Luke 9:11 When the crowds learned it, they followed him, and he welcomed them and spoke to them of the kingdom of God and cured those who had need of healing.
Luke 11:20 But if it is by the finger of God that I cast out demons, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
Matthew 10: 7,8 And proclaim as you go, saying, ‘The kingdom of heaven is at hand. ’ Heal the sick, raise the dead, cleanse lepers, cast out demons. You received without paying; give without pay.
We are all eager to see more healing, deliverances and resurrections, but we can not separate these things from the Kingdom of God. There is a link between them.
Healing, casting out demons, resurrection, are the manifestations and witnesses to the Kingdom of God. In the Kingdom of God there is no disease or infirmity, there are no demons, there is no death. It’s clear that when the reality of the Kingdom of Heaven is released it is manifested here on earth. So we experience healing, deliverance and resurrection.
We must return to the command of Jesus, starting with the proclamation of the Kingdom, if we want to see the manifestations, the fruits of the Kingdom released and increased.
Especially in the times we live in, that are preparing the return of the King, we should be active in this proclamation. We are not only called to preach salvation, but to proclaim that there is a King, the only legitimate King, and that consequently there is a Kingdom now active and that this King is going to come and establish His Kingdom on earth. This Kingdom is eternal and the only way to be part of it and be saved is the new birth, which implies faith in Jesus as our Savior. There is no other way. Jesus is the only way.
But, to proclaim the Kingdom we must be aware of ourselves. We have to have the vision of the Kingdom and to move as those that are already in the Kingdom.
Unfortunately we have become accustomed to a religion rather than the Kingdom.
And ‘interesting list that Myles Monroe ago to compare religion with the Kingdom.
RELIGION vs KINGDOM
Religion worries man until he finds the Kingdom.
Religion is what man does until he finds the Kingdom.
Religion prepares man to leave the earth; the Kingdom
authorizes man to rule the earth.
Religion focuses on Heaven; the Kingdom focuses on earth.
Religion wants to reach God; the Kingdom is God
coming down to the man.
Religion wants to escape the earth; the Kingdom impacts,
influences and changes the earth.
Religion seeks to bring the earth to Heaven; the Kingdom
intends to bring Heaven on earth.
So these meditations are meant to renew our mind set in line with the vision of the world of the Kingdom.
It’s not just a matter of getting aware of it, but to get the revelation that leads to transformation.
Romans 12: 2.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.
This allows us to understand what is the perfect will of God for our lives and for the life of the Church.
We have to go through some stages of a process that will take us out of a vision limited to a vision of the Kingdom.
We must progress from safety perspective to United.
We can see this in the transition from the Old Testament (or Old Testament) to the coming of Jesus:
1. Not yet the Kingdom of God – before Jesus
2. Matthew 6: 9-10 – The prayer that the Kingdom come
3. Matthew 10: 1,5,7-8 – The proclamation and demonstration of the Kingdom
So we need to go through some stages in our experience too:
1. No prospect of the Kingdom
2. Pray for the Kingdom to come
3. Proclaim and manifest the Kingdom
We have to go through all the stages.
We can experience the first stage through two phases
1. Focusing on ourself (the individual)
2. Focusing on the Church
We can summarize all this in the following image:
Progress is normal if we move regularly from one stage to another. But this is not what usually happens.
Normally we are stuck at stage 1. God encourages us to still go on to stages 2 and 3.
The majority of people in the Church stops at the stage in a.: egocentric perspective. Stay here for a while is normal, because it is necessary for personal growth, but then we have to move to step b., where in fact there are fewer people involved. At level b. the main focus is the Church.
In both cases we normally get locked in a circle and we never move out of it. More we remain there and more it becomes difficult to get out.
This is not the mandate that Jesus gave us. Jesus gave us the perspective of the Kingdom.
So we should all go from stage 1 to stage 2 and then to stage 3 and start to change our mindset and to be reformed to align more and more with the mentality of the Kingdom. This should allow us to move in the actions of the Kingdom.
We believe that while we seek together, as the Body, to raise up the perspective of the Kingdom, God will bring transformation in our being and because the Kingdom is not a doctrine, but a reality, we can expect God to manifest His Kingdom in our midst and heal us. This will be only the result of the fact that while we welcome with favor the Kingdom of God, the Kingdom is manifested accordingly.
We will change the spiritual atmosphere as we move from the old perspective of salvation onto to the new perspective of the Kingdom of God and its manifestation here and now.
Welcome be the Kingdom of God!
Questions for personal reflection before God
What is my position between religion and Kingdom?
At what stage of progress I am now?
What steps I intend to do before God in order to progress to the next stage?
Father I come to you recognizing my need for change, for progress in Your knowledge and revelation of Your plans for my life and the life of the Church, the Body of Christ. I submit myself once again to Your Holy Spirit and Your Word so that You my guide me to align my thoughts with Yours.
Again I tell you, may your Kingdom come in my heart and Your will be done in my life as it is done in Heaven.