselves in the position that John Baptist wanted—He must increase, I must decrease. Purpose to become so small that everything that gets accomplished is a result of the Holy Spirit doing it through you.                                                                                                     Frank

 

Thoughts from Barbara

           

Fellow laborers in the Lord —

          As I was reading Born After Midnight by A.W. Tozer, I was touched. He put is so plain that we can’t help but see what he is saying and I believe he has the ear of the Lord in this.

          He describes the condition of the church so clearly that I wanted to share it. If you find yourself in this then the beginning of the new year is a good place to start seeking the Lord about how to change our message.

 

     In this quasi-Christian scheme of things God becomes the Aladdin lamp who does the bidding of everyone that will accept His Son and sign a card. The total obligation of the sinner is discharged when he accepts Christ. After that he has but to come with his basket and receive the religious equivalent of everything the world offers and enjoy it to the limit. Those who have not accepted Christ must be content with this world, but the Christian gets this one with the one to come thrown in as a bonus.

 

     Such is the Christian message as interpreted by vast numbers of religious leaders today. This gross misapprehension of the truth is back of much (I almost said most) of our present evangelical activity. It determines directions, builds programs, decides the content of sermons, fixes the quality of local churches and even of whole denominations, sets the pattern for religious writers and forms the editorial policy of many evangelical publications.

           This watered down gospel taught to us over the years and now being passed on will keep us from walking and living in the Kingdom of God. We must remember that God is looking for us; we are not looking for Him. (He has never been lost!) When He finds us and we accept the crucifixion and shedding of His blood as our only salvation then He changes us. Only as He performs His changes in our lives do we walk in His Kingdom. Our whole life, attitude and goals will change and rightly so. How else does the world know there is another kingdom? One that brings peace, joy and contentment. We can’t be content walking in both kingdoms and if we try there is no witness to the unsaved. Our life will be just like theirs. Full of strife, envy and every evil thing.

          My desire for the New Year is that the “Real Church” will stand up and live like she is  under a different government than the world.                 

                                                                              Barbara

           Barbara and I want to wish all of you a joyous and victorious life in the Lord. May you prosper and be in health even as your soul prospers. You can do all things through Christ (the anointed). It will be glorious when the entire Church is walking in the power and authority that Jesus delegated to be passed on to all the called out ones. Make it your prayer that you will yield to the Holy Spirit’s guidance in your life. He will never fail. Never has, never will.

          We do love you and pray for you and we ask you to continue to pray for us.  Shalom!      

 

                                               In Service to the Master,

                                       Frank and Barbara Doyle                                        

 

Published by

Frank and Barbara Doyle

Life Givers Ministries

PO Box 251

Lincolnton GA 30817-0251

phone: 706 359 6977

e-mail: frankd@minister.com