Devotionals for June 2017


#23 Holy Spirit Provision


This morning I have a fresh appreciation of the Holy Spirit as the ONLY provision and the PERFECT provision of God for all our needs and all our responsibilities… From T. Austin-Sparks: “I may reason, and argue, and work things … Continue reading

#22 Experiencing Kingdom Glory


Ephesians 1:20-22 AMPC He (God) raised Him from the dead and seated Him at His [own] right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named [above every … Continue reading

#21 The Kingdom of Liberty


Luke 12:32 NASB Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom. You are safe under the wings of His government. The divine paradox is that you are also inexplicably free. To … Continue reading

#20 The Glad Kingdom


Luke 12:31-32 NASB But seek His kingdom, and these things will be added to you. Do not be afraid, little flock, for your Father has chosen gladly to give you the kingdom. In the delight of Christ’s Lordship, we rejoiced … Continue reading

#19 The Government of Liberty


We took a trip to Israel in Spring 2007 with only our ‘church’ plus several members of my family. This had been the dream of one person and then the Lord called us to fulfill her vision. We went to … Continue reading

#18 The Kingdom Is the Will of God


Jesus continued in Matthew 7 to lead up to that GATE through which we may enter the kingdom of heaven. “Not everyone who says to Me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but he who does the will … Continue reading

#17 Our Choice to Enter the Kingdom


Speaking of the Kingdom of God, Jesus said: Enter through the narrow gate; for the gate is wide and the way is broad that leads to destruction, and there are many who enter through it. For the gate is small and … Continue reading

#16 The Number of Chastisement


“‘It is a good land which the Lord our God is about to give us.’ Yet you were not willing to go up, but rebelled against the command of the Lord your God…” Deuteronomy 1:25b-26 NASB For 40 years Israel … Continue reading

#15 Not Willing to Go into the Kingdom


Moses reminded Israel about the report from the Promised Land: “‘It is a good land which the Lord our God is about to give us.’ Yet you were not willing to go up, but rebelled against the command of the … Continue reading

#14 The Kingdom Belongs to the Poor in Spirit


Matthew 5:3 NASB Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.  Pride is exposed, stripped and annihilated in the desert. Pride is: I can, I am, I have, I will. Poor in spirit is: I … Continue reading

#13 Blessed Are the Poor in Spirit


The next New Testament mention of the kingdom is in Matthew 5: “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” The word ‘poor’ does not mean having little, it means having nothing—a beggar. The kingdom … Continue reading

#12 Being Made Ready to Enter the Kingdom


Matthew 7:14 NASB For the gate is small and the way is narrow that leads to life, and there are few who find it.  The wilderness represents that process and journey where you are made ready to enter the kingdom. … Continue reading

#11 Few There Be That Find It


Paul declares, “He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son” (Col. 1:13 NASB). You were born again into a kingdom!  Yet Jesus Himself laid down conditions for entering the kingdom … Continue reading

#10 Your True Identity Is Born of the Spirit


John 3:5-7 NASB Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is born of the flesh is flesh, and that which is … Continue reading

#9 Born of Water and the Spirit


Nicodemus could not grasp the concept of being “born again.” John 3:5-7 NASB Jesus answered, “Truly, truly, I say to you, unless one is born of water and the Spirit he cannot enter into the kingdom of God. That which is … Continue reading

#8 Accessing the Kingdom


John 3:3 AMPC Jesus answered him, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that unless a person is born again (anew, from above), he cannot ever see (know, be acquainted with, and experience) the kingdom of God. The first … Continue reading

#7 To See the Kingdom of God


John 3:1-2 NASB …Nicodemus, a ruler of the Jews; this man came to Jesus by night and said to Him, “Rabbi, we know that you have come from God as a teacher; for no one can do these signs that … Continue reading

#6 Revealing the Kingdom


Matthew 4:23 NASB Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom… Jesus spoke of the kingdom as a visible place, a knowable place, a present place. He introduced the kingdom as … Continue reading

#5 The Gospel of the Kingdom


Matthew 4:23 NASB Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom… Jesus’ great desire was the kingdom of heaven on earth. The gospel He preached was the “gospel of the kingdom.” … Continue reading

#4 Crying Out for the Kingdom


Matthew 4:17 AMPC From that time Jesus began to preach, crying out, Repent (change your mind for the better, heartily amend your ways, with abhorrence of your past sins), for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. Crying out! Such was … Continue reading