God's Kingdom Now & Forever

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Matthew 10:6a says, “your kingdom come”

We as Christ’s followers are the kingdom of God, and our King is Jesus, the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. As His Kingdom subjects, we are to spread the good news that His kingdom is for all who want to worship our King. He is looking for worshippers who deny themselves, take up their cross daily, and follow Him.

One day our King will come on a white horse and set up His kingdom on earth. For now, He lives in us and He’s given us the mission of the kingdom.

The good news is this King loves us enough that He died for our sins and rose again, so we could live forever in the kingdom with Him—reigning with Him. He’s the greatest King ever!

And there you go!

God's Name is Holy

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Matthew 6:9b says, "...hallowed be your name."

Often when I pray I go straight into my “give me” list, but truthfully, God is to be hallowed or sanctified, set-apart from any other. So giving praise and honor to God should always come first in my prayer time.

For He alone is holy, perfect, and worthy of praise. Because of His perfection, He is the Giver of all good & perfect gifts.

So praising Him can come in song, or shouts, or quiet reflection of His greatness. Hallowed is His name! Someday everyone will acknowledge that Holy name. So let’s start today!

Praise Him! Praise Him! All you who are His. Praise His Holy Name!

And there you go!

God is our Father

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Matthew 6:9a says, "This, then, is how you should pray: Our Father in heaven..."

Think on this. For those of us who are believers in Christ, God is our Father. Jesus taught His disciples the way to pray. He included that just as God is Jesus’ Father, so He is our Father. And though we cannot see Him in heaven, He is there with Jesus who is preparing a place for us. The Holy Spirit is now with us to show us how to live until we get there.

Isn’t it wonderful that our Father in heaven wants to talk to us and hear from us? Jesus has given us access to the very throne room of God. He tore the temple veil in two so we could enter the Holy of Holies, the place where God dwelt on earth.

Amazingly, that throne room now resides in our hearts and God, our Father, meets us there. It’s really too wonderful for words. 

And there you go!

God Never Fails

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Joshua 1:9 says, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Do you believe this? Do I believe this? Whether we do or not, it’s true. We have no reason to be afraid or dismayed.

When I keep my granddaughter, Adali, she delights in that fact that I am just with her. She’s glad to see me, and she totally trusts that I will take care of her. I love the fact that she knows I love her and would only act for good on her behalf if at all possible.

But, alas, though I don’t even want to do so, I will fail her somewhere. But God will never fail her. He will be with her wherever she goes, and He will be with you and me. Let’s hand Him our fears and our disappointment today. He is for us, and He is with us wherever we go! Thank Him for His promise all day today!

And there you go!
 

Generous Giving

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Luke 6:38 says, "Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

I believe Jesus is saying to be generous with what you have, and He will provide what you need. If you hold back from sharing with others, then how can God entrust you with more? Especially if we decide to hoard those things for ourselves.

If you and I see a brother in need and give to him when he needs it, God will help us in our own time of need.

In my Bible study, “Free to Obey”, I tell the story of a family who gave their mini-van to a missionary couple who were without transportation. God then provided the family with another van, which they promptly gave to another missionary couple who desperately needed it. They didn’t get brand new cars back, but they have never been without transportation. We hope to teach our kids to share. This story is an example of people who lived it.

If God says we should give, we must remember that everything we have is His. He will not forsake us. His blessings of provision, while not luxury, are promised to us.

And there you go!