Sunday, October 6, 2019
Bringing the Kingdom
For everything earthly, God's aim is that His Kingdom be established.
It is an awesome responsibility to pray, "Thy Kingdom come."
God must be greater than His creation,
and every created thing must be under His dominion.
If the whole of our lives is not subject to this Kingdom we are prisoners ... of our own unbelief.
We are bound ... by our self-will,
our self sufficiency, and our pride.
We are held fast by our stubborn rebellion against submission.
We must leave the kingdom of our own making,
if we are to enter into the Kingdom whose builder and maker is God.
Jesus' words to Nicodemus are true for all of us,
"That which is born of the flesh is flesh;
and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit."
These are words, not just for our first coming to the Kingdom of God
for forgiveness and cleansing.
They are words for every day of our lives -
words to keep us from returning to a dependence upon ourselves,
our plans and projects, our "resolutions" and dreams.
"That which is born of the Spirit" is eternal,
is all-powerful and must prevail.
This is true of prayer -
Jude speaks of "praying in the Holy Ghost." (1.20)
"Lord teach us to pray." (Lk. 11.1)