7 of God’s Promises to Help Me Reboot My Brain

Without some measure of anxiety humanity would cease to struggle for growth. Sometimes our brains run amuck though, and we get way off at the deep end of the pond. Life has us down with disparaging thoughts and false negatives. When I cannot trust my brain activity I rely on God’s promises. Here are seven of His promises that help me reboot.

Promise Number One

When Jesus gave his disciples the greatest mission to go and make disciples, he gave them comfort by saying, “I am with always, even unto the end of the age” (Matthew 28:20). He knew their lives would be full of hardship and misery as they went forth sharing the gospel good news of his saving grace. Few of us shed blood for the cause of the Christ, yet we fret so much. Remember, Jesus is with us always, even unto the end of our age too.

Promise Two

Jesus said the Father will send the Comforter after he went to his throne in Heaven, John 15:26. In Acts 2, the apostles received His baptism. As a result, we have the divine inspired Scriptures to comfort us as the Spirit works give us powerful hope to live a life worthy of the Christian calling, Romans 15:13

Promise Three

The Savior offers rest in a stress filled world. This is one of my favorite verses. “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Matt. 11:28 ASV). I do not know about you but sometimes the circuit board in my brain overheats from being over stimulated by the harsh realities of this complex world. Jesus reminds us of how simple a pure spiritual life of trusting in his care can be refreshing.

Promise Four

Jesus is the Captain of my Salvation, Hebrews 2:10. He is the heir of all things and that makes him the helmsman of my life. I choose to yield my body as a vessel to of his direction and he may steer me wherever he may choose. This I do of my own free will and thereto I pray always, “Lord, not my will, but thy will be done.” Once I recognize and humble myself to the sovereignty of my Captain then the Master Helmsman can mold me and make me after his will. This is what I do, what I cannot trust my own brain.

Promise Five

The Word of God helps me Renew my Mind. We touched on this a moment ago when we spoke of the Holy Spirit. I must add here in promise number five, my trust is exclusively in the Lord and in only in his word is my hope. Read Psalm 130:5. The advice of men and philosophers, they fail me. The voices of congresspeople and presidents come and go with the wind. Life itself is a vapor and of much education there is no end. But the Word of God renews me every day, and keeps my brain thinking rationally, serving correctly, and worshipping willfully. Romans 12.1.

Promise Six

When I cannot trust my brain, I walk by faith and not by sight, 2 Corinthians 5:6-8. Sometimes, all we can see is what we think is working against us. There are times that we are suffering when God intends it for good. He refines us like brass in the fire. Thus, we must train ourselves to take courage to be well-pleasing to the Lord regardless of the messages popping back and forth between our brain’s synapses.

Promise Seven

Stop judging yourself when your brain runs ahead of you. It is not a sin to be tempted. If it were, Jesus would be a sinner because he was tempted in every manner you and I are, yet he never transgressed, Hebrews 4:15. Also, do not judge yourself ahead of the Lord’s judgement time, 1 Corinthians 4:3. Only God know the hidden things on the mind. If we cannot fully trust everything going on in our inner workings, then there is no reason to judge ourselves guilty or innocent ahead of the momentous day. God’s grace is greater than all our sin. Yes, we could fall away from grace, Hebrews 6:6. But, if we wait in liberty with the grace of Christ we long for, we shall see the King someday, Romans 9:27-28.

The brain is complex and sometimes deceitful. When I cannot trust my own brain and need to reboot, I rely on those seven promises of God to help me reboot. They will help you too.

Donny Weimar

November 27, 2021

Supreme Court Decision Abortion and the Bible

Abortion-rights advocates and opponents demonstrate in front of the U.S. Supreme Court on Wednesday, as the court hears arguments in a case from Mississippi, where a law would ban abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy, well before fetal viability.
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By Donny Weimar || We will consider abortion and the Bible. Have you ever heard this argument? If someone murders a woman and her baby dies, the murderer is held guilty on two accounts. If a woman takes the life of her own unborn child, it is not murder, it is abortion. You may have your own feelings about the straw man argument. Nonetheless, according to the New York Times, the Supreme Court seems poised to uphold Mississippi’s abortion law.[1] God values human life.

Will The Law Roll Back?

Mississippi’s law bans abortions after 15 weeks of pregnancy. According to Times writer Adam Liptak, the decision would roll back abortion rights the court has defined over the last half century. This crucial decision is at stark odds with the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision that upheld abortion and prohibited states from banning the procedure before fetal viability, which is currently around 23 weeks.

Will Abortion Clinics Be Restricted?

On their website dated September 3, 2021, Planned Parenthood advertised they could help their clients in Texas get help finding an abortion doctor.[2] Texas bans abortion after 6 weeks. They say it is difficult to find a doctor who will abort after 12 weeks, but do not discourage people from contacting them for help. If the Supreme Court gives authority back to the states, more clinics will be restricted like those in Mississippi and Texas.

What Do We Find About Abortion and the Bible?

“If men fight, and hurt a woman with child, so that she gives birth prematurely, yet no harm follows, he shall surely be punished accordingly as the woman’s husband imposes on him; and he shall pay as the judges determine. 23 But if any harm follows, then you shall give life for life, 24 eye for eye, tooth for tooth, hand for hand, foot for foot, 25 burn for burn, wound for wound, stripe for stripe.” (Ex. 21:22-25 NKJV)

God values human life. There is much to say about abortion and the Bible. Let us notice these facts from this Old Testament passage. First, the unborn is called a child. No mention is made as to what stage of pregnancy the mother is in. Second, the mother is vulnerable to losing the child if she is stricken with violence. (3) The punishment for an abuser to force an abortion by violence is capital execution. (4) Equal damage met equal harm.

We are blessed to live under the law of Christ. God still values human life. While Jesus is more interested in what is on our heart than how we pass judgment upon one another, crime is still crime. And sin is still sin.

Civil Governing Authority – Abortion and the Bible

We are grateful to have civil government authorized by God (Romans 13). Sometimes our government acts beyond what God authorizes. Sin remains sin whether it has been legalized or not. Roe v Wade did not alter God’s ethical standards of what is morally right or wrong in accord with harming the unborn child. Many physicians of our time who perform abortions will do well to read Exodus 21:22-25, even though it is law to the Jews. It is an ethic that calls to mind a standard all people are amenable to. The bottom line is no matter what the Supreme Court decides, God will never change His mind. Taking the innocent life of an unborn child for no righteous cause is murder and all murderers have no part in the heavenly promise (Revelation 22:15). All human life is valuable.


[1] http://www.nytimes.com/2021/12/01/us/politics/supreme-court-mississippi-abortion-law.html

[2] https://www.plannedparenthood.org/learn/teens/ask-experts/how-far-along-can-you-be-to-get-an-abortion

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December 3, 2021

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For Your Encouragement: Judas and Barsabas

5 Simple Ways to Train as a Warrior for Jesus: Faith

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Scrawny? Weak? Feeble in your faith? Sinning is the habit of those who are not comfortable in their Christianity. You can be a warrior for Jesus Christ. Here are 5 simple ways to train as a warrior for Jesus Christ that will increase your faith 5 fold and make Him the true Lord of your life. No matter how long you have been a floundering Christian, this encouraging message will move you from the doubter’s corner to the victor’s reward.

1. Warriors for Jesus Christ Train for Battle by Giving Their Heart to Jesus. This builds bigger faith.

When sinning is a habit, sins that we commit repeatedly, there is a blemish on our ability to serve Jesus like a good soldier of the faith. Has hardship caused you to stumble? Get up and brush yourself off. We have grace to stand in (Romans 5:2).

Listen friend, you are wearing the armor of God and the devil cannot penetrate it (Ephesians 6:11). Read about the Lord’s armed forces. The Spirit says to Paul to write these encouraging words, “Suffer hardship with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. No soldier on service entangleth himself in the affairs of this life; that he may please him who enrolled him as a soldier.” 2 Timothy 2:3-4. ASV

By giving your heart to Jesus you enable the full impact of the Gospel to work in your heart. Your Lord is more than the King of souls, He is the Captain of your personal salvation. Listen to Scripture.

Heb 2:10 ” For it became him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the author of their salvation perfect through sufferings.”

Anchor yourself in God’s grace. You cannot merit your salvation. Yield your heart to Father God. Everything is possible with God. He can save to the uttermost. Define yourself as a warrior for Christ. That way when you meet hardship, you will not doubt. And that sin you keep on repeating will evaporate in God’s love.

2. Warriors for Jesus Christ Train by preparing Themselves with Bible study. This builds bigger faith.

Have you ever tried to get to some place you have never been without a road map or GPS? It is an easy thing to get lost. I read somewhere that only 24% of people in the United States are convinced the Bible is the Divinely inspired, without error, special revelation directly from God. I suggest to you the reason for this statistic is people, even Christians have stopped reading the Bible. According to the New Testament, the Holy Spirit of God operates through the Word of God. He convicts, converts, and sanctifies using this medium. We are not talking about providence and the sovereignty of God. We speak of the pure unadulterated milk and meat of pure Bible teaching. Consider this passage.

“But they did not all hearken to the glad tidings. For Isaiah saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So belief cometh of hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ.” Romans 10:16-17 ASV

How can people rejoice with the glad tidings of Jesus if they have not heard the word of Christ? Get yourself immersed in Scripture. “Be diligent to present yourself approved to God, an unashamed worker, cutting-straight {Or: handling correctly} the word of truth.” 2Timothy 2:15 MLV2020.

3. Warriors for Jesus Christ Train by Giving Themselves to Prayer.

Never stop praying (1Thessalonians 5:17). God’s love is on your mind 24/7. When you get up out of bed in the morning, pause and pray before beginning your day. Sometimes, you will go through a test that day. Someone will cut you off on the road to work. If you have ever prayed for patience, you know life will slow down and frustrate you to no end. That is how God refines His warriors. When you change your prayer habits to praying more often than you are now praying, the quality of your life will improve. God’s tests always turn out for our help. James 1:3. I tell you the truth, any and every virtue that God wills for your life, if you pray about it, you will get it…no matter the test it takes to get it. Pray to endure the test. Pray with thanks for the blessing in the outcome. God will sometimes answer your prayers in the long run. Warriors for Jesus Christ train by giving themselves to prayer.

4. Warriors for Jesus Christ Train by Giving Themselves to Obeying the Gospel.

You might not like hearing this, if you have been listening to denominational preachers. We are living post-denominational days now. And we are doing so by being what Christians were in the first century church of Christ. Refer to chart at the bottom of this article to see what every single conversion in the book of Acts involved. Scripture references are provided. It may astound you to find this passage in the New Testament.

“So-then my beloved, just-as you have always obeyed, not only as in my presence, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling. For* it is God who is working in you both to will and to work, on behalf of his delight.” Philippians 2:12-13 MLV2020.

Fact: When we give ourselves to always obeying by working out our own personal salvation, God will work to do His part.

5. Warriors for Jesus Christ Train by Letting Go of the Past and Living in the Present.

The reality of life is that you cannot do anything to change your past. Let go of what is in your history and have an active faith in His Story. We do not have to live in doubt any longer. Without faith, it is impossible for us to be saved (Hebrews 11:1-3). That is why with your faith, you can move mountains of tough times. Give your heart to Jesus and be a warrior for the way of salvation. Live in the here and now. People will hold grudges against you. But you know when God has forgiven you, you can forgive yourself. Let go and grow up. Do not depend upon people. They will let you down. Great blessings have happened in your past. Even greater blessings are in store for your future. Warriors for Jesus Christ train by letting go of the past and living for the present, with hope for the future.

You and I are in the Lord’s military. There is not a more powerful army on the face of this earth, except perhaps for the angelic host – and they are here to serve us. Do not be concerned about who you have been, up to this day. Today is a day of renewal. Today is the day to change our hearts and convert to serve the Living God. We can let go of yesterday because we pray and obey. After reviewing the chart below, ask yourself if they were converted this way, then how might we become faithful warrior Christians today. Come to Jesus. Come. Come today.

A Chart Survey of Bible Conversions

Who The Were and What They Did To Be Saved

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THEYHEARDBELIEVEDREPENTCONFESSEDBAPTIZED
Jews at PentecostActs 2:37Acts 2:44Acts 2:38Acts 2:38, 41
Ethiopian EunuchActs 8:37Acts 8:37Acts 8:38
SamaritansActs 8:6Acts 8:12Acts 8:12
Saul of TarsusGalatians 2:16Acts 9:18; 22:6-16
CorneliusActs 10:34Acts 15:7Acts 11:18Acts 10:48
LydiaActs 16:14-15
Philippian JailerActs 16:31Implied Acts 16:33Acts 16:33

Disciples who only knew John’s baptism (immersion) were immersed again, into Christ (Acts 19:3-4).

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Judas Barsabas and Silas: Encouragers

by Donny Weimar

“Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.”
(1 Th 5:11 ESV)

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 Introduction

Letters of encouragement. Just the right words of exhortation. Quality and quantity of time. All Biblical Encouragement.

The brethren were wrestling in argument over the pharisaical notion Gentile Christians must be circumcised to be legitimate children of God. They were not even taking the apostle Paul’s nor the prophet Barnabas’s words for the matter. So they sent these two astute men to Jerusalem for an answer from the council. We are reading Acts 15.

          Experienced elders and apostles in Jerusalem were gathered to debate the topic. Peter delivered the resolution. It pleased everyone present, was it is the will of God, “that we write to them to abstain from things polluted by idols, from sexual immorality, from things strangled, and from blood” (Acts 15:20 NKJV). The church decided to send leading men to deliver the message to the Gentile churches to the north. Among them were Judas who was surnamed Barsabas and Silas, men of great reputation among the brethren. They carried the letter.

          These spiritual leaders did something marvelous for the Gentile brethren. For these frustrated and unsettled Christians, Judas Barsabas and his fellow worker brought words of encouragement. These giants in the faith did three things for the brethren that they could not find in themselves to do. They will return with an encouraging letter, just the right words to exhort the brothers and sisters, and spend quality time with the church.

Encouraging with Letters Brighten the Day

First, they brought an encouraging letter, confirming the authenticity of their conversion – that they did not need to be circumcised of the flesh. Because Christian circumcision is of the heart (Romans 2:29). Judas Barsabas and Silas settled the brethren’s minds with encouraging words (Acts 15:24, 31). It is good to get encouraging mail. Isn’t it? When we are discouraged, the best thing to read is something positive. I have kept the most encouraging mail I have received over the years to read when I feel pessimistic and disgruntled. Thank you to all the Barsabas’s and Silas’s out there.

 

Exhort One Another with Just the Right Words

         Secondly, leaders like Judas Barsabas and Silas knew when and how to say just the right words to exhort the brethren when the brothers are disheartened. Acts 15:32 says, “And Judas and Silas, who were themselves prophets, encouraged and strengthened the brothers with many words” (NKJV). Such spiritual leaders didn’t just pat their brethren on the back and say it’ll be all ‘right. They used words of encouragement. This kind of exhortation encouraged harmony in the family of Christ (Rom. 15:5).

          The Greek word for encouragement is pareklesis, which includes comforting earnestly, consoling and exhorting. A strong, gentle spiritual leader puts his arm around you and earnestly exhorts you to take comfort in God’s promises to care for you. With an exhortation, he has the element of not just moving one to get up and get going, but he says everything is going to be okay. He may also speak with a loving chastening, and a conviction to change faulty thinking or behavior.

Encourage One Another by Spending Quality and Quantity Time Together

          Third, Judas Barsabas and Silas spent a great quantity of time with the Syrian, Gentile, brethren. They did not spend an hour or two on a Sunday morning or a three-day seminar encouraging them. They spent quality time. Acts 15:33. Before they left them, the brethren were strengthened. An athlete does not become strong overnight. And a Christian who has been frustrated in his faith by pseudo spiritual leaders, claiming to know the way of salvation better than an apostle, does not become a mighty soldier for Jesus overnight either.

Building Up Each Other Comes with Making an Impact – a Choice Only You Can Take

          Imagine the impact you will have on those around you when you choose to become like Judas. Judas Barsabas that is, or Silas his co-leader. This was a man who realized the source of comfort was not actually in himself but in God who is the source of all mercy (cf. 2 Corinthians 1:3). Encouragement is a most compelling manner to express biblical love because it places others ahead of ourselves. It takes humility and looking out for the common interest of others. When you see someone who is forlorn or disheartened due to the discouragement of others, pick them up with the love of Jesus.

Genuine Spiritual Leadership Maintains Peace – with Encouragement

          The brethren unite in harmony with peace surpassing understanding. It is the unity of the Spirit (Ephesians 4:3). Jesus laid his life down as a servant of humanity in the same manner that we are told to put others ahead of ourselves (Philippians 2:1-11). So, like Judas Barsabas and Silas we are carriers of living letters of encouragement (2 Corinthians 3:2). We bring words of exhortation and strength when we speak God’s love and truth with our brethren. Out of this kind of humility we too take on a type of spiritual leadership that brings comfort to our brothers and sister, thereby building up the body of Christ.

Our spiritual leadership might become well-known or remain lesser known. Our reputation could not be known, whatsoever. Without regard to how well-known we are – like Judas surnamed Barsabas and Silas – let us encourage, exhort, and strengthen one another, as they did. When we focus more our energy on resolving conflict and time building harmony, we do much for the betterment of the church of Christ.

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A Book Review of Humilitas by John Dickson.

by Donny Weimar

Dickson’s thesis is: The most influential and inspiring people are often marked by humility.”

Dickson presents arguments saying humility is a virtue requisite to better leadership. Humility does not mean humiliation. Instead, it is a voluntary humbleness. A person’s strengths are for the benefit of others. Such does not mean “being a doormat for others, having a low self-esteem or curbing your strengths and achievements” (p. 21). Western culture is a mixture of three ancient cultures – Hebrew, Greek and Roman; it is “a religious, an artistic and an organizing, administrative or scientific civilization. In all three languages, “the word used to describe humility means ‘low,’ as in low to the ground” (p. 23). Thus, to be humble means to lower yourself – willingly. To accomplish this one is to redirect one’s powers, whether physical, intellectual, financial, or structural, for the sake of others (p. 25).

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Team Goals

The “art of inspiring others in a team to contribute their best toward a goal” is the core of leadership (p. 33). Leaders can move members of an organization towards a goal. Such people use abilities wherein they excel to make other all-stars on the team. Take them out of their natural zone of ability and they might not be the best leaders. In their element, they persuade others in the direction of a common goal. Finally, leaders set the right example. Herein is where true action resides. “Massive influence can be exerted with minimal structural authority as long as maximal persuasion and life example exist” (p. 44).

Common Sense

Humility is common sense. Competence innately demonstrates how incompetent we are, for the more we learn the more questions we have. “Knowing a lot in fact demonstrates how much I don’t know” (p. 53). It is of vital importance to humbly accept the central idea of this chapter: “none of us is an expert at everything, so a little humility is common sense” (p. 55). Furthermore, a studious person must acknowledge that which one cannot do or know surpasses what one can know and do. Only God is omnipotent and omniscient.

Virtue

Arete is the classical Greek term for virtue. The ancients were not so far from moderns who look on outward splendor, physical prowess, or ethical beauty. Scripture teaches us the beauty God seeks is not on the outside, which fades with age. Rather, it is the inward person whose virtuosity allow true leaders blessings with good fortune in a spirit of humility (p. 72). We agree with the last sentence in summation of the chapter. “Humility is not an ornament to be worn; it is an ideal that will transform” (p. 81).

Honor & Pride or Humility – Which is the weakest?

Graeco-Roman antiquity loved the pursuit of honor and were haughty. They viewed humility as a weakness because lowering oneself leads to shame. The “chief good was the respect and praise that comes through these activities as the way they confirm the merit of the one so honored [sic]” (p. 85). Honor, as Aristotle explains, is a matter of “achieving the respect of people or having something of the worth that al, l or the general public, or the good, or the prudent desire” (p. 87) Such is in stark contrast to biblical humility where one draws attention away from self and towards others, especially Holy God.

The Lowest Place on Earth

History marks a pivotal turning point in Western culture. The God of the Bible is sympathetic towards the poor and downtrodden. Jesus told his disciples that his rabbinical yoke was easy but humble (p. 103). Death on the cross was the lowest place the Roman world could envisage (p. 105). Christians have taken the evidence of Jesus self-humiliation as proof of true greatness (p. 107). Because of Christianity’s dismantling haughty styled honor, the impact in Western culture is ubiquitous.

Humility is the Basis of the Scientific Method

Accomplished scientists find humility as the basis of the scientific method; testing everything. The thrust of this chapter is in its concluding remarks. “The humble place is the place of growth” (p. 130). Dickson’s logic is people who imagine they know mostly what is important are “hermetically sealed from learning new things and receiving constructive criticism” (p. 116). Inheriting the earth is for the meek (Matthew 5). This inheritance is of maturation on this side of eternity. When one is humble, he paradoxically is cable of achieving more and have a greater sense of self-worth.

Humble Servant Leaders

“The perceived character of the persuader is central to his powers of persuasion” (p. 139). The leader will see himself as a servant of the group, hearing the needs and voices of the group. A listening and gentle character is the controlling factor in effective communication. Aristotle taught such ethos in his system of rhetoric and won the world. We appropriately call this the sociology of knowledge, a belief in good hearted people.

Humble Leaders are “Normal”

Those who inspire us most in life are not necessarily they who are of high achievement and status alone. It is the people we meet and whom we encourage us to soar above mediocrity, because of the interest they have taken in us. The humble leader comes across as a “normal person” who puts the company ahead of herself. She is willing to chat with the employees and fosters loyalty towards herself and the team. By energizing others and giving credit to them she can motivate without drawing attention to self.

Humble Convictions vs. Absolute Tolerance

There is a difference between the call for tolerance in our world today and the larger need for humility. “Humility applied to convictions does not mean believing things any less; it means treating those who hold contrary beliefs with respect and friendship” (p. 166). Absolute tolerance is irrational.

Learning to Be Humbler

The author suggests six things to become humbler (1) We are shaped by what we love (p. 173); (2) Reflecting on the lives of people we see as humble (p. 175); (3) Conducting thought experiments to enhance humility (p. 177); (4) Act humbly – a cognitive-behavioral exercise (p. 178); (5) invite criticism from friends and colleagues (p. 179); (6) forget about being humble. The first step is really to realize that one is proud. It seems to me that if when one comes think himself to be humble, he is proud in his humility. Thus, not at all humble. Nobody can fully arrive.

Humilitas Agrees with Biblical Teaching On Humility

Humilitas presents a non-theological work that agrees with the biblical doctrine of humility. I find the book applicable to the Lord’s church. You do not have be an elder, deacon, preacher, or family minister to be a leader. You do not have to have any management authority in the body of Christ to make disciples. But you must have humility.

Humility Influences Souls

The ability to influence souls for the Master is exemplary indeed and doctrine. It takes persuasion but not coercion. Genuine soul winners will seek the best interest of the Lord’s converts to grow and train the followers of Jesus. Our utmost for His highest is the calling every Christian has for serving the Master. Responding to the Master takes the courage to lay our lives down, taking up our cross and following Him. By doing so we will become leaders from the front. We will be vessels through whom the Captain of souls will call others to follow Him. Humilitas was an excellent lead. So much so, that I preached a lesson using the outline of this review and using Philippians 2:3-11 as the Scripture text.

Bibliography

Dickson, John. 2011. Humilitas. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan.

Amen God Hears You

God Moves to 7 Models of Praying From the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6:9-13)

The Small Big Word, Amen

The small word Amen is a big part of prayer. Prayer is nearly a vow or promise to God that what we pray is the truth on our hearts. God listens to our prayers. We trust in Him, and He hears everything we say. To make prayer into an empty vanity is something people do. Jesus teaches us to pray with the model prayer and promises God will listen to your Amen!

“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. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil: For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, for ever. Amen.”

Matthew 6:9-13 (KJV)

The Throne God Listens From

With all that we pray for, we know God’s throne of mercy and grace is available through our perfect High Priest (Hebrews 4). Whatever spiritual question we make to God is always answered in the affirmative. Pray for a stronger faith and pursue it. Ask for an enhanced character of kindness and work to mold yourself in His image. No matter what the spiritual question is. If you have read about the gift of righteous living in the Bible, a blessing promised by those who live a life directed by God and His Word is guaranteed.

The Physical Necessities God Wants to Bless

Physical blessings are temporary, but God hears when we ask for them. God’s will is that we have the necessities of life but that does not say we will not have to skip a meal(s). Since treasuring items that rust and moth destroy is pointless, it does not do to ask God for perishables.

He says to pray for physical necessities but not to the point of overindulgence. Of the blessings received, Abraham gave 10% to a priest of God named Melchizedek in the Old Testament.

God Wants To Empower Your Giving

Although tithing is not a new covenant concept, but is a denominational theology, 2 Corinthians 9 does teach us to give a part of our income to the cause of Christ. With that blessing is the promise that we will never run out of seed to sow for the kingdom.

Motive for The Means

We do not give to receive more, and we are not required to give a designated 10%. But what if every member of your congregation gave 10% to the Lord? The church would have a fat treasury blessed by Father God. God hears when we are motivated to do services for Christ. Thus, divine mercy is discovered when we pray for our daily bread.

God Wants to Heal You

We may pray for healing as a part of requests to God. He listens to us. We should be at peace knowing that what is most important to God is to offer forgiveness when we are ill, yes even terminal illness.

“Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the church; and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord: and the prayer of faith shall save him that is sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he has committed sins, it shall be forgiven him.”

James 5:14-15 (ASV)

The Emphasis of The Prayer

Elders occupy a special place in the Lord’s church, but I am not going to talk about that. The emphasis is on the prayer of faith, saving him that is sick. God does not will that Satan torture us with disease. Nonetheless, all people are appointed to die and then be judged (Hebrews 9:27). Thus, God is not mere interested in healing physical illness. When Jesus healed people during his earthly journey, he did so to give a sign of proof what he preached about the kingdom was the truth. God’s chief concern is sin-sickness. Hence, the phrase, “if has committed sins it shall be forgiven him.” God is listening.

The Lord’s Model Prayer

The Lord’s model prayer is presented as a beginner’s prayer. Jesus teaches his disciples how to pray saying, “In this manner pray….” He then proceeds to teach them to exalt and glorify Father God first, before making any kind of request or supplication.

We pray for the kingdom church and her glory lasting continuously through the final judgment day of the Lord. The sovereign will of God is recognized and appreciated in our prayers petitioning the one Living God. He has all authority in Heaven. We pray for the universal submissiveness of the earth, the realm of men and women.

Going on in our prayers we ask the Creator of the cosmos to give us our necessities, or our daily bread. Learning to increase in forgive one another, we plead with the LORD to forgive us our debts. We are indebted beyond what we can pay, so we must reply upon the grace of Jesus Christ to offer up to God what we ourselves can never pay.

Gratitude For The Blood

Praise God we have been redeemed by the blood of the Lamb. May Father God keep our way and lead us not into places where we could be seduced by evil or be tempted into falling short of glorifying God. The kingdom of heaven on earth belongs to Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. 

God Listens

Humbly we pray our Amen. We know the LORD of life listens. You can have confidence when you petition God in prayer. He listens. Father God hears every word you mumble when your humble. We pray through Jesus Christ because He is our great High Priest of souls (Hebrews 7). Even the Holy Spirit speaks on our behalf in Heaven when we are speechless to form the words of our needs and pains.

“…He who is searching the hearts hath known what is the mind of the Spirit, because according to God he doth intercede for saints.” Romans 8:27 (YLT)

God knows what you need before you ask Him. He still wants you to ask because by asking we show our dependence on Him. Amen. God listens to you.

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Pray God’s Forgiveness – Discover Hidden Grace

Do you want to know the reality of a sad truth? I’m not sure you can take it. Except for the vaccination, God has to offer, you will not be able to win the war against this disease. The battle we fight is far worse that the Corona Virus.

We are waging a spiritual battle. The outbreak is worse than pandemic. Arrows from the Devil afflict us from without and within. Surely sin-sickness is both our fault and the fault of the father of all lies, Satan. We have greater victory in Christ.

Accessing the greater victory in Christ is a gift. But it requires something on our part. It’s a paradox you see. We cannot save ourselves. But New Testament Scripture also tells us in no uncertain words,

“So that, my beloved, as you always obey, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, 13 for it is God who is working in you both to will and to work for His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:12-13 LSV)

Practically speaking you and I sin – we sin a lot. Too much and too often. I’m going to presuppose something out you my reader. I’m going to assume you are a Christian. The model prayer, which Jesus taught His disciples in training says to pray

“And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” (Matthew 6:33 KJV)

Perhaps, disagreement is among the scholars about what the debts are in this reference, but we cannot move past verses 13 and 14 without gaining some context. And I am not a debating preacher. I do not pretend to be some great theologian. All I want to produce is mere Christianity from pure biblical investigation.

“For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you: 15. But if ye forgive not men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” (Matthew 6:14-15 KJV).

The term debts in verse 12 contextually refers to the trespasses in 14-15. Here is how the International Standard Version reads, “forgive us our sins, as we have forgiven those who have sinned against us. (Matthew 6:12 ISV) The term trespass does not have in mind trespassing someone’s land or property. It’s more like offending your neighbor because of some act of sinful behavior.

Receiving graceful forgiveness from God. Grace is free. But grace is conditional, as we see here. If we deny our guilt we deceive ourselves and 1 John 1:8 declares us to be void of truth.

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” (1 John 1:8-10 NKJV)

We must confess three facts. One we sin against God. Two is like it — we must be willing to admit we sin against other people. Third, we sin against ourselves.

Our war is not one of bullets and guns but spiritual forces in a realm visible through faith. We walk our life journey by this faith and not by the light of our temporal vision. (See 2 Corinthians 5:7). The invisible realm is where the battle between good and evil is waging. We may carry scars from our duels with the Devil. But the sword of our salvation binds him with a great chain.

Sinning against God is to willingly transgress one of the commandments of God. For instance, Hebrews 11:6 in the Literal Standard Version reads, “apart from faith it is impossible to please [Him], for it is required of him who is coming to God to believe that He exists and [that] He becomes a rewarder to those seeking Him.”

The unbeliever has zero hope while he remains without faith. Paul may have had this doubter in mind when he wrote in Romans 10:9, 

“that if you may confess with your mouth that Jesus [is] Lord, and may believe in your heart that God raised Him out of the dead, you will be saved” (LSV).

The unbeliever is as liable to believe and follow Scriptures, Hebrews 11:6 and Romans 10:9, as any Christian is. The consequence of not following is everlastingly accursed. Sinning against our fellow person is to violate the second greatest commandment in the Bible. Recall when Jesus says to the young rich fellow who asks what he may do to have an everlasting life. The Lord says to him,

“You will love the LORD your God out of all your heart, and out of all your soul, and out of all your strength, and out of all your understanding, and your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27 LSV)

This fellow was unwilling to part with everything he owned to help those less blessed than he. And he walked away sad. How much are we willing to sacrifice for the way of salvation, if Jesus calls us to do it?

All too often we can sin against ourselves. Yes, that’s correct. Against ourselves. Drunkenness, fornication, drug addictions, and essentially any carnal indulgence that causes one to lose self-control or injures one’s health is a sin against the self.

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not be inheriting the kingdom of God? Do not be misled. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor pedophiles, nor homosexuals, 10 nor the greedy ones, nor thieves, nor drunkards, not revilers, not ravening ones, will be inheriting the kingdom of God. 11 And some of you were these, but you yourselves fully-washed away these sins, but you were made holy, but you were made righteous in the name of the Lord Jesus and in the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11 MLV 2020)

The passage above distinguishes between the life you lived before you became a Christian from the simple grace available to you now. It also says how conversion takes place. You fully-washed away these sins. Jesus teaches His disciples to pray, “Forgive us our sins.” The prayer Jesus is teaching assumes already converted disciples. Paul, an apostle, explains the meaning and mode of “fully-washing” away sins.

“And now, why do you linger? Having risen, immerse yourself, and wash away your sins, calling on the Name of the Lord. (Acts 22:16 LSV)

Know your guilt. Confess your guilt. Convert to God and live for the Lord of life.

“Convert, therefore, and turn back, for your sins being blotted out, that times of refreshing may come from the presence of the Lord (20) and He may send Jesus Christ who before has been preached to you” (Acts 3:19-20 LSV)

Hidden grace is exclusive. The mysterious gospel is revealed to every nation under the sun, by the preaching of the Word. Take your Bible in hand to read Romans 16:25-26. Now that you and I are aware of our negative guilt. I do hope you have read to the end of the article. Let us ask God to forgive us. Then, we can be confident God does what God will in His sovereignty do. God says He will forgive. Jehovah never breaks a promise. You be a graceful person to those around you too.

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Praying For Food – Daily Provisions (Matthew 6:11)

It’s not merely the food on your plate. Albeit food on your plate is a gift from above, which is a reason Christians bow their heads and close their eyes to pray before dining. And certainly, we have been blessed with jobs to provide an income allowing our family to place food for the pantry. Work is itself a provision of God. In fact Scripture says, “…this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.” (2 Thessalonians 3:10b KJV) Disabled people in certain circumstances cannot work to earn their food. That’s why the Lord says we are to take care of the poor. It’s not the food on our plate by itself, a provision of God. But the faith of what to do with it.

“And if a brother or sister may be naked, and may be destitute of daily food, 16 and anyone of you may say to them, ‘Depart in peace, be warmed, and be filled,’ but may not give to them the things necessary for the body, what [is] the profit? 17 so also faith, if it may not have works, is dead by itself.” (James 2:15-17 LSV)

Gluttony over our blessings leads the rich to devastation. Recall the rich young ruler. He wants it all, even to own continuous life. Here is the account.

“Now as He was going out on the road, one came running, knelt before Him, and asked Him, ‘Good Teacher, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?’ 18 So Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call Me good? No one is good but One, that is, God. 19 You know the commandments: ‘Do not commit adultery,’ ‘Do not murder,’ ‘Do not steal,’ ‘Do not bear false witness,’ ‘Do not defraud,’ ‘Honor your father and your mother.’ ‘ 20 And he answered and said to Him, ‘Teacher, all these things I have kept from my youth.’ 21Then Jesus, looking at him, loved him, and said to him, ‘One thing you lack: Go your way, sell whatever you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; and come, take up the cross, and follow Me.’ 22 But he was sad at this word, and went away sorrowful, for he had great possessions.” (Mark 10:17-22 NKJV)

Does making America great again equate to making America have great possessions again? Wealth is not inherently good nor evil. The love of money is what makes the difference. People who pursue wealth for the sake of gaining riches fall into all kinds of evil temptations. The love of money is the root of all evil, according to the New Testament Scriptures (1 Timothy 6:9-10).

Father God is more wealthy that any home-made god you can come up with. Thus, “[Be] without covetous behavior, being content with the things present, for He has said, ‘No, I will not leave, no, nor forsake you,'” (Hebrews 13:6 LSV) My God is bigger than your god. My God is richer than your god. My God has more forgiveness to offer than your god.

What if I can show you some bread that if you eat it, you will be satisfied for the rest of your life? I can you know. Read on. Jesus says,

“Truly, truly, I say to you, he who is believing in Me has continuous life; 48 I am the bread of life; 49 your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died; 50 this is the bread that is coming down out of Heaven, that anyone may eat of it, and not die. 51 I am the living bread that came down out of Heaven; if anyone may eat of this bread he will live—throughout the age; and the bread also that I will give is My flesh, that I will give for the life of the world.” (John 6:47-51 LSV)

Jesus is the bread of life. The living bread. Sacrificing His life on the crucifix, Jesus suffered, died and was buried because humankind sins against God. Don’t place my writing into Calvinism nor Campbell-ism. Put me right in the center of scripture. We are dead in our sins from the time we could commit sin. And from the time we could sin, we have been guilty of our sin. That’s why Jesus’s death is so important to me. His death, burial and resurrection means something.

“God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Romans 5:8 (ESV)

Let me tell you something friend. You go right ahead with praying for your steak and potatoes. I’m blessed with a plate of that on occasion. But I’d much rather be a little more gluttonous for spiritual blessings in heavenly places, which are in Christ Jesus. Let me ask, how much wealthier can you become than what is described here:

“As His divine power has given to us all things pertaining to life and piety, through the acknowledgment of Him who called us through glory and virtue, 4 through which the most great and precious promises have been given to us, that through these you may become partakers of a divine nature, having escaped from the corruption [and] lust in the world.” (2 Peter 1:3-4 LSV).

Jesus is the Bread of Life; the manna for the soul. He is our Passover Lamb. And He is a well springing up unto eternal life. What more can a person ask for? What can a person give in exchange for their soul? As for me, my family will be serving the Lord, because, He is the greatest feast of spiritual nourishment known to the planet.

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Nelson, Thomas. Holy Bible, New King James Version (NKJV) (p. 982). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.

Press, Covenant; Coalition, Covenant Christian. The Holy Bible: Literal Standard Version (LSV), 2020 (p. 648, 738, 739). Covenant Press. Kindle Edition.

Pray Heaven’s Will Done On Earth

Prayer Lesson 3

“Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.”

Matthew 6:10 (KJV)

God’s rule in heaven is with absolute authority, which is the definition of what scholars call sovereignty. Nothing opposed to good can coexist with God in heaven. Satan must have been originally created a good being (Genesis 1:31), fell by transgressing whatever law defined right from wrong. Thus, he became the adversary of all that is good. His disobedience was a rejection of God’s sovereign will. Albeit a failure of a rejection from the get-go. God’s decisions are final. The sovereign Lord’s desire is that His will be carried out with absolute authority on earth as it is in Heaven.

The truth that it is not, implies free agency in this world of soul-making. Upon exit from this life nothing but His dominance takes places with total absence of evil’s temptation to do wrong.

As light and darkness have nothing in common, so God’s light shines in the regions and shadows of death to expose the deeds of the lawless ones (Matthew 4:16). Truth be, people run from the light because they do not want their unrighteous habits known.

The last Lord’s Day is going to be one tell-all day. I don’t intend to send you away gloomy. God’s light is also on the deeds of the good. King Jesus says…

“Then shall the King say unto them on his right hand, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in: Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.”

Matthew 25:34-36 (KJV)

Here’s the point. God’s authority is speaking, revealing. The mystery once concealed is now known. I’m going to share with you what it’s all about. It’s not a secret any longer. Look with me to the last chapter of Romans. The sovereign Holy Spirit says through Paul,

“Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel, and the preaching of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery, which was kept secret since the world began, But now is made manifest, and by the scriptures of the prophets, according to the commandment of the everlasting God, made known to all nations for the obedience of faith: To God only wise, be glory through Jesus Christ for ever. Amen.”

Romans 16:25-27 (KJV)

The Gospel, that is the preaching of Jesus Christ, had been a secret since the world began is now open for you to see. Adam didn’t understand the Seed promise. Abraham and Sarah didn’t understand the gospel. Samuel and all the prophets – a mystery to them too. It has been continuously revealed to new people like yourself for all this time as if a penny fresh off the mint.

The sovereign will of God is that I (say your name) obey the faith revealed by the wise and living God to whom be glory through Jesus Christ forever. Amen. Do you believe what you’ve said? Are ready to learn what you must do to be saved? We can help with that.

All people on the planet are liable to God’s Gospel. This holds valid whether a person is a Christian or nonbeliever. That means we must give an answer for our lives based upon the faith system established in the New Testament.

“[God] Who will render to every man according to his deeds: To them who by patient continuance in well doing seek for glory and honour and immortality, eternal life: But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath, Tribulation and anguish, upon every soul of man that doeth evil, of the Jew first, and also of the Gentile; But glory, honour, and peace, to every man that worketh good, to the Jew first, and also to the Gentile: For there is no respect of persons with God.”

Romans 2:6-11 (KJV)

What we’re saying is we all live by a standard. The standard of living for all people, is the New Testament. I’m not typically one to quote speakers like Billy Graham, and he didn’t even know the original source of this when I heard his recording, but supposedly more than 1,000 commands are in the New Testament. If we reference 1 Corinthians 13:13, the root of this plethora of commands is faith, hope and love. The greatest of these three is love, says Paul.

Jesus is wrapping up His teaching ministry before the final long trip up to Jerusalem. He asks His disciples, “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?” (Matthew 16:13) Jesus has a wonderful reputation. Miracle after miracle. Sign after sign. Lesson after lesson. Sermon after sermon. There’s nothing wrong with a preacher being concerned about his reputation, if his motives are pure. “Whom do men say that I the Son of man am?”

“And they said, Some say that thou art John the Baptist: some, Elias; and others, Jeremiah, or one of the prophets.”

Matthew 16:14 (KJV)

That’s a rather nice group of men to be honored with. Now, don’t get me wrong. I don’t think we need to create celebrities in the brotherhood. But if you asked a lot of young preachers who they’d like to sound like, they might like to hear you tell them, the late great so-and-so.

“He saith unto them, But whom say ye that I am? And Simon Peter answered and said, Thou art the Christ, the Son of the living God. And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven.”

Matthew 16:15-17 (KJV)

What you and I confess and profess matters a great deal. The Christ is the one person whom can save. The Son of the Living God has all sovereign authority vested in Him as the King of souls – Heavenly authority on earth!

The Lord also gives us the Gospel to obey beyond confession. When Peter unlocked the kingdom church to the Jews in Acts 2, listen to this conversation at the conclusion of Peter’s sermon.

“Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?  Then Peter said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.”

Acts 2:37-38 (KJV)

Inside of this quote are two commands, a purpose of those two commands and a gift. Can you solve these? Heaven’s will done on Earth is that you and I be citizens in kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

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Pray The Kingdom Come

Lesson Two

Thy kingdom come.

Matthew 6:10a (KJV)

Jesus often said the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For example, after He was tempted in the wilderness by the great adversary, Satan, Jesus at once began to say publicly “Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Matthew 4:17 KJV)

Then again in the next chapter of Matthew we have the sermon on the mountain beginning (Matthew 5:1-7:29). Take your New Testament and notice the sermon was addressed to those who will enter the kingdom. “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven.” – Matthew 7:21 (KJV)

Those who do the will of the Father will enter into the kingdom. “Lord, Lord” is a confession. Doing the will of the Father is a life profession. So, just exactly what is the “will of the Father” we must ask? Read the sermon on the mount, the preacher replies. Jesus is explaining it in detail.

Keep the “Beattitudes” of Matthew 5:3-12, for example. I tell you the truth. The core of the lessons in the sermon on the mount is summarized in those short nine verses. Listen. The Master Teacher is whishering a secret through the pages of your e-Bible.

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and these things shall be added unto you”

Matthew 6:33 KJV

Put God’s kingdom before your job. Set it before your vacation. Put the foremost goal on your heart to seek citizenship in the kingdom of Heaven and the blessings you receive? Well, your cup will run over with them.

Friend I’m going to let you in on something, and I hope you I don’t become your enemy by telling you the truth. True believers are welcome in the kingdom of Heaven. Now wait, don’t get huffy until you let me explain. Turn your New Testament to Matthew 8. I’m going to use a modern translation because it makes the point needing to be conveyed crystal-clear.

“When Jesus entered the city of Capernaum, an army officer came to him, begging for help. 6 The officer said, “Lord, my servant is at home in bed. He can’t move his body and is in much pain.” 7 Jesus said to the officer, “I will go and heal him.” 8 The officer answered, ‘Lord, I am not worthy for you to come into my house. You only need to command it, and my servant will be healed. 9 I, too, am a man under the authority of others, and I have soldiers under my command. I tell one soldier, ‘Go,’ and he goes. I tell another soldier, ‘Come,’ and he comes. I say to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and my servant does it.’ 10 When Jesus heard this, he was amazed. He said to those who were following him, ‘I tell you the truth, this is the greatest faith I have found, even in Israel. 11 Many people will come from the east and from the west and will sit and eat with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But those people who should be in the kingdom will be thrown outside into the darkness, where people will cry and grind their teeth with pain.’ 13 Then Jesus said to the officer, ‘Go home. Your servant will be healed just as you believed he would.’ And his servant was healed that same hour.” –

Matthew 8:5-13 NCV

The people coming from the east and the west are non-Jews, which the Bible refers to as Gentiles. These folks recognize the Lord’s authority. They humble themselves before the Son of Man. Trusting in Jesus’s verbal command is all the soldier needs. The centurion and non-Jews like him will sit with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.

Focus your attention on verse twelve. Zoom in on it. Hover over it with your bifocals. Make the page larger on your screen. Do what you must, to get this point down. Does the passage state people who should be in the kingdom will be thrown outside into the darkness? They will cry and grind their teeth with pain.

I am aware the KJV does not include the word “should” but that’s the foremost reason I selected the New Century Version to quote this passage. I am no Greek scholar and do not want to debate Bible versions. My goal is to make a point that is distinguished here – no matter what version you are reading. Some people who are supposed to be in the kingdom of heaven are rejected before they get there.

Contextually, the Jews reject the Messiah and had Him assassinated Him on a man-made tree. Gentiles have a kingdom inheritance because they hear, confess, believe and obey the good saving news of Jesus Christ. Thousands of Jews were saved on Pentecost in Acts 2 and a notable introduction of Gentile conversions in Acts 10. Jesus is making a point. Kingdom entry is dependent upon doing the Father’s will.

Its interesting Jesus preaches people living in His earthly journey will be alive at the kingdom arrival (Mark 9:1). Guess what? The Holy Spirit confirms the kingdom did in fact arrive in the same century. He inspires Paul to write in Colossians,

“Giving thanks unto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins” –

Colossians 1:12-14 KJV

Jesus gave Peter the key to unlock the kingdom (Matthew 16:19). Indeed, Peter is the first apostle to preach the Gospel to the Jews in Acts 2, opening the church kingdom to them with the power of the saving gospel (Romans 1:16). Then again, Peter is the first apostle to turn the key by preaching the gospel to the Gentiles in Acts 10, thereby introducing the kingdom church to the rest of the world.

The kingdom is a spiritual kingdom. Jesus’s kingdom is not of this world, according to John 18:36. And, the eternal kingdom cannot accept physical flesh and blood upon its final state beyond the grave (1 Corinthians 15:50).

It does nobody any good to say Jesus is King if He doesn’t have a kingdom to rule. This is why He is Lord over lords and King over all governments. Jesus is superior to all governing powers that be (Romans 13).

“Blessed is the King who comes in the name of the LORD! Peace in heaven and glory in the highest.”

Luke 19:38

To be continued….

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