“For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins: Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist.”
• 2 Corinthians 4:4 – The enemy wanted to keep us in ignorance before we knew the Lord and he wants to keep us in ignorance after we know the Lord.
• Matthew 6-10 – The Kingdom of God is where Heaven meets earth. You can have as much of the Kingdom as you want.
• In consideration of Colossians 1:13, also refer to the following scriptural refrences: 1 Thessalonians 2:12, Hebrews 12:28, Luke 22:29, John 3:3, Luke 12:32, and James 2:5.
“And he bowed himself, and said, What is thy servant, that thou shouldest look upon such a dead dog as I am? And David said unto him, Fear not: for I will surely shew thee kindness for Jonathan thy father’s sake, and will restore thee all the land of Saul thy father; and thou shalt eat bread at my table continually. Now when Mephibosheth, the son of Jonathan, the son of Saul, was come unto David, he fell on his face, and did reverence. And David said, Mephibosheth. And he answered, Behold thy servant! Then king David sent, and fetched him out of the house of Machir, the son of Ammiel, from Lo–debar. Then the king called to Ziba, Saul’s servant, and said unto him, I have given unto thy master’s son all that pertained to Saul and to all his house. Thou therefore, and thy sons, and thy servants, shall till the land for him, and thou shalt bring in the fruits, that thy master’s son may have food to eat: but Mephibosheth thy master’s son shall eat bread alway at my table. Now Ziba had fifteen sons and twenty servants. Then said Ziba unto the king, According to all that my lord the king hath commanded his servant, so shall thy servant do. As for Mephibosheth, said the king, he shall eat at my table, as one of the king’s sons. So Mephibosheth dwelt in Jerusalem: for he did eat continually at the king’s table; and was lame on both his feet.”
2 Samuel 9:5-11,13
• The back story here is that king David and former king Saul’s son Jonathan were best friends. After the death of king Saul and Jonathan, Jonathan’s son Mephiboseth was the last heir to the kingdom. Mephiboseth’s home was in Lo-debar which means parched pasture. He lived in a broken dry desperate place.
• In this passage, David represents God, Jonathan represents Jesus and Mephiboseth, the boy crippled and living in Lo-debar represents us! Mephiboseth had no idea that the king was looking for him to give him a new home. He was thinking that the king had come for him as a threat to his seat as king but Mephiboseth was included in David’s kingdom because of who his father was! David told him that he would eat bread from his table continually.
• This story represents the covenant of kindness between Christ and us. God loved us enough to come to where He found us but not leave us where He found us.
• God will always get you out of hopelessness.
• Scripture points out that Mephiboseth was lame on both feet yet he ate continually at the king’s table. He recognized the kingdom authority that he had been given. He realized that he could get around anywhere and eat what wanted if he opened his mouth.
• The strength of the kingdom is not in your feet, its in your mouth! Romans 2:8
“But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth?”
• Romans 8 – We have been adopted into a kingdom. Matthew 6:9 says that we can call God our Father.
• We can petition God because we are his sons and daughters.
• Declaring God’s word is a covenant right.
• “Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” John 15:8
• In the kingdom of God, your labor doesn’t get you anywhere, your faith does.
“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary. And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?”
• 1 Thessalonians 5:17 says that we should pray without ceasing. This means we need to be able to pray when we are doing other things. No matter the posture, God hears his children’s prayers.
• This parable, which teaches on prayer, is not mentioning any church or synagog. It is in a judicial, not religious, setting. Prayer represents a request made to the kingdom of God by a citizen of His kingdom.
• Prayer is exercising kingdom rights!
• We are walking around in this earth but our true source is Heaven.
• Thinking about the story of Mephiboseth, he was brought into a new kingdom where his livelihood was based on his word instead of his strength. It is the same with us.
• If you don’t pray, you’re not calling kingdom authority. You are saying, “Heaven, I got this. I will live abandoned and handle this on my own.”