(Set Up God’s Kingdom In The Hearts Of Men)
By Pastor Chris Oyakhilome
TO THE BIBLE: “Now after John was put in prison, Jesus came to Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
(Mark 1:14-15 )
Jesus came preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom of God. He said the time is fulfilled; the Kingdom of God is here (Mark 1:15).
What is the Kingdom of God? It’s not a place; it’s the reign of God, where He becomes Lord; where He becomes the Boss, and rules; where He is in charge and expresses Himself—His glory and His goodness.
That’s why Jesus warned that when you’re told “The Kingdom of God is over there, or it’s over here,” you shouldn’t believe it; because the Kingdom doesn’t come by observation; it’s within you (Luke 17:20-21). God’s plan is to set up His Kingdom in the hearts of men; it’s a spiritual kingdom.
Recall when Jesus was brought before Pilate in John 18:36-37; Pilate asked Him some questions to which He responded, “…My kingdom is not of this world…” (John 18:36). God’s Kingdom is not a physical structure; accordingly, Jesus said, “It has come”—that is, to be set up in the hearts of men. Thus, the Gospel of the Kingdom that Jesus preached is, “Hello everybody, God’s Kingdom can be set up now in your hearts; it has arrived! The time has come for God to set up His headquarters in your heart.” This wasn’t possible in the days of Abraham, Moses, Elijah, David, Solomon and the patriarchs of old.
However, when Jesus came, He brought the Kingdom in Him. Being born again, the Kingdom is now in your heart: the peace, beauty, glory, grace, and life of God have been set up in your heart! God is at home in you now. What a life He’s brought to us and brought us into! He wants us to tell the whole world this glorious news—that anyone who believes can now have the Kingdom of God set up in his heart! What a Gospel!
Go Deeper: Colossians 1:27; 2 Corinthians 4:6-7
Speak: Dear Father, I thank you for the Kingdom of God has been set up in my heart, thus, bringing into me, the life of glory. I declare that my life is for your glory, and I show forth your virtues, excellence, perfections, and beauty, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.
Daily Bible Reading: ONE YEAR 2 Peter 2, Ezekiel 3-4
TWO YEAR John 15:20-27, 1 Chronicles 28
Act: Win at least five souls today into the Kingdom of God.