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Sunday, January 9th, 2011

Day 287

“you are only visitors here . . .
your real home is in heaven”
1 Peter 2:11

We are visitors, pilgrims, aliens, foreigners, and travelers. We do live in this world and its order. In fact, we live in the midst of a rebel territory whose prince is the devil, the god of this age. A majority who follow him surrounds us. Sounds scary. It is not. Paul says, “we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal” (2 Corinthians 4:18).

Even though we walk this earth and are subject to the constant barrage of its darkness causing a weariness of the pace, Paul is telling us do not look at that, it is temporary. We are encouraged to look at Jesus, the Lamb of God, who was crucified in our place and defeated the enemy and raised gloriously from the dead and ascended to the right hand of God where He intercedes for us. We need to keep our eye on him, refreshing ourselves as to who we are and what are calling is.

All of history is arranged for us. There is not one event or circumstance in our life that occurs outside of God’s will. God overturns nations and empires for His people. All of Egypt was overturned for the sake of Israel. God says, “The last shall be first, and the first shall be last.” We have a God who is a Father to us and our time here is a preparation for the great glory we shall know. Nothing can touch a child of God unless He has permitted it. So, do not be caught up in the temporal of what may be seen, but look to our Father who is preparing us for that day of final rest.

“Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love Him”
James 1:12


Sunday, December 12th, 2010

Day 271

“Blessed are those who hunger
and thirst for righteousness”
Matthew 5:6

If there is one theme that occurs often in the New Testament, it is righteousness. Reflecting the very character and nature of our Father, Christ now lays before us how we are to live as Christians. He is a righteous and a holy God. He died to enable us to be righteous in Him; ” Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people” (Titus 2:14). This is the beginning.

All of us are to be like this – hungering and thirsting after righteousness. We are to be imitators of Him, living and walking in righteousness. Christ emphasizes this; “Seek first His kingdom and His righteousness” [Matthew 6:33]. We are to set our mind, thoughts and actions on the kingdom. We are to pursue Him. It is to be our life’s work, for out of this will come blessedness and all things.

True hunger is deep and continues until it is satisfied. The prodigal son finally experienced this hunger when he came to the end of himself. Then, and only then, did he turn to his father. Many of us do not have this hunger. We are busy with programs, activities and work followed by ease and entertainment. Many have not a clue about persecution as approximately 171,000 brethren are martyred yearly. Not to mention the continue rise of persecution in other forms such as removing God from every part of our society and culture. We are comfortable; the worse circumstance possible for us.

Oh, Father, that we may truly hunger and thirst after righteousness.

“Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear”
Matthew 13:43