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.

1 John 4:5 The World Speaks

They are from the world and therefore speak from the viewpoint of the world, and the world listens to them. 1 John 4:5

Everyday people all over the world are talking. They are talking about nearly every subject under the sun possible to be talked about.

One thing that determines what people talk about is what they are interested in personally or what someone they are talking to is interested in. Along with that determining factor, they have to talk about what they know about. The more they know, the more they can talk.

John talks about the people who are in the world. They are speaking from the viewpoint of the world and those in the world are willing to listen.

It is easy for a person to talk to someone who has the same viewpoint. There is no argument or debate when both people are on the same page of understanding.

Many people will tune out someone who is talking about something that they have no clue about.

Often when believers start talking, the world tunes them out because they do not understand what is being said. The believer is talking about spiritual and eternal things. These are things that do not exist in the mind of the person of the world.

Those in the world only understand the temporary and physical things, so they reject the spiritual things of God. All that exists in the mind is what is right before their eyes that they can physically see or touch. Their eyes have not been opened to the spiritual and eternal things.

Believers must keep this in mind when talking to those in the world. Their words must be changed to help them begin to understand the spiritual realm of life. Until the non-believer gets a vision of spiritual things, he will not listen nor understand what is being said.

As a believer you must change your viewpoint from that of the temporary, worldly viewpoint to that of God’s spiritual and eternal viewpoint. Do not keep yourself focused upon the temporary physical things of this world, but upon that which is of God and heaven.

Realize that the world may not listen to you or understand you when you speak to them about God. However, you can reveal God to them by how you live and what you say.

Be His witness each day until their eyes are opened.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will hear God’s voice in your life; that you will understand the things of God; that you will have God’s viewpoint on life; and that you will be God’s witness to this fallen and blind world.

1 Peter 2:2 What Are You Craving?

Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 1 Peter 2:2

Having a craving for something specific is very common among most people. A person has an extreme desire to eat or drink something.

What they desire may be something good or bad for them, but either way it is a strong ‘need’ to have it and have it as quickly as possible. Some will have a craving for things that are bad for a person–nicotine, alcohol, drugs, caffeine. While others may crave not so bad things such as pickles, fruits, chocolate, or some other snack or food.

Peter tells the people to be like a newborn baby that craves milk. They are to crave pure spiritual milk to help them grow spiritually in their salvation.

Along with craving foods, many people crave other things, such as video gaming, movies, pornography, gossip, sports and much more. While some of these are not necessarily bad in themselves, in excess they become an idol. Some are sinful right from the beginning.

Believers in the church will often have cravings, just as the world does. Along with all the same cravings, they may also crave position in ministry, titles, recognition, and more. While not necessarily bad, these things can pull them away from what God really has for them.

Those who are truly seeking to be more like Jesus will also have a craving, however, that craving will be to be more like Jesus. They will crave having more of God’s word and His Holy Spirit in their lives.

Every believer is to desire to be more like Jesus. In order to be like Jesus, each person must desire the spiritual milk and food that God provides. Just as Jesus found sustenance in God’s word, so must a believer crave God’s word in his life.

Examine what things you crave in your life. Are any of these things taking the place of God and His word in your life? Then get rid of those things.

Feed yourself with God’s word and His Holy Spirit. Do not seek the temporary, empty things of this world that will fail you in the end, but seek the eternal things of God that will completely satisfy your soul.

Allow God to build you up in your salvation to be more like Jesus each day, until the day of His appearing.

What are you craving?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will crave the things of God above all else; that you fill yourself with God’s word; that you will allow God’s Holy Spirit to guide you; and that you will find satisfaction in what God has for you.

2 Corinthians 10:3 At War In A Different Way

For though we live in the world, we do not wage war as the world does. 2 Corinthians 10:3

In nearly every area of the world there is a war going on. Some are physical wars with guns and bombs at local, national and international levels.

There are also many wars that do not include physical fighting, but are trying to destroy other people. People lie, cheat, and slander other people and businesses in order to destroy them. Some do it just to destroy the competition, while others are just trying to become the best in their field.

Paul acknowledges living in world, but points out that believers do not wage war in the same way as the world does.

In the spiritual realm of life, there is a war going on. It is the war for the control and ownership of the souls of men and women. Satan and his evil forces are doing all they can to destroy the hearts and lives of every person they can, by whatever means they have available. The world fights in a dirty manner by lying, cheating, and stealing.

God also has His followers fighting in a war. It is a war for their soul. This war is not a physical fighting war or one out to destroy other people.

It is one with words that destroys actions and evil thoughts. It is pushing back temptation to sin against God. It is a war of loving one who is unlovable to change their hearts towards God. It is a war that reveals the lies and deception of the enemy and points people to the truth only found in Jesus.

While killing and lies do some destruction, the destruction is temporary. The battle of the believer destroys sin and brings about eternal life, lasting forever.

You are in the battle for your soul and for the souls of those around you. This battle is one to show people the way to eternal life.

The world does not want you to win this battle for yourself or for others and will do all it can to stop you. Choose to be on God’s side and wage war as He does with love and His living word.

Destroy the thoughts and actions of disobedience that the world promotes and live for God. Bring others to Jesus for salvation. God will win the war in the end. You will win, when you fight it God’s way.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know how God wants you to fight in this world; that you will fight for your soul and for others to be more like Jesus; and that God will use you to win the souls of others away from the world.

John 9:39 Can You Really See?

Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” John 9:39

Sight is something most people believe that they have, when talking about natural vision. They can see things that are physical in nature.

Insights into things that are spiritual or non-physical are often not seen by most people. They are blind to what is going on outside the physical realm of this world.

Jesus stated that He came so that those who cannot see will see and that those who can see will be unable to see.

One of the beliefs running through America is for people to be a ‘woke’ people. Many are claiming to be woke up to the reality of things occurring in this world. This belief has also worked itself its way into the church.

The world believes that they can see the truth and that belief in God or church is wrong. Anyone who sees in this way is blind and cannot really see the truth set before them.

Jesus came to open the spiritual eyes of spiritually blind people. Those who have seen Jesus for who He is, is willing to allow Him to reveal the spiritual truths around them.

They will be able to discern (see) God at work in and around them. They will be able to discern (see) what God desires of them. They will also be able to discern (see) what the enemy, the world, is doing or trying to do.

Those who refuse to see Jesus as Savior, God is allowing them to remain blind as to what God is doing. He will allow them to remain blind in their fallen sinful ways, though He continually calls them to open their eyes and see the truth.

While it is important that you may see with your physical eyes, it is more important to see with spiritual eyes. You need to allow God to open your spiritual eyes to see what God sees.

Do not allow yourself to remain blind to the truth found in God’s word. Do not allow yourself to be blind in believing that it is acceptable to live in sin and still get into heaven.

See the reality of the false lies that this world is trying to teach and promote. See the reality that believing in Jesus is the only way to know true life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will open your spiritual eyes to see; that God will reveal the lies of this world; that you will see what God is doing; and that you will not be blind to the truth in God’s word.