The Kingdom Of God

 

Neville Salvetti

 2017

 

 

Copyright © 2017 by Neville Salvetti

All rights reserved. This book or any portion thereof may not be reproduced or used in any manner whatsoever without the express written permission of the publisher except for the use of brief quotations in a book review or scholarly journal.

First Printing: 2017

ISBN 978-0-244-90657-3

Neville Salvetti
150 Forest Road
MIRANDA, New South Wales, Australia, 2228

www.nevillesalvetti.com

 


 

Contents

 

Introduction.. 1

There is only one Kingdom on earth.. 1

Thy kingdom come. 2

Preface. 5

The Gospel from a Kingdom perspective. 5

Introduction.. 8

The Gospel of The Kingdom... 8

What is the Gospel of The Kingdom... 8

What replaces the things of The Kingdom in most churches these days  10

The Gospel of The Kingdom deals with the whole person.. 12

The ministry of Jesus. 13

The Great Commission.. 14

Does Mark 16:15-18 apply only to the apostles?. 16

The going into all nations. 18

The Power of The Kingdom... 19

Jesus was an evangelist! 20

How are we to repent?. 20

In Summary we are to preach (and teach) to them: 21

Why has the world not been reached yet?. 22

The Things of God.. 23

What is the Christian Life?. 25

The Wonder of it all 26

The True Kingdoms. 27

Earthly Kingdom... 28

Heavenly Kingdom... 29

Authority and Ministry. 30

What does it mean to be a citizen of kingdom?. 32

What does God expect from you?. 34

He is a King. 35

What is his role?. 35

What roles you have. 36

Status of The Citizen.. 37

What does the citizen of The Kingdom do?. 37

Kingdom Attitudes. 40

It is all a matter of attitude. 41

In Conclusion.. 42

What is the work of The Kingdom?. 44

The mission statement of Jesus was as follows: 44

Some advice from Jesus He gave me about The Kingdom... 52

The Servant of God.. 56

The servant is elected for God’s Purposes (Is 42.1–4). 57

The purpose of the servant is described Is 42.5–9.. 59

The commissioning of the servant is described Is 49.1–6.. 60

The servant’s reliance on God is spoken of Is 50.4–9.. 61

His steadfastness in God’s purpose is declared Is 52.13 – 53.12  62

The picture of The Servant of God.. 69

The servant: 69

What Price Obedience?. 70

Attitudes of a Citizen of The Kingdom of God.. 73

God’s Purpose. 73

Some definitions of important aspects of the Christian life. 76

Importance of obedience To Jesus. 76

Attitudes. 79

The importance of God’s perspective in looking at things. 79

The attitudes expanded.. 80

Other matters. 90

Stewardship. 90

Preparation for heaven.. 91

God loves you as you are. 92

Guidance. 93

Some basic concepts. 95

'J' is for Jesus. 95

The two 'W's. 96

The Three 'P's. 98

The four 'R's. 101

The Basic Message is the expression of God’s quality of Love in all you do  105

How Should His Love affect us?. 106

The Holy Spirit and The Citizen of The Kingdom of God.. 107

The Servant Spirit. 109

The Promise of Jesus. 110

The Holy Spirit – is He personal 111

Why is important to study what The Holy Spirit does in the life of a follower of Jesus?  115

The Millennial Kingdom... 117

PostScript 117

Advice Jesus gave to me about The Kingdom of God.. 118

The Christian on earth – A summary. 121

Other books I have published through lulu.com... 126


 

Introduction

People do not understand the Kingdom of God

The church does not usually preach it or live it and in fact hides it through the denomination and church structure replacing the Kingdom and its expression.

The Kingdom of God is really irrelevant to most Christians who have no idea of their role in it and its role on earth.

Satan has managed to hide these things so that Christians do not fulfil their role on earth but a role he has designed them to fulfil.  This is why the early church is so different to the church we have today.

This seems a wild statement but after reading this document you will understand what I am saying.

Satan could not remove the church and its activities so over the centuries has guided the established church so that it is really ineffective against him and does not live as a citizen of The Kingdom of God should live and in fact works as if it is The Kingdom and the minister or denominational leaders its king.

There is only one Kingdom on earth

There are two kingdoms:

The Kingdom of God in heaven

The kingdom of Satan in hell and at the moment on earth because he still rules it,  This is because Jesus has not come back to claim it as spoils of war.

The earth is defiled so only has the kingdom of Satan on it and the Citizens of heaven are strangers to it and its lifestyle, or at least should be.

This realisation is the starting point for any discussion on The Kingdom of God:

That it is not on earth

It is seen by the activities of its Citizens

Earth is preparation for living in it in heaven

There is a battle because its citizens on earth are in enemy territory and the enemy king is out to destroy them in any way he can.

This means you need to know how a Citizen is suppose to live, serve their King and fight or defend the things of their King.

The church does not teach these things because Satan has hidden them as he also has hidden hell and whom he is.  Just ask yourself how many sermons or teachings you have heard on your role on earth as a Citizen of The Kingdom of God, or on hell or on Satan and how to fight Satan.

The objective of this document is to show you how God requires you to live as a Citizen of His Kingdom and His representative on earth.

Thy kingdom come

The Kingdom is so important for the people on earth that Lord Jesus taught us to pray “Thy kingdom come”.

This could not have been for Christians because they are citizens of The Kingdom of God and so for them The Kingdom has already come. There are two possibilities that Jesus could have meant:

For The Kingdom to be expressed in this world

For the presence of The Kingdom to come to this world

Both of these purpose can only be of benefit for the people outside the Kingdom.

So when we pray ”Thy Kingdom come” we are really asking God to show His presence so that people will believe in Him.

 


 

Preface

The Gospel from a Kingdom perspective

Everything must be examined from the perspective of God’s Kingdom and His purposes, the main one being His desire for an eternal relationship with us.

In the beginning God created a beautiful garden. It was part of His Kingdom and He was King of it. In it He created a man and a woman to look after it and relate to Him on a personal basis, to enjoy His company forever. But the man and the woman rejected the authority of God and rebelled against Him. They sinned (deliberately disobeyed God)

When you rebel against a King the punishment is death. They had rebelled against their King and so were removed from His Kingdom (spiritual death). They were cast out of the garden and lost their capacity to live forever (physical death) and so would now physically die one day. Having died spiritually by rejecting God’s authority and being cast out of His Kingdom, they were now to also physically die.

As the man and the woman were the ones rebelling and sentenced to these death they could not do anything about their situation. God had forgiven them but justice still required a penalty to be paid by them or compensation (which is redemption) to be paid to God for them by someone.

God had made it necessary for an animal to die in our place so we would not die spiritually for our sin. But an animal sacrifice was insufficient as the animal was finite and it was a rebellion offence against an infinite God so when you sinned another animal had to be sacrificed for those sins.

So God decided He needed to do something about it Himself as He is the only one in the universe who could do something (because He alone is infinite so able to deal with an infinite offence against Him as well as the infinite penalty resulting). So Jesus (who is God) came to earth to teach what God required of us, then died as the sacrifice for our sin (replacing the need for an animal to be sacrificed on a regular basis) and was raised from the dead. He was able to be our sacrifice as He had not sinned and was raised from the dead because death was the penalty for those who had sinned and He had not sinned so God should not have had Him die. But God allowed the death of Jesus so that Jesus could take our place and meet the required penalty for the sins of everyone that had ever died and by this pay the redemption price required by God to redeem all mankind from spiritual death.

This death of Jesus was the price that met the requirement for God’s Justice to be satisfied and by this sacrifice, Jesus also redeemed us, His death being the payment that satisfied God’s penalty for our sin.

Everyone has rejected God and His Will at some time, and this has placed them under God’s judgment for this rebellion against their King (God).

So those who followed Jesus as King (Lord) have the spiritual consequence of their sins dealt with by Jesus when He died on The Cross and will be resurrected from their physical death to a new life in heaven if they continually wholeheartedly try to follow Jesus as their Lord (King).

Jesus does not look at our results but at the attitude of our heart towards Him. As long as you wholeheartedly try to follow Him it does not matter if you sin as long and you try to not do again the thing you sinned in.

If you do not follow Jesus as Lord, by rejecting God’s rules, you go to the only other place left to go too which is hell where the king you followed (Satan) rules and you are ruled by this evil person for ever and suffer the tortures he places on humans because he despises and hates them so much.

Jesus died so you could have a relationship with God and avoid this hell and this is why you need to be a wholehearted follower of Him as your Lord so He can be your redeemer from the consequences of your sin and from going to hell.

Salvation is by faith while redemption is through Calvary and belief in Jesus must be followed by obedience to Him or you will not have the redemption He obtained for you from the consequences of your sin.  Eternal life results from a relationship with Jesus and The Father which is why redemption is necessary so that this relationship can be entered into by us.

Redemption restores us to a state God can accept so that we can enter His eternal Kingdom and be with Him forever.


 

Introduction

The Gospel of The Kingdom

The Gospel of The Kingdom is not the Gospel of Salvation or the Gospel of Redemption that happened at Calvary.  They are a part of it.  It is the totality of what God has done for you now and has prepared for you in eternity and what He is doing to help you get there giving you the best possible preparation for living with Him in eternity.

Jesus went around preaching The Gospel of The Kingdom and doing good works (Mat 4:23,24)  so these two things are central to any ministry that states they follow Jesus.  If they are not preaching, teaching and demonstrating the The Kingdom of God they are not doing the ministry of Jesus (Mark 16:17-17).

Central to Salvation is the Lordship of Jesus in the life of His follower and the requirements of their being a citizen of The Kingdom of God.  Any follower of Jesus deliberately not representing and expressing The Kingdom of God or at least trying too are not really following Jesus and may not be saved.

The Kingdom is expressed through your obedience to Jesus.

Central to deliverance from the effects of the kingdom of darkness on a follower of Jesus is the Lordship of Jesus and the placing all things you are steward of (including yourself) under His authority (His Kingdom) and control for Him to use and protect.  There is no complete deliverance from the kingdom of darkness if Jesus is not Lord of every area of your life.

What is the Gospel of The Kingdom

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.

The word ‘Gospel’ literally means “good news” so the Gospel of the Kingdom is literally the good news of The Kingdom.  In other words something that is really worth being joyful over and excited about.  In the context of the Kingdom of God it means our acceptance by God as a citizen of His Kingdom resulting from our faith in who Jesus is, accepting what He has taught and done, what He has promised and includes all the benefits and responsibilities that result from this relationship of which a major responsibility is doing what He said..

If we do not preach the Kingdom of God we do not preach what Jesus preached (Matt 4:23).  If we do not demonstrate it by our life in some way (even if it is only seen by Jesus) then we are not His Citizen.

The Gospel of The Kingdom involves:

Salvation (deliverance) from the authority of the kingdom of darkness,

Redemption from the penalty for our sins against God that results in the restoration of our relationship with Jesus and The Father.

Healing and deliverance from the effects the kingdom of darkness on us,

A personal relationship with Jesus and The Father as a citizen of His Kingdom.

A personal relationship with The Holy Spirit as well as His personal guidance,

Eternal life resulting from the relationship with Jesus and The Father (John 17:3).

The privilege of serving Jesus as citizen of His Kingdom.

The privilege of living forever with the members of The Trinity forever in heaven

If we preach only the Gospel of Salvation or the Gospel of Redemption then we do not preach all of the above. We only preach about the entrance to The Kingdom or redemption from the penalty of our sins and not all that Jesus preached.  It is preaching teaching and demonstrating the authority of The Kingdom of God over Satan and his works, like Jesus did, which marks people as belonging to The Kingdom of God and which attracted people to the Christian faith of the early church.

It is the demonstrating the power and authority of The kingdom of God over the works of Satan (sickness, demonic oppression, spiritual death etc.) that draws people to Jesus and His Kingdom and demonstrates how superior it is to Satan’s kingdom as well as shows The Kingdom is a reality.  The church not doing these things hides the Kingdom of God.

What replaces the things of The Kingdom in most churches these days

Healing (the soul or body), is replaced by Medicine,

Deliverance (healing the wounded spirit and the soul by removing demons and t heir damage), is replaced by counseling and psychiatry/psychology.  Jesus can still use these for His purposes showing His Glory through miraculous healings when doctors cannot heal people after recording the illness so the healing is documented.  He can also use the illness itself to draw you close to Him.

The relationship of salvation through Jesus as your Lord and Saviour, is replaced by inviting Jesus into your heart or other ritual without a commitment to make Him Lord (so He can be Saviour).  When Jesus is your Lord, He is your King and you are a part of His Kingdom and so are ‘saved’.

The Kingdom, is replaced by the denomination/church/parachurch organisation,

The guidance of The Spirit, is replaced by the guidance of denominational rules, reason, theology, church policy and worldly ways of doing things.

Teaching about what the Bible says is replaced by discussing what words say so that the overall principle to apply is often lost and the meaning of words becomes more important than their application.  As a result words or verses are left out of modern bibles changing doctrine because reasoned scholarship says these words are not part of The Bible.

In Bible versions the reasoning of editors replaces the guidance of The Spirit so that they are no longer scripture because only scripture is inspired by God and if the editors listened to The Spirit they would not make the changes that alter doctrine and imply Jesus was human and sinned.  This is explained in my book on the ,Humanisation of Jesus.

Scriptural accuracy is replaced by reasoned scholarship so The Holy Spirit led commentary is replaced by the reasoned theology of men.  Theology is theoretical and not practical and as theology has been given prominence the practice of Christianity has declined.  As a result society has become ungodly as well as morally corrupt.

Knowledge is taught and not the practical application of this knowledge and the more you know the more ‘spiritual’ you are suppose to be.

The Body of Christ consisting of all believers united by The Holy Spirit is replaced by denominations or church congregation, which by their very establishment divide the Body of Christ.  Jesus does not recognise denominations or church congregations and recognises only The Body of believers.

The Laws of the land are allowed to override the laws of God so that many Christians do not complain when legislation contrary to the laws of God is passed by government bodies.

People are not trained to do the work of The Kingdom and you are only allowed to do to denominational  work if you are recognised as qualified by the denomination, which really prepares you to do the work of the denomination (which is preserving itself and justifying its existence) and not the work of The Kingdom.

The Gospel of The Kingdom deals with the whole person

It deals with the whole person (Body, Mind, Soul, Spirit etc.), and how these various parts interact.  These parts all affect each other and the Gospel of The Kingdom is designed to heal all parts of the person so that one part is not left damaged to affect the other parts that are healed.

Satan realizes that the Gospel of The Kingdom of God restores the whole person so his followers are taught the importance of this holistic approach to life by their demon guides as the demons have also realized the importance of holistic living except that Jesus is left out as the true source of these things and Satan or a goddess of nature replaces him as the source of these things.

You must deal with the total person: body, soul and mind - the physical, spiritual and mental, not just the spiritual side of a person because these different parts of a person are so interrelated that all parts suffer if one part suffers.

(Paul describes the body of Christ in similar terms and describes it in a similar to how our body works (1 Cor 12:26).  That all suffer in some way if one part of the Christian body is not in place.)

The ultimate deception of Satan in regard to the Gospel is to have people concentrate on the Gospel of Redemption so that only the consequences of sin are dealt with.  Satan hides the Gospel of The Kingdom, which deals with the total freedom of the person from the total ravages of sin and the effects of the kingdom of Satan on them.

No wonder the organised church is physically sick, mentally ill and declining.  It is because they only focus on salvation and the spiritual effects of The Cross.  Few have anything to offer that deals with the physical ravages of Satan on people such as disease and mental problems.

They also do not teach a personal Holy Spirit or the manifestation of His Gifts and reject doing deliverance from the effects of Satan on a person so that people do not demonstrate the  ork of The Kingdom

Satan has blinded the church to the demonic cause behind things so that reason only is used to deal with these things and not the Authority of Jesus that He has given us to deal with the demons causing these things (Eph. 6:12, Mark 16:17).

The person’s attitude is now important and the focus is on this and not the attacks by demons on a person’s mind so that new age principle of focusing on the mind as the cause of all takes over from focusing on demons as the cause of many wrong thoughts and attitudes.

Satan has blinded the church  to a Personal, Holy Spirit so that people no longer listen to The Holy Spirit in a personal way and demonstrate the gifts He has given to them.

The Gospel of The Kingdom and its total approach means we need to look after our mind and body as well as our spirit as they relate to our total being: mind, body, soul, spirit, personality, heart.  Satan has hidden this so many suffer because they treat only one part of their being.

The ministry of Jesus

The ministry of Jesus is our example of what a worker of The Kingdom should be doing.

At the very beginning of His public ministry, Jesus read the following from the book of Isaiah (Ch 61:1-2) in Luke 4:17-19

“And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written,

The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”

He spent three years teaching The Kingdom of God, demonstrating it, preaching it and training people to follow in His steps. The Gospel of the Kingdom was so much a part of His teaching that He did not need to tell His disciples to proclaim it when He ascended into heaven.  Jesus gave what is called The Great Commission, and in this, the Gospel of the Kingdom is not mentioned.  It was not needed to be mentioned as it was so fundamental to all He preached and is the basis for the Great Commission.

What He told them to do after He left was actually the way to demonstrate The Kingdom of God!

The object of the Great Commission was to go out and reconcile people to Jesus, his Kingdom, His peace and His wholeness and to teach them how to live as Jesus desires them to live and how to war against Satan to do these things.  To evangelise to just to save souls misses the whole point of this commission and salvation.

It is to be noted that Paul did not just teach the Gospel of salvation but the Gospel of The Kingdom.  This fact was the last thing mentioned about Paul and was mentioned about him just before he was martyred so God used it to summarise His life (Acts 28:31).  In fact they are the closing comments of Acts as if to summarise the book of Acts.

Acts 28:30-31 And Paul dwelt two whole years in his own hired house, and received all that came in unto him, Preaching the kingdom of God, and teaching those things which concern the Lord Jesus Christ, with all confidence, no man forbidding him.

The Great Commission

In summary, Jesus said to His apostles just before He ascended into heaven:

Mat 28: 18-20 And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.

Mark 16:16-19 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. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.

Luke 24: 46-47 And said unto them, Thus it is written, and thus it behoved Christ to suffer, and to rise from the dead the third day: And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

As you can see each of the writers gives a different twist to the Commission, which if summarized would look like this:

“All power (authority) is given unto me in heaven and in earth.

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,
baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you
And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in My name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.
He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

And these signs shall follow them that believe;

In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues;
They shall take up serpents;
and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them;
they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover and,

lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”

Does Mark 16:15-18 apply only to the apostles?

Luke 9: 1-6  Then he called his twelve disciples together, and gave them power and authority over all devils, and to cure diseases.  And he sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to heal the sick.  And he said unto them, Take nothing for your journey, neither staves, nor scrip, neither bread, neither money; neither have two coats apiece.  And whatsoever house ye enter into, there abide, and thence depart.  And whosoever will not receive you, when ye go out of that city, shake off the very dust from your feet for a testimony against them.  And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.

10 And the apostles, when they were returned, told him all that they had done. And he took them, and went aside privately into a desert place belonging to the city called Bethsaida.

The short answer is No!  These were said to disciples originally and the first twelve returned as apostles but the next 70 mentioned were still called disciples when they returned from their ministry trip:

Luk 10:1  After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two before his face into every city and place, whither he himself would come.

Luk 10:17  And the seventy returned again with joy, saying, Lord, even the devils are subject unto us through thy name.

Before you can minister you have to be authorised and the disciples were authorised by Jesus at the beginning of their ministry.  He had trained them and now was sending them out to put into practice what they had been taught.

What Gospel were they to preach?

The Gospel of The Kingdom.

How were they to evidence this?

By healing the sick and casting out demons.

What were they to take?

Very Little because they had been taught Mat 6:33, that God would provide all they needed as they ministered and now God was to show this to them.  They could not preach what they did not live.

So when Jesus spoke in Mark 16:15-18 He was not authorizing the apostles as they had already been authorised.  He was authorizing His followers.

Note that Jesus did not preach Redemption or Salvation so to preach these alone is not doing what Jesus prioritised in His ministry.  He taught The Kingdom and that salvation was a relationship with God and not just a legal activity.

The going into all nations

Acts 8: 3-4 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison. Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.

The church had been told to go to all nations but stayed in Jerusalem.  God organised it so that they had to obey Him or die and so were scattered abroad.

Most Christians do not go into their neighbourhood and proclaim the Gospel let alone other nations.  Or, they will go overseas and evangelise but do not go into their neighbourhood. God will have to scatter them through persecution so that they go into their neighbourhood, and witness to The Kingdom even if only by the example of their lives.

We are to start in our neighbourhood, which the Apostles had done before Jesus Died, and we are to expand outwards, which Jesus was now telling them to do (Acts 1:8).  So the church must be evangelising its neighbourhood before it can go into surrounding areas and eventually overseas or it is not following the pattern Jesus gave it.

The Importance of People to Jesus

People are the most important thing to Jesus along with their maturing and development, which He nurtures in the way they let Him to the degree they allow Him.

Many people are lost to Him and His Kingdom and are under the control of His enemy with the subsequent result of their ending up in hell, the prison of his enemy.  This is because many of the churches seems to be a social club ignoring the lost and the last order Jesus gave to His followers.

The churches are to give hope to the people in Satan’s kingdom and not just ignore them or avoid them.

This last order of Jesus is a result of His ‘Law of Love’ as anyone who loves Jesus will love these lost people in the way He does and will desire to set them free as He does and so will willingly carry out His final commission, not from fear or obedience but from Love for Him and His lost people.

How callous is the Christian who has been saved from hell and ignores those around them who are going to hell.  How can they call them self Christian when they ignore the purpose Jesus came for (1 Tim 1:15) and do not show His Love to all those around them who are going to hell.

The Power of The Kingdom

Paul said that the Kingdom did not come through reasoned words but in demonstration of its Power!

1Co 2:4-5  And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:   That your faith should not stand in the wisdom of men, but in the power of God.

 What did he mean?

As The Kingdom is demonstrated by its defeating Satan and his plans The authority (power) of The Kingdom is shown to all, both in heaven, hell and earth.  The people of Satan can preach better than Christians so words alone are not sufficient to show the lies in those who peach the values of Satan.

The Kingdom is also shown as we show His Love towards others and minister to them as we obey the command to love others as God Loves us (Jn 13:34-35).  It is especially shown when we love those who persecute us and do not retaliate back but show God’s quality of love toward them.

Satan cannot love or teach his followers to love in the way God does so this is an important mark of a Citizen of The Kingdom, especially the forgiving of those that oppress them.

Love is the attitude in which God shows His power! Unless we Love in the way He does we will not show His power and any ministry not based on God’s Love will fail.  God is Love and all He does is out of this Love so we must also do as He does and do all in His Quality of Love or it is not of Him but of His enemy, the devil.

This is why seeking wisdom or power for its own sake will never succeed as it is done in our own strength and not that of God! It is the Power (authority) of God working in us and through us as His Love works through us that demonstrates the Kingdom of God in all its fullness!

It is this demonstration of The Kingdom that attracts people to Jesus!  So while the church does not demonstrate the Love of Jesus and the Authority of Jesus it can never successfully complete the ‘Great Commission.  I repeat:

1 Cor 2:4 And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man’s wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:

Jesus was an evangelist!

Jesus proclaimed the Kingdom and demonstrated it in power and might.  His message was:

(Mat 3:2)  And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

(Mar 1:15)  And saying, The time is fulfiled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.

How are we to repent?

(Act 2:38)  Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

(Act 3:19)  Repent ye therefore, and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord;

(Act 8:22)  Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee.

(Act 26:20)  But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance.

The church does not usually preach this.  It preaches The Cross and the need to invite Jesus into your heart.

Jesus preached that salvation was a continuing relationship with God (Jn 17:3) and not a once only invitation of Him into your heart (who you are as a person, the core of your being).  He also preached we are citizens of The Kingdom of God as a result of salvation and not of local church or denominational membership.

Evangelism must preach the remission of sins by God and repentance from (rejection of) what the world offers us and that because of what Jesus did we can now enter into a personal relationship with Jesus and The Father that makes us citizens of The Kingdom of God.  This results in eternal life.  Our life must show this has happened by a change in direction in our focus from the things of the world to the things of God as well as reflecting the Character of God (His Love and it’s expression) in all we do.

In Summary we are to preach (and teach) to them:

The Kingdom of heaven has come to them and

Because of what Jesus did at Calvary the barriers between God and they were removed through redemption (our sins being remitted and not just forgiven) and that they can now enter into a personal relationship with the Father and Jesus with The Holy Spirit in them to guide them.

They must repent, in other words, turn their back on what Satan offers them from his kingdom of darkness and turn towards that which Jesus offers them from His Kingdom.  They are also to be baptized to identify yourselves with the Kingdom of God.

Their lives should then be one of obedience to Jesus, showing forth the Kingdom of God in all the things they do and by the way they do them and demonstrating the Authority of His Kingdom.

If Jesus is not Lord of their life they can lose their salvation (Rev 3:5) and they will not demonstrate the Kingdom as they should.

What is the purpose of Evangelism?

1 Jn 1: 3-4 That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ.  And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full.

The purpose of evangelism is to reconcile people to God so they can have fellowship with God and His citizens now on earth and later in heaven and that their Joy will be complete in this life and in the next life.

Why has the world not been reached yet?

Most churches preach the Gospel of Salvation only and not the Gospel of The Kingdom, so that the power and authority of Christ are not demonstrated and seen on earth.  Instead of The Power and Authority of Jesus we see a confessing of faith intellectually and following a set of rules (and not being led by The Holy Spirit) or the learning of theology, rather than seeing a demonstration of The Kingdom life.  This results in the casual observer of Christianity seeing it as being no different from any other cult or religion.

The other reason is that most people show their Christianity in private and no longer go out into the world and show Jesus through what they do, so that the church is like a mystery cult because those outside it have no idea what its purpose is or what happens in it because they see little difference between them and Christians in the public arena..

Where the Gospel of The Kingdom is preached outside the church the churches are growing.  Where only the Gospel of Salvation alone is preached they are dying or barely maintaining numbers.

It is the power of Jesus working through the life of a Christian that sets them apart from other religions and cults and attracts people to Jesus in such a way that they will consider and accept what He taught.  The authority of The Kingdom is not visible in the lives of most Christians and so people do not consider Christianity as being any different to other religions.  This makes it very easy to drop in and out of Christianity, as happens so often these days.  It makes it easier to join other faiths such as Mormonism, Jehovah Witnesses and Hindus etc., in common worship services as they do not see these fellowships pollutes The Kingdom.  They cannot be a part of The Kingdom of God and fellowship with other faiths that do not believe in The Kingdom.

It also makes it easier for Satan to build his one world religious system of all belief systems including liberal Christians in preparation for Anti-Christ and his government.  Then Satan will have a government system and an associated religious system to go with it.

It is the responsibility of every mature Christian in whom Jesus is Lord and Saviour to preach this Gospel of the Kingdom and to show the delegated authority of Jesus over Satan through the demonstration of the authority and power of The Kingdom of God. If you are not doing this, then it is your responsibility to learn how to do this. You should still be able to give every person a reason for your faith and hope in Jesus and His Kingdom. If you cannot do this then perhaps you do not understand what salvation is and may not be saved.

The Things of God

A Citizen of The Kingdom of God is steward of the things of God of which The Gospel of The Kingdom is part of.

So they need to care for it in the way Jesus desires it to be cared for and to express it according to His Will.

He says we are to tell others about it and a good steward will be doing this.  This is an act of obedience to Jesus and not to do it, when we know this, is sin

God’s Business

The Business of God on earth is restoring people to a relationship with Him and by this saving people from hell and helping them maintain their side of this salvation relationship once they are saved.  By this He expands His Kingdom.  He uses people to teach those who are prepared to hear the things of God how to accept Jesus as Lord and Saviour.  He uses mature Christians who have been prepared by The Holy Spirit and who are willing to teach others about The Kingdom as well as demonstrate it as they teach and preach it.  He then has these new followers trained to go out and do His work so they will reach and train others for Him.  It is the pattern Jesus used and which Paul also used (2 Tim 2:2).

An overview of how it all fits together

All are redeemed (our defilement of sin and spiritual punishment for our wrongs against God and man were removed by the death of Jesus at Calvary) when Christ died for all not just those that would accept Him as Lord and Saviour.

Salvation, however, is a result of faith in whom Jesus is, what He has done for us, and has promised for us and results in our being transferred from Satan’s kingdom to God’s Kingdom and also being placed in a in a position to have a relationship with God.

This is a result of God’s Grace (Love) as we did not know we needed salvation and redemption and were not able to do this anyway.

As a result of this salvation we are righteous (in a correct relationship with Him) set apart by God as His (Sanctified) and given The Holy Spirit to mark us as being His property.

We worship God out of Love and Gratitude and separate ourselves from the things of Satan’s kingdom to those of Jesus (holiness).

Jesus must be Lord (our King) if we belong to His kingdom otherwise He cannot be our Saviour.

We must maintain our obedience to maintain the relationship we have with The Father and Jesus as this is what Salvation is: a personal relationship with The Father and Jesus guided by The Holy Spirit.

What is the Christian Life?

An overview of how it all fits together.

The Christian Life is the expression of our relationship with God as a citizen of His Kingdom.  Everything else, including our service as a citizen of His Kingdom is a result of this relationship correctly carried out.

Our God-given Christian life is the expression of our love and obedience based on love for appreciation of and thanksgiving to God for what He has done for us and is not out of compulsion or fear of God’s punishment (although you must admit avoiding hell is a good incentive program).

It is a life of voluntary obedience and loving service to God as the Christian realises that God’s nature is Love and that all God does for a Christian is a result of this love and is best for the Christian and they grateful to God for what He has done for them to allow them to be citizens of His Kingdom.

I cannot offer God anything except my Will for Him to use as He Wills and it is as I obey His desires for me that I bring Him Glory, worship and Honour and fulfil my purpose in life!

Evangelism is a form of worship that brings Glory and Honour to Jesus bring people into The Kingdom by rescuing them from Satan’s kingdom and not an exercise to boost church numbers.  The sooner the church changes its attitude to evangelism the sooner it will be restored as a force in the world.  The sooner it preached the whole Gospel of The Kingdom and not just the Gospel of Salvation the sooner it will do what Jesus desires it to do and prosper in the way He desires to prosper it.

This will happen in the revivals of the last days that are coming soon.

The Wonder of it all

God did not need to make us - He is complete in Himself.

The wonder of it all is that knowing what was going to happen He still made us!  He did not made us for His sake, but for ours so we could relate to Him and experience His Love and Grace as well as all the Joys He had in store for us in eternity.

The Christian life is a continual expression of God’s Love and Grace: to us and through us to others and this is how it should be approached. To approach it any other way is to doubt God’s Love and thus His salvation, Grace and Mercy.


 

The True Kingdoms

Despite all the political divisions made by man there are really only two kingdoms:  The Kingdom of God and The Kingdom of His enemy, Satan (the devil).  Before a person becomes a follower of Jesus they live under the principles of The Kingdom of Satan and have the attitudes and purposes of that kingdom.  When they decide to follow Jesus they do a 180 degree turn in their attitudes and purposes and turn to the purposes and attitudes of The Kingdom of The Father.

Titus 3:5 says e saved us because of his mercy, and not because of any good things that we have done. God cleansed and changed us by the power of the Holy Spirit. He gave us new birth and a fresh beginning.

God changes you and makes this new life possible removing the effects of sin’s defilement of you.

This new life style is called ‘Holiness to God’, the turning away from the things of The Kingdom of darkness you were in to the things of The Kingdom of God.  This separating yourself from this worldly system is also part of the ‘fast’ God asks you to do (Is 58:6).

The deliverance ministry helps you with this change as it removes the baggage of The Kingdom of darkness, but only so much of it as you want removed.

The Kingdom of God on earth at the moment, is where the influence of God is through the presence of The Holy Spirit working through a citizen of The Kingdom.  It is not on earth in any other form. The presence of The Holy Spirit in you means you need no special place to worship The King, as you are that special place. His presence also means you can be guided by the true King, if you want to, and do what he requires of you in His quest to free people from the control of His enemy.

Earthly Kingdom

There is little difference between how an earthly kingdom should be run and how The Kingdom of God is run.  After all, The Kingdom of God is the model for the earthly kingdom.

The King

He has absolute control over an area, controls and/or owns everything and everyone in the area of his his kingdom.

The Role of the King

A king has to guide The Kingdom:

He has to provide for the people of The Kingdom

He has to protect the people of his kingdom

He has to make laws for the people of The Kingdom

He has to enforce those laws (judge the people)

He also rewards the people of His Kingdom

The King’s primary purpose is to preserve His Kingdom (his area of influence, power and authority) and to seek the welfare of His citizens. To this end, He makes laws and plans that His citizens should obey.

The wise king makes laws and plans that will benefit not only Himself but His Citizens as well.

The will of The King is the will of His citizens, over whom He has power of life and death. When The King summons them, they drop everything and obey Him. Otherwise, they continue with their daily lives living in accordance with His rules and guidelines. They rarely see their King or appear before Him.

The Kingdom

Is the area the king has control over unless he is only a figurehead in that kingdom.

The king’s duties

To be a good steward of whatever God has given him to rule.

 A Citizens Duties

To obey the king unless the king asks them to do something against the laws of God.

Role of a Citizen of a kingdom

The role of an earthly citizen is as follows:

He has to defend the kingdom against those who would harm it

He has to defend the name of the king

He has to serve the king

He has to help others do the work of the kingdom

He is to teach those he needs too about the kingdom

He has to provide for his family from what the king allows him to have

He represents the king, if only by being its citizen

He has to follow the laws of the kingdom.

Heavenly Kingdom

This is pure and undefiled and is not on earth in any form as all in and on earth is defiled.  However on earth it is in the people who have the presence of The Holy Spirit in them who has purified their spirit and made it undefiled which is why demons cannot inhabit it.

The laws of God override all other laws

God is the supreme authority in this universe so that His Laws over ride all other laws made by:

Governments

Denominations

Any associations or groups

Any other law made by man.

This means you obey the laws of the authority God has placed over you in any area unless they are in conflict with the laws of God.

Its King is Jesus

Jesus is its King and rules all creation except hell which he has given to Satan to rule for a time until it is removed and then all will be under His rule.

Duties of Jesus

He has no obligatory duties.  All He does for The Kingdom He does out of Love for it and the people in it and for His desire to be a good Steward of what The Father has trusted Him with.

Duties of a Citizen of The Kingdom of God

To obey Jesus in all He commands and asks them to do as it will not be against the Will of God.

Satan has hidden what it means to have a king and be part of a kingdom so that we will not know how to correctly relate to Jesus and The Kingdom of God so a citizen needs to learn what it means to be a Citizen of The kingdom of God which is why we need o study The Bible as this is the only place that really teaches us this.

Authority and Ministry

All correct authority is from heaven.  Man has not been delegated the authority to give spiritual authority to another or any other authority to another except for the laws of a land or legal body of that land.

Denominations are the manufacture of men and are only legal entities, not been created under Bible authority and so cannot give spiritual authority and can only give legal authority.

A person may fulfil a denominational role having spiritual authority but that is only because God has given it to Him.

When you examine authority in The Bible it is never spiritual or controlling but serves, advises and encourages so that authority as practiced in the denomination or church is, at times, not biblical but legal.

When roles are examined in The Bible (see Acts 6) ministers are to wait on God so they can advise and help people with their spiritual life and not to become involved in the day to day running of the church.  That is delegated to deacons while the elders help the minister in their role as spiritual adviser, comforter and encourager to the Body.

Spiritual Authority is the right to determine what a person does spiritually, which only Jesus has.  We can only advise what we believe God desires them to do.

Ministry is service of another for their benefit.

As we have a king we are told by Him what is required of us in each of these areas.  He determines what each person does in His Kingdom and everything we do must be able to be traced back to His requirements of us.

He has given us The Holy Spirit to guide us in ministry and to lead us spiritually so that we really do not have authority over another unless The Spirit has given it to us on behalf of Jesus or the purposes of Jesus.

If you are not certain Jesus has authorised what you are doing (as told to us by The Bible or The Holy Spirit) then you may be doing the wrong thing, even though in the eyes of  the church or the world it appears to be the correct thing.

This is why you need to learn to hear The  Holy Spirit clearly so that you know what you are doing is from God for yourself or from man's guidelines and rules such as churches and denominations have for their members.

So the first test of any ministry or authority is to determine if it is from God or from the suggestions of Satan.

IF it is from God it will:

Line up with what The Bibles says we should do

Advance or serve The Kingdom of God in some way

Express God's quality of Love

Help or encourage someone in their Christian life, even if only to show God has not forgotten them.

Bring Glory to God in some way.

If it does not do all of these then examine carefully the source of the suggestion for that authority or ministry as it may not be from God.

It must be remembered that we serve Jesus and He is the one that tells us what to do, when to do it and how to do it and not man or his guidelines.  As for spiritual authority, Jesus has not delegated this to man in The Bible and specifically states He is our spiritual authority in 1 Pet 2:25 so that anyone who claims spiritual authority over another except temporarily for the purposes of mentoring is displacing Jesus and has made them self into an idol for all who follow this supposed spiritual authority.

What does it mean to be a citizen of kingdom?

A Good Citizen knows he represents his King and acts accordingly. He knows he represents his King by the fact he is a part of The Kings Kingdom. He serves The King and waits upon Him. He defends The King and The King’s principles because in defending The Kingdom he is defending himself. He proclaims the benefits of being in The Kingdom because The King is so good to him. He warns those that reject The King but leaves the punishment of them to The King. He uses The King’s guidelines for determining if someone has rebelled against The King.

He loves the good king because of the benefits The King gives to his people (which includes him). He hates the enemy who would try and destroy The Kingdom and will go to war with the enemy as often as is necessary to defend The Kingdom and His king. He removes those things from The Kingdom that would in any way mar The King’s Reign and Kingdom. He does his work well knowing he will have to give account of it to The King for anything not done properly or which brings discredit to The Kingdom. This is not his motivation however, as he serves The King out of love and gratitude for what The King has done for him.  He desires the relationship with his king above all things as he loves his King and knows this relationship will bring the maximum benefit to his King and himself as well as his security and permanence in The Kingdom.

A good citizen of The Kingdom of God loves his King and delights in the relationship with Him and in doing His will. He is not afraid to give to The King an account of what he does as he has been wholeheartedly faithful in all he has done (what The King requires of him).  The King does not mind failure if it is done out of the proper attitude to Him and His Kingdom.  In other words the person wholeheartedly tried to do the Will of The King but failed. The desire of the citizen of The Kingdom is that all men know his King and the relationship they can have with Him as well as to destroy the works of his King’s, enemy (the devil). Being a good citizen he will be found doing the Kings work when he comes.

You may do all the right things to satisfy the church or the requirements of a denomination but still not be a good citizen of The Kingdom of God because you are not obeying The King, only what man says The King requires.

A good citizen delights in the relationship with his King for in it lies their happiness, health and future! How does one delight in the relationship with his King? By appreciating what The King has done for them, is doing for them and has promised to do for them as well as desiring to be closer to The King in their relationship so they know The King better and can express their love to The King in a more deeper and meaningful way.

A good citizen delights in his King because he loves Him and desires to be with Him as often as he can.  He serves The King out of love and in this lies their purpose – to be good citizens of God’s Kingdom, serving The King out of love and gratitude for what The King has done, is currently doing and promises to do for them in the future.

The citizen sells or gives up all he has to obtain The Kingdom it is of so great a value to him. It is the treasure hid in a field, the pearl of great price (value) worth all they have to do to obtain.

They realise they are in the enemy territory representing their King and that all will not be easy as the enemy seeks always to destroy them but they trust the Kings protection of them while they live in this enemy territory.

They realise that they cannot take anything with them when they die and that The King has promised to provide all they need when they leave the enemy’s territory and go to His Kingdom.  They also realise that their rewards in The Kingdom (heaven) is dependent on their correct use of the time and abilities The King has given them as well as the correct stewardship of The King possessions which they have been entrusted with here in the enemy’s kingdom.

They do not hoard treasure on earth where it corrupts and decays and cannot be taken with them to their home country (heaven) but use what they have been made steward of by The King wisely, for the good of The Kingdom and have rewards in their home Kingdom instead.

What does God expect from you?

What follows is an outline of the relationships and responsibilities in a kingdom. We belong to the Kingdom of God and need to know these things in relationship to our King, Jesus. What follows in this book is a more detailed discussion of various aspects of these two things.

The main requirement of a servant of a king is complete obedience. If you are not obedient you may find you do not belong to his kingdom because you are executed or cast out of it.

He is a King

You need to treat Him as one (obey, respect but not worship him). We worship Jesus because He is God and not because He is a king.  However you are to reverence His God-given position as ruler.

You need to serve Him as your king

You need to know what the king requires of you so that you are able to carry it out.

You need to know your correct relationship to him at all times as wells the responsibilities you are to carry out for him at that moment

What is his role?

He makes the laws we have to obey

He enforces them

He protects the kingdom and its citizens and tells them what to do (rules it)

He meets the needs of his people to live and do his work

What roles you have

You need to know what role you should be doing at any point in time (You do not need to know the king's, plans only your part in it.)

How to carry out each role:

What is expected from each role

There are rewards for carrying out these roles correctly

You need to know the environment you are in

You need to understand what is necessary for you to carry out your role:

Problems it causes

How to meet these problems

What the King has given you to help meet these problems (Holy Spirit)

You need to know the enemy of the king:

Who he and his representatives are

The battle you are in

Your strategy and weapons as well as his strategies and weapons.

How victory over the enemy is measured

The above will be perfectly performed in The Kingdom of Heaven and by those from heaven who serve Jesus in the Millennial Kingdom.

Part of your role is to know what the king has done for you so you will appreciate him and love him for this and serve him out of love and not out of duty (like his enemies do).

But we are on earth and the Kingdom of God on earth is in us so that there are two aspects to our obedience on earth: The spiritual obedience we need to carry out and its effect in the physical realm of earth.

It is to be remembered that earth is our training ground to learn this obedience and prepare us for heaven so learning how to properly obey should be a focus of all on earth who say they follow the King.

Status of The Citizen

The citizen has only the rights The King gives them and must stay within those limits or face punishment.

They must keep His laws, which means they must know and understand them

To rebel against His rule is death

They must do His will before their own regardless of time, place, inconvenience or difficulty.

They must believe The King has their best interest at heart or will only serve him grudgingly.

They must believe it is worth following Him

They must believe there is no one more worthy to follow

They must discipline themselves to do this

What does the citizen of The Kingdom do?

They worship The King

They serve The King

They represent The King

They fellowship with The King

They place the requirements of The King and The Kingdom (which is an extension of The King) above all other requirements they desire and  The King above all other people. This is not hard for them to do because of the nature of The King being so beautiful and desirable that they want to be like Him and to spend time with Him.

They serve The King in various areas:

Representing Him as His ambassador

Defending his kingdom

Promoting the king and his kingdom

Teaching about Him to others

Guiding and helping people to join His Kingdom

Obtaining ground (people) from the enemy for The Kingdom

Serving Him in The Kingdom itself.

They do not strive for greatness in The Kingdom as it is for The King alone to give.  They study to be approved by their King then He promotes them.  They realise that greatness in The Kingdom is not obtained by doing great things but being faithful in the daily things The King requires of them.  Their daily life is centred on The King’s will for them and they consider how it relates to what they are doing as they go around their daily activities:

The husband at work and guiding the family

The wife as a mother and housekeeper, guiding nd keeping the household

The children obedient and learning from parents and teacher

Those ministering, ministering doing so out of love and not duty

The leaders having their household in order before leading other Christians

The employers treating their workers in Christian love

People paying their correct taxes, observing road speed limit and rules and meeting other governmental responsibilities

All spending time to listen to The Kings Counsellor (The Holy Spirit) to hear The King’s Will

All relying on their delegated authority, gifts and guidelines (Bible) from The King in their daily life as citizens

All serving each other in unity, desiring only to help each other obtain The Kingdom and to reach their potential as citizens of this Kingdom.

They realise that the salvation relationship offered them is reflected in their role as a citizen of The Kingdom of God.  The more they get to know the workings of The King in their life and of His Counsellor (The Holy Spirit), the more they love them.  The more they love them the more they desire to serve them, spend time with them and learn of them.

The more we identify with The King and His Counsellor, the more people will see them in us and their Kingdom in our lifestyle.

Holiness is the voluntary state of being separated from The King’s enemy and the influence of the enemy’s territory in all its aspects.

Sanctification is the setting apart of us, by The King, for His purposes.

Righteousness is being in a correct relationship with The King.

Justification is the removal, by The King, of every spiritual impediment (sin and its defilement) that would stop us relating correctly with The King.

All this is done so we can enjoy our relationship with The King and His Counsellor and joyfully serve them as a result of this relationship.

If you have neither a joyful relationship with The King or serve Him Joyfully, take stock of yourself and see what is hindering you otherwise you will never really be able to serve God to your fullest ability as a citizen of His Kingdom.

The Bible says that we are solely responsible for two things:

The choice of The Kingdom we serve

The rewards we get in this Kingdom when we return home to its home base (Gal 6:7-8).

It is up to you alone. The choice is yours and you must make one!  There are no fence sitters in The Kingdom of Heaven but there are many in hell!

Kingdom Attitudes

Anyone that knowingly does not do God’s will or His purposes cannot belong to The Kingdom of God and by default belongs to The Kingdom of the enemy.  Hence the danger of being a fence-sitting Christian who is content to let others do the work of God’s Kingdom, or who do only do the work of denominations or whom do things from duty rather than love, usually to please men or gain promotion, self-esteem or self-worth from these activities.

It is all a matter of attitude.

You do not own things but have stewardship of them as they belong to God their creator so you should always consider what God wants done with them when you deal with the things you have been trusted with.

You have not right to judge or condemn others, as The King is the only one who can do this.  You may not like what they do, but you are to love them in the way God Loves them and warn them what The Bible says about what they are doing and of the spiritual consequences of what they are doing.

You are required to love others in the same way The King loves you and place the King’s desire for what you are to do for them first before your selfish pleasures.  You are required to maintain those people God has trusted you with (family e.g.) and not deprive them of their needs to meet the needs of others.  You are also not to do for others what they should be doing for themselves.  They could be punished by The King for not doing what you have done for them as well as lose rewards and you could also be acting outside your authority area or level and incur The King’s displeasure.

Your plans are always subject to the will of the ruler (Jesus) so that He is consulted before you do anything that is not revealed in His rules and guidelines (The Bible) and even then, at times, He should be consulted to ensure you are still doing His Will.  There are everyday activities that must be done and these usually do not require His approval however you must be ready and able to hear The King’s voice when He speaks to you to do something out of the ordinary.

It is an attitude that seeks to know The King personally because of the love you have for Him as a result of what He has done for you.

It is an attitude that does not consider the delights of the enemy’s kingdom as their attention is solely on The King’s requirements and the furtherance of His Kingdom and the delights of being in The King’s presence.

The King’s requirements are well known to the citizen as they study them so they will not unknowingly or knowingly disobey them.

It is summarised by Mat 6:33.  In all you do:

Seek the intimacy of the relationship you have with Jesus

Seek the benefit of His Kingdom in all you do

As you obey Jesus in all you do you walk on the path He has prepared for you from before the beginning of creation on which are all the good things God has for you to receive.

The sole purpose of the citizen is to please their King for in doing so He will show his true love for his King and achieve the best that is possible for them self.  The citizen does not seek to please The King because of the rewards he receives but out of love for what The King has done for him.

Our King, of course, is Jesus, the Desire of the Ages.

In Conclusion

Can you lose your citizenship in heaven?  Yes through deliberate continued unrepented disobedience.  Your name will be removed from the book of life (Rev 3:5).

Jesus said people who believed in Him would heal the sick and raise the dead.  So if you are not even trying to do these when He tells you too then you are in disobedience to Him and risk losing your salvation unless you have a very good reason to give Him when you face Him and give account of your life.

You will not go to hell for trying and not succeeding.  You will go to hell for not trying in the first instance.

If Satan is not relevant to you, you will not need to pray against him and his attacks on you as he supposedly cannot hurt you.  Mark 16:17 is not necessary if this is true which means Jesus has lied by telling us to do something that is not necessary (cast out demons) and if this is so He is not perfect and cannot be God and we are not redeemed through Him.

It is your choice to believe what Jesus says or ignore them.  You cannot half-live for Jesus or half believe what He said.  It is all or nothing!

Choose this day whom you will serve!  But for me and my household it will be The Lord!

What is the work of The Kingdom?

The work of a Citizen of The Kingdom of God can be summarised as follows:

Serve its King Jesus, which is expressed in serving others on His behalf.

Evangelism which is rescuing people from the kingdom of darkness

Deliverance which is removing the damage the king of darkness did to a Christian

Defend the Kingdom (Which includes the Character of God, people and property of The Kingdom) which is called spiritual warfare

Train people to do these things and be a good citizen of The Kingdom which is called discipling

Encourage each other in this which is called fellowship

Express the Character of The King in all you do which is called The Fruit of The Spirit.

The basic character behind everything is God’s quality of Love and its expression in all they do.

It's guidebook is The Bible and The Holy Spirit is its interpreter and their guide in all they do.

The mission statement of Jesus was as follows:

(Luk 4:18-21) The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,  To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.

And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the rabbi, and sat down. And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.  And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfiled in your ears.

As a follower of His we should be doing what He did on earth as He demonstrated The Kingdom of God for all to see.

His example was as follows (Matthew 4:23):

And Jesus went about all Galilee, (the area He was in at the time)

teaching in their synagogues, (Taught the followers of God)

and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, (What The Kingdom of God was all about)

delivering people from the effects of Satan on them

and healing all manner of sickness (short term sickness)

and all manner of disease among the people (long term chronic).

This is what our objective should be!

Jesus will help you in this as He said that anyone who wanted to know what to do to serve Him would be taught by The Holy Spirit.

(]oh 16:13) Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

But you must be wanting and willing to do His Will for Him to be able to teach it to you.

Jn 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

The last words of Jesus to His people can be summarized as follows: "All power (authority) is given unto me in heaven and in earth:

Go ye therefore, and teach all nations I have risen,

Baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have com- manded you

And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in My name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

He that believeth and is baptized  shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.  And these signs shall follow them that believe;
In my name shall they cast out devils;

They shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents;

And if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover

And, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world."

These actions will be observable in the life of a follower of Jesus. Another of the signs of our being a follower of Jesus is our love for Him expressed in the way we desire to spend time with Him, live in obedience to His Will for us as well as express His love to others around us. Salvation results in The Holy Spirit's presence in us and helping us in this:

]oh 14:15-16 Jesus said to his disciples: If you love me, you will do as I command. Then I will ask the Father to send you the Holy Spirit who will help you and always be with you.

]oh 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

Note: all truth and not just spiritual truth.

Obedience to Jesus will result in The Kingdom of God manifesting in and through our lives and we will demonstrate  it as He commanded us too in Mark 16:17-18. Jesus said the signs in these verses would be performed by His followers:

They shall cast out devils;

They shall speak with new tongues;

They shall take up serpents and not be harmed by them;

And if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them;

They shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover

They will show God’s quality of love in all they do

They will defend God and His things at any cost

We will be rewarded for our obedience and one of the requirements of faith is that we must believe God will reward us for our loving service of Him:

Heb 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that he exists and that he rewards those who seek him.

We must endure to the end to receive the reward and not be concerned about dying in the service of Jesus.

1 Cor 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, for as much as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Rev 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

Matt 24:13, But he that shall endure unto the end, the same shall be saved.

Remember that evangelism is really telling people what Jesus has done for people in the kingdom of Satan to deliver them from this kingdom as well as how He has affected your life as a result of your accepting what He has done for you.

If you love others with the same quality of Love that Jesus Loves them with you will go and tell others what He has done for them so they can enjoy what you have received as a result of your accepting what He has done for you. To not do these shows you are hypocritical or fearful and need training and/or deliverance to do these things.

You must endure to the end to keep your salvation:

(Mat 10:22) And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake: but he that endures to the end shall be saved.

To persevere in these things you must believe they are worthwhile doing.

Remember that trials are a sign of His Love as he uses them to mature you to His character or guide you back to where you should be. Or to show you are worthy of the ministry He is giving you or has given to you.

(Rev 3:19) As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.

The key to victory is Lordship the putting of the things of Jesus before your own values and purposes and be faithful to His requirements of you until you die:

Rev 12:11 (ERV)  They defeated him by the blood sacrifice of the Lamb and by the message of God that they told people. They did not love their lives too much. They were not afraid of death.

You must hold that what God wants you to do as being more important than your own life and its purposes.

Mar 8:35-37 For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it.  For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?

(Mat 10:3) Those who try to gain their own life will lose it; but those who lose their life for my sake will gain it.

Mat 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

You must offer yourself to Jesus to use and focus on His Things (Col 3:1-3).

Rom 12:1-2 (ESV)  Dear friends, God is good. So I beg you to offer your bodies to him as a living sacrifice, pure and pleasing. That's the most sensible way to serve God.  Don't be like the people of this world, but let God change the way you think. Then you will know how to do everything that is good and pleasing to him.

Col 3:1-2  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.

God promises to supply all you need in this life for those who seek to be in a correct relationship with him as well as be used by Him in the expansion of His Kingdom:

Mat 6:31-34  Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal  shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom  of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof

He also promises to never test you above what you can cope with:

1Co 10:13 There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.

To become a follower of Jesus will cost you all that you have but in return you will gain riches unimaginable in heaven after your physical death.

The Christian life is a choice you make.  It is up to you to maintain it and express it in the God desires you too.  God will help you as much as you let Him, but ultimately what happens to you is a result of the choices you will make.

Choose wisely because you are in hell an awfully long time if you deliberately make the wrong choices.

1Co 15:58  Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Some advice from Jesus He gave me about The Kingdom

This morning Jesus started to speak to me about The Kingdom and things in regards to it.

He said that:

He judges you by how you related to Him and not how you related to the minister/priest, church or denomination and whether or not you wholeheartedly tried to obey him.  He does not look at results but the heart attitude and in the way His things were done.

He said many Christians are in hell because they would not forgive another and would not reconcile to another because of unforgiveness in their heart.

Many Christians were also in hell because they would not give up a sin so that He was not their Lord.

The expression of His quality of Love should be behind everything you do or it is not of His Kingdom but of your flesh.  In everything that happens to us we should appreciate that God’s Love is working in it for our best.   This is why we should be thankful whatever happens to us and not complain about what happens to us.  Complaining about it is questioning His Love towards you.

What your focus is on shows what is in your heart and which king you serve.  God’s Love must be expressed in all you do or your actions are not of Him.

To serve Him correctly you must also relate to and serve The Father and The Holy Spirit correctly.

Spiritually you belong to The Body of Christ’s followers and to the communion of saints and not to a legal body like the church, a religious order or denomination.  Until you see this you will not relate to and fellowship with other Christians correctly.

You are a steward of all God gives you authority over: ministry, His Things, family and children, property, you mind, soul, body and flesh and will have to give an account of this stewardship to God when you die and face Him, as we all must do.

If you believe in whom Jesus is He said you will:

Evangelise
Disciple
Do deliverance
Fight His battles (Spiritual warfare)
Do healing
Encourage and support each other emotionally, physically, spiritually, mentally and financially
Defend His Name, morals and things of His Kingdom
Represent The Kingdom
Teach The Kingdom
Love The Kingdom and serve it in all else you do
Do all He commands you to do.

The main thing is to wholeheartedly try to do these things.  It is up to God what happens and not you so as long as you wholeheartedly try to serve and obey Him you do not need to be concerned about the results of what you have done..

Remember that you are also a steward of things and will have to give an account to God for how you carried out your stewardship.

Your relationships are all a form of stewardship so how you care for these relationships and the way you relate will also be judged by God.

Whatever you do to anything that belongs to His Kingdom: persons, property, knowledge and wisdom about it, you do it also to The king.  How you treat His Kingdom and all that is in it is an expression of your stewardship.

Love and its expression (The Fruit of The Holy Spirit) should be the natural expression of your character.   These are the natural expression of a citizen of The Kingdom of God.

It is what you believe in your heart that matters and not what you say or reason you should believe.

Unless hell and Satan is preached there is really no incentive to follow Jesus and be a disciple of Him.

Unless the Authority of the Kingdom is demonstrated there is really no proof it exists.

In summary

A citizen is to render to Caesar what is Caesar’s and to God what is God.

In other words do what God says and what the king of the land says says if it does not contravene what God says.

Concluding remarks

According to how you fulfil your role as a Citizen of The Kingdom of God will be determined your salvation and your rewards so you need to learn how to fulfil this role in the way God desires you to fulfil it because your eternal future depends on it.

Your relationship with each member of God will determine how you fulfil this role so this needs to be worked at also.

It is to be remembered that salvation is a relationship with Jesus and The Father and the objectives of the Christian life are really only two:

Develop your relationship with God so you will exhibit His Character and proclaim His Love.  After all God is Love and if you love Him you will exhibit His character

Serve Him as a Citizen of The Kingdom of God in the way He desires you to serve Him out of love for and appreciation of what He has done for you.

Only you can do this in respect of yourself and you will have only yourself to blame if you do not get to heaven.

The Servant of God

A citizen of The Kingdom of God is a servant of God!

We have lost the concept of the meaning of the word ‘servant’ therefore few of us know what it means to be a servant – let alone God’s servant.  In the four ‘Servant Songs’ of Isaiah, God shows us what it means to be God’s Servant!

A servant is one who submits to the will of his master.  A slave does also.  The difference is a servant can chose whom he will serve where a slave cannot!  In a sense we are slaves as we have been purchased by The Blood of Jesus but we are really servants choosing whom we will serve (God or Satan) and how we will serve (lukewarm, half-heartedly or wholeheartedly)!

The servant must at times do things which are unpalatable and which seem to have no rhyme, reason or purpose.  They may be exposed to hardship or suffering or the mockery of man.  They must accept these in the belief that God is in charge and that they will be rewarded for what they do, but not necessarily in this life!  They must trust God completely and not their own emotions or reason!

They must also remember that they are doing The Will of their Master, Jesus, so really He is the one being ridiculed and rejected and not them so they are to commit to him all they suffer on His behalf and He will deal with His adversary.

The problem with churches is that people choose how to serve and do not ask The Holy Spirit where they are to serve and/or not sufficiently study The Word to see how God wants them to serve!

The ‘Servant’ Songs show us how God desires His servant to serve!!!

 

 

The servant is elected for God’s Purposes (Is 42.1–4)

1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mi ne elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.

 2 He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.

 3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.

 4 He shall not fail nor be discouraged, till he have set judgment in the earth: and the isles shall wait for his law.

God elects you to be a servant in an area (to minister for Him in that area).  You do not assume this authority by yourself otherwise you do not have God’s Authority or Empowerment to support you in the work you do.  He trains His servant, empowers (anoints and authorises them for the service) and guides them, and because they have been elected by God, they have God’s authority in the area they serve Him in.  God also supports His servant in the work they have been given to do.

God elects His servant for His purposes.  The servant will always know what His Master (Jesus) desires him to do.  He may not know why he is doing it but he will always know what His Master requires of him.  He does not need to know why but only to trust His Master for the results of the service.

This shows the danger of assuming a ministry and not being appointed by God.   The person assuming a ministry is not authorized or empowered by God and will only work in the power of the ‘flesh”!  The results of this ministry will not stand the test of time, unlike that of God’s chosen, elected servant.

If their heart is right before God He will honour their service to Him in some way but not in the way He would have liked too.  They are still serving Him but not in the way He wants them too so are not on the path of maximum blessing and productivity.  He honours their heart commitment and not their results as they may be even hindering His work by what they are doing.

This is the problem of many immature people who seek to be a minister in a church but really do not know what God wants them to do and assume they are to be a minister.  Often this is sought to unconsciously bolster their self-esteem so not only are they not mature sufficiently to minister but also bring in to their ministry problems and hurts of the past that will hinder their being effective in their work.

No wonder ministers burn out and resign as they use up all their fleshly energy and have no spiritual energy left.  No wonder churches do not function properly as the minister tries to be holy, meet the need of his own problems, run a family and try and meet the needs of the denomination in that local church he has assumed he is in control of.

The servant will not glorify or promote himself or his God-given ministry which is why God chooses him. He always points to Jesus when asked how things happened or why he is so ‘successful’.

The sole purpose of the servant is to serve Jesus.

The servant will not destroy what remains spiritually of a person’s faith in God but will encourage and support what is left of their faith.  This is because they love them as Jesus does. They will help them and sustain them so they can cope with the trial they are going through and plead their cause so truth and justice is done!  They do all they can to help people know Jesus and to mature them and they and show the Love of God to people in all they do.

Because the servant has God supporting them they will not be discouraged and will persevere to accomplish the purpose God has set for them to do!

The purpose of the servant is described Is 42.5–9

5 Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:

 6 I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;

 7 To open the blind eyes, to bring out the prisoners from the prison, and them that sit in darkness out of the prison house.

 8 I am the LORD: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images.

 9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.

The servant is to live a life that exemplifies the relationship people are to have with God and will teach people how to have this relationship!  They will open the eyes of the spiritually blind and will rescue captives from the prison Satan has them in so they will be able to enjoy their new relationship with God.

This is the ministry of The Messiah (Jesus who quoted Is 61:1-2 in regard to this), and is the ministry of all who would be like The Messiah.

God does this so that the glory usurped by Satan is restored to God.  God will not let another have His glory: either servant, demon or those rejecting His Authority.  The servant is used to restore to God the worship that is due to God by the people of the nations.

The servant is the messenger of God revealing God to the nations.  He will reveal and demonstrate by his life the new relationship God has with those who will accept the teachings of his Master, Jesus!

The commissioning of the servant is described
Is 49.1–6

1 Listen, O isles, unto me; and hearken, ye people, from far; The LORD hath called me from the womb; from the bowels of my mother hath he made mention of my name.

 2 And he hath made my mouth like a sharp sword; in the shadow of his hand hath he hid me, and made me a polished shaft; in his quiver hath he hid me;

 3 And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.

 4 Then I said, I have laboured in vain, I have spent my strength for nought, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the LORD, and my work with my God.

 5 And now, saith the LORD that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him, Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength.

 6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

While the servant was being formed in his mother’s womb God called him to be a servant of His.  God prepared him for ministry.  He polished his speech and character and hid him until the appointed time of his ministry.

He told His servant that he will glorify God by the way he serves God!  People will see that God is the source of his actions and give Glory to God because of the way the servant expresses God through his life!

The servant does not care about the rewards of men or earthly riches but is content to be rewarded by God in heaven.  God will strengthen him in this and because of his life, many will be reconciled to God!

The servant realizes the honour he has received to be called a servant of God and that God should call him to reconcile people to Him!  He is a light to the world as he tells the truth of God’s desire for a close relationship with people.

The servant’s reliance on God is spoken of Is 50.4–9

4 The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned.

 5 The Lord GOD hath opened mine ear, and I was not rebellious, neither turned away back.

 6 I gave my back to the smiters, and my cheeks to them that plucked off the hair: I hid not my face from shame and spitting.

 7 For the Lord GOD will help me; therefore shall I not be confounded: therefore have I set my face like a flint, and I know that I shall not be ashamed.

 8 He is near that justifieth me; who will contend with me? let us stand together: who is mine adversary? let him come near to me.

 9 Behold, the Lord GOD will help me; who is he that shall condemn me? lo, they all shall wax old as a garment; the moth shall eat them up.

The servant relies on God to do what He has promised and as a result the attitude of the servant is different to that of the peoples around him!

The servant uses his tongue wisely.  Each morning he wakes to the voice of God as he spends time listening to Him and learning from Him.  He is submissive to the Will of God and accepts the rebukes and instruction God gives to him!

He was willing to suffer shame and hardship if it would help someone be reconciled to God or would further serve the purposes of God!

He relies on God to vindicate him and protect him in God’s chosen timing and not his own. This may mean death before vindication and deliverance, but this does not concern him as the purposes of God are greater than his own purposes!

His steadfastness in God’s purpose is declared Is 52.13 – 53.12

13 Behold, my servant shall deal prudently, he shall be exalted and extolled, and be very high.

 14 As many were astonied at thee; his visage was so marred more than any man, and his form more than the sons of men:

 15 So shall he sprinkle many nations; the kings shall shut their mouths at him: for that which had not been told them shall they see; and that which they had not heard shall they consider.

 1 Who hath believed our report? and to whom is the arm of the LORD revealed?

 2 For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground: he hath no form nor comeliness; and when we shall see him, there is no beauty that we should desire him.

 3 He is despised and rejected of men; a man of sorrows, and acquainted with grief: and we hid as it were our faces from him; he was despised, and we esteemed him not.

 4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

 5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

 6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

 7 He was oppressed, and he was afflicted, yet he opened not his mouth: he is brought as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is dumb, so he openeth not his mouth.

 8 He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare his generation? for he was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of my people was he stricken.

 9 And he made his grave with the wicked, and with the rich in his death; because he had done no violence, neither was any deceit in his mouth.

 10 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.

 11 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.

 12 Therefore will I divide him a portion with the great, and he shall divide the spoil with the strong; because he hath poured out his soul unto death: and he was numbered with the transgressors; and he bare the sin of many, and made intercession for the transgressors.

God lets His servant be treated so badly that people will wonder at what happens to him and believe that God has cursed His servant.  But the servant accepts this suffering and continues to do the will of God!  God then uses the servant to save many and exalts him in His timing.  This path of God’s abasement and restoration is the only path that leads to God alone being able to lift up His servant as the servant is not in a position for himself to recover and others are not in a position to help him do so!  Only God is able to lift His servant from the position He has let him fall too!

It is at this lowest point that great servants are made or lost, according to the dependence of the person on God, or his own abilities, for his restoration!

This ‘dark night of the soul’ and the associated ‘wilderness experience’ must be gone through by all who would serve God and it is in this ‘dark night’ that many fall away just short of the final victory!

God will eventually exalt His servant because the servant has acted wisely and faithfully done all that God has asked him to do!  Kings of the earth will listen in silence and amazement at what has happened to the servant and what the message of the servant is.  They will be attracted by whom he is and what he has to say rather than to his appearance.

The servant will mature before God but will be treated badly by men who will not understand what God is doing through him.  He will have a burden for the lost and will suffer in his attempts to save them and be used to reconcile them to God!

He will not defend himself or claim any rights as the only rights he has will have been given him by God!  He also considers the purposes of God of more importance than his own life and pleasure!  But God takes pleasure in his suffering because of the attitude of the servant to Him and because of what the servant has achieved through his obedient death!

The servant will see the fruits of his labour in eternity and will be satisfied and God will exalt him for all to see!

Suffering is the path of God and the servant is called to suffer!  We will be true servants of Jesus when we listen to God as Jesus did and have as our priorities the purposes and will of God at the expense of our own personal pleasures and enjoyments!!

The true servant of God delights to do the will of God and rejoices that he is found worthy to do the work of God.  He gladly embraces trials and tribulations for the privilege of being used by His Lord and King.

The will of his God is more important than his own will and like a true servant he places the will and desires of his master over his own.

He knows he can only do his master’s will because his master gives him the authority to serve him and in his serving is the expression of the master found, as he represents his master by the way he serves.

He knows that because of the faithful way he serves his master, his master delights in him and will gladly and joyfully reward him.

Along with the concept of being set aside for the master’s exclusive use and his choosing to serve the master, is the concept of holiness – the position of the servant’s master in the realm of things.

God is Holy – set apart from all creation, pure and complete in himself!

We are sanctified – set apart for God.  Holiness is not in our nature.  We are only in a correct (righteous) relationship with a Holy God because of what Jesus has done.

The servant’s status and relationship depends on what the master allows and depends at times on how the servant relates to his master.  There are times the master will appear to ignore the servant’s need but he still feeds and clothes the servant.

If the servant starts complaining about his own needs and rights, ahead of his master’s requirements, the master will no longer be able to use him.  Thus the servant who wants his masters rewards will put his master’s needs – whether directed to by his master or not – ahead of his own.

Happy is the servant whose joy is to serve is master and please him because he loves his master more than himself – he will be rewarded.   But those who insist on their own rights ahead of their masters’ will be cast out into the darkness of the night!

‘And whoever desires to be first among you, let him be your Servant’

Jesus told us that leaders are servants and that the role of a minister of Jesus, and thus a servant, was to be desired if you would be ‘great’ in the Kingdom of The Father.

This servant attitude reflects that of God and by this you show you are His servant reflecting His nature.

God keeps us all alive (both the good and the wicked) and provides for our needs.  He does not force Himself on us as He has given us free will.  He guides us and helps us make the right decisions but gives us the freedom to reject His advice.  This is the second aspect of a servant.  He is a teacher.  The true teacher is also a servant.

Hence the role of a servant is defined:

Assist others to help themselves when they are unable too

Teach others to help themselves when they are able to, and to

Bring people to knowledge of the truths of God and of His works

Free people from the kingdom of Satan and its effects on them

Bring Glory and Honour to God in all they do

Thus was the nature of God’s servant, Jesus - the greatest servant of all!

Christians say they are servants of God!  The truth is anyone who obeys God wholeheartedly is His servant.

A servant is one who obeys the instructions of another.  Demons are God’s servants as they must obey Him and His guidelines.  The difference is that we do it out of love for what Jesus and The Father has done for us.  They do it out of necessity

You would be a great servant for God?  Obey Him in the little, daily things of life and as you prove your faithfulness He will trust you with more!

A Christian, in whom God’s Love has matured, is really only happy in four circumstances:

Freeing people from Satan’s kingdom and the effect of it on people

Expressing God’s Love as he they help others to grow and develop as people

Resting in the fellowship of God’s Love and Grace with their consequent benefits.

Fellowshipping with others of like heart and mind

Otherwise they are frustrated as they want to minister but are not able to and want to spend time with God and find it difficult.

If you love a person you are willing to suffer for them (putting aside your personal and selfish interests for their own good).

If you really love them you will die for them.

How much you really love Jesus and others will be shown by how much you are willing to suffer for them - but not out of a sense of duty or fear of hell, but out of love for them, His Name and His purposes.

Love serves because it can see the benefit to another of the service and is willing to pay the cost for that to occur.  By this is the Love of God shown in our lives that we serve others because it benefits them and not because of any selfish interests or desires being met.

True Love does not do for another what they should be doing for themselves but does for another what it cannot do for itself or needs help to be able to do if for themself.

Most people want to do big, important things for Jesus.  This is often so they will either feel they are doing God’s will adequately and so are acceptable by God or for purposes of self-esteem.

God is interested only in the relationship and the love that flows from it.  Nothing you do can change this.  All Jesus requires of us is to relate to Him in love and do well what He gives you - no matter how small or trivial it appears to be!

Love is faithful and is a good steward of what is entrusted to it and does what is required without thought of self or gain and thinks only of serving others and from this obtains its pleasure.  Reward is not important, only the joy and benefit it gives to another.

In the Kingdom of God no work is trivial or unimportant if it is done for The King it is necessary in some way for The Kingdom to function properly. Where love is concerned there is no work too manual or trivial!

The picture of The Servant of God

God:

Calls him

Authorises him

Anoints him with His Spirit

Empowers him

Guides him

Teaches him

Prepares him for service

Releases him for ministry in His Timing

Guides Him in ministry and

Exalts him in His Timing

The servant:

Realises the great privilege to be chosen as a servant of God

Seeks a deep relationship with God

Humbles himself to obey God in every area no matter what the cost

Trusts God’s Will in every area of his life

The Purposes and Will of God are all that are important to him

He will endure anything to do these as He knows these as best for God’s Kingdom, himself and those he is ministering too

Believes God will reward him at the appropriate time but does not seek a reward

Is satisfied with what God gives him knowing that it is the best for God’s purposes and also best for them.

God prepare and provides for His servant.  All that He asks of His servant is trusting obedience and faithfulness.  The true servant of God lives out Mat 6:33 in all things and is a perfect example of what it means to be a citizen of The Kingdom of God.

What Price Obedience?

It cost Jesus everything to come to earth and His earthly life to do The Will of God!

And He really was rewarded only after death, Except for the joy of seeing people freed from the kingdom of darkness and the things that this kingdom had placed on them! And by this see His Father’s Kingdom, expanded!

But then, the things of this earth held no appeal to Him and were really not important to Him! His Father’s Will and Kingdom was all that mattered to Him!

These are the attitudes you must develop if you would be like Jesus.

In conclusion I ask the second most important question you will ever be asked.

What price will you pay to serve Jesus?

Addendum

What does God ask His Servant to do?

The Great Commission to represent The Kingdom of God

This is the command to preach, teach (disciple) and represent the Kingdom which can be summarised from all the statements of it by Jesus in the Gospels as:

“All power (authority) is given unto me in heaven and in earth: Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,

Baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have com- manded you

And preach repentance and remission of sins in My name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.

He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; But he that believeth not shall be damned.

And these signs shall follow them that believe;

(In otherwords, if you believe in who Jesus is, you will do the following as a natural part of your life.)

Jesus said you would In His Name: Cast out devils;

You will speak with new tongues; You will take up serpents;

And if you drink any deadly thing, it will not hurt them;

You shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover

And His promise is

And, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”

Jesus said that if we loved Him we would do these things. So if you are not doing these things you need to find out why and deal with it so that when you face Jesus and are judged for your life you will be declared by Him to be a good and faithful servant of His.

1Th 1:5–6 For our good news did not come to you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Spirit, and in much assurance, even as you know how we lived among you for your sakes, and you became imitators of us and of our Master (Jesus), welcoming the Word in much affliction with joy of the Holy Spirit.

Attitudes of a Citizen of The Kingdom of God

Phil 2:12-13 (ESV) My dear friends, you always obeyed what you were taught. Just as you obeyed when I was with you, it is even more important for you to obey now that I am not there. So you must continue to live in a way that gives meaning to your salvation. Do this with fear and respect for God.  Yes, it is God who is working in you. He helps you want to do what pleases him, and he gives you the power to do it.

When you become a Christian you begin a lifestyle journey to put into practice what it means to be a Christian.  This means you must learn how to live as one and develop the attitudes required to live as one.  Demons confess Jesus is Lord but do not live as He requires them to live.  So being a Christian is more than just declaring Jesus is Lord!

Living as a Christian should I how a citizen of The Kingdom of God should live.

Anyone who says they follow Jesus but does not live as He requires them too is following the lifestyle of demons and will not go to heaven.  It is only those that confess Jesus as Lord and show it by their lifestyle that will go to heaven.

There is a warning in Rev 3:5 that states that anyone who deliberately does not live in the manner Jesus requires them to live will not go to heaven but will go to hell.

This document discusses the attitudes and purposes a Christian should have to live in the way Jesus desires them to live.

God’s Purpose

God’s purpose for is us to believe in Jesus and all He said and then to act on these beliefs:

John 6:29 Jesus answered, "The work God wants you to do is this: to believe in the one he sent."

To do this we must develop and intimate relationship with Jesus and understand His Love for us so we will know who He is and what He has done for us and appreciate Him sufficiently to be motivated to follow Him.

We must learn all we can about Him and His requirements of us so we can relate to Him as we should and live in a way that pleases Him.

We are to serve Him out of love for Him and appreciation of what He has done for us.  Fear of hell is not a good motivation for serving him, but it does help to realise what happens if you do not obey Him as Lord.

Jesus said in John 14:15  If you love me, keep my commandments.

Praise, adoration, worship, obedience and love for Jesus are a result of our appreciation of what He has done for us, is doing for us and will do for us as is our serving Him out of love for Him.

Unless you see God’s Heart for people you will not love them as He does or love Him as you should and will not serve Him out of a pure Love for Him.  You also will not fully see how much He Loves you.

So we need to learn about God and His Love for us and to draw ever closer and intimately with Him to know His heart of Love for us and others so that we can respond out of Love for Him and obey and serve Him out of the quality of Love He has for us and others.

To know His love you must experience it and know you have experienced it and this is where The Holy Spirit helps you by showing you this.  As you trust Him more you develop a greater love for Him and He can show and reveal more of His Love toward you.

God’s Love defined in The Bible in the two main passages that describe it

Aspect of Love

 

1 Cor 13:4-7

 

Gal 5:22,23

Kind

 

v4

 

V22 Gentleness

Patient

 

v4

 

V22 Long-suffering

Not Jealous

 

v4

 

 

Not Boastful

 

v4

 

 

Not Proud

 

v4

 

V23 Meekness

Not Rude

 

v5

 

 

Not Selfish

 

v5

 

V23 Temperance

Not quick tempered

 

v5

 

 

Not keep a record of others wrongs

 

v5

 

 

Rejoices in the truth

 

v6

 

V22 Joy

Does not rejoice in evil

 

v6

 

V22 Goodness

Is Always supportive

 

v7

 

 

Loyal

 

v7

 

 

Hopeful

 

v7

 

V22 Faith

Trusting

 

v7

 

 

Never fails

 

v8

 

 

Peace

 

 

 

V22 Peace

One would think two passages describing God’s quality of Love would agree or be identical.  But it can be seen that the terms used are approximate so that you really need to look at both lists to get an overview of what God’s Love is like according to The Bible.

God’s type of Love expresses itself as the fruit of The Spirit.

In summary you could say that Love is the result of an active belief in God and what He has done for you.  It expresses itself in selfless service and seeking only what God desires a person to seek.  It trusts God in all that happens so it is never troubled by circumstances and obtains its worth from what God thinks of them so is never defending whom they are as a person so can accept others as they are.  This means they can express the Character of God in them as they do not need to prove who they are to others as they know their worth because of their relationship with God.

This is attitude is obtained by seeing God’s Love, care, provision, plans for them and protection of them through spending time with Him and experiencing these things as they serve Him.

To express the Character of God then you must remove self and its needs so that only God’s quality of character flows through you in all you do.  This can only be done through self-discipline and studying what God’s Character is like and applying it to your life which God helps you to do through trials and suffering as He builds your faith up so that you will try to be like Him character wise.

Some definitions of important aspects of the Christian life

Faith to believe in God and what He has said

Holiness to live according to His guidelines and not be contaminated by the world system Satan rules

Hope in what Jesus has promised you so that you will endure in the battle to the end

Love so that you will express His character in all you do for or to Him

Stewardship so that you will look after all He gives you both spiritual and physical

Knowledge to know what God requires of you

Wisdom to apply correctly the knowledge God gives you

Integrity to do correctly what God requires you to do

These are all aspects of the Christian life which need to be developed to and matured in it.

Holy Spirit’s Guidance this is given to you to know how God desires these attitudes expressed as well as what God desires you to do in your daily activities.

Importance of obedience To Jesus.

In chapter 3 of the Book of The Revelation the church of Sardis had members whose names were written in The Book of Life but who were no longer obeying Jesus.  In Rev 3:5 they were told to repent of their continued disobedience resulting from their lukewarm attitude to the things of God or their name would be blotted out (removed) from the book of life and they would lose their salvation.

Jesus said in His book of Revelation that you can lose your salvation through deliberately not repenting of disobedience (sin).

You are only required to be obedient to what God has been revealed to you and not to what you do not know or others believe you should know.  In your correct obedience to Jesus is your salvation preserved!

Your level of belief in the things of God will determine the level at which you pursue them or obey them.

The three areas of Attitudes

To God

Worship Him

Obey Him

Love Him for what He has done for us

To Jesus as King of The Kingdom of God and the universe

Obey completely

Accept Jesus as Saviour, Redeemer

Accept Jesus as our brother and friend

To everyone else (all relationships must be based on God’s type of Love)

Your family

The Body (fellow Christians)

Non-Christians

These are the attitudes you need to have to relate correctly to God, Jesus and others

The main attitude of Love is expressed to all and has no degree of levels in it.  It is just the way it can physically be expressed depends on the relationship and social convention which is why a married woman can have sex and a single woman should not.

Attitudes

The importance of God’s perspective in looking at things

You must always look at things in the way God looks at things so that you will apply His values and requirements and not be influenced by Satan’s way of thinking which is expressed in the world system and its values that are always around you.  (Satan makes certain of that)

If you do not know how God’s principles and values apply to a situation, then ask The Holy Spirit.  He has been sent by God to guide you in all the things you are to do with God as well as to teach you what you need to know to be able to do them (Job 32:8, Jn 16:13, Jn 8:32, Duet 29:29).

Attitudes to have

It is important to have God’s quality of love.   Love in the way He does and you will always do what He requires of you (Jn 13:34-35). This will be the foundation of all our attitudes if we are to express the Character of God in all we do.

You are to submit yourself completely to His Will (Rom 12:1-2)

You are to seek Jesus and His Will in all you do (Col 3:1-2, Matt 6:33).

Your objective should be to seek God’s Will in all you do to develop the relationship you have with each member of The Trinity (Matt 6:32-34).

You are to trust His Love, as whatever He allows to happen to you will always be for your best (

Rom 8:28).You must work at your side of the relationship you have with God and seek to maintain the obedience this requires (Phil 2: 14-15).

Your thoughts must always be pure and wholesome (Phil 4:8, Matt 12:36).

You must always be guided by the Holy Spirit (Rom 8:14, Jn 16:13).

You must serve Jesus in the way He desires you to serve Him, encouraging others to do what He requires of them (Heb 10:24-25).

You must believe God rewards His followers.  That all you did for God on earth was worthwhile doing. You must believe it will be all worthwhile and that all the rewards you have in heaven will be worth all you suffered on earth (Heb 11:6.)

You must endure to the end and finish the work God has for you on earth (1 Cor 15:58, Matt 24:13).  It is on earth that we learn the attitudes we will use in heaven and it is only as we endure trials to their end that we will learn them as we should and receive rewards for enduring them.

You must realize that when you affect another Christians, you really affect Jesus (Matt 25:40).

The basic altitude is unswerving, loving, obedience to Jesus.  Jesus must be ruler of all you do.  He does not ask you to obey Him out of fear of going to hell but out of love, appreciation and thanksgiving for what He has done for you.

In John 14:15 He specifically stated:

“If you love me, keep my commandments.”

Love is the basis of all Christian obedience and “Love for Jesus” is the basic attitude for the expression of all other attitudes of the Christian life.

God’s type of Love is the expression of The Spirit of God living in you and is expressed as: joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance (Gal 5:22-23).  It is through these expressions of God’s type of Love to others that God shows His character through you.

The attitudes expanded

Because of what Jesus has done for us, we should submit our self to Him.

Rom 12:1.I beg you therefore, my brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies living sacrifices, holy and acceptable to God by a logical service.

2.And do not imitate this world, but be transformed by the renovation of your minds, and you shall distinguish what is the good, acceptable and perfect will of God.

Jesus redeemed us and paid the price God required to remove from us all the spiritual punishment for our sins that would have resulted in our going to hell.  In other words, He delivered us from going to hell and removed the requirement to sacrifice to God for our sins.

Because of this, we are always able to be in a proper relationship with God so that The Holy Spirit can guide us and we can always approach God and we can continually hear Him.

Our primary reason for submission to Jesus is the love and thankfulness we have toward Jesus for what Jesus did for us at Calvary as well as what He is doing for us now on earth and will do for us in heaven.

We need to submit to Jesus so we are always where we should be so He can use us and meet our needs and help us along the path He has prepared for us from before creation on which is every good thing He has prepared for us.

We are told also to focus on the things of Jesus and to reject all that Satan offers us through the world system he controls and which is designed to distract you and guide you away from the things of Jesus as well as to blind you too them.

We need to change our attitudes and thoughts so they are changed from the ways we used to think (based on what we saw in the world around us) to that with Jesus desires us to focus on.

Coll 3:1. If therefore you are risen with The Messiah, seek that which is above, the place where The Messiah sits at the right side of God.

2. Feed on that which is above and not that which is in The Earth,

3. For you have died to yourselves and your lives are hidden with The Messiah in God.

4. And whenever The Messiah, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with him in glory.

We are to focus on the Will of Jesus for us. It is He who is our ruler, who, through Calvary, freed us from the punishment of sin and the bondage Satan had placed us.  So if we are His follower  we will focus on His requirements of us and this focus will keep us from doing what Satan desires us to do..

Your mind should be occupied solely with His teachings and His will for you.  To focus on the things the world (controlled by Saturn) offers you, is to take your eyes off what Jesus requires of you.  So that you may end up disobeying Him in an area or no longer be a follower of Him.

Seeking holiness requires you to focus on Jesus and His Things and to turn away from Satan and his things.

You no longer should be in control of your life’s purpose as you have offered it to Jesus to be Lord of.  So, that now, you future hope and plans are tied up with the Will of Jesus for you.  As you do His Will and bring Him Glory, He also will bring your glory, reflected from the Glory you gave Him.  It will also be the life that is best for you although you may not realise it at that time.

Matt 6:31.Therefore do not be concerned or say, ‘’What will we eat?’ , or ‘’What will we drink?’ , or,‘ ’What will we wear’?

32.For the Gentiles are seeking all these things, but your Father who is in Heaven knows that all these things are necessary for you.

33.But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

34.Therefore you shall not be concerned about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be concerned for itself. A day’s own trouble is sufficient for it.

We should always be seeking the will of God and to improve the relationship we have with him.  We should not be concerned about our needs as God promises to provide all we need if we focus on His Will and developing the relationship we have with Him.  In fact v34 is almost a command not be concerned about the future, which you will not be if you trust completely God’s plan and preparation for your life and in this attitude you will be spared the worries people usually have about their future.

Satan uses his world system to try and distract us from God’s Love and provision, so we will worry and be anxious.  If we believe in God and His Love for us, Satan cannot get us to do this.  We will trust God for our needs and not worry about them or be anxious about anything and when we buy something we will ask God if we really need it.

Only in this attitude of complete trust in God’s Love, Control, Purposes and Plans for us is there true peace and contentment.  This is a result of having no anxiety or worry because you know God is in control and whatever happens is for your best.

If Satan can get you to not trust God’s Love toward you, he can torment you.  You must trust God completely, or He is not your Lord!

Phil 4:6. Do not be worried for anything, but always in prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be known before God,

7. And the peace of The God, Who is greater than every mind, will keep your hearts

1 Peter 5:7. And cast all your cares on God, for he takes care of you.

We are told to give our fears, worries and anxieties to Jesus to be Lord of as He will deal with them and help you go through them.

If you trust Jesus and His Love, you will ask him to help you. After all, that is what friends are for and Jesus is the best friend you will ever have.

When you wholeheartedly follow Jesus as your Lord, The Father in Heaven adopts you as His son and then you are not just a friend to Jesus, but He is now your brother through your adoption by The Father.

This is why you need to learn to spend time with Jesus and The Father.  After all, who does not want to spend time with their beloved father and brother.

Rom 8:28. But we know that he helps those who love God in everything for their good,

Php 2:12  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. 

Php 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure. 

If you love Jesus, you will spend your time developing your side of the relationship. You will take whatever steps are needed to do this.

You will learn whatever you need to learn. You will do whatever you need to do.  You will spend with Him whatever time is necessary to do this.

You will always trust that God is always working for your best so that you will never complain about what He is allowing to happen to you.  You will trust His Love for you in whatever circumstances He allows to happen to you.  He is Control of all your circumstances and Satan can do nothing to hinder Jesus in this.

Job 32:8  But there is a spirit in man: and the inspiration of the Almighty giveth them understanding.

Jn 16:13.”But whenever The Spirit of The Truth comes, he will lead you into the whole truth, for he will not speak of his own will, but he shall speak whatever he shall hear and he shall reveal the future to you.”

Rom 8: 14. For those who are led by The Spirit of God, these are the sons of God

The Holy Spirit is your guide and is the person God has sent to help you in your Christian life.  You will need to be able to hear his guidance and teaching as well as to trust this guidance and teaching.  He also loves you and all He does is for your best.  So you need to develop your relationship with Him and walk with one spiritual ear always listening to Him.

Phil 4: 8. Therefore, my brethren, those things that are true, those that are honorable, those that are righteous, those things that are pure, those things that are precious, those things that are praiseworthy, deeds of glory and of praise, meditate on these things.

Matt 12: 36.For I say to you that every idle word that people will speak, they will give an answer for it in the day of judgement.

37.For by your words you will be justified and by your words you will be condemned.”

Every wrong word you say you will need to explain to Jesus why you said it.

If you are led by the Holy Spirit, your focus will only be on good things that come from God and not on the things of Satan, which are unholy, and defiled and which anyone that deliberately does them cannot enter the Kingdom of God.  You will also express these good things in your life to others.

If you love Jesus, you will only say and do things that promote the King and His Kingdom  accepting only thoughts that do this and rejecting all of Satan that would hinder your doing this in your life:

Heb 10:24 (LITV) And let us consider one another, to incitement of love and of good works,

Heb 10:25  not forsaking the assembling together of ourselves, as is the custom of some, but exhorting, and by so much more as you see the Day drawing near.

You will also think of how Jesus desires you to serve others.  We serve Jesus our  King, and He tells us whom He wants us to serve as well as how He desires us when and how to serve them as well as to encourage others like He encourages us.

Remember that the five-fold ministries are gifts to serve people and not to control them.

Mat 25: 40 And The King answers and says to them, ‘Amen, I say to you, as much as you have done to one of these my little brothers, you have done that to me.’

This is why Jesus says that whatever we do to others we do to Him.  They belong to Him and anything we do to any part of His Kingdom we do to Him.

It is Him we obey and show His quality of Love as we serve others. So how we express His type of Love to others is how we affect the demonstration of His quality of Love to them.  They are also all children of The Father and what we do to them in a sense we do to Him.

Heb 11: 6. But without faith, no one can please God, for whoever is brought near to God must believe that he exists and that he is the rewarder of those who seek him.

As we serve God, out of Love for Him and those we serve, He has rewards for us. He asks us to believe He will reward us through doing all He said He would do for those who followed Him.

Faith must trust God and part of this trust is in Him rewarding us for this service we do to him, even though He, as a King, does not need to reward us for the things He commands us to do.

Our primary reward is a relationship with God.  This relationship results in salvation as well as the release of every good thing God is able to give you (other rewards).

Matt 24: 13 But whoever will persevere until the end will have life.

1 Cor 15: 58. From now on, my brethren and beloved, be steadfast; do not be shaken, but be abounding at all times in the work of THE LORD JEHOVAH, as you know that your toil has not been worthless in THE LORD JEHOVAH.

He requires us to wholeheartedly try and finish all He asks as too do and to endure all Satan does to us.  By this we will show our love for Jesus and that He is our Lord.

He is not interested in our successes but in our attitude to Him and others as we do what He commands us to do.

So what are we to do for Jesus?

We are the representatives of Him and His Kingdom and are to proclaim, teach and demonstrate His Kingdom and its Character on earth to all who do not follow Him or do not know Him personally.

Jesus said (summarizing His last statements before He rose into heaven).

“All power (authority) is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you And that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in My name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned. And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.”

As you can see, Jesus desires us to tell others about His Love for them, what He has done for them, as well as what He can and will do for them as well as teach them how to receive these things and obey Him  in the doing of His Will.

If you Love Jesus you will do this for Him.

Do not be concerned if you do not know how to do these things. The Holy Spirit promises to teach you all you need to know to do this and will bring people and information to you to help you to learn about doing this in the way Jesus desires you to do it.  All Jesus requires is for you to wholeheartedly desire to learn these things.

If you are able to do this but do not bother too when Jesus asks you to do it then you risk going to hell, unless you repent and do them.  If you do not do it you have rejected Jesus by rejecting what He has asked you to do.

If you deny Him or knowledge of Him in any way, you have also rejected Him. Unless you repent and tell others about Him, you will lose your Salvation (Rev 3.5).  He will reject you before the Judgment Throne of The Father so that you cannot go to heaven. The only other place you can go to is hell.

There are many people in hell who rejected what Jesus desired of them to do, yet still called themselves Christians (implying they were His followers).

How you deal with these attitudes is up to you. You have free will and it is your choice what you do with it.  So you will have no one else to blame if you disobey God and end up in hell.

The race is not to the swiftest, or to the smartest or the most intelligent. It is to those who humbly obey and endure to the end in all Jesus asks them to endure.

If you love people as The Father loves them.  You will always have before you their eternal destiny and good.  And you will have one ear on the Holy Spirit to see what God wants you to do or say to them (if anything).

You do not Minister to all.  But only those God desires you to Minister too and then you only say or do what he desires you to say or do for them.

This is why you must always be led by The Holy Spirit.  So that you will always be ready to do or say what God desires you to do or say.

Other matters

Stewardship.

The Christian life is a life of stewardship.  What God has given you to be steward of you must protect from Satan.  The best way to do this is too:

Firstly make sure that Jesus is Lord of every aspect of your life including that which He has given you to be steward of which you are to use only for the purposes of His Kingdom.

Secondly to attack every Demon that is attacking you or things you are steward of, regardless of the area they are attacking.

This means you need to:

Know what God has made you steward of before you can defend is.

Know what you need to do to defend the things God has made you steward of.  The delegated Authority of Jesus is sufficient for this defence of what God has given you to be steward of.

Not to defend what you are steward of is disobedience to God.  If you do not defend it Satan can damage it, destroy it or take it from you.

Remember!  Satan’s purpose is to destroy what you are steward of so that it cannot be used by The Kingdom of God.

Trials

God allows trials for three purposes:

To show Satan we are worthy of the ministry God has called us too or are doing at that time.  This is when Satan is allowed to test us usually in a way that tests us too out limits maturing us and preparing us for a ministry:

To mature us to a greater level so God can use us more

To draw us back to the path we were on prepared by God from before creation but have now diverted off.  Repentance of our wrong activity or attitude is necessary attitude for this to occur.

Only as we endure and fulfil the test God is putting us through will we be matured and prepared the way He needs us to be for the ministry He is preparing us for and/or for heaven.  When we pass the trials that do this for us, Jesus will declare before Satan that we are worthy of what He is to give to us to do and Satan will not be able to complain about our ministry authority.

Trials are a sign of His Love for us so that we should never complain about the trials we are going through.  To do so is to doubt His Love.

Preparation for heaven

Life is not just service to God.  Through this service and the trials associated with them, God prepares us for life in heaven with Him.  We need to develop on earth the attitudes we will have in heaven as part of the preparation for living in heaven.

In heaven you no longer need to demonstrate the authority of The Kingdom of God over Satan and his works.  What is left is how you demonstrated the love of God to others.

So on earth, the primary lesson is on how to demonstrate God’s type of love to God and others.  The authority of The Kingdom being just one of the ways you demonstrate God’s type of Love in you as you use it to minister to others.

How do they live in heaven?

All is driven by love for Jesus and each other and each serve each other in love.  Speaking no harsh or rejecting words and finding nothing too trivial or humbling for the purposes of serving another.

There is respect for each other and there is no race or social hierarchical structure.  All are equal in ministry, whether male or female.  No one is in control of another but mentor them and serve them in the way Jesus asks them to serve the other.

This is our pattern for ministry upon earth and relating in the way God desires us to relate to each other.

God owns everything in heaven so there is no ownership of things or a striving to own things.  All are stewards of all that is in heaven as well as what God gives them specifically to be stewards of and they gladly give to another something they are steward of when God says to do so.  There is no money in heaven so there is no crime or pursuit of things for the purposes of self-esteem or security.  God is their self-esteem and there protection.

We need to serve here as they do in heaven and have the same attitudes they have if we are to prepare here for our life in heaven.

God loves you as you are

God is a God of Love. If He did not love you as you are He would be a hypocrite.

He knows your potential and seeks to develop you so that you will reach it and be the Citizen of the Kingdom that you are able to be.

It is ironic that, when in a trial, He seems so far away an uninvolved.  But He is honing you and using the circumstances to make you a better and a more useful citizen of His Kingdom.

The Christian life is really God helping you to reach your full potential as a citizen of the Kingdom, to prepare you even for a better life in eternity with Him.

The mark of a Christian is that in everything they do, they demonstrate God’s type of Love.

Your life objective, should be to know the Will of The King, Jesus, and to carry it out in His quality of Love.

This will result in the maintenance of your salvation relationship with Jesus and The Father as well as your continual maturing and preparation for life in heaven.

When you look at the visions of hell Jesus has given people you will see Jesus point out many in hell who called themselves Christians, But who did not do what Jesus required of them.

To be a follower of a person you must practice what they teach as well as do what they require of you.

Unless you are doing wholeheartedly or at Least wholeheartedly trying to do what Jesus requires of you.  Then you are not following Jesus and will suffer the fate of all those that do not follow Jesus.  You will not be a citizen of His Kingdom so have no right to enter it.

Guidance

The Bible says:

Rom 8:14(CEV)  Only those people who are led by God's Spirit are his children.

This means you are able to be guided by The Holy Spirit. God is a personal God so this guidance has to be personal or God is asking us to be His children without telling us what we need to do to follow Him.  It cannot be generic guidance as is found in Biblical principles but individually tailored to each one of us so that God can guide us in our individual circumstances.

We are told in John 16:13 that The Spirit will help us and give us answers to all our problems

(CEV)  The Spirit shows what is true and will come and guide you into the full truth. The Spirit doesn't speak on his own. He will tell you only what he has heard from me, and he will let you know what is going to happen.

If God did not tell us how to solve our problems so that they are solved in the way He desires it to be we could not be a follower of His as we would not be led by The Holy Spirit.

As all life’s circumstances are not identical we need to be led by The Holy Spirit to deal with the subtle changes in events and not just apply a legalistic answer that has worked in the past.  This is why The Spirit needs to lead us in all circumstances and not just when He feels like it which is why we need to learn how to hear The Holy Spirit as we go through our daily life.

God is original and does not need to do the same thing twice the same way which is why we need to hear The Spirit.

Some basic concepts

'J' is for Jesus

Unless you know and understand who Jesus is and what He has done for then you, you will not strive to keep Him Lord and do His Will, develop the Salvation relationship you have with Him or even desire to keep your salvation.

Jesus came to reconcile you to God and to restore you to the original relationship mankind had with God in the Garden of Eden. This is why salvation is a relationship and not just a singular event or an act such as "inviting Jesus into your heart." You are transferred from Satan's Kingdom to God's Kingdom when you voluntarily accept Jesus as your King (Lord) and are then able enter into an intimate relationship with Him and The Father (John 17:3).

Jesus did all that was required at Calvary to enable you to do your part to enter in and keep this relationship,  as well as to secure for eternity what He has promised you. He is the Author and Finisher of your faith (the one who makes it possible then provides all you need to mature in your faith till you reach heaven and His presence and then maintains you there). You enter this relationship by voluntarily declaring that Jesus is your Lord and God and accepting Him as such in your life. You also accept all He taught and did at Calvary as well as the facts of His Incarnation and Resurrection.

You maintain this relationship by living, as He requires you to live, as a citizen of the Kingdom of God.  This is how you keep your salvation. In essence, salvation is worked out on an ongoing basis by fulfiling your role as a citizen of The Kingdom of God and through your obedience allowing Him to continue the work He started in you when you were translated (by The Father) into The Kingdom of Light.

If you do not obey Jesus you can lose your salvation (Rev 3:5). He will blot out your Name from His book of Life.

Out of love for Jesus, you should try and think as He does and do as He would do toward others, to love them as He loves them, putting their needs before your own, being directed by The Holy Spirit in all these things (especially ministry).  This means you only meet the needs of those Jesus wants you to meet or you could be hindering His purposes for them.

Love, however, never does for another what they should be doing for themselves; unless, they are unable to do it, Jesus has directed you to do it or they need help in doing it.

The two 'W's

God has given you two witnesses to what The Father and Jesus has done for you. Both of them are given to help you develop your relationship with The Father and Jesus, as well as to help you know who and what you are in Jesus and what is required of you as a citizen of the Kingdom of God.

These two Witnesses are:

The Witness of The Word (His Bible)

The Witness of The Holy Spirit (your guide and teacher)

Both of these are a necessary part of the life of a citizen of The Kingdom who truly desires to relate too and serve their King in the way He desires them to do. Both witness to the Authority of Jesus and The Fathers' plans for you.

The Word purifies you as you meditate on it and as it resides in you. The Word also moulds you to be like your King. There is much The Word does and a study on The Word and its effects on people is worth consideration. Remember what God says about it:

2Ti 3:16-17  All Scripture  is inspired  by God and is useful  for teaching  the truth, rebuking  error,  correcting faults, and giving instruction for right living, so that the person who  serves God  may be fully qualified and equipped to do every kind of good deed.

The Holy Spirit’s presence in you marks you as belonging to Jesus and guides and empowers you to do what the King (Jesus) desires yo to do. He also instructs you in the things of The Kingdom as well as guides you when The Word is silent or unclear in the situation in which you find yourself.

Both of these witnesses need to be in place in your life, actively moulding you to the image of your King, in order for you, as a citizen, to witness to and serve effectively The Kingdom of God. When these two witnesses are in place in your life, they will display the Kingdom of God through your life with power and authority. The sick will be healed, the prisoners will be released from the bondage of the enemy (Satan), and people will be drawn to Jesus by the quality of your life so you can tell them of what Jesus has done for you.

The seven-fold anointing of The Messiah will be upon you and your God-given ministry:

It is the anointing to release people from the oppression of the enemy,
It is the anointing to set the captives free,
It is the anointing to proclaim liberty,
It is the anointing to declare the year of the Lord,
It is the anointing to preach good news,
It is the anointing to deliver people from enemy attacks
It is the anointing to set the spiritually blind free.

The work of Jesus before He died can be summarized as follows:

Proclaim and demonstrate the Gospel of The Kingdom in power and glory. Teach about the Kingdom of God, Heaven and the King's requirements of His citizens (and their rewards).

The training others to carry on the ministry He started of witnessing to the Power and Authority of The Kingdom of which He is Lord and King of;

Mat 4:23 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.

Your life should reflect the two 'W's, and you should know them so well that they should become a natural expression in all you do.  If you do not know them, you cannot express them.  If you do not know what God teaches, you cannot express His Rule in your life and teach others these things. If you do not know the Holy Spirit you can neither be led by Him in all you do, nor can He express through you the gifts you have been given so that you can serve as Jesus desires you too and not as you think you should.

The Three 'P's

God’s Protection, God’s Provision, God’s Providence.

God loves everyone and desires that all will be saved from the kingdom of darkness. He sustains the evil people in this world in the hope they will repent.  Your response to this Love determines whether you spend eternity with Him or in hell with His enemy. You are also to love people with the same quality of Love as He does even though you may not like or approve of what they do. This also includes enemies and relatives you do not like etc.

His Protection

As a citizen of His Kingdom, He protects you from harm as long as you obey Him and have not removed any part of yourself from His Kingdom. You  remove parts of yourself from His Kingdom through knowingly disobeying Jesus, because of your having an incorrect attitude in an area of your life so that He is not lord of it or, through wilfully sinning, rejecting His Lordship in an area.  Admitting the sin, repenting and giving the area to Jesus restores this part of you to the Kingdom of God and to His Protection once again.

Anything not given to Jesus can be attacked by Satan. Anything given to Jesus to be Lord of cannot be attacked by Satan successfully because you do not want what he offers, unless God allows the attack for the purpose of your spiritual maturity.

In a sense, Lordship and its resultant obedience is your protection as Satan cannot get you to accept anything of his so that you will not sin.  For you to sin you must accept and do what Satan suggests you do.

His Provision

Satan will try to have you doubt God's Love and Provision. If he can do this then you will doubt Mat 6:33 and not wholeheartedly seek Jesus and His Will because in your heart you doubt His Love for you so that you have difficulty trusting Him.

The basis of obedience is Love to God, out of appreciation for what He has done for you, and if Satan can get you to doubt God's Love your obedience will be incomplete. Your faith will be uncertain at times because you are not sure God loves you enough to do what you need or that He may not be working for what is best for you.

God provides for all the needs of every living person which includes what you need to minister to Him and for Him (Matt 6:33).  You serve Jesus and your first service is to Him and then as He directs to others. If you do not seek His Will you will not do His Perfect Will as a steward of all He has given you to care for on His behalf. As a result you will expend time and energy on things Jesus does not want you to do because you should not be a steward of them to have to look after them.

You do not need to sin to hinder or stop the work of God.  Satan has persuaded many Christians to do what is second best for God and not do what He actually wants them to do.  By this Satan hinders or stops the work of God and His Kingdom.  This is why you should always ensure that what you are doing is what God desires you to do and is not what you have reasoned you should be doing.

There are three levels in this provision of God and each lower level is included in and necessary for the subsequent levels.

In ascending levels these are:

Your basic needs to exist as a person and know the salvation He offers (for non-Christians)

Your additional needs in order to serve Him (for Christians who want to serve Him)

Your rewards for serving Him (For His faithful servants)

These areas affect your life on Earth as well as your future life in eternity, in Heaven (which is just a continuation of the relationship with, and service to Jesus, you have now on earth).

Are there rewards for service in heaven? The Bible is silent but there is a principle that exists in Gal 6:7-8 and Heb 11:6 that service will result in rewards of some sort.  Not necessarily the type of rewards you know on earth.  But then, serving others in heaven is not done for reward but out of love for the person and Jesus and this is the attitude we need to cultivate on earth so that we are prepared for heaven. This attitude is developed more and more as we appreciate more and more the Love of Jesus for us and what He has done for us.

Remember that Salvation is a reward resulting from faithful obedience to Jesus and this alone should make the struggles of The Christian life all worth while.

His Providence

His Providence means He controls all things for His purposes and for your good and that all that happens is for your best (Genesis 50:20, Jer 29:11, Romans 8:28).

God is Love, and this is the basis for evaluating all He does to you and for you.  Any other evaluation of His motives results in complaining and thanklessness and causes you to question His Love for you as well as to bring His Love and Character into disrepute. By this you call God a liar!

This is why you are told to be always thankful for whatever happens, even though you cannot see God's Purposes in them at the time, as what happens is an expression of His love for you, and you should be grateful for that.

Remember, His plans are more important than your plans.  You cannot fully understand the plans of the mind of God with your finite mind, so you should not question them.  Questioning the ways of God does not give you understanding and may even make you more negative toward His workings in your life (Isaiah 55:8,9 and Deuteronomy 29:29). It also implies He does not know what He is doing. He will always tell you what you need to know. The rest you do not need to worry about.

So called secret knowledge is of Satan. If God wants you to know something He will tell you (Duet 29:29, Jn 7:17).

The four 'R's

They are: relationships, rights, responsibilities and rewards (for carrying out your citizenship roles and responsibilities correctly). Salvation is a relationship that gives you certain rights, responsibilities and rewards.

Relationships: 

You relate to: God

God The Father

As an adopted child

As a citizen of His Kingdom

As a worshipper

A beneficiary of His Love

God The Son (Jesus)

As your Lord (King) As your Saviour

As your redeemer

As your Friend

As part of His family (Step brother or Step sister)

God The Holy Spirit

As a student of His

As His temple (a vehicle of His in this world)

As your Guide and Comforter

As your Empowerer

Others

Inside or outside your family

Those under your authority ( You serve them) Those in authority over you ( You obey them)

People you are sent to minister too (serve and mentor them)

People sent to minister to you (we submit to them only for the period God has sent them to minister to us sp God can use them for the purpose for which He has sent them to you)

Ourselves

Your Spirit: to keep it in harmony with The King and His Kingdom

Your heart: so that it is continuously focused on the things of Jesus

Your  soul (mind): to keep it sound and focused on The Kingdom

Your flesh: to discipline so Satan cannot use it

Your body: to keep it fit for the work of The Kingdom

Rights:

To serve God and then, as directed by Him, His citizens and others

To expect the support and protection of The King as you serve Him

To approach the King and expect a hearing

To have your needs met so you can serve Him as He desires you too

All the rights you have as an heir of Salvation

These rights are gifts granted by The King because of your relationship to Him and not because of anything you have done to make you worthy to receive these gifts. They are an expression of His Love and Grace towards you.

Responsibilities:

To serve and represent The King as He directs you too

To defend the King, His Will (desires, rules and laws), His Name (His Character) and His Kingdom.  Jesus builds His kingdom but we must be available to go wherever He wants us too and do whatever He asks of us so He can use us in His tasks for us.

To be good stewards of what The King has trusted you with (relationships, knowledge, things He desires you to be steward of on His behalf )

To do your part in the salvation relationship and develop it as He asks you to through wholehearted obedience to His requirements of you.

To love others and yourself as He loves you and everyone else

Remember that ministry is first to God.  Then He will tell you when, where, how and in what way He wants you to serve Him but has the right not to tell you why you are serving Him that way.  It is wrong to talk about 'our' ministry.  We, as citizens of the Kingdom, do not have our own ministry. What we do have is service to the King and then to others as directed by our King. This means you minister/serve as He directs you too and uses this to teach you and mould you in an area. This is the way He matures you into His image (Character) so you can be like Him in thought and action and be prepared by Him for heaven.

We really only have one ministry and that is to our King, Jesus.  All Kingdom ministry to others is a result of this.

Rewards (Ga1 6:7,8):

Being in  His  eternal presence with  Him  in  heaven and beyond

His eternal provision for your needs: now, in heaven and beyond

Rewards in Heaven (including a place to live in with Him for ever)

Rewards of additional spiritual responsibility (promotion on earth) and the resultant appropriate empowerment

The rewards of an heir of Salvation

The Basic Message is the expression of God’s quality of Love in all you do

I asked The Holy Spirit what was the chief message of this document (and indeed of the whole Christian life). He said that God is Love and everything He does is a result of His Love. Satan tries to make you fearful (negate your understanding of God's Love toward you) or to distract or deceive you so that you cannot see or appreciate God's Love or Purposes for you. He tries to damage you so God cannot use you for His purposes.

If Satan can deceive you about God or distract you from His Will, then you will start to do things which Satan can use to take you further away from God, such as discontent, worry, anxiety, complaining and fear. So, the message God wanted to convey in this section is that He is Love and everything He does toward you is Love. You should not fear what happens as God's Love is in control.

It is this love that drives you to the two ministries of guiding people from Satan's realm to God's (salvation) then being used to deliver them from the things Satan has placed on them (deliverance ministry),

Examples of God's Love are:

Sending Jesus to teach you His requirements, then having Him die for each one of you to so you could be reconciled with God and relate to God and become citizens of His Kingdom with all the benefits that flow from this citizenship.

Providing all you need to obey and serve Him as well as to live as He requires you too

Accepting you into His Spiritual Kingdom (and Heaven) Delivering you from the kingdom of darkness and its effects on you as well as from the fate of its citizens

Taking you to Heaven when you die to a place He has prepared for you

Testing you through trials (which are a sign of His love) to mature you into His Image (of His Character) and to prove to Satan that He is correct in the way Jesus rewards you and gives you authority over Satan.

In Mercy, Punishing/Correcting/Chastising you to turn you from error, rather than destroying or crippling you so that you cannot do anything

Giving you the privilege of serving Him

Taking a personal interesting you to develop you to the fullest potential you allow Him too so you can live as He requires you to live on earth and prepare you through this to live in heaven.

His giving you The Holy Spirit, to help you to do your part in all these things, as well as much more.

All that God does is an expression of His Grace toward you.

How Should His Love affect us?

You need to love others as God loves them. It is a command (Jn. 13:34-35) so there is no choice in this.  There is no escape clause or other way out of this commandment. It must be obeyed! Deliberately not doing so can result in loss of salvation.

You must understand God's type of Love shown to yourself and others as then you will be able to love as He loves.

Remember that there is only one type of Love and that its physical expression is what is different which depends on culture and the relationship it is being expressed in.

You need to trust God's Love and express this through the principles of Mat 6:33 that, as you, through faith seek a deeper relationship with Him and the expansion of His Kingdom through your unquestioned obedience to His Will, He will provide all you need to do His work and show His love towards others in all you do.

Conclusion

To become a follower of Jesus and thus a Citizen of His Kingdom will cost you all that you have but in return you will gain riches unimaginable in heaven after your physical death.

The Christian life is a choice you make.  It is up to you to maintain it and express it in the way God desires you to express it.  God will help you as much as you let Him, but ultimately what happens to you is a result of the choices you will make.

Choose wisely because you are in hell an awfully long time if you deliberately make the wrong choices.

1 Corinthians 15:58 Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.

Only as our desires align with The King’s will we serve Him as we should and be used for the welfare of The Kingdom and its Citizens.

The Holy Spirit and The Citizen of The Kingdom of God

The Holy Spirit is our companion and guide as we live as a citizen of The Kingdom so we really need to know Him well.

The Holy Spirit is God and a person so you can hold a conversation with Him.  He is so important to your spiritual life in earth as a Citizen of The Kingdom that you need to know a little about Him so you can relate to Him and be guided by Him in all you do.   Remember you are a child of God if you are guided by Him in all you do.

He has likes, dislikes, feelings and emotions (in other words, personality).  Because He is God He is also Love which is why the first fruit that shows His presence in a person is Love, from which all the other fruit flow.

He is God’s guide for you (Jn 16:13, Rom 8:14)) to give you understanding of what you need to know to be a good Citizen of The Kingdom of God..  He is given to you to guide you in your relationship with God so you will know what you need to do to obey Jesus, The King of The kingdom.  His presence in your spirit indicates you belong to God (Rom 8:17).

If He was not a person you could not personally relate to Him and Jesus would be a liar, saying He was going to send a personal Holy Spirit while not doing so.

Knowing Him and how to hear Him is very important as the only way to be an adopted son of God and live properly as a citizen of The Kingdom of God is to be led (guided) by Him (Rom.8:14).

You are never alone as His presence is in you. All others on earth may reject you or desert you but He will never leave you or give up on you unless you reject Him completely.  If you reject Him He has not left you but you have left Him.

He is a gentleman and a servant.  He is gentle and will never force you to do anything but will gently guide you into God’s Will.  He is a servant as He humbles Himself to guide you and meet any of your needs knew that you let Him meet (and a few you do not know about), but only ever in accordance with The Will of God.

The Servant Spirit

The Holy Spirit is our example of how a citizen should serve God.

He never promotes Himself but serves quietly and unnoticed, always points to Jesus, giving Jesus the Glory for whatever happens.

He serves out of Love for Jesus and us and the way He deals with people illustrates His Character (Gal 5:22-23 the Fruit of the Spirit) which is also the Character of The Father and Jesus.

He fellowships with you encouraging, empowering and strengthening you.

He guides and mentors you quietly and gently and never overrides your free will.

He will tell you all you need to know about anything and does this humbly, freely giving you the knowledge you need without requiring anything from you except for you to use it for the promotion of Jesus and The Kingdom of God (Jn. 16:13, 7:17).

He does not force anything on you but waits until you are ready to accept what He needs to tell you and quietly and gently prompts you about any sin until you either repent or reject His advice.

He desires fellowship with you because He joys in the relationship He has with the ‘sons of God’ that joyfully follow His advice and leading.

He will be with you now and in eternity, forever!  So it is advisable to get to know Him now rather than after you die so you do not miss out on all God has for you to do and enjoy together.

So appreciate The Holy Spirit, how He quietly works for your good with His only reward being the Glory Jesus will get from your service of Him as well as the Joy He has in seeing you mature into the person Jesus desires you to be.

Never ignore or abuse the relationship you have With The Holy Spirit and He will be able guide you to do great things for God and The Kingdom of God.

The Promise of Jesus

Jn 14:16 And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;

Jn 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.

If a person can hear The Holy Spirit clearly they do not need legalistic, denominationalistic, churchistic or any other man made guidelines to guides them.  The Holy Spirit will guide them personally and tell them what Jesus desires of them and not what man has reasoned out as being The Will of God

Jesus promised The Holy Spirit would guide us into all truth, not just spiritual truth, and would tell us what we needed to know about the future as well as the present and not what we think we need to know (Duet 29:29).

To deny being able to be led by or hear a Personal Holy Spirit is to call Jesus a liar and to deny the Love and Personality of The Holy Spirit which in a sense is a type of blaspheming The Holy Spirit.  It also means you use reason to do the work of God and God said we cannot reason out His Ways as they are so far above anything we can reason or work out.

Many people seek hidden wisdom.  If God wanted you to know it He would tell you it or show you where to get it.  Satan uses the obtaining of secret wisdom to snare people for his purposes.  A key sign of a follower of Satan is their knowledge of hidden wisdom and its application.

‘Sons of God’

Those who are in a righteous (correct) relationship with Jesus, led by The Holy Spirit are called “sons of God” (Rom. 8:14).  This refers to being adopted by God as a “son” of His with all the rights of His natural born son, Jesus.  Jesus calls us family (relatives by adoption of His Father).  Accordingly, God looks after us as His son because we love His natural born son, Jesus.  They do not have the rights Jesus has because He is God.

What Father, who loves his child, does not provide for their needs.  The Father has given us Jesus, as well as everything we need to be able to get in to a correct relationship with Him and The Father.  What more can He give us but the physical and spiritual things we need to live and do His work and this He promises and does (Matt 6:33).

So remember your relationship with God as an adopted son with all the rights and responsibilities of an adopted son and as long as you trust His love you will be content with what He does to and for you.

The Holy Spirit – is He personal

An argument is that The Holy Spirit is impersonal and does not guide people personally these days.  Jesus said He would give each of His followers The Holy Spirit to:

Comfort them

Guide them

Teach them

Enable them to do the work of Jesus

If The Holy Spirit is not a personal Holy Spirit talking to each one of us individually or is not able to do this then Jesus lied and He cannot be redeemer as He cannot be a sinless offering so we are back under The Law and the sacrificial system of God.

Rom 8:14  For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.

If The Holy Spirit does not lead you how do you know what God wants you to do given that many things occurring these days are not in the Bible and there are no clear cut guidelines in regard to many other things if at all.

There is another argument that is spread about the church, that the gifts of The Holy Spirit are not for today’s church.  That presents a problem as these are what we use to minister with.  Jesus said the following in His Bible:

Rom 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.

Nowhere in The Bible has Jesus said He recalled the gifts after He or the Apostles died. Either the gifts are forever or Jesus is a liar and cannot be our redeemer.  He also cannot be a sinless offering and Lord and so cannot be Saviour.

The Bible states that everyone is given something of The Spirit (a spiritual gift) so that the presence of The Holy Spirit is shown in that person and the person can minister to others on the behalf of Jesus.  If the gifts are no longer available this is a lie and you cannot believe The Bible any more as it has error.

1Co 12:7  But the manifestation of the Spirit is given to every man to profit withal.

The Spirit is also to guide us into all truth and teach us too express His character in our life and was given to us by Jesus to do that.  If He is not a personal Spirit communicating directly with us He cannot do that and that makes Jesus a liar, the Bible in error and thus not inerrant.  If it is not inerrant then we cannot trust it for anything let alone salvation.

Joh 16:13  Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

You must desire to know The Will of Jesus:

If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself.

Jesus said The Holy Spirit would also show us things to come (prophecy, words of knowledge).  If does not then Jesus is a liar.  The Bible is written to apply for all time and its principles apply for eternity not just in the time of the apostles or Jesus.  The Holy Spirit will show us things that will happen in the future which will guide us, encourage us and give us hope.  He will also show us things to warn or correct us.  To say He does not do that is to call Jesus a liar, makes parts of The Bible irrelevant for today (so then how much else is irrelevant then as well) and also implies that The Bible is not 100% accurate (inerrant) as it has told us something that is not true.

The Holy Spirit also empowers us each of us personally

Act 1:8  but you will receive power, the Holy Spirit coming upon you, and you will be witnesses of Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.

If He was not a personal Holy Spirit He would not be able to do that. It would also be wrong of God to say that each of us would receive The Holy Spirit individually and He would work with each of us individually. It also means that if we are not listening to Him we are not being empowered by Him to do the work of Jesus.  So then who is helping us?  It can only be man or the devil or a combination of both.

If we do not have the empowerment, or the guidance and gifts of The Holy Spirit it means God is asking us to do His work without the tools He and the apostles had available.  He cannot be a God of Love then if He asks this of us.

The Holy Spirit shows us what God wants us to pray, do or command and as we by faith do what He says He then makes it occur on behalf of Jesus.

He Prays for Us

The Holy Spirit prays for us when we do not know how to pray (Rom 8:266,27).  He sees our every need as well as know them because He is God and knows everything.  What an amazing thing, the God of this universe is praying for us when we do not know how too pray for our circumstances.  And this is why we know all things work for our best (Rom 8:28) .  God is praying for us and God is waiting to answer that prayer for us in accordance with His will and we know that He desires only what is best for us.

The Holy Spirit in The New Testament

When Jesus died at Calvary, He removed the defilement of the sin that was the barrier between God and mankind that stopped us entering The Kingdom of God as well as removing all the obstacles which stopped us relating directly to God (Jn 17:3).  Because we were now considered sinless and not defiled by sin The Holy Spirit’s presence could now be in us, communicate with us and guide us individually.  God no longer saw us as unholy because He declared pure and holy and in a correct relationship through what Jesus did at Calvary so that He could now ‘inhabit’ us.

So the Holy Spirit was sent by Jesus to help us live now as God requires a Citizen of His to live so to ignore The Holy Spirit is to ignore God’s provision for living The Christian life as a good citizen of The Kingdom of God.

Job 33:4  The Spirit of God hath made me, and the breath of the Almighty hath given me life.

(Acts 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.

 (Act 3:12)  And when Peter saw it, he answered to the people, Ye men of Israel, why marvel ye at this? or why look ye so earnestly on us, as though by our own power or holiness we had made this man to walk?

(Jn 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.

Jn 16:13 Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will shew you things to come.

(Rom 8:14-16) For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.   For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.  The Spirit itself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are the children of God:

Why is important to study what The Holy Spirit does in the life of a follower of Jesus?

For the first 70 years of Christianity there were people alive who had seen Jesus, touched Him, learnt from Him, seen His miracles and ate with Him both before and after His death and resurrection.  They knew Him and had seen his miracles as well as His rising from the dead.

We do not have that luxury now and people will usually only see Jesus and His Authority expressed now through our life, which is the expression of our faith in Him.  The Holy Spirit is our guide in teaching us about Jesus and His requirements and directly affects How we express Jesus in our life as a Citizen of The Kingdom.  Without His guidance, teaching and empowerment we really cannot live our life as a follower of Jesus and show Jesus to people  the way He desires us too through the way we live as His follower.

It is He that gives us understanding of how to live for Jesus and empowers us to do the miracles that demonstrate The Kingdom of God.  Hence the need to know Him and to study about His role in our life as well as how to hear His guidance more clearly.  This is so He can better teach us how to live in a way that will show to the world Jesus in our life, as well as the difference knowing and following Jesus makes in a person.  Crucially though, He teaches us how to serve (obey) Jesus as a citizen of His Kingdom.

There is no excuse for not knowing what The Spirit wants to teach you as He knows best how to give you understanding of what God wants you to learn so you will be able to understand if you want too!

Jn 7:17 If any man will do his will, he shall know of the doctrine, whether it be of God, or whether I speak of myself

Acts 17:11 These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.

It is all a matter of attitude.

The Millennial Kingdom

At the moment the physical Kingdom of God is in heaven.  But soon Jesus will come to earth to reign for 1000 years so His Kingdom will also be on earth.

As we are prepared on earth for heaven we are also being prepared to serve in this coming Kingdom.

There is much written about this time so I will leave you to research it  yourselves,  All I want to say is that it is coming an to prepare yourself for it by being a good citizen of The Kingdom now.

Grace and The Kingdom of God

Out of His Love for us God brought us into existence to live in His Kingdom.  Man rebelled against God (sinned) and God has done everything to restore man to the relationship we needed with Him for us to be able once again to enter His Kingdom.

His Grace has done this and His Grace toward us will do all He can to help us once again live in His Kingdom in a personal relationship with Him.

Do not take lightly the Grace of God as that is the main reason for God does things for you as He has not obligation or need to do these things.  It is purely because He is Perfect Love that we are Graciously provided for and kept by Him and given life and a future hope in eternity.

PostScript

Advice Jesus gave to me about The Kingdom of God

This morning Jesus started to speak to me about The Kingdom and things in regards to it.

He said that:

He judges you by how you related to Him and not how you related to the minister/priest, church or denomination and whether or not you wholeheartedly tried to obey him.  He does not look at results but the heart attitude in the way His things were done.

He said many Christians are in hell because they would not forgive another and would not reconcile to another because of unforgiveness in their heart.

Many Christians were also in hell because they would not give up a sin so that Jesus was not their Lord.

The expression of His quality of Love should be behind everything you do or it is not of His Kingdom but of your flesh.

In everything that happens to us we should appreciate that God’s Love is working in it for our best.  This is why we should be thankful whatever happens to us and not complain about what happens to us.  Complaining about it is questioning His Love towards you.

What your focus is on shows what is in your heart and which king you serve.  God’s Love must be expressed in all you do or your actions are not of Him.

To serve Jesus correctly you must also relate and serve The Father and The Holy Spirit correctly.

Spiritually you belong to The Body of Christ’s followers and to the communion of saints and not to a legal body like the church, a religious order or denomination.  Until you see this you will not relate to and fellowship with other Christians correctly.

You are a steward of all God gives you authority over: ministry, His Things, family and children, property, you mind, soul, body and flesh and will have to give an account of this stewardship to God when you die and face Him, as we all must do.

If you believe in who Jesus is He said you will:

Evangelise
Disciple
Do deliverance
Fight His battles (Spiritual warfare)
Do healing
Encourage and support each other emotionally, physically, spiritually, mentally and financially
Defend His Name, morals and things of His Kingdom
Represent The Kingdom
Teach The Kingdom
Love The Kingdom and serve it in all you do

The main thing is to wholeheartedly try to do these things.  It is up to God what happens and not you.

Remember that you are also a steward of these things and will have to give an account to God for how you carried out these things.

Your relationships are all a form of stewardship so how you care for these relationships and the way you relate will also be judged by God.

Whatever you do to anything that belongs to His Kingdom: persons, property, knowledge and wisdom about it, you do it also to The king.  How you treat His Kingdom and all that is in it is an expression of your stewardship.

Love and its expression (The Fruit of The Holy Spirit) should be the natural expression of your character.  These are the natural expression of a citizen of The Kingdom of God.

It is what you believe in your heart that matters and not what you say or reason you should believe.

Unless hell and Satan is preached there is really no incentive to follow Jesus and be a disciple of Him.

Unless the Authority of the Kingdom is demonstrated there is really no proof it exists.

 

Neville

 


 

The Christian on earth – A summary

There are two kingdoms

The Kingdom of God in heaven

The kingdom of Satan under the earth

We need to know your relationship to both kingdoms

You are either serving one or the other, either by

By obeying one of the kings

By rejecting the rule of one of the kings

By being indifferent or careless about the requirements of the King of heaven

The king you serve when you die is the one whose kingdom you go to after death

The home base of a citizen is The Kingdom of heaven

It is where the King is

The King and His authority are based there

It is where the administration of the Kingdom is

It is where His army and servants are based

It is also where true treasure and rewards are

It is where the moral laws of the universe (and earth) are made

The laws of The King override the moral laws of earth

His Laws must be obeyed on earth

Earthly laws made by authority God has allowed over you must be obeyed unless they go against the laws of God

You are born on earth

You are born in enemy territory

You are at war from birth with the enemy of The King, Satan

You either fight him or be controlled by the him in some way

The rebellion needs to be repented of (stopped) or you go to the kingdom of the enemy when you die

Earth is the only place we can be born

Training ground for heaven

You obedience on earth prepares you to live in heaven

You obedience brings Honour and Glory to the KingYou obedience shows you belong to Him

Sin (disobedience) is deliberately rejecting a law of God that needs to be obeyed on earth.  Either:

God's moral law

Laws of the land that do not go against God's Laws

Only way we can be born is physically - hell and heaven are spiritual realms where birth does not occur.

If there had been no fall we would not suffer the consequences of being born in a world that is not ruled by God but by His enemy. Such consequences such as:

Sin and its consequences

The decay of our body

Being involuntarily at war with the enemy

Losing all we have on earth when we die as it belongs to a defiled world

Being separation from God personally

We need to be redeemed to be restored to a relationship with God

You need to obey God to be

You were redeemed by Christ at Calvary

Redemption removes barriers we had separating us from relating  God

Redemption allows a 24/7 relationship with God

Role on earth

We do the work of a citizen

We represent The Kingdom - Ambassador

We attack God's enemy - Spiritual warfare

We defend The Kingdom - Defender of the realm

We proclaim Th Kingdom - Teach about it and its requirements

We serve The King - You are His servant because you are His citizen

You are also an Example of how The King desires you  to live

Witness by your Life demonstrates how to obey The King

You demonstrate the King's authority over the enemy king and his kingdom by:

Casting out Satan

Rescuing people from Satan's kingdom through evangelism

Removing Satan and the damage he has done to people and objects

Destroying the work Satan has done and his plans for things

Holy Spirit given to us

To guide us how to live as a citizen of The Kingdom of God

To give us understanding of the Things of God

To anoint us (mark us out for specific service)

To give us power us to demonstrate The Kingdom of God

Your Leaving earth

There are only two ways to leave earth

The Rapture - a once only special event

Death: Normal event for all of us that removes us from the earth

We must accept we may die doing the work of The Kingdom of God

Death is the way  we are relieved of a body that cannot inherit eternal life or enter The Kingdom of God

You go to heaven or hell after death

Absolute obedience required to get to heaven (no deliberate unrepented sin or unforgiveness - the main causes of going to hell)

We must live as if our next breath or step will be out last so that we are always focused on Jesus and His Will

Remember that the enemy spends all our life trying to get us to follow him and go to be with him in hell and he has had 6000 years to practice doing this

We need to be guided by The Holy Spirit to know when Satan is attacking and how to avoid giving in to the attack.

God promises us that there will always be a way to avoid doing what he desires us to do

Home base

Heaven

This is our true home (heaven sorts out where people are going resulting from their accepting or rejecting Jesus and prepares us to live in heaven)

Redemption removes all that sin did to us that stopped us getting to heaven

There are major differences to life on earth

No demons

No decay or degeneration

A new perfect body that never dies or degrades in any way

All is perfect and in place - no disorganization

God's type of Love rules and not self-interest

You are with God personally and not separated from Him by being on earth

Faith no longer is necessary

Hope no longer is necessary

All serve each other selflessly

Love alone is necessary

Conclusion

We need to know our relationship to both kings

The Bible has been given us to know this so we need to study it

The Holy Spirit has been given to us to help us understand The Bible and to guide us to live as God desires us too

God promises to give us all we need to obey Him if we wholeheartedly try to obey Him and do the work He desires us to do for Him

You will have no one else to blame but yourself if you do not make it to The Kingdom of Heaven.


 

 

Other books I have published through lulu.com

Deliverance - how Jesus taught me to do it

Holiness

Spiritual Warfare

Faith, Hope and Love

Calvary, Sin and Redemption

The Father and The Trinity

'Who is Jesus The Christ' and 'Jesus my Love'

The Humanising of Jesus

The Holy Spirit

Jesus, Satan and You

The Silent War

Judgment on the Nations

'The Body' and Fellpwship'

Faith

Unbroken Chains

Suffering

The Church and The Kingdom of God

On Christian Doctrine and Practice


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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