Chapter 7: Preach the Kingdom of God
Let’s review what Jesus has commanded us to do:
1. Believe in Him
2. Love one another the way that He loved us.
3. Be baptized in the Holy Spirit.
4. Make disciples.
Let’s read Luke 9:1-2 for the fifth commandment: “And He called the twelve together, and gave them power and authority over all the demons, and to heal diseases. And He sent them out to proclaim the kingdom of God, and to perform healing.”
The fifth commandment is that we preach the kingdom of God. What is the kingdom of God? Are we preaching it? Or are we preaching church traditions?
The Gospel of the Kingdom is this:
1. God is your Father.
2. You are part of His family.
3. He wants to rule in you—He wants to dwell in you—in order for you to do the works that God has called you to do in Christ. You’ve got a purpose.
4. Begin to walk. Be a doer. Do what you believe.
Be a Doer
Here are some very large questions: Are you doing what you believe? Or are you just believing? Do you believe God saves? If so, are people getting saved around you? Do you believe God heals? If so, are people
getting healed around
you? Do you believe
God wants to baptize
in the Holy Spirit? If
so, are people
receiving the Holy
Spirit around you? These things should be normal. Why? Because it’s what God wants us to be doing. You’re the only one that can do it.
When you find your identity in Christ, everything else will take care of itself. Quit telling them they shouldn’t do drugs and just tell them who they are in Christ.
A man once told me, “I’m praying that God will do something in my family.”
I said, “Well, start.”
He said, “I’m waiting for God to send someone.” I said, “He’s already sent someone.”
“Who did He send?”
Another time, a mother told me, “My children are on drugs.” I said, “Pray for them.”
She said, “They won’t let me.”
I said, “They can’t stop you.”
When she seemed confused, I said, “Go into their bedroom, lay your hand on their pillow, say, ‘Father, I pray that every time my child lays his head on this pillow he would dream the dreams that you have for Him. I pray that every time he lays on this bed he would lay in the love that you have for him. I pray that he would encounter your presence. I pray he would come into the fullness of who he is in you.’”
Drugs are not the issue; identity is the issue. When you find your identity in Christ, everything else will take care of itself. Quit telling them they shouldn’t do drugs and just tell them who they are in Christ. Bless them. Blessings do a lot more than curses. Release the Holy Spirit to do His job. Release the Spirit of God to do what He wants to do.
A pastor told me about a lady whose husband was a drunk. He was very mean. He wouldn’t come to the Sunday morning service; he would just fight with her about it. So she asked the pastor, “What should I do?”
He said, “Go to the bar with him.”
And, of course, she said, “Well, I can’t go to the bar.” He didn’t say to go get drunk with him. He said, “Go to the bar with him and be a support. Just love him.”
So the next Saturday night when her husband got ready to go to the bar, she said, “I’m going with you.”
And he said, “I’m going to the bar.”
She said, “I know. You’re my husband and I want to support what you’re doing.”
So she went to the bar, sat at the table, and drank water. And while he was drinking his liquor, he got convicted because his wife loved him enough to support him in stuff she didn’t even believe in.
Sunday morning, she woke up and started getting ready to go to church. Her husband said, “Wait a minute. I’m going with you.”
She said, “Why?”
“Because you’re my wife and I want to support what you’re doing.” He got saved and delivered and filled with the Holy Spirit. He’s a leader in the church today because his wife loved him like Christ loved.
Love them out of their sin. Love covers a multitude of sins. Don’t turn your freedom into an occasion to sin, but use your freedom to love one another. She submitted to her husband as unto the Lord, went to the bar, smiled, and encouraged her husband. He got convicted. Her attitude of blessing released the Holy Spirit to do His job.
That is the kingdom. Those are some of the principles of the kingdom. Quit preaching to people and just live who you are.
Your living is going to be more powerful than your speaking. I can say, “Sister, I love you.” Does that mean anything to you? Nothing. But if I start showing my love, ministering, meeting her needs, she knows I love her, not because of my words but because of my actions.
God’s called us to be lovers. Jesus said, Believe in Me. Love one another the way I loved you. Be baptized in the Holy Spirit. Make disciples. Preach the Gospel of the Kingdom. Heal the sick. Cast out demons.
Isn’t it amazing that what Jesus commanded us to do is what religion and the devil are fighting against? Too often, religion tries to turn us into intellectuals instead of sons and daughters. Jesus said in John 5:39-40, “You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; it is these that testify about Me; and you are unwilling to come to Me so that you may have life.”
Intellectualism will never get you into the eternal purposes of God. It’s only believing in Christ; it’s only living in Christ that can do that.
We often answer intellectually, but our intellect won’t help us to know who Christ is. Intellectualism will never get you into the
eternal purposes of God. It’s only believing in Christ; it’s only living in Christ that can do that. As Paul told the Athenians, “It’s in Him we live and move and have our being.”
This is who we are. When we stop intellectualizing and start doing, revival will start. Why? Because “the Father’s word will not return until it accomplished what it was sent forth to do” (Isaiah 55:11, my paraphrase). We are the expression of the Father’s word. When we hear from the Father and we step out in faith, we will not return until God accomplishes what He sent us to do.
The first question we need to ask the Lord: Who is Jesus to me? The second: Who does Jesus say that I am?
The third: What does the Father have for me to do?
Are you going to do the things he has for you to do? If so, just tell the Lord, “Father, here I am. I understand what you’ve called
me to do. I yield to your purpose. Send me to do the works Jesus said to do. Ha, ha, ha, on you, devil! You’re not going to rob my destiny. Here I come! In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
“If you’re doing great, why haven’t you forgiven your husband? If you’re doing great, why are you still battling shame and condemnation?”
I’ve led more people to the Lord through a word of knowledge or a word of prophecy than almost anything else. I’ll go up and ask somebody, “How are you doing?”
They usually say, “I’m doing great.”
“If you’re doing great why haven’t you forgiven your husband? If you’re doing great, why are you still battling shame and condemnation?”
“How do you know that?”
“Because God loves you. He came to set you free. You need to know Jesus, the one that delivers you.”
That’s evangelism—using the gifts of God to reconcile the world to Himself.
1 Corinthians 2:9 tells us that our eyes have not seen and our ears has not heard all that God has prepared for those who believe.
Don’t limit God anymore. Quit judging yourself. God believes in you. You’re here because God chose you. He’s appointed you to go and do the works of the Lord. So do it.