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.
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
The Kingdom of God
The Kingdom of God was the central message and focus of the ministry and life of Christ. Scriptures clearly reveal that Jesus went everywhere teaching and instructing others concerning the Kingdom. It’s interesting to note that the theme of His message was not centered on other important topics such as salvation, faith or prosperity. Why? To receive the Kingdom is to appropriate everything else we need. Matthew 6:33 exhorts to seek the Kingdom first and all these things will be added or given. The Greek word for “added” is “prostithēmi” which is also translated increase. Increase is not achieved through knowledge or intellectual accumulation but the diligent pursuit to understand and operate in the Kingdom.
Understanding the Kingdom
Abuse is certain in the absence of comprehension. Have you ever tried to operate machinery you didn’t understand? If you have, then you get the point. Things will get broken or mishandled when we lack proper understanding. That’s why understanding the Kingdom is vitally important.
The Kingdom is the mechanism that allows success and happiness in life. Have you ever wondered why so many people live in brokenness and defeat? It’s because through ignorance they have unknowingly mishandled the Kingdom. Success is simply the byproduct of operating in effectual Kingdom principles.
There are three foundational principles we need to comprehend in order to understand how to successfully operate in the Kingdom. By dissecting the word Kingdom these principles are unveiled and we discover how to align ourselves with God’s order and purpose. These principles are pivotal to success in every arena of life. The word Kingdom can be divided into three partitions:
King – Royalty, Domain – Realm, Dominion – Ruling
1 Timothy 6:15
Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
The Principle of Royalty
The Apostle Paul revealed a powerful truth on the reality of Christ and identity of the Church. In a man made kingdom the subjects are divided into classes; nobility (upper class) and commoner (lower class). This is not the case in God’s kingdom. 1 Timothy 6:15 indicates Jesus is not the King of paupers as there are no peasants in the Kingdom. He is the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. We are servants and monarchs in the Kingdom. This implies that as royalty we are ascribed the rights and privileges of Rulers.
The Principle of the Realm
One of the rights and privileges ascribed to monarchy is an area of rule – or Realm. Every King has a kingdom or place where he exercises authority. The realm is the ruler’s area of responsibility and sphere of influence. This realm includes both physical location and life vocation. For example, a politician’s realm may include the location of Washington and vocation of a Senator in politics. This is where he/she will exercise authority.
The realm is the place of our purpose, assignment and ultimate calling in life. Relocation is the transitioning from one assignment (Realm) to another. Dislocation is the state of being out of alignment with our assignment (Realm). Mislocation is the state of being ignorant of our assignment. Question – do you know the realm that God has given you to rule?
Psalm 2:7 “I will declare the decree: The LORD has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You.
The Principle of Ruling
Another right and privilege ascribed to royalty is the ability to rule or exercise authority. David reveals how to legislate in the spirit within the area of our assignment. In Psalms 2:7 he says “I will declare a decree: The Lord has said…” To rule in our assignment we must make prophetic declarations and speak what the Lord is saying. Why? David said to Declare (speak) the Decree (law). What you speak with your God given authority becomes law. Every prophetic declaration becomes a decree or law which enables us to make legislation in the spiritual realm.
Releasing the prophetic word causes a shift in the atmosphere while dispensing the power of heaven in our assignment. Is there a problem in your area of responsibility? Ask the Lord for a prophetic word concerning your situation and then decree. The declaration will create spiritual legislation that will create change in the environment.
“Ahhh” is the sigh of satisfaction we normally utter when reaching a much needed place of understanding. My prayer is that you have now had an “Ahhh” moment in your understanding of the Kingdom. The Kingdom of God is not complicated and the Gospel of the Kingdom is the good news of its simplicity. God is a King with a Kingdom. In His Kingdom we are Royalty with a Realm and we have been given power and authority to Rule. This is the simplistic power of the Kingdom.
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