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Proclaiming Christ as King

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A friend shared this youtube video with me. I just love it!! Check it out before reading my post.

http://youtu.be/wp_RHnQ-jgU

This video moves me to tears every time I see it. In a society where God’s name is slandered and people are becoming more vocal about their hatred of Christ and His followers, it is so heartwarming to see videos like this. I can tell you that I hunger for the day when Christ receives the recognition and honor He truly deserves. As we wait for that day, we can be encouraged by Paul’s writings in the book of Philippians.

“Therefore God exalted Him to the highest place and gave Him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord; to the glory of God the Father.”

And in Revelation 19 we are told that at Christ’s return we will hear what sounds like “a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: ‘Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory!”

Be assured that there will come a day when every person will know without a doubt who Christ is. They will recognize His royalty, astounding glory, inconceivable goodness and perfection, and their natural response will be to fall to their knees and confess that He is in fact King of kings and Lord of lords.

So what do we do in the meantime as we wait for that day to come? Do we have to just sit around in discouragement listening to all the junk people are saying about Him? The answer is “No.” There is something we can do. We can make a choice today to personally exalt Him and proclaim Him as King in our own lives.

We proclaim Him as King with more than our words. We do it as we live in response to all He has done for us. We do it as we choose to live by the principles of His kingdom (not the world’s); by depending on His power, wisdom, and guidance; by trusting in His goodness; and by willingly submitting ourselves to His plan and purpose for our lives. 

So ask yourself, “Have I submitted myself to the King? Am I in charge of my life or have I given control to Him? Am I willing to go wherever He wants me to go, live where He wants me to live, and do what He wants me to do even when it isn’t popular by the world’s standards? Am I living by the principles of His kingdom or by the principles of this world? Do I ask for His guidance in my decisions or do I make those decisions without consulting Him? Am I striving to know and understand the heart of my king? Am I willing to take up the cause of His kingdom and demonstrate His love to those He loves, and help those He wants me to help? Am I allowing Him to change me? Am I dependent on His power or am I trying to do everything on my own?

As you ponder that, I want to leave you with a favorite scripture that has really intrigued me through the years.

“Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observations, nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.” Luke 17:20-21

We may become distressed because the world does not view Christ as King. We may desire to see Him recognized in our government, in our laws, in our constitution, in our pledge of allegiance, and on our federal buildings. But in this passage of scripture Christ is stating that we should not look for the progress of the kingdom of God in programs, buildings, governments, or nations. His kingdom is established in the hearts of men. When men and women live their lives in personal allegiance to the king, God will be present in all spheres of life and the world will indeed change for the better.

It all begins with you and me making a commitment to establish a relationship with Christ where He is allowed to rule in our hearts each day. The changes His Holy Spirit works in us are a natural outworking of a life lived in relationship with Him. Those changes proclaim to the world that He is your King. Imagine how the world (and our lives) would change if we were all to make that kind of commitment to Him today.

Enjoy the sweet summertime and remember to keep Christ at the center of your heart every day. Know that those here at The Warming House care about you.

Enjoy the View!

Lisa

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