Thursday, June 19, 2014

Kingdom Minded Kids - Part 2B

Continuing on in the series... to have Kingdom minded kids you must have Kingdom minded parents! 

How do you be Kingdom minded? 
A. Be transformed by the renewing of your mind. And...

B. Have a knowledge of the Word of God and actually use it! 

You can't be Kingdom minded without knowing the Kings Word. I'll break it down... The King is God. The  Kings Word is the Bible. YOU MUST KNOW THE BIBLE. Devour it. Hunger and thirst for it. Want it. Read it. Love it! 

Once you've read it do what it says. Be obedient and open to what it tells you. Align your life along side it. Let it be your guide, your moral compass, your comfort, your truth, your refuge, your strength, your help, your go to book, your standard... I think you get the picture. If you do this you won't go wrong! 

Now it's one thing to know the Bible stories and the scripture but if you are not taking it on board and applying those very words and examples to your life what good is it?! It is a living breathing word. It has relevance. It is real. So use it daily. If you're not sure how to use it, ask God to show you. 

Let the words become precious and real to you. May the words be your daily bread. Let them sustain you and teach you and give you strength and joy and peace and hope and promise and purpose and guidance and love. 

Now take it to another level again! 
Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires. 

If the word of God is a sword then it is a weapon. But just like a physical sword that you would hold and use in a battle; we must hold and use our weapon - the word of God. It is there for our defence and protection. As Christians we are always in a battle we may not see it or even feel it. But we are and our weapon needs to be used. Is your weapon shiny and bright and clean? I hope not! I want mine dirty and used, showing some battle scars. 

When the enemy or a situation comes against you declare the word of God over it. Tell the situation to get into Kingdom order. Don't be tossed around by the wind of life. Let the word of God hold you steady and planted. 

Ephesians 6:10-17 A final word: Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on all of God’s armor so that you will be able to stand firm against all strategies of the devil. For we are not fighting against flesh-and-blood enemies, but against evil rulers and authorities of the unseen world, against mighty powers in this dark world, and against evil spirits in the heavenly places. Therefore, put on every piece of God’s armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 

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