The Lord has established His throne in heaven, and His kingdom rules over all. “But seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you”(Matthew 6:33).
As children of our Almighty God, His kingdom rules in our hearts, our lives and all situations. Colossians 1:13-14 reads: “He has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.”
Jesus charged His disciples, and also us, to preserve the law and also shows the danger of neglect and contempt of it in Matthew 5: 19-20 which reads, “Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven, but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.”
In my prayer, the Holy Spirit spoke to me through 1 Chronicles 28:7-10, which I believe, is also for all people of God’s kingdom. The Lord reminds us to remain diligent in things that He has called us to carry out and to serve Him in unswerving devotion. God honours those who honour His Word and who seek Him with all their hearts.
As believers and children of God, we are empowered by the Holy Spirit – the Spirit of wisdom and understanding, the Spirit of counsel and strength; and are called to be witnesses of His mighty works and glory. In Acts 1:8, Jesus told His disciples , “But you shall receive power, the Holy Spirit coming upon you. And you shall be witnesses to Me both in Jerusalem and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
According to Matthew 4:23-25, Jesus’s Ministry and Commission consisted of teaching, preaching, making disciples, healing the sick and casting out demons. Just as Jesus has commanded the twelve disciples in Matthew 10:7-8, He has also commanded us, people of His kingdom, to do the same: “And as you go, proclaim, saying, The kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out demons. You have received freely, freely give.”
Daniel described his dream and visions in Daniel 7:21-22, “I watched, and that horn made war with the saints and overcame them until the Ancient of Days came, and judgement was given to the saints of the Most High. And the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom.”
This prophecy spans the spiritual struggle covering the ages through the Messiah’s First and Second coming. It unveils the present age of the kingdom, which is one of ongoing struggle – with victory upon victory for the church. God’s sovereignty accomplishes the foundational victory and in the Cross, achieves the decisive victory, allowing the saints new dimensions for advance and conquest. Yet it withholds its conclusive triumph until Christ comes again.
All who have faith in God will do great things.“Faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ” (Romans 10:17). “Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful”(Hebrews 10:23).
Jesus promised in John 14:12-16,“Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and greater works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son. If you ask me anything in my name, I will do it. If you love me, you will keep my commandments. And I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Helper, to be with you forever, even the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, for he dwells with you and will be in you.”
The judgements of God upon others are loud calls to us to repent. May we remember the Word spoken by Jesus in Luke 13:3 and again, repeated in Luke 13:5 ,“I tell you, no; but unless you repent you will all likewise perish.” As children of God, the Holy Spirit helps us keep check of things which we need to bring to the Lord in true repentance, turning away from them, changing our lives according to His way, to avoid God’s wrath.
God’s love is made complete in the one who obeys. I John 2:5-6 says, “but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him: whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.”
The words of Psalm 37:3-11 are of particular relevance for us:
Trust in the LORD, and do good; dwell in the land and befriend faithfulness.
Delight yourself in the LORD, and he will give you the desires of your heart.
Commit your way to the LORD; trust in him, and he will act.
He will bring forth your righteousness as the light, and your justice as the noonday.
Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; fret not yourself over the one who prospers in his way, over the man who carries out evil devices!
Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath! Fret not yourself; it tends only to evil.
For the evildoers shall be cut off, but those who wait for the LORD shall inherit the land.
In just a little while, the wicked will be no more; though you look carefully at his place, he will not be there.
But the meek shall inherit the land and delight themselves in abundant peace.
My Heavenly Father,
I praise You for your glorious splendour and Your sovereignty over the broad events of my life and over the details. I give You thanks that the Holy Spirit is within me, to strengthen me with power in my inner person, to make Christ real within me.
Thank You, Lord, for Your limitless love and Your fullness. You enable me to know in personal experience, the things You have bestowed on me in Christ – my new identity, my incredible spiritual blessings. With You, nothing is an accident, nothing is incidental and no experience is wasted. Every trial that You allow to happen is a platform on which You reveal Yourself, showing Your love and power to me and to those around me.
I am grateful that my weaknesses, my failures and all my past circumstances were permitted by You to make me see my need of You and prepare my heart for Your Word – to draw me to Yourself and for Your good purposes for my life. You are able to do immeasurably more than what I can ask or dream of. You delight to give me the desires of my heart as I delight myself in You. How precious is Your love for me, O Lord.
Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom – a kingdom that cannot be shaken. So great is Your power that the enemy cringe before You. I sing for joy as I take refuge in the shadow of Your wings!
Thank You, Lord, for your past victories You have won in my life and the lives of my family – for progress and growth and answered prayer. Thank You for the victories we will yet see in the future, to the glory of Your Name!
I praise You that as time goes by, in new ways, You will show us Your goodness in the land of the living.
I pray this in the precious name of Jesus Christ,
Amen and Amen!