“Kings” and “Kingdoms”

2 Chronicles 34:33   (KJV)   33 And Josiah took away all the abominations out of all the countries that pertained to the children of Israel, and made all that were present in Israel to serve, even to serve the Lord their God. And all his days they departed not from following the Lord, the God of their fathers.

King Josiah opted to live in obedience to the Lord. He did away with all the abominable ways his predecessors established. The people of his kingdom were also living according King Josiah Hears the Law II Chronicles 34:14-19to the sinful ways of their previous kings. He also influenced the people of his kingdom to follow God.

Most of the nations in the world are not in a kingdom system. Most nations are comprised of different people who have different spiritual persuasions and who subscribe to different sources as their authority. Leaders in these kinds of societies can’t dictate their constituents who to worship. But the truth remains: leaders have certain degrees of influence that others don’t. And leaders choose who they personally worship. Leaders can choose the path of righteousness.

We all are leaders one way or another. As for us believers, we opt to live our lives in complete surrender to the one true living God. We willingly submit to His Kingship. Although we’re citizens of our country, we’re first and foremost citizens of His Kingdom. We live in obedience to His will and His Words. We implore others to be a part. And we lead those who become a part to fully live the Kingdom life—with all its challenges, uniqueness, and joy. There’s no life better.

Nothing to Fear

Luke 12:32   (KJV)   32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Our precious Lord Jesus commands His flock—His children, not to fear anyone but God. One of the most important assurances He gives us is our heavenly Dad’s desire to give us His kingdom—whatever that may exactly mean. But that says a lot. Simply though, He’s luke-12-32-nothing-to-fearsaying we don’t have to fear anything because there’s no reason to. The cause may be material; it may be ideological; it may be social; His assurance is, He’s got us completely and safely covered.

Sure, there are things we don’t know about. We’re not sure how all details of our lives are going to play out, but God definitely guides us in areas where the choice is non-negotiable. There are expert schemers, and deceivers; some people in power may take advantage of us, but God is our vindicator; He’s in control of everything. Some people may succeed in hiding their insidious intents, but God has a way of eventually having their pernicious secrets whispered only behind the closed doors of their hearts to be shouted from the mountaintops for all to hear.

Some of us are threatened with death, but even the worst murderer can only touch our bodies; our God can do worse, and even throw the wicked to hell. Some of us may be threatened with lack, but we’ve never seen the righteous forsaken nor their seed begging for bread. He loves us so much that He makes the resources—even the power and authority of His Kingdom, available to us. We will be persecuted; we suffer the rise and fall of earthly kingdoms, but through it all, we worry not; we fear not; we live in the eternal, inexhaustible sphere. That’s where we wisely invest our treasures in; there’s where our hearts truly are. Our Dad is pleased for now to give us a foretaste of its reality; and even just this glimpse, its power and riches already blow our minds. We can only wonder about its wonders when it comes in the fullness of its power and glory.

The Flock and the Kingdom

luke-12-32-the-flock-and-the-kingdomLuke 12:32   (KJV)   32 Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.

Little flock, Kingdom of God—the picture shows a striking opposite. We are so small; God’s Kingdom is so huge—so grand. But God saw it fit to give it to us. And He didn’t do it begrudgingly; He did it with loving delight. That’s the wonder of it all. How can an eternal, unchanging, all-powerful, all-knowing, all-present God accommodate such as us? It’s purely because of His love and the generosity of His grace.

It’s not that we are nothing, no; it’s completely the opposite. Of all God’s creation, we are the crowning glory. Humbly, we recognize that we are the one of the most important entities, if not the most important entity of all God’s creation. He values us more than everything else. That’s the reason why we find assurance in His command for us not to fear. That’s based on the obvious reality of His care. He cares for His other creation—small as they are, as insignificant as they may seem; He cares for the birds and the bees, the flowers and the trees. He cares for them so much that we see them sufficiently provided for. None of them seem to show any sign of worry.

Let me clarify: we are “big” compared to other creation, but we are infinitely “small” compared to God and His Kingdom—infinitesimal, that is.  This is not an offense to us. Of course, there are those who don’t like the idea of worshiping someone other than themselves, but we fully see the appropriateness, in fact, the wisdom in kneeling before Someone Who’s enormously mighty, Who is in control of all things, and Who cares for us so much more than we can ever imagine.

We have needs—true, but we’re assured of more than sufficient provision. He withheld not His Son—His greatest “Treasure” so that our greatest need is taken care of. Every other need we have is insignificantly little compared to that. It’s exceedingly evident: He freely gives us everything we need for life, godliness, and enjoyment…—His Kingdom for His flock. That’s why we don’t worry; we’re not troubled; we don’t fear.

Fail-Free Prophecies

Luke 1:33   (KJV)   33 And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end.

This is a part of angel Gabriel’s explanation to Mary as to Who the Son is Who will be born through her. It’s speaking of the established earthly eternal kingdom. This is a description Mary never saw happened in her lifetime. We still don’t see it today. But it’s a prophetic description coming from a being who stands in the very presence of God, sent by God Himself aluke-1-33-fail-free-prophecys His messenger of Good News of great joy, a message of peace and goodwill. Oh yes, He reigns; He does so in the hearts of man and women who are fully surrendered to Him—citizens of the Kingdom that will soon be manifested in the visible realm. There’s a major kingdom “relocation” we’re still waiting for.

Just because we don’t see God’s prophecies fulfilled with our own eyes doesn’t mean they won’t be fulfilled. Many of the saints in the past—heroes of faith saw God’s promises from afar, but they saw them—by faith. No prophecy, no Word of God will fall to the ground and fail; they will all come to pass; they will fulfill their every purpose. God never lies; He never will. That’s why He is completely trustworthy, infinitely trustworthy. He is totally and absolutely dependable. He sees the end from the beginning. How can He fail? How can He make a mistake? Every prophecy that needs to happen to date has happened. There’s no reason to doubt what He declared are still about to come.

We have incalculably more than sufficient reasons to believe God and to believe His messengers, especially those who spend time in His presence. God is pure; His intentions are pure. There’s nothing we can give Him that He doesn’t have yet. Everything we have comes from Him. He doesn’t have any reason to deceive us; He won’t get anything from that. It’s to our utmost advantage and benefit believing His promises and living out His Word. It’s crazy and foolish not to. We live by faith and not by sight, feelings, senses, or circumstances. Faith is anchored on His Word. A life of faith is life lived under the canopy of His blessings, and favor. There, we find worth greater than anyone can give; we have our God-given purpose and direction; He shows us where to go and leads us to our destiny. The Lord is Truth; we shall not doubt.

End of the Accuser

Revelation 12:10   (KJV)   10 And I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, Now is come salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of his Christ: for the accuser of our brethren is cast down, which accused them before our God day and night.

Jesus is the Prince of Peace; He is the Lamb of God. These are wonderful titles and descriptions. The seemingly ever evasive peace is a desire, wish, and prayer of so many people. It’s a common theme in international conventions and in world leaders’ negotiations. Genuinerevelation-12-10-end-of-the-accuser and lasting world peace is a priceless treasure that will become a reality only through the leadership of one Entity: Jesus. Peace, Lamb—they bring some kind of indescribable quietness in us who know Him truly. But they’re often erroneously equated to weakness, and often, inability to do anything of great impact and worldwide in scope.

But truth is more delightful than error; in a magnificent display of God’s glory, our precious Lord Jesus brought peace on earth and goodwill to mankind. He accomplished what everyone else failed to do. He lived a perfect life; He defeated all His temptations and trials; He endured all His agonizing pain and tortures; He died for our sins; He defeated death, hell, and the grave, and rose again on the third day; He ascended back to heaven and glory. Seated at the right hand of the Father, He will come again to bring our ultimate salvation. He has saved us from the power and penalty of sin, but this time, He will save us even from the presence of sin.

Everyone will see Jesus in power, glory, and authority. Every knee will bow, every tongue will confess—either with extreme gladness or extreme sadness, that our Lord Jesus, the Prince of Peace, the Lamb of God, is also the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. This is the time when all of God’s enemies will be brought down to their expected end—that of total humiliation, defeat, and destruction. The non-stop accuser will finally be silenced. This is written; we consider this done. That’s why in the middle of the most horrendous attacks coming from the soon-to-be-totally-destroyed foe, we rejoice. The enemy’s panicking; the King is coming.

Unshakable Kingdom

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Heaven and earth will pass away; everything that can be shaken will be shaken, but the Kingdom of God will remain. We’ve received and will continue receiving from our precious Lord gifts and blessings that really matter. We are deeply grateful to Him and we continue to live a life of worship, a life that honors and pleases Him. This is our highest expression of praise and thanksgiving, our most appropriate response to an unconditionally loving and all-powerful God and Father, and our surest step  in preparing for and welcoming His unshakable Kingdom.

We’re surrounded by so many faithful forebearers who lived with their sights focused on our heavenly home. We do that. We prefer a home not made by human hands; we choose treasures that won’t get rusted, corrupted, or stolen. We don’t stagnate, give up, or turn back; instead, we press on towards God’s high calling–an eternal existence with our beloved God and Father.

We let go of anything and everything that may get us sidetracked, weighted down, sidelined, or disqualified. We set our eyes in the King of the Kingdom. He has shown us how. Despite pain, suffering, and shame, He completed His mission; we will too. If we need to be disciplined, constricted, corrected, we’re willing–anything for God. We’ve received the best; why trade for less?