I spoke at the Indian Christian Fellowship (ICF) at University of Albany tonight. I thought I’d share my thoughts from the message there.
The Keys to accessing the Kingdom of Heaven are simple.
1. Put the Kingdom of Heaven First.
Matthew 6:31 – “So don’t worry about having enough food or drink or clothing. Why be like the pagans who are so deeply concerned about these things? Your heavenly Father already knows all your needs, and He will give you all you need from day to day IF you live for Him and make the Kingdom of God your primary concern.
God knows all our needs. He understands our desire for love, a good family, a good job, financial security etc. He makes us a promise that He would take care of all those things if we would just put His Kingdom first. As we take care of His business, He takes care of ours!!
2. Stay Humble
Mark 10:14-15 – He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to such as these. I assure you, anyone who doesn’t have their kind of faith will never get into the Kingdom of God.”
We have to have child-like faith to come to God in two ways. First expecting God to do what He said He would do.
Romans 8:14-16 – For all who are led by the Spirit of God are children of God. So you should not be like cowering, fearful slaves. You should behave instead like God’s very own children, adopted into his family—calling him “Father, dear Father.” For His Holy Spirit speaks to us deep in our hearts and tells us that we are God’s children.
Second acknowledging our dependence upon Him.
Proverbs 3:5-7 – Trust in the Lord with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take. Don’t be impressed with your own wisdom. Instead, fear the Lord and turn away from evil.
Matthew 4:17 – From then on, Jesus began to preach, “Turn from your sins and turn to God, because the Kingdom of Heaven is near.”
We don’t like this one, especially as followers of Jesus. “Well I repented when I got saved.” No, Jesus is saying you want to unlock the door to the Kingdom of Heaven right now? Learn to repent.
1 John 1:8-10 – If we claim we have no sin, we are only fooling ourselves and not living in the truth. But if we confess our sins to Him, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness. If we claim we have not sinned, we are calling God a liar and showing that His word has no place in our hearts.
Be quick to repent of all disobedience because we know sin puts a wall up between us and the Kingdom. We want God’s plan for our lives. We want access to God’s kingdom power because He has great things for us.
Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.