Whose Kingdom

Jesus called out to them, “Come, follow me, and I will show you how to fish for people!”
~ Mark 1:17 
Jesus is asking Peter to stop building his own kingdom and to take up building Christ’s kingdom. Each of us are building a kingdom, even if we are unaware.  Your kingdom may consist of accumulation, pride, and careers, among other things. What would it take for you to stop building your own kingdom? If Jesus asked you to drop your fishing net and follow Him, would you?

Evening Prayer

SPIRITUAL FAMILY 
Romans 12:16; Ephesians 4:32; 5:21; Hebrews 10:25

In Jesus’ Name, I Pray God’s Will for You Tonight 

I pray that you will cultivate godly and long-term relationships with members of Christ’s family. May you not be quick to dispose relationships, as is common in this day. I pray that you will not give up meeting with your spiritual family, encouraging one another. May you live in harmony with others in the body of Christ. May you not be proud, but be willing to associate with people from all walks of life. I pray that you will be kind and compassionate to others, forgiving them just as Christ forgave you. Out of reverence for Christ, may you continue to submit to one another.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Prayer 🙏 Guide

And the glory which thou hast given me I have given unto them.

~ John 17:22

All truly wise thoughts have been already thought a thousand times; but to make them truly ours we must think them over again honestly, till they take firm root in our personal experience.

~ Gothe

The light that fills thy house at morn

Thou canst not for thyself retain;

But all who with thee here are born

It bids to share an equal gain.

The wave, the blue encircling wave,

No chain can bind, no fetter hold;

Its thunders tell of Him who gave

What none can ever buy for gold.

~ Jones Very

Father of love, I thank thee for thy daily love and for thy daily bread. May I feel that thy gifts are for all, and not mine to keep and store from those who are in need. Help me as I say, “Thy will be done to me,” to so will it to others. Amen.

Daily Wisdom

“And establish you in every good word and work.”

~ 2 Thess 2:17

The living family of God need to be established in the truth, so as not ever to be “children tossed to and fro with every wind of doctrine.” It is not sufficient for a building to be raised—it must be established before we can know whether it will stand. The most anxious moment of the builder is to see how it will settle; how the walls will bear the roof, and every part stand firm and good without bulging or slipping. When the scaffolding is taken away from a newly-built arch, how the architect looks to see whether it will settle well and the extent of the drop, if there be any.

So in grace. It is not merely making a profession that will serve. Many a building stands well as long as the scaffolding remains; many an arch looks firm while the scaffolding supports it. So many seem to stand well in early days, when upheld by zeal and earnestness, or strengthened by the support of others. But how will the soul stand when helps are removed? Will it be established in the faith, or fall into some error or some gross evil, and thus, like an arch badly built, drop into ruin when the scaffolding is taken away?

How we continually see those who once seemed firm in the truth now greedily drinking down some deadly error presented to their lips under the charm of a plausible novelty; and others fall headlong into some open sin, or get entangled in some delusion. O that the Lord would establish you, me, and all who desire to fear his name firmly and deeply in his precious truth, that we may never fall a prey to evil or error, but may have a religion of his own maintaining; that the work upon our heart may be the genuine work of God first and last; a building of his own raising and his own establishing, that it may stand firm amid the storms of time, and endure for all eternity!

Faithful Friends

I will search for faithful people to be my companions.  Only those who are above reproach will be allowed to serve me.
~ Psalm 101:6

Be careful with the company you keep; they may not be serving you well.  When mingling with friends, you will find that you learn a thing or two from them.  We pick up both positive and negative influences from our friends.  Are you spending time with people who make you a better person? You will be rewarded if your companions are faithful. 

Eternal Perspectives

The sweetest thing in all my life has been the longing . . . to find the place where all the beauty came from . . . my country, the place where I ought to have been born. Do you think it all meant nothing, all the longing? The longing for home.
~ C.S. Lewis [Psyche, in Till We Have Faces]

The human heart holds a secret. If we could read the language of our heart—an undeciphered hieroglyph etched in the deepest part of our being—we would find an implanted assurance of other realms.
~ Jean Fleming, [The Homesick Heart]