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THINE IS THE KINGDOM:

POSSESSING WHAT WAS MADE TO BE YOURS



DR. GREGORY M. FULLER

PASTFULL MINISTRIES

AUGUSTA, GEORGIA


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CONTENTS

Acknowledgements

Introduction

Chapter 1: What Must Be First

Chapter 2: What Jesus Came To Do

Chapter 3: What God Intended

Chapter 4: What Jesus Died For

Chapter 5: What Is The Kingdom Of God

Chapter 6: What God Wants To Give

Chapter 7: What You Must Do To Receive It

Chapter 8: And Then Comes The End

Conclusion

References

Other Publications By This Author


ACKNOWLEDGMENTS

First to my beautiful wife and queen, Katrina Laurice Fuller. Baby your love and support has always been a source of encouragement and peace to me. Thank you for your love.

A special tribute and honor to the late Dr. Myles Munroe whose preaching, teaching and publications have inspired and ignited a passion for greater knowledge and divine revelation of the Kingdom of God.

I would like to thank all the members of the Macedonia Church of Augusta for your love, support, patience and confidence in me, your spiritual leader, as I grow in Grace and Knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus the Christ.

Most of all, all praise, glory, and honor to God our King for revelation and the grace given that has enabled this work to be birthed.


INTRODUCTION

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.” (Matthew 6:9-13, KJV)

The prayer of Jesus, often referred to as “The Lord’s Prayer,” or “The Model Prayer,” is one of the most noted passages of scripture in the Bible. Known and quoted by both Christian and non-Christian alike, most everyone around the world has heard these words of Jesus prayed, stated, taught, preached and even made into musical lyrics. Recorded in both the Gospels of Matthew and Luke, this prayer of Jesus to some and model of prayer to others, stands as a pillar in Bible.

Matthew’s gospel records this prayer, or model of how to pray, as part of Jesus’ Kingdom teaching on the Mount. It is connected to Jesus’ message of the “Beatitudes,” His challenge to His followers to be both “salt” and “light,” His message to “turn the other Cheek,” and to “go the extra mile.”

Luke on the other hand has Jesus reciting this model of prayer to His disciples in response to their request of Him to teach them how to pray. “Now it came to pass, as He was praying in a certain place, when He ceased, that one of His disciples said to Him, “Lord, teach us to pray, as John also taught his disciples,”” (Luke 11:1, NKJV). According to Luke’s gospel, the disciples have been watching Jesus. They have walked with Him for some time and they have noticed that there is a correlation between His prayer life and His ministry. They have witnessed His power to heal the sick and His authority over evil spirits. They have observed that after He prays, He has power to perform miracles and multitudes follow Him because His teaching is so powerful and full of wisdom. Their observation has led them to believe and know that if they can pray like He prays, they can do what He does. Therefore, when Jesus concludes praying, they came to Him and asked, “Teach us how to pray …”

Jesus, because He also knows that their is a direct correlation between an individual’s prayer life and power and authority to do Kingdom work, obliges their request by giving them a model of how one should come before God in prayer and what should be requested. Jesus instructs His followers to first, come to God in relationship, as a child to a father. Thus, Jesus says, “when you pray say our Father.” Jesus teaches, after addressing God based your relationship with Him, acknowledge where He resides, “who lives in heaven.” Then declare His righteousness and glory, “hallowed be your name.” After the initial acknowledgement of God and honor due Him, then you make your request, “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” This statement and request are the bases of everything else ask in the prayer. Jesus teaches His followers what is and ought to be the first and most important, most essential thing to ask of God and desire for one’s life, “Your Kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.” To Jesus, this is what matters most and this is what God desires, to have His will done on earth as His will is performed in heaven. Jesus concludes His teaching on how to pray and what to petition God for by telling His disciples to acknowledge whose Kingdom it is they are partitioning God on behalf of, “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.” This statement is a testimony. It is a declaration made by the children of God that there is no greater King and no greater Kingdom than the Kingdom of God. All the power, dominion and authority belongs to God and is found in His Kingdom. “For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever.” The Kingdom of power, dominion, glory and might belongs to God.

His is the Kingdom. Yet, in this work I want to argue that yes, by all means, the Kingdom belongs to God. His Kingdom is a Kingdom of power and might. But the Kingdom is yours as well. If you will receive it, “Thine, (yours) is the Kingdom, and the power and the glory, for ever.” I want to show you through this work that God intended initially for the Kingdom to be yours. He desires that the Kingdom be yours right now and that the end of all things will result in you reigning as a king in the Kingdom of God. “FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM.”


CHAPTER ONE

WHAT MUST BE FIRST REPENT

Now when Jesus heard that John had been put in prison, He departed to Galilee … From that time Jesus began to preach and to say, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”” (Matt. 4:12&17, NKJV)

If we are going to enter into a discussion on the subject of the Kingdom of God, most, if not all of us must begin at the first word Jesus is recorded as speaking in his first sermon according to Matthew 4:17, “REPENT!” According to Matthew, Jesus begins His ministry, be it preaching, teaching, healing, casting out demons or performing various miracles, with this one sentence, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” The first word and call for all His hearers and disciples was a word of instruction, admonition and challenge, “REPENT!”

For most of us in the Christian/religious world, when we hear the word repent we think of confessing one’s sins and turning away from them. If you are like me, you were taught, even from an early age in Sunday School, that to repent is to confess and turn away from one’s sins to God. If I were in a room full of Bible students and were to ask, “What does the word repent mean?” “What does it mean to repent?” I would no doubt get answers like, “To turn away from sin.” “To turn to God.” “To confess one’s unrighteousness and turn to righteousness in God.” For most of us, the word repent and sin are mutually connected. Again, for most in the Christian faith, to talk about repentance is to also mention sin. Yet, let me challenge your previous teaching and present way of thinking.

Jesus begins His ministry by admonishing His followers and hearers to “Repent.” The word repent in the Greek, as stated here, is the word, metanoeō. Pronounce, met-an-o-eh’-o. The word simply means, “to reconsider,” “to think differently,” or, for the purpose of this presentation, “to change the way you think.” The word, “repent,” as Jesus uses it here, has little to do with any personal sin one commits. What Jesus is commanding his hearers and followers to do is to “think differently” or “change the way you think.”

Actually, if you search the scriptures, there is no place in the Bible were we are told to “repent of our sins.” The only verse of scripture that comes close to connecting the word “repent” to the word “sin” is found in the book of Acts chapter three, verse nineteen. It is recorded here that Peter begins preaching to the crowd that gathered around him, John and the man who has been healed, who was crippled. While the crowd marveled at the healing of the man who was known by his sitting at the gate of the temple, begging for alms from those who entered for worship, Peter begins preaching as to how the man was healed and by what name or power. To declare the power of Jesus to save, heal and set free from bondage, Peter encourages the crowd to, “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, so that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord,” (NKJV). Notice the words of Peter, not, “repent of your sins,” but rather, “Repent therefore and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out, …” Peter, like Jesus, is telling the crowd that it is necessary to “change the way you think” that the blessings of the Lord may be upon you.

Again, the word “repent” simply means to change the way you think. When understood as such, it is not necessary to say, “repent of your sins.” If one changes the way one thinks, that persons actions will change as well. The Macedonia Church family, the church that I am blessed and honored to serve, hears me say often, as it relates to sin, “First you think it, then you do it.” If you change what you think, you will change how you live. The apostle Paul, tells us, as it relates to spiritual warfare, as recorded in 2 Corinthians chapter ten, verse five, that we must exercise, “casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ,” (NKJV, italics mine). Thus, Jesus introduces and informs the world of the coming of the Kingdom of God by declaring, we must, “Repent, (change the way you think) for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand.”

WHY CHANGE IS NECESSARY

Jesus found it necessary to challenge his hearers to change the way they were thinking because those who heard him knew only of the kingdoms of this world. The Jews of His day knew of the kingdom of Rome. Caesar, was emperor, the Roman government was the ruling power and all the known world was ruled by Roman oppression and subjugation. Those who Jesus ministered to knew only of a life lived as the oppressed, downcast, ostracized and impoverished both by the Roman authorities and the religious system. These were a people who had become so used to living in the darkness of life until they could not imagine that they could ever be in the light. But now comes Jesus with a message of hope, deliverance, prosperity and peace. His is a message that tells the victim that you, in the Kingdom of God, are the victor. Those who once were the conquered, because the Kingdom of God has come, you are the Conqueror. Jesus’ message to the downcast, demoralized and destitute is that you can enter into another Kingdom, the Kingdom of God, and live as kings in His kingdom rather than subjects in the kingdoms of men. All the blessings of the Kingdom of God can be yours, but first, in order to receive them, you must first “Repent.” You must first “change the way you think.”

Jesus understood that a people, so use to being broken, will expect only brokenness. Jesus knew that in order to get a people who were so demoralized to want to enter into something better for themselves, they needed to begin thinking differently about themselves and the God that loved them. As the scripture states as recorded in Proverbs chapter twenty-seven, verse seven, “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: …” Thus, Jesus knew that in order for an individual’s life to change, there first must be a change in how and what they think. Therefore, Jesus begins his ministry with what must take place first, “Repent.” Change the way you think, for the Kingdom of God has come.

CHANGE YOUR SCRIPT

The words of Jesus are the words for us today as well. We must repent in order to receive the blessings of the Kingdom of God. Many, if not most of us, though not living in the oppression of those who lived in the days that Jesus walked the earth, under Roman occupation and oppression, have also become used to living in darkness. Too many of us are living in the darkness of financial struggles, emotional pain, relational challenges, political and environment oppression, mental anguish and physical sickness. For many of us, we have been in these dark places so long and have become so used to being in the dark until we cannot image life in the light. Yet, now it is time for the light to shine in the darkness, and when it does the darkness will never overcome the light in your life. The light that will overcome the dark places in your life is the light of knowledge. Knowledge of the Kingdom of God. Knowledge that the Kingdom has come. Knowledge that the Kingdom is yours. Knowledge that is acquired by changing the way you think. This knowledge and victory comes as you change your script.


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