Tuesday, 29 October 2013

Today Reminder - 29 October 2013 (Day 21 - Living in the Kingdom)

A reminder for today
In all that he did in the service of the Temple of God and in his efforts to follow God's laws and commands, Hezekiah sought his God wholeheartedly. As a result, he was very successful. (2 Chronicles 31:21)

How are you today my dear friend? I do hope that your week is well on its way and that you are blessed in all that you do and that no challenge will hinder your progress. King Hezekiah’s father did terrible things and turned against the Lord and this made the Lord very angry. They were attacked and defeated a number of times until finally Hezekiah became king and he in turn did what was pleasing in the eyes of the Lord.

Living in the kingdom of the Lord we often see similar scenarios. People turn to God and then later we find that they turn away from God. I suppose it is often due to circumstances or influences that people will either turn to God or turn away from God. I guess it depends on our motives and our willingness to remain faithful to the Lord. Many want to be followers of the Lord but few actually and truly follow Him. 

I have told you before that living in the Kingdom of the Lord is no easy task. It is a way of life and we can so easily be misguided or we can be selfish in our ways and then lose direction towards our goal. I know life certainly is no easy task and living each day, with all that awaits us and all that wants us to fail, can be a huge burden to carry.

Therefore I would like to take today and just encourage you again. You see the Lord knows what you are going through and He knows what is waiting for you. He wants you to change your focus from the problems ahead and seek Him first wholeheartedly, just as Hezekiah did. As a result Hezekiah was very successful and this is our lesson. If we seek God first and allow Him to show us the way we will be successful in defeating the enemy and overcoming all the challenges that we face.

But there lies more within this. You see those that are sceptical about living in the Kingdom will always be the ones that want to see you fall so that they can use it as an excuse. They will look for a reason not to change their ways and to discredit our way of life. But if we remain humble and allow God to do what He planned to do, in His time, we will see their plans turned to shame as we bring glory to the Lord and ruin to the plans of the enemy to mislead other. We will see people turn from their ways and return to the Lord, just as Hezekiah saw when he called on the people in his time to return to God and change their ways. And the Lord will hear our prayers and give us strength to overcome and be successful. There was great joy in the city, for Jerusalem had not seen a celebration like this one since the days of Solomon, King David's son. Then the priests and Levites stood and blessed the people, and God heard their prayer from his holy dwelling in heaven. (2 Chronicles 30:26-27)

"'As surely as I live,' says the LORD, 'every knee will bend to me, and every tongue will confess and give praise to God.'" (Romans 14:11)

Have and awesome day dear friend of Jesus