Upside Down Kingdom

 

Upside Down Kingdom

We’re so glad you’ve decided to spend part of your day with us at Living Water Church. We pray that the message will inspire and encourage you to be all you can for Christ. Today we’re talking about the Kingdom of God – The point is this…things in His Kingdom operate differently than the way we are used to them and we have to assimilate to the new Kingdom

 

The Upside Down Kingdom
Sunday, September 22, 2019 – Pastor George M. Dupree
 
Matthew 3:1 In those days John the Baptist came preaching in the wilderness of Judea, 2 and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!”
 
Repent – to think differently, to reconsider morally, feel compunction
Compunction – a feeling of guilt or moral scruple that prevents or follows the doing of something bad
 
When you repent you change your thinking, which changes your direction, which changes your actions which changes your habits, which changes your life.
 
It happens because of GRACE – receive – believe – become
John 1:12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God
 
Jesus is baptized
 
Luke 4:14 Jesus returned in the power of the Spirit to Galilee, and a report about him went out through all the surrounding country. 15 And he taught in their synagogues, being glorified by all.
 
And soon after that Jesus said
Luke 4:43 I must preach the kingdom of God to the other cities also, because for this purpose I have been sent.
 
The Kingdom of God was primary for Jesus to preach, the Kingdom signifies an entirely different way of living, that’s why it’s often referred to as an UPSIDE DOWN KINGDOM
 
We’re encouraged to SEEK His Kingdom
Matthew 6:31 Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32 For the Gentiles seek after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. 33 But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.
 
Does anyone have keys that they don’t know what they’re for? We can have keys but if we don’t know what they unlock they’re useless.
 
Jesus said in Luke 12:32 “Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
 
Jesus wants us to have the Kingdom to have keys that unlock the treasures of a Kingdom Life.
 
The Keys Of The Kingdom
Matthew 16:13 Now when Jesus came into the district of Caesarea Philippi, he asked his disciples, “Who do people say that the Son of Man is?” 14 And they said, “Some say John the Baptist, others say Elijah, and others Jeremiah or one of the prophets.” 15 He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” 16 Simon Peter replied, “You are the Christ, the Son of the living God.” 17 And Jesus answered him, “Blessed are you, Simon Bar-Jonah! For flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but my Father who is in heaven. 18 And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. 19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
 
Peter said something very significant here; he said that Jesus was the Christ, the anointed one, the son of the living God.
 
And Jesus responds that He will build His Church upon that revelation, and He will give him the KEYS OF THE KINGDOM OF HEAVEN.
 
Keys represent authority and access.
 
Jesus gives us authority so whatever we bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever we loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.
 
With the authority from God we can lock (bind) and loose (unlock)
 
Jesus told several stories or parables about what the Kingdom was like but we see that Paul tells us precisely what it is
Romans 14:17 for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
 
Righteousness – not perfect people, not self-righteous, but people who are right with God because they have repented, turned to God.
 
Peace – not the absence of turmoil or struggle but peace with God because of repentance, turning to God which does lead to peace within.
 
Joy – joy is not happiness which is dependent upon what happens, but and inner strength and calm delight.
 
When we live our lives with US as king we don’t have these three things but when we live with Jesus as King we do have those things. That’s why the verse closes with the term IN THE HOLY SPIRIT.