In order to manifest, exemplify and reflect the kingdom of God in the earth realm, we must first understand what the Kingdom of God is and how it operates. First of all, the kingdom of God is "a majestic realm, a great and powerful empire, a monarchy, and a royal dominion that demands absolute loyalty to the King. Every subject must be willing to give his or her life for the King." Isaiah, the prophet, shared it so eloquently.
Isaiah 66:1 Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool.
The book of Psalms 115:16, depicts it so well also.
The heaven, even the heavens, are the LORD'S: but the earth hath he given to the children of men.
Our heavenly Father has ordained in His Sovereign wisdom to allow man to govern and possess the earth, but with the condition that we will honor Him in the process.
Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.
In light of God's magnificent plan for man's redemption from sin, death, and destruction, as well as all of the benefits it brings to us as Christians, we should respond appropriately. We should offer our lives and our bodies "all that we are" as living sacrifices to God everyday as a rational response to God's mercies towards us. An old song that we sang in church throughout the years portrays how I believe we should respond to God. It simply says, "When I think of the goodness of Jesus, and all He has done for me, my soul cries our hallelujah, I praise God for saving me!" In appreciation for His sacrifice on our behalf, we should be willing to give Him our all every day.
As Christians we must see Jesus Christ beyond His role as our Savior and Redeemer alone, and understand that He is a King! He is the Sovereign, most high God, whom we must submit to and obey. Many people would balk at the idea of submission and obedience to God. They prefer to live according to their fleshly passions, desires, and appetites without any accountability to a Sovereign God and King, but the privileges and benefits of being a citizen of the kingdom of heaven far out-weigh anything the world can offer. Our God is holy and righteous. He is awesome in all of His ways. God has no desire to oppress, destroy or overwhelm His people with heavy burdens. To the contrary, Jesus said, "I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly." (John 10:10b) The amplified version of the Bible reads, "I am come that they may have and enjoy life, and have it in abundance (to the full, till it overflows).
God desires for mankind to be restored to His original intent as His personal representatives, vice-regents, emissaries, and ambassadors in the earth according to the book of Genesis 1:26-27.
Genesis 1:26 And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.
Genesis 1:27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God created he him; male and female created he them.
Genesis 1:28 And God blessed them, and God said unto them, Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth.
You see, beloved, God wants to extend His reign, sovereign rule and kingdom into the earth through a man or woman just like you. He created you for dominion, which is to have "mastery, rule, reign, and prevail" over your personal affairs, circumstances, and situations in life through the authority of His word. It is His desire for you to take dominion over sin, satan (the wicked one, the accuser of the brethren), and all that is evil.
Luke 10:19 Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
You have been given the authoritative right to take dominion, govern, rule, reign and enforce divine kingdom order by the word of God over all evil, inclusive of sin, evil spirits, and godless systems, atmospheres and environments as kingdom ambassadors. (Ephesians 2:4-6)
God created you in His "image" and after His "likeness", to be a creative thinking being; one who has the capacity to make decisions, judgments, establish and legislate policies, overcome obstacles, affect systems, and re-establish His rule in the earth through your relationship with Him.
2 Corinthians 5:20 Now then we are ambassadors [representatives] for Christ, as though God did beseech you by us: we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
You are a powerful being who has been given the distinct honor and privilege of representing Jesus Christ as an emissary and ambassador of His kingdom. When you truly understand the magnitude of God's purpose and love for you, and comprehend the price He paid through the shed blood of Jesus Christ on Calvary to deliver you from the grip of the wicked one, death, hell, and the grave, it will become a pleasure to dedicate your life to Christ and represent His image and character in this world.
We are living in a godless age and society, which requires for us to reflect the character and image of God throughout every system - educationally, politically/governmentally, economically, scientifically, technologically, in entertainment, family, and the church. It takes nothing less than the power and authority of God to influence, impact and affect meaningful change in the world today.
We must own up to our responsibility to reflect His image and character by allowing the "fruit of the spirit", as illustrated in Galatians 5:22-23, "love, joy, peace, long-suffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, and temperance" to flow through our lives towards others. When we possess strong core values and convictions that are based upon the standards of God's word, which includes having integrity, discipline, trustworthiness, faithfulness, dependability, honesty, wisdom, and a victorious attitude that we begin to affect and influence the lives of others in a beneficial and lasting way.
The purpose of God is to extend His kingdom reach and influence into the earth through His people as vice-regents, emmissaries and ambassadors. We can affect positive change in every sphere of influence, environment, and system as we exemplify His character, standards, and values in our business affairs, on our jobs, in our homes, churches and communities.
It's time to manifest the kingom of God today!
Romans 8:19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sonsofGod.
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