Laying Your Coat Down For Jesus
Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. John 18:36
As they approached Jerusalem and came to Bethphage on the Mount of Olives, Jesus sent two disciples, saying to them, “Go to the village ahead of you, and at once you will find a donkey tied there, with her colt by her. Untie them and bring them to me. If anyone says anything to you, say that the Lord needs them, and he will send them right away.” This took place to fulfill what was spoken through the prophet: “Say to Daughter Zion, ‘See, your king comes to you, gentle and riding on a donkey, and on a colt, the foal of a donkey.’” A very large crowd spread their cloaks on the road, while others cut branches from the trees and spread them on the road. The crowds that went ahead of him and those that followed shouted, “Hosanna to the Son of David!” “Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Hosanna in the highest heaven!” When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” The crowds answered, “This is Jesus, the prophet from Nazareth in Galilee.”
Jesus knew that he was not of this world, as he rode through the city. These same people would shout out “Crucify Him” one week later…
Jesus’ strength through the coming week was staying “Kingdom-Minded” It is our strength too.
John 18:36 Jesus said, My Kingdom Is Not Of This World
John 17:16-18 Jesus prayed for us:
They are not of the world, even as I am not of it. Sanctify them by the truth; your word is truth. As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world.
· A Kingdom-Minded Person is Never Ashamed of Jesus
Romans 1:16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God that brings salvation to everyone who believes.
· A Kingdom-Minded Person’s Deeds Speak Louder Than Their Words
James 2:14-17 Dear friends, do you think you’ll get anywhere in this if you learn all the right words but never do anything? Does merely talking about faith indicate that a person really has it? For instance, you come upon an old friend dressed in rags and half-starved and say, “Good morning, friend! Be clothed in Christ! Be filled with the Holy Spirit!” and walk off without providing so much as a coat or a cup of soup—where does that get you? Isn’t it obvious that God-talk without God-acts is outrageous nonsense?
· A Kingdom-Minded Person Takes Every Opportunity To Share Him With Others
1 Peter 3:15 (NIV) But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.
· A Kingdom-Minded Person Is Always Thinking About The Kingdom Purpose Behind Everything They Do And Everything That Happens To Them.
Romans 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
· A Kingdom-Minded Person Is Always Looking For The Next Divine Appointment
Matthew 9:10 Now it happened, as Jesus sat at the table in the house, that behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and sat down with Him and His disciples…
· A Kingdom-Minded Person Declares God’s Word Over Every Situation, Giving The Enemy No Credit
2 Corinthians 5:17 We walk by faith not by sight
· A Kingdom-Minded Person Knows They Have Authority
2 Corinthians 10:4 The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.