A new dawn will not be a chorus in your mouth. As we have been told again and again, we must accept responsibility for the new dawn to become a reality in our lives. God is a God of ways. (Psalm 103:7) Moses knew the ways, so he saw the acts. One of the ways to advance our destiny is by advancing the course of the kingdom. Anything you lift up takes you up. Anything you push forward takes you forward.
Kingdom advancement endeavour is putting God first in all your affairs in life. You can’t put God first and end as last. Matthew 6:33 says, “Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” You seek one and get all. Let’s look at three examples of people who put God first.Kingdom advancement endeavour is putting God first in all your affairs in life. You can't put God first and end as last. -@DavidOyedepoMin Click To Tweet
David. In 2Samuel chapters 5 and 6 David had just been installed as king and his first assignment was bringing back the Ark of God. It’s been over 3000 years that David died but his name has refused to die. You cannot carry God on your head and end up as tail.
Solomon. When Solomon became king the first thing he did was to raise an altar for God like no one before him had ever done. (1Kings 3:4-14) And when God called on him to make any request he didn’t ask anything for himself. He rather asked for wisdom to rule God’s people. God’s kingdom was paramount in his heart.
Hezekiah. The Bible records about Hezekiah that in the first year of his reign, in the first month, he opened the doors of the house of the LORD, and repaired them. (2 Chronicles 29:3) He put God first.
Kingdom advancement endeavour is serving God’s kingdom with all you have, unreservedly. (Mark 12:30)
Let us recognise that this family is a family of kings and priests; kings to reign and priests to serve. Kings for royalty but priests for loyalty. (Revelation 5:10). Many enjoy the reigning but they are not committed to the service. We must however understand that our royalty is enhanced by our loyalty. Only those who are loyal to the kingdom will enjoy maximum royalty in the kingdom.
Now let’s take it down to our local families. Your relevance in your family is determined by your usefulness. So also is it in the kingdom of God. You cannot cease to enjoy a new dawn for as long as you remain relevant through your service. It is the service that we render in God’s kingdom that rates our relevance before God. Until you stop working you cannot stop being paid by God. You remain eligible for promotion.It is the service that we render in God's kingdom that rates our relevance before God. Click To Tweet
Kingdom stewardship is worth everything you need in life. It is your addiction to the kingdom that determines your addition from the kingdom. You are blessed by the input you make into the kingdom. The kingdom will cater for those who cater for the kingdom. The kingdom will promote those who promote the kingdom. The kingdom will provide for those who care for the kingdom. If you want to step into new realms of new dawns, this is one of the gateways. Let’s explore a few ways to engage in kingdom advancement endeavours.
1. Prayer and fasting
Contrary to the approach of many, the number one purpose for prayer and fasting is the wellbeing of the kingdom of God. In Luke 2:36-37 we have the example of Anna who prayed continually in the temple to see God’s will come to pass. If you look at the pattern of Jesus’ prayer (Luke 11:1-3) you would see that the first request is for the kingdom of God. “Your kingdom come” before “Give us this day our daily bread.” You are not entitled to your daily bread until you have sought the wellbeing of the kingdom. Jesus’ word cannot be broken. You seek God’s kingdom first and you won’t have any other thing to seek.
What are we to pray for?
i. We must keep praying for salvation of souls and their establishment. (Psalm 2:8, 1Timothy 2:1-4, John 17:15). We see the example of Paul in Galatians 4:19. He prayed first, Christ came into them. He prayed again so that Christ would be formed in them. There are many that are saved but Christ has not yet been formed in them. They lack character and fortitude. Christ is not yet formed in them. Epaphras took up the cause of labouring in prayers over fellow believers so that they would stand perfect and complete in the will of God. (Colossians 4:12) We ought to do likewise.You are not entitled to your daily bread until you have sought the wellbeing of the kingdom. -@DavidOyedepoMin Click To Tweet
ii. Church growth. God delights in multitudes. (Proverbs 14:28. Luke 14:23.) God detests empty churches. He wants His house to be filled. (Ezekiel 36:37) We must keep praying.
iii. Revival. We must pray for spiritual awakening. (Psalm 85:6, Habakkuk 3:2, Joel 2:13-14). Every time we are praying there is an outpouring of the spirit that we enjoy.
iv. We must pray for our spiritual leaders. We must pray among other things for their stability (Matthew 26:31, Luke 22:31-32), for impactful ministry (1Thessalonians 3:1-3), for boldness in discharging the word of the Lord (Ephesians 6:19-20), for their deliverance. They are the prime target of attack for the devil. (1Thessalonians 3:1-2, Acts 12:1-11). As the church prayed Peter was released, Herod was destroyed.
v. Pray for fellow brethren. (Ephesians 6:18, James 5:16, Job 42:10). Your prayer for your brethren is a security for your life. When James was arrested and the church did not pray, he was killed. Peter was then taken. If the church hadn’t prayed, Peter too would have been killed and then another person would have been taken. So when you pray for the church you are also protecting yourself.
vi. We must pray for our nations. In every nation God has his own people. “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land ” (2Chronicles 7:14, Psalm 122:6)
2. Soul winning
Why must we engage in soul winning?
i. It is the commandment of the Lord. (Mark 16:15, Matt 28:18)
ii. It is the number one purpose of the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 1:8). Without soul winning the Holy Spirit will be docile. The Holy Spirit will work with us actively when we’re engaged in soul winning.
iii. It is following the example of the master. (John 4:1-42, 1Peter 2:21, John 20:21)
iv. It is a demonstration of our sonship. (Proverbs 10:5)
What are the new dawn rewards for kingdom advancement endeavours?
1. You enjoy blessed bread and water. You can be rich and buy bread and water, that does not mean it is blessed. He will bless your bread and water means anything you eat is sanctified. (Exodus 23:25-26). You enjoy sound health. (Deuteronomy 34:7)
2. You get fruitful by serving him. (Psalm 127:3)
3. Honour. Honour is a thing money cannot buy. It is given only to those who serve Him. (John 12:26, 1Samuel 2:30, Proverbs 27:18)
Receive grace for kingdom stewardship in Jesus’ name. Amen.
The first step to entering a new dawn is to become a member of God’s family through faith in Jesus Christ. If you have not yet accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Saviour, or if you want to rededicate your life to Him, please pray this prayer with the whole of your heart: “Lord Jesus, I believe you are the Son of God. Thank you for dying on the cross for my sins. Please forgive my sins and give me the gift of eternal life. I ask you in to my life and heart to be my Lord and Saviour. I want to serve you always.”
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