Your kingdom come. Your will be done. On earth as it is in heaven. Matthew 6:10
If Jesus tells us to pray for God’s kingdom to come, then to what kingdom to we belong now?
Both Satan and God have a kingdom. Matthew 12:26, Luke 11:20
Both kingdoms have:
- A King of their kingdom - Ephesians 2:2, Revelation 17:14
- A throne - Revelation 2:13, Revelation 20:11-12
- An organized army - Matthew 9:34, Ephesians 6:12; Joshua 5:14, Revelation 19:14
- Children - John 8:42-44, 1 Thessalonians 2:10
- A realm or place - Luke 4:5-8, Matthew 28:19-20
- Opposition - Matthew 16:23, Matthew 12:28
You cannot be in both kingdoms, as they oppose one another. You may not “worship the devil,” but the devil is very subtle in drawing us away from God. Jesus tells us in Matthew 16:23 that anything against God’s plan is in support of the devil’s plan.
Jesus instructs us to pray for God’s kingdom to come because even though we are living in the temporary earthly kingdom, we can experience some of what God’s heavenly kingdom has to offer right now. God wants to undo the impact of the devil’s kingdom on our lives. He can restore our relationships, help us deal with our disappointment, and change our perspective.
God and Satan each have a kingdom, but the characteristics of these kingdoms couldn’t be more different.
|Author of life
|Kingdom brings health and life
Jesus healed all kinds of diseases and ailments. He proved that his power was superior to the kingdom of this world.
|Kingdom is about disease and death
Satan wants you dead. He wants to kill your dreams, hope, health, future, trust in God, and relationships. Many of our ailments are spiritual, and only God’s stronger spirit can cast this out. Luke 13:16, Hebrews 2:14
|Order, Clarity, and Peace
If you have an area of your life full of confusion, slow down and ask God to bring peace. Peace is not necessarily quiet, but order. (Think of the sounds of nature.)
1 Corinthians 14:33
|Chaos and confusion
For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints.
1 Corinthians 14:33
The Lord conquers this world and is reign is forever.
Revelation 11:15, John 3:16, Isaiah 9:6-7, Matthew 24:34
Revelation 11:15, 16:10; Matthew 25:41
|Not of this world
Satan has no place to bring you, no future kingdom to promise you. His end is destruction.
But he continued, You are from below; I am from above. You are of this world; I am not of this world.
John 8:23, 18:36; Romans 12:2
|Of this world
In their case, the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.
2 Corinthians 4:4
Science and intelligence are not what keeps people from believing in God, but their hearts.
The kingdom of God brings authority to overcome the impact of the devil in your life now.
But being in church doesn’t make you a Christian, just like living in your garage doesn’t make you a car. You must be transformed!
Jesus is the One with authority, and He has given His authority to His believers. So the only reason the devil has any authority in your life is because you give it to him.
|Seek His Kingdom
Our heavenly citizenship is the only thing we should seek.
|Avoid/resist his kingdom
In order to resist him, you must acknowledge that he is there and resist him with God’s power, not your own.
|Born again into
We want to belong to the eternal kingdom, but Jesus is clear that we are sinners in need of a new birth. Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, no one can see the kingdom of God unless they are born again.”
We are born dead in our transgressions, by nature “children of wrath,” born sinners. As we get older, we get more intelligent about our sin and more able to cover it up, but we are still in need of a holy God and need to be born again in order to belong to a different kingdom. It is Jesus who breaths spiritual life to us.