We live in a democracy. At times, it’s difficult to understand how a king and a kingdom operate. The body of Christ has become religious with rules, works and regulations trying to reach God. However, the bible is not about religion, but about the kingdom.

When Jesus died on the cross and rose from the dead it was to restore to us what we lost in the fall of man. We did not lose heaven, but a kingdom which God gave us dominion (see Genesis 1:26). The first thing God gave man after he created him was dominion. God gave man dominion of a kingdom on earth. You were created to rule and reign here on earth.

John the Baptist preached in the wilderness of Judea about the kingdom (see Matthew 3:1-2). John the Baptist said, “Repent for the kingdom of Heaven is at hand.” He was preparing the way for Jesus. Repent has more meaning to it than just asking for forgiveness of our sins, which we definitely need to do.

But, repent also entails a “paradigm shift” which means you can’t have that old way of thinking. That’s why the bible tells us not to be conformed to this world, or to this world’s system, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind (see Romans 12:2). This is done through hearing the word of God (see Romans 10:17).

Matthew 6: 31-33 tells us to “seek first the kingdom of God.” Get a clear revelation of how God’s kingdom operates. He gave us assurance that everything you need is in the kingdom. In Matthew chapter 4, after John the Baptist was locked up, Jesus came preaching the kingdom.

Jesus talks about the kingdom seven times in Matthew 13. If you notice, Jesus never preached prosperity. He preached the kingdom, and all those things were added. Revelation of the kingdom of God will bring abundance of everything you need (see Matthew 13: 10-12). Jesus said we should know the mysteries of the kingdom. Receive God’s plan for our salvation through the precious blood of Jesus. Receive his forgiveness and his restoration. While you’re on your way to heaven, rule and reign as kings and priests where you were given dominion…..Here on earth!

Shawn T. Davis is an associate minister at Canaan Christian Center at Pine Bluff.

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