Awake my soul, oh my Lord —
May Your Kingdom be all I seek, all I live for, and all I desire!
Series Focus: “Thy Kingdom Come”
Have you ever experienced a vision that took your breath away? Maybe watched a brilliant sunrise or witnessed a pod of graceful dolphins swimming together in ocean waters? We take notice of majestic landscapes, stunning waterfalls, and even the glimmer of dew on the early morning blades of grass. All of these sights are undeniably remarkable, yet, none shall compare to what Jesus calls “The Kingdom of Heaven.” Have you tried to imagine it?
I’ve thought a lot about what it will be like when I leave this life and walk into eternity with Jesus. Even the thought of dying used to greatly scare me. Now, I am ready, but I still have questions. Maybe you do too. Will I miss my earthly life? Will I even remember it? Is Jesus going to be waiting with arms open wide, ready to greet me at the gates? Oh, how wonderful that day will be when we see our Savior face to face, and know, if we have received Him as our Lord and Savior, we will be in the presence of God forever.
What if I told you – you don’t have to wait for your body to perish in order to experience the presence of God? Please don’t take my word for it; I am merely a girl trying to figure it all out. As we look for truth about the Kingdom of God, we need look only to the words of Scripture. Thus begins our new series called, “Thy Kingdom Come.” What does Jesus have to say about His Kingdom? This, my sister, is going to be quite an exciting journey!
I hope you are reading this today in a quiet place. A place with little to distract you, tempt you, or lure you away. For one moment, breathe deep and immerse yourself in the following scriptures:
“Be still, and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” (Psalm 46:10 ESV)
Jesus answered him, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born again he cannot see the kingdom of God.” (John 3:3 ESV)
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him. (John 3:16-17 ESV)
But the Helper, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, he will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all that I have said to you. (John 14:26 ESV)
For we are the temple of the living God; as God said, “I will make my dwelling among them and walk among them and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. (2 Corinthians 6:16 ESV)
Jesus answered, “My kingdom is not of this world. If my kingdom were of this world, my servants would have been fighting, that I might not be delivered over to the Jews. But my kingdom is not from the world.”
Scriptures Reference: Psalm 46:10; John 3:3; John 3:16-17; John 14:6; 2 Corinthians 6:16; John 18:36