Monday, September 20, 2010

2010 – September 20 – A Different Kind of Kingdom

Study from God’s Word Daniel, Chapters 7 and 8 … Passage for Reflection: Daniel 7: 14 … NIV 14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all peoples, nations and men of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.

My Journal for Today: Does it bother you, as a Christian, when you see the arrogant posture our nation now has in the world and how our government seems to ignore the degeneration of our culture? And to that question, I’d have to register a resounding, “Amen, … for sure!”

Yes, I’m concerned, maybe even bothered; but I refuse to let my countenance go the level of WORRY. Yes, our land seems to be mocking the values of the Bible; and all you have to do is watch the daily news to see how our culture is falling apart at the seams. But God’s word instructs me (in this case in Phil. 4: 6, from Paul, and from Jesus, Himself, in Matt. 6: 25, 27) to avoid worrying about anything in this world; and if we believe the visions given to men like Ezekiel and Daniel in the OT [see today’s highlight text], we know that God is one day, when it’s in His timing, will establish a kingdom, ruled by Jesus, which will never be destroyed and where love and peace will reign forever.

So, thought we can be – and should be – concerned over the injustices and cultural degeneration we see; and we even should let our righteous anger motivate us to stand for the values of Christ and do whatever we can – being IN the world but not OF the world – to stand in the gap for Godly justice and biblical values. But worry about what is taking place or will take place, … NO! … absolutely not!!

We have a prescribed method from God’s truth, as believers in Christ, to take that worry; and again, from Paul (in Phil. 4: 6-7) and from Jesus (this time in Matt. 11: 28-30) or from the Apostle Peter (in 1st Pet. 5: 7), we know that we can – and MUST – cast all our cares, in prayer, on our God, Who truly cares for us.

I pray that we are avoiding undue worry and taking our confusion, cares, and concerns to God in prayer. It is only there and then that we will find what God, through the Apostle Paul, promised … that peace that surpasses all understanding.

My Prayer for Today: Lord, You, and You alone, are my resting place where I find peace in the midst of the storms. Amen

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