The Secret of the Kingdom

November 7, 2014

Mark 4:10-12
When he was alone, the Twelve and the others around him asked him about the parables. 11He told them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables 12so that, “‘they may be ever seeing but never perceiving, and ever hearing but never understanding; otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!’”

The Secret of the Kingdom

Jesus spoke to the multitudes in parables which were stories of word pictures that carried within them kingdom truth. Now to many in the multitude they either didn’t understand or they may have just caught the natural understanding of what was being said. What Jesus was telling His disciples is that these parables carry kingdom mysteries and truths that are meant to be revealed by the Holy Spirit to true believers and followers of Christ. As we come to an understanding and revelation of kingdom truth it is to teach us how to live out of that truth and not what we see in the world. The blind follow the blind, but those who have spiritual eyes to see and spiritual ears to hear, pursue the truth that the Spirit wants to reveal and not just what their natural mind perceives.
What I believe Jesus was saying is that a lot of what He was sharing wouldn’t make a lot of sense or have a lot of meaning unless you have a real heart for the kingdom and the truth that is contained in these parables. A lot of us, through personal revelation or the teaching, we have heard through the years have some grasp of the these kingdom truths that Jesus spoke. What He spoke for His people to really hear was how to change your paradigm and thinking from the worldly culture you have grown up in to the heavenly culture of the kingdom. The secrets of the kingdom are keys for transformation from what we have been, into what we have been called to be. Many of us hear, but don’t put into practice what Christ taught. They just remain noble ideas, but they fail to transform our culture and paradigm because we haven’t become kingdom minded.
Jesus expresses it well in His parable in Matthew 7:24-27, “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock. 26But everyone who hears these words of mine and does not put them into practice is like a foolish man who built his house on sand. 27The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell with a great crash.”
Kingdom building in our lives establishes Jesus Christ as the foundational rock upon which all of our life values, principles and cultures are built. Many will sit in church or hear the messages of the kingdom and give mental ascent, but fail to put into practice these truths. What Jesus is saying is, ‘it is not what you hear and agree with as being truth that makes you wise, it what you begin to apply and walk in that builds the kingdom in you. God’s kingdom can not be moved, but every pretense of it will be washed away. That is the foundation of sand. Sand is believing something in your heart, but never acting upon it to cement it into your life. This is where many “so called” Christians are deceived. They acknowledged the reality and truth of Christ, but denied the power of its life changing ability within them, by only coming and hearing, but not putting it into practice.
The secret of the kingdom is stepping into what you know with the grace, the power and direction of the Holy Spirit. Christ in you is not just in word, but it is in power, love and a faithful walking into kingdom truth.

Blessings,
#kent

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Matthew 14:34-36
When they had crossed over, they landed at Gennesaret. 35And when the men of that place recognized Jesus, they sent word to all the surrounding country. People brought all their sick to him 36and begged him to let the sick just touch the edge of his cloak, and all who touched him were healed.

Progressing in Faith and Power


At the name and presence of Jesus the multitudes would gather and the sick were brought.  Jesus was like no other.  He was a “God sent” that wasn’t just words, but love, power and demonstration of God Himself.  Many didn’t fully comprehend who this Jesus was, but they certainly wanted to receive what He had to give.  He could do what no man could do and could speak such marvelous things that was different from the dry manna that was presented at the temple.  This man was able to make it come alive with stories and parables that they could relate too.  He didn’t come speaking down to them, but speaking into them the love and calling of God upon their  lives.
Jesus hadn’t always manifested who He was in such a manner.  It wasn’t always evident to so many that He was the extraordinary man that He was.  While, He may not have always demonstrated the power and the outward miracles, my guess is that He was always willing to talk to those who were interested about His Father.
We as believers carry that same Spirit that Jesus carried.  It is His Spirit that abides within us.  While the fullness of our time may yet to be seen; it doesn’t lessen the potential  of who you are and what you carry inside of you.  We all carry Christ within us, but because we are His body we carry different stronger expressions of Him in one area or another.  We are being instructed by the Spirit how to unify and fitly join together those strengths of expression that we may more fully operate as the body of  Christ.  We will move in the fullness of His time, but we must always move by faith.  As faith increases so will the manifestation of that faith.
We see these people coming to Jesus having no problem believing Jesus for healing for their bodies.  Yet, Peter in the previous passage waivers while walking on the water, but he is stepping into areas of faith that he had not yet experienced.  As we grow in Christ we must continue to step up our faith as well as step out in faith, not looking to our ability or spirituality, but to His Spirit within us to bring us into that greater revelation and release of His power.  That power has to flow out of His love that is the expression of the Father through us.  He is training us.  We are learning.  Don’t be discouraged, but ever pressing in; not allowing the “What ifs” to over take us.  We don’t do the miracles, we are simply the messenger and carriers of them.  We simply follow the prompting of the Holy Spirit and do as He directs.  He is the one that then brings about a supernatural change in the events of man.  Our responsibility is simply faith working through obedience.  In John 5: 19, “Jesus gave them this answer: “I tell you the truth, the Son can do nothing by himself; he can do only what he sees his Father doing, because whatever the Father does the Son also does.”  In the same way, we don’t move out of ourselves in demonstration Father’s power and love, we follow and obey the Spirit.  That is why it is so important that we spend the time building a relationship where we readily hear and recognize the Spirit’s voice.  What ever He says do, do it without trying to second guess or doubting.  When the Spirit is in it, it will happen in His time and His way.
Keep trusting. listening and stepping out.   Holy Spirit is growing us up into Him.

Blessings,
kent

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