More Principles by Which
of the Kingdom Live
NEVER HAS THERE BEEN A TIME like now to
learn from our King how to walk in the principles of His Kingdom. We continueslowlythis
month with His prime teaching in Mt 5 thru 7 about the Kingdom of Heaven. This is the Kingdom He brought powerfully and graciously
into the earth.
JESUS TAUGHT HIS DISCIPLES TO MAKE THE KINGDOM
OF HEAVEN THE PRIME OBJECTIVE OF THEIR SEARCH IN LIFE. Amazingly, this Kingdom takes concern for all the important issues of
DAY 1The Lord Jesus teaches us to give
up all anxiety about the everyday things of life.
Matthew 6:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought (hold
no anxiety) for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink:
nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than
meat, and the body than raiment?
Psalm 55:22 Cast thy burden upon
the LORD, and He shall sustain thee: He shall never suffer the righteous
to be moved.
· LORD, I have tried to carry these many burdensfor my family, for these others that I love, and even for myself. Today
I am ready to lay them all before You. You alone can bear them. One by
one, I lay these cares at Your feetand I worship You.
teaches us to trust God for our food, even if there is no source for it
Matthew 6:26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do
they reap, nor gather into barns: yet your Heavenly Father feedeth them.
Are ye not much better than they?
Psalm 145:13-16 Thy Kingdom is an
everlasting Kingdom, and Thy Dominion endureth throughout all generations.
The LORD upholdeth all that fall -- and raiseth up all those that be bowed
down. The eyes of all wait upon Thee: and Thou givest them their meat
in due season, openest Thine hand -- and satisfiest the desire of every
· HEAVENLY FATHER, open my eyes to see the
everlasting wonders of Your Kingdom. Teach me, even as You have taught
the little bird, to trust in Your loving careeven when there seems
to be no way that I can see. I worship You, Oh Loving Lord!
teaches us to trust God for our clothing, even if we come down to our
Matthew 6:27-30 Which of you by taking
thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for
raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they crow: they toil not,
neither do they spin: and yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all
his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe
the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the
oven, shall He not much more clothe you. O ye of little faith?
· DEAR FATHER, what love and tender care You
have for us! Forgive me when Ive worried about the time of trouble so many feel is coming. Teach me today to simply trust You for provision,
even if it calls for some miracle from Your unseen hand.
teaches us put His Kingdom first before all else we seek in life.
Matthew 6:31-33 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we
eat? or What shall we drink? or Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For
after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your Heavenlv Father
knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the Kingdom
of God, and His righteousness: and all these things shall be added unto
· FATHER, show me how Ive put other things,
and people, before You. Teach me to make Your Kingdom the first object
of my search in life. Help me adjust my living so I can be right for You
and Your Kingdoms purpose upon me. And please, make me and my family
ready for what trouble may come.
the face of Gods love and greatness, Jesus teaches us to put away
Matthew 6:34 Take therefore no thought (hold no anxiety) for
the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself.
Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.
II Chronicles 16:9a For
the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to show
Himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward Him...
· FATHER, You have worked wonders in my life.
Help me remember Your grace and Your faithfulness even in the face of
calamity, poverty, and the failure of those I have leaned on. Even if
I face the great tribulation, teach me I can still trust You.
JESUS TAUGHT HIS DISCIPLES TO
BE JUST IN THEIR ASSESSMENT OF OTHERS.
In His Kingdom, we have a tender concern for those in whom wrong has taken
the upper hand.
is a Kingdom principle that if we set ourselves up to judge, we shall
face the same judgment we place on others.
Matthew 7:1,2 Judge not, that ye be not judged. For with what judgment
ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall
be measured to you again.
Romans 14:13 Let us not therefore judge
one another any more: but judge this rather, that no man put a stumblingblock
or an occasion to fall in his brothers way.
· LORD, please set me free from this tendency
to be critical of others. Make me, instead, a person of mercy. Help me
hear the deep cry of another persons heart so I can be gracious
toward them. Make me a healer in Your Kingdom.
Kingdom persons are more critical of themselves than others.
Matthew 7:3-5 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brothers
eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt
thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye: and,
behold, a beam is in thine own eve? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the
beam out of thine own eye: and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out
the mote out of thy brothers eye.
· FATHER, Im inclined to see the wrongs
of others more clearly than 1 see my own. Oh, forgive me! Give me the
grace to deal with these things in my spirit that I know are an offence
teaches us to hold deep regard for holy things committed to our care.
Matthew 7:6 Give not that which is holy unto the dogs, neither cast
ye your pearls before swine, lest they trample them under their feet,
and turn again and rend you.
Psalm 39:1 I said, I will take heed to
my ways, that I sin not with my tongue: I will keep my mouth with a bridle,
while the wicked is before me.
· LORD, teach me to hold high regard for the
light You have given me. Help me not sin with my tongue by speaking of
Your high truth in the presence of those who will only make mockery of
it. Show me how 1 should speak when with unbelievers so they can see Your
light and truth in me.
JESUS TAUGHT THE SIMPLEST LESSON ABOUT PRAYING
WHEN HE USED THE SIMPLE WORD "ASK." He
taught us never to give in till we see the answer.
compared praying with an asking, a seeking and a knocking that never ceases.
Matthew 7:7,8 *Ask, and it shall be given you: *seek, and ye shall
find: *knock, and it shall be opened unto you: for every one that asketh
receiveth: and he that seeketh findeth: and to him that knocketh it shall
be opened. (*Each Verb thus marked is so spelled in the Original to mean that the
action goes on without ceasing.)
Psalm 10:17 LORD, Thou hast heard the desire of the humble:
Thou wilt prepare their heart. Thou wilt cause Thine ear to hear.
· LORD, teach me to pray without ceasing. Bring
me to the place where my worship of You never ceases. I want my love for
You and my trust in You to never stop, even in the face of difficulties.
10If earthly fathers tenderly care
for their children, how much greater is our Heavenly Fathers care
Matthew 7:9-11 Or what man is there of you, whom if his son ask bread,
will he give him a stone? Or if he ask a fish, will he give him a serpent?
If ye then, Being evil know how to give good gifts unto your children,
how much more shall your Father which is in Heaven give good things to
them that ask him?
· HEAVENLY FATHER, Im one who needs healing
to know You as my Father. Thank You for the natural father You gave me,
but sometimes he didnt know how to be a father. I have much to learn.
Please heal me so I can trust You completely.
JESUS TAUGHT THAT THE WAY OF GODS KINGDOM
IS NARROW AND MAY BE DIFFICULT. In this
He brought lessons from the Old Covenant over into the New.
Golden Rule of Christs Kingdom has its roots in the Law and the
Matthew 7:12 Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should
do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the Law and the Prophets.
Leviticus 19:18 Thou shalt not avenge, nor bear any grudge against the
children of thy people, but thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself:
I am the LORD.
· LORD, I submit to this basic premise of Your
Kingdomto love others as I love myself. Let this search me today.
Show me how I fail in loving my neighbor as myself. Then, please show
me how I can adjust my way of living and responding to others so I can
fulfill this Golden Rule.
in this time of grace, the way of entrance into the Kingdom is narrow.
Matthew 7:13,14 Enter ye in at the strait (narrow) gate.
For wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction,
and many there be which go in thereat: because strait is the gate, and
narrow (compressed) is the way, which leadeth unto life, and
few there be that find it.
· FATHER, this is awesome to my soul. Let me
not assume that I am in Your Kingdom. Search all my heart and soul. Find
every way in me that is an offense to You and Your Kingdom. Bring the
convictions upon me that will bring me into its narrow way.
regard to the Kingdom, false prophets will come with their deceptions.
Matthew 7:15,16a Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheeps
clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by
Jeremiah 14:14 Then the LORD said unto me The Prophets
prophesy lies in My Name: I sent them not, neither have I commanded them,
neither spake unto them: they prophesy unto you a false vision and divination,
and a thing of nought, and the deceit of their heart.
· FATHER, I renounce the very lie of Satan.
Please cleanse my spirit of every idea Ive embraced that is wrong
for Your Kingdom. And please give me a discerning spirit to know what
is right before You.
the Kingdom, what we are is more important than what we say or do.
Matthew 7:16b-20 Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?
Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit: but a corrupt tree
bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit,
neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth
not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by
their fruits ye shall know them.
· DEAR LORD, I do not want to become a fruit"
inspector of ministries that came along. But, please give me enough discernment
not to follow after those who speak and teach what is falseand who
do not walk in the truth they speak.
THE CRITERION FOR GODS
KINGDOM REVOLVES AROUND DOING WHAT HE WANTS.
If we will function in His Kingdom, we will give up our own self-willed
standard of determination for Gods Kingdom is whether we do His
Matthew 7:21 Not every one that saith unto Me, Lord, Lord shall enter
into the Kingdom of Heaven: but he that doeth the will of My Father which
is in heaven.
Hebrews 13:20,21 Now the God of peace, that brought again
from the dead our Lord Jesus, that Great Shepherd of the sheep, through
the Blood of the everlasting Covenant, make you perfect in every good
work to do His will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in His
sight, through Jesus Christ: to Whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
· FATHER, I have no hope of doing Your will,
except by Your enabling grace. Thank You for the grace You have given
me in Christ Jesus. Oh, let it work its way into all the deep parts of
my soul and spirit!
many who think they know Gods Kingdom will miss its glory.
Matthew 7:22,23 Many will say to Me in
that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Thy Name? and in Thy Name have cast out devils? and in Thy Name
done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them. I never knew you: depart from
Me, ye that work iniquity.
· FATHER, please bring the convicting power
of Your Spirit upon these people who profess to know You, but by their
works deny You. And LOVING LORD, please include me as Your convicting
people. I dont want to arrive at the day of judgment condemned.
wise people who receive instruction from the Lord will be safe from harm.
Matthew 7:24,25 Therefore whosoever heareth these sayings of Mine,
and doeth them, I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house
upon a rock: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and the winds
blew, and beat upon that house: and it fell not: for it was founded upon
· DEAR LORD, please open my ears to hear Your
instruction. Set me free from all false hope and religious ideas that
are not in line with Your Word. Help me become willing to change where
who hear the Word of the Lord, but give it no heed, will fall in judgment.
Matthew 7:26,27 And every one that heareth these sayings of Mine,
and doeth them not, shall be likened unto a foolish man, which built his
house upon the sand: and the rain descended, and the floods came, and
the winds blew, and beat upon that house: and it fell: and great was the
fall of it.
· LORD, give me a heart to hear You. I think
in some ways I am callous. In some ways I hear but dont follow on
to know You and the ways of Your Kingdom. Please bring Your sweet judgments
on me now so I can stand in the final day.
teachings of the Lord Jesus were astonishing then, and remain so to many.
Matthew 7:28,29 And it came to pass, when Jesus had ended these sayings,
the people were astonished at His doctrine: for He taught them as One
having authority, and not as the scribes.
Matthew 28:18 And Jesus came
and spake unto them, saying, All power is given unto Me in heaven and
· POWERFUL LORD, in every way I am ready to
submit to the authority of Your Kingdom. Show me where my own stubbornness
has held out against You. Deal with me by Your Spirit till every part
of me is yielded to You. Oh, I love You and want to hold nothing back
Lord Jesus was that Prophet about Whom God spoke to Moses.
Deuteronomy 18:18,19 I will raise them up a Prophet from among
their brethren, like unto thee, and will put My words in His mouth: and
He shall speak unto them all that I shall command Him. And it shall come
to pass, that whosoever will not hearken unto My words which He shall
speak in My Name. I will require it of him.
· DEAR LORD JESUS, open my understanding to
know You as the Son of David, as the Son of Abraham, and as the Son of
Adam. And open my heart to know You as the One to Whom the Father pointed
when He spoke to Moses about One to come. I long to know You in the Covenants.
I long to know You as the perfect fulfillment of all righteousness.
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