Living In The Kingdom

Living In The Kingdom

You probably have read or heard these words from Revelation 7:13-17
And one of the elders said to me, Who are these wearing white robes? And, where did they come from? 14 And I said unto him, Sir, I don’t know but you do… And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. 15 Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple. And He that sits on the throne shall dwell among them. 16 They shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun burn them any more. 17 For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto fountains of Living Waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

There’s three things I want to emphasize about them…

  • They had on White Robes… they were Saved
  • They had their tears wiped away
  • They would Serve God forever at the Throne

 

 

 

Now, I want to show you another Company in Heaven…

Revelation 5:8-10 (NKJV)
Now when He had taken the scroll, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each having a harp, and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. 9 And they sang a new song, saying: “You are worthy to take the scroll, And to open its seals; For You were slain, And have redeemed us to God by Your blood Out of every tribe and tongue and people and nation, 10 And have made us kings and priests to our God; And we shall reign on the earth.

Here are three things to remember about this company…

  • They sang a New Song
  • They weren’t just Saved… They were Kings and Priests
  • They would Reign on Earth

 

It seems to me that EVERYONE TALKS about being Kings and Priests…

Just a few weeks before he passed on December 28, 2018, my wife Giovanna and I had a conversation with My Dad; Bishop Frank C. Duprée

He told us of a day where he was sitting and talking to The Lord asking Him: “What am I here for? I’m not doing anything for you… I don’t go out and preach… I have no more purpose…” and The Lord spoke to him…

Do you want to know what He said?

Well, then I’ll tell you…

Jesus told him that He was still here so he could start

“Living in The Kingdom”…

My Dad didn’t know what Jesus meant at first and he told him so and he asked him for an example of how he was not “Living in the Kingdom”…

Jesus responded with something that made My Dad sad… Jesus showed him something that he used to do that he didn’t do now… Then, Jesus added a few more examples…

You don’t need to know what Jesus said but you do need to know that my Dad went into his room and cried…

I want you to think of Peter… how he cried so bitterly when he denied Jesus… Actually, it wasn’t the denying of Jesus that made him cry… It was when Jesus turned and looked him in the eye… Peter couldn’t take it… It broke his heart.

Do you know why??? It’s because Peter was not “Living in The Kingdom”…

Just like Peter did, My Dad cried his eyes out…

You see, Jesus didn’t want My Dad to enter Glory without a second chance to hear Well done thou good and faithful servant, I will make thee a Ruler over many things… enter into the Joy of Your Lord!” Matthew 25:21 (KJV)

Did you know that this same thing happened to an entire Church… Paul had to write to the Corinthians…

2 Corinthians 7:8-11
I am not sorry that I sent that severe letter to you, though I was sorry at first, for I know it was painful to you for a little while. 9 Now I am glad I sent it, not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to repent and change your ways.

It was the kind of sorrow God wants his people to have, so you were not harmed by us in any way. 10 For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death. 11 Just look and see what this godly sorrow has produced in you!

Later in that letter Paul told them that they had to keep watch over their Spiritual Lives…

2 Corinthians 13:5 (ISV)
Keep examining yourselves to see whether you are continuing in the faith. Test yourselves! You know, don’t you, that Jesus Christ lives in you? Could it be that you’re failing the test?

 

Now, let’s go back and see just who it is that gets their tears wiped away…

Revelation 7:9-10
After this I saw a vast crowd, too great to count, from every nation and tribe and people and language, standing in front of the throne and before the Lamb. They were clothed in white robes and held palm branches in their hands. 10 And they were crying out, “Salvation comes from our God who sits on the throne and from the Lamb!”

What they were really CRYING OUT WAS

“THANK GOD I’M SAVED!”

Why were they were crying? They were filled with regrets… they had not lived like they should… they couldn’t stop crying…

They were Saved… they made it to Heaven but they didn’t hear a “Well done thou good and faithful servant”… They weren’t the ones who would “Reign on the earth”…

They couldn’t “sing the New Song” because they weren’t “Living in The Kingdom”…

In fact, it was so amazing that we see in Revelation 7:13-17
Remember, one of the elders said to John that that company was those were people who had washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. And then he said: they are at the throne of God, AND SERVE HIM day and night in his temple and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.

Because they weren’t Living in The Kingdom daily they were filled with sorrow… regrets… remorse… even grief… AND TEARS…

This people will weep uncontrollably when the stand before the Lord of Glory and see how they failed to examine their daily lives… how they fell short of the words of Paul: “I am crucified with Christ, nevertheless, I live, yet not I but Christ lives in me.”

My Dad was given a great gift… a chance to cry now… a chance to have his tears wiped away now…

You are being given a great gift too… I believe this is the message that My Dad wanted me to preach to you…

Like Paul’s letter to the Corinthians, it may make you sad BUT it is the “kind of sorrow God wants us to experience…

Why? So you can have a second chance to be “Living in The Kingdom”!

 

We need to examine ourselves every day and make sure we are not failing the test”…

If you looked into the eyes of Jesus right now… if you let His eyes of fire burn through your soul…

If He spoke to you would He say: “Well done, good and faithful servant” or would He say: “You’ve lost your first love”?

 

If you’re being convicted today… If you feel like crying…

Then take a step towards Jesus and raise your hand right now…

Let The Lord know that you would rather cry now then be in the group that cries later…

Examine yourself to see if you are “in the faith”

Tell Him that you want to be a faithful servant now rather than be at The Throne and have to have your tears wiped away…

Tell Him that you want to Serve Him now and sing the New Song that only Kings and Priests can sing… “We shall reign on the Earth!

 

Thank God for a “Second Chance”…

Thank God for my Father, Bishop Frank C. Duprée…

Because this is HIS MESSAGE to you…

Let the Words that Jesus spoke to my My Dad ring in your ears every night, Examine yourself and ask Jesus;

“Am I “Living in The Kingdom”?

Frank Dupree
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