The Kingdom of God First
See that you do not refuse Him who speaks. For if they did not escape who refused Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we not escape if we turn away from Him who speaks from heaven, whose voice then shook the earth; but now He has promised, saying, “Yet once more I shake not only the earth, but also heaven.” Now this, “Yet once more,” indicates the removal of those things that are being shaken, as of things that are made, that the things which cannot be shaken may remain. Therefore, since we are receiving a kingdom which cannot be shaken, let us have grace, by which we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear. For our God is a consuming fire.
— Hebrews 12:25-29 (NKJV)
In the midst of the storms in the last days, God desires that His people be firmly established on the Rock and be a shining witness to the world. The need to prepare is urgent.
The Kingdom of God First
We have looked at one way to hasten the coming of the Lord: we can perform our righteous acts, providing ourselves with enough material to make the kind of wedding garment that we ought to wear. Now, having laid that as a sort of foundation, I want to deal with four practical ways we can express our obedience to the Word of God.
Number one is align with God’s purpose. God has a purpose which is clearly revealed early on in the New Testament. God has never changed his purpose; He’s working toward it consistently. And it’s stated in a very familiar passage which we call the Lord’s Prayer, Matthew 6:9-10:
"Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name."
That’s the approach. That’s not a prayer, that’s an approach. And the first specific prayer is:
"Your kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven."
What is the primary objective of God? It’s that His kingdom may come. And we can only align ourselves with God and with His purpose when we are aligned with the coming of God’s kingdom, when everything we do is ultimately directed towards the coming of the kingdom of God. In the same chapter of Matthew, verse 33, it says:
"Seek first the kingdom of God, and His righteousness, and all the other things will be added unto you."
And when God says first, He means first, not second or third. In other words, our primary concern in life is to be the coming of the kingdom of God.
I am naive enough to believe there is no other solution for the ills of humanity. We’re confronted every day through the media with all the agony and the turmoil of humanity. I think people are naive who believe that man can solve that problem by himself.
Man has entertained the idea for hundreds of years that he can solve his own problems, bring peace and justice to the earth. I would say today we’re probably further away from it than we’ve ever been at any time in human history.
So, I’m not ashamed to say that I believe the only ultimate, realistic solution for the human race is the establishment of God’s kingdom on earth under His appointed ruler Jesus Christ. I don’t feel intellectually inferior for believing that, I don’t believe it’s a pious superstition; I believe it’s a realistic appraisal of the situation in the world and the nature of man. So, I am committed to the coming of the kingdom of God. And insofar as lies in me, with many weaknesses and frailties, my life is directed toward that end.
Dear Lord, I pray that You will help me to always put Your kingdom first in all my decisions. I realise that this will mean that I will encounter times of difficulty and shaking, so I also pray that You will help me to stand firm and to seek Your face for Your direction. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
These messages are taken from Derek Prince's teaching on the theme, I Will Shake All Things, available in our webshop here.