Monthly Manna Revelation: April 2021
Apostle Dr. James Brewton
Blessed be the Lord, Who daily loads us with benefits, The God of our salvation! Selah (Psalm 68:19)
Living the Kingdom life is about enjoying the benefits of the Kingdom; and the benefits of the Kingdom are commensurate with the wealth and benevolence of the King. “For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created through Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist…that in all things He may have preeminence” (Colossians 1:16-18)
I’d say that’s pretty clear. Our King, Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ, has preeminence in all things! As our King, Jesus’ disposition is to do what’s good; to show charitable kindness as a selfless gift or act. It is the King’s nature to daily load the citizens of His Kingdom with benefits that are inclusive in our salvation. These benefits are the promises that are “Yes” and “Amen” in Him. We simply receive or take the benefits by faith, which brings glory to God. Indeed, God is a good God and an awesome Father!
Saints of God, citizens of the Kingdom of Heaven, need to learn the amazing power of gratitude – the state of being grateful, appreciative, and thankful. But many times believers find themselves disgruntled, displeased, and in a mental state of ingratitude. I think this is largely due to the fact that they’re not satisfied with their lives. They think, “I should be further along in life by now”; “I should be a millionaire by now”, or “I should have substantially more than I have now.” They become complainers instead of being joyful. What they are really saying is that they don’t think that God has done enough for them; and their dissatisfaction is a result of their anger toward God.
The sad plight of many believers is that they trade the benefits of the Kingdom for the hustle and bustle of the benefits their country affords them, as if the benefits the world affords them outweigh, supersede, or have greater value than the benefits of the Kingdom. But there is a monumental difference between the two. The benefits of the Kingdom are given; they are a free gift of the King. When believers live in the world as if they are of the world, they are forced to adhere to the evil systems of the world through their pursuit of what the world offers.
Instead of seeking first the kingdom of God and His righteous so that all things are added to them, they seek first the wealth of the world through work, credit, debt, and many other ungodly channels. Through these channels they give up their dignity and become slaves to an evil system, instead of citizens of the kingdom of God who enjoy to the full the prosperity and pleasures that are theirs because of the King’s benevolence.
Therefore do not be like them. For your Father knows the things you have need of before you ask Him. (Matthew 6:8)
Believers who find themselves in this worldly rut [fixed routine] should seek the kingdom of God first. Remember, the word seek in that text means to worship. They must humble themselves in reverent worship to the Creator and Sustainer of the universe, Father Yahweh, first; and He will bring honor to them in the earth. His honor is His glory, which reflect the depth of His wisdom and riches bestowed upon His children; and, in turn, bring glory to God.
By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches and honor and life. (Proverbs 22:4)
Our heavenly Father knows what we need before we ask, and He has already given us all things richly to enjoy. It is His good pleasure to give us the kingdom. What we should ask Father is, “What shall I give You in return for all of Your benefits to me?” I’m glad you asked.
We should learn to love the Lord for what He has done. The Lord is gracious to us; and we should walk before the Lord each day with an attitude of gratitude.
What shall I render to the LORD for all His benefits toward me? I will take up the cup of salvation, and call upon the name of the LORD. I will pay my vows to the LORD now in the presence of all His people. (Psalm 116:12-14, emphasis mine)
Believers need to live by faith, God’s faithfulness to His Word, and live in obedience to Him. Our life before God should be an expression of our gratitude toward Him through genuine praise and worship. We should be grateful to our heavenly Father now, reflecting His character in the presence of all people. Our gratitude is what we should render to the Lord for all His benefits toward us. In doing so, we get to enjoy life – to obtain His best life for us while we live in the world which, of course, is what the “Blessing Covenant” is all about.
What does it mean to enjoy the benefits of the kingdom of God?
The Greek word used for enjoy is apolausis which denotes full enjoyment: completion. (Strong’s N. T. Concordance) It also means to take hold of, enjoy a thing; it suggests the advantage or pleasure to be obtained from a thing unto enjoyment; to enjoy the pleasures. (Vine’s N.T. Words)
Enjoy means to receive pleasure or satisfaction from something; to have the use or benefit of something; to be satisfied or receive pleasure: appreciate, delight in, rejoice, relish. (Wiktionary)
King Solomon knew a thing or two about enjoyment of the benefits of a king, since he was a king – the richest who ever lived! In spite of the vanity he assigned to living a lifestyle void of humility and gratitude toward God, he enjoyed life to the full realizing that apart from God there can be no true enjoyment of life.
Jewish tradition alleges that Solomon wrote Song of Solomon in his youthful manhood, Proverbs in his middle years and Ecclesiastes in his golden years. I can agree with this since Ecclesiastes seems to express regret for his foolishness and wasted time, due to his pursuit of carnal and idolatrous things and people. (The Times of Ecclesiastes, NKJV Bible, pg. 918)
Anyone who begins writing a book with the words, “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity” (Vs. 2) has probably got some regrets he wants to resolve prior to his death. And I believe this was the case with King Solomon, since he concluded in the last chapter of Ecclesiastes that the “good life” is only attained by revering God.
He goes on to warn that those who fail or refuse to take God’s will for their lives seriously, along with obeying His Word, are doomed to live foolishly and in futility. Solomon asserts that life does not wait on the solution to all its problems; nevertheless, true meaning can be found by looking beyond the material things of the earth to the Great Shepherd of men’s souls, who gives us enjoyment of the benefits of His kingdoms – heaven and earth, since “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever” (Revelation 11:15)!
I’m sure we can learn a lot from Solomon who “did it all”, yet his wisdom remained with him.
So I became great and excelled more than all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me. Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart rejoiced in all my labor; and this was my reward from all my labor. (2:9-1, emphasis mine)
So I perceived that nothing is better than that a man should rejoice in his own works, for that is his heritage. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him? (3:22)
For who can eat, or who can have enjoyment, more than I? (2:25)
To the un-regenerated mind, it would seem that Solomon sends mixed messages at times about life and the enjoyment thereof. He talks about the vanity of pursuing pleasure, the vanity of great accomplishments, and the vanity of hard labor; yet he says it is the gift of God. However believers, especially spiritually mature ones, have a revelation of what Solomon is referring to. And that is, God has predetermined our lives, the events of our lives and the conditions of our life; all our labors cannot change them. So instead of stressing over these limits, we should find the real joy and beauty that exist in and through our personal relationship with Him.
He has made everything beautiful in its time…no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end. I know that nothing is better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives, and also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of all his labor – it is the gift of God. (3:11-13)
We will never fully understand the works of God or how God works. Only God knows all things from beginning to end. And as pertaining to our life, He knows the end from the beginning, declaring from ancient times things that are not yet done and assuring us that His counsel will stand and He will do all His pleasure.
God’s counsel, His decisions for us and the world we live in stand sure and complete. He has opened wide the door that will lead men to reverence and worship Him, which is the basis for the proper approach to life and its enjoyment.
Like King Solomon, believers today must learn to be content; not as in being satisfied with little or a poor lot in life; but rather, be content to know that God our Creator has everything under control. And no matter what happens in the world, how awful it becomes, nothing or no one can keep true Kingdom citizens from enjoying the benefits of the Kingdom. We say like Solomon:
Nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God. (2:24, emphasis mine)
Here is what I have seen: It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his heritage. (5:18, emphasis mine)
God has purposefully blessed us already. As we walk in faith and obedience to His Word, we enjoy the benefits of the Kingdom. When believers fail or refuse to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, they end up trying to help God bless them; or worse, they beg God for what is already available to them – all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ; all things that pertain to life and godliness. We must understand that when we do things God’s way, we inherit the promises through faith and patience. The covenant of blessings is sure, sworn by God Himself.
The benefits of the Kingdom of Heaven are our heavenly Father’s gifts to His children – those whom He knows to be His through their surrender and willingness to allow Holy Spirit to lead them into the wilderness of this evil world, where we defeat the devil with the Word of God; then, we come out of the wilderness full of Holy Spirit and power. It’s the same as, “how God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and with power, who went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him” (Acts 10:38).
Wherever we go, we should live a full and prosperous life, enjoying the benefits of the Kingdom – the bountiful provision of beauty, welfare, health, prosperity, pleasure, security, and long life – His best; so that all goes well for us.
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