Let's explore the Kingdom of God and the seven elements of its culture.
In prayer I said to the Lord, "Our nation is in peril." His response was, "It always has been, but I am here." As disciples of Christ that are restoring the New Testament apostolic model of ministry we have hope. We are part of a kingdom, the Kingdom of God, that will continue on and ever increasing (Isaiah 9:7). It has survived man-ruled kingdom after man-ruled kingdom.
I am convinced that embracing the Kingdom of God is our road through conflict, confusion, fear, even perilous times (Matthew 6:33). Just as you studied out the apostolic model of ministry and are transitioning into it (Ephesians 4), study Christ' Kingdom of God teachings. To understand the Kingdom of God is to understand the culture of the Kingdom. Every kingdom has seven elements including the Kingdom of God.
- Social Organization
- Customs and Traditions
- Arts and Literature
- Economic System
I will explain these in detail in the process of time.
The governments (kingdoms) of this world are being shaken. Mammon is a cruel taskmaster and Mammon kingdoms are falling apart. I am reminded of Isaiah's prophecy speaking of the remnant. "And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations" (Isaiah 9:4). Notice the ministry of the anointed remnant: build and repair. The three words that are in the DNA of the New Testament apostolic model of ministry are build, restore and govern.
At the beginning of the year the Holy Ghost spoke of these three things to the prophets in my church:
- A three prong cord is not easily broken. That cord was reformation, restoration and renaissance.
- The mysteries of the Kingdom of God would sustain us.
- The necessity of unity: Speaking the same thing, moving in the same direction and working together as one.
All of these were references to embracing the Kingdom of God. As already said, to embrace the Kingdom of God requires us to embrace the culture of the Kingdom. I am proud of the people at Spirit of Life Ministries and the Global Cause Network that have laid down their lives for Christ, are faithful to pray and seek God with everything in them for revelation from the Holy Spirit.
Jesus gave us the answer we need for our generation. It's found in understanding what the Kingdom of God is and how to embrace it. I am going to do everything I can to teach you what the Holy Ghost is saying. From making the transition from a pastoral-only model of ministry to the more effective apostolic model of ministry and everything I hear from the Holy Ghost regarding embracing the Kingdom of God. So be encouraged dear ones. Jesus said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you." This is our finest hour. We were created for such a time as this.
BY Jonas Clark