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Series: Kingdom Congress October 2015
Friday pm 9th October 2015 – Alexander Chisango
Jer. 1:9-10; Ex. 19:4-6; Ps. 110:1-3; (Isa. 55:9);
(Matt. 2:1-2); (Matt. 27:11)
We are talking about the government of God. Jeremiah was already part of a company of priests, then God says to this spiritual man, “Behold, I have put My words in your mouth. See, I have appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms, To pluck up and to break down, To destroy and to overthrow, To build and to plant” (Jer. 1:9-10).
‘You yourselves have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings, and brought you to Myself. Now then, if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words that you shall speak to the sons of Israel (Ex. 19:4-6).
The Lord says to my Lord: “Sit at My right hand Until I make Your enemies a footstool for Your feet.” The Lord will stretch forth Your strong scepter from Zion, saying, “Rule in the midst of Your enemies.” Your people will volunteer freely in the day of Your power; In holy array, from the womb of the dawn, Your youth are to You as the dew (Ps. 110:1-3).
God took a man, who was already a priest and brought him to the issue of nations and kingdoms. He says to Jeremiah, “If you are going to go further into the next level of the commission, to build what I want to build, the first thing that must be done is to uproot.” No woman can conceive a child unless the previous conception has been terminated or delivered. First there has to be a process of pulling down in order for the new to become established. We often cannot understand the kingdom because there is too much religion in us. We cannot build the kingdom of God on religion. We cannot build the next level that God is talking about on top of what we are already carrying which has failed to produce what He wants to produce. We must be ready for termination and dismantling. Then God speaks to Jeremiah about the process of dismantling, He used four different phrases for dismantling and used only two phrases for building. To dismantle is more difficult than to build. People avoid pulling down because it is associated with a rough ride. Whatever we have not pulled down will oppose us and will hinder the building. God uses four phrases to describe the essential prerequisite for dominion in the life of Jeremiah for him to bring the kingdom over nations. The phrases are: pulling down and uprooting, and overthrowing and casting down. You do not pull down, uproot, cast down and overthrow nicely. All those processes are rough but necessary for building and planting to take place. Sometimes after prayer some things are going to collapse. We always associate collapse, uprooting and tearing down with demons. We give credit to demons when they have not done anything, it is only God. There was only Jeremiah and God in the picture. This is God’s architecture and God’s way of doing things. We cannot talk about the kingdom of God unless each one of us is ready to be pulled down and have some things pulled down from our mentality. It is not good to come and always go home excited. You are backslidden if that is your experience. Some of the time things are pulled down so much that you go home not even remembering your name. We are living in a world which is configured and wired in opposition to the kingdom of God. We live in a world that has no absolutes. The only absolute is that there are no absolutes. It is so easy to be assimilated into that culture. We live in a drifting world. Before the Word can work for you, you have to pull down certain mentalities. You have to pull yourself out of certain inaccurate positions.
Jeremiah was being prepared for serious work. Nations and kingdoms were going to be affected. You have to look at God’s pattern, and where the pattern has been interfered with or is missing, you have to first pull down, uproot and overthrow. Then from there you can build. This leads us to the rationale or the logic of God when He dealt with Israel when He brought them out of the land of Egypt. The exodus did not make economic sense. Egypt was a superpower, a global power. There was no other power greater than Egypt. God was taking them from this huge, massive political infrastructure to a place where 60% of the land was either desert or semi-arid. Not only that, God says, “You have seen what I have done to the Egyptians.” He is talking about how He destroyed that power in order to vomit His people out and build the kingdom. He said, “I carried you on the wings of an eagle and I brought you to Myself.” He does not say He brought them to the land of Canaan, but He brought them to Himself. That is not possible without first pulling down. What may look traditionally exciting, traditionally established and entrenched, is not necessarily accurate; it is not necessarily eternal.
Our mentality thinks that the presence of God is the presence of comfort. Sometimes what is comfort to you is demonic to God and totally unacceptable. What is often logical is illogical in terms of eternity and destiny. God destroyed Egypt; He destroyed their balanced diet in order to bring them to Himself. Even with a balanced diet, without God you are unbalanced. Real balance comes when you meet Him. What is the use of physical comfort without knowing the Comforter Himself? He says, “The result of you coming to Me is, if you shall indeed obey My voice and keep my covenant, you shall be to Me a peculiar treasure above all people” (Ex. 19:5-KVJ). You will be different from all the others you compare yourself with. We are trying to be like other nations when God is actually trying to deliver you from them. God has a better idea of what we should be. God is able to reverse those who seem to be moving fast. He is able to make you look like you are going nowhere and then suddenly He makes you go everywhere, at any moment. It seemed that Joseph was going nowhere. From the time that he mentioned his dreams nothing was working for him. Things were tough and it went on for thirteen years. One key phrase we hear is that in the house of Potiphar and in the prison, God was with him, but mentally, economically and financial speaking, it looked like the world was moving without him. It looked like he was missing out, but God was with Him. Upon coming to Him, you are not missing out on anything.
He says, “My thoughts are higher than your thoughts; My ways are higher than your ways” (Isa. 55:9). Tonight we are dealing with mentalities. We will bring brilliant words and concepts but they are coming on top of old, wrong and obsolete pregnancies that we are carrying and it will fall into ground that cannot conceive. We have fixations in our mind and cannot receive anything new. So we are talking about the government of God, the kingdom of God. There are kingdoms of other mentalities, and we are getting ready to get rid of that and open up to God. We have to get ready to have our own Egypt destroyed. We have to get ready to have our usual diets demolished. Something must be uprooted, something must be dismantled. Something must be broken out of our lives in order for God’s government to come. We are in limited places because of the failed systems we are planted in. If we are going to get somewhere better, we have to be ready for an uprooting.
God the Father said to God the Son, “Sit at My right hand until I make Your enemies to make Your footstool” (Ps. 110:1). We know that Jesus Christ is King of kings, He was born to be king, He was born to rule. When He was still in the manger, those who came to see Him came with gifts and they worshipped Him (Matt. 2:1-2). When Pilot interrogated Him, he asked, “Are you a king?” He said, “You have spoken. For this cause I was born” (Matt. 27:11). After the resurrection the Father says to Him, “Sit at my right hand until I make all Your enemies Your footstool”. This means that God would not release His full government over the nations because there were still some stubborn things that had to be uprooted, and dealt with. We must deal with disobedience and rebellion against Christ. We must deal with stubborn mentalities. What is the Father waiting for before He can fully release the Son? He is waiting for some of the remnant enemies to be uprooted. The Lord said to my Lord, “Do not move into the entire earth and the entire universe yet, but for now, sit on My right hand. Not forever, but until I make your enemies to become Your footstool”. There is a submission which He is waiting for. There is a subduing of rebellion needed. The spirit of lawlessness is totally opposed to the kingdom of God; opposed to the reign of Christ. It comes in the name of tolerance and “my rights”. God has to come and destroy the Egypt in us in order for the kingdom to come, in order for us to become a kingdom of priests; people who humble themselves before the Lord; people who worship Him. One of the biggest challenges in the Church today is to make people worship God.
It may seem like the Lord is far away because the Father is saying to the Son, “Sit at My right hand until I deal with rebellion.” In our personal lives let us commit ourselves to uproot every enemy of Christ. Peter speaks about Christ, who the heavens must receive until there is a restoration of all things, until His order in put in place. If a ruler comes, he does not just arrive. There is always an advance team to bring order and to put everything in subjection to the ruler, before he walks in. A ruler does not come to do warfare, he comes to rule. A ruler does not come to fight with the enemy; His subjects are the ones who deal with the enemy. When the ruler comes, he comes to rule. So Christ is coming to rule. Every enemy of Christ in us must be subdued, uprooted and conquered. Then the Father will release the fullness of His kingdom.
The greatest thing we can do for ourselves is to bring all the enemies of Christ before the altar. Today let us surrender all the enemies: rebellion, disobedience, self-conceit, high-mindedness, high opinions. Lay down everything. Lay down your life, lay down your arguments; your off-sided self-will so that He can reign in us. We are being infested and destroyed by self-will and self-worship. There are so many forms of idolatry that have crept in to the Holy Nation, the Church. Let us repent and lay these things before Him so He can cleanse us. Let every wall of resistance crumble.