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March 12, 2019, 6:00 AM

Daily Inspiration: Do You See What I See (The Kingdom of God 2)


The Kingdom of God

 

Luke 17:20-21

Being asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, he answered them, “The kingdom of God is not coming in ways that can be observed, nor will they say, ‘Look, here it is!’ or ‘There!’ for behold, the kingdom of God is in the midst of you.”

 

Thought for Today

After three years of teaching, healing, serving and blessing, Jesus created quite a stir in Israel. Everyone thought that this must mean that the Kingdom of God was imminent. The Pharisees finally ask Jesus when it will actually come. Jesus tells them that they do not properly see the Kingdom of God. They are looking for the wrong thing. They are looking for the physical reign of God through His people over the nations. They want a palace and a throne, a crown and an army. Jesus responds that the Kingdom “is not coming in ways that can be observed.” It is not a physical place you can point to. There is no Yellow Brick Road that leads to it. In fact, the Kingdom of God is already here “in the midst of you.” They were standing in the midst of the Kingdom of God and didn’t even know it! So what is this Kingdom and how do we see what Jesus sees? Come back tomorrow and we will look together.

 

Prayer

Lord Jesus, I know Your Kingdom is greater than anything we can expect in our humanness. Give me eyes to see it around me today. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

If we only had eyes to see and ears to hear and wits to understand, we would know that the Kingdom of God in the sense of holiness, goodness, beauty is as close as breathing and is crying out to born both within ourselves and within the world; we would know that the Kingdom of God is what we all of us hunger for above all other things even when we don’t know its name or realize that it’s what we’re starving to death for. ― Frederick Buechner

 

Quote of the Day

Those who look behind will never see beyond. ― Sherry K. White

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March 11, 2019, 8:45 AM

Daily Inspiration: Do You See What I See (The Kingdom of God 1)


The Kingdom of God

Luke 10:23-24

Then turning to the disciples he said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”

 

Thought for Today

As we enter the season of Lent we journey with Jesus to Jerusalem for the last time. As we stand among His disciples we see Jesus stop and point out things we encounter. He asks, “Do you see what I see?” We so rarely see things the way Jesus does. Like His first disciples, we often see things the way we have always seen them. However, when Jesus points to them He opens up a whole new understanding. And, since these are the last things He can show us before the cross, these are the most important things. So open your mind and heart to begin seeing things anew with Jesus this Lent.

 

Prayer

Holy Spirit, open my eyes to not only see the things Jesus desires to show me, but to see them as He does. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

All of us who desire the kingdom of God are, by the Lord's decree, under an equal and rigorous necessity of seeking after the grace of Baptism. Saint Basil
 

Quote of the Day

Respect is what we owe; love, what we give. Philip James Bailey
 



Comments

03-11-2019 at 9:32 AM
Lori Rueffer
Thank you, thank you! Isn't it amazing that the Creator of the universe sees each of us! Help us see You, dear Savior.
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March 11, 2019, 8:44 AM

Daily Inspiration: Do You See What I See (The Kingdom of God 1)


The Kingdom of God

Luke 10:23-24

Then turning to the disciples he said privately, “Blessed are the eyes that see what you see! For I tell you that many prophets and kings desired to see what you see, and did not see it, and to hear what you hear, and did not hear it.”

 

Thought for Today

As we enter the season of Lent we journey with Jesus to Jerusalem for the last time. As we stand among His disciples we see Jesus stop and point out things we encounter. He asks, “Do you see what I see?” We so rarely see things the way Jesus does. Like His first disciples, we often see things the way we have always seen them. However, when Jesus points to them He opens up a whole new understanding. And, since these are the last things He can show us before the cross, these are the most important things. So open your mind and heart to begin seeing things anew with Jesus this Lent.

 

Prayer

Holy Spirit, open my eyes to not only see the things Jesus desires to show me, but to see them as He does. Amen.

 

Devotional Quote

All of us who desire the kingdom of God are, by the Lord's decree, under an equal and rigorous necessity of seeking after the grace of Baptism. Saint Basil
 

Quote of the Day

Respect is what we owe; love, what we give. Philip James Bailey
 

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