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God’s Kingdom

What happens when God's people do God's work? Can what we do provide evidence to His mercy and grace? Can those around us actually see Him by what we do?
The Psalmist said that "Surely His salvation is near those who fear Him, that His glory may dwell in our land."
In other words, when people become born again – accept God's salvation through faith in Christ – there will be evidence of God's Kingdom on earth. Christians will busy themselves in working with the needy, bring hope and help to those who are suffering, seek justice for those who are wronged and establish rules that are just and fair.
In Psalm 85:11 we read, "Faithfulness (to God's Word) will spring forth from the earth, and righteousness looks down from heaven." If we believe the Word of God, we are to live the Word of God and that means we are to do whatever is within our power to establish His Kingdom on earth.
Whenever people’s hearts are right with God, we see God-things happen. The abolition of slavery and the end of child labor followed a resurgence of faith in God. The Salvation Army came to life when General Booth was convicted that God called him to “bring God's love to the needy”. Seeing children, who were neglected, ignorant and hungry burdened Robert Raikes to start "Sunday" school. Many educational and charitable institutions came into existence because God's people saw God's children in need and were convicted by His Spirit to do something about it. Good deeds and showing compassion are evidence that righteousness on earth comes from Heaven!
Prayer: Help us, Father, to see what You see and then become Your hands and feet on earth to show Your love. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 85:11 Truth shall spring out of the earth, And righteousness shall look down from heaven.
A leading scientist at a convention of scientists was asked, “Is there anyone anywhere whom you know who could solve all of the problems of illness and famine, poverty and killing?”
“Indeed I do,” came his quick reply.
Astonished, the chairman of the committee asked, “Who?”
“A King!” came the quick, confident response.
In utter disbelief the chairman replied, “A king? Where can we find such a king? Where has he been hiding?”
“Oh, He is not hiding,” replied the scientist. “He has made Himself well known. It is just that people refuse to recognize Him. You see, this Man is incapable of making any mistakes, knows the power of healing – both physical healing and mental healing and He knows how to feed thousands and have food left over to feed many more. He can also take care of those without water and solve other problems that people bring to him.”
In disbelief, the chairman asked, “Who is this person you have described and where can we find him?”
“You can find Him in the Bible. He is known as Jesus. In His life on earth He did all of the things I have mentioned. And He is capable of doing many more miraculous things,” he said.
The audience was stunned as the scientist took his seat.
The Psalmist wrote, “Your throne, O God, will last forever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of Your Kingdom.” The “throne” described in this Psalm is Christ’s throne in heaven and will last through eternity. From this throne He will rule the world in love, justice and righteousness – and all problems will finally be solved.
Prayer: Father, we look forward to that day of days when You will rule the world with Your peace that passes all understanding. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.
Scripture for Today: Psalm 45:6 Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of your kingdom.
A tourist from New York stopped at a filling station to purchase gas after he visited the Grand Canyon. As he was walking inside to purchase a soft drink, he noticed a farmer sitting near the door, slowly rocking back and forth observing the visitors.
“Wow,” said the tourist, “that Grand Canyon is the most wonderful thing I’ve ever seen. It’s so big it leaves me breathless. What do you think of it, sir?” he asked.

“It’d be a horrible place to lose a cow,” he said slowly.

We live among God’s great gifts every day. Sadly, we rarely pause to admire them, or even stop to thank Him. We are surrounded by the marvel of God’s handiwork, yet are not aware of it. Not David. He was continually in awe of God and His creation. On one occasion, overwhelmed at the sight before him, he exclaimed, “The earth is the Lord’s and everything in it; the world and all who dwell in it.”

Looking at the way David’s thought unfolds, he is calling our attention to the fact that whatever we think we own or possess or have at our disposal, is not ours – it is God’s and He has entrusted us to be His managers of everything. Everything!

Wherever we look and whatever we see is God’s. We may have a deed to a home or a title to a car or a large portfolio of stocks or an unreasonable amount of cash in a bank. But we have no control over any of our possessions. With the tick of a clock or the beat of a heart, everything could be gone. “The world and its inhabitants are God’s.”

Prayer: Help us, Father, to realize that everything we think we own is Yours. It’s on loan to us to honor You. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 24:1 The earth is the Lord’s, and all its fullness, The world and those who dwell therein.
No matter where we look – within our borders or around the planet – things seem to be spinning out of control. Each day, perhaps even twice a day, a different nation seems to surface, demanding one thing or another. From hostages to ransoms, from earthquakes to floods, from kidnappings to suicide bombings, there is no way to predict what the next crisis will be or where it will occur.
The Psalmist wrote, “Dominion belongs to the Lord and He rules over the nations.” There are times when it is difficult to believe that he knew what he as writing about. Yet, it has to be true if we are to believe His Word. In the final analysis, if we cannot believe that the Bible is the Word of God, that it is inspired, infallible, and inerrant in its entirety, there is nothing left for us to believe in.

Accepting God at His Word, and His Word as truth, are what makes being a Christian unique from all others. When we put our faith, our love, our time, our energy and our finances into serving Him, we are not only preparing for our eternity with Him, we are, in another way, actually beginning our eternity now because we are building His Kingdom on earth at this very moment.

If we look at what Jesus did, and think about what He has challenged and charged us to do, we can, if we choose to, do many of the things He did. We can feed the hungry, give water to the thirsty, extend a hand to lift up the fallen, share our clothes with the naked, encourage the hopeless, and give help to the sick. If we do as He did, we are working with Him to establish His rule now.

Prayer: Father, may we accept our responsibility to work with You to begin Your reign as Lord over all. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture for Today: Psalm 22:28 For the kingdom is the Lord’s, And He rules over the nations.