Which Kingdom Are You focused On?
Updated: Nov 20, 2018
With so much false information and deception on social media (and other platforms), renewing our mind on a daily basis is of great importance.
'Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.'
It is so important to test what we are reading and hearing because we have an active enemy who seeks to muddy the clear waters. The enemy desires to confuse and distract God's sheep from what is most important.
So what is most important?
A focus on the Lord and His Kingdom is most important. This kingdom as it is will not survive because our King is coming to rule the earth and this is the only way we will ever have true justice, peace and safety on earth. The Bible predicts that evil will increase and perilous times will come, and after this, 'The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of his Christ, and he shall reign forever and ever' (Revelation 11:15).
Let us not lose sight of the reason we remain on earth. Jesus did not come to the world to rule over this kingdom, but to bring about the promise of making all things new. A new heart for the believer, a new body and a new Jerusalem.
Which kingdom is occupying your mind? The kingdom of this world which is falling, or the Kingdom of God, which is coming very soon - yet is even here with us now. Do you see it?
Have you been distracted from that which is eternal, for that which is temporal? We are called to support our leaders and others with prayer, with a focus on sharing God's desire to see all people saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.
1 Timothy 2:1-4 'First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.'
No leader is predicted to arrive on the scene to save the government in the end times. There is, however, a leader predicted to come who will fool many (including some Christians). He is called the 'son of perdition' (son of hell). I am not saying that I believe that one of our current world leaders is this man, I am saying that we ought to be prepared for this event. When he comes, he may even seem like the answer to prayer. A Kingdom focus (a Christ focus) is our best defence.
Any leader who attempts to restrain the flood of evil that is currently in the world will likely cause a rubber band effect. The more physical resistance that is mounted against this tide of evil, the more powerful the force will be when it is finally released. The only effective remedy against evil is the gospel message delivered and received. We can only control the delivery -- God does the rest.
During this time and the season ahead, spending time in God's Word is of utmost importance and prayer is the essential ingredient of our day. When our eyes are on Him, He will keep us in perfect peace. We ought to be patient with others (no matter who they are) and show the love and peace of Christ.
Isaiah 26:3 'You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you'.
- Judah Ayling