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February 8, 2017, 9:23 AM

Thy Kingdom Come



Grace and peace to you from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. May the one thing we desire be for God’s kingdom to come and for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven. May nothing be more attractive and desirous to us today than knowing Christ and living in the center of His will.

I suppose this would be a good place for us to pause and consider what is that we are truly seeking first and foremost. Is the Lord, our God, the number one pursuit of our lives? Do we really want Him and what He wants? In Matthew 6:33 Jesus declared, “But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

When a man or woman truly abides in Christ there are many, many things he or she never wills to ask: they do not want them. And if Christ’s words are abiding in them – all of Christ’s words – you can be sure that they will not ask for a whole category of things. When Christ’s words are in the soul, a wish that the secular heart grasps after is no longer even interesting! When we truly abide in Christ, when our union with Him is complete, then His desires and ours are one. Therefore, brothers and sisters, we ought to examine where we stand today.

Glaphre Gilliland declared: “Why do we tend to seek other things first… and want God to be added later? We seek success… and want God to endorse our goals. We seek acceptance… and want God to provide the cheering section. We seek increased income… and want God to be the bonus. We seek vindication… and want God to take our side. We seek happiness… and want God’s smile of approval. We seek health… and want God to dispense an instant cure. As we mature in our relationship with the Lord, our goals change. But we don’t realize that our pattern often remains the same! We seek to be useful… and want God to bless our busy activities. We seek to be helpful to others… and want God to tag along. We seek to be spiritual… and want God to applaud. We tend to use God instead of seek Him. We want God to do our bidding more than we want Him. What percentage of our prayers are for our own comfort? To fulfill our fantasies? Where do we ask for God’s will? Isn’t it usually at the end of the prayer… as a closing benediction… sometimes almost as an afterthought? I wonder how this all wise God of ours feels about being brought in at the conclusion and asked to bless the plan? What a waste to rely on our wisdom, when God’s wisdom is available!”

Let us pray together: Grant me, O Lord, heavenly wisdom, that I may learn to seek you above all things, and to understand all other things as they are per the order of your wisdom. Amen.

You are Loved!

Pastor Jason Stevens


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