Defining the Kingdom – part 2 – Boundaries of the Kingdom
In every area of our life that we do not acknowledge God’s rule and reign, another king rules there. This other king is a selfish, childish, petty king. This king is influenced by lust and fleshly desires. This is not a loving, caring king. This king is vindictive, judgmental and prideful. This king wants to exalt his throne and be like God. This king is willful and disobedient. This king… is you.
Yeah, I know, you may have thought that I was going to say the devil, but no, it’s you. If you have areas of your life that Jesus is not Lord over, then you have decided to preside as king over those areas. You have violated the most important Kingdom principle; Obedience.
The kingdom of me.
Willful disobedience violates the light of truth, and goes directly against the will of the King. When that happens you now attempt to serve two Kings. King Jesus, and king ……………<(your name here). The Kingdom of God and “the kingdom of me”. Just saying “the kingdom of me” sounds pathetic doesn’t it? Go ahead, say it out loud. How does that register in your spirit? Pathetic, right?
Before you serve a king, you need to consider the authority, power and resources of the king you will serve. Is he a good king? Does the king have the power to save? Does he have the power to heal? Can he confer blessing, and power? What are your rights and privileges under this king? Are there any kings more powerful than him? How long will his reign be?
If you ask yourself these questions before disobeying God, you will be less likely to set up the “kingdom of me”. For in the kingdom of me you must get your own deliverance, your own healing, and your own provision through your own power and resources. Obedience to the King prevents the kingdom of me from being established.
Just like all other kingdoms, the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of me have boundaries. The boundaries of both kingdoms are established by the same thing; our free will. When we submit our will in obedience to the King’s word, the Kingdom of God expands and the King is exalted. When we disobey the King’s word, we set up our own kingdom with its own boundaries. The boundaries of that kingdom are set up to keep God and the light of His word out.
Make no mistake, there are only two kingdoms in the spirit realm that we see in scripture. The kingdom of light and the kingdom of darkness. The kingdom of me is the kingdom of darkness.
The Lord has made us a steward over the Kingdom of God in our heart. As a wise steward, we are expected to expand those boundaries within us. God expects increase. The only way those boundaries are expanded is by proper stewardship of our free will. This equals obedience. Walking in the light of the truth we have been exposed to. The more we obey the King the more light we will be exposed to, and the more His Kingdom grows within us. The more expansive His Kingdom becomes, the more authority we are able to walk in and the more power is released in and through our life.
The Garden of God
When we are born again, God recreates our spirit as a model of the Garden of Eden. Paradise within you, perfect and complete. In our inner man stands the Kingdom of God. What an awesome thought!
We know from scripture that the Garden of Eden did not cover the whole earth, but was located in a small area in Africa at the head of four rivers. Adam was placed in the Garden and was instructed to fill the whole earth and have dominion, bring it into subjection, and subdue it. When we are born again, the Kingdom of God within us is small, but just like the first Adam, we are commanded to be fruitful, multiply and fill it up! We are to fill ourselves up with God and take dominion over our entire being, subduing the carnal man and bringing him into subjection. We should always be taking new territory in our hearts. This results in the restoration of the image of God in man, which is our created purpose.
Genesis 1:28 (KJV) Then God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion over the fish of the sea, over the birds of the air, and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”
There were many trees in the midst of the garden that were beautiful and good for food. The two trees specifically mentioned in the midst of the garden where the Tree of Life, and the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. God’s instruction to Adam was to eat of every tree in the garden except the tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil, because in the day he did, he would surely die. ( Genesis 2:17)
Just like the original Garden of Eden there are two trees in the midst of the garden in our heart. We have the Holy Spirit representing the tree of life, and we have our free will, our own personal authority, which represents the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
We are the body of the “last Adam” (1 Corinthians 15:45). We can walk with God just like the first Adam did by the Holy Spirit living within us. The model is very much the same, with one little difference; we are the last Adam’s body. Instead of Adam walking around in the Garden, Adam walks around with the Garden inside His body. This is one reason Jesus is called the last Adam.
We have a stewardship just like the first Adam, and in like manner, we have only one thing that we must not do. We must not eat of the tree of our free will. For in the day we do, we will surely die. Our free will represents our right to say no to God, and it represents our ability to know evil. If we continually walk in obedience to God, we will only know good. Saying no to God always brings death in some measure, but say yes to God brings abundant life. Disobedience not only brings death, it makes it painful the whole time we are dying.