Kingdoms in Conflict

There are two kingdoms in conflict.

Jesus came to earth to establish His kingdom. He died that His kingdom would last eternally.
It was not a physical, political kingdom. He came to set up a much better, much greater, much more expansive kingdom than one that locates itself in a certain places or time.
He came to  dethrone all other rule and to set up His grace-infused life giving reign in your heart.
He came to free you and me from our bondage to our own self-serving kingdom purposes.
He came to help us understand that His grace is not given to make our little kingdom purposes work, but to invite us to a much, much better, Kingdom.
So tell yourself again today that there is a king but he is not you
Tell yourself again today that there’s a kingdom that will protect and satisfy your heart but it is not yours.
Jesus said there is a kingdom that you should seek, but you will never, ever be its king
Apart from anything you could have done, achieved, earned, or deserved, you have been given a kingdom.
The price of that gift was the suffering and death of the King.
But He conquered death so that by grace He could establish  His role in your heart.
Right now He reigns on your behalf and will continue to do so until the last enemy of your soul and of his kingdom has been
Then He will invite you into the final Kingdom where  righteousness and peace will reign forever and ever.
This is the story of your faith.
The story of this Savior King is now your biography.
Somehow, someway, your little kingdom will look very attractive to you sometime today but it is the very kingdom from which grace works unrelentingly to rescue you.
His kingdom come, His will be done forever.
Paul David Tripp-Daily Devotional: “New Morning Mercies”


“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!
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