Our True Identity

In order to test our faith in Him, God often withholds the answers to our prayers until the last minute. We fret and pace and wring our hands, wondering if we missed God by making this particular decision. We have no recourse except to pray in faith, knowing that He led us and He will supply. He always comes through for us, even if it is at 11:59, the moment before the deadline!

When we actually come to understand the reality of the Kingdom of God, and the fact that God will bring His Kingdom to the earth in the near future, it puts everything else in our life into proper perspective. Earthly concerns no longer mean what they used to and we have a more heavenly-minded attitude about our life on this earth.

Comprehending our place in God’s Kingdom will change the way we look at our self, as well as at our future. Believers belong to the upper echelons of the cream of the crop, and there is no one and nothing that can separate us from God’s love and family (Romans 8:31-39). This realization will settle in our hearts, increase our faith and allow God His rightful place in our life.

We find our true identity in the Kingdom of God. We are co-heirs with Jesus of an inheritance, which will never perish, spoil or fade (1 Peter 1:4). We are also joint heirs with Jesus of a hope of eternal life (Titus 3:7). We are children of the Almighty God (Romans 8:17; Galatians 4:7). Angels come and serve us in our time of need (Hebrews 1:14). We will reign with Christ forever (2 Timothy 2:12).

Prayer:
Father, You are our great God, who is waiting to bless us abundantly in answer to our prayers. Thank You for making us heirs of Your Kingdom with Your blessed Son, Jesus. We revel in Your glory and in Your presence in our life. Remind us that You are on Your throne and all is well in our life. Come to us in an abiding and unbroken fellowship in a deeper union than we have ever experienced before.

Thought for the Day:
Remain quiet and trusting, as you wait on God’s provision and direction.

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Satan’s Hoax

God warned Adam and Eve that sin would bring them death and destruction. However, when Satan offered them what seemed to be a more appealing alternative, they chose to believe Satan over God (Genesis 3:4). The path of least resistance is always more appealing to human beings, and Satan loves to convince us that there are no consequences for disobeying God.

Sin always pushes us beyond our comfort zone and costs us more than we can afford. Satan uses our desires to hook our flesh. He makes something that we see, we want to feel or that appeals to our pride to lure us away from holiness (1 John 2:16). Lust locks on and pulls us against our will. Sin entices us to forget God’s Word and to neglect our relationship with Him.

Some people lose confidence in God and rely more on their human reasoning. God calls us to focus on the spiritual rather than on the material; but our flesh nags us to pursue carnal quests instead. Satan makes sure that we are aware of the worldly philosophies of modern comedians and new age practitioners. They disparage the Word and ridicule our faith in an unseen God (Acts 17:23).

Satan gave Adam and Eve a false sense of security based on his evil lies. He convinced them to do what their heart told them to do and what seemed right in their own eyes (Jeremiah 17:9; Genesis 3:5-6; Proverbs 21:2). As a result, we now work by the sweat of our brow and with pain in childbearing (Genesis 3:16-17). Adam and Eve regretted that one decision for the rest of their life.

Prayer:
Father God, we all lost Paradise, which You provided for us, when Adam and Eve sinned. It seems that the modern mind wants tangible proof of Your existence. They discount the exact order in the galaxies and nature, as well as the miracle of human birth. They give credit to some big bang rather than to You. You are under no obligation to prove Your self to us; yet, You reveal Yourself in dozens of different ways every single day. We are just too wrapped up in our hectic lives to pay attention. Draw us close to You and never let us go (Ephesians 2:19-22; 1 Peter 2:4-8).

Thought for the Day:
God supplies all of our needs according to His own assets and splendor. – Philippians 4:19

Lost Love Restored

As children, we had a natural affection for our parents; but as we age, we learn to withhold love and to look out for our self, instead of for other people. We lose this predilection to love sacrificially, as we experience disappointment, difficulties and distress. Only God’s Spirit can restore our lost love, void of our own agenda. His unconditional love draws us to live in the center of His divine will and to unite with Him in the fullest expression of His character (Galatians 5:22-23).

We agree with Jesus that our sustenance is found only in doing the will of God (John 4:34, 6:38). God does not eradicate our human will. He brings our will into agreement with His, as He graces us with more and more of His nature (2 Peter 1:4; 2 Corinthians 3:18). We perfectly complement God’s love for humanity, because our affections are no longer centered on our self, but on those He sends us to serve. We even grow to love our enemies without any fear of them.

As we abide in God’s purpose and will, His light replaces our darkness and His joy delivers us from the deepest sorrows in our soul. We are unified with His nature, directed by His Spirit and radiating His fruit (Galatians 5:22-23). We listen to God’s Spirit throughout our day and use His discernment in making every decision. Our purpose and actions are now motivated only by the will of God and the works, which He created for us to do before the earth began (John 2:17; Ephesians 2:10).

Faith in God’s faithfulness replaces negative emotions and human desires. Gratitude for His provision eliminates the need to petition Him for more. We live with a grateful heart, wanting nothing and requiring very little. Our grandest wish is not for material possessions, but for more of God to share with more people, who are held hostage in this lost and dying world. Our lost love is restored and focused on all of humanity with the sacrificial love of Christ.

Prayer:
Father God, You desire for our will to submit to Yours, so that we die to our self, and You can bear much fruit in and through our mortal spirit, soul and body (John 12:24). Therefore, we have no need to force our behavior to line up with Your Word. We simply surrender to You and You perfect us little by little through our union with Your Spirit (2 Corinthians 3:18; Galatians 3:1-3). Help us never to live from the place of our depraved human desires and will, but to live instead for Your glory and honor in the center of Your will for our life (Romans 8:2).

Thought for the Day:
We are not united with God’s will from a sense of obligation, but through love for Him and faith in Him.