Thursday, November 13, 2014

November 14, 2014

"......your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." Matthew 6:10

The thought of a "kingdom" is very prominent in the Bible. Over and over it is mentioned. The expression "the kingdom of God" is used 68 times in the New Testament. The expression "the kingdom of Heaven is used 31 times all in the book of Matthew.

Obviously, this concept is consistent with the notion that God is the King. Those who acknowledge His Sovereignty and Authority belong to His kingdom. The boundaries of God's Kingdom begin at the edge of your obedience and surrender.

If the Kingdom of God is going to impact and counteract the kingdoms of man it must happen in the hearts of His people. You must submit to the reign of God and crown Him King of your life.

The reason Heaven is "heavenly" is because God's will is done there continually, completely and cheerfully! One reason our world is not so "heavenly" is because God's will is not done. His kingdom will only come where His will is done.

Jesus demonstrated what can happen in the life of a person who is willing to always choose God's will above his own will. At the very time He was teaching His disciples to pray "your kingdom come, your will be done" He was showing them every day what perfect obedience looked like.

Praying "your kingdom come, your will be done" is redundant. Doing His will ushers in His kingdom. His kingdom comes ONLY where His will is done.His kingdom exists where ever His people obey His Word and do His will.

When you pray "your will be done" you are also saying, "I submit to your will".  You crown Him King in your life when your will comes into alignment with His will through your total surrender. "Your will be done" becomes your practice not just your prayer. You will know His kingdom has come in your life when His will is done in you as it is done in heaven.

Can you imagine the peace that would settle into your spirit if only His will was at work in your life?

Can you imagine the power that could operate in your life if only His will was at work through your life?

Wouldn't that be "HEAVENLY"?