The Interests of The Kingdom

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What burdens are you loaded with?  What is your main concern?  Is it driving you to the Kingdom or away?

 

It is said that babies only care about their own interests.  We have a warning in scripture about it too.  It’s a judgment to those who are not leading their people to maturity to know the Lord but rather depend on them alone for everything as opposed to teaching them to depend on the King Himself and develop in their maturity.
Mark 13:17
But woe to them that are with child, and to them that nurse children in those days! 
We must take on the interests of the Kingdom and gather with the King.
– If you are not gathering with me, you are against me
– if you win souls then you are wise
How did these men turn the world upside down in the book of Acts?
Intimacy – The interests of the King have become my interests.
  1. Hearing the voice of The Lord clearer day by day.
  2. Doing His will or obeying Him
  3. Getting in His presence and staying there.
1. Must hear His voice better daily.
The first voice you hear is the one calling you out of the wilderness.  When we were without Him, He sent a voice to get us out of the wilderness!  This voice would prepare us to enter into intimacy with the King.
John 1:23
He said, “I am the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Make straight the way of the Lord,’ as the prophet Isaiah said.”
John 10:27-30
My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all, and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father’s hand. I and the Father are one.”
2. Obeying His voice / Doing His will
When you live every day as if it were your last, then you’ll learn to obey the voice of The Lord.
The Lion that is in you is greater than the roaring lions out there.  Those are your circumstances and the dangers that seem to come without notice at times.  But you are safe in His will.
Obeying His voice will mean that you go after the lions that are trying to scare you from entering the next level of intimacy.  Because you must obey His voice to live in these times, then you are going to have to go after your circumstances and cause radical change.  You will have to roar louder than the lions that are coming after you and instill fear in them.
The devil ran from Jesus after tempting Him in the wilderness.  Jesus was obeying the voice of His Father by telling the devil what was already written.  His voice will not contradict His word. This is why you must put the word in daily.
Matthew 4:4
But he answered, “It is written,
“‘Man shall not live by bread alone,
but by every word that comes from the mouth of God. ’”
3. Getting in His presence and staying there.
Acts 17:28
for ‘In him we live and move and have our being’; as even some of your own poets have said, for we are indeed his offspring.’
We must learn to abide in His manifest presence.
1 John 2:28
And now, dear children, remain in fellowship with Christ so that when he returns, you will be full of courage and not shrink back from him in shame.
It’s full submersion.  It’s like speaking a new language.  You can learn the regular way, but translators have found the easiest way is to get in that country and immerse yourself in the language and the ways.  It’s the same thing with the spiritual life in Him.  You must immerse yourself in The Lord.
Everything that can be shaken will be shaken at this point.  You must pursue the Kingdom or you’ll be in danger of falling for it’s the only thing that cannot be shaken.

Ps 114:7
Tremble, earth, at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the God of Jacob,  8 who turned the rock into a pool, the hard rock into springs of water.

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