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My Kingdom or God’s?

“At the end of twelve months he was walking about the royal palace of Babylon. The king spoke, saying, ‘Is not this great Babylon, which I have built for a royal dwelling by my mighty power and for the honor of my majesty?’ While the word was still in the king’s mouth, a voice fell from heaven: ‘King Nebuchadnezzar, to you it is spoken: the kingdom has departed from you.'” -Daniel 4:29-30 (NKJV)

Whose kingdom are you building with your life? Without realizing it, many of us are building our own kingdoms. If we’re pursuing pleasure, possessions, or power for our own glory, then we’re building our own kingdoms. In fact, most people, without even realizing it, live life for themselves rather than for God. If our lives are not centered on Christ, then they are centered on self. To check this in your own life, ask yourself what your goals are? What is your purpose? Whom do you exist for? Whom do you ultimately work for?Jesus said it plainly, “

Seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…” To build God’s kingdom we must live a God-centered life. Everything else about who I am needs to revolve around His glory. I am married, but my marriage was designed in the eternal wisdom of God to bring Him glory. I have a career (personally, it’s a ministry, but you get the point), but my work is supposed to bring Him glory. I am a parent and I am to raise my kids to glorify God.

Lord help us never to fall into the trap of Nebuchadnezzar, building our own kingdoms, living life by our own designs for our own goals. Instead, help us to be consumed with a zeal for Your glory!

Help Is On the Way

”Be ye also patient; stablish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draweth nigh.” –James 5:8

Imagine yourself a Jew living in Palestine in the days leading up to the birth of Jesus. Like Anna and Simeon, you’ve been expecting Messiah to come any time. You’ve read the prophecy of Daniel which foretold the very day that Jesus would be rejected by Israel (the seventy weeks’ prophecy). Micah had recorded that the place would be Bethelehem. Perhaps you’ve even heard about the miraculous birth of the Messiah’s forerunner to an elderly priestly couple.

Have you noticed that we live and feel differently when there is an expectation and anticipation in our hearts? James says to suffering believers who are scattered throughout the world, “Endure. Stay strong. Jesus is coming.”

Anna and Simeon were an aged priestly couple who held on until they could see the hope and consolation of Israel. When they finally saw Jesus, they could leave the world in peace. Life brings its burdens but James admonished us to hold on for Jesus is coming. His appearance is nigh at hand. He came the first time in a manger and met rejection and crucifixion. He shall come the second time in judgment and victory over the world and over our enemy, Satan. Hold on today, for help is on the way!