Tag Archive | kingdom of god

Ezra 4:24 ” Thus the work on the House of God in Jerusalem came to a standstill until the second year of the reign of Darius King of Persia.”

The important part of this Scripture is not what is said, but rather the space of time between when the building of the Temple stopped and it was restarted.  For it was 16 years that no work was done at the building site.  How many people do you think looked at the Temple foundation year after year and considered all the work a loss?   We will all have setbacks in life…times when our forward motion is hampered or even stopped for a season… and we don’t know why.   This delay is not a time to declare defeat…for with God, any setback is only temporary in His timetable.  And if we have faith and persevere, any delay will have success in the end.

Zechariah 9:9 ” Rejoice greatly, O Daughter of Zion! Shout, Daughter of Jerusalem! See, your King comes to you, righteous and having salvation, gentle and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey. “

The Prophet Zechariah spoke of the triumphal entry of Jesus into Jerusalem that Palm Sunday…right down to the details of what He’d be riding.  And when the crowds saw Jesus, they laid their clothes on the road before Him and waved palm branches, shouting “Hosanna!”   The Prophet Isaiah echoed this prophetic word in Isaiah 62:11, “The Lord has made proclamation to the ends of the earth: ‘Say to the Daughter of Zion,  See, your Savior comes!’ ”  The Word ties this all together as we look at the Hebrew word for salvation which is Yasa.  The name Jesus is derived from this root word.  The word “Hosanna” that the crowds were shouting is also directly traceable to the word Yasa.  That Palm Sunday,  Jesus may have entered Jerusalem seemingly as a meek and mild man…but who really rode in was the King of Kings and Lord of Lords…our Messiah and the Savior of our soul.

I Samuel 3:10 ” The Lord came and stood there, calling as at the other times, ‘Samuel! Samuel!’ Then Samuel said, ‘Speak, for Your servant is listening.’ “

If you have ever been part of a marriage conference or counseling…they teach you the art of active listening.  Each has the others undivided attention as they converse back and forth…repeating back to the person what they heard and asking, “Is this what you meant?”  There is much more listening done than speaking, and more unselfish attention given than self-centeredness.  Listening to the Lord is a lot like that.  It is not  blabbering on incessantly about our own feelings and emotions…it’s listening with all our being…taking the time to be quiet…hearing and then heeding His voice.

Micah 3:8 ” But as for me, I am filled with power, with the Spirit of the Lord, and with justice and might, to declare to Jacob his transgression, to Israel his sin.”

The OT prophets had it pretty rough.  They faced rebuke and persecution from all sides, especially when their message was the total opposite of what the people wanted to hear.  So where did this boldness come from?  How were these mild-mannered, many times even timid men able to stand before Kings and High Priests proclaiming God’s Word?   It was the Holy Spirit within, enabling them to go boldly into battle for the Lord.  Are you brave enough to pray the prayer the Apostles did in Acts 4:29?  ” Now, Lord, consider their threats and enable your servants to speak Your Word with great boldness.”  Boldness empowered by the Holy Spirit will change your perception.  For you’ll no longer have your limited vision, but God’s.

Matthew 4:17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, ‘Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.’ “

The verse written here was the fulfillment of prophecy first spoken by the prophet Isaiah, “The people living in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned.” (Isaiah 9:2)   Jesus was the embodiment of light and truth, and His message still rings true today…”Repent, for the Kingdom of God is at hand.”

II Chronicles 15:2 ” The Lord is with you when you are with Him. If you seek Him, He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will forsake you.”

People have really good excuses why they don’t want anything to do with God.  “Religion is only for the weak that need a crutch.”  “I’ll get right with God when I get old and about to die…you know, like Fire Insurance…something you have just incase.”  “I don’t believe any of that mumbo-jumbo Jesus garbage.”   So when you’re confronted by this, what is the best answer?  The Truth.  You don’t need to defend God…He’s perfectly capable of defending Himself, thank you.  You state the Truth in love, but neither do you water down the Truth to make it more palatable for all.   The Truth is,  if you forsake God, He’ll reject you…forever.

Job 6: 2-3 ” Then Job replied: ‘If only my anguish could be weighted and all my misery be placed on the scales! It would surely outweigh the sand of the seas – no wonder my words have been impetuous.’ “

The words of desperation, grief, and discouragement are heavy…they weigh us down to the point we can hardly breathe.  This oppressiveness is only compounded by impulsive, frantic actions as we search for answers.  It doesn’t help either if we’re sleep deprived.  Sometimes the very best thing you can pray for is peace and rest.  When our minds and bodies are frenetic,  balance and reason can go out the window.  Asking the Lord for peace, hope, and sleep can bring us back into alignment.