Today's topic is centered on Establishing Kingdom Principles in the world! We need to understand how essential these principles are and how much power they carry!
Establish: To make stable or firm; to fix immovably or firmly; to set (a thing) in a place and make it stable there; to settle; to confirm
Kingdom: the spiritual realm or authority of God.
Principle: A fundamental truth; a comprehensive law, A settled rule of action; a governing law of conduct; an opinion or belief which exercises a directing influence on the life and behavior, To equip with principles; to establish, or fix, in certain principles
World: The biblical concept of world falls into five categories: the physical world, the human world, the moral world, the temporal world, and the coming world.
Who rules the world?
2 Corinthians 4:4 Satan, who is the god of this world, has blinded the minds of those who don’t believe. They are unable to see the glorious light of the Good News. They don’t understand this message about the glory of Christ, who is the exact likeness of God
The world is more than simply multiple nations; it is a lifestyle cultivated by the tastes and preferences of men, which the devil has taken advantage of to establish his notions, language, and thoughts in man's dwellings.
Stay with me because we're going deeper today!! We are going to root out and pull down, destroy and demolish the worldly lifestyle operated by the devil!! Conforming to the world separates us from God's Will and Presence, corrupt our minds and thoughts, and promote sinful behavior.
After we expose and address them, we will build and plant the ideal godly lifestyle of a believer based on the Bible, but in sections. Today marks the start of this series.
Romans 12:2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Prime Example for Today: You finally meet someone God has sent to you, you're not dating him, you're courting.
Now relationships are perceived so wrongly! God has specifically said:
1 Corinthians 6:18 flee from sexual immortality, but the world has normalized kissing, smooching, hugging and having pre-martial sex.
When you are ignorant the devil will play you! Kissing and having sex before marriage is a sin!!!. These days I hear people saying things like kissing is normal. Oh really? Show me where in the Bible it says we should kiss before getting married. If you can't kiss or have sex with your unmarried partner in presence of God, your parents, your spiritual mentor, or your pastor, and you have to hide, then that should speak volume that what you are doing is ungodly.
Where in the Bible does it say that going on 'baecations' before marriage is a necessary part of a relationship? Where in the Bible does God instruct us to imitate other people's relationships: "relationship goals"?
In the Bible, all Godly relationships shared a common theme: to honor God. Some of the ways they honored God include: fulfilling purpose together (Priscilla and Aquila), performing signs and wonders (Sarah and Abraham), and conceiving offspring for God's glory (Mary and Joseph, Elizabeth and Zechariah, Hannah and Elkanah).
Examine and define what a genuine godly relationship is. Courting is the Christian term for pre-marriage relationships. When you court, you are entirely surrendering to God and inviting Him to play the role of master over you relationship. Courting is giving God reverence. Courting serves as a reminder that God is in charge. Ensure every place you find yourself alone with your partner glories God. No clubs, hotel room/bedroom. Be wise! Be prudent!
We must act and behave like genuine Godly Christian women! Yes, because it is hypocritical to entertain the devil and serve God. Period!
Back to the Bible!
Now let’s build and establish Godly principles.
1. Offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God!
Romans 12:1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.
2. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature!
Colossians 3:4-7 When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory. Put to death, therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature: sexual immorality, impurity, lust, evil desires and greed, which is idolatry. Because of these, the wrath of God is coming. You used to walk in these ways, in the life you once lived.
3. Be obedient! Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires!
1 Peter 1:14 So you must live as God’s obedient children. Don’t slip back into your old ways of living to satisfy your own desires. You didn’t know any better then.
4. To put off your old self, be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self
Ephesians 4:22-24 To put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt through deceitful desires, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to put on the new self, created after the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.
5. Stay away from friends who are invested the things of the world.
1 Corinthians 15:33 Do not be deceived: “Bad company ruins good morals.”
6!!! Walk by the Spirit daily!
Galatians 5:16-18 So I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh. For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law.
-Spiritual vocabularies carry power!
-They work on your behalf.
-What makes it so easy for us is that always try to counterfeit God. Which is so funny, the devil isn't creative; he uses all means possible to make you conform to this world.
-There are consequences for conforming to the world. -Conforming you the word is actually serving the devil.
-The issue with embracing these wordy terminology is that it forces you to comply to their perceptions and behave in their way of life.
Repent and Choose to walk by the Spirit. Allow The Holy Spirit to aid you and pay attention to His prompting and warning.
God loves you! Love y’all!