Thursday, March 4, 2021

BOOK OF THE WEEK: KINGDOM CONCEPTS: EXAMINING THE DYNAMICS OF KINGDOM LIVING

We are not only members of the Church, but also of the Kingdom of God. When Jesus came, He told us that the Kingdom of God was at hand, upon us, and is coming. If He made so many references to the Kingdom of God, it is then our responsibility to learn how to live in the Kingdom of God. It is only the only way we can prosper and live in victory; for the Scriptures say that our citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20). This second book of the life in the kingdom series is a book about Kingdom Concepts. We are a part of the Kingdom of God now and will be partakers of the glory of the Kingdom of God at Christ's return. Rejoice and be glad for the Kingdom of heaven belongs to you. Book 2 of 2.


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The God of Restoration

God promised the nation that it would be fruitful and bring forth. Though many lives were lost and it seemed like they would be extinct, God would restore. God specializes in restoring the lives of people. Israel’s history reflects this throughout the pages of the Bible. Since He will not change, the Christian can be assured of His willingness to restore them in spite of negative events.

restore - : to put or bring back into existence or use; to bring back to, or put back into a former or original state

Restoration is provided to those who have suffered loss and setback. God’s work of restoration through Christ does not end after entrance into the kingdom. He continues to restore those that have called on Christ’s name. Even as He promised Israel restoration through Joel’s prophecy, Christians can expect the same.

And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpiller, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. Joel 2:25 (KJV)

Israel experienced loss because of their actions, yet God promised to restore them. How much the more those who have believed on Christ? If a believer sins and offers sincere confession unto the Lord, he can expect restoration. Restoration not only in His walk with God, but also in natural things according to His will.

Many feel that if God forgives them, they cannot expect anything else. They feel He will not give them another job if they messed a previous job up. Or, some feel they may never be able to operate in ministry because of failure. Others have similar feelings concerning other areas in their lives.

They have the mindset that “I knew better” or “it was my fault.” Israel was at fault and God restored the nation. The Christian has to let God decide how He will restore and not “think” for God. The believer must submit to God, knowing He will forgive and restore.

Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. James 4:6-7 (KJV)

Some think they are humble when they acknowledge their sins. True humility is reflected when you can admit your sin and receive God’s forgiveness. Some admit sin, but believe their feelings over what God has said. John told us that He is faithful and just to forgive us (I John 1:9). He will restore you as you trust in His faithfulness and abide in His love.

There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. 1 John 4:18 (KJV)

When we abide in His love, we strip the “pits” of guilt, shame, depression, and fear of their control. We are free to move forward and operate in the purposes of God.

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