The Lord desires for us to seek after His Kingdom, and enter into all of His blessings. The enemy will always try to come to bring us distractions and lure our hearts to seek after the ways of this world and seek only after earthly possessions. The Bible teaches though, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal; but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).
It is only in Christ Jesus that we can attain true happiness and find peace for our souls. It is also only in Christ Jesus that we will be able to resist the temptations of the devil and find the strength to walk in God’s Kingdom on earth. Many people in Christendom have heard the saying; “resist the devil and he will flee.” This misnomer has caused many to think that they have the power in and of themselves to fight against the devil. The truth is that the Scriptures state; “Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). Without our submission to God, the devil will never flee from us, but in fact he will continue to attack us and lure us away from God’s plan for our lives. The devil is a deceiver, the father of lies. He always perverts the things of God. The Bible describes the devil as the prince of the power of the air and the ruler of this world. He comes as an angel of light to deceive and turn people from God’s plan and purpose for their lives.
When Jesus Christ walked the earth He preached that the people should repent because the Kingdom of God was at hand. The people of that time thought that the Messiah would come and establish an earthly kingdom and rescue God’s chosen people, the Jews. Though many Jews of the time believed in Him, some did not believe He was the One when He did not establish this earthly kingdom. These early Jews were trying to interpret God’s word through the eyes of the flesh. God’s Kingdom that Jesus preached about was in fact a spiritual one. One that we do not see with our eyes but it is there none-the-less.
The Bible says that God is Spirit, thus His Kingdom would be a spiritual one. This may not make sense to us at first thought; but God’s ways are not our ways and His thoughts are not our thoughts, His ways are higher than our ways, and His thoughts higher than our thoughts (Isaiah 55:8-9). The Kingdom of God Jesus preached about is God’s system and His precepts to be followed on this earth. God’s Kingdom is one that is comprised of faith, hope, and love. We may not see it with our eyes but it is there. He established it before the foundation of the world.
In order to walk in God’s Kingdom on earth we need to first repent and submit our hearts to God by receiving Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior. By humbling ourselves in this manner we begin our walk in God’s Kingdom on earth. As we are then filled with and led by the Holy Spirit, our eyes will be opened to God’s word, our minds will be opened to understanding His ways, and our hearts will be opened to receive the deeper things of His Spirit and Kingdom. By doing this we are submitting to God. Then as we resist the devil through prayer, fasting, tithing, and obeying God’s Holy Spirit; the devil will flee from us and we will be able to enter into the fullness of God’s blessings and purpose for our life. “Seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you” (Matthew 6:33).
We encourage you this day to diligently seek after God’s Kingdom knowing that when you do so He will take care of your every need. You can start by praying this prayer out loud to Him;
Lord Jesus forgive me of my sins and wash me clean with Your blood. I ask that You would fill me with Your Holy Spirit, and that You would lead, guide, and direct me in all Your ways. Reveal Your Kingdom to me, in me, and through me that I might be a shining example to others. Use my life to make a difference this day and I vow to give You all the glory, honor, and praise.
In Jesus Name I pray,