Morning by Morning, July 20 - "The Good News of God"
Good morning, Lord Jesus. I rest in Your Presence and wait in the silence for the leading of Your Spirit -- Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. ...
"Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God, and saying, 'The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent, and believe in the good news" (Mark 1:14-15).
I'm ready for some good news -- "the good news of God." I'm ready for the good news that stirs hearts to repent and stirs faith to believe. I'm ready to see the kingdom of God come near and to experience that the King of the kingdom is here.
Come, Lord Jesus! You are the "King of kings and the Lord of lords" (Revelation 19:16). And You are here among us; You are here within us, in the Presence and power of Your Spirit (Romans 8:9). And so is Your kingdom -- "for indeed, the kingdom of God is within (us)" (Luke 17:21 NKJV).
We live in a broken, fallen world full of bad news -- the bad news of the kingdoms of this world. We hear every day about famines and financial crisis, sickness and sorrow, acts of terror and acquiescence of cowardice, cities under siege and cultures given over to sin, hopelessness and heartlessness, destruction and decay. And in one way, it will all get worse until that day comes when it all gets better (Matthew 24:3-31).
We look forward to the good news of that day when all the world sees the news flash of Your coming from one end of the earth to the other:
"Immediately after the suffering of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of heaven will be shaken. Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see 'the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven' with power and great glory. And He will send out His angels with a loud trumpet call, and they will gather His elect from the four winds, from end of heaven to the other" (Matthew 24:29).
And at the same time, between today and that day to come, Your kingdom comes near to us and Your kingdom comes near to our broken, fallen world through us:
"Arise, shine; for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord has risen upon you. For darkness shall cover the earth, and thick darkness the peoples; but the Lord will arise upon you, and His glory will appear over you. Nations shall come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn" (Isaiah 60:1-3).
One day we will see Your Word completely fulfilled that "The kingdoms of this world have become of the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!" (Revelation 11:15 NKJV) And at the same time, every day we repent in our hearts and believe in our faith, embracing Your Presence and "the good news of God," Your kingdom comes and Your will is done -- here in our hearts and here in our world. And for a moment at least, that part of our world becomes the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ, because the kingdom has come near in us. That's a measure of how we fulfill Your command to "Occupy till (You) come" (Luke 19:13 KJV).
This is the hope of the good news of God we have in you -- "Christ in (us), the hope of glory" (Colossians 1:27). And by the power of the grace of God, I'm ready to embrace and to share some of that good news of God today. In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
I pray you will embrace and share the good news of God today with the Spirt of Christ living through you, in Jesus' name. May His kingdom come and His will be done in you and and through you every where He sends you in your world today. Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!