THE REVELATION WORD OF GOD TO THE CHURCH
The “Kingdom of Heaven” has the same meaning as the “Kingdom of God.” Matthew uses this phrase because the Jews, out of their intense reverence and respect, did not pronounce God’s Name. The Kingdom of Heaven is still near because it has arrived in our hearts. Jesus started His ministry with the very Word people had heard John the Baptist say: “Repent.” The message is the same today as when Jesus and John gave it. Becoming a follower of Christ means turning away from our self-centeredness and “self” control and turning our lives over to Christ’s direction and control. 17 From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent [change your inner self—your old way of thinking, regret past sins, live your life in a way that proves repentance; seek God’s purpose for your life], for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Matt 4:17
To receive God’s guidance, said Solomon, we must acknowledge God in all our ways. This means turning every area of live over to Him. About a thousand years later, Jesus emphasized this same truth (33 But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also. Matt 6:33). Look as your values and priorities. What is important to you? In what areas have you not acknowledged Him? What is His advice? In many areas of your life you may already acknowledge God, but it is the areas where you attempt to restrict or ignore His influence that will cause you grief. Make Him a vital part of everything you do, then He will guide you because you will be working to accomplish His purposes. 5 Trust in and rely confidently on the Lord with all your heart And do not rely on your own insight or understanding. 6 [a]In all your ways know and acknowledge and recognize Him, And He will make your paths straight and smooth [removing obstacles that block your way]. Prov 3:5-6
Paul was not afraid to die, because he was confident of spending eternity with Christ. Of course, facing the unknown may cause us anxiety, and leaving loved ones hurts deeply, but if we believe in Jesus Christ, we can share Paul’s hope and confidence of eternal life with Christ.
For we walk by faith, not by sight [living our lives in a manner consistent with our confident belief in God’s promises]
~2 Cor. 5:7
REMINDER: THE REVELATION WORD OF GOD TO THE CHURCH!!!!
Love you and the Blessings of God be upon you
Prophetess Dr. Eleanor Nichols
“A WILLING VESSEL for THE LORD”