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The School of the Holy Spirit 14 of 52 – The Two Spiritual Kingdoms – The Constitution of the Kingdom of God – Where Am I In My Walk with the Holy Spirit?
How can I be full of the Holy Spirit?
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Date: Sunday 15th, March 2020
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Quotes on the Kingdom of God and the Holy Spirit:
“I firmly believe that the moment our hearts are emptied of pride and selfishness and ambition and self-seeking and everything that is contrary to God’s law, the Holy Ghost will come and fill every corner of our hearts; but if we are full of pride and conceit and ambition and self-seeking and pleasure and the world, there is no room for the Spirit of God; and I believe many a man is praying to God to fill him when he is full already with something else.” – Dwight L. Moody
“When the Holy Spirit is in full control of our lives, He will expect our obedience to the written Word of God. But it is part of our human problem that we would like to be full of the Spirit and yet go on and do as we please!”- Aiden Wilson Tozer
“It is futile for us to try to serve God without the power of the Holy Spirit. Talent, training, and experience cannot take the place of the power of the Spirit.”
- Warren W. Wiersbe
“The less Holy Spirit we have, the more cake and coffee we need to keep the church going.”- Reinhard Bonnke
“Trying to do the Lord’s work in your own strength is the most confusing, exhausting, and tedious of all work. But when you are filled with the Holy Spirit, then the ministry of Jesus just flows out of you.” – Corrie Ten Boom
“Without the Spirit of God, we can do nothing. We are as ships without wind. We are useless.”
- Charles Spurgeon
“Let me say that it is not a question of us getting more of the Holy Spirit, but rather of the Holy Spirit getting more of us.” – Oswald J. Smith
“Earthly wisdom is doing what comes naturally. Godly wisdom is doing what the Holy Spirit compels us to do.” – Charles Stanley
“If we only had eyes to see and ears to hear and wits to understand, we would know that the Kingdom of God in the sense of holiness, goodness, beauty is as close as breathing and is crying out to born both within ourselves and within the world; we would know that the Kingdom of God is what we all of us hunger for above all other things even when we don’t know its name or realize that it’s what we’re starving to death for. The Kingdom of God is where our best dreams come from and our truest prayers. We glimpse it at those moments when we find ourselves being better than we are and wiser than we know. We catch sight of it when at some moment of crisis a strength seems to come to us that is greater than our own strength. The Kingdom of God is where we belong. It is home, and whether we realize it or not, I think we are all of us homesick for it.”
― Frederick Buechner
“If you are so busy in this life that you don’t have time to tap into spiritual laws to learn them, then you’re just working this planet by yourself.”
― Paul Brady
“When God calls you into His Kingdom, your way of life will reflect royalty; when you serve Him with loyalty.”
― Gift Gugu Mona
“There was no region changed by good preaching — regions were changed by praying into the realm of glory!”
― Paul Brady
“The church is constituted as a new people who have been gathered from the nations to remind the world that we are in fact one people. Gathering, therefore, is an eschatological act as it is the foretaste of the unity of the communion of the saints.”
― Stanley Hauerwas, In Good Company: The Church as Polis
“Our comfort zone has been the suffocation of our dreams.”
― Paul Brady
“If you want to prosper, prosper God.”
― Sherry K. White, Walking in the Father’s Riches: The Prosperity of Sonship
John 7:37-39 The Passion Translation (TPT)
Rivers of Living Water
37 Then on the most important day of the feast, the last day, Jesus stood and shouted out to the crowds—“All you thirsty ones, come to me! Come to me and drink! 38 Believe in me so that rivers of living water will burst out from within you, flowing from your innermost being, just like the Scripture says!”
39 Jesus was prophesying about the Holy Spirit that believers were being prepared to receive. But the Holy Spirit had not yet been poured out upon them, because Jesus had not yet been unveiled in his full splendor
Luke 17:20-21 The Passion Translation (TPT)
God’s Kingdom Realm within You
20 Jesus was once asked by the Jewish religious leaders, “When will God’s kingdom realm come?”
Jesus responded, “God’s kingdom realm does not come simply by obeying principles or by waiting for signs. 21 The kingdom is not discovered in one place or another, for God’s kingdom realm is already expanding within some of you.”
Matthew 5:1-12 The Passion Translation (TPT)
Jesus’ Sermon on the Hillside
5 One day Jesus saw a vast crowd of people gathering to hear him, so he went up the slope of a hill and sat down. With his followers and disciples spread over the hillside, 2 Jesus began to teach them:
3 “What wealth is offered to you when you feel your spiritual poverty! For there is no charge to enter the realm of heaven’s kingdom.
4 “What delight comes to you when you wait upon the Lord! For you will find what you long for.
5 “What blessing comes to you when gentleness lives in you! For you will inherit the earth.
6 “How enriched you are when you crave righteousness! For you will be surrounded with fruitfulness.
7 “How satisfied you are when you demonstrate tender mercy! For tender mercy will be demonstrated to you.
8 “What bliss you experience when your heart is pure! For then your eyes will open to see more and more of God.
9 “How blessed you are when you make peace! For then you will be recognized as a true child of God.
10 “How enriched you are when you bear the wounds of being persecuted for doing what is right! For that is when you experience the realm of heaven’s kingdom.
11 “How ecstatic you can be when people insult and persecute you and speak all kinds of cruel lies about you because of your love for me! 12 So leap for joy—since your heavenly reward is great. For you are being rejected the same way the prophets were before you.
Matthew 5:17-19 The Passion Translation (TPT)
Fulfillment of the Law
17 “If you think I’ve come to set aside the law of Moses or the writings of the prophets, you’re mistaken. I have come to fulfill and bring to perfection all that has been written. 18 Indeed, I assure you, as long as heaven and earth endure, not even the smallest detail of the Law will be done away with until its purpose is complete. 19 So whoever violates even the least important of the commandments, and teaches others to do so, will be the least esteemed in the realm of heaven’s kingdom. But whoever obeys them and teaches their truths to others will be greatly esteemed in the realm of heaven’s kingdom.
John 3:5 The Passion Translation (TPT)
5 Jesus answered, “I speak an eternal truth: Unless you are born of water and Spirit-wind, you will never enter God’s kingdom realm.
Acts 6:3 The Passion Translation (TPT)
3 We want you to carefully select from among yourselves seven godly men. Make sure they are honorable, full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom, and we will give them the responsibility of this crucial ministry of serving.
Acts 7:55 The Passion Translation (TPT)
55 But Stephen, overtaken with great faith, was full of the Holy Spirit. He fixed his gaze into the heavenly realm and saw the glory and splendor of God—and Jesus, who stood up at the right hand of God.
Dear friends, this is a continuation of our series on the school of the Holy Spirit. I am compelled by the Spirit to continue this series on Sundays and midweek contrary to the earlier plans.
If you missed the Wednesday post where we discussed the baptism in the Holy Spirit, please visit the link. https://www.otakada.org/weekly-motivational-stories-13-of-52/ We have an activation write-up there that should enable you to get baptized wherever you are as long as you do this in faith. That teaching dovetails into this one today-
The School of the Holy Spirit 14 of 52 – The Two Spiritual Kingdoms – The Constitution of the Kingdom of God – Where Am I In My Walk with the Holy Spirit? How can I be full of the Holy Spirit?
Today, we will discuss the two dimensions or realms of the spirit. I tell people, there is no vacuum in the realm of the spirit. You are either in God’s kingdom, where God rules or the kingdom of darkness, where satan rules.
There is never a time like now where we need the power, presence and leading of the Holy Spirit, every ticking second of the minute like now.
Questions like: –
- Should I minister?
- Where should I minister?
- What should I minister?
- With whom should I minister?
- What mission field should I go to?
- What deal should I go with?
- Who should I partner with?
- Who should I marry?
- What school should I enroll in?
- What city should I live in?
- What job should I take?
- Can You show me and lead me to my life’s assignment?
- Can you reveal Jesus to me?
- Can You Heal me or deliver me?
- Can You fill me afresh?
- Can You Empower me?
- Can You speak through me?
- What should I pray or say?
- Can You teach me how to worship in spirit and in truth?
- Can You baptize me?
and lots more are answers the Holy Spirit can provide to bring rest to our restless souls.
In asking these types of questions, we need to understand the rules of engagement. Apart from rules, we need to learn how to communicate and commune with Him. We need to abide by the constitution of the Kingdom of God. Why do we need to discuss the constitution of the Kingdom of God in the school of the Holy Spirit? Because we want to run by the rules of the kingdom so that we can be FULL of the Holy Spirit as the Holy Spirit can be grieved (Eph. 4:29-32) or quenched (1Thess. 5:19).
To be and to do anything in Gods kingdom that is worthwhile, we need not be EMPTY or HALF FULL but we need to be full and overflowing with the presence, power and the leading of the Holy Spirit in us and it is a continual refilling process as long as we are in this part of eternity where the Holy Spirit rules and reins. This is the era of the Holy Spirit
So, what is the Constitution in simple words?
A constitution is a set of rules that guides how a country, state, or other political organization works. The constitution may tell what the branches of the government are, what powers they have, and how they work. It may also state the rights of citizens.
What does a constitution contain?
A constitution contains the fundamental principles that outline the purpose, structure, and limits of an organization. Essentially, the constitution provides a foundation upon which an organization operates. In this case, the kingdom of God which is in us (Luke 17:20-21)
It is not a dogma or a doctrine.
The principle of the kingdom of Heaven, which is Gods kingdom are those underlying qualities upon which the whole structure of the Christian Life rests and the principle upon which the real government of Jesus Christ is founded and exercised. Principles are greater than doctrine.
Let’s explore the two-spiritual kingdom
Two Spiritual Kingdoms —Kingdom of God and kingdom of darkness
They are spiritual kingdoms. This does not mean they are imaginary or philosophical constructs. They are real but not political or geographical kingdoms. Rather they are worldwide and exist in people’s hearts. Every person in the world belongs to one of these kingdoms.
There are 7 (seven) things that need to be considered in every kingdom…
- First there needs to be a monarch. So every kingdom is concerned with having someone crowned and enthroned as ruler.
- Next, every kingdom has to have a realm or territory over which its monarch rules. That realm must be occupied by citizens.
- The citizens must abide by certain laws issued by the monarch. The citizens also live by certain distinguishing customs.
- A kingdom is concerned with its strength and power in conquering and defending.
- A kingdom is also concerned with its destiny —whether it will fall to ruin or rise to glory.
The seven considerations above are true of spiritual kingdoms too. They are true of Christ’s kingdom, and they are true of Satan’s.
Questions you must ask yourself…
To help you make a personal application if you are really in God’s (Christ) Kingdom, here are some basic foundational questions to consider.
- Am I acknowledging Jesus as my Lord and King, or am I by default letting Satan have dominion over me?
- Though Christ’s kingdom is in the world where I am, yet it is the kingdom of Heaven and not of the world. So where is my life and heart centered? Are my affections for this world or for the heavenly realms?
- Am I a true believer in Jesus Christ and therefore a citizen of his kingdom, or am I an unbeliever and therefore an alien to his realm?
- Do I keep the law of Jesus, both believing and obeying the gospel, or am I a lawless one deceived into disregard of his covenant law?
- Is it my custom and habit to show the light and Spirit of Christ in my daily conduct, or am I walking in darkness and fleshly lusts?
- Am I living in the power and victory of Jesus, more than a conqueror through him (Romans 8:37), or am I living in my own weakness and failure under the illusion that I am strong?
- What is my destiny? I can ask no question more important than that. My destiny cannot be something in this life, because the last thing that will happen to me in this life is my death. Have I secured life after death, eternal life in heavenly glory with Christ? Or is he going to send me away into everlasting punishment because I did not honour him as my King and become a loyal citizen of his kingdom under his blessing?
The Constitution of the Kingdom of God
Jesus outlined the constitution that governs God’s kingdom in Matthew 5:1-11, expands it all through to Matthew 7.
Here are the rules that govern which we must all display as citizens of the kingdom. You can not do one without the other. You can’t pick and choose what you want.
- Humility – I am saying I am nothing without God. In Him I live, I move and I have my being. I die to self-every day. God comes first and what He wants me to God. Blessed is he who regards the interest of the kingdom of heaven as paramount to every other interest in the world, paramount to our own personal interest. Deuteronomy 6:4-7,Matthew 22:37-40,Mark 12:30-31
- Intercessors between God and man – Winning souls to Gods kingdom. This figure is taken from the old prophets, who when nation sinned, took upon themselves the responsibility of the nation. They put sackcloth on their body and ashes on their head and in morning and tears went down before God for days and weeks, until the people turned to God. They became intercessors between God and man. Jesus stands between Humanity and God and He urges us in His kingdom to do same. Exodus 32:31-32, Ezekiel 22:30, John 1:29
- Meek- quiet, gentle, and easily imposed on; submissive. Gal 5:19-23
- Crave righteousness – God feeds hungry people Rev 3:16 So, because you are lukewarm–neither hot nor cold–I am about to spit you out of my mouth.
- Demonstrate tender mercy – So, to me, mercy is a “love that responds to human need in an unexpected or unmerited way.” At its core, mercy is forgiveness. The Bible speaks of God’s love for sinners – that is, for all of us. But the Bible also relates mercy to other qualities beyond love and forgiveness Matthew 6:14 Matthew 9:13 Psalm 25:6-7
- Pure heart – The condition of our hearts is of utmost importance for what we think will erupt in actions. Psalm 24:4-5; 2 Corinthians 7:1
- Make Peace – Peter 3:11 (AMP) is one of my favorite scriptures. It says, “Let him search for peace…and seek it eagerly. [Do not merely desire peaceful relations with God, with your fellowmen, and with yourself, but pursue, go after them!]”
“Pursue” is a strong word. It requires action and doing whatever it takes to maintain peace in our lives. It means not always getting “our way” or having the last word in an argument. It requires us to trust God even more with the people in our lives. But it’s all worth it. Peace with God is the foundation for peace in every other area of our lives. Jesus is the “Prince of Peace,” (Isaiah 9:6) and it’s only through a relationship with Him that we will ever experience true contentment. When we sin, the greatest thing we can do is repent, ask God to forgive us, and then make a decision to not live in guilt. Guilt is useless. Constantly feeling guilty actually weakens us and causes us to fall into more sin.
- Bear wounds of being persecuted – Just as the Bible graphically describes the introduction and spread of sin in the world, it also depicts the presence and reality of oppression and persecution in the world and presents many examples of people persecuting God, people persecuting people, nations persecuting nations, the wicked persecuting the righteous, and even, in some cases, the righteous persecuting the wicked or other righteous persons.“Truly I tell you,” Jesus replied, “no one who has left home or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields for me and the gospel will fail to receive a hundred times as much in this present age: homes, brothers, sisters, mothers, children and fields—along with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life.” Mark 10:29-30
In conclusion, God has rules and regulations. In the world, we can afford to boycott some of them and go unnoticed but in Gods kingdom, you break one, you break all and they are always consequences both in the physical and the spirit realm. In the physical, you lose peace. In the spirit, your effectiveness in working with the Holy Spirit becomes diminished until you confess, repent and return. For more granular expansion of these eight constitutional clauses, read the whole of Matthew 5, 6 and 7 for more clarity.
Dear Holy Spirit, thank You for Your ministry in our lives. We can do nothing without you. We acknowledge, appreciate and love You dearly. We are sorry for times when we have ignored You, grieved You or quenched Your spirit in us. Forgive us dear Holy Spirit, we repent today and return back to You. Be rekindled and reignited in us today and always. Help us to run the race to the finished line with maximum impact in Jesus name , amen
Experience all round-success this week and beyond as You are led by your closest friend – The Holy Spirit!
Remember, we are one in Christ Jesus – Only in unity we can have lasting and far reaching impact – Engage!
Ephesians 4:4-6 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition (AMPC) 4 [ There is ] one body and one Spirit—just as there is also one hope [that belongs] to the calling you received—5 [ There is ] one Lord, one faith, one baptism,6 One God and Father of [ us ] all, Who is above all [ Sovereign over all ], pervading all and [ living ] in [us] all.
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