80s Christian Metal Blessings!
In stead of front-loading our Encouraging Word form God's Word--with UPDATES, this week I'm just going to dive right in. BUT DEFINITELY take a second to look over the UPDATES below--God is working! Kingdom stuff is happening!
Okay, onward to THE WORD...
Living THE UP-THERE-DOWN-HERE LIFE
As Christians, we live IN this world, AS CITIZENS OF HEAVEN. If that makes you feel slightly out of sorts---good, it should! We do not FIT here. We’ve been born again, into a new family--The Family of God. God is our Father, Jesus (in addition to being our awesome Lord and Savior) is our elder brother. And God’s Word is our standard.
So, while we are still on this planet, we are in a season of CHARACTER DEVELOPMENT. God is transforming us from the inside-out into the likeness of His Son (Rom. 8:28-29).
We are called continually in His Word to live an UP-THERE-DOWN-HERE life---living down here for up there.
Jesus modeled this life for us and taught us how to live it.
In Matthew 6:10 (as part of “The Lord’s Prayer”) Jesus taught us to pray THE UP THERE DOWN HERE PRAYER--it goes like this, “…your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
HERE’S THE BIG IDEA: “Praying up there down here prayers opens our eyes to the reality that we are citizens of and participants in God’s Kingdom right here and right now -- as we walk with our King through life.”
Mt. 6:10 “Your kingdom come… Your will be done...” ... this is how Jesus prayed… Every prayer Jesus prayed was centered around a desire to honor the Father and advance His Kingdom agenda. The ultimate example of this is Luke 22:42 (NIV). In this moment, Judas is leading a band of religious leaders and Roman soldiers to arrest Jesus. Jesus is in the Garden of Gethsemane, praying. Here’s what he prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.”
I.e. “Okay Father, this is what I, Jesus the human part wants… I would love to avoid all of this pain---and I KNOW YOU CAN MAKE THAT HAPPEN if it’s your will. BUT, in the end, I don’t want MY WILL. I want YOUR WILL to be done. I want YOUR KINGDOM plan to be advanced. I want YOUR WILL to be done right here on earth… in my life… right here and now… just as it is done in Heaven.” That’s the kind of prayer, lifestyle, and mindset Jesus lived with, and calls us as His Disciples to live with.
Here are 5 Kingdom Prayers I challenge you to pray today:
NOTE, as you pray each line--ponder and allow the Holy Spirit to show you HOW the Father’s will can be DONE in that area of your life.
1) Father, your will be done in my private life.
2) Father, your will be done in my family life.
3) Father, your will be done in my work life.
4) Father, your will be done in my social life.
5) Father, your will be done in my church life.
Is God speaking to you in any of those areas? I encourage you to obey Him today!
80s Christian Metal Blessings,