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The Promised Kingdom is Ours

The following is taken from Clarke’s Commentary:

“Luke 12:31
But rather seek ye the kingdom of God; and all these things shall be added unto you.

Luke 12:32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

“Fear not, little flock – Or, very little flock, το μικρον ποιμνιον. This is what some term a double diminutive, and, literally translated, is, little little flock. Though this refers solely to the apostles and first believers, of whom it was literally true, yet we may say that the number of genuine believers has been, and is still, small, in comparison of heathens and false Christians.It is your Father’s good pleasure – Ευδοκησεν, It hath pleased, etc., though this tense joined with an infinitive has often the force of the present. Our Lord intimated, God has already given you that kingdom which consists in righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost, and has undertaken to protect and save you to the uttermost; therefore, fear not; the smallness of your number cannot hurt you, for omnipotence itself has undertaken your cause.”

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Luke 12:32 KJV

When this Present Evil Age wears on you be encouraged with the following verse:

Luke 12:32
Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Oh Lord thy kingdom come.

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Kingdom Dynamics “The Power to Change”

Kingdom Dynamics
“The Power to Change”

(Introduction)

The Remedy
By Frank J. Manasseri
There is a remedy for the present global insecurity and unrest the world is now experiencing.

What may be done to eliminate religious intolerance, racism, slavery, human trafficking, sexism, world hunger, disease, crime and the myriad of injustices humans perpetrate upon one another on a daily basis?

Will all the good intentions of building a better world by helping to eliminate wars, famines, pestilences, and natural disasters ever be realized? Or is the human race doomed to repeat the mistakes of history over and over again?

There is a remedy that has been offered to mankind but thus far it has been rejected. What is this remedy? It is the promise of Jesus of Nazareth that the Kingdom of God is at hand. Christ came into the world to make the promise of the Kingdom of God a reality by establishing a government sanctioned by the eternal Creator of our ever expanding universe.
When I speak of the kingdom of God as the remedy, I am not referring to what is known today as “Dominionism Theology”. A definition of Dominonism Theology is:
“The belief that we (mankind) have a mandate to build the “kingdom of God” on earth, restoring paradise, by progressively and supernaturally transforming ourselves and all societal institutions, through subduing and ruling the earth by whatever means possible, including using technology, science and psycho-social engineering; and then and only then will a “Christ” manifest his presence on earth.”
This Remedy is the coming kingdom of God is the Global Kingdom which Jesus the Messiah alone will establish in the age to come here upon the earth.
Why is this kingdom of God the only remedy for the ongoing problems of mankind?
Where may we learn more about this kingdom of God?
Who will reign over and throughout this global Kingdom of God?
What will this Kingdom look like?
Who will be inhabitants of this kingdom?
Where will the capitol of this kingdom be established?
When will it be available to abide in the promises of this kingdom?
These questions and more need to be answered so that we may apply this kingdom living to our everyday life style or what I call “Kingdom Dynamics.”
“Kingdom Dynamics” simply means the power of God’s Kingdom, or the rule of God over the entire earth to provide the means of positive change to this present troubled world.
Jesus of Nazareth claimed that if we seek first this kingdom of God and His righteousness, all the things the world lusts over will freely be given to us. Therefore, seeking this invisible Kingdom of God is the only viable remedy for this present troubled world in which we live. The summation of the entire Gospel of the Kingdom of God is the blessings of kingdom living is at hand or available to mankind now.
A biblical definition of the kingdom of God is simply God’s rule over the earth, or God’s way of living on earth. This kingdom of God, over which Christ will reign as King, is a coming world government that will encompass the entire globe which will finally bring the much needed peace and prosperity.

In Matthew 6 when Jesus of Nazareth was asked by his followers to teach them how to pray he said:
After this manner therefore pray ye:
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, forever. Amen.

Jesus when He taught the disciples “How” to pray said, “Our Father.”
We pray, communicate; talk with Him, acknowledging Our Father who is in Heaven. This is powerful, personal and intimate communications with the Creator!
“Hallowed be thy name.” We acknowledge Him giving Him all glory honor and praise.
“Thy Kingdom come!”
We are to first seek the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, expecting the day to come when He sets up the Kingdom of God physically upon Earth.”
“On Earth as it is in Heaven.”
We are to look with anticipation for The Lord’s government for solutions, and not man’s government. When God’s government is established by Christ, He will rule over the entire Earth in righteousness.
I believe part of our responsibilities is to follow the example of Jesus of Nazareth and going about “Our Fathers Business”, which begins with preaching (sharing) the “The Gospel of the Kingdom of God” which includes the “Gospel of Salvation.”
“Give us this day our daily bread” The Father knows we have needs even before we ask Him. He provides for the birds that do not sow, reap nor do they store up. This is a beautiful picture The Lord painted with words to illustrate “How” Our Father will provide for those who “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His Righteousness”.
“And forgive our trespasses as we forgive those who trespass against us.”
This is the part of the Kingdom attitude we are to have as “Kingdom Citizens.” Jesus taught the Eight Beatitudes in the Sermon on the Mount. Notice these are “Be” Attitudes and not “Do” Attitudes. We do not have to keep these attitudes as a law in order to get into the kingdom but these are the attitudes a Kingdom Citizens should endeavor to live by in the way we treat others.

Remembering that part of loving God is loving our neighbor as we love ourselves.
The first beatitude is one of being “Poor in Spirit” or the attitude of true humility.
How can we expect forgiveness if we will not forgive?
“Lead us not into temptation but deliver us from evil.”
Matthew 6:13 (King James Version)
13And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
James 1:13 (King James Version)
13Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:
God does not tempt us with evil; however He does deliver us from evil.
Our Father does not lead us into temptation in order to test us to see if we will resist temptation or not. (To think this is actually blasphemy because it attributes to God something He does not do.)
“For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.
The Lord Jesus closes His instruction of “How” to pray by teaching His disciples to again to submit by acknowledging the Fathers Kingdom, Power and Glory!
The message of the Gospel of the Kingdom of God is what I have come to believe was the focus of the Lord’s mission on earth. To preach that the Kingdom of God is at hand and then to teach those who responded to this message “How” to become a Kingdom Citizen and live as a Kingdom Citizen in the attitude of the Kingdom of God.
If we can learn to live as Jesus lived and taught others to live we can again be blessed by God with His Kingdom Blessing and at the same time prepare to be with the Lord during His Millennium Kingdom someday in the future.

The more of this Kingdom of God we can learn and know, the clearer we will be able to envision this kingdom as the viable alternative to living according to the failing systems of this present world.

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Taking the Kingdom by Force

Taking the Kingdom by Force

The scripture clearly indicates in Matthew 11:13 that in order to inhabit the kingdom we must be willing to take it with violence.

This violence may be describing both an earthly violence and violence in the spiritual realm. However since the Lord said in John 18:36 KJV, “My kingdom is not of this world: if my kingdom were of this world, then would my servants fight, that I should not be delivered to the Jews: but now is my kingdom not from hence.”

So then our (Christian) focus both individually and collectively must be one of deliberate intentional focus with the specific goal of obtaining and possessing what is rightfully ours in the kingdom. I believe this is stated in Acts chapter two as being of one accord.

New Testament speaks of being sober and not slumbering.

Walking in the kingdom takes effort, discipline and focus with the assistance of the power of the holy spirit.

We cannot be distracted by earthly lusts and desires such as:

The lust of the eyes.
The lust of the flesh.
The pride of life.

We must purposefully lay aside every weight and the sin that does so easily beset us.

Hebrews 12:1-4

Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us, Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds. Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.

Our individual and collective determined focus must be on the Kingdom of God. We must focus on Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith. This must be our greatest treasure that will last for eternity.

Matthew 6:19-20 KJV
Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:

But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal:

Paul wrote by divine revelation how we can make through this Present Evil Age as Kingdom Citizens.

Colossians 3:1-4
If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth. For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

Our heavenly Father through His Son Jesus Christ has translated us from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of His dear Son.

We have been planted in Holy Ground.

Let us be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might and take the Kingdom..

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Kingdom Quote

Matthew 11:12 AMP
From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violent assault, and violent men seize it by force [as a precious prize].

“The Kingdom means a very great deal more than merely getting into it, far more than being converted. There is a great deal more in the purpose of God for our lives than we have ever imagined, and if we are to enter into that, violence has to characterize us. We must desperately mean business. . . . The only way for us to come into all that the Lord means— not only into what we have seen but into all that He has purposed— is to be desperate, to be men of violence; to be men who say, “By God’s grace, nothing and no one, however good, is going to stand in my way; I am going on with God.” Have that position with the Lord, and you will find that God meets you on that ground.”
T. Austin-Sparks

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Make Your Life Count

The way I see it no man or woman born has ever or will ever possess the power, intelligence or wisdom to get America and the world out of the mess it is has been in since the beginning of time.

The Globalists or One World enthusiasts think their way is the only way to fix the problems that exist in the world today. This is why these governmental leaders are devoted to coming up with various ideas and programs that will never truly work. The major ingredient missing in their equation for success is faith.

Yes faith in the Creator of this Universe and His way of living.

Most people regardless of world view are saying they want a world order that will bring in the following just a few major points for all the inhabitants of the earth to enjoy:

World Peace and Safety
Conquer disease
Eliminate World Hunger
Remove Poverty

Psychologists have told us there are three basic needs inherent in all humans living throughout the globe. These are:

The need to belong.

The need for significance.

The need for reasonable security.

Whether world leaders are Liberal or Conservative, these seem to be the elusive goals to achieve in order to live in a harmonious, prosperous and safe world.

Keeping these three human needs in mind the United Nations was set up in order to come up with a remedy for problems that face a globe with an ever growing population.

The differences are not these goals but the means in which they should be accomplished.

We who say we are Christians should line up with the only plan that will work to bring about the goals the world is striving for and this is learning how to live in kingdom of God.

Political solutions will always come up short and fail! Therefore instead of joining in the fray of this political season, perhaps we should be telling our family and friends, neighbors and strangers, about God’s solution to the human dilemma in which we are all trapped.

All this fighting about Trump or Hillary is a big distraction for what our Father is expecting of us.

Colossians 3:1-4 (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.

Our lives may seem insignificant at times but be assured that your life can make a positive impact on the people around you.

Make your life count today by letting your light shine.

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Sealed

Sealed
Ephesians 1-1-23
By Frank Manasseri

What does it mean to be “sealed with that Holy Spirit of promise?” and what is the “earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession?” Ephesians 1:1-23:

Highlighting certain aspects of this most wonderful Church epistle which declares to the saints (the sanctified ones) The Fathers Great Love to us who BELIEVE!

When God’s Word tells us we were “sealed” it is the Greek word sphragizo which means to stamp (with a signet or private mark) for security or preservation (literally or figuratively); by implication, to keep secret or to attest.

This word sphragizo comes from the word sphragis which is a signet (as fencing in or protecting from misappropriation); by implication, the stamp impressed (as a mark of privacy, or genuineness), literally and figuratively.
The Word shows us that what we were sealed with or that the down payment is the holy spirit of promise. And that this holy spirit of promise is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession.

The Word here in Ephesians tells us that we were sealed or stamped with a signet or a protective mark for security or preservation or that we are fenced in or protected from misappropriation by a stamp as a mark of privacy or genuineness which is the earnest of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession.

The word earnest is the Greek word arrhabon which is a pledge, i.e. part of the purchase money or property given in advance as security for the rest. In our time it would be called a down payment on a purchase or what is commonly called earnest money in real estate for a house or property which you are in the process of buying.

When we first trusted in Jesus Christ after that we heard the good news or the gospel of our salvation, the Word declares that we were buried with Him by baptism into His death (Romans 6:4) and then raised again together with Him to walk in newness of life.

The newness of life (Christ in you the hope of glory) is our spiritual inheritance, or a sort of spiritual DNA we received when we were sealed with the holy spirit of promise. The gift of holy spirit is our spiritual endowment which enables us to walk supernaturally in order to be changed into the image of Christ. This may also be stated as taking upon ourselves the form of Christ in our every day actions. The true work of the gift ministries to the body of Christ is to labor and travail in birth (gal 4:19) until Christ be formed in the saints. This apparent impossibility may only be accomplished by the power of the gift of the holy spirit energized within us by faith so that we may be filled to overflowing in order to manifest any or all if the nine manifestations of that one gift from God (I Corinthians 12:1-13).

Paul told the Galatains in 4:19 that he labored and travailed in birth until Christ be formed in them.

Today all around the world we desperately need true ministers of Christ to be laboring and travailing in birth until Christ be formed in the members of the body of Christ.

We (The church) have been equipped by God by way of His gift to share the gospel or the good news that Jesus Christ the Lamb of God has taken away the sins (past, present and future) of the world.

Hebrews 10:26-29 clearly states that any who have received the knowledge of the truth (the gospel or Good News!) and refuse to accept Him by willfully rejecting The Lord Jesus as the only acceptable sacrifice for their sins have only a certain fearful looking for of judgment.

Heb 10:26-29

This is the Good News! All those who will come to Him and confess His name shall be saved. Again the Word of God states that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Hebrews tells us that He, Christ became our High Priest of good things to come not by the earthly tabernacle, which was made with hands but by a greater and more perfect tabernacle.

Christ did not enter into the Holy of Holies here on earth to sprinkle the blood of bulls and goats, but He entered in once and for all into the Holy of Holies in heaven to sprinkle His own precious blood on the Mercy seat.

Heb 9:11-14

Heb 9:24-28

What great news we have to share with the people of this world! Especially now when we are surrounded with so much darkness and despair we can truly be the lights of the world holding forth the word of life.

Beloved I will leave you with this:

Phil 2:5-16

To God be the Glory through His Son Jesus Christ forever and ever Amen.

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Kingdom Dynamics

Empowered for Kingdom Living

Reading Matt chapters 5, 6 and 7 gives us a good accounting of the character of Jesus Christ as King of the Kingdom of God.

As we remain connected to the True Vine(John 15:1-20 KJV) and let Christ live through us the characteristics of Christ(Galatians 5:22-23 KJV) will be expressed in our lives.

Some of what the Lord expects from His followers are:

Turning the other check when attacked

Going the extra mile

Loving our enemies when treated unjustly

Forgiving those who hurt us

Treating others in the same manner as you would like to be treated

Being a benefit to others even if you will not benefit.

Suffering persecution for doing good

These are some of the standards of the Kingdom we are expected by Christ to live by.

Although we cannot of our own selves live up to these standards we have been enabled by the gifts from the Holy Spirit and by way of a personal relationship with Christ to overcome our flesh in order to fulfill these characteristics in our every day lives.

This standard of living is what we need to begin to focus on as we continue to learn more of what is expected of us as Kingdom Citizens.

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“Unless the Lord Build the House”

Once an individual begins to “consider” Jesus as the Apostle and High Priest of our calling then they will begin to experience true liberty in Christ.

Once an individual is confident of their relationship with Christ then we no longer look to any man for our answers to life’s dilemmas.

When I speak about the Kingdom of God I’m talking about the primary purpose Christ became a man! This is known as the Incarnation and it is a definite game-changer.

Christ willfully left His place with the Father, leaving behind all of the attributes He enjoyed as The Divine Son of God thereby limiting Himself to be conceived in the womb of his mother Mary. Then nine months later He was born a helpless baby.

Before Christ was born, when He was still a fetus in the womb of Mary. His cousin John who was also a fetus in the womb of Elizabeth, recognized Him as Christ (Luke 1:41-45 KJV)

This is great love! That Christ willfully left His majesty in heaven and willfully chose to become a servant to humanity ultimately to be sacrificed on the cross for the sins of the world.

Throughout all the gospels Christ is preaching and teaching about the Kingdom of God (Heaven). He is not only preaching and teaching He is also demonstrating what the Father would do and say in any given situation. But even more than this, Christ also demonstrated
what attitude a human being should have towards God. Christ played a dual role of first showing us the Father and secondly showing us how to live before the Father.

Matthew 4:23 (KJV)
And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.

With His every word and action Christ was showing us by example what the Father would do and how we down to earth through the preaching of the good news of the Kingdom. Every devil was cast out and every miracle was performed because the actual presence of the kingdom was spoken into existence. Therefore no devil, sickness or disease could stand in the atmosphere of the kingdom of God.

Christ taught us how to pray to our Father in heaven and not to some distant impersonal and indifferent God who is far removed from our everyday lives.

Christ also simplified the Law of Moses to two commandments when He said the first and great commandment is to Love God with all your heart, mind and soul and the second was like unto the first that you should love your neighbor as yourselves. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets!

Matthew 9:35 (KJV)
And Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.

Notice not just some were healed but everyone.

First He taught them. Then He preached the kingdom. Then He healed them all.

Later will we go through the Book of Acts to see this same progression used when every healing was performed and every devil cast out.

Reading the gospels and the church epistles through the lens of the kingdom of God you will be amazed at what you will discover.

The book of Acts begins with:

Acts 1:1-3 (KJV)
1 The former treatise have I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach,

2 Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:

3 To whom also he shewed himself alive after his passion by many infallible proofs, being seen of them forty days, and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God:

According to this scripture Christ spent 40 days in His resurrected body speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God!

In Acts 2:42-47 after about three thousand souls repented and accepted Jesus of Nazareth as their Messiah, Christ set up His kingdom economy and not one of them lacked!

This was the mindset of the first century church (ecclesia)! These people were of one mind concerning the Apostles doctrine which obviously must have been what Christ taught them about how to live a kingdom life. Then logically the Apostles Doctrine must have been “the things concerning the Kingdom of God”

The very next day after the day of Pentecost Peter and John were involved with the notable miracle of the lame man being healed. While Peter and John were on their way to the Temple they encountered the man born lame that sat at the Temple asking alms.

When Peter and John were passing this lame man he asked them if they could help him with some money. Peters response was “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!”

Then Peter lifting the man up when suddenly the man was healed and began walking, and leaping, and praising God!

Beginning with this notable miracle and continuing throughout the entire Book of Acts we find that everywhere we see the preaching of Christ and the gospel of the kingdom, miracles occurred.

Finally in the last verses of Acts we find Paul preaching the kingdom of God and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

Acts 28:30-31King James Version (KJV)
30 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him,

31 Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

Jesus our “Boss” told His disciples to go into all the word, and preach the GOSPEL OF THE KINGDOM!

Mark 16:15-16 (KJV)
And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

So what is missing today in professional Christianity?

Why are not we seeing genuine works of God on a bigger scale?

My contention is the gospel of the kingdom which Jesus preached, and His Apostles preached is not being preached today by the main stream Church.

The high power preachers of today may talk a bit about the kingdom, and many people including myself thought I knew about the kingdom. However when the “Christ” finally got my attention, I realized I had much more to learn about what His kingdom was all about. I began to see how absolutely necessary it is for His people to share the good news of the kingdom of God with others who have never heard this.

Why? Because it is the only viable remedy for this corruption of this world we live in.

I also contend that many men and women in the pulpit enjoy building a following where they are the King. They like all the benefits of them being the King. These things ought not to be!

Some of these preachers may not realize this fault but if you investigate you will find that most of the Big Time ministries fall into this category.

Jesus Christ said in the kingdom of God the least will be the greatest. This speaks of servant leadership not Royal Hierarchy.

Except the Lord Build the House

Psalm 127:1 (KJV)
Except the Lord build the house, they labour in vain that build it: except the Lord keep the city, the watchman waketh but in vain.

The Bible declares there is only room for one King!

His name is Jesus Christ of Nazareth!”

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