Friday, February 24, 2017

God's Longsuffering - 7 (LG64)

Luke 17:20-21   Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, He answered them and said, “The kingdom of God does not come with observation; nor will they say, ‘See here!’ or ‘See there!’ For indeed, the kingdom of God is within you.”

The moment we accept Jesus Christ as our Lord and Saviour, our sins are cleansed by His blood and the Holy Spirit then dwells in us as the seal of redemption. He offers Himself to be our King, thus establishing the kingdom of God within us. Immediately after our conversion, we remembered that like little children, we obeyed the pastor, whom we accepted as the spokesman of God. Burning up our idols, giving up alcohol, gambling, etc.

We loved to pray and worship Him regularly. We rejoiced reading the Bible and fellowshipping with brethren. We could not stop sharing His goodness and always avoided places and situations of temptations. We had complete faith in Him and never doubted the bible as the word of God. That was the evidence of our (first) love for Him. We can safely say that Jesus Christ was indeed the King of our lives.

Rev 2:4-5  Nevertheless I have this against you (Ephesian church), that you have left your first love. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place—unless you repent.

Have we become like the Ephesian church where we have lost our first love for Him by doubting Him and the word of God?

Gal 4:14-16  And my trial which was in my flesh you did not despise or reject, but you received me as an angel of God, even as Christ Jesus. What then was the blessing you enjoyed? For I bear you witness that, if possible, you would have plucked out your own eyes and given them to me. Have I therefore become your enemy because I tell you the truth?

Has the Devil been successful (through the false teachers) using heresies, the corruption of this world and fear to deceive us into doubting His word and making us reject truth?

Our Saviour Jesus Christ, Who is the Almighty God and also our loving Father, offers Himself to become our righteous King. It is plain stupidity to reject this precious offer of His.

When we love Him and put our complete faith in Him by obeying His word fully, then He will establish His Kingdom within us and once again we are King's kids. Then He will always abide in us and will never leave us (John 14:16-17; 15:4-8), and will manifest Himself to us (John 14:22).

Whenever we are in trials or crisis, His peace will fill our hearts to comfort us, His joy will be our strength to overcome this world and His love will enable us to carry our cross willingly.

Brethren, all the precious benefits and blessings mentioned above will be ours to enjoy, once we have this child-like faith in Him again.

Just TRUST (Him) and OBEY His word, teachings, commandments, etc. (for there is no other way) and then Jesus Christ, indeed, will become our King.