The Kingdom of God II

Peace to you, dear readers of „Daily Word for Spiritual Edification”!I thank God for you and pray that this day be filled with great victories over different circumstances in your life.We began talking about the Kingdom of God. Yesterday we established that God wants to see His Kingdom spreading throughout this earth. God desires for the kingdoms of this earth to become the kingdom of God and Christ. We also realized that His Kingdom will surely come, but it is important for this to happen with you and me participating.We are calling each believer to actively participate in spreading of God’s Kingdom on this earth and to hold a position of an overcomer in Christ. In order to expand God’s Kingdom we need to fight and to put forth effort.
«And from the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force» (Mathew, 11:12).
It is impossible to establish God’s Kingdom in our hearts, our lives, our families and all the spheres of our influence without putting forth particular effort. In order for God’s Kingdom to grow we will need to fight and to engage in warfare. So if you have made a decision to have part in expansion of God’s Kingdom in this earth, you can not be a passive observer. Only active people that have taken a position of overcomers in Christ are able to establish the Kingdom in their lives and around them.There is no need to overcome, if there is nothing to overcome. We must realize that we are in the midst of terrible spiritual fight. Indifference makes a person more vulnerable to the enemy.
«For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ…» (2 Corinthians, 10:3-5).
We live or walk in a flesh, but we do not war according to the flesh. We are talking about spiritual war, not about physical wrestle. Let’s look at another fragment of Scripture:
«Finally, my brethren, be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places. Therefore take up the whole armor of God, that you may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand» (Ephesians, 6:10-13).
This passage of Scripture points out several important truths.Firstly, we do not simply war; we war in order to expand God’s Kingdom and to continue His work on this earth. Secondly, we do not war against people of flesh and blood, so our weapons must be spiritual and not physical. That is because «we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this age, against spiritual hosts of wickedness in the heavenly places». And so « the weapons of our warfare are not carnal».Besides, it is very important to understand that we do not just war, but we war from the position of being overcomers in Christ.We are not trying to win this war; the victory has already been won by Christ. In Him we have already overcome, and we must war from this position and having that kind of understanding. The Book of Revelation clearly states that only overcomers can inherit and expand the Kingdom of God.
«He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son» (Revelation, 21: 7).
The one who overcomes is the one who has a revelation of his victory in Christ and being armed with this revelation he overcomes all hindrances on the way to the fulfilment of his mission from God.If you want to be one of those people that expand God’s Kingdom you must take your position as an overcomer in Christ Jesus. God has already done everything necessary for us to overcome every barrier on our way. He has done everything He needed to do to make us able to spread His Kingdom as soon as we receive this Kingdom ourselves.We must learn the armor He has provided for this fight and to be very diligent in using it. We will talk about it tomorrow.Remember that in Christ you are victors and overcomers!Be blessed!Pastor Rufus Ajiboye

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