I don’t want to just enter the kingdom; I want to partake and be a part of it too! I’m not okay being on the side lines. I don’t just want to hear God say, “Welcome.” I long to hear Him say, “Welcome, good and faithful servant, enter into my rest.”1 Of what good is a table loaded down with food in preparation for a great feast if you can only look at it?  Of what good am I as a Christian if I don’t have the fruit of the kingdom?

When the temple was being built wasn’t it Gods temple although He didn’t inhabit it.  When did He inhabit it?  Wasn’t it after it was consecrated?  Does God inhabit me or is He waiting for me to live a holy life in agreement with the holiness secured through Christ.  Is that why He doesn’t go with me?  Does my stubbornness qualify me to be consumed by Him?  In His mercy is He keeping a distance?  Is that what this struggle is about?  Is not my stubbornness a hindrance?

My Prayer:  God, I humble myself before your majesty. I have been frivolous, rebellious and stubbornly displaced You as Lord.  Please forgive me; have mercy and compassion on me.  I humbly ask that you remove my hardened heart and give me a heart of flesh.  I proclaim you as Lord and humbly submit to you.  I renew my commitment to be obedient and follow you.  I desire to be all that You created me to be.  I put myself in your hands so you may finish the work that You have began.  I trust you and submit to the tools, trials, and discipline you choose.  My faith is in you, not in my strength, the outcome, or the circumstances.  Please teach me to act when you act, speak when you speak and remain silent when you are silent.  Please give me spiritual blinders so that I may never take my eyes off of You.

Thank you for your faithfulness that sustains me. Thank you for your mercy and compassion that makes a way for me.  Thank you for your grace that rescues me.  Thank you for your love that covers me. Amen


Continue to Work Out Your Salvation

Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed— not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence— continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling2


We are solely responsible for what we believe.  No matter who tells us something, we MUST validate the ideas and concepts within the word of God!2  3 If we do not know the word of God, we are like a ship without a rudder, the enemy will carry us off into captivity with his lies.4  5  We MUST desire God above all things, even above the very things of God!6  The kingdom of God does not consist of his things but of his right and authority to rule.7  8  9

Consider: If I don’t know the truth how can I recognize a lie?  By reading the account of Jesus’ temptation I learn that the enemy can be very subtle, slightly twisting and taking the truth out of context in an attempt to deceive.10 Jesus prevails because he is truth, the word made flesh.11  12 The word is a person, how can I know and have a relationship with Jesus and not know the word that became flesh?

Further Consideration: How important is the word of God in my life?  What role does it play?  If someone looked at my life what would they conclude?  Do I really believe hiding God’s word in my heart is essential?13  14

My Prayer: Lord, my failures are eclipsed by your blood and righteousness; I trust that you will complete the work that you have begun in me.15 I humble myself, have your way in me.  Please give me a delight in you and your word that awakens me to your call and the grace to whole heartedly respond in agreement with you! Amen.