1 – ENGAGING THE POWERS OF THE KINGDOM – INTRODUCTION

1 – ENGAGING THE POWERS OF THE KINGDOM

INTRODUCTION

As you read through the gospels, you will recognise that Jesus had, from His childhood (see Luke 2:48-50), a God-awareness and kingdom-awareness that enabled Him to override the influences of the ungodly world systems.

He viewed every situation from the perspective of both God and the kingdom’s presence and control. He refused to give credit to the devil’s lie that he is in charge in all circumstances.

By engaging the powers of the kingdom of God to effect both physical and spiritual changes in the lives of those He encountered, He neutralised the power of deception and revealed the superior power of God’s kingdom on earth.

In the same way, through the Holy Spirit, God has given us access to His kingdom and all the power of the kingdom to override the influence of the ungodly world systems. We can live in that power in the midst of the darkness that surrounds us.

“For the Kingdom of God is not just a lot of talk; it is living by God’s power.” NLT Bible. 1 Corinthians 4:20

“I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honour at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.” NLT Bible. Ephesians 1:19-20

The world functions on the lie of the devil that it (the systems that operate by ungodly standards and principles through ungodly people) is in control.

What do we need to engage the powers of the kingdom when the world encroaches on our lives and attempts to drag us under its power?

The first power that I must engage to neutralise the deception of the world is TRUTH. Paul exhorts me to renew my mind which has been polluted by deception, by replacing the lie that the devil is in charge with the truth that Jesus reigns in the kingdoms of men.

“Don’t copy the behaviour and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2 NLT

Truth comes to me from the Word (John 17:17).

“Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth.” John 17:17 NLT

The Holy Spirit leads me into all truth.

“When the Spirit of truth comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak on his own but will tell you what he has heard. He will tell you about the future.” John 16:13 NLT

The overriding truth is that Jesus, not Satan, is Lord, the supreme authority over the earth and everyone and everything in it.

“After that the end will come, when he will turn the Kingdom over to God the Father, having destroyed every ruler and authority and power. For Christ must reign until he humbles all his enemies beneath his feet. And the last enemy to be destroyed is death. For the Scriptures say, “God has put all things under his authority.” 1 Corinthians 15:24-27 NLT

If I want to participate with Jesus in overcoming the world, I must saturate my mind with the Word of God so that I, like Jesus, have a solution from the Word for every situation I encounter – it is written (Matt. 4:4).

Secondly, I must focus on God’s PROMISES which are my inheritance.

My inheritance, according to 2 Peter 1:3, is to participate in the divine nature. As I embrace God’s promises, the Holy Spirit empowers me to overcome my old nature and increasingly grow in my likeness to Jesus.

“And because of his glory and excellence, he has given us great and precious promises. These are the promises that enable you to share his divine nature and escape the world’s corruption caused by human desires.” 2 Peter 1:4 NLT

 “We do not want you to become lazy, but to imitate those who through faith and patience inherit what has been promised.” Hebrews 6:12 NIV

Thirdly, I need to engage the power of FAITH.  Faith is the only power that connects me to God.

“And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.”

Hebrews 11:6 NLT

I must have full confidence in what is written. By faith, I apply the Word to the situation and expect God to act.

Faith has two legs:

  1. Confidence in God and what He says.
  2. Absolute loyalty to the body of truth (the FAITH) which was given to us by the Apostles through the Holy Spirit without adding to or subtracting from what is written.

“Dear friends, I had been eagerly planning to write to you about the salvation we all share. But now I find that I must write about something else, urging you to defend the faith that God has entrusted once for all time to his holy people.” Jude 1:3 NLT

As a citizen of God’s kingdom, I have the power to defend the body of truth delivered and preserved in the New Covenant just as Paul did.

“Let God’s curse fall on anyone, including us or even an angel from heaven, who preaches a different kind of Good News than the one we preached to you. I say again what we have said before: If anyone preaches any other Good News than the one you welcomed, let that person be cursed.” Galatians 1:8-9 NLT

“I have fought the good fight, I have finished the race, I have kept the faith.’2 Timothy 4:7 NIV

I must both live by and defend everything that Jesus, as the cornerstone that holds everything together, taught, and the Apostles as the foundation, through the Holy Spirit, interpreted and recorded (the faith) about Jesus.

ACKNOWLEDGEMENT

All Scripture quotations in this series

Scripture taken from THE HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®, NIV® Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984, 2011 by Biblica, Inc.® Used by permission. All rights reserved worldwide

Scripture quotations marked (NLT) are taken from the Holy Bible, New Living Translation, copyright © 1996, 2004, 2007 by Tyndale House Foundation. Used by permission of Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., Carol Stream, Illinois 60188. All rights reserved.

Luella Campbell


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