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Royal Children [redux]

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golden-crown_MyjTzY_d_LWith the birth of another child to the British Royal Kingdom recently, and a Royal Wedding set for Saturday, it seemed a good time to revisit this blog.  Celebrate your own Royal Heritage in the Kingdom of God.

 

“Seek ye first the kingdom of God…” Matthew 6:33

The British Royal Family is in the news these days due to the birth of a child, an heir to the throne.  Many announcements have been made now that this little one has arrived safely in the world.  A crier reads a proclamation in the streets, news media deliver video, and social media offers comments.  An announcement of the birth of a new royal child is the cause of much celebration in the British kingdom, and the world watches.

Americans vary in how much attention they give to announcements about the British Royals.  We may respond with curiosity, disdain, indifference, or shared joy. But Americans, including myself, probably don’t have an understanding of living in a kingdom ruled by a benevolent king or queen.  And while British royalty is more traditional than authoritative these days, the idea of a kingdom is vastly removed from American traditions of democracy and independence.  Americans are bred to independence.  And I sometimes wonder if that limits us, as Christians, when we come to the place where we are trying to grasp the concept of the Kingdom of God.

Matthew 6:33 is a verse that many Christians like to quote, mostly because of the second part, I expect—“and all these things will be added unto you.”  But do we understand the first part—“seek ye first the kingdom of God”—the conditions?  What does it mean to seek the kingdom of God? What is a kingdom, anyway?

Dictionary.com defines a kingdom as “a state or government having a king or queen as its head.”  What does that mean for us?  Luke 17:21 says that the kingdom of God is within you [in your hearts]. In the spiritual sense, the “state” having the King as head is the “state” of our being or our lives.  Seeking the kingdom requires understanding what living in a kingdom means.

Living in a kingdom involves

  • Living under the authority of the King.
  • Serving in the King’s army.
  • Serving at His command and for His pleasure.
  • Obeying all the laws of the Kingdom.
  • Following the King’s orders and giving them precedence over any plans you may have; setting aside your plans for the King’s plans.
  • Supporting the King and His Kingdom with your finances.
  • Pledging total allegiance to the King; anything else may be viewed as treason.
  • Giving the King your honor and respect as his due.  Bowing in His presence.
  • Recognizing the King is first in the Kingdom.

These are the few ideas that occurred to me as the conditions of seeking; perhaps you can add others.

But what things are added when we seek? What are the benefits of living in the kingdom?

  • The King provides for and cares for His subjects and is responsible for the state of the Kingdom.
  • The King protects the Kingdom and its subjects.
  • The King provides the identity for the Kingdom and the land.

What are the benefits to living close to the King and serving Him as your primary duty (another example of seeking)?

  • Those who serve the King live in the palace/in His presence.
  • They get to know the King on a more intimate level because He lives with them.
  • They eat at the King’s table and enjoy His fellowship.
  • They enjoy the protection from enemies, provided by the King’s army and the boundaries of the palace or Kingdom walls.
  • They share in the wealth and prosperity of the Kingdom.

What about those who live in the Kingdom but outside the continued presence of the King?

  • They may be outside the protection of the King and his army, leaving them more vulnerable to enemy attack.
  • They may enjoy some benefits of a healthy Kingdom, but they do not enjoy all of the King’s wealth.
  • They may miss opportunities to serve the King, and thereby miss opportunities for promotion, because they are too far away from the King to be of help when He requires it.

Seeking first the Kingdom of God is putting Jesus first in everything.  That may sound difficult.  It is impossible to do it on our own; however, our King has provided for even that.  He has sent us the Holy Spirit to be our Guide.  The Holy Spirit helps us to obey the King’s commands.  And when we do fail, the Father forgives us when we ask because of King Jesus and His sacrifice.

The truth is, we are Royal Children, heirs of the Kingdom of God.  Our spiritual births were celebrated with as much joy in the Kingdom of God, and our continued spiritual growth and maturity is as important to God as the physical birth, growth, and maturity of the new heir is to the British Royals.  But to claim all the benefits of our Royal Heritage, we must seek to live in service to the King.  Every day we must await His pleasure.

If you are a Royal Child of the Kingdom, all this talk of royals may affect you as it has me.  I want to reaffirm my allegiance to the King of Kings.  If you are not a Royal Child, you can be through spiritual rebirth.  Ask the Father to forgive you because of the blood sacrifice of King Jesus, and pledge your allegiance to His Kingdom first and foremost.  An announcement of the birth of a new Royal Child is the cause of much celebration in the Kingdom of God. And serving Him will bring the blessings and benefits of His Kingdom.

 

The Heart of God

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 And therefore will the Lord wait, that he may be gracious unto you, and therefore will he be exalted, that he may have mercy upon you… Isaiah 30:18

If you follow this blog, you have by now ascertained that I am a distributor for Young Living Essential Oils.  I have said before that becoming an “oiler” has sparked a journey of health and wellness in my life.  And as I learn, my educator’s heart wants to share what I have learned.  As with most oilers, it has become less about selling something to someone and much more about encouraging people to make wise choices for their health in all areas.

This desire to educate people leads me to host wellness events in my home or at vendor tables in local festivals.  I work hard to prepare and provide as much information and hands-on experience as I can so people can gather knowledge in a comfortable environment.  When I host something in my home, I clean, I prepare food, I set up stations, and then I wait.  When I host a vendor event at a festival, I load my car, unload my car, set up a display, and then I wait.  And sometimes, I wait in vain.  Sometimes, even when people have said they will come, they don’t.  Sometimes, all that work seems wasted.

What I prepare out of a heart to give and help goes unacknowledged or unappreciated because no one comes.  And yet, I keep trying.  I plan again, and I hope, and I wait.

And today as I sat in prayer, asking God to give me a pure heart and pure attitude and guide me in my journey, I had a profound revelation.  This is how God feels.

God sent His only son Jesus to earth, to live a pure and sinless life.  And then, He provided Jesus as a sacrifice—the Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world.  God provided a Way to atone for the sin of mankind.  He planned and He prepared.  He carried out that plan.  Jesus died and rose again.  He sent the Holy Spirit to be Counselor, Convictor, and Gift-Giver. God has a plan for each and every human who lives or has ever lived.  Jeremiah says, He has plans to prosper us. (Jeremiah 29:11)  God wants us to have a great life.  He wants to give us good gifts.  But He wants our hearts.  He wants us to come to Him.  And so He waits.  Each and every day He waits for someone to come. He has so much to give.

There are times when I give up.  I think about planning an event, and then I don’t do it.  I feel it may be a waste of my time.

But God never gives up.  His Holy Spirit is continually at work calling sinners to repentance.  God is not willing that any should perish.  This is God’s heart.

Your physical body will one day die, regardless of whether you take great care of it or neglect it.  Physical wellness is temporary. But your residence for eternity will be determined by your response to God.  He has everything to offer you in this life and for all eternity.  And it is all free.  You will never get a better deal.  Have you made a choice to serve God?  Is He calling you?

I hope He will not wait in vain.

My Cup Runneth Over

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Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.  Psalm 23:5 KJV

I pulled a mug out of the cupboard this morning. It is decorated with a Bible verse.  As I poured my coffee, I thought about how long I have had that mug, who gave it to me, and on what occasion.  It is one of the mugs I use frequently.  It was given to me by a church friend as a housewarming gift when we moved into our previous home, not the one we are in currently.  That was 30 years ago!  I don’t see that friend for years at a time, but I think about her every time I pull that mug down to use it.

That got me thinking about how many mugs and cups I own compared to how many I use on any regular basis.  I have two complete sets of mugs that match respective dinnerware. These mugs are rarely used.

A mug I use needs two things in order to be right.  It needs to have a large handle and it needs to hold an adequate amount of coffee. There are six in my cupboard that meet the criteria:

  • I have a mug that is decorated with a violet. I bought that one myself on a vacation.  I honestly can’t remember where, but violets and pansies are my favorite flowers.
  • I have a pottery mug that is a little large, but it has a round design and is different from any of my other mugs. I bought that at a craft show when I was with my daughters.  They each had a mug like it, and they had been raving about these mugs for a year; so I got one, too.  I think about my daughters and our day out when I use that one.
  • One of my favorite mugs is one I got as a gift when I visited a local church. It is black on the outside and orange on the inside. It is labeled with the church name. It does not match my kitchen décor, and it is not from my home church; so why is it a favorite? It is the perfect size and shape with a large handle. It is comfortable to hold.
  • I have a red and white mug that came from students one Christmas. It was filled with candy. The candy is long gone, but the gift reminds of me of my teaching days.
  • And I have a cup that says Nana given to me by my grandchildren.

These six mugs are the ones I use over and over.  Truthfully, I could probably get rid of every other mug I own.

As I write this and reflect on my six mugs, I realize they are even more significant because they represent the most important areas of my life.

  • The Scripture verse mug from my church friend represents church friends and my faith in Jesus Christ.
  • The violet mug I bought on vacation represents special time spent with my husband.
  • The pottery mug represents special time spent with my two daughters.
  • The red and white mug represents my teaching career.
  • The Nana mug represents my status as grandmother to five amazing boys!
  • The black and orange mug represents those people in our lives that touch us, even though the time may be fleeting.

Each morning I choose a mug, pour some coffee, and spend time in the Word of God.  These quiet times with my Bible, my coffee, and the view of nature out my window emphasize the many blessings I have in my life.  The simple pleasures that we sometimes take for granted are gifts from God.  When I meditate on His blessings, even after my coffee cup is quite empty, I can truly say, “My cup runneth over.”

Discovery Never Stops

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Back in 2015, my #onelittleword of the year was DISCOVER, and God revealed to me things about my life, my relationship with Him, my new journey as a business owner, and many others.  Discovery did not stop when the calendar turned to 2016, 2017, and now 2018.  We will never discover everything about God in this life, and neither, I think, will we ever discover everything about ourselves.  Our potential is unlimited in God, but our time is limited on earth.

Job 11:7.  “Can you discover the depths of God? Can you discover the limits of the Almighty?”  (NAS)

As I read this verse, I think, “Wow!”  I will never discover all the depths of God, but searching and seeking to know Him more each day is a challenge to embrace. I will never discover the limits of the Almighty because that is a rhetorical question.  God has no limits. He is limitless.  And I am His child.  His power works through me.  What are the limits of my own vision, ministry, outreach, success when God is my Guide?  No limits.  Only that which I allow to limit me–a lack of faith or walking in my own counsel.

If I surrender all to God, if He is really living through me, I cannot even fathom the places I will go, the achievements I will contribute, the discoveries I will make.  I’m breathless with the thought of it.

 

 

Wait

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Isaiah 40: 27-31 

28 Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become tired or grow weary;
There is no searching of His understanding.
29 He gives strength to the weary,
And to him who has no might He increases power.
30 Even youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,
31 But those who wait for the Lord [who expect, look for, and hope in Him]
Will gain new strength and renew their power;
They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun];
They will run and not become weary,
They will walk and not grow tired.

WAIT! That is a key word in verse 31.  Why are we tired? If we do not spend time with God, studying His Word, we are going to be tired because we have not waited on Him.  We have not cleansed and renewed our minds. We are carrying around a lot of negative junk—self-defeating talk, bitterness or anger over petty things, unforgiveness, aches and pains, depression.  Spending time with God renews our minds so we are focused on the positive.  HE is our Strength, our Healer, our Redeemer, our Defender. We CAN do all things through HIM.

But the other part of WAITING is not moving forward trying to do things when we haven’t gotten a go-ahead from God.  When we try to do things in our own strength, we waste our energy on things that will likely have little or no success because they aren’t things God has planned for us.  But we go ahead, and then when we fail; we feel depressed.  If we had waited, we wouldn’t have used up all our energy on things that get us nowhere.  When we wait for God’s plan, we will have all the energy we need.

What should we do while we are waiting?  Focus on God’s promises.  Actively speak positive things into our lives.  These are some of my favorites.

  • No weapon formed against us can prosper.
  • God has plans to prosper me, not to harm me.
  • Greater is He that is in me than He that is in the world.
  • I can do all things through Christ, Who strengthens me.
  • Nothing is impossible with God.
  • If God is for me, who can be against me?
  • Nothing can separate us from the love of God.
  • Every good and perfect gift comes down from the Father of Light, in Whom is no shadow of turning.
  • My God shall supply all my needs, according to His riches and glory.
  • The steps of the righteous are ordered of God.
  • You will hear a voice behind you saying, “This is the way, walk ye in it.”
  • Trust in the Lord with all your heart; lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will direct your path.
  • If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
  • No good thing will He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
  • I will instruct you and teach you in the way you should go; I will counsel you with my loving eye on you.

Are you tired and weary? Are you lacking strength? Wait on God and be renewed so you can soar!

What’s Your Fragrance?

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II Corinthians 2:14-17

I am a distributor for essential oils and use oils daily as a part of my wellness routine.  I carry oils in my purse and share them with anyone and everyone I meet who has a need.  I believe they are effective in keeping me healthy.

People will frequently say, “You smell good,” or “What is that smell?”  Generally, it is peppermint oil, my favorite.  But today, my heart was challenged by the verses in II Corinthians.  Do those who cross my daily path also detect another fragrance, a fragrance sweeter than any essential oil I could choose?  Do they detect in me the fragrance of Christ, the Savior and Redeemer of souls? Do they detect the aroma of kindness, goodness, and unconditional love?

As an ambassador or representative of an essential oil company, it is part of my job to “put on” oils and display their qualities.  But even more, I am an ambassador for God; and as His representative, I should display His qualities.  On my own, I could never achieve this.  My shortcomings are many.  But fortunately, I do not have to rely on my own strength.  “Not that we are competent in ourselves. . . but our competence comes from God.  He has made us competent as ministers. . . ” (II Corinthians 3:5-6)

My prayer is that through the power of the Holy Spirit, the primary fragrance emanating from me will be that most compelling of sweet aromas—the Aroma of Christ–that people might, through me, be drawn to Him.

Change

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My husband always buys white tennis shoes.  In over forty years of marriage, he’s never bought another color—until this time.  This time, he bought gray tennis shoes.  I like them.  But every time I see them sitting by his chair or our bed, I’m confused.  For a split second, I wonder, “Whose shoes are those?”

We are creatures of habit, and change is hard.  Even when a change has no impact on what we do—like a new pair of shoes—it takes the brain a while to process.  If such an insignificant change can be so difficult to grasp, how can we ever change things in our lives that are of great significance?  How do we change bad habits into good ones?  How do we change prejudice into acceptance?  How do we change hate into love?

The short answer is, “We can’t.”  We often don’t have the strength, desire, or will power we need to make changes like that on our own.  No matter how much we determine we will power through, it takes very little to slip back into old, comfortable habits or mindsets.  That’s why I’m thankful for Jesus.  Jesus, Who came to earth and died for our sins, Who forgave us, and Who is the only One who can transform us into the image of God.  In Christ, all things are possible.  In Christ, changes can happen.  Thank God that in Him we “are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.”  2 Corinthians 3:18

Do you need to make a change in your life?  Ask God to help you.  The biggest change He ever makes is when He cleanses us from our sins when we ask Him for forgiveness and put our lives in His hands. From that point forward, He helps us make the other changes we need, whether it’s something big like transforming an attitude or prejudice, or something personal, like changing our lifestyles to healthier ones.

And speaking of healthier lifestyles, I believe I will go find my own tennis shoes and take a walk.