Monday, January 30, 2012

January 31, 2012

“Your kingdom come. Your will be done. On earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10
There is no spiritual Switzerland.


Switzerland is a neutral country, according to Wikipedia - The Swiss Confederation has a long history of neutrality — it has not been in a state of war internationally since 1815—and did not join the United Nations until 2002. It pursues, however, an active foreign policy and is frequently involved in peace-building processes around the world.

Switzerland made a decision to sit out all regional or international conflicts by not making alliances with warring nations. Other nations have honored Switzerland’s policy of neutrality and not invaded them. They do have a military but has only deployed their forces when they perceived threats of invasion from neighboring nations.

There is however, no spiritual neutrality. Contrary to what some seem to believe, you are either in the kingdom of evil or the kingdom of God.

To which kingdom do you belong?

It depends on who you have chosen as your king! Everyone serves a king! Either you serve God or you serve the evil one who is the ruler of this world. And, unless you have renounced evil, repented of your sins, turned from sin, and began to love and obey God you are not of His kingdom.

The significance of Christ’s death on the cross was to provide you and me with the choice of which king we would serve. His death and resurrection made it possible break free from the kingdom of darkness and have power to step into God’s Kingdom.
You have the power to let His kingdom come to you or you can oppose His kingdom by stubbornly refusing to surrender to His will.

Switzerland is great for chocolate and cheese and yodeling but you can’t go there spiritually. Don’t even try!

January 30 2012

“Your kingdom come. Your will be done. On earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10

The disciples asked Jesus to teach them to pray and when you ask Jesus a question you will always get more that you asked for. After all, He IS the Answer!

Jesus did not just give them a prayer but He gave them a pattern for HOW to pray and a paradigm for how to think about God!

Yesterday I spoke about verse nine that I summarized as God desiring to make your life a living prayer that glorifies Him.

This week I invite you examine verse 10 with me and I believe that once again you will discover He has given us a lot to think about.

At first glance you notice that God has a kingdom. Why is that important? For a couple of reasons:
1)       To have a kingdom He must be the King – He is!
A King is sovereign. He isn’t elected or appointed. All authority rests in Him. He answers to no one.
2)       Since He IS the King He has a kingdom not a democracy.
In God’s kingdom you don’t vote on the rules. He makes all the rules because He is the Ruler. You either obey His laws or you break them. If you break them you will discover God is also the judge and jury and jailor!
3)       His Kingdom WILL come!
God’s earthly kingdom was wrestled away from Adam when he disobeyed God in the Garden. Therefore, Satan became the ruler of this world. But His rule is limited.

Jesus came to defeat Satan and win back the kingdom on earth by His death and resurrection. Once Jesus had come back to life and gone back to His Father He ushered in God’s Kingdom on earth through His people the Church.

God’s kingdom comes through you and through me as we make Him the King of our lives.

How do we make Him King of our lives? By serving Him. By Obeying Him. By surrendering your heart and your will to His and proclaiming Him as King of your life His kingdom comes to you. By helping to promote righteousness and to defeat evil on earth you bring His kingdom.

God is the King.

God has a kingdom.

That kingdom WILL come and no one or nothing can stop it.

Is He your King? Have you allowed His kingdom come to your heart?