Meditation

02/16/2022

The Lord has established his throne in heaven, and his kingdom rules over all.” (Psalm 103:19)

The kingdom of God is God’s rule over the universe. As Creator and Sustainer of life, God is Master of all. In the Old Testament, the kingdom of God is often equaled with the kingdom of Israel. The rebellion of Israel and its kings against God demonstrated that this equation is not always true. God’s throne is in the heavens. Israel is too small to be the sole kingdom of the King of the universe. God’s kingdom consists of the whole earth. He reigns and will reign over all creation forever (Psalm 93). His reign is universal and complete. The Lord is Master of all the earth, controlling all nature. The Lord’s reign over His kingdom is not evident to all; yet. God is reigning. One day all people will recognize His rule. Visible evidence of he kingdom of God is reflected in the coming of he Messiah Jesus.

PRAYER FOR THE DAY:

Precious Abba, today we lift up God’s Kingdom; that which we have not yet seen, but will one day see it in all of its glory. There will come a day when Jesus will return, to set this world back to the way it once was, and to take all of God’s people into the kingdom of heaven. Prepare us, Abba, for this day. This we ask in Jesus’ name, our Lord and Savior. Amen

THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

In order to understand God, we must stand under God.” (Dr. Stephen Tong)

KNOWING GOD:

Of the increase of his government and peace there will be no end. He will reign on David’s throne and over his kingdom, establishing and upholding it with justice and righteousness from that time on and forever. The zeal of the Lord Almighty will accomplish this.” (1st Corinthians 6:15-17)

Beloved, while God’s rule is universal and everlasting, the kingdom of God waited for its ultimate fulfillment in the coming messianic King. The prophet recognized the king would reign on the throne of David. He emphasized the kingdom’s everlasting and righteous nature. Justice and righteousness toward all people characterizes God’s kingdom. When His people practice justice and righteousness, they help to make the kingdom of God a reality right here on earth. Ultimately, however, only God’s zealous determination to accomplish His purposes can establish His kingdom perfectly on earth.

I AM:


“But when they believed Philip as he preached the good news of the kingdom of God and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women.” (Acts 8:12)

God’s kingdom has been established. The coming of Jesus demonstrated the rule of God and provided the means for men and women alike to submit themselves to that rule. No one is ever forced or coerced to take this step, it must be done willingly and freely of their own will.

2ND THOUGHT OF THE DAY:

Heal the sick who are there and tell them, ‘The kingdom of God is near you.’ But when you enter a town and are not welcomed, go into its streets and day, ‘Even the dust of your town that sticks to our feet we wipe off against you. Yet be sure of this: The kingdom of God is near.’” (Luke 10:9-11)

The gospel of the kingdom must be proclaimed and received. No one is forced to receive it, but all must be encouraged to accept it. The kingdom brings healing and salvation to those who believe but rejection and judgment for those who do not.

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