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ENTERING THE KINGDOM
by James Manning
12/20/2012 / Christian Living
John 3:3-5 (KJV)
Jesus answered and said unto him,
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Nicodemus saith unto him, How can a man be born when he is old? can he enter the second time into his mother's womb, and be born?
Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water andofthe Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
The kingdom of God:
What is the kingdom of God? The kingdom of God is the place where God reigns or rules. The kingdom of heaven is where heaven rules, but when you got God you also have heaven and when you have heaven you also have God. God is in heaven and heaven is in God.
Matthew 6:33 (KJV)
33But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Our number one pursuit as the children of God is the kingdom of God. Now remember what we have learned about seeking God, you seek
God through the hearing of his word.
The word worship means to bow, bend or to stretch forth. The picture is that of a dog that after he comes to a absolute stand still, he pricks up his ears and then he bows or stretches his ears forward in the direction of the sound that he hears and then he moves towards that sound.
The first form of worship is through the hearing of Gods word. You must bow your ear to the word of the kingdom.
You become servant or slave to whoever or whatever you bow your ear to. You will never be a true servant of God until you bow your ear to the sound of his voice. Once you truly bow your ear to the Lord you will never bow your ears to the voice of a stranger.
Now hear what I am about to say, the way to come to know another person is byConsistently hearing the sound of that persons voice, hearing is a process that starts with pure sound. Don't be moved by the fact that you do not see clearly right away because it is the hearing of pure sound on aconsistent basis that produce clarity.
John 10:4-5 (KJV)
4And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.
5And a stranger will they not follow, but will flee from him: for they know not the voice of strangers.
They do not know the voice of a stranger because they have not been consistently hearing the voice of the stranger; remember, hearing is a process, until you complete the process you haven't heard.
The word 'know' that we see hear in John 10 is translated 'see' 314 times here in the New Testament and it is use more than the word 'know'.
Because seeing and understand comes through consistently hearing the sound of ones voice.
We must seek first the kingdom of God through the hearing of the word of the kingdom.
Most people after they say yes to Jesus as the one who died for them and rose from the dead they begin to pursue ministry.
Your number one calling is not ministry. The first thing to do is to seek the kingdom of God, that is, the place where God reigns and rules.
Remember this, he who rules his own flesh will rule the universe.
If you don't have the rule over your own flesh you can forget about ruling over the earth.
Man is part of the earth, he was taken from the earth.
God through the man Jesus has made the earth and all things therein subject to man.
Man can not, and I repeat, man can not take dominion over the earth without first taking dominion over his own body. You must start with your own plot of ground.
But you need not worry because the Father has given you the victory through Jesus Christ his son. Now listen to what I am about to say,
Jesus came in the likeness of sinful flesh that through the power of the Holy Spirit he would not live according to sinful flesh and by doing so He took the rule over all flesh..
Here's a man with the same weakness of the flesh that you and I have, but was given grace to override all unrighteous activity through acts of righteousness,
He ruled over his own flesh, and it has been given to him to rule the universe.
John 17:2 (KJV)
2As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
Jesus gain power over all flesh while he was in the likeness of sinful flesh, it was at this time that it was given to him the ability to override all unrighteous activity through all acts of righteousness. He destroyed and undone all the work and activity of the devil.
1 John 3:8 (KJV)
8He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
Through the power of the Holy Spirit Jesus lived a sinless life, in absolute obedience to the will of the Father while he was in the very state of being sin. He gained the mastery over flesh while he was part of the same.
Jesus was the sinless man that was made to be sin for us; and because he had never committed a single act of sin,
God could grace him through the power of the eternal Holy spirit to live a holy and righteous life.
He was the only man of sin who committed no sin.And God declared him to be righteousness by raising him from the dead.
Romans 1:4 (KJV)
4And declaredto bethe Son of God with power, according to the spirit of holiness, by the resurrection from the dead:
It was the Holy Spirit that enabled Jesus to live a sinless life while he was in the likeness of sinful flesh.
And it was through the power of the Holy Spirit that the father raised Jesus from the dead declaring him to be the son of God through the Holy Spirit who enable him to live a holy life.
John 17:2 (KJV)
2As thou hast given him power over all flesh, that he should give eternal life to as many as thou hast given him.
Now this is kingdom living, it is to have power over flesh. when you gain the mastery over or dominion over flesh you will become the master of everything on the earth.
I want to make sure you are getting this; when Jesus the innocent son of God was made to be sin; (that is to say, he did not become sin by an act that he committed. he became one with you and me.
Before Jesus went to the cross, died and buried, you and I were just as much bone of his bone and flesh as we are after his death, burial, resurrection and ascension into heaven to be seated at the right hand of the father.
Therefore, what ever Jesus accomplished in the flesh he accomplished for you and me because we are bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh.
Therefore when Jesus was given power over all flesh, he also gave you his body that power.
As a result the same Holy Spirit that was in Jesus while he was in the state of being sin enabling him to live a holy and righteous life unto God is in you and me, because we are the body Christ. The same Holy Spirit is in us to enable us to walk as Jesus walked.
You see, when Jesus was raised from the dead bodily, you and I were also raised from the dead bodily with him because we are bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh.
Now listen to the words of Jesus,
Matthew 28:18-20 (KJV)
18And Jesus came and spake unto them, saying,All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth.
19Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway,evenunto the end of the world.Amen.
The power that was given to Jesus in heaven and earth was given to him when he was given power over all flesh. And this is why he could say to them, now you go.
Now hear this, You are the body of Jesuson earth and he is your body in heaven seated at the right hand of the father.
He is to the father in heaven in your behalf what you are to the world in his behalf. In other words, if you deny him on earth, he will deny you before the father.
Now this does not mean that Jesus is being selfish when you are being selfish, but it is saying that every moment you do not walk in what and who you are in Christ Jesus while you are still on this earth, Jesus is not showing who you are in heaven before the father; meaning that you are walking or living outside of the benefits of the king and the kingdom.
You and I must cease to walk according to our earthly body and begin to walk according to our heavily body.
Colossians 3:5 (KJV)
5Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
The body has members such as hands, feet, mouth ears and so on. Now get this, you have two sets of members, one set here on earth and another set seated on the right hand of God in Christ Jesus.
You must mortify or deaden your members here on earth by living according to your members which are in heaven in Christ Jesus.
And this can be done through the power of the Holy spirit.
Now back to what Jesus told Nicodemus,
See The Kingdom
John 3:3-5 (KJV)
3Jesus answered and said unto him,Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
Entering The Kingdom
John 3:5 (KJV)
5Jesus answered,Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born of water andofthe Spirit, he cannot enter into the kingdom of God.
There is a seeing the kingdom of God and there is a entering the kingdom of God.
Now hear this, you can not enter the kingdom without first seeing the kingdom.
Prick up your ears my friend because I am about to say something to you that is very powerful, it is not some great theological saying nor a theory of man, but it is a solid bible truth that if taken to heart it will set you free.
We have been taught and led to believe that when we are born again (from above) we areautomatically placed into the kingdom of God, but that is an illusion, it is not bible truth; in fact the people of God are living outside of the kingdom of the Father at this time and this is part of the problem.
This is why we are going without our needs being met; this is why we are being destroyed and hurt by our enemy.
Some one may say, but my needs are met and I am not hurt; Well, let me ask you a question, what about other members of the your body?
Do you not know that the word of God says that if one member of the body is hurting then the whole body is hurting; if one member of the body is in need then the whole body is in need. We are the body of Christ.
1 Corinthians 12:12 (KJV)
For as the body is one, and hath many members, and all the members of that one body, being many, are one body: so alsoisChrist.
We need to enter into the kingdom, everything has been provided for us in the kingdom, your protection is in the kingdom.
How do one enter into the kingdom? You start by hearing the word of the kingdom.
Matthew 13:19 (KJV)
19When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandethitnot, then cometh the wickedone, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
Something to remember, hearing is process, and is incomplete until you understand what you hear. Let me say it this way,
1. First there is only pure sound.
2. As you continue to hear pure sound understand will come.
3. You have not completely understood what you are hearing until what you see or understand produce actions.
4. It is through these acts which are produced by hearing and understanding the word of the kingdom that you enter into kingdom living.
You enter into the kingdom of God through an activity that is produced by hearing and understanding the word of the kingdom.
The Holy Spirit is the only one that can bring about theimplementation of this truth.
Now let's bring this truth home,
Luke 10:19 (KJV)
19Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
What power is he talking about? It is power over all flesh, and you receive this power when you hear the word of the kingdom with understanding, and that word brings forth a life of powerful action that will tread on all the power of the enemy and nothing shall by any means hurt you.
Your protection,your provision and perfect guidance is in your kingdom walk of obedience.
When your walk is circumspect nothing by any means will be able to hurt you. circumspect activity gives you power to tread over all the power of the enemy.
The Holy Spirit is here to make this so, trust him to do what only he can do; become acquainted with him.
Matthew 7:21 (KJV)
21Not 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.
The activity of doing the will of the Father is the same activity that treads upon all the power of the enemy. This is called kingdom living or kingdom activity.
Never forget what I am about to say, the position of obedience is a fixed position.
That is, once you enter in you remain there.
There is no such thing in the operation of God as one moment putting forth a act of obedience and the next moment putting forth a act of disobedience.
That's why I can tell you with assurance that we have yet to arrive to this place
I can go on and on with this but I must bring this to an end; but I would like to end with saying that this type of action is at a much higher level than what we have experience.
You see, you can have ministry of casting out devils but if you are not careful you can end up having demon trouble your self.
You can have a ministry of healing the sick and end up sick and dying from that sickness your self.
You can have what some may term as a powerful ministry and still yet not have enter into the kingdom. You must enter into the kingdom.
Remember, for this to take place you will need absolute cooperation from the Holy Spirit, because he is the only one that can implement this truth. He must come upon this flesh and force it to comply with this truth by overriding all present activity. And I say Amen!!!
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James R Manning
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Started his ministry as a pastor in the African Methodist Episcopal church and later became an associate pastor in the Missionary Baptist Church. James graduated from the Word of Faith Bible School in 1983. He is a certificate holder with Rhema Bible School. James founded and pastured the Shinning L
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