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Pray without Ceasing! Necessary Qualities

Key Scripture:

1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV)   Pray without ceasing.

SUMMARY

Praying without Ceasing is an experience that comes from a heart always connected to God and His word. These three words are easy to read  but the most difficult to practise. When we pray without ceasing, we subdue the powers of darkness and conquer lives for the Lord Jesus. Praying without ceasing is an experience that springs from the deep parts of our hearts as a result of a vibrant walk with the Lord. A prayerless christian is a lifeless christian.

SERMON POINTS

A Life of Prayer.

1 Thessalonians 3:1,2 (KJV) Wherefore when we could no longer forbear, we thought it good to be left at Athens alone; And sent Timotheus, our brother, and minister of God, and our fellowlabourer in the gospel of Christ, to establish you, and to comfort you concerning your faith:

In the Second Missionary journey of St Paul, we see him facing hurdles one after the other. Barnabas is no more with him.About A.D. 50, he arrived in Greece for the first time. In making converts in Philippi and, soon afterwards, in Thessalonica, he was beset by persecution from Jews and Gentiles alike. Moving on to Berea, he was again harassed by enemies from Thessalonica and hurriedly left for Athens (Acts 16:1117:15). Silvanus and Timothy remained behind for a while. Paul soon sent Timothy back to Thessalonica to strengthen that community in its trials (1 Thes 3:15). Timothy and Silvanus finally returned to Paul when he reached Corinth (Acts 18:118), probably in the early summer of A.D. 51. Timothy’s return with a report on conditions at Thessalonica served as the occasion for Paul’s first letter (1 Thes 3:68).

 

How can we pray without ceasing?

  1. Connected with men of God- Healthy Church life.

 1 Thessalonians 5:12,13 (KJV) And we beseech you, brethren, to know them which labour among you, and are over you in the Lord, and admonish you; And to esteem them very highly in love for their work’s sake. And be at peace among yourselves.

The Lord uses His Servants to shape our spiritual life. A culture of honor is required to receive the things of God. When there is a servant of God among you ministering the word of God and leading the church in His ways, honor them and be faithful to your calling.  The precious word of God in our hearts will help us to cultivate an atmosphere of prayer. The Word gets rooted in our hearts when we honor the men of God and when we are at peace among ourselves. When we are connected with those who are connected with God,much grace and power would be imparted into our lives.

Our reception of God’s word depends on our perception of God’s servants. We must always remember that grace is transferable from their lives. It is through their ministry that God can lead you out of the wilderness of you life. (Hosea 12:13).

Let us heed to, honor and love the people, God has allowed to advice and lead us, that in itself is where our prayer life begins.

  1. Caring for others-Healthy character

 1 Thessalonians 5:14 (KJV)  Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men.

 A continuous prayer life becomes operational when we start caring for others. We need to encourage one another. The Bible teaches us to be patient with everyone and support the weak. This is the very reason that God has called us for, to overcome evil with love. Let us do the same by finding a need and filing it. This will help us in being consistent in our prayer life. We cannot have a consistent prayer life without praying for others and carrying the burdens of one another.

  1. Rejoice in the Lord- Healthy Condition of your relationship with Christ.

 Habakkuk 3:17,18 (KJV)  Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the vines; the labour of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat; the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the stalls: Yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my salvation.

 For a consistent prayer life, we need to have a healthy relationship with the Lord. The Bible tells us to rejoice in the Lord always. Being happy always no matter what the situation comes only if we experience the joy of salvation in Christ Jesus.

This is how we will pray without ceasing even when you cannot see the Lord at work but would persevere till His will is done. Delighting in His presence would cause your heart to rise heavenward. We would keep praising and trusting His name.

 

CONCLUSION.

Prayer is the oxygen of a spiritual man. But sadly, these days many of us think that there is no need to pray. When we cultivate the habit of honoring the servants of God and care for one another, we would go into a deeper spiritual lifestyle.

We need to pray and more so without ceasing! Let us introspect the condition of our spiritual lives and push ourselves to pray more and more till we see the Name of Jesus lifted high.

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Praying in the Spirit!

Key Scripture:

1 Thessalonians 5:17 (KJV)   Pray without ceasing.

SUMMARY

The Bible asks us to pray without ceasing and this sermon helps us understand the secret of doing that. Praying in the spirit is a vital part of prayer without which our prayers lack the effectiveness. Let’s learn how to pray in the spirit and make our prayers vibrant.

SERMON POINTS

Praying in the Spirit.

Ephesians 6:18 (KJV) Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints;

 We cannot pray continually in our flesh using our human languages. Therefore Apostle Paul teaches us a secret, which is-praying in the Spirit. Our empty lives and prayers become full of power and essence when the Spirit of God fills us.

Why should we pray in the spirit?

Matthew 26:40, 41 (KJV)    And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour? Watch and pray, that ye enter not into temptation: the spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

We need to learn and understand the principle of praying in the spirit. Jesus Christ at the garden of Gethsemane asks His disciples to watch and pray so that they may not fall into temptation. However the weary disciples couldn’t overcome their weak flesh to allow their willing spirits to lead them into prayer.

We need to speak to God in spirit because He is Spirit.

How should we pray in the Spirit? Only if we appropriate a spiritual life can we pray in the Spirit.

  1. The gift of God-Salvation.

 Ephesians 2:1 (KJV) And you hath he quickened, who were dead in trespasses and sins;

Just as Jesus said, our bodies are weak. They are dead in sin and transgressions but thanks be to God, He has sent His Spirit to quicken are bodies from death! We need this very experience to be ours if we want to pray in the spirit.

Ephesians 2:8 (KJV) For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:

 Only through salvation can one receive this gift of God. We receive it by grace through faith in Christ Jesus. Once you receive Jesus as your Lord and Saviour your bodies are brought to life from dead state in sin.

 

  1. Being buried with Christ -baptism

 Romans 6:3,4 (KJV)   Know ye not, that so many of us as were baptized into Jesus Christ were baptized into his death? Therefore we are buried with him by baptism into death: that like as Christ was raised up from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life.

 The Bible also makes it clear to us that we need to die to the world and be buried in His death. When you take baptism by immersion you are buried with Him into His death. This is the other qualification that enables us to pray in the Spirit. It’s not enough if we receive the Lord as are Saviour we need to be buried with Him in baptism.

 

  1. Being resurrected with Christ.

 Revelation 3:1 (KJV)  And unto the angel of the church in Sardis write; These things saith he that hath the seven Spirits of God, and the seven stars; I know thy works, that thou hast a name that thou livest, and art dead.

Salvation is regeneration of the Spirit and Baptism is identifying with the death, burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ. Once we identify spiritually with the life, death ,burial and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ we move into a new spiritual realm. We cannot follow the sinful ways of the past and we start seeking things which are above.We mortify things of the earth and long for being clothed with things above. The Lord calls us to walk in the newness of life. When we constantly seek things that are above, we start praying in the Holy Spirit with groanings that cannot be uttered.

Romans 8:1 (KJV)  There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

To those who are resurrected with Christ they walk not according to the flesh which is weak and prone to falling into temptation but they walk according to the Spirit.

 

CONCLUSION.

Praying in the Spirit is a powerful; weapon every believer must learn to wield. The old man in us must die and be buried into Christ’s death. We also need to be resurrected with Christ into the newness of life. These are the essentials that help us pray in the spirit and win over the enemy in Jesus’ name.

The Second Coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ!

Key Scripture:

Acts 1:11 (KJV)  Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.

SUMMARY

The rapture is the only exit route for a believer. We need to prepare for the second coming of Christ. Nobody can stop it. This sermon lets us know, how we can prepare so that we will be taken up in rapture because those who miss it will end up in the tribulation. Let us see the ways in which we can be ready for His coming.

SERMON POINTS

3 Aspects in the Second Coming of Christ.

  • Rapture-Believers in Christ being taken to heaven.
  • Harvest of Saints-Many saints who are saved during the tribulation period.
  • Public Coming of Christ-wherein Jesus Christ will be coming as a King and judge all the people of the world.

The Events that will follow the Second Coming of Christ.

  1. Rapture.
  2. Judgement Seat of Christ.
  3. The Seven Tribulations.
  4. The Millennium rule of Christ.
  5. Great White Throne Judgement.

 

Preparing for Rapture.

  1. It’s a secret Rapture

 1 Thessalonians 4:16 (KJV) For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

 The Bible distinctively tells us of three sounds we will be able to hear at the Coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. We must remember that these will not be heard by everyone. Only those believers, who spend time with the Lord, at least one hour per day, will have a receptive heart. God will answer the prayers of such a heart. When we have the practice of hearing the voice of God can you be able to hear the last blast of the trumpet.

  1. It’s a sudden rapture.

1 Corinthians 15:52 (KJV) In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.   

This Rapture will be sudden. In the twinkling of the eye, we will all be transformed. No one knows the time or day. There won’t be time to change when rapture takes place. To be taken up in rapture, we need to live our lives worthy of His calling; so that dead or alive when the last trumpet calls we will be taken into glory.

Matthew 24:36 (KJV) But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.  

  1. It’s a selective rapture.

 1 Thessalonians 4:17 (KJV)  Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord

 The rapture is not for everyone, it’s for all those who live exclusive for the Lord. Apostle Peter asks us to be cautious of our lifestyle. We need to be sure of your calling and election; not as lifeless believers but vibrant Christians.

2 Peter 1:10 (KJV) Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:

 

CONCLUSION.

In 2 Kings 2:11, 12, we read of Elijah and Elisha walking together when a fiery chariot separates both of them. Elijah is an example of the raptured believer and Elisha the left-behind believer. We need to be prepared for the Second Coming of our Lord. The Lord wants the Church to be taken up at the rapture and not be judged with the rest of the world. Let’s get prepared by leading a separate, holy life , dedicated unto the Lord and prepare others as well.

Revering the Name of the Lord.

Key Scripture:

Malachi 4:2 (KJV)  But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.

SUMMARY

Our Great God is worthy to be praised and honored above all.  This sermon helps us understand this very aspect from the book of Malachi. We understand what it means to revere the Lord and how we need to honor Him in our daily walk.  There is a great blessing when we revere the Lord, because it is on them that the the Sun of righteousness will rise with healing in his wings.

SERMON POINTS

 What does God expect us to do?

Malachi 1:11 (KJV) For from the rising of the sun even unto the going down of the same my name shall be great among the Gentiles; and in every place incense shall be offered unto my name, and a pure offering: for my name shall be great among the heathen, saith the Lord of hosts.

We see a prophetic view of the future as Malachi speaks this oracle. The Lord’s name would be great among the gentiles. He was probably seeing us (gentiles) taking up our place in worship.

 The Lord is very particular about His Name. He expects us to fear His Name and honour Him as a Father and Master. The actual meaning of revere means to have a lot of admiration and respect for the Lord.

Malachi 1:6 (KJV) A son honoureth his father, and a servant his master: if then I be a father, where is mine honour? and if I be a master, where is my fear? saith the Lord of hosts unto you, O priests, that despise my name. And ye say, Wherein have we despised thy name?

 

Why we should heed to the Lord’s command?

 Malachi 2:2 (KJV) If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith the Lord of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart.

If we miss heeding to the voice of God in the matter of honouring the name of the Lord, we bring curse on ourselves. Let us examine ourselves and change our lifestyles in a way that we can honour God.

Malachi 2:5 (KJV) My covenant was with him of life and peace; and I gave them to him for the fear wherewith he feared me, and was afraid before my name.

The greatest blessing in revering the Name of the Lord is that He makes a covenant with us, a covenant of life and peace. These days we see a culture of not honoring Him as a Father and Master.

 

With or without our knowledge we have failed to revere God. From the book of Malachi, God speaks His heart out regarding His Name. The Prophet Malachi outlined four ways in which the Israelites dishonored God . We should be aware of these so that we don’t fall into the trap of dishonoring God.

  • Worthless Gifts.

Malachi 1:12,13 (KJV) But ye have profaned it, in that ye say, The table of the Lord is polluted; and the fruit thereof, even his meat, is contemptible. Ye said also, Behold, what a weariness is it! and ye have snuffed at it, saith the Lord of hosts; and ye brought that which was torn, and the lame, and the sick; thus ye brought an offering: should I accept this of your hand? saith the Lord.

 We have a notion in us that the Lord would accept all our gifts and offerings. God is not interested in our offerings as much as He is interested in us. When we come to God in sincerity and truth we would offer Him the best. The people of Israel brought the tor, the lame and sick as an offering and the Lord was against those.  From the story of Cain and Abel , we infer that God is interested in how we revere Him than how much we give Him. When we fear God, we give Him the best and never half heartedly.

Our worship and prayer must be in truth. Our actions and words must be an incense before the Lord.

Eli forgot to teach his sons how to honour God and that brought a curse upon his entire generation. Let us ever be careful to honour God and teach the same to our children.

 

  • Weary words.

Malachi 2:17 (KJV) Ye have wearied the Lord with your words. Yet ye say, Wherein have we wearied him? When ye say, Every one that doeth evil is good in the sight of the Lord, and he delighteth in them; or, Where is the God of judgment?

Our words can weary God. When our words are full of negativity filled with murmuring and lamenting, we disrespect Him. We have to therefore cultivate an attitude of gratitude. We should seek the help of God to stop words of negativity and rely on His strength to speak words of faith and hope.

  • Unfaithfulness

Malachi 2:11  (KJV) Judah hath dealt treacherously, and an abomination is committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah hath profaned the holiness of the Lord which he loved, and hath married the daughter of a strange god.

 Whatever God has given us, we must be faithful with it. All that we have, our family, our job, our kids and spouse, the church we go has been entrusted to us by God. We have to be faithful in the responsibility that is in our hands. Our God is a faithful God and He expects that same character from us.

 

  • Tithes

Malachi 3:10 (KJV) Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the Lord of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

Tithing is a command given by God. By choosing to follow it, we honour the Lord. When we forget to cultivate a lifestyle to give to the Lord, we rob Him.  God loves a cheerful giver. Tithing is a God honoring principle and when we do that , He is faithful to open the windows of heaven to pour out a blessing on us.

 

CONCLUSION.

Malachi 3:16 (KJV) Then they that feared the Lord spake often one to another: and the Lord hearkened, and heard it, and a book of remembrance was written before him for them that feared the Lord, and that thought upon his name.

 The Bible tells us that, a Book of Remembrance was written on behalf of those who feared and honoured God. Don’t accept your troubles as they come. Let’s introspect and see if there is anything that needs to be rectified. Let’s never make the mistake of dishonoring Him. Ask God and press for deliverance . The Sun of Righteousness will rise on us with healing in His wings.

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Shema Yisrael!

September 20, 2018 Leave a comment

Key Scripture:

Deuteronomy 6:4-9 (KJV)   Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up. Tie them as symbols on your hands and bind them on your foreheads.  Write them on the doorframes of your houses and on your gates.

SUMMARY

The Jews were very particular when it came to loving the Lord. They used to say the Shema every morning and evening without fail. They also recited it during Sabbaths. Our Lord Jesus also told us that loving the Lord was the greatest commandment. This sermon opens our eyes to the truth of loving the Lord our God and how should we fare when it comes to loving Him which is our whole duty.

SERMON POINTS

 Loving God –the Greatest Commandment.

Mark 12:28-30 (KJV) And one of the scribes came, and having heard them reasoning together, and perceiving that he had answered them well, asked him, Which is the first commandment of all? And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord: And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment.

 The Shema was recited in Jewish households every morning and evening without fail. It is the very foundation for us New Testament believers as well. When the scribes asked Jesus which is the greatest commandment, His reply was the very same “Shema”.. Jesus Christ said that this was the first and greatest commandment. For loving God we should realize who our God is.

“Hear, O Israel: The Lord our God, the Lord is one”- Our God is One. He is the one who created us in Christ for Himself.  Noone has seen the Father and its His Son who has revealed Him to us.(John 1:18)

If the Jews had so much passion in loving and serving God whom they have not seen, how much should we love the Lord who got a revelation of who He is.

The Shema- Realization of your God.

Psalms 40:8 (KJV)    I delight to do thy will, O my God: yea, thy law is within my heart.

The Shema is all about the realization of who your God is. The Jews declared it all the time. They were to realize that the Lord our God is one.  The Hebrew word here for love being ‘AHA-VA’. We need to realize who our Lord God is and learn what it means to love the Lord with all our heart, soul and strength because our whole spiritual life depends on it.

 What it means to love the Lord?

  1. Ahava’ with all your heart.

 Proverbs 4:23 (KJV) Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it are the issues of life.

 We need to love the Lord with a reverential love that comes right from within our hearts. The Bible tells us that the heart is deceitful above all else and that we need to guard our hearts.

Jeremiah 17:9 (KJV) The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

 We have to love the Lord with all our will, desires, passions and affections. Only when we love God can we love others. Thinking, seeking God always creates in us a heart of love.

Let’s pray that we may know Jesus, realize who our God is and love Him more for His love.

Our Lord Jesus modeled this love for us by loving us with all His heart. He gave it up all for us that we might be His children. He desires that we respond with the same intensity.

  1. Ahava’ with all your soul.

 Psalms 103:1 (KJV)   Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name.

To love the Lord with all our soul means to love the Lord with all our being and in all that we do. This implies that we love the Lord with our talk, our hands and talents. When we love the Lord with all our soul, the way we react to  challenges change. Tribulations cannot separate us from the love of Christ. We pour out our soul in the service of our Master and we become more like Him.

Isaiah 53:10,11 (KJV)   Yet it pleased the Lord to bruise him; he hath put him to grief: when thou shalt make his soul an offering for sin, he shall see his seed, he shall prolong his days, and the pleasure of the Lord shall prosper in his hand. He shall see of the travail of his soul, and shall be satisfied: by his knowledge shall my righteous servant justify many; for he shall bear their iniquities.

  1. Ahava’ with all your might. :   Loving God with all our might means loving God with all what we have. With what He has given us we have to love the Lord.Jesus Christ when He gave His life as a sacrifice for mankind, He offered up everything He had. We ought to love God with our possessions,positions, family, wealth and influence. We love God with every single breath that we take by doing His will. Let us offer to love God with all our heart,soul and might.

 

CONCLUSION.

Loving the Lord doesn’t just consist of words and actions; loving the Lord-AHAVA, includes loving the Lord with all our heart, with all our being and soul, with all our might and power by doing His will.

Let us ask the Lord to fill us with His love and help us realize who He is so that we can love Him more.

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At the Feet of Jesus!

September 12, 2018 Leave a comment

Key Scripture:

John 12:3 (KJV)  Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment

SUMMARY

This sermon helps us understand that God has a plan for your life that you may not even be able to comprehend. We learn from the life of Martha, Mary and Lazarus, what it means to have a relationship with Jesus Christ. Through the three visits of Jesus to their hometown Bethany, we see that when we are at the feet of Jesus, we find His wonderful grace following us through the good and the bad times.

SERMON POINTS

Mary sat at the feet of Jesus.

Luke 10:39 (KJV) And she had a sister called Mary, which also sat at Jesus’ feet, and heard his word.

 The first time Jesus went to Lazarus’ house. Martha was preparing a huge banquet for Jesus; however Mary sat at the feet of Jesus, listening to the wonderful things that Jesus was telling her. She chose the best place in the whole house.

Sitting there at the feet of Jesus, Mary built a relationship with the Lord, communicating and interacting with Him. This was the first experience Jesus had with this family.

 

Mary fell at the feet of Jesus.

 John 11:32 (KJV) Then when Mary was come where Jesus was, and saw him, she fell down at his feet, saying unto him, Lord, if thou hadst been here, my brother had not died.

Jesus comes to Bethany a second time, 4 days after the death of Lazarus. The world thought that Jesus was late to help this beloved family. Martha couldn’t believe that Jesus could raise him up from the dead right then. But when Mary heard that Jesus was nearing their town she ran and fell at the feet of Jesus and wept. Her tears and weeping moved Jesus.

It was not that Jesus couldn’t raise Lazarus from the dead. He knew that Lazarus will come back from the dead. But this Mary who was at His feet when all was well, but when tragedy hit her, it bothered Jesus so much He groaned in His spirit and called out Lazarus back to life.

Today, all the answers to your life’s problems are at the feet of Jesus. Let’s make sure we go there at every season of life.

 

Mary anointed the feet of Jesus.

 John 12:3 (KJV) Then took Mary a pound of ointment of spikenard, very costly, and anointed the feet of Jesus, and wiped his feet with her hair: and the house was filled with the odour of the ointment.

 Jesus Christ was going to Bethany for the third time, six days before Passover. Now the once dead brother Lazarus is sitting hale and healthy with Jesus at the table. Martha was serving. People from all over came to see Jesus and Lazarus whom He raised from the dead. But Mary couldn’t keep herself from honoring Jesus. She broke the alabaster jar of costly perfume at anointed the feet of Jesus. She gave her all and the perfume filled the whole house. Many Jews believed in Jesus at that house.

When you give what is precious to you at the feet of Jesus in worship, we can shine as a light in this dark world for the glory of God.

 

CONCLUSION.

Mary was familiar with the feet of Jesus; it was her go to place when things were going well or when they were at their worst. For such a woman, who wouldn’t leave His feet alone, who was connected to Jesus, the Lord called out her miracle by name and delivered her from what broke her heart.  Today, the Lord will bring out alive everything that is dead in your life. Let’s hold on to the feet of Jesus because all you need is right there.

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The Kingdom Agenda!

September 12, 2018 Leave a comment

Key Scripture:

Romans 14:17 (KJV)  For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.

SUMMARY

In this world there are 2 kingdoms, the kingdom of light and kingdom of darkness. We as believers in Christ belong to the Kingdom of God. This sermon helps us understand what is the kingdom of God and how the Kingdom of God has been advancing. Only on understanding the Kingdom of God, will we understand the kingdom culture we ought to live by.

SERMON POINTS

 Understanding the Kingdom of God.

Mark 1:14,15 (KJV)  Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

The Kingdom of God is not just some place as many say. It is where Jesus Christ reigns as the King. Jesus said so much about the Kingdom of God. He preached the gospel or good news about the Kingdom of God. To understand the Kingdom, we need to go back in time, where God called Abraham to become a nation. The Kingdom of God is not only an aspect of a place of rule but also a time of God’s rule.

  1. Abraham called By God.

 We need a faith lifestyle to embrace the Kingdom culture. The Lord was not visibly seen by Abraham. He heard the voice of God and that started the kingdom move in His life. He left his ancestral culture and home and obeyed the voice of God to go to the place God would show him. The Lord blessed him so much so that even when the situations were negative, God worked in Abraham’s favor. He begat a Son when He was hundred years old.

  1. Jacob’s household in the land of Egypt.

 Isaac also lived like his father, trusting in God. The family split and God called Jacob. Jacob had two wives-Leah and Rachel. Joseph was Jacob’s favorite son. Joseph was elevated to be the prime minister of Egypt, hence to take care of God’s chosen people. God ordained a provision for them in Egypt when the world was suffering famine. The family of Jacob became 70 by then, living in the land of Goshen; the children of light were living amidst a different culture as Egyptians  were into worshipping several gods .

  1. The people of Israel under Pharaoh

 The Pharaoh treated Abraham’s descendants as slaves but God Almighty was their real King. He raised Moses right in Pharaoh’s courtyard. With a choice between the comforts of the palace and suffering with his brethren, Moses went to be among slaves, knowing that his kingdom was not that of Egypt. The Lord used Moses to bring the people of Israel, almost 7 million of them out of bondage towards their promised land. 

  1. Israel led by Judges and Prophets.

After Moses and Joshua, the Lord used the judges and prophets to lead the people of Israel, throughout all this He was the reigning King over His people. The Israelites however kept backsliding and went away from the Lord time and again.

Some of the issues that the Israelites had when it came to following God:

  • Idolatary
  • Oppression of the poor.
  • Sexual Immorality.

 

  1. Israel rejects God as their king.

 1 Samuel 8:6,7 (KJV)  But the thing displeased Samuel, when they said, Give us a king to judge us. And Samuel prayed unto the Lord. And the Lord said unto Samuel, Hearken unto the voice of the people in all that they say unto thee: for they have not rejected thee, but they have rejected me, that I should not reign over them.

 During the time of Prophet Samuel, God’s people demanded to have a king over them just like the other nations of the world; in saying so they rejected God as their king who was guiding and leading their affairs all along. Then began the golden years for Israel as a nation as David reigned. Israel was politically established and hence became a strong nation. But again they refused to obey the Lord and they were delivered to oppressors.

  1. The Prophesied Day of the Lord.

 Luke 1:33 (KJV)  And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

 As Israel suffered in captivity and exile, prophets continued to prophesy about the Day of the Lord, where He will come and reign over His people Israel, trampling upon their enemies. The Jews were looking forward to that redemption, they wanted the Davidic reign of the Lord and gain the political upper hand.

  1. John the Baptist speaks of the Messiah.

 Luke 3:15,16 (KJV)   And as the people were in expectation, and all men mused in their hearts of John, whether he were the Christ, or not; John answered, saying unto them all, I indeed baptize you with water; but one mightier than I cometh, the latchet of whose shoes I am not worthy to unloose: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire:

 After nearly 400 years of silence, the Jews were being oppressed and sidelined by the Romans. John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness about repentance and the coming of the Messiah, who will bring condemnation of the wicked and judge the world. The Jews came from all over to hear John because they thought the Messiah would come and overthrow the Romans.

  1. Jesus Christ the true Kingdom of God.

 Luke 17:20,21 (KJV)   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: Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you

 Jesus Christ of Nazareth brought the Kingdom of God in action on earth once again. He was the Kingdom of God. Jesus came preaching the acceptable year of the Lord and the good news to the poor. The prophesy foretold by Isaiah was fulfilled through Jesus in Luke 4:20, 21. The sign of His Kingdom included healing of the sick, deliverance of the oppressed and sat with sinners to eat. The Kingdom of God was Jesus and He is within us and among us.

 

  1. Jews missed the Kingdom of God.

 Luke 23:51 (KJV) (The same had not consented to the counsel and deed of them;) he was of Arimathaea, a city of the Jews: who also himself waited for the kingdom of God. 

 The Jews did not appreciate the Kingdom culture that Jesus portrayed. They were looking forward to a king who will rule over them and overthrow their enemies. So only a few entered the Kingdom of God that was brought to this earth through Jesus Christ; many missed entering the Kingdom of God because of their preconceived notions of the Messiah being a political leader. The Jews made another blunder as they crucified Jesus, forsaking the kingship of Jesus. Hitler massacred 70 million of them.

  1. The Violent take on the Kingdom by force.  

Luke 16:16 (KJV)   The law and the prophets were until John: since that time the kingdom of God is preached, and every man presseth into it.

 Up until the time of John the Baptist, the Law and Prophets were preached, since then the Kingdom of God is preached and many are forcing their way into it. In the Bible we see that many received their healing and deliverance not by sitting silent but by rising in faith and taking it by force like Bartimaus and the woman with the issue of blood. Let us stop being ruled by the human culture and man’s governance, let the King of kings rule through you in your house, workplace, community and city, dictating everything in your life. Force your way into His kingdom.

CONCLUSION.

Jesus Christ is the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is not just an aspect of the place of His rule but the time of God’s rule over our lives. Let’s introspect how the Kingdom of God has changed us today. Jesus has taught us to pray ‘Let thy Kingdom come.’ (Matthew 6:10) as you follow the Kingdom culture health, prosperity and a spiritual awakening will automatically be present in every area of your life.