Archive for December, 2009

The Kingdom Of Eternal Peace

Daily God Walk for Thursday, December 31, 2009

 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life… He who testifies to these things says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come, Lord Jesus.    – Revelation 22:17-21

 There was a relationship that man had with God in the garden that man has been driven to duplicate ever since the fall and he has had very little success. The best man has been able to do is produce a cheap imitation.

All of the religions of the world, including self-realization movements, have had the objective of restoring the inner peace we all desire and to be reconciled with God. But both religion and self-realization have failed to accomplish lasting peace.

I once stood on the door-step of a young lady who had just told me that, “My life is just fine, thank  you very much.”  This young lady had it all together. She had a good job, a nice house, good clothes, and probably a lot of friends. What more could she want?

I looked her in the eye and said, “I have talked to hundreds of people and I have yet to find one who doesn’t know Jesus Christ and who has perfect peace in the depths of their heart.” With that she invited me in to tell her more about Jesus.

There is a special place inside all of us that is placed there by God. That special place can only be filled by God himself. Without him that place is empty and we feel empty. We will try just about anything t\o fill that place and gain perfect peace, but it can’t be done without knowing Jesus Christ.

All the religions of the world cannot give one in a lifetime what knowing Jesus can give in a moment. He not only gives us perfect peace in this life, but he has prepared a place for us that will give us perfect peace with him forever. Jesus is coming soon.

 Principle: The only way to perfect inner peace is through Christ.

 Affirmation: I have found perfect peace in Christ Jesus.

 Prayer: I thank you Jesus for giving me y our peace. Amen.

 Bible Reading: Proverbs 31

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The Returning King

Daily God Walk for Wednesday, December 30, 2009

 Do not let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, trust also in me. In my Father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so, I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me that you also may be where I am. – John 14:1-3

The hope of believers since the beginning of the faith has been the eternal home which awaits the faithful. However, the disciples did not understand that when Jesus spoke the words John records in our verse today.

Even at this time, shortly before his crucifixion, the disciples were looking for a literal earthly kingdom to be established with them as the 12 leaders, just as there were 12 tribes of Israel.

After seeing the miracles, and hearing the teachings of Jesus, the disciples still didn’t get it. In fact, when Jesus was taken to be judged they ran and hid. Peter denied him then disappeared. They gathered in a room questioning what they would do now that their venture was over.

Finally, after the resurrection, Jesus revealed himself to them. Their faith began to grow, and then he was being taken from them again. They watched as he ascended to heaven and an angel appeared to them and told them, “This same Jesus, who was taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven” (Acts 1:11).

Suddenly they realized what Jesus meant when he said, “I go to prepare a place for you.” They knew then that there would be a time that the king would return and claim for his kingdom. Now they must go to Jerusalem and wait for the promise of the Father.

When the Holy Spirit came upon them, bringing with him the kingdom anointing, the disciples realized that now the kingdom was theirs to build until he returns. Our hope is in his return, his hope is in our faithfulness to kingdom anointing and purpose.

 Principle: God’s hope in us is our faithfulness to the kingdom.

 Affirmation: I will not disappoint the hope he has in me.

 Prayer: Lord, grant me faith to continue serving you in the hope of that eternal home. In Jesus name, amen.

 Bible Reading: Job 40-42 – Proverbs 30

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The Christ Anointed At Baptism

Daily God Walk for Monday December 28, 2009

As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and lighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, “This is my Son, whom I love; with him I am well pleased.”   – Matthew 3:16-17

Even Jesus, the Christ of Redemption, had a moment in time when his anointing became manifest. For him it was at his baptism. The anointing was not the baptism itself but it was the approval that heaven gave him. The Spirit of God, which is the anointing, came upon him like a dove and set upon him.

It is true that Jesus was born as God-man. He was fully man and fully God. Yet, there was a point where the anointing to accomplish his purpose was made manifest. His baptism and manifest anointing is the point at which his public ministry began.

I am mentioning this because there is a time when we are to make our faith public and there is a distinct point in time when we are anointed to fulfill our role in the kingdom of God. Of his own baptism Jesus said to John when he was arguing with him about being baptized, “It is proper for me to do this to fulfill all righteousness.”

Baptism is not only a good thing to do; it is a very important thing to do. When we perform the righteous act of baptism we are declaring to the world that we are now a new creation and citizens of the kingdom of God. We are now ready to be anointed for service.

Just as Jesus was anointed for his work in the kingdom, so we will have a moment in time where God manifests his Spirit in us with a call to service. That event will probably not involve a dove setting on our shoulder, or any other physical manifestation, but there will be something happen inside of us, in the place where the Spirit of God dwells, that gives us the assurance that this is call of God.

Jesus ushered in the kingdom of God with the anointing of the Holy Spirit – we continue that work with the same anointing.

 Principle: Kingdom ministry requires Holy Spirit anointing.

 Affirmation: I submit to kingdom service and the Holy Spirit.

 Prayer: Lord, grant me the grace to submit to the work of the Holy Spirit and to allow the Holy Spirit to use me in service. Amen.

 Bible Reading: Job 31-35  – Proverbs 28

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The First Message Of The Christ

Daily God Walk for Sunday, December 27, 2009

After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions… His mother said to him, “Son, why have you treated us like this?… “Why were you searching for me?” he asked. “Didn’t you know I had to be in my Father’s house?” – Matthew 2:41-51

Even as a child Jesus knew he was the Christ. He knew his mission and he was committed to it. At 12 years of age he began his ministry by addressing the leaders of the temple. He asked questions of them and displayed a wisdom that amazed them. He was indeed an anomaly, but in fact he was the Christ of God who had come to bring the opportunity of peace to mankind.

What was the message he was teaching? We have no record of what he was saying, but if the rest of his ministry is any indication it isn’t hard to figure it out. He was teaching them that the kingdom they were expecting was present and would soon be manifest.

However, even though they were expecting a king to come and a kingdom to be established, they did not realize the nature of that kingdom. Neither did they realize the manner in which the kingdom would be established.

The world had never known a king who built his kingdom upon love. Every world conqueror has built their kingdom by force, and not one of those empires has lasted. Jesus came teaching, “Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God,” and this kingdom of the heart cannot be stopped.

This was a new message. The mindset of man was to conquer through force, but Christ taught us to humble our enemies by serving them in love. The result is that today, 2000 years after his kingdom was begun in the hearts of his followers, there are 100’s of millions of people who would gladly lay down their life for this Jesus who is called the Christ, the Prince of Peace.

 Principle: Our enemies are humbled when we serve them in love.

 Affirmation: I am committed to serving those who persecute me.

 Prayer: Lord, grant me the grace to love as you loved and to serve those who would persecute you for your namesake. Amen.

 Bible Reading: Job 26-30 – Proverbs 27

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