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Saturday, April 29, 2017

Remember Who’s King

So the king went out and took his seat at the town gate, and as the news spread throughout the town that he was there, everyone went to him. Meanwhile, the Israelites who had supported Absalom fled to their homes. And throughout all the tribes of Israel there was much discussion and argument going on. The people were saying, "The king rescued us from our enemies and saved us from the Philistines, but Absalom chased him out of the country. Now Absalom, whom we anointed to rule over us, is dead. Why not ask David to come back and be our king again?" (2 Samuel 19:8-10 NLT)

Once again, Israel would go through the process of allowing David to be their king.  David was always the king in God’s eyes.  David never stopped being king.  What changed was that people stopped living as though David was king.  Sometimes we do the same.  When that happens, God gives us His Word to bring us back to a place where we live as though God is King.

For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart. And no creature is hidden from his sight, but all are naked and exposed to the eyes of him to whom we must give account. (Hebrews 4:12-13 ESV)

God is King.  God never stopped being King.  God will always be King.  The only thing that changes is us.  Do we live as though God is King?  God wants us to have an abundant life here and to look forward with anticipation to an even more abundant life there.  God gives us everything we need to live the life God wants for us to live.  Then, God lets us choose.  As we live the life God wants for us to live, we experience more and more of the benefits and blessings that God has in store for us.  When we don’t, God is left with no other choice but to administer justice.

Flee the evil desires of youth, and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart. Don't have anything to do with foolish and stupid arguments, because you know they produce quarrels. And the Lord's servant must not quarrel; instead, he must be kind to everyone, able to teach, not resentful. Those who oppose him he must gently instruct, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth, and that they will come to their senses and escape from the trap of the devil, who has taken them captive to do his will. (2 Timothy 2:22-26 NIV84)

Will you live with God as your King?  Will you empower, equip, and encourage others to join His Kingdom?  Will you help God’s Kingdom to come and God’s Will to be done here on earth as it is in heaven?  So the real question is this: will you remember who’s King?