Saturday, August 28, 2010

Thy Kingdom Come

After this manner therefore pray ye: Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven. 

Just three simple words, “Thy kingdom come,” but what an incredible statement   we must approach as something so vast. It was a sad day when the elders of the  nation of Israel fired the godly prophet and prayer warrior Samuel and asked God for a king to lead them in I Samuel 8:5. Since the days of Abraham, they had the true and living God as their King and now, they wanted to replace Jehovah with a feeble, imperfect, human king.

Through the seed of David, the temple of God would be built as promised by God through His prophet, Samuel and God would establish His kingdom forever according to 2 Samuel 7:12-13. Though David was not privileged to build the temple himself, he was promised that his seed, Solomon, would build the temple and through this seed the King of Kings would come.
Throughout the Old Testament we read of a promise given of this coming King, upon whose shoulders the government would stand and His name shall be called, “Wonderful, Counselor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace” Isaiah 9:6. 

The word Wonderful means: marvelous, magnificent, great, tremendous, superb.  Counselor, conveys that He is our advisor, guide, mentor, model, specialist, and example. Mighty God, speaks of His strength, immensity, exceeding and extreme power on which we can stand knowing, The everlasting Father, reveals His endless, never-ending, undying, enduring, infinite, boundless, timeless and forever incessant existence. Last but not least, He is called, The Prince of Peace, declaring He is the Ruler and Sovereign King which engenders tranquility, restfulness, solitude, serenity, calm and true harmony in our hearts and minds.
When we pray, “Thy kingdom come,” we are truly praying, “Christ’s reign, here and now.” The word “kingdom” means “rule” or “reign.” So, when you read “Thy kingdom come,” you are reading, “Thy rule or reign come.” His kingdom is the rule and reign of Christ and that is what we are praying for.  To pray, “Thy kingdom come,” is to pray that He may reside and reign in the hearts and lives of those who are resistant and disobedient to God. Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,  And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel. (Mark 1:14,15) This is a prayer for salvation for people to repent and let the rule and reign of Christ in their hearts.
The kingdom of God comes also by our commitment to Christ. Look at Romans 14:17, For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost. As we give ourselves over to the attributes of Christ through the Holy Spirit of God and what He wants to produce in our lives, we are asking for Christ’s reign in our hearts and lives to be made known for others to see.
One day our Lord will come for us in the clouds and we will rise to meet Him there in the air.  At His second coming, (which is different from the Rapture) He will complete the victory and we will rule and reign with Him, the Lord God Almighty, for a thousand years (Revelation 1:6; 20:6). The prayer, “Thy kingdom come,” will then be answered fully.
Thought: What gives us the right to pray, “Thy kingdom come?” How is it that we  are entitled to pray this prayer? Prayer is allowed, entitled, permitted and made possible by changing our citizenship. How does one change his citizenship? By faith and trust in the Lord Jesus Christ. This glorious day is coming when we will see Him face to face. I pray that you are allowing the Lord Jesus to rule and reign in your hearts that you can give voice along with the host of the redeemed, Even so, come, Lord Jesus (Revelation 22:20b).

Friday, August 20, 2010

Repentance

Jeremiah 29:12-14 says, Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you. And ye shall seek me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart. And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.

 A man may hate sin just as a murder hates the gallows but this does not prove repentance. If I hate sin because of the punishment, I have not repented of sin; I merely regret that God is just.
by 
Charles Hadden Spurgeon

Genuine repentance is never easy. To confess your sin before God means that you are agreeing with Him that you have sinned and must be willing to forsake that sin. When we confess our sin, we are saying to God that He has the liberty to remove that sin from our life.
Those who confess their sins, intending to repeat the same offense, are only partially repentant.  If we are only partially repentant, have we truly repented at all? Confess means that we admit we have sinned and give God authority in our life to remove it. This is not to imply that we will never commit the same sin again, but there needs to be a willingness to part with the sin and submit to God. If we are not willing to submit to God, and remove sin from our lives, we are in fact, self-centered and true repentance has not taken place. Do those that have sinned against God, ever consider how they have offended Him, or are they only wanting forgiveness to feel better, save face, or relieve their guilt?
God wants to draw us from sin to Himself and to use our struggles as stepping stones to a godly live-style. He not only wants us to be free from sin, but conformed to the image of His Son Romans 12:2. Sometimes, Christians think that victory over sin means that they will no longer be tempted in that sin, or that God will change their nature so that they will no longer desire to do evil. This is wrong thinking. To be tempted is not a sin but an occasion to rise above and battle against the temptation. Since we will always be tempted, we need to learn to handle temptation in God’s way.
In learning to handling temptation, we need to accept the fact that we will be tempted, but in that temptation, choose to be thankful for the opportunities it represents. We don’t thank God for the temptation but for the possibility that we will have in declaring our love and allegiance to the Lord Jesus Christ.  In everything give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. (I Thess. 5:18)

Quote from St. Augustine: “O Lord, Thou has made us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless until they find their all in Thee.” Ultimately, not even victory over sin can satisfy. Only God can do that, for He has made you to need a personal relationship with Him.
Thought: The greater knowledge you have of God, the more often you will turn to Him. This added understanding will create in you a desire for fellowship with Him and the more time you  spend fulfilling His purpose, a true devotion will take place in your heart. Seeing with God’s perspective means that you will learn to pray with confidence and in faith. God has brought this temptation into your life for your good. Thank Him for how He will use it. He wants to build you up and not to destroy. True repentance is acknowledging and agreeing with God that you have sinned and that He has the ultimate authority in your life to remove this sin from your life.