The Kingdom Of God Is Within You
by Sharon McClean
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Luke 17:20—Now when He was asked by the Pharisees when the KINGDOM of GOD WOULD COME, He answered and said, “THE KINGDOM OF GOD DOES NOT COME WITH OBSERVATION; (21) Nor will they say, ‘See here! Or see there!; For indeed, “THE KINGDOM OF GOD IS WITHIN YOU. (Col.1:26—THE MYSTERY which has been HIDDEN from generations, but NOW has been REVEALED to His saints. (27) To them God WILLED to make KNOWN what are THE GLORY of HIS RICHES of THIS MYSTERY among THE GENTILES; which is CHRIST IN YOU the HOPE OF GLORY.) (2 Corin. 12:5—EXAMINE YOURSELVES as to WHETHER you ARE IN THE FAITH. PROVE YOURSELVES, that Jesus Christ is IN YOU?—unless indeed you are DISQUALIFIED. 1John 4:13—By this we KNOW that we ABIDE IN HIM and HE IN US, because HE HAS GIVEN US OF HIS SPIRIT. (14) And we have seen (in the word) that THE FATHER has SENT the Son as SAVIOR OF THE WORLD.
2 Corin. 5:17—Therefore, if anyone is IN Christ, he is a NEW creation; OLD things have passed away; behold, ALL THINGS have BECOME NEW: (18) NOW ALL things are OF GOD, who has RECONCILED us to HIMSELF through Jesus Christ, and has GIVEN US the MINISTRY of RECONCILIATION, (19) that is, that GOD WAS IN CHRIST RECONCILING the WORLD to HIMSELF, NOT IMPUTING THEIR TRESPASSES to THEM, and has COMMITTED to US THE WORD OF RECONCILIATION.
2 Corin. 6:1—We then as workers TOGETHER with HIM also plead with you NOT to receive THE GRACE of GOD in VAIN. (2) For He says: “IN AN ACCEPTABLE TIME I have HEARD YOU, and in the DAY OF SALVATION I have HELPED YOU. (Heb.10:28—Anyone who has rejected Moses law dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. (29) of how much WORSE punishment, do you suppose will be thought worthy who has TRAMPLED the Son of God underfoot. Counted THE BLOOD of THE COVENANT, by which he was SANCTIFIED a common thing, and INSULTED THE SPIRIT of GRACE?) Acts 10:28—Then he (Peter) said to them, You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to one of another nation? BUT GOD HAS SHOWN ME THAT I SHOULD NOT CALL ANY MAN COMMON OR UNCLEAN.
Heb. 8:10—For THIS is THE COVENANT that I will make with the house of ISRAEL AFTER THOSE DAYS, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I WILL BE THEIR GOD; and THEY shall be MY PEOPLE. (11) NONE of THEM shall teach his neighbor and NONE his brother, saying, KNOW THE LORD, for ALL shall KNOW ME from the LEAST of THEM to the GREATEST of THEM. (17) For I will be MERCIFUL to their UNRIGHTEOUSNESS and THEIR SINS and their LAWLESS deeds I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE. (13) In that He says A NEW COVENANT, He has made the first OBSOLETE. Now what is becoming OBSOLETE and GROWING OLD is ready to VANISH away. (Is. 54:13—ALL your CHILDREN shall be TAUGHT BY THE LORD, and GREAT shall be THE PEACE of your CHILDREN. (34) In RIGHTEOUSNESS you shall be ESTABLISHED; You shall be far from OPPRESSION, for you SHALL NOT FEAR; and from TERROR, for it SHALL NOT COME NEAR YOU. (15) Indeed they shall surely assemble, but NOT because of Me. Whoever assembles against you shall fall for your sake. (17) NO WEAPON FORMED AGAINST YOU SHALL PROSPER, and every TONGUE which rises AGAINST you in JUDGMENT you shall condemn. THIS is the HERITAGE of the SERVANT of the LORD, and their RIGHTEOUSNESS is FROM ME, says the Lord.)
Returning to Heb 10:31--It is a fearful thing to fall INTO THE HANDS OF THE LIVING GOD.) (Is.63:3—I have trodden the winepress ALONE, and from the peoples NO ONE WAS WITH ME, for I have trodden them in My anger, and TRAMPLED them in My fury; their blood is sprinkled upon My garments, and I have stained My robes. (4) For THE DAY OF VENGEANCE is in My HEART, and the YEAR of MY REDEEMED has COME. (Is.34:8—For it is the day of THE LORD’S VENGEANCE, The YEAR of RECOMPENSE for THE CAUSE OF ZION. (Is.31:4---For thus the Lord has spoken to me: As a LION ROARS over his prey WHEN A MUTLTITUDE OF SHEPHERDS is SUMMONED AGAINST HIM, He will NOT be AFRAID of their VOICE nor be DISTURBED by their NOISE, So THE LORD OF HOSTS WILL COME DOWN to FIGHT for MOUNT ZION and for its HILL. (5) Like BIRDS FLYING about, (I’ll fly away O glory?) So will the Lord of hosts DEFEND JERUSALEM. Defending, He will also DELIVER it; passing over, HE WILL PRESERVE IT.
Hosea 11:9—I will NOT execute the fierceness of My anger; I will NOT again destroy Ephraim. For I AM GOD, and NOT MAN. The holy One in your midst; and I WILL NOT COME WITH TERROR. (10) They shall walk after the Lord. HE WILL ROAR LIKE A LION. When HE ROARS THEN His sons shall come TREMBLING from the WEST; they shall come trembling like A DOVE from EGYPT, like a DOVE from the land of ASSYRIA, and I WILL let THEM DWELL in THEIR HOUSES., says the Lord..
Is.49:8—Thus says the Lord: “IN AN ACCEPTABLE TIME I have HEARD YOU, and in the DAY of SALVATION, I have HELPED YOU; I will PRESERVE YOU and GIVE YOU AS A COVENANT to the people, TO RESTORE THE EARTH. to CAUSE THEM to INHERIT the desolate HERITAGES. (Acts 3:19—REPENT therefore and be CONVERTED, that your SINS may be BLOTTED OUT, so that times of refreshing may come from the Lord, (20) and THAT HE MAY SEND JESUS CHRIST who was PREACHED to YOU BEFORE, (21) whom heaven must receive UNTIL THE TIMES OF RESTORATION OF ALL THINGS, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began. (22) For Moses TRULY said to the fathers, THE LORD GOD WILL RAISE UP FOR YOU a Prophet like me from your brethren, HIM YOU SHALL HEAR IN ALL THINGS, whatever He says to you. (23) And it shall come to pass THAT EVERY SOUL who WILL NOT HEAR that PROPHET shall be UTTERLY DESTROYED from among the PEOPLE. (25) You are sons of the prophets, and of THE COVENANT which God made with our fathers, saying to ABRAHAM, and in YOUR SEED ALL THE FAMILIES OF THE EARTH SHALL BE BLESSED. Ps. 37:22—For those who are BLESSED by Him shall INHERIT the EARTH, But those who are CURSED by Him shall be CUT OFF.
John 17:21— (22) And the GLORY which YOU GAVE ME I HAVE GIVEN THEM, that they may be ONE just as WE are ONE. (23) I IN THEM, and YOU IN ME; and that they may be made PERFECT in ONE, and that the WORLD may KNOW that YOU have SENT ME, and have LOVED them as YOU HAVE LOVED ME. (Ps.18:30—As for God HIS WAY is PERFECT; The WORD of the Lord is PROVEN He is a SHIELD to ALL who TRUST IN HIM. (43) You have DELIVERED me for the STRIVINGS OF THE PEOPLE; You have MADE ME THE HEAD of THE NATIONS; a people I have NOT known shall serve me. (44) As soon as they HEAR of me they OBEY ME. The foreigners SUBMIT to ME. (John 6:44—NO ONE can COME to ME unless the FATHER who SENT ME DRAWS HIM; and I will raise him up at the last day. (Day without end? Continue to be; endure.) (Is.51:6;b—But My SALVATION WILL be FOREVER, and MY RIGHTEOUSNESS will NOT be abolished.) 1 Tim.2:1—Therefore I EXHORT FIRST OF ALL that supplications, PRAYERS, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for ALL MEN, (2) for kings and ALL who are in AUTHORITY, that we may lead A QUIET and PEACEABLE LIFE in all godliness and reverence. (3) For this is GOOD and ACCEPTABEL in the sight of GOD our SAVIOR, (4) who DESIRES ALL MEN to be SAVED and to come TO THE KNOWLEDGE OF THE TRUTH.)
Returning to John 17:24--Father, I desire that they also whom You gave Me may be with Me where I am, that they MAY BEHOLD MY GLORY which YOU HAVE GIVEN ME; for You LOVED me BEFORE the foundation of the world. (John 1:14—And THE WORD became flesh and DWELT among us, and WE BEHELD HIS GLORY, the GLORY as of THE ONLY BEGOTTEN OF THE FATHER, full of GRACE and TRUTH. (Ps. 2:6—Yet I have set My King on My HOLY HILL of ZION. (7) I will declare the decree: The Lord has said to Me, YOU are MY SON, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (8) Ask of Me and I WILL GIVE YOU, the NATIONS for YOUR INHERITANCE and the ENDS of THE EARTH for YOUR POSSESSION. (I believe this to be a spiritual place and not a physical place, where we stand upon this word and ask for the nations for His inheritance and the ends of the earth for His possession.)
Returning to 2 Corin. 4:3—But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, (4) whose minds the GOD OF THIS AGE has BLINDED, who DO NOT BELIEVE, lest THE LIGHT of the GOSPEL of THE GLORY of CHRIST, who is THE IMAGE OF GOD, should SHINE ON THEM. (5) For WE DO NOT PREACH OURSELVES, but CHRIST JESUS the LORD, and ourselves your servants for JESUS SAKE. (6) For it is GOD who COMMANDED LIGHT to SHINE OUT OF DARKNESS, (Amos 5:20—Is NOT the DAY OF THE LORD DARKNESS and NOT LIGHT?) Returning to 2 Corin. 4:6--who has SHONE IN OUR HEARTS TO GIVE THE LIGHT of the KNOWLEDGE of the GLORY OF GOD IN THE FACE OF JESUS CHRIST. (7) But we have THIS TREASURE in EARTHEN VESSELS, that the EXCELLENCE OF THE POWER MAY BE OF GOD and NOT OF US.
Col.1:12—Giving THANKS to the FATHER who has QUALIFIED US TO BE PARTAKERS of the INHERITANCE of the saints IN THE LIGHT. (13) He who has DELIVERED us from THE POWER of DARKNESS and TRANSLATED us into THE KINGDOM of the SON of HIS LOVE, (14) in whom we have REDEMPTION through HIS BLOOD, the forgiveness of sins. HE IS THE IMAGE of THE INVISIBLE GOD, the FIRSTBORN over ALL CREATION. (Heb.1:1—God, who at various times and in different ways spoke in times past to the FATHERS by the PROPHETS, (2) Has in THESE LAST DAYS spoken to US by His Son, whom He has APPOINTED HEIR of ALL THINGS, through whom also He made the worlds; (3) who being THE BRIGHTNESS of HIS GLORY and the EXPRESS IMAGE of HIS PERSON,) (Rom.8:28—And we know that ALL things work together for GOOD to those who LOVE God, to those who are the CALLED ACCORDING to HIS PURPOSE.) (1John 3:8;b—For THIS PURPOSE the SON of GOD was manifested, that HE MIGHT DESTROY THE WORKS OF THE DEVIL.) Returning to Rom. 8:29—For whom He foreknew, He also PREDESTINED to be CONFORMED to THE IMAGE of HIS SON, that He might be THE FIRSTBORN among many brethren.)
Heb. 12:22-But you have come to MOUNT ZION and to the CITY of the LIVING GOD, the HEAVENLY JERUSLEM, to an innumerable company of ANGELS, (23) to the general assembly and THE CHURCH of THE FIRSTBORN who are registered in heaven, to GOD the JUDGE of ALL, to the spirits of just men made PERFECT. (24) TO JESUS THE MEDIATOR of the NEW COVENANT.)
Is.41:1--The Lord will have MERCY on JACOB, and will still CHOOSE ISRAEL, and SETTLE them in their own land. (Promise land?) (12) How you are FALLEN from HEAVEN, O LUCIFER, son of the morning! How you are CUT DOWN to the ground, YOU WHO WEAKENED THE NATIONS! (13) For you have SAID IN YOUR HEART: I WILL ASCEND INTO HEAVEN, I WILL EXALT MY THRONE ABOVE THE STARS OF GOD; I will ALSO SIT on the mount of the congregation, on the farthest sides of the north. (14) I will ASCEND above the HEIGHTS of THE CLOUDS, I WILL BE LIKE THE MOST HIGH. (15) Yet you shall be BROUGHT DOWN to SHEOL, to the lowest depths of the PIT. (Zech. 3:2—And the Lord said to Satan, “THE LORD REBUKE YOU SATAN! The Lord who HAS CHOSEN JERUSALEM REBUKE YOU!
Luke 10:18—And He said to them, “I SAW SATAN FALL like LIGHTNING from HEAVEN. (19) Behold, I GIVE YOU THE AUTHORITY TO TRAMPLE on SERPENTS and SCORPIONS, and over ALL THE POWER of THE ENEMY, and NOTHING shall by any means HURT you. (22) ALL THINGS have been DELIVERED to ME by MY FATHER, and NO ONE KNOWS who the SON IS but THE FATHER, and who the FATHER IS but THE SON, and the one to whom the Son wills to REVEAL HIM. (23) And He turned to HIS DISCIPLES and said privately. BLESSED ARE THE EYES which SEE THE THINGS WHICH YOU SEE. (John15:8—If you ABIDE IN ME, and MY WORDS ABIDE IN YOU, you will ASK what you DESIRE, and it shall be done for you. (8) By THIS My Father is GLORIFIED, that you BEAR MUCH FRUIT; SO YOU WILL BE MY DISICPLES.) (Ps2:8—ASK of ME and I will give you the nations for Your inheritance and the ends of the earth for Your possession.) (Is. 27:6—Those who come He shall cause to TAKE ROOT in JACOB; ISRAEL shall BLOSSOM and BUD, and FILL THE FACE of THE WORLD WITH FRUIT.)
Returning to Heb. 1:3--and upholding ALL THINGS by THE WORD of HIS POWER, when He had by Himself purged our sins, SAT DOWN at THE RIGHT HAND of THE MAJESTY ON HIGH, (4) having become so much better than the angels, as HE HAS BY INHERITANCE obtained a more EXCELLENT NAME than they. (5) For to which of THE ANGELS did He ever say: YOU ARE MY SON, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU? (13) But to which of the angels has He ever said: Sit at MY RIGHT HAND, till I MAKE YOUR ENEMIES Your footstool? (14) Are they not ALL MINISTERING SPIRITS SENT FORTH to MINISTER FOR THOSE who will INHERIT SALVATION?
Heb.5:5—So also Christ DID NOT GLORIFY HIMSELF to become HIGH PRIEST, but it was He who said to Him: YOU ARE MY SON, today I have BEGOTTEN YOU. Ps.2:6—Yet I have set MY KING on My HOLY HILL of ZION. (7) I will declare the DECREE: The Lord has said to Me, YOU ARE MY SON, today I have BEGOTTEN YOU. (8) ASK OF ME and I WILL GIVE YOU, the NATIONS for YOUR INHERITANCE and the ENDS of the EARTH for YOUR POSSESSION. (1 Chron.16:23—Sing to the Lord, all the earth; proclaim the GOOD NEWS of HIS SALVATION from day to day. (24) Declare HIS GLORY among THE NATIONS, His WONDERS among all peoples. (31) Let the heavens rejoice, and let the earth be glad; and let them say among THE NATIONS, THE LORD REIGNS.
Matt.6:33—But SEEK FIRST the KINGDOM of GOD and HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, and all these things shall be added to you. (Is.46:12—Listen to Me, you STUBBORN-HEARTED, who are far from righteousness; (13) I bring MY RIGHTEOUSNESS near, it shall NOT be far off; MY SALVATION shall NOT linger, and I WILL PLACE SALVATION in ZION for ISRAEL MY GLORY.) 1 Chron. 29:10—Blessed are You, Lord God of ISRAEL, our Father, forever and ever. (11) Yours, O Lord is the GREATNESS, the POWER, and the GLORY, the VICTORY and the MAJESTY; for ALL that is in heaven and earth is Yours; YOURS IS THE KINGDOM, O Lord, and YOU are EXALTED as HEAD OVER ALL. (12) BOTH RICHES and HONOR come from you, and YOU REIGN OVER ALL. In Your hand is POWER and MIGHT; in Your hand it is TO MAKE GREAT and TO GIVE STRENGTH TO ALL.
Ps 68:32—Sing to God, you KINGDOMS OF THE EARTH; oh, sing PRAISES to the Lord, (33) to Him who rides on the heaven of heavens, which were of old! Indeed, He sends out HIS VOICE A MIGHTY VOICE. (34) Ascribe STRENGTH to God; His excellence is over ISRAEL, and HIS STRENGTH IS IN THE CLOUDS. (Job 37:14—Listen to this, O Job; stand still and consider THE WONDROUS WORKS OF GOD. (15) Do you KNOW when God dispatches them and causes THE LIGHT OF HIS CLOUD to SHINE? (16) Do you know THE BALANCE OF CLOUDS, THOSE WONDROUS WORKS OF HIM who IS PERFECT IN KNOWLEDGE?)
(Ps.18:30—As for GOD His way is PERFECT; The WORD OF THE LORD is PROVEN; He is a shield to ALL who TRUST IN HIM. (35) You have also given me THE SHIELD of YOUR SALVATION; YOUR RIGHT HAND has held me up, Your GENTLENESS has made me GREAT. (Luke 1:31—And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bring forth a Son, and shall call His name Jesus. (32) HE will be GREAT, and will be called the Son of the Highest; and the LORD GOD will GIVE HIM THE THRONE of HIS FATHER DAVID. (33) And HE WILL REIGN OVER THE HOUSE OF JACOB FOREVER, and of HIS KINGDOM THERE WILL BE NO END.) Returning to Ps.18:43--You have DELIVERED ME FROM THE STRIVINGS OF THE PEOPLE: YOU HAVE MADE ME THE HEAD OF THE NATIONS; A PEOPLE I have NOT KNOWN SHALL SERVE ME. As soon as they hear of me they OBEY ME. (46) THE LORD LIVES! Blessed be MY ROCK! Let the God of my SALVATION be EXALTED.
(Pro. 20:28—MERCY and TRUTH PRESERVE the KING, and by His LOVINGKINDNESS HE UPHOLDS HIS THRONE.) (Is. 16:5—In MERCY the THRONE WILL be ESTABLISHED; and One will sit on it IN TRUTH, in the tabernacle of DAVID, JUDGING and SEEKING JUSTICE and HASTENING RIGHTEOUSNESS.) (Ps78:68—But CHOSE the tribe of JUDAH mount ZION which He loved. (69) And He built His sanctuary like the heights, like THE EARTH WHICH He has established forever. (70) He also CHOSE DAVID His servant, and took him from the SHEEPFOLDS; (71:b) To SHEPHERD JACOB HIS PEOPLE, and ISRAEL HIS INHERITANCE.) (Ps.95:6—Oh come, let us worship and bow down; let us kneel before the Lord our Maker. (7) For HE IS OUR GOD, and WE ARE THE PEOPLE of HIS PASTURE. And THE SHEEP of HIS HAND.) (Luke 12:32—Do NOT fear little FLOCK, for it is the FATHER’S GOOD PLEASURE to GIVE YOU THE KINGDOM.)
Is. 30:18—Therefore the Lord will WAIT, that He may be GRACIOUS to you; and therefore He will be EXALTED that He may have MERCY on you. For the Lord is a God of JUSTICE; Blessed are all those who WAIT for HIM. (19) For the peoples shall DWELL in ZION at JERUSALEM. (Ps. 132:13—For the Lord has CHOSEN ZION; He has DESIRED it for His habitation; (14) This is My RESTING PLACE FOREVER; here I will dwell, for I have DESIRED IT.
Returning to Ps. 68 35:--O God, YOU ARE MORE AWESOME than Your holy places. THE GOD of ISRAEL IS HE WHO gives STRENGTH and POWER to HIS PEOPLE. .) (Gen. 35:10—And God said to Him, “Your name is JACOB; your name shall NOT be called JACOB anymore, but ISRAEL SHALL BE YOUR NAME. so He called his name ISRAEL.) (Ps.24:6—This is JACOB, the GENERATION of those who SEEK HIM, who SEEK YOUR FACE.)
(Eph. 2:19—and WHAT is the exceeding greatness of HIS POWER toward those who BELIEVE, according to the working of HIS MIGHTY POWER (20) which He WORKED in Christ, when He RAISED HIM FROM THE DEAD and seated Him at His RIGHT HAND in the HEAVENLY places.) (Ps.111:6—He has declared to HIS PEOPLE the POWER of HIS WORKS in giving them the HERITAGE of the NATIONS.)
Ps105:2—Sing to Him, sing palms to Him: TALK of ALL HIS WONDROUS WORKS. (3) Glory in His HOLY NAME; let the hearts of those REJOICE who SEEK THE LORD. (4) Seek THE LORD and HIS STRENGTH; SEEK HIS FACE EVERMORE. (5) Remember HIS MARVELOUS WORKS WHICH HE HAS DONE, His WONDERS, and the JUDGEMENTS OF HIS MOUTH, (6) O seed of ABRAHAM His servant, YOU CHILDREN of JACOB, HIS CHOSEN ONES! (Rom. 4:13—For the PROMISE that he would be HEIR of the WORLD was NOT to ABRAHAM or to HIS SEED through the law, but through the RIGHETOUNESS of FAITH.) (15) BECAUSE the law brings about WRATH;) (1 Thess. 5:9—For God DID NOT APPOINT US to WRATH, but to OBTAIN SALVATION through our Lord Jesus Christ.) Ps. 105 42—For He REMEMBERED His HOLY PROMISE, and ABRAHAM His servant. (43) He brought out HIS PEOPLE with JOY, HIS CHOSEN ONES WITH GLADNESS (44) He GAVE THEM the LANDS of THE GENTILES, and they INHERITED THE LABOR OF THE NATIONS.
(Gal.3:29—And IF you are CHRIST’S, THEN you are ABRAHAM’S SEED and HEIRS according to THE PROMISE.) Gal. 3:13—Christ has REDEEMED US from the CURSE of the law, (14) that THE BLESSING of ABRAHAM might come upon THE GENTILES in CHRIST JESUS, that WE might receive THE PROMISE of THE SPIRIT through FAITH.). (Micah 5:8—And THE REMNANT of JACOB shall be AMONG the GENTILES, in the midst of many peoples.) (Heb. 5:5—So also Christ DID NOT GLORIFY HIMSELF to become HIGH PRIEST, but it was He who said to Him: YOU ARE MY SON, today I have BEGOTTEN YOU. (6) As He also says in another place; YOU are a PRIEST FOREVER according to the order of MELCHIZEDEK.) Ps. 110:4—The Lord said to my Lord, “SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, till I make YOUR ENEMIES YOUR FOOTSTOOL. (2) The Lord shall send the ROD of YOUR STRENGTH OUT OF ZION, RULE IN THE MIDST of YOUR ENEMIES! (4) The Lord has SWORN and WILL NOT RELENT, YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER according to the order of MELCHIZEDEK.
(Jesus taught us to pray in this manner.) Matt. 6:9—Our Father in heaven, HALLOWED be YOUR NAME. (Is. 29:22—Therefore thus says the Lord, who REDEEMED ABRAHAM, concerning THE HOUSE of JACOB: JACOB shall not now be ashamed, nor shall his face now grow pale; (23) But when he sees HIS CHILDREN, THE WORK OF MY HANDS in his midst they will HALLOW MY NAME, and hallow the Holy one of JACOB, and fear the GOD of ISRAEL. (24) These also who ERRED in SPIRIT will come to UNDERSTANDING, and those who murmured will learn DOCTRINE.) (Eph. 2:8—For by GRACE you have been SAVED through FAITH, and that NOT OF YOURSELVES, IT IS THE GIFT OF GOD, (9) NOT of WORKS, lest anyone should boast. (10) For WE ARE HIS WORKMANSHIP, created in Christ Jesus for GOOD WORKS, which GOD prepared BEFOREHAND THAT WE SHOULD WALK IN THEM.) John 6:28—Then they said to Him, “WHAT SHALL WE DO that WE MAY WORK the WORKS of GOD?” (29) Jesus answered and said to them, “THIS IS THE WORK OF GOD, that you believe in Him whom He SENT.”
Ps. 107:20—He SENT HIS WORD and HEALED THEM, and delivered them from their DESTRUCTIONS. (Ps.90:3—Your turn man to DESTRUCTION, and say RETURN, O children of men, for a thousand years in Your sight are like yesterday when it is past and like a WATCH in the night.) (Joel 1:15—The day of the Lord comes as DESTRUCTION.) (1 Thess.5:5—You are ALL sons of LIGHT and sons of the DAY. We are NOT of the NIGHT nor of DARKNESS.) (Amos 6:20—Is not the day of the Lord DARKNESS and NOT LIGHT?) Returning to 1 Thess.5:--Therefore let us NOT SLEEP, as others do, but let us WATCH and be SOBER.) (1 Peter 5:8—Be SOBER be vigilant, because your ADVERSARY the DEVIL walks about as a ROARING LION SEEKING whom he may DEVOUR.)
Returning to Ps.107 (21) Oh, that men would give thanks to the Lord for His goodness, and for HIS WONDERFUL WORKS to the CHILDREN of MEN. (22) Let them SACRIFICE the SACRIFICES of THANKSGIVING, and DECLARE HIS WORKS with REJOICING.) (Jere.51:10—The Lord has REVEALED our RIGHTEOUSNESS, come and LET US DECLARE IN ZION the WORK OF THE LORD OUR GOD.) (Is.40:9—O ZION, you who bring GOOD TIDINGS, get up into the high mountains, O Jerusalem. You who bring GOOD TIDINGS, lift up your voice with STRENGTH. Say to the cities of Judah, Behold YOUR GOD! (10) Behold the Lord God shall come with a STRONG HAND, and HIS ARM SHALL RULE for HIM; Behold His REWARD is WITH HIM; and HIS WORK BEFORE HIM.
Is 62:11—Indeed the Lord has proclaimed to THE END OF THE WORLD: say to the DAUGHTER of ZION, SURELY YOUR SALVATION IS COMING; behold HIS REWARD is WITH HIM and HIS WORK BEFORE HIM. (12) And they shall call them THE HOLY PEOPLE, the REDEEMED of THE LORD: And you shall be called SOUGHT OUT, A CITY NOT FORSAKEN. Is. 49:14—But ZION said, THE LORD has FORSAKEN ME, and my Lord has FORGOTTEN me. (15) Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the son of her womb? Surely they may forget, Yet I WILL NOT FORGET YOU. (16) SEE, I have INSCRIBED you on the PALMS of MY HANDS; Your walls are continually before Me. (17) Your sons shall make haste; your destroyers and those who LAID YOU WASTE shall GO AWAY FROM YOU. (18) Lift up your eyes, look around and see; ALL THESE GATHER TOGETHER and COME to YOU. AS I LIVE, says the Lord, YOU SHALL SURELY CLOTHE YOUSELVES WITH THEM ALL AS AN ORNAMENT, and BIND THEM on YOU AS A BRIDE DOES. (22) Thus says the Lord God: Behold, I WILL LIFT MY HAND IN AN OATH TO THE NATIONS,
(Heb.6: 17—Thus God determining to show more abundantly to THE HEIRS of PROMISE the immutability of HIS COUNCEL, CONFIRMED it with an OATH.) Returning to Is. 49:22--and set up MY STANDARD for the peoples; they shall bring your sons in their arms, and your daughters shall be carried on their shoulders. (23,b) For they shall NOT be ASHAMED WHO WAIT FOR ME. (Heb. 9:28,b—To those who EAGERLY WAIT for HIM HE WILL APPEAR A SECOND TIME APART FROM SIN for SALVATION.)
(Therefore Jesus taught us to pray!) Returning to Matt.6:--YOUR KINGDOM come YOUR WILL be DONE on EARTH as it IS in HEAVEN. (11) Give us THIS DAY our DAILY BREAD. (John 6:32;b—but My Father gives you the TRUE BREAD from heaven. (33) For the BREAD of GOD IS HE who comes down from heaven and gives LIFE TO THE WORLD.) Returning to Matt.6:12--and FORGIVE us OUR DEBTS, as we FORGIVE our DEBTORS, and DO NOT LEAD US INTO TEMPTATION but DELIVER US from the EVIL ONE. For YOURS is THE KINGDOM and THE POWER and the GLORY FOREVER. AMEN.
Ps. 146:8—The Lord OPENS the EYES of THE BLIND: The Lord raises those who are bowed down; the Lord loves the RIGHTEOUS. (9) The Lord WATCHES over the STRANGERS; He relieves the FATHERLESS and WIDOW; (10) THE LORD SHALL REIGN FOREVER—YOURGOD, O ZION to ALL GENERATIONS. Is. 33:20—Look upon ZION, the CITY of our APPOINTED FEASTS; Your eyes will see JERUSALEM, a quiet habitation; a TABERNACLE that WILL NOT BE TAKEN DOWN; not one of its CORDS will be BROKEN. (21) But THERE the MAJESTIC LORD will BE FOR US.
Micah. 4:6—In that day, says the Lord, I WILL ASSEMBLE THE LAME, I WILL GATHER THE OUTCAST and THOSE whom I have AFFLICTED; ( Ps. 34:19—MANY are the AFFLICTIONS of the RIGHTEOUS, but the Lord DELIVERS him OUT of them ALL.) Returning to Micah 4:7--I WLL MAKE THE LAME A REMNANT, and the OUTCAST A STRONG NATION, So the LORD WILL REIGN OVER THEM IN MOUNT ZION from NOW ON, even FOREVERMORE. (8) and You, O TOWER OF THE FLOCK, the STRONGHOLD of THE DAUGHTER of ZION to you shall it come. Even the former dominion shall come, THE KINGDOM of THE DAUGHTER OF JERUSALEM. (Ps.128:5—The Lord BLESS you out of ZION and may you see the good of JERUSALEM all the days of your life. (6) Yes, may you see your children’s children. PEACE be upon ISRAEL.) (Ps. 135:21—BLESSED be the LORD out of ZION, who DWELLS in Jerusalem.)
Returning to Micah 5:3—Therefore He shall give them up, UNTIL THE TIME that SHE WHO IS IN LABOR has GIVEN BIRTH; then THE REMNANT of His brethren SHALL RETURN to THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL. (6) And He shall stand and FEED HIS FLOCK in THE STRENGTH of THE LORD, in THE MAJESTY of THE NAME of THE LORD HIS GOD. And they shall ABIDE, for NOW He shall be GREAT to THE ENDS OF THE EARTH; (5) and THIS ONE SHALL BE PEACE. (Ps. 87:5—And of ZION it will be said, THIS one and THAT one were BORN in HER; and the MOST HIGH HIMSELF shall establish her. (6) The Lord will record, WHEN HE registers the peoples; THIS ONE WAS BORN THERE. Is. 9:8—For unto us a Child is BORN, unto us a SON is given; and THE GOVERNMENT will be UPON HIS SHOULDER. And His name will be called WONDERFUL, COUNSELOR, MIGHTY GOD, EVERLASTING FATHER, PRINCE of PEACE. (7) Of the increase of HIS GOVERNMENT and PEACE there will be NO END, UPON THE THRONE of DAVID and over HIS KINGDOM, to ORDER it and ESTABLISH it with JUDGEMENT and JUSTICE. From that time forward , even FOREVER, The ZEAL of the Lord of hosts WILL PERFORM THIS.
Rom. 10:15—How beautiful are the feet of those who PREACH the GOSPEL OF PEACE, who bring GLAD TIDINGS of GOOD THINGS.) (Heb. 9:11—But Christ came as High Priest of the GOOD THINGS to COME.) (Rom.14:17—For the KINGDOM of GOD is NOT FOOD and DRINK, but RIGHTEOUSNESS and PEACE and JOY in the HOLY SPIRIT. (18) For he who serves Christ in THESE THINGS is ACCEPTABLE to GOD and APPROVED by MEN. (19) Therefore let us PURSUE the THINGS which make PEACE and the THINGS by which we may EDIFY ANOTHER.
Luke 1:68—Blessed is the Lord God of ISRAEL, for He has visited and REDEEMED HIS PEOPLE, (69) and has RAISED UP A HORN of SALVATION for US in the house of His servant DAVID, (70) As He spoke by the mouth of His holy prophets, who have been since the world began. (71) that we should be SAVED FROM OUR ENEMIES and from the hand of ALL WHO HATE US, (72) To perform THE MERCY PROMISED to OUR FATHERS and TO REMEMBER His HOLY COVENANT, (73) THE OATH which HE SWORE to our father ABRAHAM: (74) To grant us that we BEING DELIVERED from the hand of OUR ENEMIES, might SERVE HIM WITHOUT FEAR, (75) in HOLINESS and RIGHTEOUSNESS before Him ALL THE DAYS of our LIFE. (76) And you child, will be called the PROPHET of THE HIGHEST: For you will go before THE FACE of the Lord to PREPARE HIS WAYS, (77) to give knowledge of SALVATION to HIS PEOP[LE by the REMISSION of THEIR SINS, (78) through the TENDER MERCY of our GOD, with which THE DAYSPRING from on HIGH has VISITED US; (79) TO GIVE LIGHT to those who SIT IN DARKNESS and the SHADOW of DEATH, to GUIDE OUR FEET INTO THE WAY OF PEACE.
(Luke 2:10—Then the ANGEL said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I BRING GOOD TIDINGS of great JOY WHICH WILL be TO ALL PEOPLE. (11) For there is BORN to you THIS DAY in the CITY of DAVID a SAVIOR, who is Christ the Lord. (13) And suddenly there was with the angel A MULTITUDE of the HEAVENLY HOST PRAISING and saying: (14) GLORY to GOD in the highest, and on EARTH PEACE, GOOD WILL TOWARD MEN.
Ps.87:5—And of ZION it will be said, THIS ONE and THAT ONE were BORN in HER, and the MOST HIGH HIMSELF SHALL ESTABLISH HER.
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How beautiful the sound of God's clear love for us: "...that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself". It is a glorious thought to know and to believe that God desires us not only to be with Him, but also to be partners with Him in proclaiming the message of reconciliation. Thank you, Sharon, for this beautiful message and theme. Indeed, God's Kingdom He has given, and is within. Blessings, Dennis.
Dearest Sharon, You have given us another powerful message from God's Word - thank you! Yes, the Kingdom of God IS within us - He has given us HIS Spirit and sent HIS SON to be our Savior! We know, too, that in Christ we become new creations, leaving old things behind as we focus on God. As His people, HE has called us to a ministry of reconciliation. God’s Word is perfect and a shield to all who TRUST in HIM. In HIS WORD, we learn that He desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of His TRUTH. And we see what He wants for His people in Romans 8:28—And we know that ALL things work together for GOOD to those who LOVE God, to those who are the CALLED ACCORDING to HIS PURPOSE. We need to glorify God and bear much fruit as His Disciples, seeking to do His Will. He is our ROCK - His strength and power are given to His people and we, in turn, need to PRAISE HIM! Our mission is to obtain salvation through Jesus Christ for ourselves and all mankind. By Grace we have been saved through Faith - the blessed GIFT OF GOD! We were created to do the works of God - to believe in Him whom HE sent! God’s Kingdom is within us - and manifests itself through peace, joy and righteousness through the Holy Spirit. Let us begin our work for the Lord. With love, Peggy