How To Receive Jesus

“And whoever receives one little child like this in My name receives Me.” - Matthew 18:5

Children in many cases are looked upon as unimportant, but it must be remembered that Jesus was a child at one time, and later we see that He bade the children come to Him and He blessed them.

His disciples wanted to send the mothers away with their children but Jesus drew them to Himself. Who knows what place that little child will find in society in the future or what that child will accomplish in the future? All children have an important place in the plan and purposes of God.  

When we disregard, neglect or ignore little children we demonstrate our attitude towards the Lord Jesus Christ. Push a child aside and we push Him aside.  Receive a child in His name and you receive Him. This means there is great value on how we treat children in reaching out to them and ministering to them. What can I do for a child or children today? Can I do something in some way to help orphans?

Cultivate openness to little children; be as determined as possible to receive them into your heart and life. My attitude to little children will demonstrate my attitude to the Lord Jesus. As I receive them so I will receive the Lord Jesus.  

Dear Lord Jesus thank You for making it clear to me that the manner in which I receive a little child is the way I receive You. Forgive me if I have been unresponsive to little children. By Your help I will give them more time and place in my life.

 

True Humility

“Therefore whoever humbles himself as this little child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.” - Matthew 18:4

A little child is Jesus’ example for humility. I have found that a little child, when looking at a grown up, is intimidated by the sheer size of the person. The child tends to be afraid and awed especially if it is a man. Get down on your hands and knees and then in approaching the child they are far more responsive. You have come down to their level and then they feel less threatened.

To humble oneself is not just a matter of a physical position – like the small boy said after his observation of a man who only knelt on one knee,  “God will not hear him because he is only kneeling on one knee.’’

 

 Humility is a matter of the heart. As you examine your attitudes and motives, ask yourself, am I boastful, arrogant and self-centered” – look at a child Jesus says, and emulate their example.

To humble yourself you should not think more highly of yourself than you should. To humble yourself is something you must do yourself, others cannot do it for you. Be as a child, trusting, dependent upon someone bigger than himself - someone to help guide, instruct, support and provide.

Jesus depended totally on His Father. He never did anything without His approval. Today, be as a little child and exemplify the humility Jesus says we should possess, and you will be one of those who are great in the kingdom of God.

Dear Lord Jesus thank You for Your help today for without You I can do nothing and am nothing. I choose today to be as a child in humility and to be totally dependent on You and submissive to You. Forgive me for wanting to have my own way so many times, but today I will humble myself and serve You with all of my heart.

 

 

Childlike Believers

“Assuredly, I say to you, unless you are converted and become as little children, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.” - Matt.18:3

Jesus says that change is necessary in order to enter the kingdom of God. When something is converted it is changed from one thing to another. A garage can be converted into a small apartment; a chair can be converted into a bed. One must be converted to enter the kingdom of God, to come under God’s authority and to have His righteous peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.

This change is not brought about by your own good works but by the supernatural workings of the Holy Spirit. It is a change that affects your entire way of life. It is a new way of living as you live in obedience to Him.

Jesus uses little children as an example of what we should be like. He is not saying we should be childish but like little children. What are little children like? They are very trusting and will believe almost anything you tell them. They are dependent on their elders for their safety, security and support. They speak to us of humility not of pride and arrogance. A child is an example of simplicity, faith and humility.

Take Jesus’ word to heart today and purpose to be more childlike. The kingdom of God is too important to miss because of my self-will, unbelief, stubbornness and arrogance. Jesus is not talking about being sure of going to heaven, but coming under His kingship and his rulership. Unless we are like little children this will never be so. His Kingdom is where He is king? Is He your king, does He rule over your life today? If not make sure He does today.

Dear heavenly Father I come to You in the name of the Lord Jesus. Thank You for Your kingdom established in my heart and life. Help me to walk today in childlike faith, trusting and obeying your precious word.

Pay Your Tax

“What do you think Simon? From whom do the kings of the earth take customs or taxes, from their sons or from strangers? ... Nevertheless lest we offend them, go to the sea, cast in a hook and take the fish that comes up first. And when you have opened its mouth, you will find a piece of money; take that and give it to them for Me and you.” - Matt.17:25, 27

Being taxed and paying taxes is part of our lives although at times we are tempted to complain but this is a requirement by Government of its citizens.

It was a requirement by the authorities in Jesus’ day and when the taxes were due He sent Peter to catch a fish. One can understand that it would require more than one fish caught on a hook and sold by a fisherman like Peter to pay the taxes for two people.

Peter simply obeys, although in the natural it does not make any sense, but he has been told that money sufficient for their taxes would be in the fish’s mouth. Peter catches the fish and there probably to the astonishment of the tax collector the tax money is in the fish’s mouth.

What He tells you to do in the natural may seem foolish and seemingly impossible for a miracle of supply to happen, but with God nothing is impossible.

The tax money to meet both Peter and Jesus’ need was in the mouth of the fish. It was sufficient without any surplus after the need was met. Remember He supplies our need not our greed. Trust Him today to supply all your financial needs however pressing or whatever they may be.

Dear Lord Jesus thank You for every good or perfect gift that comes from You. I know that You are able to supply all my needs today according to your riches in glory.  I rebuke, in Your name every spirit of poverty and fear that comes against me today and I thank You for providing my every need.

 

Prayer And Fasting

“However, this kind does not go out except by prayer and fasting.” - Matthew 17:21

What does Jesus mean when saying this? What “kind” is He referring to?  Why is it necessary to pray and combine it with fasting to get the evil spirits to leave? Unbelief limits God from working on our behalf. Unbelief stops the miracle from taking place and do not experience the blessings of God to their fullest degree because of this.

The people of Israel when they came to the Promised Land did not enter in because of their unbelief. What they saw and heard caused them to draw back in unbelief. Without faith we can never please God and unbelief must be dealt with so that we will not be defeated in every good endeavour for God.

Prayer, combined with fasting, will help build an intimate relationship with God, causing His word to take on a new dimension and become alive to you.

Deepen your efforts to come closer to God. Start fasting for just one day and then longer as you enter into a new dynamic lifestyle. There are different fasts taught in the Bible. There is a total fast, abstaining from all food and liquid. This kind of fast cannot be done for longer than three days. The normal fast is going without food but drinking liquids and a partial fast, or Daniel fast, soup is taken besides water and fruit juices.

Fasting with prayer will help you to become far more sensitive to the Spirit than you have ever been before. Begin to live a fasted life and discover the difference in your relationship with God.

Dear Lord Jesus thank You for your example that I can follow. When here on earth you revealed the Fathers’ will by what You did and taught. You fasted and prayed. Help me to follow Your example and do what You taught us to do. By Your help I will seek You by prayer and fasting.

Move That Mountain

“Because of your unbelief; for assuredly, I say to you, if you have faith as a mustard seed, you will say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’, and it will move and nothing will be impossible for you.” - Matthew 17:20

Jesus said to his disciples it was because of their unbelief that a boy who suffered from epilepsy was not healed and that faith was necessary for his healing and deliverance.

A mustard seed is extremely small and like all seed when sown in the earth and watered will spring forth and grow into a large tree. Locked up in the seed is life that will germinate in the right environment and produce a tree with the ability to reproduce.

Your faith is powerful - not so much in its size as little as a mustard seed, but in its life and ability to produce a living, active faith that does not waver; a faith that takes hold of the promises of God, and makes impossibilities possible.

Jesus says you will speak to the mountain and that means any situation that is seemingly impossible and insurmountable. He did not say pray for the mountain to move but to illustrate that obstacles in our lives can be moved by our faith.

Faith that is alive and active has a voice. Remember today that nothing is impossible to you, for as you believe so shall it be done. Speak to your mountain and command it to move in Jesus’ name.

Dear Lord Jesus, I give You praise and thanks for all You have been and are to me. Without You I am nothing and can do nothing but with You I know all things are possible, for You have said, “All things are possible to those who believe.” Forgive me for doubting at times. From today I will say what I believe in my heart and I know every mountain will be removed.

It's All Recorded

“For the Son of Man will come in the glory of His father with His angels and then He will reward each according to his works.” - Matthew 16:27

The word from Jesus today is the assurance that He is coming again.

He came in the past to take away sin by the sacrifice of Himself on the cross. He now is at the right hand of God the Father and He will come a second time for those who look for His appearing.

The time of His coming is unknown although there has been much speculation and date setting. He has said He will return - there is no doubt about this. His coming will be spectacular and splendid in the glory of His father and accompanied by angels when the dead shall be raised and those who are in Christ and alive shall be caught up to meet Him in the air.

Until that wonderful day we are to be busy, not to be passive or withdraw from the responsibility of our labour for Him.

It is obvious from the Bible that, God is keeping a record of our works. Jesus says that each person will be rewarded. That means that His decision of rewards is not collective but individual. Each one will be rewarded according to the works done.

You are not saved by works but it is by grace through faith that you are saved and from that moment until we stand before Him the works done according to His will with pure motives, or otherwise, will be judged and recorded.

Bear this in mind today that in all our actions and labour it is recorded to be rewarded when He returns.

Dear Lord Jesus thank You for Your love, Your grace, Your mercy and goodness today. I ask that all my labour for You shall be with sincere and pure motives for I know I must give account to You at your coming. Help me to fulfil and do what You have called me to do.

Eternal Value

“For what profit is it for a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul?  Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?” - Matt. 16:26

When God created the first man, He took soil and formed a physical body. He then breathed into that body and man became a living soul.  We are created spirit, soul and body, “three in one”.

The body is the means by which we live in this present world. With five physical senses we come in contact with a physical world.  With our eyes we see this world, with our ears we hear, with our noses we smell, with our tongues we taste and with hands we feel this present physical world.

Through our spirits we come into contact with the spirit world which consists of God who is spirit, the Holy Spirit, Jesus, the son of God, angels, including Satan or Lucifer, and all the demonic spirits.

The soul of man embraces the intellect, will and emotions.

The soul and spirit are those parts of us that are immortal and eternal. The soul is the real you, not the body that is subject to aging and death, but the soul will never die. Its value, therefore, must be equated with eternal value. The soul is more valuable than all the gold in the world.

God placed such great value on our souls that He gave the most valuable thing He had, His only begotten son.

 

Jesus placed such value on the soul that He suffered death on a cross, was buried and on the third day He rose from the dead. He defeated Satan and all the powers of darkness because of the value He placed upon the soul.

The soul can never be satisfied with wealth, fame or popularity, it can only find satisfaction in God. It was made by Him and can only be satisfied by Him.

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for providing salvation for my eternal soul. I surrender my will, my intellect and emotions to You today to fulfil Your will. Help me to spend time on the wellbeing of my soul and feeding my spirit with Your Word in meditation and prayer.

The Cost Of Time

For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.” - Matthew 16:25

The cycle of human life is simply a period of time from birth to death, for some the duration of time is longer than others.  But what we do with our lives during that cycle of time is important.

Life is like a puff of smoke that is here for a moment and then is gone. It is like water poured on the earth and is soaked up and gone. The brevity of life is very obvious and the investment of time, which is life, is important.

Today I have seconds, minutes and hours that are available for investment.  Time that I spend today on vain, selfish pursuits will be lost, but time given for the sake of the Lord Jesus and His Kingdom, is an investment of my life for gain. Therefore, look for opportunities today to make your life count and use it for Him.

Evaluate the time you spend on yourself and how much time you spend regarding the things of the kingdom. There is loss or gain in what you do with your life today.  This precious commodity of time, our lives, is either wasted with great loss or invested for benefit and profit for His sake.

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for a new day and all the opportunities that it presents.  Help me to fulfil the desire of Your heart today.  Guide me in all the decisions that I need to make that they may be according to Your perfect will.

 

Follow With A Cross

“If anyone desires to come after Me let Him deny himself and take up His cross and follow Me.” - Matthew 16:24

The call to follow the Lord Jesus is not directed to a certain few selected individuals but to anyone. Anyone, irrespective of their position, or responsibility in life, can qualify. All that is required is a desire to be a follower of the Lord Jesus - a desire that is prompted from within by the Holy Spirit to emulate Him.

Jesus does stipulate certain requirements.

Firstly, deny yourself, give up all your rights. This is the exact opposite of the present worldview where everyone is demanding their “rights”. But Jesus wants your will to become merged into His will. Your life is no longer filled with self-interests and directed according to your will but to His.

When you look at the life of Jesus you see the will of God in action.  In John 6:38, Jesus said, “I came not to do my own will but the will of Him who sent me.” Everything Jesus did was the will of God. In following Jesus today desire the will of God to be manifested. To do and be in His will today is better than worldly success.

To take up a cross is not His cross but a personal cross. His cross was one of misunderstanding, persecution, criticism and suffering. To be His follower means that I will be treated no differently by the ungodly and religious world than He was treated. My cross I willingly bear today and face the hostility that may come against me with joy as I follow Him.

Dear Lord Jesus, You left me an example that I may follow in Your footsteps.  Today I decide to deny self and do Your will. I willingly take up my cross to follow You wherever You may lead me and for whatever Your will is for me today.

 

Keys Of The Kingdom

“And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.” - Matthew 16:19

We all know that keys are important when it comes to locking up or opening a door or starting a car, they are a part of everyday life.

Peter is given the keys of the kingdom of heaven and this also applies to all those who are born again believers. Peter was given authority to open and to shut, to bind and set free. You also are included in this powerful activity.

Peter used the keys in a powerful demonstration of the kingdom of God by healing the sick, casting out devils and even raising the dead.  He used the keys to open the gospel of the Lord Jesus to the gentiles when he went to the home of the Centurion, Cornelius, and those in the house were saved, filled with the Holy Spirit and baptized.

Don’t minimize the power and authority that God has given you as a believer. In and through the name of the Lord Jesus you can rebuke and bind the powers of darkness. You can loose people from bondages of fear, sickness and demons.

You do not have to live in fear, tormented of mind or in financial lack. You are to set captives free; what you bind on earth He has already bound in heaven and what He has loosed on earth, he has loosed in Heaven. In other words He will back up what you do in His name.

Decide today to take your place in Christ like you should and use the keys of the kingdom of Heaven.

 

Keep It Simple

I thank You Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because You have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and have revealed them to babes.” - Matthew 11:25

Jesus came to this earth to rescue sinners from the prince of darkness. He went to the cross and died a sacrificial death and shed His blood for sin. To enter the kingdom of heaven all you need do is repent, ask God to forgive you and the blood blots out your sin and you receive eternal life. That is the gospel in a nutshell.

Yet how often do we complicate the scriptures and sometimes when we witness and when we preach we like to show off our deep knowledge of the word, but the person in the pew is left in a fog of confusion.

Dr R A Torrey, the great American evangelist and author of over 40 books once said: “I am always suspicious of profound explanations of scripture, explanations that require a scholar or philosopher to understand them. The Bible is a plain man’s book. In at least 99 cases in a hundred the meaning of scripture lies on the surface – the meaning that any simple-minded man, woman or child who really wants to know and obey the truth would see in it.”

Keeping it simple is not an excuse to study the word. We should meditate on it daily so that we grow in grace and maturity. God’s word is our supernatural sustenance for our spirits. Without it we lose our joy, our peace and our effectiveness as soul winners. God’s word equips every Christian to become a witness to lead sinners to a loving Jesus.

Dear Father in heaven, thank You for Your word. Help me to meditate on it daily and to put it into practice in my daily life. Help me to be a soul-winner for Jesus.

My Rock

“Blessed are you Simon Bar-Jonah, for flesh and blood has not revealed this to you, but My Father who is in heaven. And I also say to you that you are Peter and on this rock I will build My church and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it.” - Matthew 16:17, 18

When Jesus asked Peter about his own personal view of Himself, Peter responded by saying he was “The Christ the Son of God.’” This, Jesus said, comes to him by revelation and upon this revelation that He is the Christ He will build His church.

Jesus was not saying that He would build His church upon Peter who is the rock and will be the foundation for the church.  The name of Peter simply means, “stone” not “rock”. Jesus said He would establish His church upon Himself. He is the rock upon which the church is established. As the song writer says, “On Christ the solid rock I stand all other ground is sinking sand…”

Man, however talented or brilliant he may be, cannot build the church.  Jesus said, “He would build His church.” It is not a physical building of brick and mortar; it is not a particular religion or denomination. It is universal in hope comprising of people on earth and heaven.

To be in His church you cannot join it like a club and become a member. There must be a supernatural experience of the new birth to enter His church, being baptized by the Holy Spirit into it.

It is not a matter of being a member of a particular church but being In Christ and a member of His Body, which is both universal and local.

Are you members of His church? Are you in Christ today? Do you meet regularly with other members of the body of Christ? These are questions you must settle, for if you are in His church the powers of darkness cannot prevail against you.

Dear Lord Jesus, Thank You for Your church that has been established and founded and has stood and will stand against the test of time. Help me to find my place in the church and fulfil my calling in life. Thank You for the safety and protection of Your church against which the devil will never prevail.

Who Am I?

“Who do men say that I, the Son of Man, am?”…” But who do you say that I am?” - Matthew 16:13, 15

There was much conjecture and speculation about Jesus as a person.  What were they saying about Him and who did they think He was? Some said He was Elijah who some felt according to prophecy would return. Others said He was Jeremiah, a comparative prophet, while other said He was John the Baptist who had risen from the dead.

It is true that in power he was like Elijah and in His comparison He was like Jeremiah the weeping prophet, and in His preaching He was like John the Baptist.

The question, however, is who do you say He is? Is He just another historical figure who walked across the page of time? Is He an outstanding teacher and religious leader? Is He just a good religious leader? Is he just a good example to follow?

Is He to you today what He claimed to be, the Son of God who came to this earth 2 000 years ago, lived and died and after three days and nights in a tomb He arose forever declaring to be the Son of God?

Who do you say He is to you personally?  Others say much but what do I say about Him?  Can you say today Jesus Christ is Lord?  He is my Saviour, Master, and He is my all in all.

The disciple Judas said, “I have betrayed innocent blood”. Peter said, “You are the Christ the Son of God.”  The doubting disciple Thomas said, “My Lord and My God.” Paul, the apostle, said, “In Him dwelt the fullness of the Godhead bodily.”  God the Father said, “This is my Beloved Son hear Him.”

If you are undecided about your relationship with Him decide today that He will be Lord of all.

Dear Lord Jesus thank You for Your great love with which You loved me. Thank You for taking my place, dying and shedding Your blood for me at Calvary.  I know You, but I want to know You even more intimately than I do in the power of Your resurrection and in the fellowship of Your suffering.

Signs Of The Times

“When it is evening you say, ‘It will be fair weather, for the sky is red’; and in the morning, ‘It will be foul weather today, for the sky is red and threatening.’ “Hypocrites! You know how to discern the face of the sky, but you cannot discern the signs of the times.” – Matthew 16: 2-3

Visibly you can see the red sky in the evening and know the next day there will be fair weather. You see the red sky in the morning and declare there will be foul weather today. These signs Jesus said tell you about the weather conditions ahead but He said, “You cannot discern the signs of the times”.

 There are numerous signs that point to the end of this age and the soon return of the Lord Jesus.

Like Israel becoming a national home for the Jews in 1948 after being scattered worldwide for almost 2 000 years, as prophesied by Ezekiel in Ezekiel 38.

The outpouring of the Holy Spirit began at the beginning of the last century. In Joel 2 the prophet declared that God would pour out His Spirit upon all flesh in the last days. The worldwide Pentecostal and Charismatic movements are a fulfillment of this.

Then there are the earthquakes and wars, famine and plagues that are on the increase.

The violence and crimes are as in the days of Noah.

These are just some of the signs that point to the end of this age and the soon coming of the Lord Jesus to receive to Himself His own and set up an earthly kingdom that will know no end.

Live today and every day with the expectation of His return.

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for Your forgiveness and love. Thank You that through Your precious cleansing blood I am Your child. Help me live today to the full, knowing that it is Your will that I am busy doing Your will, until You return.

Guard Your Heart

“Hear and understand: Not what goes into the mouth defiles a man; but what comes out of the mouth, this defiles a man.” - Matthew 15:10-11

Jesus rectifies the insistence that certain foods, which are eaten, defile a man. He says it is not what enters the mouth that defiles the man, but it is what comes out of the mouth that defiles. The mouth, by words spoken that flow from the heart, defiles, therefore, it is imperative that a watch be set over the words of our mouths.

Our words express what is in our hearts. A person only needs to speak and you can soon tell what the heart is like by what they say. Vulgarity, bad-language, hate, unkindness are given expressions by our speech and are an indication of the contents of the heart.

Words spoken, either justify or condemn, either build or destroy. Out of the heart flow the issues of life, for as a man thinketh in his heart so is he.

Get your thinking in line with the word of God today and allow it to live within you. Allow His word to dominate your thoughts.  

The Bible says that “Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world”. It also says, “My God shall supply all my needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Jesus is not only in me today but He is for me and no weapon formed against me today shall prosper because the word declares that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

Dear Lord Jesus, thank You for Your love, Your goodness, Your faithfulness and Your presence today, for with You and through You I can do all things today. Thank You that my thoughts and words are directed by Your word in me.

 

 

The Trap Of Tradition

“Why do you also transgress the commandment of God because of your tradition?” - Matthew 15:3

God commands and we refuse to obey or change His commandments by our views and ideas. We render the word of God ineffective by vain traditions.

The religious leaders in Jesus’ day endeavoured to be very careful in keeping the commandments of God. They even added to them, which Jesus called vain traditions, bringing unnecessary condemnation and bondage upon people.

All the commandments of God are easily obeyed and kept if we keep the two which are most important – “you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul and with all your mind”, and the second, which is like it, “you shall love your neighbour as yourself”.

On these two commands hang all the law, said Jesus. Man-made rules and regulations, which are additions to the clearly stated will of God, amount to traditions that only serve to render the word of God ineffective.

Let us examine the depth of our love for Him today and our love for our neighbour, and purpose to keep His commandments.

How often we have been guilty of worshiping and saying words to God which do not come from our hearts endeavoring to get closer to God, but it is only lip service?  May we weigh every word spoken or sung to God and be sure they are sincere and from our hearts and not vain repetitions of tradition.

Say out loud, as a confession of your lips. “Dear God and Father today I choose by Your help to love You with all my heart, my mind, my strength and to love others like I love myself.

The Dragnet

“Again the kingdom of heaven is like a dragnet that was cast into the sea and gathered some of every kind,  which, when it was full, they drew to shore; and they sat down and gathered the good into vessels, but threw the bad away. So it will be at the end of the age. The angels will come forth, separate the wicked from among the just, and cast them into the furnace of fire: There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”  - Matthew 13:47-50

Thus He, when spoken of in the Bible, always spoke of multitudes of people. The gospel of the kingdom is like a huge fishing net that is thrown out to catch fish in the sea of humanity. It nets many from every walk of life, young and old. It reaches out to all, regardless of status in life.

From the time Jesus called fishermen to follow Him and said, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men”, the kingdom of God has been reaching out and men and women of God have been casting this net of the kingdom out to catch souls and bring them into the kingdom.

The final day of deciphering will come when the bad will be separated from the good.

There is a heaven to gain and a hell to shun - this is inescapable. The wicked will be cast into hell, with wailing, weeping and gnashing of teeth, and the just will be in Heaven.

What is my response to the gospel of the kingdom? Am I sure of my eternal destiny?  What part am I playing in getting this great net out to bring in souls for the kingdom of God?

Dear Lord Jesus, I thank You today for the wonderful privilege to be a co-worker with You in casting out this great gospel net to gather in souls. Show me how I can be more effective for You in this great endeavour and by your grace I will do my part.

 

The Pearl Of Great Price

“Again the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant seeking beautiful pearls, who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had and bought it.” - Matthew 13:45-46

There is a song in a Christian church hymnal, which states, “I found a pearl of great price, and sing I must for Christ have I, O what a Christ have I”. The thought is that, we are the merchantman, and when we find Christ we have found the one pearl of great price.

Jesus, however, likens the Kingdom of God to this one exquisitely beautiful pearl of great price. There are many pearls that are beautiful, but one is above all, of great price and is not obtained without cost. This is an investment worth selling all to have sufficient money to buy it. Why settle for less when you can have the best.

This kingdom is worth everything you have. The pearl is not the church which Jesus, the heavenly merchant purchases at great cost to Himself, but this kingdom which cannot be surpassed by anything else including all the kingdoms of this world. They all will pass into insignificance before His kingdom.

Where a kingdom exists there is, of necessity, a king. The king rules in his kingdom and when you have this pearl of great price you come under the rulership of King Jesus. You come into His kingdom and His kingdom is in you through the miracle of the new birth. Am I born again today?  If not, I can be by simply believing on the Lord Jesus Christ and confessing that He is the Lord of my life. 

Dear heavenly Father, please forgive me today and cleanse me in the precious blood of Jesus Christ for my failure for putting other things first in my life instead of Your kingdom. Today I decide to give You and Your kingdom first place in my life. Thank You for this pearl of great price. 

Treasure In A Field

The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field; but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.” - Matthew 13:24-25

Jesus continues to say that both the wheat and tares grew together and the servants of the man asked if they should remove the tares, but were told, “Leave them to grow together until the harvest”; the separation will take place then.

The man who sows good seed is the Lord Jesus, and the one who sows bad seed is the devil. Those who are children of God and those who are children of the devil will be together on planet earth until the end of the age when Jesus establishes His literal kingdom.

Angels go out to reap the harvest, the tares are burned in the fire, and this will be the fate of all the children of the devil who will wail and gnash their teeth in anguish.

The righteous, however, will shine as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Another day will soon be passed as time moves on relentlessly. We hasten to that moment of harvest, it is as sure as night follows day.  

Take note of what God says to you today, have an open ear to hear His voice.   Be attentive to Him when He speaks.

Dear Lord Jesus, You have made it clear that there is an awful destiny awaiting those who live in disobedience to You. I choose again today to obey Your word. Whatever happens today, and in whatever situation I may be in, I thank You for Your help and guidance to choose to follow Your word.