“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.

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Messenger to the Nations

Jeremiah 1.10 - Messenger to NationsJeremiah 1:10   (KJV)   10 See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.

As God’s appointed messengers, we are part of God’s supreme authority and work. He has the power to establish or destroy any nation, kingdom, or entity. As His representatives or spokespeople, we partake of that divine authority and power to do the same. Let’s be clear about it; by ourselves, there’s nothing we can do. It’s God Who works in and through us to do great exploits.

God in His foreknowledge initiated everything for us to be found in this honored position of authority—reigning with our precious Lord Jesus Christ in heavenly places. Young and old, rich and poor, men and women, boys and girls, people of all races, tribes, and nations—we all lovingly and boldly go out without trepidation, we face whoever the person, whatever the nation, whatever the situation. Again, it’s because we know that God watches over us, is in us, and is always with us.

There comes a time when a nation continuously rebels and fights against God—the very Power Who birthed them. There comes a time when our voice seems suppressed and we are the enemy. This doesn’t change our reality: God is our strength. He is our fortress. He’s our impenetrable Shield; we’re always protected. So we speak against the evils of a nation—before the rulers, before the “influencers.” They don’t like us; they attack us, but we remain—strong, fearless, steadfast, unmoved. Why? It’s because God never fails; He takes care of us, and will never stop doing so.