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GOD’S KINGDOM

Saturday, January 8th, 2011

Day 286

“For the Kingdom of God is . . .
righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit”
Romans 14:7

Imagine if you had the opportunity to work and practice your future career while you were growing up. Then one day you stepped into your position as an accomplished person achieving everything that is expected of you. You would then reap the fruits of your work the rest of your life. In a sense, this is already true for you as a Christian.

The kingdom of God is a present day reality for those who yield their lives to the rule of the Spirit. We have been transferred into the kingdom of His beloved Son (Colossians 1:13) and given the opportunity be a co-worker bringing the kingdom here on earth as it is in heaven. We can reap peace and joy as the fruit.

“Thy kingdom come” of the Lord’s Prayer is the Father’s will to be done on earth, as it is heaven. It is a prayer for God to reign and to manifest His sovereignty and power through us. The kingdom of God is also a future event when there, “will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ” (2 Peter 1:11). It is a day when, “the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father” (Matthew 13:43).

“What is the kingdom of God like? It is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his garden. It grew, became a tree, and the birds of the air perched in its branches” Luke 13:18-19

THE CHARACTER OF CHRIST

Monday, December 13th, 2010

Day 272

“Then I said, ‘Here I am'”
Hebrews 10:5-10

What is the most outstanding characteristic of our Lord Jesus Christ? It is the reason why He subjected Himself to become man, suffer, and die for us.

Christ stated His purpose when He said, “Here I am . . . I have come to do your will, O God.” His whole purpose and supreme object in all that He did was to please His Father. He lived for God His Father. It is a great revelation of the holy relationship between the Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

That love and relationship is extended to us. He came to do what we did not do – obey the Father perfectly. He demonstrated how to live solely for God. Because of that obedience, He saved sinners. By living for God, doing His will, the Father’s purposes are accomplished.

Christ’s life shows us how to live. He said He only spoke what the Father told Him and the works He carried out were the ones the Father had given Him to do. He lived to serve others. He was despised and rejected; He suffered and never thought of Himself. He did nothing for Himself. He lived only for the glory of God.

Now that He has made a way for us, we are to walk in the same spirit.

“I desire to do your will, O my God;
your law is within my heart”
Psalm 40:8

THE WILL OF GOD

Friday, November 12th, 2010

Day 249

“This is the will of God, your sanctification . . . ”
1 Thessalonians 4:3

Many fret about the will of God. Their actions range from believing that there is a precise will of God for every action to dividing His will into different stages of operation. It can be very frustrating and leave one in a state of “missing the mark” and being out of God’s will more than in it. The problem with all this is it does not fit the true picture of our Father.

What is it that pleases the Father’s heart? Is it not our response to His great outpouring of love, grace and mercy and the peace He has imparted to us in Christ Jesus? Is it not our response to building a continuous relationship with Him? Is not our response to loving others more than ourselves? Is it not our response to seeking the kingdom of God first and His righteousness?

Want to know the will of God? Set your heart and mind on pleasing Him by seeking righteousness. Seek to love others more than yourself. This will please the heart of the Father and make you one with Him, and by doing this you will be walking in His will.

“This is how we know we love the children of God:
by loving God and carrying out His commands.”
1 John 5:2

THE LAST ADAM

Wednesday, October 27th, 2010

Day 235

“Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. After fasting forty days and forty nights, He was hungry”
Matthew 4:1-11

What Adam failed to do, Jesus, fully as man, did.

Everyone was waiting for the Messiah. They expected a triumphant appearance with the armies of heaven to declare His kingship. Instead, He comes as baby to a lowly family, is raised quietly without much notice, and then begins His public ministry at 33 years of age.

He came in a way no one expected — as a man. He subjected Himself to live in our earthly state. And, as if this isn’t enough, He begins His ministry by being baptized and then led into the desert by the Spirit to be proven. Here is the most marvelous demonstration of God’s divine plan; Jesus the man becomes the second Adam and does what Adam did not do — the will of the Father!

Yes, Jesus picks up at the beginning of man’s history and demonstrates to us, as a man, how to do the will of the Father. He not only does what Adam did not do, but in 40 days and nights, through three major temptations, He did what the people of Israel did not do in the wilderness in 40 years. He does all of this as man! What a God and Father we have that loves us so deeply that He takes the time to show us the way through His Son, Jesus Christ.

“Seeing then that we have a great High Priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weakness, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.”
Hebrews 4:14-16

WHAT GOD SEES

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

Day 146

“The Lord looks at the heart”
1 Samuel 16:7

Samuel was a judge and a prophet. When Saul did not honor and regard God, Samuel was sent to appoint another king. He was sent to Jesse’s household to select the new king from among his children. What takes place is an interesting scenario.

Jesse’s sons are brought before Samuel who saw Eliab and thought he is the anointed one. God spoke to Samuel and a great lesson was learned. The Lord said He doesn’t consider a person’s appearance or his height. In fact, the Lord doesn’t look at the things man looks at. Why? Because man considers the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart [verse 7]. Samuel went through the remaining children before him and God chose not one of them. An eighth child wasn’t present. His name was David and when he was brought in, it was him who was called and anointed of God to be the next king of Israel.

There is a great hope in this story. God doesn’t look at our outward appearance, but at our hearts. So many have been called into the kingdom of God who looked like they never were fit to be God’s children. And there is a danger for those of us who have been in the Lord to fall into the way man looks at people. This is not how God sees or measures man. We need to have God’s mind and see others as He sees them.

“The Lord knows those who are His”
2 Timothy 2:19

OUR REFUGE

Monday, April 26th, 2010

Day 68

“What can mere man do to me?”
Psalm 56:4

Have you ever come home at night beat up, tired, worn out and oppressed? There is no question there are those of us who experience this. When you love the Lord, enjoy fellowship with Him and His people, and labor in the kingdom, the journey into the world can sometimes be brutal. It can leave you gasping for life at the end of the day.

Even though we are not of the world, we do live and work in it. It isn’t something we can or should escape. In fact, Jesus prayed, “My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.” He knows our plight and understands what we encounter as live in the world. He has not left us to our own means. He has given us everything we need for life and godliness.

What are we to do, then? As David wrote, “When I am afraid, I will put my trust in You.” That trust will make us like a rock, and we will not be shaken. We will be kept in perfect peace. In the midst of this world and its system, and in the center of heathenism, we can stand strong and firm in our faith because we have a living God who has enabled us to do so.

The LORD is my light and my salvation—whom shall I fear?
The LORD is the stronghold of my life—of whom shall I be afraid?
Psalm 27:1

GOD MAKES US SURE

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010

Day 63

“The LORD God is my strength, and he will make
my feet like hinds’ feet, and he will make
me to walk upon mine high places.
Habakukkuk 3:19

Habakkuk was a unique prophet. Normally prophets spoke to the people for God, but Habakkuk did the opposite. He questioned God. He wanted to know why the wicked seemed to go unpunished. He wanted to know why the people had to suffer at the hands of the unrighteous. God answered Habakukkuk. He told the prophet to wait and see the work that God was going to accomplish among his people.

Habakukkuk saw the immediate world around him, but did not look at God’s plans for the future. Like him, we look at the present, but God’s view is eternal. His original plan never changed because of man’s sin. In His sovereignty, God uses everything to accomplish His purposes.

Eventually, Habakukkuk gained clarity and understanding of God’s will, purposes and divine plan. He did not trust in the power of nature or in his own flesh. He trusted in the Lord who is the Lord of nature. He declared God’s total control over every facet of life. Habakukkuk acknowledged God’s strength, protection, provision and His faithfulness. He declared that God will make us sure-footed and we will ascend the high places of victory.

“The Lord God is my strength, my personal bravery and my
invincible army. He makes my feet like hinds’ feet and
will make me to walk (not to stand still in terror,
but to walk) and make (spiritual) progress upon
my high places (of trouble, suffering
or responsibility)!” (Amplified)
Habakukkuk 3:19

HIS SOVEREIGNTY

Monday, April 12th, 2010

Day 54

“His sovereignty rules over all”
Psalm 103:19

God is sovereign over all things and this is a great comfort for us. Because of His sovereignty we can rest in Him. We can be at total peace. In fact, knowing His sovereignty should make us a rejoicing people. It is the very reason we are to bless Him and give praise for His works.

God’s sovereignty means that He has the undisputed right to make decisions and the unlimited and absolute power, to carry them out. His power and extent of His reign over all things are without limit. Every day, we see and read doom and gloom about the world. Heinous crime, reprehensible acts of humanity, corruption in our governments, sickness, death and misery are in the news every day. It overpowers any good news we may hear. But if you understand God’s sovereignty, these events will not disturb your peace; for you know that what is impossible with men is possible with God. Only He can save. Only He can reach down into depravity and bring life. And we know that in the end all will bow their knee to Him.

“Bless the Lord, O my soul; And all that
is within me, bless His holy name”
Psalm 103:1

HIS TIMING

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Day 53

“There is a time for everything, and
a season for every activity under heaven”
Ecclesiastes 3:1

Some people believe that God had to change His original plans because man rebelled against God and sinned at the beginning of our history. This is not true. It was determined before the foundation of the world that Christ would die for us. It was also determined whose names would be written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the earth [Revelation 13:8]. So, before the world and humanity were created God had already made his provision for us.

God’s provision also has been made for our lives. There is no luck, chance, fortune or other happening that determines what happens in our lives. Everything, every detail, every good or bad event that would happen in our lives was known before time began. Every day of our lives was written in His book before one of them came to be [Psalm 139:16].

God’s time and timing are sovereign. He is in complete control; everything is predetermined. He knows what is around the corner. There are no surprises for Him. He has appointed a time for everything in our lives. Even the deepest trials and tribulations of our lives occur in His time and the answer to our problems lies in His timing. For those who love Him, everything turns to the good. His timing will bring His glory to every situation. We will find comfort and peace by resting in Him.

“How precious to me are your thoughts, O God!
How vast is the sum of them! Were I to
count them, they would outnumber the
grains of sand. When I awake,
I am still with you”
Psalm 139:17-18

THE MIND OF CHRIST

Tuesday, March 23rd, 2010

Day 37

“Set your minds on things above”
Colossians 3:2

We have a powerful tendency to focus on the negative aspects of life and the problems we face. Doing this tends to polarize issues and offers no solutions. Flesh (our nature) sees flesh (Jn 3:6) and is occupied with itself. It cannot think or act according to the Spirit.

Because Christ tells us flesh produces more flesh, and “do not conform anymore to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of the mind,” we are called to have the mind of Christ. In fact, it is the only way we are able “to test and prove the will of God in our lives” (Rom 12:2). And how do we do this? We are to set our hearts (seat of our emotions) and minds (seat of our will) on things above. By making Christ the center of our life, we come to know him, his will and his purposes.

The great transformation of being a new person in Christ is having the mind of Christ. Our attitude changes and becomes his attitude. We see people as He sees them. We see the problems of life and difficulties as issues to walk through and find strength and growth in the character of Jesus Christ. We gain a confidence that in all things God works for the good of us who love him. We see more clearly, gaining wisdom and understanding and are able to walk in the peace and joy of Christ. The best of all, we become conquerors in him.

“In all these things we are more than
conquerors through Him who loved us”
Romans 8:37