Quiet Time Coaching Episode 239

1. The Kingdom

The Kingdom did come, has come and is coming. The king is here, the king’s power is here, the king will return.

What does this mean for how we live God’s will? Have a look at the beatitudes as translated by N. T. Wright:

“3‘Wonderful news for the poor in spirit! The kingdom of heaven is yours.  
  4‘Wonderful news for the mourners! You’re going to be comforted.  
  5‘Wonderful news for the meek! You’re going to inherit the earth.  
  6‘Wonderful news for people who hunger and thirst for God’s justice! You’re going to be satisfied.  
  7‘Wonderful news for the merciful! You’ll receive mercy yourselves.  
  8‘Wonderful news for the pure in heart! You will see God.  
  9‘Wonderful news for the peacemakers! You’ll be called God’s children.  
  10‘Wonderful news for people who are persecuted because of God’s way! The kingdom of heaven belongs to you. “

Wright, N. T. Matthew for Everyone Part 1 Chapters 1–15.

We are asking God to help us live this way, and thanking him that it is possible.

2. Your will be done

““Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven, but only the one who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.” (Matt. 7:21 NIV11)

“For whoever does the will of my Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother.”” (Matt. 12:50 NIV11)

““My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.” (John 4:34 NIV11)

“For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.” (John 6:38 NIV11)

“Epaphras, who is one of you and a servant of Christ Jesus, sends greetings. He is always wrestling in prayer for you, that you may stand firm in all the will of God, mature and fully assured.” (Col. 4:12 NIV11)

“As a result, they do not live the rest of their earthly lives for evil human desires, but rather for the will of God.” (1 Pet. 4:2 NIV11)

“Create in me a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast spirit within me.” (Psa. 51:10 NIV11)

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“Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs.” (Psalms 100:2 NIV11)

God bless, Malcolm

PS: You might also be interested in my book: “An elephant’s swimming pool”, a devotional look at the Gospel of John