John 18:36 Not Of This World

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

Throughout the world there are many different types of kingdoms. The most commonly known ones are those of different nations. Along with the nations being kingdoms, there are also kingdoms among businesses.

The focus of the kingdoms is to rule and reign as the best, and pushing back or removing the competition or enemy. Each one has a different method of focus and method to be the best.

As Jesus was being arrested and tried, he was asked what He had done to cause His people to hand Him over. Jesus stated that His kingdom was not of this world and that it worked in a different manner.

The world likes to fight for what it wants. The type of fighting that is usually done is physically. Nations and businesses are made up of people and people will do whatever it takes to get what they want.

Those who are a part of the kingdoms are willing to fight for their leaders and country. Their desire is to protect it at all costs.

God’s kingdom is not of this world and thus works in a different way. No one can physically walk to God’s kingdom, it is in a different realm. Even though it is of a different realm, there is still a battle going on.

Although there is a battle going on, it is not a physical one, but a spiritual battle. Physical fighting is not a part of the battle plan. Believers do not have to physically fight to win this battle. It is won with prayer, sound doctrine, and love. With this type of battle, things may occur that appear crazy, such as Jesus going to the cross, to win the real battle.

Even though you are a part of this physical world, as a believer you are a part of another kingdom and world. As God works in your life, there will be times you must go through situations that do not make any sense.

Instead of physically fighting, you must pray and move forward with God’s plan for your life. You are a part of an eternal kingdom that will never fail or fade away. The problems in this life will fade away with time.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be a part of God’s eternal kingdom; that you will be a part of the spiritual battle of God’s kingdom; that you will fight in God’s manner and ways; and that you will look forward to eternal life with God some day.

2 Timothy 1:9 Holy For His Purpose

He has saved us and called us to a holy life–not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time, 2 Timothy 1:9

As people grow up and begin to leave school and home, they want to know their purpose in this life. They strive to find out why they are there and what they are to do.

In the process of searching for this answer, many will seek guidance and help from any and every one, with very few filters to block out bad advice.

Paul reminds Timothy that they are saved and called to live a holy life because of God’s own purpose and grace.

When Adam and Eve chose to sin and fall away from God, God did not have to provide a way of salvation from the fall into sin. He provided that salvation out of His great love and grace upon man.

As He provides the needed salvation, He is also willing to guide a person as to how he should live his life. The life God calls each believer to live is one that is holy, separated from the world and sin. This new way of living has nothing to do with what the believer had done, but because of His purpose.

God wants every person to live the best life possible. In order to have that life, one must turn from all sin and be holy as God is holy. When one is living a holy life, it is a representation of who God is. It reveals His perfect love that is at work in the life of the believer. Seeing this perfect love will draw others to Jesus, building His kingdom.

If you are seeking the purpose for your life, look to God. Your purpose starts with being holy as He is holy. This begins with repentance of all sins and turning away from sin. Turning away from sin is not legalism, but love for God and for others.

As you choose to live for God and turn from sin, God can do great works in and through you in order to build His kingdom.

Your purpose in this life is to live for God and build His kingdom. Do not shrink back from what God has called you to do and be.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will turn towards God and away from all sin; that God will strengthen you to be holy as He is holy; that you will find your purpose in God; that you will know His amazing grace and love; and that you will pass on God’s grace and love to others.

Colossians 1:13 Rescued From One Kingdom For Another

For he has rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son he loves, Colossians 1:13

Throughout the earth and time there have been many different kingdoms. Some have been filled with joy and happiness, while others were filled with destruction and sorrow.

Those who have lived in oppressive kingdoms or nations, have always desired to get out of them. Most people want joy and happiness in their lives. Yet, many do not even realize that they are living in an oppressive state, because that is all they have ever known.

Paul opens his letter to the Colossians telling them that he and they have been rescued from a dominion of darkness. They were brought into the kingdom of Jesus.

When a person lives in darkness his entire life, he does not know what light is. He has no understanding of what he is missing out on, because he has never seen it.

Once a person gets a taste of true freedom and life, he wants to get away from the dark bondage and death that he is in. Yet, many do not know how to escape the darkness and death.

The majority in the world are living in this darkness of self and sin and do not know it. Some have seen the light of Jesus and been rescued from it.

Every believer in Jesus has been rescued and now lives in a new kingdom, one of light, love and life. There is a joy and a peace that the world cannot understand or enjoy, because they live in a different kingdom, one of darkness and oppression.

Believers must realize where they have been rescued from and what they are now living in. Along with being a new creation, every believer is now a new citizen of a new kingdom.

As a believer, you have also been rescued from the dark kingdoms of this world. You have been forgiven and released from the bondage of sin and death in order to live life for God.

Do not allow yourself to go back into the darkness of the old kingdom, but stay in God’s kingdom. Live and walk in the light of Jesus everywhere you go while here on this earth.

There is an eternal kingdom waiting for you to step into, as long as you continue to walk in that kingdom on earth.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the kingdom of God in your life; that you will live in the light of Jesus; that you will be the light of Jesus to this dark world; and that you will reach out to help bring others out of the darkness into God’s kingdom.