I have been a citizen of the Kingdom of God for about 20 years. It wasn’t until the last three that I truly started to see physical manifestations of the benefits of being in the Kingdom of God in almost every area of my life.
Why do you think it took so long to manifest? Was God mad at me? Is God slow help His citizens or trying to teach them a lesson?
The easiest way to answer these questions is to explain my relationship with God. The word of God tells us to seek the kingdom of God first and His righteousness and all these benefits shall be added unto you. To be honest when I accepted Jesus Christ as my savior I didn’t know what it truly meant. The only thing I knew is that I didn’t want to go to Hell and Jesus was the only way not to burn for eternity. I was motivated out of fear to accept Jesus into my life. Fear is a horrible motivator.
I started attending church on Sunday morning and Wednesday night out of fear that if I didn’t go God would get mad and I would be on my way to hell again. Don’t let me start on the emotional roller coast ride that occur when I missed church, didn’t give my tithes or said or did something I shouldn’t have said. This condemnation lasted for years until I came across a man of God demonstrating his relationship with God. I will not mention His name because it not important. What is important is the information that was given to me.
- God loves you and He is not mad, upset or having a bad day when it comes to you (1 John 4:11; 3 John 1:2)
- Study the word of God for yourself (2 Tim. 2:15)
- Renew your thinking and allow it to line up with the word of God until an action is birth (Eph. 4:23)
- Righteousness is a gift, and a gift can’t be earned (Rom. 5:17)
- Faith in Grace is all you need (2 Cor. 12:9)
Faith cometh be hearing and hearing and hearing…I realized at the moment I had no idea who Jesus was or what He was about but I felt the need to learn more about Him. I started to read the bible out of curiosity and not fear. I began to understand the love that God has for me and how intimate He was with that love. The bible talks a lot about this love. ….He knows the numbers of hairs on my head (Matt 10:30). …..He knows what I have need of (Matt 6:32). …….He gives me the desires of my heart (Psalms 37:4). With this new-found revelation I started to study like never before.
What kind of God would love someone like me with such intensity?
The more time I spent in the word of God, the more I began to understand who I was, the benefits of the kingdom and what my purpose is on the earth.
The benefits of the kingdom are everything pertaining to life and godliness to simplify according to 2 Peter 1:3. Everything you need to be success in this life God has already given it to you. …the house, the job, the car, the health, etc… I had to renew my mind or thinking to believe and receive the benefits of God’s kingdom. Renewing my mind simple means I had to know and believe in my mind, to the point it radiate through my heart, what the Word of God said about my life. The word of God has to become the final authority. God said “I’m healed” than I’m healed regardless of the pain or doctor’s report.
Implementing the new level of think in my life has given me a zeal that I have never had before. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not easy but it is not hard either. Renewing your mind, to receive that the benefits of the kingdom requires diligence, focus and commitment. It’s not a one-time event it is a moment by moment walk with God.