Thy Kingdom Come

The Spiritual Laws Of The Kingdom

Are as binding as the Law of Moses.
“Who ever shall break the least of these commandments and teach men to do so, shall be called the least in the kingdom; but who ever shall do and teach them, shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:19. The following is a list of some of those laws. Space will only allow comments on a few of them, but the message He brings to us is clear.

On Hatred
“You have heard that it was said to the men of old, ‘You shall not kill; and whoever kills shall be liable to judgment.’ But I say to you that every one who is angry with his brother shall be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother shall be liable to the council, and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ shall be liable to the hell of fire”. How many people break bread with spiteful hearts? Unforgiveness is a malignancy as deadly as cancer.

On Reconciliation
So if you are offering your gift at the altar, your gift may be your ministry, and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go; first be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. Make friends quickly with your accuser, while you are going with him to court, lest your accuser hand you over to the judge, and the judge to the guard, and you be put in prison; truly, I say to you, you will never get out till you have paid the last penny. Your gift may be your ministry. The Lord will not stand having contaminated vessels operating in His church. Many come to His Table to break bread in filthy garments, and leave the same way that they came, unwashed.

The Law of Purity
You have heard that it was said, “You shall not commit adultery”. But I say to you that every one who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, pluck it out and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into hell. And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away; it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into hell.

We need to see that God’s plan is not external discipline via a new set of rules, but to give us a new heart. If we don’t know this, our experience will be hell; especially in this day and age when we are being bombarded with an avalanche of impurity. If we try and live by will power we will most certainly fail. God is not dealing with acts, but with hearts. Proverbs 4:23 “Keep your heart with all diligence, for out of it are the issues of life.”

On divorce and remarriage
“It was also said, whoever divorces his wife, let him give her a certificate of divorce. But I say to you that every one who divorces his wife, except on the ground of fornication, makes her become an adulteress; and whoever marries her commits adultery.”

This scripture addresses the actions of men. It is true that God hates divorce, but it is equally true that He loves the divorcee, and treats every case as the occasion merits. Through repentance, mercy and grace He can rebuild any life. By way of personal testimony, I was standing around after a meeting I had taken, with a cup of coffee in my hand, when a sister came up to speak to me. Before she could open her mouth I was prompted by the Holy Spirit to say to her, “Do you know that God loves divorcees?”, she immediately burst into tears of relief, because for 12 years she had been living in condemnation, trying to win back God’s love after a failed marriage. Yes, God loves us all unconditionally, and all He wants in return is our love.

On making vows
“Again you have heard that it was said to the men of old, you shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn. But I say to you, Do not swear at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. Let what you say be a simple ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than this comes from evil.” We can do business with God because He is as good as His word, but can God do business with us? Many men always have an angle to all that they say, and so cannot be trusted. But God is not a man that He should lie. If He truly is our heavenly Father, then as His sons we should manifest His nature. Do people trust you? Or when you come around looking for help are they sceptical?

On evening up the score by retaliation
“You have heard that it was said, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. But I say to you, do not resist one who is evil. But if any one strikes you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also; and if any one would sue you and take your coat, let him have your cloak as well; and if any one forces you to go one mile, go with him two miles. Give to him who begs from you, and do not refuse him who would borrow from you.”

On love
“You have heard that it was said, you shall love your neighbour and hate your enemy. But I say to you, Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, so that you may be sons of your Father who is in heaven; for he makes his sun rise on the evil and on the good, and sends rain on the just and on the unjust. For if you love those who love you, what reward have you? Do not even the tax collectors do the same? And if you salute only your brethren, what more are you doing than others? Do not even the Gentiles do the same? You therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”

On alms giving
“Beware of practicing your piety before men in order to be seen by them; for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven. Thus, when you give alms, sound no trumpet before you, as the hypocrites do in the synagogues and in the streets, that men may praise them. Truly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you give alms, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, that your alms may be in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

On Prayer
“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites; for they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you openly.” I heard a preacher once say, “I’ve sold my Mercedes to give the money to the church; and I’m about to commence to fast and pray for seven days to ask God to pay the debt on the church.” There are only three things Jesus said to do in secret; give, pray and fast. When we do He said He would reward us openly. He got his reward; his church went down the tubes.

On conditions for answered prayer
If we forgive men their trespasses, the Lord will forgive us; but if I don’t forgive then He will not forgive us, or listen to us.
For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father also will forgive you yours.
But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive you your trespasses.
Again in 1 Peter 3:7.
“If I regard in iniquity in my heart the Lord will not hear me.”

On Fasting
“And when you fast, do not look dismal, like the hypocrites, for they disfigure their faces that their fasting may be seen by men. Truly, I say to you, they have their reward. But when you fast, anoint your head and wash your face, that your fasting may not be seen by men but by your Father who is in secret; and your Father who sees in secret will reward you.”

On trusting in Riches
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is sound, your whole body will be full of light; but if your eye is not sound, your whole body will be full of darkness. If the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!”

“No one can serve two masters; for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and mammon.”

On anxiety and unnatural care
“Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you shall eat or what you shall drink, nor about your body, what you shall put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing? Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they? And which of you by being anxious can add one cubit to his stature? Why are you anxious about clothing? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they neither toil nor spin; yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. But if God so clothes the grass of the field, which today is alive and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, will he not much more clothe you, O men of little faith? Therefore do not be anxious, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the Gentiles seek all these things; and your heavenly Father knows that you need them all. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well. Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Let the day’s own trouble be sufficient for the day.”

On mote Hunting and Judgment unto condemnation
“Judge not, that you be not judged. For with the judgment you pronounce you will be judged, and the measure you give will be the measure you get. Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, Let me take the speck out of your eye, when there is the log in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to take the speck out of your brother’s eye.”

On Holy things to dogs and Pearls to swine
“Do not give dogs what is holy; and do not throw your pearls before swine, lest they trample them underfoot and turn to attack you. There is a time for everything under the sun, a time to speak and a time to keep quiet. Don’t force truth on unreceptive people, or give precious things to fault-finders.”

Against unbelief, Asking, Seeking and Knocking
“Ask, and it will be given you; seek and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For every one who asks receives; and he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks it will be opened. Or what man of you, if his son asks him for a loaf, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a serpent? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask him? So whatever you wish that men would do to you, do so to them; for this is the law and the prophets.”

About making right choices
“Enter by the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is easy, that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard, that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” Ask about everything; give Him the power of veto over all your plans. Ecclesiastics 12:1-2.

Against False Prophets
“Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits. Are grapes gathered from thorns, or figs from thistles? So, every sound tree bears good fruit, but bad trees bear evil fruit. A sound tree cannot bear evil fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. Thus you will know them by their fruits.” Not all who say to me, Lord, Lord, shall enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven. On that day many will say to me, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and cast out demons in your name, and do many mighty works in your name? And then will I declare to them, I never knew you; depart from me, you evildoers.”

Having the right foundation
“Every one then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house upon the rock; the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat upon that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. And every one who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house upon the sand; and the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell; and great was the fall of it.”

Wind, rain and flood are not abnormal phenomena, but accepted as part and parcel of life. Calamities come to every door without respect to rank of importance. The lesson here is, that the wise man prepares his household for the calamity before it happens.

And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes.