May 29, 2010
Power and Glory Today
“They shall speak of the glory of your kingdom and talk of Your power;”
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Who did you tell today about God’s power in your life? Many people I know never think much about the Kingdom of God and the power of the King. In Psalm 145, David explained why he will praise God every day for ever and ever. He remembered the mighty acts of God, and knew that all creation will give thanks to God for His mercy and goodness. By the power of God, David has trained his mind to focus upon the power of God working in his life.
Have you ever noticed what people like to talk about? Often, they enjoy talking about themselves. Recently I heard about a young man talking about happiness. He said he was happier now because he had abandoned all his false faith in God. He meant that he used to go to church, but never really believed in God. He went to church in his teenage years to meet girls, but now has stopped going altogether. He liked some of the people he met in church, but he never really believed that Jesus gave His life for anyone. The young man now doubts that Jesus ever existed. Having given up his pretend religion, the young man now focuses primarily upon himself. He enjoys having sex with his girlfriend, drinking alcohol, living just for himself without any pretense of God, making some money, and putting himself first in all things. He said he has become much happier living just for himself. I imagine you know someone just like this guy. I love his honesty and know that God loves all humans. Like so many other people, he had never witnessed the power of God transforming his life by faith. He had walked into a church building many times, but he never entered the Kingdom of God by faith.
Jesus talked about the Kingdom of God in the New Testament. He told a teacher of the Jews, named Nicodemus, that “unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God” (John 3:3). Nicodemus had no idea what Jesus was talking about. Jesus explained further “unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God” (John 3:5). Jesus meant that one must be born again spiritually to enter the Kingdom of God. We enter the Kingdom of God by faith alone, and it is not a church building. As a child, I believed that Jesus died on the cross for my sins. I asked Jesus to forgive me for my sins and I believe He forgave me, just as He promised. I felt the power of God in my life filling me with joy that my sins have been forgiven forever. Spiritually, I had been born again. Jesus told His disciples that “whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all” (Luke 18:17). Jesus died for me, and rose again to live His life in me. Now, I see His power at work in my life.
Jesus taught that His kingdom was not of this world. He testified to the Roman Governor Pilate: “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, then My servants would be fighting so that I would not be handed over to the Jews; but as it is, My kingdom is not of this world” (John 18:36). Flesh and blood cannot enter the Kingdom of God (1 Corinthians 15:50), and it does not depend upon talk, but upon power (1 Corinthians 4:20). Of course, one day Jesus will come back to earth to fulfill all the promises He made to the nation of Israel and to be its King, reigning over all the earth from Jerusalem (Zechariah 14:9). Until Jesus returns in His glorified body, we live as believers in the invisible Kingdom of God. As believers in Christ, we experience daily many of the spiritual blessings of the power of the Kingdom of God. We also see Jesus displaying His awesome majesty.
King David witnessed the offerings for building the temple of God. The people of Israel gave of their riches as an offering for the construction of the great building in Jerusalem. As David reviewed the tremendous gifts, he said:
“Blessed are You, O LORD God of Israel our father, forever and ever. Yours, O LORD, is the greatness and the power and the glory and the victory and the majesty, indeed everything that is in the heavens and the earth; Yours is the dominion, O LORD, and You exalt Yourself as head over all. Both riches and honor come from You, and You rule over all, and in Your hand is power and might; and it lies in Your hand to make great and to strengthen everyone. Now therefore, our God, we thank You, and praise Your glorious name.” (1 Chronicles 29:10-13).
God never needed men to build a house for Him, because heaven is His throne, and the earth is His footstool (Isaiah 66:1). Instead, Jesus teaches us that He dwells within our hearts (John 15:1-11).
Application for Today
Today I will speak of the glory of the Kingdom of God. I will be looking for King Jesus, working in the lives of everyone who submits their hearts to Him. I will His glory in their lives, as they live in His eternal Kingdom. I will talk of the power of God in my life, and let my friends know about all the great things Jesus has been doing for me. I see His glory all about me, especially in other believers yielded to His power. As we go through this Memorial Day weekend in the United Sates, we should not only remember all those soldiers who gave themselves to military service, but also we should be talking of Jesus and His power, majesty and glory. I look forward to meeting new people this weekend and encouraging my friends by talking of His majesty and power.