Very little is preached or taught about the Kingdom of God today and I wonder if today's preachers even realize that a born-again believers actually live in the Kingdom of God right now while we are walking out our lives. It doesn't seem like it. I mean we hear lots of sermons about how to live according to the Word of God but it seems we are taught the Kingdom of God is something we will someday go and live in but that currently we are not in it. This is in my opinion, is false, and I believe there needs to be a lot more taught about how we are Kingdom of God citizens so we can live out powerfully and faithfully the call we have on our lives. God has specific works for each of us to do with our lives (Ephesians 2:10) and if we don't realize that we are currently in the Kingdom of God, we will fail to have the power or ability to hear from God or believe Him that He is prompting us to do work for Him. I will present below, in two different columns, descriptions of what the two different Kingdoms are like, (sometimes pointing out people who operate in their decided kingdom), so you can maybe by comparison come to understand that as a believer you actually need to (and probably do already in some ways) live according to the Kingdom of God rather than those who are under the leadership of Satan who rules the kingdoms of this world.
First though, let's look at some Scripture where Satan has appeared to Jesus in the wilderness in order to tempt him to "sell out" to his kingdom:
Luke 4: 5-8: And the devil, taking him up into an high mountain, shewed unto him all the kingdoms of the world in a moment of time. And the devil said unto him, All this power will I give thee, and the glory of them: for that is delivered unto me; and to whomsoever I will I give it. If thou therefore wilt worship me, all shall be thine. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Get thee behind me, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve.
And for those who feel they can be saved and not live in the Kingdom of God, and live according to the ways of Satan's kingdom while here on earth, let me show you this Scripture verse:
I Corinthians 10: 21: Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.
Also, I have a sticker on my refrigerator that says: Try Jesus, if you don't like him, Satan will take you back! I liked this saying because we have to realize that we belonged to Satan before we made a decision for Jesus Christ and that the whole world belongs to Satan unless they also decide to follow Christ. I think once you watch the videos below you will see clearly how you have a choice in whose kingdom you want to associate yourself with. I believe seeing the contrast in the left and right column will cause you to want to cling closely to the purity that is in Christ's kingdom because the people who operate in Satan's kingdom in the right column are full of evil. Someone might say, "I am not doing the evil these people are doing, so God won't be mad at me like He is with them", but I say to you: Why would God be happy with you operating in Satan's realm at all? So, don't minimize sin and hang onto it like those who are unsaved because Satan is truly evil and you do not want to play in his playground, which is the world's way of doing things, also known as "the world's system" or in short, "the world".
DISCLAIMER: PLEASE put on the full armor of God before viewing any of the videos on the right hand side and please only watch enough of them to get my point about the ways of the world. The videos are not posted for enjoyment or endorsement in any way, shape or form but to make the point that you have a choice to make. You hopefully will see that you cannot have one foot in one camp and the other in the other camp because the difference is day (left column) and night (right column). Also, please bind up all spirits that may have entered in or around you from the music and activities in the videos on the right and send them as far away from you as east is from west and ask the Holy Spirit to take over where they may have been. Then if you are anything like me, after crying over the sin I saw, thank Jesus for saving you out of the evils of the world!!!
If you want to get born again in Christ Jesus, please take this time now to talk to God. You can say something like this: God I know I am a sinner and I need a Savior and I believe Jesus Christ is the promised Messiah. I believe Jesus Christ was born of a virgin mother, conceived by the Holy Spirit, and that He lived a sinless life because He was God in the flesh, and that He was crucified as the once for all sacrifice for mankind's sins. I believe he was buried and rose from the grave and was witnessed alive before ascending to heaven where He now sits on the throne as King of Kings. I repent of my sins and accept Jesus' gift of salvation today and I ask Him to be my Savior and Lord. I ask the Holy Spirit to come and make a dwelling in my heart and to lead me into all righteousness. Thank you God for hearing my prayer and for sending your Son to save me by dying in my place at the Cross so I can be in the family of God. And Father, I understand that while I am saved by my confession of faith, it is also Your will for me to get water baptized to show my private confession in a public way, and so I ask you to lead me to the church or baptismal situation you have for me so I can get baptized in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. Amen!