KEY SCRIPTURE: Matthew 10:7 KJV “And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
What is the kingdom of heaven as well as the kingdom of God.? These two phrases are used interchangeably in the word of God. The kingdom of heaven is basically the place called heaven where God rules the whole universe from. The kingdom of God is the reign of God in both heaven and everywhere God is _accepted to_ rule. Scripture in a number of instances interchange its use.
Our Father God dwells in heaven and so heaven is associated with Him. 2Ch 20:6 KJV” And said, O LORD God of our fathers, art not thou God in heaven? and rulest not thou over all the kingdoms of the heathen? and in thine hand is there not power and might, so that none is able to withstand thee?” This was the prayer King Jehoshaphat prayed, when he sought help from God, to be delivered form the Syrian king. He said God is in heaven yet he rules in the kingdom of the heathen. God our Father is the king of kings. He seeks to reign over all men. When men fell into sin, they were ruled by another king, Satan. Ephesians 2:2 KJV” Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:” This prince of the power of the air is the one who makes men disobedient to God. He has initiated that life of rebellion against God.
Man under the rule of Satan is lost and grievously messed up. Sin, sicknesses and all kinds of deprivations is what this king (Satan) gives them. God is on a mission of love to rescue men from this wicked King. A metaphor of this, is what we saw of the children of Israel under Pharaoh. Moses was God’s agent to do this rescue work, and bring them under the reign of God. (Please read Luke 1:68-74). The Priest Zacharias (John the Baptist father) prophesied about this program of God to restore the reign of God over men. Our message as a church to the world is about God who has set up His program of deliverance for men, so He could reign over them, bringing peace, holiness, health, prosperity and every sense of liberation. This is why every Christian is fully empowered to play this role. Sadly, most Christians have not come to the realization of this, and are chasing for what God has already endowed them with. 2 Peter 1:3 KJV “According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:”
Dear child of God, there is a place called heaven, where God dwells. When God takes over the heart of men, He brings that Kingdom into them. O! what an amazing realization. We begin to enjoy Heaven in our hearts with its related lifestyle, even before we get there. He has commissioned us to tell men that His kingdom has COME, and men should forsake their tyrant king (Satan) and surrender to Him. Healing, deliverance, opening of blind eyes and the demonstration of His power, is to show men the evidence and reality of the kingdom of God. Mat 10:8 KJV” Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out devils: freely ye have received, freely give. ” Child of God, when God sent Moses, did He empower him? Why are you crying for power? Maintain your fellowship with Him and know that the glory on you is even greater than what Moses had. (Read 2 Corinth 3:5-11). Hit the ground with this good news for the lost, saving them by ministering healing and holiness to them.
God is my sufficiency who has made me an able MINISTER, who has sent me on a rescue mission. I play my part in this rescue mission, by telling men about His kingdom that has come with peace, power, purity and prosperity. These are the things He has endowed me with, and I likewise bring it to men.
Read Luke 1:68-75, And 2 Corinth. 3:5-11
Luke 17:21 KJV” Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.”