The Operational Dimension Of The Kingdom Of God – A Treatise Of Faith: Sermon By Rev. Daniel Kamau
The Kingdom of God is diametrically opposed to all other kingdoms. It is based on righteousness, peace and joy.
Now after John was arrested and put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the good news (the Gospel) of the kingdom of God, And saying, The [appointed period of] time is fulfilled (completed), and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent (have a change of mind which issues in regret for past sins and in change of conduct for the better) and believe (trust in, rely on, and adhere to) the good news (the Gospel).Mark 1:14-15 (AMPC)
And from the days of John the Baptist until the present time, the kingdom of heaven has endured violent assault, and violent men seize it by force [as a precious prize—a share in the heavenly kingdom is sought with most ardent zeal and intense exertion].Matthew 11:12 (AMPC)
When John the Baptist was arrested, it was violence against the Kingdom.
One kingdom is by external observation. The other is by eternal reality. When you begin to touch base with eternal realities, the external kingdom begins to militate against you.
A treatise is a methodical discussion or a systematic argument.
The Kingdom of God operates by faith i.e. trust and confidence in God.
Living faith is shown by obedience to God. Dead faith is faith not lived out. Faith in God is to be willing to act on your belief in Him.
Faith comes from believing a thing is true therefore worthy of trust. It is as a result of the interaction with the Word of God. This is what made Abraham the father of faith even though he had no Bible.
When we interact with God, we start to know Him. We were born to seek Him and in Him we live, move and have our being.
Faith includes the act of will in addition to act of understanding. Knowledge is an essential element of faith. It is not a factor of head knowledge but is the practical application of knowledge.
So faith comes by hearing [what is told], and what is heard comes by the preaching [of the message that came from the lips] of Christ (the Messiah Himself).Romans 10:17 (AMPC)
Now the meaning of the parable is this: The seed is the Word of God. Those along the traveled road are the people who have heard; then the devil comes and carries away the message out of their hearts, that they may not believe (acknowledge Me as their Savior and devote themselves to Me) and be saved [here and hereafter]. And those upon the rock [are the people] who, when they hear [the Word], receive and welcome it with joy; but these have no root.
They believe for a while, and in time of trial and temptation fall away (withdraw and stand aloof). And as for what fell among the thorns, these are [the people] who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked and suffocated with the anxieties and cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not ripen (come to maturity and perfection). But as for that [seed] in the good soil, these are [the people] who, hearing the Word, hold it fast in a just (noble, virtuous) and worthy heart, and steadily bring forth fruit with patience.Luke 8:11-15 (AMPC)
The devil tries to steal the Word (of God) from the heart not the mind. He has no problem if truth only resides in your mind and not your heart.
There is the faith of here and thereafter – God can cause us to see something way beforehand- parable of the talents. When you interact with the word of God, it doesn’t matter if you see its fulfillment in your lifetime, because we have faith in the unchanging character of God. [Read Hebrews 11]
When God speaks to you about something, the desire for the same is increased. Abraham knew that the nation God promised him was a type for something greater.
If the devil doesn’t steal what God spoke, we must still watch for trial and temptation. We must also watch for complacency when we are satisfied by the things of God.
Faith increases and grows. Faith caused David to see the constant God in the bears and lions when facing Goliath. Are your trusting God for increasingly bigger things in your prayer life?
The seeking of the God of the Kingdom must be predicated by faith for we cannot please God without it.
It is in the heart of man to seek dominion but seeking God is based on faith. There is a multiplication of the knowing of God. We have various measures of faith and it grows through service.
Faith comes by hearing. Be careful how you hear lest you lose even the little that you have.
Be careful therefore how you listen. For to him who has [spiritual knowledge] will more be given; and from him who does not have [spiritual knowledge], even what he thinks and guesses and supposes that he has will be taken away.Luke 8:18 (AMPC)
When you interact with the word, you arise in your dominion. This is why persecution arises for the Word.
The constant we must have in every circumstance is the speaking of God that we may hear and have faith.
Good soil brings forth fruit with patience. We must guard the word of God in our lives so that it can bear fruit in our lives.
We must destroy the work of the enemy to have life in abundance. Goliath was killed by the sword. We will slay the enemy with the sword of the spirit (the word of God).
The thief comes only in order to steal and kill and destroy. I came that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).John 10:10 (AMPC)
Jesus marvelled in two instances when outsiders accessed Him through faith yet He was sent to the House of Israel. (Note: He was aware of the boundaries of His dominion.)
And behold, a woman who was a Canaanite from that district came out and, with a [loud, troublesomely urgent] cry, begged, Have mercy on me, O Lord, Son of David! My daughter is miserably and distressingly and cruelly possessed by a demon! But He did not answer her a word. And His disciples came and implored Him, saying, Send her away, for she is crying out after us. He answered, I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
But she came and, kneeling, worshiped Him and kept praying, Lord, help me! And He answered, It is not right (proper, becoming, or fair) to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs. She said, Yes, Lord, yet even the little pups (little whelps) eat the crumbs that fall from their [young] masters’ table. Then Jesus answered her, O woman, great is your faith! Be it done for you as you wish. And her daughter was cured from that moment.Matthew 15:22-28 (AMPC)
As Jesus went into Capernaum, a centurion came up to Him, begging Him, And saying, Lord, my servant boy is lying at the house paralyzed and distressed with intense pains. And Jesus said to him, I will come and restore him. But the centurion replied to Him, Lord, I am not worthy or fit to have You come under my roof; but only speak the word, and my servant boy will be cured. For I also am a man subject to authority, with soldiers subject to me. And I say to one, Go, and he goes; and to another, Come, and he comes; and to my slave, Do this, and he does it.
When Jesus heard him, He marveled and said to those who followed Him [who adhered steadfastly to Him, conforming to His example in living and, if need be, in dying also], I tell you truly, I have not found so much faith as this [with anyone, even in Israel. I tell you, many will come from east and west, and will sit at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, While the sons and heirs of the kingdom will be driven out into the darkness outside, where there will be weeping and grinding of teeth. Then to the centurion Jesus said, Go; it shall be done for you as you have believed. And the servant boy was restored to health at that very moment.Matthew 8:5-13 (AMPC)
Prophetic faith emanates from an encounter with God that causes one to act in the present in preparation for a foretold reality in the future. An example is with Noah and the Ark whereby it took 67 years for the floods to come. God had also made a covenant with Noah that his family would be saved 20 years before his sons were born.
But I will establish My covenant (promise, pledge) with you, and you shall come into the ark—you and your sons and your wife and your sons’ wives with you.Genesis 6:18 (AMPC)
Some of the things God speaks to us are for the next generation.
What are the prophetic structures you have placed in your life for the word you have received? These structures are anchored by faith and obedience to the Word.
Prophetic faith causes man to radically change his life journey e.g. Jacob wrestled with the angel for a blessing and his name is changed to Israel; Paul interacted with Christ and was transformed into Saul.
Faith grants the saint access to the God of the Kingdom. Nimrod wanted to access God on his own terms through external structures. The Tower of Babel was not a sacrifice unto God. It was for man’s glory instead of God’s. This is what caused the Triune God to confound the languages.
And the whole earth was of one language and of one accent and mode of expression. And as they journeyed eastward, they found a plain (valley) in the land of Shinar, and they settled and dwelt there. And they said one to another, Come, let us make bricks and burn them thoroughly. So they had brick for stone, and slime (bitumen) for mortar. And they said, Come, let us build us a city and a tower whose top reaches into the sky, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be scattered over the whole earth.
And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower which the sons of men had built. And the Lord said, Behold, they are one people and they have all one language; and this is only the beginning of what they will do, and now nothing they have imagined they can do will be impossible for them. Come, let Us go down and there confound (mix up, confuse) their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. So the Lord scattered them abroad from that place upon the face of the whole earth, and they gave up building the city. Therefore the name of it was called Babel—because there the Lord confounded the language of all the earth; and from that place the Lord scattered them abroad upon the face of the whole earth.Genesis 11:1-9 (AMPC)
Every prophetic word you receive requires interaction with that word which then births faith in you to give you access to the God of the Rhema.
There is a reality to knowing the word of God that goes beyond language. God doesn’t speak English, French, Luo or Kikuyu. He speaks God. He can speak in pulsations and wooing of the spirit.
Every Rhema word has a nature to it. The second hearing takes us deeper to understand the underlying meaning of what God has spoken.
God has spoken once, twice have I heard this: that power belongs to God.Psalm 62:11 (AMPC)
The spirit behind language is its nature. Unity and oneness requires us to speak in one voice, not in terms of language but in terms of nature.
When God speaks a word, the substance of it is faith – that is what we get when we hear His Word. Faith is the beginning point which is why the devil fights to steal the Word. .
Faith will cause you to worship even in difficult times.
I will confess and praise You [O God] with my whole heart; before the gods will I sing praises to You. I will worship toward Your holy temple and praise Your name for Your loving-kindness and for Your truth and faithfulness; for You have exalted above all else Your name and Your word and You have magnified Your word above all Your name!Psalm 138:1-2 (AMPC)
Faith is a spiritual licence that authorizes you to operate in the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God is an unseen thing in the natural but in the spirit, anointing recognizes anointing. They of the underworld recognize who you are and what you carry.
The validity of our faith is in the death and resurrection of Christ.
Simon Peter, a servant and apostle (special messenger) of Jesus Christ, to those who have received (obtained an equal privilege of) like precious faith with ourselves in and through the righteousness of our God and Savior Jesus Christ: May grace (God’s favor) and peace (which is perfect well-being, all necessary good, all spiritual prosperity, and freedom from fears and agitating passions and moral conflicts) be multiplied to you in [the full, personal, precise, and correct] knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord. For His divine power has bestowed upon us all things that [are requisite and suited] to life and godliness, through the [full, personal] knowledge of Him Who called us by and to His own glory and excellence (virtue). By means of these He has bestowed on us His precious and exceedingly great promises, so that through them you may escape [by flight] from the moral decay (rottenness and corruption) that is in the world because of covetousness (lust and greed), and become sharers (partakers) of the divine nature.
For this very reason, adding your diligence [to the divine promises], employ every effort in exercising your faith to develop virtue (excellence, resolution, Christian energy), and in [exercising] virtue [develop] knowledge (intelligence), and in [exercising] knowledge [develop] self-control, and in [exercising] self-control [develop] steadfastness (patience, endurance), and in [exercising] steadfastness [develop] godliness (piety), and in [exercising] godliness [develop] brotherly affection, and in [exercising] brotherly affection [develop] Christian love. For as these qualities are yours and increasingly abound in you, they will keep [you] from being idle or unfruitful unto the [full personal] knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One).2 Peter 1:1-8 (AMPC)
Man without the nature of God will not rule or have dominion accurately. Man’s dominion on earth is by virtue of his faith-filled declarations.
And Jesus went into Jerusalem and entered the temple [enclosure]; and when He had looked around, surveying and observing everything, as it was already late, He went out to Bethany together with the Twelve [apostles]. On the day following, when they had come away from Bethany, He was hungry. And seeing in the distance a fig tree [covered] with leaves, He went to see if He could find any [fruit] on it [for in the fig tree the fruit appears at the same time as the leaves]. But when He came up to it, He found nothing but leaves, for the fig season had not yet come. And He said to it, No one ever again shall eat fruit from you. And His disciples were listening [to what He said].Mark 11:11-14 (AMPC)
Thus says the Lord: Let not the wise and skillful person glory and boast in his wisdom and skill; let not the mighty and powerful person glory and boast in his strength and power; let not the person who is rich [in physical gratification and earthly wealth] glory and boast in his [temporal satisfactions and earthly] riches; But let him who glories glory in this: that he understands and knows Me [personally and practically, directly discerning and recognizing My character], that I am the Lord, Who practices loving-kindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth, for in these things I delight, says the Lord.Jeremiah 9:23-24 (AMPC)
Seeing means there is understanding (intellectual and spiritual) of what you are seeing. It entails insight not just mere observation. It is an internal process of looking within you. We are to walk by faith and not sight.
Faith always anticipates opposition (seen in their lives in the place of the prophetic word). Not opposition of the person but the word.
Faith has wisdom which fights the lies of the enemy. We are not to allow anyone to disqualify our faith. There are some things that only God has shown you.
The ultimate thing in the Kingdom of God is knowing the God of the Kingdom. May we experience the richest measure of divine presence.