Kingdom Come

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“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name.
Your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.”
Matthew 6:9-10
“For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep”
Acts 13:36
How much thought do we give to the real purpose we are here?
Do we really understand that His kingdom come His will being done on Earth is directly tied to our purpose?

David after he had served his purpose for God in his generation died.
If we look at the life of David it is evident that the purpose God called him to was sidetracked at several points in his life.
Nevertheless the writers of scripture record this is David’s legacy.
He was a man after God’s own heart. (Acts 13:32)
And later we read “he served the purposes of God.” (Acts 13:36)

When we read the model of prayer that Jesus taught his disciples we have to understand that the guidelines for everything that comes after, the recognition of who God is, His divine rule now and to come,
“Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.
is predicated on
“Your kingdom come your will be done.”
When we allow His Kingdom to take root in our lives His will and all of the needs we might have in this life, daily bread, forgiveness, grace towards others, and deliverance from the path of evil and the evil one begin to take place in our lives despite our humanity and our failing. And like David even in his imperfections we have the opportunity to serve the purposes of God.
Our real purpose in this life?
To serve the Living God for whom we were made, by Him and for Him.
And then little by little one step at a time His kingdom begins to come not only in our lives but in the lives of others.
Jesus stated clearly that the enemy of our souls would have a time of free rein on this Earth.
But not absolute power or dominion.
That still belongs to God and we have work to do. That we might serve his purposes in our generation. Amen

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“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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