Unlocking Kingdom Authority and Power Within You

Rev. Manson B. Johnson

by Manson B. Johnson
Special to the NNPA from the Houston Forward Times

Matthew 16:19-21

Lesson #7

Bible Fact: Jesus expects all of His disciples to demonstrate the authority and power of His kingdom as a witness to a weak and wicked world.

The Big Idea: To get Christian disciples to surrender their faith beyond the traditional to be offered the opportunity to engage with God without restrictions to do miraculous works that represent God.

A poor old widow, living in the Scottish Highlands, was called upon one day by a gentleman who had heard that she was in need. The old lady complained of her condition, and remarked that her son was in Australia and doing well. “But does he do nothing to help you?” inquired the visitor. “No, nothing,” was the reply. “He writes me regularly once a month, but only sends me a little picture with his letter.” The gentleman asked to see one of the pictures that she had received, and found each one of them to be a draft for ten pounds.

This is the condition of many of God’s children. He has given us many “exceeding great and precious promises,” which we either are ignorant of or fail to appropriate. Many of them seem to be pretty pictures of an ideal peace and rest, but are not appropriated as practical helps in daily life. —Moody’s Anecdotes, p. 115.

Let us not ignore the promises of God and never locate the keys that unlock them for our use.

  1. The SOUL ONLY is the citizen that lives in the kingdom of heaven.
    1. On the Cross Jesus suffered for me
    2. In me Jesus saves me
    3. Around me Jesus secures me
    4. By my side Jesus sustains me
    5. For me Jesus sanctifies me
  2. 7 Keys to unlock authority and power of the kingdom of heaven within you:
    1. Love God; Deuteronomy 6:4-6
      1. Four ways to love God:
        1. Believe God…prerequisite for victory or answered expectation (Exodus 4:5; II Chronicles 20:20)
        2. Trust God…provides endurance to prevail during trails (Job 13:15,16)
        3. Have faith in God…confidence in the existence of The Supreme Power (Hebrews 11:6)
        4. Obey God …to accept the control of His authority (Hebrews 11:7,8)
      2. Loving God helps the soul to see God and respond to Him in a spiritual observance that transcends any earthly care, understanding or concern; Psalm 35:9; 42:1-4, 62:1,5; 63:1,5; Romans 4:17b
      3. Loving God is directly connected to our (spiritual) confidence in His ability to perform the impossible. The resurrection of the dead back to life is the most impossible to believe; yet, it is the most fundamental doctrine of the Christian faith; Matthew 16:21; John 11:20-27
      4. Loving God moves humans past complications and questions of earthly restrictions, limitations and boundaries; Genesis 18:9-15; Colossians 3:1-3
      5. Loving God enable true Christians to demonstrate that same unconditional limitless love toward others; I Corinthians 13:1-13
    2. Manifest your love of God daily in practice (not just on Sundays)
      1. Four ways to manifest your love for God within you

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