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“YOUR GOD REIGNS” – July 22

July 22, 2013

“How beautiful upon the mountain are the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace, who brings good news of happiness, who publishes salvation, who says to Zion, “Your God reigns.”  Isaiah 52:7

This world has an abundance of hurting and disillusioned people.

What words can be spoken to the defeated?
What direction can be given to the oppressed?
What encouragement can lift up the suffering?

There are words for those who are battling, the unhappy, the discouraged, the doubting – “Your God Reigns!”

Although this world may not be unfolding as we had hoped – Our God Reigns!

God is reigning over chronic pain.
God is reigning over the loss of a loved one.
God is reigning over addiction.
God is reigning over finances.
God is reigning over helplessness.
God is reigning over failure.
God is reigning over waiting.
God is reigning over unbelief.
God is reigning over uncertainty.

Although this world may appear chaotic, God reigns.

We have not been abandoned to cosmic forces.
We are not subjected to the merciless winds of fate.
We are not forced to drink the cup of meaninglessness.

The good news for those who have been adopted as children of God resides in the everlasting hope flowing from the reign of our God.  He reigns over all.  There is none like Him.  There is none equal to Him.  Nothing is too small for Him.  Nothing is too large.  Nothing is beyond His dominion.

English: White-Crowned Sparrow / (Zonotrichia ...

English: White-Crowned Sparrow / (Zonotrichia leucophrys). Français : Bruant à couronne blanche (Zonotrichia leucophrys). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

He has not forgotten the falling of a sparrow – because He reigns!

We are of more value than many sparrows.  Nothing can force Him to abandon us –because He reigns.

We can have confidence that nothing is outside His control; nothing is a surprise; nothing is beyond His will.

“Your God reigns,” are sweet words to the redeemed.  Hopelessness has no home while God reigns.  The knowledge of God on His throne banishes all anxiety and worry.

There is no valley too deep or too long for the one who is loved by God.
Our God reigns over all – valleys and mountains.

May we live in the joy and happiness that our God reigns!

PRAYER: Lord, thank you for reigning over all!  Thank you for keeping an eye on me.  Thank you not abandoning me.  Thank you for valuing me more than a sparrow.  Forgive me for worrying while you are firmly on your throne.  Forgive me of the unbelief that I show when I am anxious of tomorrow.  Help me to walk in faith.  Remind me that you are on your throne.  Grant me the peace that only your reigning can give.  I pray this in the precious name of your Son, Jesus Christ.   Amen.

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“COME TO THE GATES” – July 21

July 21, 2013

“Listen to me, O Jacob, and Israel, whom I called!  I am he; I am the first, and I am the last.  My hand laid the foundation of the earth, and my right hand spread out the heavens; when I call to them, they stand forth together.”  Isaiah 48:12-13

Here stand the gates of the Kingdom of God. 

God is everything.

He is from the first to the last;
He is from the east to the west;
He is from the beginning to the end.

There is no place beyond His knowledge.
There is no place beyond His presence.

Every step that we take is because of His hand.
All that we lay our hands to has first been touched by Him.
All that we see is the result of His work.

The universe functions in obedience to His commands.

Star Trails Northern Hemisphere

Star Trails Northern Hemisphere (Photo credit: Kiran Photographic)

What am I to say?

Woe is me!  For I am lost; for I am a man of unclean lips, and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips. 

I am nothing; I have nothing; I can do nothing.
I am poor.

I have nothing that I have not been given.

All that I am;
All that I have;
All that I can do;

Comes from the Almighty.

It is here that we kneel at the throne of the Great I Am, in the blessings of the knowledge of our own poverty.

Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  (Matthew 6:3)

How many struggles have we wrestled through because we forget our condition?
How many worthless battles have we fought because we think that we are worthy or deserving?
How remedial our education has remained because we do not believe that our spirits really do exist in abject poverty.

Christ’s work within us flowers when we relinquish our false sense of entitlement and embrace the poverty of our condition.

Come back to the gates of the Kingdom. 

There is nothing too hard for Him.
There is nothing more desirable than His presence.
There is nothing more valuable than Him.
We have nothing to add; come and receive!

Come and behold the King of kings!

PRAYER: Lord, you are my everything.  I have nothing to add.  I have nothing that you have not blessed me with.  Forgive me for forgetting my condition.  Thank you for the poverty of my soul.  As I enjoy your blessing, remind me of my poverty.  May I never lose the gratitude of a blessed servant.  Give me eyes to behold you glory and greatness!  I pray this in the precious name of your Son, Jesus Christ.   Amen.

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IT IS JUST WEIRD – Feb. 13

February 13, 2013

“Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.” John 18:36

It would be a little weird if I came over to your house and crawled into your bed to take a nap.

It would be a little weird if I came over and started to rearrange your furniture or repaint a few walls.

It would be a little weird if I put on some of your clothes, made myself a sandwich, and started to edit your family photos.

I do all that in my home. The reason it would be weird doing what is normal in my home in your home is because I don’t belong in your house.  It is not appropriate for me to treat another person’s belongings as my own.  There are laws that prevent me from doing that.  People take their personal possessions very serious.  They treat them like they’re personal.

Antonio Ciseri's depiction of Pontius Pilate p...Jesus never treated this world like it was His personal possession.  He was very clear that this world is not His kingdom.  If it had been His kingdom then He would have fought for it.  His servants did not fight for this world because this was not the world of Jesus’ possession.

This is a lesson that I have to continually re-learn.  I have a bad habit of fighting for this world.  I am perpetually making myself at home in this world like it is my personal possession and it is just weird.  It is never satisfying.

We have such a tendency to cling to the things of this world like they’re our entitlement.  We can become so passionate about this world’s stuff as if it is a matter of life or death.  We can become preoccupied with the thought that our happiness is connected to what this world has to offer.

It is an attitude that is just weird for an heir of a different kingdom.

Our kingdom is with Christ.  It is a kingdom that surpasses this world in ways that we cannot even imagine.  It doesn’t make sense for us to spend extensive amounts of time preoccupied with the things of this world.  It doesn’t make sense for us to live like this is all there is when we have a far better kingdom awaiting us. It doesn’t make any sense to fight for this world.

This world has nothing to offer to an heir of God’s kingdom.

We are merely ambassadors of our King in this world.  We are here to serve Him.  Let’s stop trying to make ourselves a home in this world; it is just weird.

PRAYER: Lord, forgive me for desiring the things of this world like this is all there is.  Forgive me for living like this is all that I am called to.  Forgive me for caring for this world more than I care about your kingdom.  Father, open my eyes to the reality of the kingdom that you have made me an heir to.  Father, please continue to cleanse me of all that binds me to the world.  You are so much better than anything this world has to offer.  I long for the day when I can be with you in your kingdom.     Amen

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