THE KINGDOM

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SEEK FIRST THE KINGDOM :

Luke 10:40 – “But Martha was cumbered about much serving, and came to him, and said, Lord dost thou not care that my sister hath left me to serve alone? bid her therefore that she help me.”

There are only three instances in Scripture that give us information about Martha. From these accounts, we can see that Martha had a brother named Lazarus, whom Jesus raised from the dead, and a sister named Mary. Martha had misplaced her priorities on this occasion and was corrected by Jesus. Later, at a supper for Jesus in the home of Simon the leper, Martha was once again serving while Mary her sister was worshiping Jesus by anointing His feet with a costly perfume.

Martha was the first one to run and meet Jesus when He came to their home after the death of Lazarus. It was at this time that Martha said she knew Jesus could have prevented Lazarus from dying and that, even then, she knew He could raise him from the dead. She made a confession of faith in the deity of Jesus, every bit as strong as Peter’s, which received a blessing from Jesus.

Martha was not wrong in serving Jesus and His disciples. Other women ministered to Jesus in this way without being corrected. Serving was a good thing, but Martha had put it in the wrong place. Her problem was priorities — not what she was doing. It was a great honor to have Jesus in her home and to be able to hear His personal words to her household. Martha should have given this the same priority that Mary did.

Just like Martha, many people today are occupied with things that keep them from hearing the words of Jesus. It is easy to recognize and turn from things that are obviously sin, but even good things that we are involved in must be prioritized so that nothing takes the place of seeking first the kingdom of God.

THE LAW OF LOVE (1) :

‘A new command I give you: Love one another.’ John 13:34 NIV

A newspaper told the story of a boy with cancer who was going through chemotherapy and losing his hair. To show their love and support, his classmates all shaved their heads so he wouldn’t be embarrassed about returning to school. The newspaper carried a picture of them all with their bald heads, accompanied by the caption, ‘Everything we do, we do together.’ That’s the ‘law of love’ Jesus was talking about when He said, ‘A new command I give you: Love one another.’ This must have sounded radical to the people Jesus was addressing, for they lived by two Old Testament laws: (1) the law of revenge. Before Moses came along, the law of the land was the law of the jungle. It said in essence, ‘If you hurt me I’ll hurt you and then hurt you even more!’ Enemies actively sought ways to settle old scores because revenge wasn’t just acceptable, it was encouraged. (2) the law of retribution. In Moses’ time, revenge was replaced with retribution, which allowed ‘an eye for an eye’, but no more (Leviticus 24:20). You could do to your enemies only what they had done to you. To us this sounds harsh, but back then it was major progress. Then Jesus came along and introduced a third law: the law of love. It meant you didn’t have to get even; you could choose to forgive. Indeed, if you didn’t, your prayers wouldn’t be answered. This new commandment demonstrates the unconditional love God shows to us – then calls us to live the same way. So the law of love should govern your life every day.

KEEP THE WEEDS OUT :

So is the kingdom of God, as if a man should cast seed into the ground. – Mark 4:26
Jesus compared the kingdom of God with the planting of seed and reaping the harvest. It’s a simple concept. One all of us understand. Why, then, aren’t all of us producing bumper crops every season? Because we’re sitting around waiting for God to do all the work.
He doesn’t operate that way. He’ll work with you, but He won’t do it all. There are some essential things you must do by faith if you want to have a crop to reap at harvest time.
First, you must sow the seed of the Word in faith, expecting it to grow. You must find precious promises from God in His Word, plant them in your heart and in your life.
Next, you must water the seed. Water it every day with praise. Water it with the spiritual water of the Word. That Word contains life and those seed promises can’t grow without it.
And finally, you have to keep the weeds out! When the weeds of unforgiveness, doubt, fear, discouragement, (and all the other junk the devil tries to sow into your crop) try to enter in, get rid of them. They’ll choke the Word.
That’s going to take some diligence on your part. No one else will do it for you. You’re going to have to weed your own crop yourself. So get tough about it. When a little weed pops up, kill it! Don’t hang on to it for even a moment. Pull it up by its roots. Spray it with the Word. Don’t be tempted to keep a wildflower when you can have the best–God’s best.
Don’t sit around waiting for God to produce your harvest. Start planting. Start watching over your land (your heart and your mind) to keep it moist, watered with the Word, and free from weeds.
Commit to do your part and trust God to do His. You will have a bumper crop this season!

ASKING DIFFERENT QUESTIONS

Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? —Job 38:4

When tragedy strikes, questions follow. Our loss of a loved one may lead us to ask God any number of pointed questions: “Why did You let this happen?” “Whose fault was this?” “Don’t You care about my pain?” Believe me, as the grieving father of a teenager who died tragically I have asked these very questions.

The book of Job records the questions Job asks as he sits down with friends to lament his suffering. He had lost his family as well as his health and possessions. At one point, he asks, “Why is light given to him who is in misery, and life to the bitter of soul?” (3:20). Later, he asks, “What strength do I have, that I should hope?” (6:11). And, “Does it seem good to You that You should oppress?” (10:3). Many have stood near a headstone placed too early and asked similar questions.

But when you read all the way to the end of the book, you get a surprise. When God responds to Job (chs. 38–41), He does it in an unexpected way. He turns the tables and asks Job questions—different questions that show His wisdom and sovereignty. Questions about His magnificent creation—the earth, stars, and sea. And the questions all point to this: God is sovereign. God is all-powerful. God is love. And God knows what He is doing.

We comprehend Him not,
Yet earth and heaven tell,
God sits as sovereign on the throne,
And ruleth all things well.

Our greatest comfort in sorrow is to know that God is in control.

YOUR ANSWER IS FOUND IN THE PERSON OF JESUS

EPHESIANS 1:17–19 …the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory…give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the exceeding greatness of His power toward us who believe, according to the working of His mighty power.

The solution to all your problems can be found in the person of Jesus.

My friend, if you are worried about your daily provisions, see Jesus as your provider—the One who multiplied five loaves and two small fish to feed more than 5,000 people with 12 baskets full of leftovers. If you need wisdom for a particular situation, see Jesus as your wisdom—the One who always has the right answer and response to every challenge. And know that He is in you and with you to guide you in your decision-making.

Beloved, ask the Holy Spirit to give you a personal revelation of Jesus in the area of your need. He Himself is the solution for your every need!

PRAYER FOR THE DAY :

“Vindicate me, LORD, for I have led a blameless life; I have trusted in the LORD and have not faltered.” (Psalm 26:1)

Good morning dear Lord God, I praise You. I honor You. Let the morning rain bring me joy and hope from the hands of God on this new day. I rejoice in the Lord for You have blessed me all the way in my life. My soul rejoices in my God for You have clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of Your righteousness. I humbly come to the throne of grace and seek for Your wisdom and knowledge, please show me the unsearchable things that I do not know and teach me how to pray daily.

Gratefully, in Jesus’ holy name I pray. Amen !!!

 

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