Monthly Archives: June 2017

Kingdom Minded

I need your help finding scriptures that have to do with being “Kingdom Minded.”

I would appreciate any contributions of any scriptures you can make.

Some examples are:

Colossians 3:1-2 (NIV)

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things”.

Philippians 3:20 (NIV)

20 But our citizenship is in heaven. And we eagerly await a Savior from there, the Lord Jesus Christ,

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Happy Fathers Day to our Heavenly Father

Let all of His children give Him all honor,glory,and praise!

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name.

Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.

Give us this day our daily bread.

And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.

And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:

For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.

Amen.

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Kingdom Living

The Apostles had lived with Jesus on a daily basis during the time of His earthly ministry. These men who came from different backgrounds learned many things about the Kingdom of God. Primarily they learned how to live life as Kingdom citizens.

Christ actually spent his last forty days on earth after His resurrection teaching them “the things pertaining to the Kingdom of God.” (Acts 1:1-7 (KJV)

On the very day of His ascension from the Mount of Olives, He commanded them they should not depart from Jerusalem but wait for the promise of the Father. (Acts 1:4 and 5 (KJV)

These followers of Christ returned to Jerusalem and waited for this Promise of the Father.

Then on the Feast of Pentecost the Apostles along with about two thousand men received the Promise as they began to speak in tongues. The very next day while Peter and John were on their way to the Temple they encountered a man begging who born lame. Peter fastening his eyes upon this man said, “Silver and gold have I none but such as I have give I thee, in the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth rise up and walk.”

Immediately the man was healed and began walking, and leaping, and praising God. Because of this notable miracle about four thousand men came to Christ that day. In just two days about six thousand people from many different countries were saved and began to follow Christ and be taught by the Apostles.

Acts 2:42-47 shows us how God met the needs of these new followers of Christ under what is called the “Apostles Doctrine.”

Acts 2:42-47 (KJV)

42 And they continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

43 And fear came upon every soul: and many wonders and signs were done by the apostles.

44 And all that believed were together, and had all things common;

45 And sold their possessions and goods, and parted them to all men, as every man had need.

46 And they, continuing daily with one accord in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, did eat their meat with gladness and singleness of heart,

47 Praising God, and having favour with all the people. And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved.

God immediately set up His Kingdom Economy through the Apostles Doctrine on the day of Pentecost when the Apostles, along with about three thousand souls, received the Promise of the Father.

What was this “Apostles Doctrine?” Could this doctrine the Apostles taught what they had learned from Christ during His earthly ministry? Could it possibly be what He taught them for those forty days after His resurrection? The things that pertain to the Kingdom of God?

Acts Chapter 2 states that all who believed were steadfast in praying, breaking bread, and sharing their plurality with one another. Because of their new belief in the Messiah and His Kingdom these people possibly had been marginalized by the Temple authorities. However somehow under God’s Kingdom Economy or the Apostles Doctrine all the believers had their needs met and their numbers immediately began to increase.

From then on we see in the Book of Acts various places where these followers of the Way, “sold their properties and houses” with some of profits for the advancement of the Kingdom.

Today as we seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness we may begin to see a clearer vision of what Jesus meant about the life style of the more abundant life of the Kingdom of God which Jesus came to introduce to mankind.

Christ did not come to spread His gospel by forming a regimented military type of operation. He did not tell His followers to hole up in some remote wait for the end of the world? To the contrary Christ told them to “Go Ye into all the world and preach the Gospel of the Kingdom of God.” He came to make available for his followers and all who would believe in His name the more than abundant life style of Kingdom Living.

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The Battle Rages

For those who have ears to hear and eyes to see it is evident that there is a battle going on today between God’s Kingdom and the kingdoms of this world.

The victory will be ours, but for now this battle rages between good and evil.

Jesus came to usher into this world the Kingdom of God.

He said “My kingdom is not of this world.”

He said that the Kingdom of God is at hand.

He also instructed His followers that the first thing we should be doing is to be seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness.

Where today is the preaching of this glorious Kingdom?

Where are the preachers of the gospel of the Kingdom?

Do we even know what the gospel of the Kingdom is?

How much do we really know and practice Kingdom Living?

In the first century as recorded in the book of Acts the followers of Christ were Kingdom minded.

In Acts 2:42-47 God set up His Kingdom Economy and the new followes of Christ had all their needs me.

Jesus taught His disciples about how to live in the Kingdom of God. He did this not only by word but by deed also.

The Four Gospel tell the story of how Jesus ushered in the Kingdom of God. Jesus of Nazareth the Messiah basically taught this way of living to the Twelve Apostles so they could later, after they were empowered by the Holy spirit, teach this Kingdom Living to others also.

The book of Acts, which covered about 38 years, is full of signs miracles and wonders because the followers of Christ were seriously living in the Apostles Doctrine which is the gospel of the Kingdom.

So then the Gospels teach us about this wonderful Kingdom of God Jesus introduced to the world and the Church Epistles teach us the particulars that each individual must strive for to be a part of this Kingdom Living.

I will leave you with this:

Colossians 3:1-18 (KJV)

3 If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

2 Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

3 For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

4 When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

5 Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:

6 For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:

7 In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

9 Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;

10 And have put on the new man, which is renewed in knowledge after the image of him that created him:

11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

12 Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering;

13 Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.

14 And above all these things put on charity, which is the bond of perfectness.

15 And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.

16 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom; teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

17 And whatsoever ye do in word or deed, do all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God and the Father by him.

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