Morning by Morning, May 3 - Everlasting Kingdom
Good morning, Lord Jesus. Christ the King, Christ in me -- rule and reign in my life today. ...
"In the days of those kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that shall never be destroyed, nor shall this kingdom be left to another people. It shall crush all these kingdoms and bring them to an end, and it shall stand forever" (Daniel 2:44).
You gave Daniel revelation and understanding of Nebuchadnezzar's dream of the kingdoms of this world. As he said, "There is a God in heaven who reveals mysteries, and He has disclosed to King Nebuchadnezzar what will happen at the end of days" (Daniel 2:28).
The kingdoms of this world will come and go. But there is a kingdom to come, as Your will is done -- here on earth, here in our hearts, here in the midst of our world and all its kingdoms that seek to rule and reign in our lives. You are the King of that kingdom that will not pass away, that will bring the kingdoms of this world to an end. "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 serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that shall not pass away, and His kingship is one that shall never be destroyed" (Daniel 7:13-14).
"Come, Lord Jesus!" (Revelation 22:20) Come, King Jesus -- "King of kings and Lord of lords!" (Revelation 19:16) Come rule and reign in me and in my world. One day this Word will be fulfilled: "The kingdoms of this world have become 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, Your kingdom is also within me now, within the heart of every believer, every child of God who's welcomed Jesus, "the Spirit of Christ," within our hearts (Romans 8:9). As You explained long ago, "the kingdom of God is within you" (Luke 17:21 NKJV). "For the kingdom of God is ... righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit" (Romans 14:17).
Come advance Your kingdom in my heart and my world today. Empower me by Your grace, by the Spirit of Christ within me, to grow in the "righteousness and peace and joy" of Your kingdom, the everlasting kingdom that shall not pass away (Daniel 7:14). As You taught us to pray -- opening our hearts our Father, as the children of God that we are -- "Your kingdom come. Your will be done, on earth as it in heaven" (Matthew 6:10). In Jesus' name I pray. Amen.
Be encouraged today! In the Love of Jesus, Tommy Hays
I pray you experience the everlasting kingdom of God advancing in your heart and your world today, as His kingdom comes and His will is done in you, in Jesus' name! Please pray the same for me. God bless you, my friend!
Friends, I'm excited to be sharing a message of hope and healing at the First Wednesday Service of Worship and Prayer at Oak Hills Church, Crownridge Campus in San Antonio tonight, May 3rd, at 7pm, in the South Room Worship Center. Our Rapha God Ministries Prayer Team with be joining with Oak Hills Church to offer personal prayer ministry. We'll also join together in prayer for the National Day of Prayer. All are welcome. Please come join us!
My 365 Day Devotional with a selection of many of my favorite prayer devotionals I've sent out from my morning prayers over the past few years. Available through Amazon and Kindle or at our Ministry Office. May these simple morning prayer be a blessing and encouragement to you to start your day embraced by the love of our Father, centered in Jesus Christ, and filled with the Holy Spirit. God bless you!