“The LORD has established His throne in heaven, And His kingdom rules over all.”Psalms 103:19
Psalms 103 is one of the psalms that I frequently recite to myself to encourage and build myself up. As I was quoting it the other day, something clicked on the inside of me when I got toward the end at verse 19. God has established His throne and His Kingdom rules over all! All of a sudden it dawned on me that no matter what “kingdom” has been established in the world whether foreign, national or local, God’s Kingdom supersedes them all. I know this is common knowledge and that we all know it, however, the revelation of it became so crystal clear to me in light of our current circumstances. So from a legal standpoint, God instituted laws from the beginning of creation. Ordinances such a marriage, family, and government. Those are the laws that work anywhere in this world today. From a spiritual aspect, He set up spiritual order that works in the spirit world. From the eternal perspective, He set up eternal decrees that will be in effect for all eternity.
So to bring this revelation into a practical application. God’s ways rule over the entire world, however, we are the ones that are responsible to get in line with them. So as an American, I have rights and responsibilities. Things such as freedom of religion, the right to bear arms, freedom of speech, etc. As long as I obey the laws of the land, I am entitled to these rights. Likewise, in the Kingdom of Heaven, when I get in line with God’s Kingdom principles and laws, I can expect to receive the benefits/blessings of the kingdom. The law book for the Kingdom of Heaven is the holy scripture. The more I get to know that book, the more accurately I can function in His Kingdom. In the same way I am responsible to uphold the laws of this land, America, I am responsible as a citizen of Heaven to uphold it’s laws. I cannot say in America, that because I didn’t know that law, I cannot be cited for breaking it. No, If I break the law whether I knew it was a law or not, I am responsible to uphold it. It is the same in the Kingdom of heaven. If I don’t know God’s ways, I cannot expect Him to change His ways to line up with the way I think His laws should work. I must learn the ways of His Kingdom since I am a citizen there.
In today’s scripture reading of Deuteronomy 28, God lays out the blessings that come as a result of following the laws that He established in His Kingdom. He also reveals the curse that results from following your own way or the world’s “kingdom”. Because we do live in this fallen world, we see the results of the curse all around us and new things emerging every day. However, we do not have to submit to those things. We are citizens of God’s Kingdom and His Kingdom laws overrule the worlds every time we enforce them.
Today I want to encourage you to submit to the Kingdom of heaven. Begin to study God’s Kingdom ways and begin to line your life up with them. Make a note while reading scripture when you see God’s laws and the resulting blessing. Also, keep note of the world’s ways and the resulting curse. Make sure you are knowing as much of His Kingdom principles as possible because you are responsible to live by them. Not only that, your blessed life is the outcome.
Today’s scripture reading: Deuteronomy 28:1-51