Sunday, April 11, 2021
RESET 1: The Reset to King and Kingdom
Pastor Troy Brewer, OpenDoor Church, Burleson, TX
Larry Randolph gave a prophetic word in this house at the beginning of 2020 and said
“WE HAVE ENTERED INTO THE TIME
OF THE GREAT RESET.”
– Larry Randolph
1: to set again or anew
reset type, reset a diamond, reset a circuit breaker
2: to change the reading of often to zero
reset an odometer
Recalibrate: to standardize (something, such as a measuring instrument) by determining the deviation from a standard so as to ascertain the proper correction factors
4: to adjust precisely for a particular function calibrate a thermometer
5: to measure precisely
But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.
If you want Kingdom results you have to be a Kingdom Christian.
WE MUST BE “KINGDOM” CHRISTIANS
Not all Christians are Kingdom Christians. Not all churches are Kingdom-minded.
* There are lots of forms of Christianity that in fact have nothing to do with the heart of King Jesus but are merely ideas and cultures with a steeple on the roof or a bible in the house or a cross on the wall.
Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness
They will put you out of the synagogues; yes, the time is coming that whoever kills you will think that he offers God service.
True and False Disciples in the church
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ 23 Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’”
There has to be more.
“Blessed are the poor in spirit,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
“Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one
who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.”
Carrying out the heart or the will of the father is what the Kingdom is all about.
People who follow Kingdom principles get Kingdom results
What is a Kingdom?
It’s where the King has dominion
To understand what Jesus meant by the phrase, “the kingdom of God,” we must first understand what a kingdom is. When we in the Western world hear the word, we may think of kings and queens ruling in empires like England. A regent over a kingdom is someone who has authority in that kingdom. That kingdom is a place where they actively rule and reign.
So, what did it mean when Jesus said that God has a kingdom, and that it has come near?
“Kingdom of heaven” is found thirty-two times, all in the Gospel of Matthew. Many other expressions can be related to the Kingdom of God such as “thy kingdom” (Matt 6:10), “heavenly kingdom” (2 Tim 4:18), “kingdom of his dear Son” (Col 1:13), “kingdom of Christ and of God” (Eph 5:5), “my Father’s kingdom” (Matt 26:29), “everlasting kingdom” (2 Pet 1:11), “my kingdom” John 18:36; Luke 22:30), “his kingdom” (Matt 6:33; Luke 12:31, ASV), and many references simply to “kingdom.”
What is the Kingdom of God?
The kingdom of God, as Jesus spoke about it, was not limited to a physical city, country, or land mass – even to the borders of ancient Israel. Rather, the kingdom of God was the dynamic reign of God over heaven and earth; all things visible and invisible.
For the ancient Jews, the idea of the “kingdom of God” was an accepted theological reality. Taught by prophets like Isaiah, the people of Israel believed that God is the one true King and Creator of the world. As King, he rules the cosmos (Ps. 24:8-10), and will one day express that rule fully on earth through his selected regent – an anointed one (Is. 61:1).
On that day, God’s people, Israel, will be delivered from their oppressors and brought home from their long exile. The world will be set to rights, brought under God’s shalom (peace) again as it had been in the beginning. God’s anointed, appointed King will rule the people of the world with justice, mercy, and love. This was the day for which they hoped, prayed, and persevered.
Jesus inaugurates the Kingdom
Jesus, a simple carpenter’s son and a Jew, is born in first century Palestine. One day, as a young man, he steps forward in a synagogue to read the Old Testament. He chooses a revered text that speaks of the anointed King to come. It is from the revered prophet Isaiah, chapter 61.
Here is the account:
“He stood up to read, and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.’Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him. He began by saying to them, ‘Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.’”
A FEARLESS DEMONSTRATION OF FREEDOM, REDEMPTION AND THE GOODNESS OF GOD
A church without the Kingdom is a church without God’s spirit! It is not a church it’s a relic.
”Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might.”
”Be filled with the Spirit.”
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