And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.
We have been studying Matthew 13:44-46 which talks about finding a pearl of great price. If we understood all that the Kingdom offers we would sacrifice all that we have to obtain it.
Examples of the Kingdom of God and dominion as a gifts and referenced first:
- The Kingdom of God was God’s first gift to man and the first thing man lost in the garden. It is also what Jesus came to restore.
- John the Baptist, Jesus’ forerunner’s, first message was repent for the Kingdom of is at hand. Repent means to return to the highest. (Matthew 3:2)
- Jesus instructs us to pray and call on the kingdom first “thy Kingdom come” (Matthew 6:9-10)
- We are encouraged to seek first the Kingdom of God (Matthew 6:33)
What is the Kingdom? It is the King’s domain or the king’s dominion. It’s Jesus’ dominion and power. The Kingdom is the will of Heaven on earth. It is heaven in your marriage, heaven with your children, God’s will on earth.
- We get days of heaven on earth! (Deuteronomy 11:21)
- The first gift that God gave the church was dominion. (Matthew 16:19)
There are few believers who are willing to endure the cost of the anointing. Jesus is not just for Sunday. The gospel is all about what you can give so that you might gain.
The anointing comes with a cost as seen with the ten virgins in Matthew 25 who wanted to go to the wedding but did not count the cost and pay for oil to have in their lamps.
And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple. For which of you, intending to build a tower, sitteth not down first, and counteth the cost, whether he have sufficient to finish it? Lest haply, after he hath laid the foundation, and is not able to finish it, all that behold it begin to mock him, Saying, This man began to build, and was not able to finish.
And I appoint unto you a kingdom, as my Father hath appointed unto me; And they began to enquire among themselves, which of them it was that should do this thing. And there was also a strife among them, which of them should be accounted the greatest. And he said unto them, The kings of the Gentiles exercise lordship over them; and they that exercise authority upon them are called benefactors. That ye may eat and drink at my table in my kingdom, and sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel. And the Lord said, Simon, Simon, behold, Satan hath desired to have you, that he may sift you as wheat: But I have prayed for thee, that thy faith fail not: and when thou art converted, strengthen thy brethren. And he said unto him, Lord, I am ready to go with thee, both into prison, and to death.
The disciples argued in these passages about who was the best. While we argue about a seat that we feel better equipped for than the one who has the seat, we are ignoring the seats that we were given to us.
2 Corinthians 4:5-10
For we preach not ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord; and ourselves your servants for Jesus’ sake. For God, who commanded the light to shine out of darkness, hath shined in our hearts, to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. But we have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power may be of God, and not of us. We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; Persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.
There is a connection between the pearl of great price and what Paul tells the church of Corinth here in chapter 4.
There would have never been a resurrection without the crucifixion. When a seed is planted in the earth, the seed dies and a harvest comes. Life is not in the seed but in planting the seed. What in our lives have to die so that we can see its full power? The process is the cross, the pearl is when God raises it.
God will allow a thorn to remain in your flesh because it keeps you weak. When you are weak you’re not proud, its not about you, it keeps you on your knees, it is where He wants you.
You have to be a dead man walking. When a dead man is poked, he doesn’t flinch. You can’t aggravate a dead man. We must die to our flesh so that we might live. We have to be patient in the trial. Only then can God take you out of the trail and place you in the victory because then He knows that He can trust you in the victory.
Understand that the Lord is trying to develop a pearl in you and you must be willing to sacrifice all that you have for it. A pearl can take from six months to six years to produce and the longer it is forming inside the oyster, the bigger the pearl.