The seventh angel sounded his trumpet, and there were loud voices in heaven, which said: “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and his Messiah, and he will reign for ever and ever.” Revelation 11:15
When a person looks out upon this world, it does not look as though God is winning the battle against sin as a whole. Sin appears to be getting greater and greater. It appears as though fewer and fewer people are becoming followers of Jesus. Persecution against those who follow Jesus is getting greater and greater. Promotion of sinful acts appears to be more common and acceptable.
Along with the world appearing to be worse, the church appears to be getting worse. Groups of ‘believers’ are accepting sinful acts and lifestyles as being acceptable in God’s eyes. Leaders in churches are promoting sin in the name of love.
True believers may often wonder why God is allowing all of this to happen. Some may wonder if He will win in the end.
All one needs to do is read the end of the story that is told in the bible. In the end God does pour out His great wrath upon the earth and all mankind. A lot of destruction occurs. As it comes to an end, all of heaven is shouting that the kingdom of this world now belongs to God and Jesus. Jesus will reign forever and ever.
At this time, God is being patient with mankind. He is giving everyone a chance to follow Jesus. He does not want anyone to be destroyed. Yet, that will not last forever. Those who do not follow Jesus will be destroyed in the end, and God will reign.
God is in control. He needs to be allowed to be in control of the individual’s life, so that one will not be destroyed in the end.
Focus your eyes and life upon Jesus. Serve Him with all that you are. As you serve Him, trust that He is in control and will reign in the end. Jesus is the highest king that ever was and ever will be.
Allow Jesus to reign in your life today, so that in the end you will not be destroyed. You will see difficulties and troubles, but God will bring you through to the end, because He is King. Trust His reign in your life.
I pray today that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will trust that God is in control; that you will know Jesus will reign in the end; and that you will not fear what God is allowing in your life today.
Jesus said, “My kingdom is not of this world. If it were, my servants would fight to prevent my arrest by the Jewish leaders. But now my kingdom is from another place.” John 18:36
Jesus had been arrested and was going through a trial. The leaders did not believe that He was who He said He was. They were asking Him if He was the king of the Jews. Jesus points out that His kingdom is not one of this earth, it was not a physical kingdom, but one from somewhere else.
There has been times that Christians have been known to be violent in standing up for Christ. During the middle centuries, the church went on crusades in order to kill of the believers of false religions. It was a physical effort to build God’s kingdom on this earth.
In more recent times, there have been some “Christians” who have been extremely violent against unbelievers. Some have been known for blowing up abortion centers in an attempt to stop the sin going on there. In the process people are killed and not given the chance to believe in Jesus and change.
Jesus did not use any physical violence in the process of building His kingdom. He never harmed any person, no matter how good or bad that person was. His method of building His kingdom was using love.
Love is something that is not of this world. This world is ruled by the devil, who does not believe in love other than the love of self. The world claims to show love, but it is selfishness and hate for others.
People will not be won over to Jesus, by striking them and cutting them down. They can only be won over by showing love, mercy, and grace. These are the very same things that Jesus showed you.
The kingdom of God is from heaven. It is filled with love, not violence. You do not need to use force to get people into His kingdom.
Jesus did not need physical protection, because He was in God’s hands. In the same way, you do not need physical protection. You are in God’s hands and are of a different world.
Since you are from a different world, the ways of doing things are different. Live the life of love, mercy and grace as you reach out to build God’s kingdom, not force.
I pray today that you will know God’s love for all people; that you will use God’s love to reach the lost; that you will not fight in the physical against this world; and that God will strengthen you to show His love to this world.
“The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God has come near. Repent and believe the good news!” Mark 1:15
When Jesus was around thirty years old He began His ministry. The first things He started to say was that the time had come, the kingdom of God was near and that there was good news to believe.
Everyone loves to hear good news. Watching the news on television very seldom shows good news. It is usually news about things that went bad: people in trouble, scandals, wrecks, killing, theft, divorce, violence, death, and wars. News is usually depressing.
The reason most news is negative is because of sin in this world. The majority of this world lives according the ways of the devil. They live in sin, which is always negative. So, when good news is heard, it is usually a breath of fresh air. Often people are amazed at the good news, yet, most news is still negative.
Today is no different than in the days Jesus walked on the earth and said these words. The world was living in sin and most news was depressing, negative news. He was bringing some good news.
The first is that God’s kingdom was near. God was revealing Himself even more to the people. Now God was going to live in each and every believer. He was going to start speaking directly to the people, rather than just through a high priest or prophet. God was bringing heaven down to earth. The door between Him and man was being opened.
The other good news was that a person could repent of sins, believe and he would be saved. In the Old Testament, under the Law, there were a lot of rules to follow and sacrifices to do. If any part of it was missed, there was only death and punishment to look forward to.
When Jesus came, He paid the full price and offered forgiveness. All one has to do is repent and believe in Him.
This is GREAT news! This is news that needs to be shouted out loud across the nations.
You have this inside scoop on this great news. Take time to spread that good news. Tell people about Jesus and what He has done for them.
The world is looking for some good news, you have it, will you tell them?
I pray today that you will believe in Jesus as your Savior; that you will repent of all your sins and accept His forgiveness; and that you will tell the world the good news of Jesus.