Establishing The Kingdom In The Lives Of Others: Sermon By Deacon David Oyuke
Then one of them, upon seeing that he was cured, turned back, recognizing and thanking and praising God with a loud voice; and he fell prostrate at Jesus’ feet, thanking Him [over and over]. And he was a Samaritan.
Then Jesus asked, Were not [all] ten cleansed? Where are the nine? Was there no one found to return and to recognize and give thanks and praise to God except this alien? And He said to him, Get up and go on your way. Your faith (your trust and confidence that spring from your belief in God) has restored you to health.
Asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He replied to them by saying, The kingdom of God does not come with signs to be observed or with visible display, Nor will people say, Look! Here [it is]! or, See, [it is] there! For behold, the kingdom of God is within you [in your hearts] and among you [surrounding you].Luke 17:15-21 (AMPC)
God desires that His Kingdom be established in the lives of His people.
When you accept salvation, your life becomes a mission. You cannot taste the authenticity of the Kingdom of God and not want to share it with others.
The Kingdom of God is within your heart.
For the kingdom of God consists of and is based on not talk but power (moral power and excellence of soul).1 Corinthians 4:20 AMPC
The impact of the Kingdom of God is not just in words but in power.
Power is not only for equipping but for commissioning in order to impact the lives of others with the truth of God.
Every kingdom has a king. The main agenda in the kingdom, is what the king wants. Kingdoms are not democracies.
Jesus answered, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water and of the Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.John 3:5 (AMPC)
We cannot enter the Kingdom of God unless we have the Spirit of God. There is a difference between seeing the Kingdom and entering the Kingdom. The Kingdom of God is more spiritual than it is physical.
Unless we are delivered from the control and dominion of darkness, it is easy to think that what you are doing is for the Kingdom and yet we are defending our own thinking and biases.
Transmutation means the change of the state of a thing down to the nuclei. The Kingdom is not about being changed physically but being changed deep down in who you are.
We are all one situation away from knowing whether we are transmuted from the control of darkness into the Kingdom of God or we came into the kingdom with the darkness.
The disciples were in the presence of the Kingdom personified but had not been translated into the Kingdom. They still had Jewish thinking and perceptions.
In the Kingdom, we are accountable to God and not the perceptions of men.
It is easy to have Christ around you but not in you. The fruit of your actions is what testifies if Christ is in you or not.
But the fruit of the [Holy] Spirit [the work which His presence within accomplishes] is love, joy (gladness), peace, patience (an even temper, forbearance), kindness, goodness (benevolence), faithfulness, gentleness (meekness, humility), self-control (self-restraint, continence). Against such things there is no law [that can bring a charge].Galatians 5:22-23 AMPC
There is no law against the law of the Kingdom. The fruit of the Holy Spirit is not just a characteristic but a nature. This nature should be evident in all believers.
But woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, pretenders (hypocrites)! For you shut the kingdom of heaven in men’s faces; for you neither enter yourselves, nor do you allow those who are about to go in to do so.Matthew 23:13 (AMPC)
Matters of the Kingdom did not seek out the religious. In fact, the religious were accused of shutting the door of the Kingdom for others.
Which of the two did the will of the father? They replied, The first one. Jesus said to them, Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the harlots will get into the kingdom of heaven before you. For John came to you walking in the way of an upright man in right standing with God, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the harlots did believe him; and you, even when you saw that, did not afterward change your minds and believe him [adhere to, trust in, and rely on what he told you].Matthew 21:31-32 (AMPC)
And when Jesus reached the place, He looked up and said to him, Zacchaeus, hurry and come down; for I must stay at your house today. And Jesus said to him, Today is [Messianic and spiritual] salvation come to [all the members of] this household, since Zacchaeus too is a [real spiritual] son of Abraham;Luke 19:5&9 (AMPC)
The lens of the Kingdom mentality will not look at you on the surface or from what circumstances have labelled you but instead it sees into who God has said you are.
The work of building Kingdom environment does not only need maturity but patience as well. The inner work takes time to have outward evidence.
The Kingdom of God is entrusted to sons who not only know the Kingdom but are the embodiment of it.
We gain Christian maturity by growing in the patterns and mentalities of the Kingdom. Only sons can build environments where the Kingdom of God can thrive.
We do not realize the power of the love of God until you share it.
We are not meant to be royal congregants but a royal priesthood.
The work of establishing the Kingdom will take all of you because it took all of Christ. It also needs commitment to the lives of other people.
Manifestation of sons is not about the activity but the nature they carry. God is not interested in manifesting activity but His nature.
What we say or do that will push people away from the Kingdom.
No one is too spiritually mature to be led of the Spirit of God.
Let us be willing to do the invisible work of the Kingdom and to stay the course to ensure the Kingdom of God is established. Christ needs to be seen in every sphere of influence.
We should be a catalyst for the Kingdom of God.