Notes from Sunday 15 September 2013..
Speaker: Pastor Austen Ukachi
Key passage: Psalm 22:28
“For the kingdom is the Lord’s,
And He rules over the nations.”
Jesus Christ came to establish the Kingdom of God, in which he is the King. The life of Jesus reflects the Glory of God. The word Dominion in Hebrew simply means government or kingdom. Psalms 103:19 says “The Lord has established His throne in heaven,
And His kingdom rules over all.”
Similarly Genesis 1:26 says
“Then God said, “Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness; let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”
Whenever you see the word Dominion in the Bible, it means Kingdom, Power, and the Exercise of Authority. Myles Munroe describes a Kingdom as “the government of a king, a kingdom is the sovereign rulership and governing influence of a king over a territory, impacting with his will, intent, purpose and culture, reflecting the kings, nature value and morals”.
Last Sunday we established that the word Kingdom means DOMAIN. God created Adam and Eve, and gave them authority over the things of the earth. When God told Adam to have dominion, He meant “have Kingdom over” all. Therefore the kingdom began with the creation of Adam and Eve.
When God created the heavens and the earth, he had the kingdom in mind. A kingdom is the ruler-ship and government of a king. Unless you are born again you cannot inherit the kingdom of God. If you are born again you are of the kingdom, it has its own system and values. The King of the Kingdom rules in and directs your life. Christ wants to dominate our lives before anything else. In Matthew 5 vs.1-10, we see the ways and values of the Kingdom of God which is in our midst. The ways of the Kingdom differ from the ways of the world. The Kingdom of God starts in our hearts, and that is why we need to give our lives to Christ. When we do this, Jesus Christ becomes the Lord of our lives. God then begins to work through us and we influence our environment positively. Jesus is the King in the Kingdom of God. Jesus came to demonstrate the power of the kingdom. Jesus reflects the glory of God. Indeed Jesus IS the Glory of God. Psalms 110:1 says “The LORD said to my Lord,
“Sit at My right hand,
Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”
In the Bible, LORD refers to Yahweh, while Lord refers to Adonai who is Jesus.
Kingdom power must be manifested in all realms of creation. We must reflect the values of the Kingdom wherever we find ourselves. We are children of God, we should not do the things in the way of the world. We should be able to positively influence people around us.
There are three keys which are commonly used today; Revival, Transformation and Reformation, with CHANGE as the common denominator. God has given us the Kingdom Power in order that we can go into any SECTOR of our society and bring about CHANGE. The Kingdom is not a New Testament concept: God gave Adam and Eve Power and Authority to create Change. You don’t have to accept your situation the way it is because situations can change. Life is full of limitations, battles and challenges, but the people that overcome are those who are willing and able to fight the battles of life through the Kingdom. Read the Bible and pray. As you do so you will receive the principles that will enable you overcome.
Say this to yourself; “I have been given Kingdom Power by God to exercise rulership and authority over all creation.”
1. The first implication is that You and I have been made Kings and Priests as we see in Revelations 1:6; “and has made us kings and priests to His God and Father, to Him be glory and dominion forever and ever. Amen.”
2. We are supposed to exercise the authority of our Kingdom in whatever we do. In every profession, in every area of life you can exercise Kingdom Power, out of which manifests Kingdom Glory.
3. We are called to display the values and the morals of the King in us (Revelations 4: 11). Jesus came to establish the will of the Almighty God, so we are meant to do the same. We should ask God for the grace to exercise Kingdom Power and Glory. We are supposed to exercise the will of God in every area of society through prayers and social actions. Remember you are a Change Agent wherever you go.
“I have been given kingdom power by God to exercise rulership and authority over all creation”