KINGDOM MENTALITY by T. R. Post

 

One morning while I was soaking and waiting on the Lord, the words “kingdom mentality” popped in my mind. Sensing that I was to write about this for my newsletter, I got up and prepared to search the Scriptures. But just before I sat down with my Bibles and concordance, the Holy Spirit answered a question that had been on my mind for a long time.

 

Jesus said in John 3:3, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God." There are also verses in the Bible that talk about the “kingdom of heaven. “ Just before Jesus started His earthly ministry, John the Baptist said, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” (Matthew 3:2)  As a young Christian I assumed “the kingdom of God” and “the kingdom of heaven” were the same. But as time went on I sensed that these two terms referred to different things. I now realize that the kingdom of heaven is simply part of the larger kingdom of God. The kingdom of God includes people on earth whose lives are submitted to Him.

 

What exactly is a kingdom? In Merriam-Webster's Online Dictionary, one of the definitions of the word kingdom is “a realm or region in which something is dominant.” Kingdoms are not always geographical and restricted to a place. Right now on earth there are two kingdoms in conflict: God’s and Satan’s. Both of them have realms of authority and influence on the earth. Spiritual kingdoms influence the kingdoms set up by man.

 

Christians have royal blood flowing through their veins. Romans 8:17 says that we are “heirs of God and joint heirs with Christ.” Revelation 1:6 says that Jesus “has made us kings and priests to His God and Father.”

 

But the kingdom authority God has given us doesn’t happen by default. There are certain things we can do (or not do) that can hinder us from exercising that authority. Jesus said in Luke 9:62, “No one, having put his hand to the plow, and looking back, is fit for the kingdom of God.” We must also be submissive to authority in order to have authority ourselves.

 

Psalm 145:13 says, “Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and Your dominion endures throughout all generations.” God’s kingdom is eternal and will eventually dominate the whole earth again like when Adam ruled the Garden of Eden. In Revelation 11:15, loud voices in heaven cried out saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” This will be the fulfillment of Daniel 2:44, “And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever.”

 

SUBDUING KINGDOMS

 

Until Jesus comes back to earth to set up His millennial reign, God has called His people to be world changers. Hebrews 11:33 talks about individuals “who through faith subdued kingdoms.” Moses confronted Pharaoh’s kingdom when he told the Egyptian ruler to “let my people go.” In Acts 12, King Herod killed the Apostle James and planned on doing the same with Peter. The Church in Jerusalem held a prayer meeting that resulted with an angel releasing Peter from prison, and then with the horrific death of Herod.

 

Throughout history, Christians changed world events not so much through physical force but on their knees. World War II in particular was the setting for some of the most dramatic accounts of intercession. Rees Howells, founder of the Bible College of Wales, had his intercessors crying out to Heaven for divine intervention during the Battle of Britain. The German Luftwaffe pounded England in preparation for an invasion. The courageous Royal Air Force stood between the British Isle and the Germans. Yet as the British Spitfires went up in the air to face a foe of far superior numbers, an unseen hand shifted the outcome of the battle.

 

Here’s the conclusion of the battle as described in the book “Rees Howells: Intercessor”...

 

Mr. Churchill, in his War Memoirs, gives September 15 (1940) as “the culminating date’ in that Battle of the Air. He tells how he visited the Operations Room of the Air. He tells how he visited the Operations Room of the R.A.F. that day and watched as the enemy squadrons poured over and ours went up to meet them, until the moment came when he asked the Air Marshal, “What other reserves have we?’ “There are none,’ he answered, and reported afterwards how grave Mr. Churchill looked, “and well I might,’ added Churchill. Then another five minutes passed, and “it appeared the enemy were going home. The shifting of the discs on the table showed a continuous eastward movement of German bombers and fighters. No new attack appeared. In another ten minutes the action was ended.’ There seemed no reason why the Luftwaffe should have turned for home, just at the moment when victory was in their grasp. But we know why.

 

After the war, Air Chief Marshal Lord Dowding, Commander-in-Chief of Fighter Command in the Battle of Britain, made this significant comment: “Even during the battle one realized from day to day how much external support was coming in. At the end of the battle one had the sort of feeling that there had been some special Divine intervention to alter some sequence of events which would otherwise have occurred.’

 

In his book “Shaping History Through Prayer and Fasting”, the late Derek Prince wrote about the time he was a British officer in World War II during the critical North African campaign. A British defeat could have resulted in the Jewish community in the Holy Land falling into the hands of Nazi Germany. In response to what he discerned as a lack of leadership, Derek prayed a simple prayer: “Lord, give us leaders such that it will be for your glory to give us victory through them.” Just a short while later, Winston Churchill appointed B. L. Montgomery, the son of an evangelical Anglican bishop as commander of British troops. Montgomery rallied the troops and led them to victory over Rommel’s corps at El Alamein. Here’s how Prince described the answer to his prayer:

 

Without a doubt, the Battle of El Alamein was the turning point of the war in North Africa. Two or three days after the battle, I found myself in the desert a few miles behind the advancing Allied forces. A small portable radio beside me on the tailboard of a military truck was relaying a news commentator’s description of the scene at Montgomery’s headquarters as he had witnessed it on the eve of the battle. He recalled how Montgomery publicly called his officers and men to prayer, saying, “Let us ask the Lord, mighty in battle, to give us the victory.” As these words came through that portable radio, God spoke very clearly to my spirit, “That is the answer to your prayer.’

 

A few years later in 1953, Soviet leader Joseph Stalin planned on purging all the Jews from his country. Derek Prince, who by that time was a minister living in London, called for fasting and prayer for all the Jews suffering persecution in Russia. Two weeks later Stalin died from a cerebral hemorrhage and the plan was called off. Prayer and fasting saved the lives of numerous Jews who had been marked for death by a dictator who was already responsible for millions of deaths.

 

ARE YOU PART OF GOD’S KINGDOM?

 

Another verse that used to baffle me was Romans 14:17, “For the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” The meaning of this verse became clearer when I looked it up in the New Living Translation, “For the Kingdom of God is not a matter of what we eat or drink, but of living a life of goodness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” Christianity is not following a bunch of rules and regulations but having a relationship with the True Living God.

 

However, the Lord expects us to follow His commandments if we are to call ourselves a Christian. Recently at a coffee shop I witnessed to two elderly women. One of them was a Bible-believing Baptist. The other was an Episcopalian uncertain of her eternal destiny and had been turned off by a professing believer she knew who claimed she could live anyway she wanted because of being "saved by grace." This Episcopalian’s friend should read Galatians 5:19-21…

 

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness,

20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies,

21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God.

 

The issue here is not having lived a perfect life though we are to aim for perfection. God told Abraham, “Walk before me and be thou perfect.” (Genesis 17:1 KJV) Jesus promised us in Matthew 5:48, “Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.” A person becomes perfected in God’s eyes when he or she seeks first “the kingdom of God and His righteousness.” (Matthew 6:33) We receive right standing with God by making Jesus Christ Lord and Savior of our lives.

 

However there’s no such thing as "once saved, always saved." Willful sin hardens a person's heart towards God and could ultimately result in the loss of that person’s salvation. A situation could come up where a sinning Christian is confronted by someone who asks, "I thought you were a Christian." If the so-called Christian responds with something like "I don't believe in that stuff anymore", then at that point he would lose his salvation. As 2 Timothy 2:12 says, "If we deny Him, He will deny us." We can choose to leave the Lord like Judas Iscariot did who had even performed miracles like the other disciples did. Peter denied knowing Jesus but was later restored.

 

Jesus told one Pharisee, “You are not far from the kingdom of God.” (Mark 12:34) But “almost there” only counts in horseshoes and grenades. Someone who is “almost saved” will still spend eternity in hell unless he repents before dying. So if you have never received Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior or if you have backslidden and need to repent, then I urge you to pray this prayer right now…

 

"God in Heaven, I know I'm a sinner and I need Your help. I believe in my heart that Jesus Christ died on the cross for my sins and rose again from the dead. Jesus, come into my heart, make Yourself real to me, cleanse me and protect me with Your precious blood, fill me with the Holy Spirit, keep me away from sin, make me a soul winner, be my Lord and Savior. Amen."

 

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