Morning by Morning, August 14 - Final Decree, Everlasting Dominion
Good morning, Lord Jesus. Put Your thoughts in my mind and Your desires in my heart. Order my steps and lead the way, as I seek to follow You through the adventures of my day. ...
"As I watched, thrones were set in place, and an Ancient One took His throne.... The court sat in judgment, and the books were opened.... I saw One like a human being coming with the clouds of heaven. And He came to the Ancient One and was presented before Him. To Him was given dominion and glory and kingship, that all peoples, nations, and languages should server Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not pass away, and His kingship is one that shall never be destroyed" (Daniel 7:9-14).
There is a heavenly court and a righteous Judge. There is an eternal judgment and an everlasting dominion. There is One who is the King of kings and Lord of lords whose kingdom shall not pass away. And despite every injustice and evil we endure for a time in our journey through this broken, fallen world, there will come a day when You set all things right. "Righteousness and justice are the foundation of Your throne; steadfast love and faithfulness go before You" (Psalm 89:14).
Your verdict will be true and Your decree will be final. Then all heaven and earth will declare, "The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Messiah, and He will reign forever and ever" (Revelation 11:15).
Give us grace to endure to that day (Matthew 24:13). Let us not doubt Your wisdom nor Your sovereignty. The enemy of our souls may have his day, but You will have the last say. You showed Your prophet Daniel the vision of the battle for the souls of men and the dominion of the earth. He said, "As I looked, (the evil one) made war with the holy ones and was prevailing over them, until the Ancient One came; then judgment was given for the holy ones of the Most High, and the time arrived when the holy ones gained possession of the kingdom" (Daniel 7:21-22).
Let us embrace Your encouragement and command: "Be alert at all times, praying that you many have the strength to escape all these things that will take place, and to stand before the Son of Man" (Luke 21:36). One day we will stand before You, from every tongue and tribe and nation throughout all generations. "For we will all stand before the judgment seat of God" and "each of us will be accountable to God" (Romans 14:1012). But in Christ, we will be declared innocent by Your blood and victorious by Your cross -- not guilty, set free, restored to righteousness and the everlasting dominion of the Kingdom of God (Colossians 1:20).
As for the arrogant and wicked enemy of our souls, "his dominion shall be taken away, to be consumed and totally destroyed" (Daniel 7:26). And at the same time, in the Kingdom of our God and decree of Your judgment, "the kingship and dominion and the greatness of the kingdoms under the whole heaven shall be given to the people of the holy ones of the Most High; their kingdom shall be an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey them" (Daniel 7:27). "Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ" (1 Corinthians 15:57). In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
My Friend, I pray God will give you grace to endure through every injustice and battle until the day we see Him fully establish the righteousness and justice of His dominion in all the earth. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!