Advancing the Kingdom

“From the days of John the Baptist until now the kingdom of heaven has suffered violence, and the violent take it by force” (Matthew 11:12).

Jesus came to advance the kingdom of God and our assignment is to continue to establish his kingdom in the earth. A kingdom has a system of laws, a government and a structure. “For the kingdom of God is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit” (Romans 14:17). We are governed by kingdom principles which are found in scripture. We have a kingdom mandate to reach the world with the gospel and to make disciples all over the world.

Our work as christians extends beyond the four walls of our church. We are sent into the marketplace to effect change and to bring the transformational message of Jesus Christ to the world. We are sent to turn the world upside down by changing doctrines and philosophies that do not line up with the word of God. God allows us to have influence in our world and will allow us to have platforms to create change. We cannot be silent or put our lights under a basket, but on a stand so that the world may see. “In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven” (Matthew 5:16).

We have to know our standing in this world and recognise the authority that we command in the darkness. Our light outshines the darkness and we overcome through the blood of Jesus Christ and by the words of our testimonies. God has commanded us, “do not fear,” because of the power which he has given us to trample upon every power of the enemy. “No man will [be able to] stand before you [to oppose you] as long as you live. Just as I was [present] with Moses, so will I be with you; I will not fail you or abandon you” (Joshua 1:5).

A.P.-Y.

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