The Professor asked His students to recite the LORD’S prayer.
"Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name,
Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven”…and so on. (Matthew 6:9-10)
Students, what are you asking the Father for when you say, “Your kingdom come?” What is it that you desire in your heart?
Beth answered, “I am asking that there will be peace in our nation.”
That is a godly request, Beth.
We can only have peace in our cities if people will treat their neighbors with kindness and respect, obeying God’s laws. Since God has given to man a free will and the right to choose, our nation suffers violence.
We are in the season, a prophetic time on God’s calendar called the end of the age. Two-thousand years ago, Jesus said nation will rise against nation, and lawlessness will abound because the love of many will grow cold. It is similar to the days of Noah when he was building the ark.
The Apostle Paul wrote to Timothy:
“But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!” (2 Timothy 3:1-5)
Now students, you know that these things are all around us.
But the exciting thing is that you were chosen and anointed to live at the end of the age when God is going to show Himself strong.
Through you, His body, The Church! That means, Beth, that every time you share the gospel with an unbeliever or speak kindly to an angry cashier, you are releasing God’s love, the very kingdom of God on this earth.
WHAT IS THE KINGDOM OF GOD?
What does the Word of God say?
“Therefore do not let your good be spoken of as evil; for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.” (Romans 14:16-17)
Beth, you are so full of joy!
Your peace and gracious ways are opposite from many who are full of evil and walking in darkness.
When you spend time with your Father in the morning and study scripture, He makes a heavenly deposit in you. Because of your desire to do what is right before God, you display godly values of faithfulness and truthfulness wherever you go.
The quality of holiness is displayed in the decisions you make to live a life apart from sin. People who are in the world see your righteousness, your peace, and your joy. You are a living manifestation of the kingdom of God.
The Messiah was conceived in the womb of a virgin. His coming to earth was a manifestation of God’s kingdom. His teaching and preaching, His miracles, signs and wonders brought correction to what original sin had manifested in man and in nature.
“Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, ‘The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say,’ “See here!” or “See there!” ‘For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.’ (Luke 17:20-21)
The kingdom of God was already in the midst of them at the very time when they were asking when it would appear.
Definition of Kingdom: kingship, sovereignty, authority, rule, especially of God, both in the world, and in the hearts of men. A kingdom always requires a king – as the kingdom of God does with King Jesus!
THE CHURCH ON EARTH
Students, the kingdom of God is within you!
This kingdom does not appear, here or there, but rather where Christ’s Body is in operation. That kingdom operation in a believers' heart should be followed with demonstrations of the Holy Spirit. (See Acts 5:12-16)
After the seven years of tribulation, during The Millennium, the kingdom of God will be in manifestation everywhere on earth as Jesus will reign from Jerusalem.
Then, Beth, there will be peace in the nations!
2018 — END DAYS
How does The Church bring the kingdom of God to earth?
By Spirit-filled believers walking in holiness and fulfilling the call of God on their lives…every day.
Begin your day praying for the nation. Intercession opens the way for God to bring His kingdom to earth. Then ask the LORD to help you release God’s kingdom wherever you go and with whomever you meet.
The Holy Spirit in you does the work through you!
This is that…
“So then, after the Lord had spoken to them, He was received up into heaven, and sat down at the right hand of God. And they went out and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them and confirming the word through the accompanying signs. Amen.” (Read Mark 16:15:20)