Forever in God’s Kingdom

Friday June 11, 2021

Today’s Reading: Psalm 48

 Just as we heard, so we have seen in the city of the Lord of Hosts, in the city of our God; God will establish it forever. Selah

Psalm 48:8

Reflection: Imagine what it would be like to rejoice forever. Imagine constant celebration for eternity. This is what our time with the LORD in His Kingdom will be like. Have you ever reflected deeply about the concept of forever, this extensive span of time that never ends? Sometimes the fleeting moments in which we spend waiting impatiently can seem like they last for eternity. But the concept of forever is real. And that is a long time. There is no better place to spend forever than with the LORD, rejoicing Him and enjoying His faithful love and fellowship.

God dwells in His Kingdom, which He not only keeps from being conquered by other rulers, but also maintains as its Good Ruler and King. Outside forces cannot destroy this Kingdom, and neither will it crumble in decay from within. Because the LORD is a perfect Ruler, His Sovereignty ensures that the Kingdom will reign forever. Some may advance toward Heaven to conquer it, but they soon flee in terror when they experience the power of the One Who protects it. Meanwhile, within the City’s walls, God’s love and justice are carried out fully, and all of Heaven’s citizens have reason to rejoice all the day. This is what we have to hope for as believers: one day dwelling in Heaven with God. This assurance of our future with Him is what causes us to live now. Without the reminder of our eternal home in Heaven, suffering becomes increasingly unbearable and comfort becomes our greatest concern. But the LORD Who promises an eternity with Him calls us to live beyond the here and now. He calls us to keep the reality of eternity in mind.

Therefore, keep your eyes on forever, that everyday on earth would reflect your citizenship in the Kingdom of Heaven. Live not under the trials of today or for the comforts of the present time, but in the Promise of eternity with the LORD.

Prayer: Eternal God, Your reign forever and ever. You are the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End. You are the Sustainer of all things great and small, and You by Your amazing grace have preserved me to live with You in Your Kingdom forever. Thank You LORD, for this promise in which I can hope. Thank You for the assurance that You will lead me in Your everlasting Way. Thank You for Your mercy upon me, for I do not deserve to live with You, but You have granted this blessing through Your beloved Son, Jesus Christ. Please keep the reminder of eternity with You in my heart and mind, that it would guide all I think, say and do, and that I would truly show in my life that I am a citizen of Your Kingdom and a follower of You. In Jesus’ Name I pray, AMEN.

Bible-in-a-Year Reading Plan (credit: Biblestudytools.com): Acts 26:1-18; Ruth 3-4; Psalm 48

God Our King

Thursday June 10, 2021

Today’s Reading: Psalm 47

God reigns over the nations; God is seated on His holy throne.

Psalm 47:8

Reflection: “Clap your hands, all you peoples; shout to God with a jubilant cry.” We have cause to celebrate because of the LORD our God and King! Listen to what cause the psalmist gives us. God exercises His reign over all the earth in great display of His Sovereignty. He works His Will even through the allowance of freewill among humanity. He weaves together His purpose even in a world of sin. He has set aside an inheritance for His people – our Messiah, Jesus – Who has brought about eternal Salvation. The LORD is exalted high above all people. No one can match His authority and no one can exercise His degree of power.

What an assurance we have in the reminder that the LORD the King is our King! Relying on the authority of humanity is futile, for it is temporal and it is imperfect. It is flawed because of the sin that resides in every human heart. But to rely on the authority of the Perfect and Holy God is to trust in the One Who will always ensure righteousness and justice, true goodness and grace, constant love. Those who rely on God as King are guaranteed to deliver shouts of joy, for He remains triumphant over all the universe. His Victory has been shared with us, has benefitted us because we are His people.

Live rejoicing, followers of God through Jesus Christ. There is no corner of the earth in which He is rendered powerless. There is no situation that He cannot control. There is no heart seeking after Him that He will forsake. The LORD is greatly exalted, and gives us great cause to shout for joy.

Prayer: Loving God, our great LORD and King, I adore You. I exalt You. I worship You. I rejoice in knowing that You are in complete control of the universe. Thank You for Your constant care. Thank You for ensuring my eternal safety and preserving my faith in You. Thank You for being so good. I pray, LORD, that You help me to remember in every situation that You are King over all things. Teach me how to live trusting in Your great sovereignty. Show me how to rely on You completely as I walk in Your Way. I lift up these prayers to You in the Name of Your Son Jesus Christ, my Lord, AMEN.

Bible-in-a-Year Reading Plan (credit: Biblestudytools.com): Acts 25; Ruth 1-2; Psalm 47

Our Refuge and Strength

Wednesday June 9, 2021

Today’s Reading: Psalm 46

The Lord of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our stronghold. Selah

Psalm 46:7

Reflection: Even when the waters of the earth roar and foam, they cannot compare to the river of Life which is their source of power and strength. Even when the earth trembles and the mountains quake with turmoil, they cannot move the very place where the LORD Almighty dwells. The people of God are safe and secure within their city not because of its strength. Its perimeter is not preserved by walls of mortar and stone, but by the God Who lives within it among His people. Because the LORD fights for us, we need not take any matter into our own hands. We need only trust in His Sovereignty in every situation. Look how He fights, and examine Who is enemy truly is. He makes wars cease by shattering bow and spears, by burning chariots. He seeks to destroy what tools humans have created to harm each other. He calls for all fighting to cease in order that true peace would be ushered in through His Presence. He works against those who try to steal us away.

If God is our Refuge, then what can ensnare us as we dwell within the realm of His safety? If God is our Strength, then what can overpower us as we look to His might? Whenever you look around at the world and feel little, insignificant, powerless, voiceless in it, remember the LORD Your God Who is Your Refuge and Strength. He accounts for you, remembers you, fights for you, and goes before you, that you would never have to be afraid so long as you trust in Him.

Prayer: Everlasting God, You are my Refuge, my Strength, my Stronghold in Whom I delight. I rejoice that You have revealed Yourself to Your people, that You have proven over and over again Your great faithfulness and love. Thank You, LORD, for being so good to us. Thank You for all that You do for us. Please help me to trust in Your strength and refuge. Help me to walk in Your Way. I trust in You, LORD. In Jesus’ Name, AMEN.

Bible-in-a-Year Reading Plan (credit: Biblestudytools.com):  Acts 24:10-27; Judges 21; Psalm 46

The Bridegroom

Tuesday June 8, 2021

Today’s Reading: Psalm 45

You are the most handsome of men; grace flows from your lips. Therefore God has blessed you forever.

Psalm 45:2

Reflection: No physical description was made in Scripture of the Lover of our souls, but His actions of power and meekness have made Him the fairest of men to have ever looked upon. He healed hands and feet, even those that would work sin against Him, even eyes that would look upon others with contempt or lust, even ears that would ignore the cries of the poor. He fed even those who would act out of greed. Our Lord’s words of wisdom, compassion, and boldness have made Him beautiful. As He lived among humans, grace upon grace flowed from His lips. He spoke for and prayed for those who would betray Him. He was not afraid to teach boldly against the lies of those held in high places, for He had dwelt in the highest Place, clothed in splendor in Heaven before putting on humanity to walk in humility among sinners. He has surely done great deeds. His Work of Salvation is for eternity, as is He.

Our Bridegroom is beautiful. We His Church, His Bride, preparing to be united with Him for eternity, rejoice as we walk in the way that leads to Him. Who we have been before no longer matters. What we have done before no longer matters, for we are now known as His dearly beloved. We are His people and He is our Lord, who look forward to dwelling with Him in eternal joy and love known only in His Presence. What the LORD our God has done through His Son Jesus, our Bridegroom, is wonderful in our eyes. There is more to follow, for He will surely come back to earth for us one day. All of the LORD’s promises will be fulfilled in Him, and we will indeed praise Him forever and ever.

Prayer: O LORD, You are indeed beautiful. The way You work all things together for Your glory is beautiful. All that You do resounds You truth and love, Your righteousness and grace, Your goodness. How I look forward to seeing You face to face, LORD. How I rejoice in knowing You now by Your mercy and faithfulness. Thank You for being so wonderful LORD. Let me live in the hope of Your Promise of Salvation fulfilled, let me be motivated always by the approaching chance to dwell with You in Your kingdom forever. Let me live a life that shows how much I love You, LORD, for I love You so much. I pray all of these things in the Name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, AMEN.

Bible-in-a-Year Reading Plan (credit: Biblestudytools.com): Acts 23:23-24:9; Judges 20; Psalm 45

The Way of Suffering

Monday June 7, 2021

Today’s Reading: Psalm 44

Because of You we are slain all day long; we are counted as sheep to be slaughtered.

Psalm 44:22

Reflection: The LORD has brought victory to us against our enemy. He has done this through His Son, Jesus Christ. While His death looked as though it was utter defeat for believers in Him, it was the very act which defeated sin and death. In our place, Jesus was was handed over to suffer. He was an object of reproach Who received mockery and ridicule from those who watched Him die. He was disgraced for all to see as punishment for crimes He didn’t commit. At the end of His life, Jesus cried out to His Father, “My God, my God, why have You forsaken me?” There was no greater sorrow known on earth than His death. And yet, there was also no greater victory than what He gained for the world that day. It was for the glory of God the Father that Jesus died, and it was for the benefit of God’s people that He sacrificed His life.

As followers of our Savior Jesus, what must we expect to endure to some degree but that which is like what He had endured? If we are being led by Him Whose journey to the Cross was the epitome of horror and pain, shouldn’t we expect to endure suffering too? We are not immune to pain because we follow Jesus. Instead, we are guaranteed to experience suffering because our Lord suffered too! Of course, not all suffering in the world is caused by God. Much is due to the sin of others and to our own sin. And yet, as in the case of Jesus, who was crucified at the hands of sinners, He had complete control to lay His own life down according to the Father’s Will to save. Nothing was taken from Him, and neither will we ever be snatched from His Hands. Even as we suffer for the cause of Christ, for the sake of glorifying God, our situations are also used for God’s Will. When we obey the LORD against the reproach of those around us, God does not forget us. Though Jesus died, He also rose by the power of the LORD. So too are we redeemed by His faithful love.

Prayer: Loving and merciful God, You are good all the time. You never cease to work all things together for the good of those Who love You. In all situations, I am blessed to be kept content by Your faithfulness and grace. Thank You for continually blessing me, for never leaving nor forsaking me, for constantly being in control of all things. Even in the most difficult times, LORD, keep me near. I pray that the assurance of Your Salvation would always provide me with hope and joy, no matter the circumstance I am called to endure for Your Namesake. Lead me in Your Way, LORD, and grant me the courage to trust in You always. In Jesus’ precious Name I pray, AMEN.

Bible-in-a-Year Reading Plan (credit: Biblestudytools.com): Acts 22:30-23:22; Judges 19; Psalm 44

Sunday’s Message: The Point of it All

June 6th, 2021

Today’s Reading: Acts 13:13-25

 As they were ministering to the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work that I have called them to.”

Acts 13:2

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Reflect on the Sermon with us at our Life Group Zoom, Mondays at 7:30PM.

Sermon Main Idea: All Scripture points to JESUS as the SAVIOR of the world.

Text Notes:

  • Paul preaches about God’s grace to Israel. (v.13-19)
  • Paul preaches about God’s promise to Israel. (v.20-22)
  • Paul preaches about God’s grace and promise to Israel fulfilled in Jesus. (v.23-25)

Prayer: Loving Father, thank You for being so gracious to use us for Your work on earth. Thank You for including us in Your wondrous and mighty Plan. It is only by Your wisdom, Your mercy, Your resources, Your strength, and Your Spirit that I can do anything that brings You glory. Please fill me then, and direct me by Him, that I would bring forth praise to You in all I do. I love You LORD, and pray all of these things in Jesus’ Name, AMEN.

Thru the Bible in a year (credit: Biblestudytools.com): Acts 21:37-22:29; Judges 17-18; Psalm 43

In Need of God

Saturday June 5, 2021

Today’s Reading: Psalm 42

I thirst for God, the living God. When can I come and appear before God? 

Psalm 42:2

Reflection: Longing for the LORD comes from much more than a desire for Him. It stems from a dire need for Him. As the deer searches for water, it does not simply seek to enjoy the relief of being quenched from thirst in the running streams. The deer seeks for water in order that it will not die, but live by it. So we must long for the LORD our God also. To delay our search for the Wellspring of Life is to endanger our life, is to risk perishing without what will nourish us. We cannot produce what we need for ourselves. All that the psalmist can produce for “food day and night” are his tears, which beget only more misery. While he can express his distress and his need, the psalmist cannot fulfill it. Only the LORD can.

Our great need for God, our desperate longing for Him is met with an abundant measure of the LORD’s grace and love, if only we seek after Him. When we seek the LORD, we are sure to find Him. We are drenched in God’s righteousness as it covers us like mighty waterfalls. We are overwhelmed in His grace as it sweeps over us like sea billows. We are enveloped in His mighty Presence and comforted in His Truth. The LORD’s faithful love is replenished each day, and the riches of His mercies are new every morning, prepared for each one who seeks the LORD. Do you long for God today? Then seek after Him as one does for streams of water in a parched desert land. Your life depends upon His goodness and mercy. Are you not seeking after God? Then seek after Him even more diligently, for you are close to death and only able to be restored by the LORD’s saving power. Seek the living God Who is Your Savior and He will restore Your soul.

Prayer: Loving God, Who in heaven and earth is like You? Who is righteous and just, loving and merciful, faithful, gracious, and compassionate? There is no one Who blesses, no one who fully loves, no one mighty but You. I confess my need for You now, LORD. I am destined to perish without Your grace upon me. I need You every moment, I cannot live without Your truth and righteousness. Please, LORD, restore my soul by Your saving power, and forgive me for all that I’ve done wrong against You. Help me to seek after You and You alone, that I would not seek to be filled by the things of this world, but by You only. In Jesus’ precious Name I pray, AMEN.

Bible-in-a-Year Reading Plan (credit: Biblestudytools.com): Acts 21:1-36; Judges 16; Psalm 42

God Delights in Us

Friday June 4, 2021

Today’s Reading: Psalm 41

By this I know that You delight in me: my enemy does not shout in triumph over me.

Psalm 41:11

Reflection: We know that the LORD delights in us because of the Salvation He has achieved for our sake. King David is assured of God’s favor upon him because though his enemies surround him, though people conspire against him, though they have betrayed him, they are not stronger than the LORD’s rescue. David rejoices over this great saving grace, which points to the much greater rescue that has God has done for our souls through Jesus Christ.

The eternal Salvation that God has granted keeps the enemy from reveling in triumph over us. Though Satan prowls around like a lion, waiting to devour vulnerable souls, the LORD has shown His great love in the way He has preserved us as His children. While King David remembers that God has saved his life on earth, we rejoice that the LORD has saved us beyond the temporal. So much more profound is this rescue that God has orchestrated through Jesus. Although we are rightly accused of wrongdoing, we are spared from death. Although we are the ones who have conspired and spoken deceitfully, have even betrayed our Rescuer, by Christ our sins have been forgiven. Surely the LORD must delight in us His people, for His Salvation upon us is unmerited and undeserved. Should you ever wonder how God feels toward you, remember what He had sent His Son to do on your behalf. Through the Work of Jesus, we as God’s people have the most blessed assurance that the LORD delights over us, that He loves us, and that He is ours forever. “O Death, where is your victory? O Death, where is your sting?” The LORD delights in us, and has displayed this through Jesus. Let us trust in Him.

Prayer: O LORD, You are wonderful. Praise You for You Salvation! Praise You for Your glory and majesty! Praise You for Your unfailing love! Thank You for all that You have done for me through Your Son Jesus Christ. While I was still far off, You did not forsake me. While I was drenched in sin, You rescued me. Who am I to know Your faithfulness? Who am I to know Your grace? I am so grateful for all You are and all You continue to do. Please, LORD, help me to live in the assurance of Your great love and faithfulness. Help to trust more and more Your deeds instead of my own. Show me Your ways and train me to follow after them. I pray all of these things in the Name of Your Son, Jesus Christ, AMEN.

Bible-in-a-Year Reading Plan (credit: Biblestudytools.com): Hebrews 7; Exodus 3:1-4:31; Psalm 41

What Can We Do for God?

Thursday June 3, 2021

Today’s Reading: Psalm 40

Lord my God, You have done many things- Your wonderful works and Your plans for us; none can compare with You. If I were to report and speak [of them], they are more than can be told.

Psalm 40:5

Reflection: What can we do for the LORD Who turned to us and heard our cry for help? While He created the universe by great power and wisdom and sustains it moment by moment, He was not to busy to listen to us in our weakness and respond with the everlasting love to redeem us. Although He is Holy and pure, He has not hesitated to draw near and bring us up from darkness, out of the filth of our sin and upon His own firm foundation established by His Son. He saw us wallowing in the muddy clay and did not forsake us in our misery. He has ensured our safety by Christ’s loving sacrifice, a work that cannot be undone. Furthermore, the LORD has not only reestablished our footing, but given us a new song to sing. He has replaced songs of lament and worry, songs of self and songs of pride into songs of praise. Now we have not only been saved by the LORD, but have also a new message about Him to proclaim to the world around us!

What, then, can we do for a God who has done all of this for us? Who has not left us in our despair, but changed us into beholders of everlasting joy? What shall we do for the LORD Who has not only sustained the cosmos, but us finite beings who are here to day and gone tomorrow, who has saved us from death so that we would enjoy eternity in His Presence? We can see His works and fear Him, and put our trust in all that He has done. We can give Him good pleasure by singing the new song He has given! Whenever it is difficult to do the things of God, what He has done for us is more than enough to move us towards acting in gratitude. When we are timid about singing the LORD’s praise, we can be encouraged to sing by remembering that He has graciously given this song as a blessing to us.

This is the importance of remembering the great work of our God. Our own works, though menial, begin with our remembrance of His faithfulness and please Him when they are done in obedience and love. Let all that the LORD has done cause us to offer all we can for His glory!

Prayer: Loving God, do You great things. Even as You work Your wonders in Your created universe, even as You prove Your might throughout the world, You have not forgotten me. You have kept me and cared for me, and saved me from death. You have rescued me from sin and preserved me for eternity by Your Son Jesus Christ. Thank You, LORD, for who am I to receive such blessings from You? You are so good, LORD. I give You praise. Please help me to continue serving You out of gratitude for all that You’ve done. Please help me to hear You as You bring me to opportunities in which I can glorify You. Thank You for allowing me to do good works for You. I pray all of these things in Jesus’ Name, AMEN.

Bible-in-a-Year Reading Plan (credit: Biblestudytools.com): Hebrews 6:13-20; Exodus 1:1-2:25; Psalm 40

Life is a Vapor

Wednesday June 2, 2021

Today’s Reading: Psalm 39

You, indeed, have made my days short in length, and my life span as nothing in Your sight. Yes, every mortal man is only a vapor. Selah

Psalm 39:5

Reflection: Our lives on earth are not the end for us. In its hustle and bustle, in its times of happiness and celebration, in its times of trial and suffering, we can often become so consumed with life here and now. Without an eternal perspective, our highest highs and lowest lows become the extremes of what there is to experience about what is our whole life. But the psalmist reminds us that with the perspective of eternity in mind, all that exists in life on earth is a mere shadow of the fullness of life that can last forever. In the LORD’s eyes, the lifespan of humanity is but a vapor. It is short-lived, it is it is finite. All that is gained on earth is one day forgotten completely, as is all that is lost. All the temporal that we have enjoyed in the world must be left behind one day as our life continues.

This is why we as God’s people must live with Heaven in mind. As it has been said, our lives are like a vapor of smoke, rising for a moment and disappearing the next. We do not have much time to live with Heaven in mind, so we must do it now. As children of the Kingdom of God, we are foreigners who will one day return to our homeland of Heaven and must, in the meantime, live as representatives of this eternal Kingdom.

Are you reveling in God’s blessings now, O follower of Christ? Live in gratitude to God for them, and do not be too greedy to sacrifice it all, should your LORD command you. These gifts are but a small taste of the much greater blessing of one day knowing God fully and seeing Him face to Face. Are you enduring much pain or suffering, O believer? Do not fear or doubt, for the LORD will remain faithful to provide all that you need. Your troubles will one day pale in comparison with the great mercies of God in Heaven that you will enjoy with Him. There is hope in the LORD Who will one day call You to be with Him forever. Life on earth is not all that is in store for us. There is much more to look forward to in eternity with the LORD our God.

Prayer: Eternal God, thank You for Your countless blessings. They remind me of Your faithfulness and love. They are tangible things that cause me to recall the much greater heavenly blessings that You have given to me. In my highest highs and lowest lows, I know that You are near. I am assured of eternity in Your care because of the work You Son has accomplished by forsaking all the things that the earth holds dear. Help me to be more like Jesus, LORD. Help me to live like Him: willing to give everything away for Your glory and crediting all good things to Your Holy Name. It is in Christ’s Name that I pray these things, LORD. Thank You for all that You do for me, AMEN.

Bible-in-a-Year Reading Plan (credit: Biblestudytools.com): Hebrews 4:14-6:12; Genesis 49:1-50:26; Psalm 39