It is the glory of God to conceal a thing: but the honour of kings is to search out a matter. Proverbs 25:2

We seek the kingdom of God when we seek to know God the Father and Jesus Christ whom He sent. We obtain knowledge of His kingdom through His word. We are to still get the best education we can for ourselves and our children, we are to work hard for those that we are in service to, but our motives are different and our priorities have changed. God’s principlesshould be first in every decision and we work diligently because our service is to our Lord and we represent Him in our words, deeds and actions.

Seeking the kingdom of God is seeking to know Him and His principles that we may know how to daily live and work for His kingdom. His righteousness is a gift we receive as an act of the our will by choosing to believe in Christ and operate in Hisprinciples even though they may go against our natural affinities and biases that we have taught or have learned in thisfallen system. 

Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you. NKJ

Colossians 3:23-24 And whatever you do, do it heartily, as to the Lord and not to men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ. KJ

God wants His children to have wealth and He is not against us having possessions nor riches. But He is against wealth and riches becoming our focus and idol. God gave us the ability to get wealth that we may establish His covenant in the earth. Our focus is not to obtain wealth and riches the world’s way but our methods and purpose are different, we are to bring glory to God. When we seek go after the things that are important to God, the souls of men and His glory, then Favor of God will rest upon us. The things we need and desire will come to us as we go about our daily lives fulfilling purpose, because of God’sFavor. 

True follower of Christ focus is not just to gather and store up for self and family but to help others and those who are marginal. In giving to those who may not be able to repay the debt we are showing God’s love and sharing His grace that it may be seen on the earth.  In the Bible we see those who were in covenant with God, Abraham, Joseph, David and Solomon were rich in possessions but their focus was seeking God and their relationship with Him and they became a blessing toothers. 

Deuteronomy 8:18 “And you shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you the power to get wealth, that He may establish His covenant which He swore to your fathers, as it is this day. NKJ

The world measures success by their accumulation of possession and superior intellect, the number of degrees and letters behind their name. They obtain their intellect by gathering information and facts from a fallen system that wassetup to create and perpetuate division, separation and a caste system of the haves and the haves not. Though the information and facts that they are taught changes as mankind increases their ability to validate truth yet, they continue to establish and construct systems of exaltation of self and their group while oppressing another. 

God’s word gives us a better understanding, wisdom and the ability to discern truth so to make best choices according to His kingdom principles. This is unlike human intellect that is information saturated with biases and prejudices to promote or to defame. The Bible tells us, that to know God’s word will give us more understanding than the teachers, in that it giving us wisdom to discern truth and to make better choices. His word shows us how to be humble with and these truths are what makes us successful in the kingdom. Many people fail to learn God’s word and thereby fail to trust His kingdom principles and His ways. 

Psalm 119:99 I have more understanding than all my teachers, for Your testimonies are my meditation. NKJ

God’s truths and word never changes and His word will stand forever. The problem with some believers is that they are deficient in the knowledge of the truth of God’s word. They may have worldly intellect but lack knowledge and understanding of God’s principles and ways.  The Bible tells us God’s people are destroyed for the lack of knowledge and reject Him and His word. It was not because of devils, the political parties, their race or gender but their refusing to receive His knowledge.  If we have a good understanding of God and His word we will be able to maneuver and overcome the obstacleswe face in this world.  

Hosea4:6 My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge. Because you have rejected knowledge, I also will reject you from being priest for Me; Because you have forgotten the law of your God, I also will forget your children. NKJ

Operating in God’s kingdom ways will not only be a blessing to us but can be a blessing to our children and our children’s children for generations.  One person can decide to take a chance on God’s principles and be willing to believe His word above circumstances and situations for the sake of themselves, their children and family.  They can choose to press through the onslaught and attacks of the world and the enemy that tries toget them to give up. They may be a living testimony and witness of God’s faithfulness not only for their family but for their community and those around them.  

Psalms 112: 1-5 Praise the LORD! Blessed is the man who fears the LORD, Who delights greatly in His commandments. His descendants will be mighty on earth; the generation of the upright will be blessed. Wealth and riches will be in is house, And his righteousness endures forever. Unto the upright there arises light in the darkness; He is gracious, and full of compassion, and righteous. A good man deals graciously and lends; He will guide his affairs with discretion. NKJ 

Once we obtain the knowledge of God’s truth the battle for our faith and what we will believe begins.  Our good fight of faith is fought in the mind to see whose report we will believe and what will influence our actions.  Those who remain in this fallen system will continue as before and those who stand infaith and believe will pray for God to change their heart, mind and actions. 

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please Him, for he who comes to God must believe that He is, and that He is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. NKJ

The place where we are born and the life is where we were given and assigned it was not an accident but the divine purpose and calling of God for us. When we are rooted in the word of God and His kingdom principles, we are able to be a light where there is darkness, truth where there are lies. It is when we are willing to die to the temporal things of this world that others may see His glory and receive eternal life. This is done with every choice we make in life either by choice or default. When we choose to love others as God has loved us we show the relationship we have with the Father. When our actionsresemble His actions, we reflect the light of His glory and in our associations with other we reveal His principles in our daily actions to a lost and dying world. 

Our purpose as true follower’s of Christ.

Relationship –   ​To be in fellowship and community with the God-Trinity

Resemble –   ​To look like our Father in character and integrity

Reflect – ​​To be a light in darkness

Reveal – To make known God and His kingdom to a lost and dying world

Kingdom success and this natural world success are two different things. We have been trained from birth to go after the natural things of this world to be successful and to make our family proud. Our various societies have outlined the steps we should take to be viewed as successful, be it through education, position, fame or fortune. We invest our time, talents and resources in order to gain influence, to increase our finances and power and we instill and teach these principles to our children and their children so that they will not fall behind in society. We send our children to the best schools that we can, teach them how to influence people and accumulate income the right way, according to society. And if they must, by any means necessary to be successful because they value success more than integrity.

But God has provided a very different way for success in His earthly kingdom which goes contrary to the ways of this natural world system and the way we have been taught. God as any good father want to see His children successful and increase in wealth but He is more concern with the state of our hearts and souls than He is with accumulating money. God created the riches of this world for His children to enjoy but the way they should go about obtaining wealth is much different than the world’s way. 

We are to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be given.  The problem many followers of Christ they do not understand God’s kingdom principles and they try to be successful by using a fallen system that was not created for them, which is against Christ ways and rooted in darkness. Many people in this world are going after finances, fame and fortune, the worlds way, and are willing to devour the souls of men as bread in order to succeed. 

Matthew 6:33 But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things shall be added to you. NKJ

Psalm 53:4 ​Do all these evildoers know nothing? They devour my people as though eating bread; they never call on God. NIV

Through our saving faith in Jesus, God has transported us from the kingdom of darkness to His Kingdom, ways, principles and method of operation.  We are now citizens of a new kingdom with a new constitution that speaks to the principles, functions, and procedures that is in the word of God that we must learn to operate as ambassadors for His kingdom to be successful. God’s kingdom ways are in direct contradiction to the waysof this world. We are to humble ourselves if we seek to be lifted up, we are to seek others welfare and not our own and we are to die to self that others may live. 

Colossians 1:13 Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: KJB

True followers of Christ have been called to a higher occupation and mission in life. The world looks to take care of their own needs, their families and only those they care about, but true believers are called to care for the marginal, the homeless and even those who hate and persecute them. Jesus speaks of some of these contradictions in a number of statements in Matthew, where He tells the people, you have heard it said,but I say and tell you, which are higher truths of God’s kingdom principles. 

Matthew 5: 38-39a​“You have heard that it said, eye for an eye and tooth for tooth but I say do not resist an evil person… 

Matthew 5: 43-45 You have heard that it was said, “love your neighbor and hate your enemy” but I tell you: Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be sons of your Father in heaven. He causes his sun to rise on the evil and the good, and sends rain on the righteous and the unrighteous.

Many have been born into the kingdom of God and still try to operate under that old constitution. Some may have accomplishment in this natural world but cannot flourish in God’s kingdom without understanding how to think differently to succeed in the supernatural things of God. The actions and motives of a person are weighed by God. The things men highly esteem is a disgrace in the sight of God. God looks at a person’s heart and motives and not their outward appearances.

1 Samuel 2:3 Do not keep talking so proudly or let your mouth speak such arrogance, for the Lord is a God who knows, and by him deeds are weighed. NIV

Luke 16:15 He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your heart. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight. NIV

Most systems throughout the world place value on possessions and wealth above the welfare of the people and their souls.  Often time people do not realize the system processes they are using are destroying people, because it is all they know and have been trained to do.  

Christ followers are to change the way they think and view people and they are to seek the well-being of others above their own. We are told to humble ourselves and obey the word of God and in due season we will be lifted up. God’s ways are totally different from what we have been taughtthat is why we are told to die to self that we may live. 

1 Corinthians 10:24 No one should seek their own good, but the good of others. NIV

1 Peter 5:6 Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time. NKJ

Matthew16:25 For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever will lose his life for My sake will find it. NKJ

Romans 6:5 For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection. NKJ

Fulfilling God’s purpose for us in the kingdom of God is success for true followers of Christ. God has placed each person in a family, race, nationality and country for a purpose that only they can fulfill. Our profession, occupation and mission in this life, are to be in a personal relationship with God our Creator, to resemble Him as our Father the Head of our family, to reflect His light in darkness and to reveal His love and glory to a lost world.

Some people may wonder why they live in a certain place, with a particular family, group or nation, it is all part of God’s Master plan. God placed us where He needed us to be that we may shine and reflect Him.  He implanted in each of us the things we need to be successful in that setting that we may be a blessing to those around us. He has put in us the ability we need to overcome obstacles that others may learn how to live in His kingdom and see His glory. 

Not everyone can be entrusted with the various callings and challenges of God on the earth to display His glory. Some may have the ability to obtain wealthy to establish His kingdom and not allow money to become their god. Others may be in a place of need or lack and will have much faith in God to trust Him for their daily provisions. Still others may be born in a place that is seen as people of low degree, persecuted and abused but will not be consumed with hate and bitterness but will be able to pray for the well-being and salvation of those who persecuted them. Whatever situation we have been born in God has given us the Holy Spirit and provided a way for us to escape these worldly temptations to destroy and hate others but the choice to take it  is ours to make. 

1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you except what is common to mankind. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, he will also provide a way out so that you can endure it. NIV

In this world we operate in darkness but the light of God’s truth is revealed to us through His word. We are to transform and reformat our operating systems, which is the way we live, think and perform to the light of God’s truths. As an act of our “will” and our decision, we must say yes to God’s word, submit to His ways through prayer and asking Him to give us the ability to perform.

We have been trained and programed to operate and live in a world that is governed by ideas such capitalism, socialism and idealism which brings the focus of our lives to our own self-preservation and fortune. We allow these ideas to become the little “g” gods of our world. We are all born into this world system that measures success by survival of the fittest through materialistic gains, intellectual or worldly accomplishments. It has been ingrained into our minds to go after the best life through wealth, academics, fame or fortune to show that we are accomplished and have attained success and recognition. 

Jesus brought with Him another kingdom and became our example as to how we should live in this kingdom of God.Though He was the Son of God, yet He learned obedience by the things He suffered. He gave His life that many may live. He humbled Himself to be a servant and to serve those in need andwashed the feet of the one who betrayed Him.  

John 12:24 Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds. NIV

From the time a child is born the parents and society are looking for ways to have their children skilled, capable and proficient in their chosen area of expertise. This is to increase their value or ability to obtain worth and benefits and thereby be respected, esteemed and regarded as a person of importance and significance. The foundations of pride and self-centeredness were laid and these traps were set long before we entered this world. It will take the transforming and renewing of our mind and the way we think to a totally different mindset to be successful in the kingdom of God. 

This act of the will is an act of repentance, it is changing how and what we think of others, ourselves and our own personal worth. We recognize our inability to perform in our own strength, our helplessness and our need for a Savior. Then we must decide to submit our will to God and ask for His power to obey and perform what we are unable to do on our own. 

Whenever a truth is revealed to us, a battle in the mind will follow and whether we accept or reject these truths must be settled by conscientious decision of our will. The battle will be settled and their decision will be displayed by their action, whether they change and follow truth or they reject what was revealed and remaining the same. 

God’s ways are so far from mankind’s that often times these revelations of truths seem hard or impossible to obtain. Often people will give up rather than fighting the good fight of faith. Which includes going through the battle though it may difficult and will see it through to the end and thereby becoming a witness that God’s word and love is faithful. 

1 Timothy 6:12 Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called and have confessed to good confession in the presence of many witnesses. NKJ

2 Timothy 4:7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: KJV

Hebrews 11:33 who through faith subdued kingdoms, worked righteousness, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions. 

The fight of faith is the only fight we are told to have. Many people want to fight their enemies but God told us to love themor fight the devil but he is a defeated foe or fight this fallen world system but Jesus said He has overcome this world. Our battle is to fight for our faith and that is to believe God’s word and His love for us. We must fight off the beliefs and mindset that this world has given, that we are of no value and hold on to who we are in Christ Jesus, children of The Most High-King. We are to hold fast to faith that God’s word is true and He is faithful to perform His word no matter how the circumstances look or what people may say about us even in the face of our own demise.

Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering: (for he is faithful that promised;) KJV

The good fight of faith believes the blood of Jesus was payment for our sins. Faith speaks and testifies of the things God has done and values His love for us more than the opinion of the world. A good soldier fights a good fight when he is willing to go into battle for his family or country and is willing to give hislife for their protection and safety and so that they will prevail.   We see it continuously in the natural with the dying of good men on the battlefield for their family and country. The good fight of faith will show that same commitment in the spiritual realm for God’s kingdom also. 

Though situations and circumstances may appear bad even to the point that our very lives will be overthrown we can stilltrust Him with the outcome. Some battles are won only when one is willing to give their all for the good of the whole, this we have seen this in all the major wars. The good fight of faith believes in the love of God and it looks to the eternal and not just the temporal.  

Revelation 12:11 And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death. NJK

There is a process in changing the way we think. We change the way we think by first learning what we should be thinking and we know this by reading God’s word. We will obtain truth, the knowledge of God and understand His kingdom principles.Once we become aware of the way should think we will realize our thoughts are not in line with God’s way and then we should ask God to change our thinking to His kingdom ways. Prayer is an act of submitting to God’s will. As we become aware that we are not living right and cannot in our own strength, then we should seek God who is able to create in us a clean heart, theright mindset and to have the mind of Christ.

Psalm 51:10 Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me. KJV

Prayer is an effort of the will. When a truth of God’s kingdom is revealed, everyone will take action on that revelation. Whether their actions are a conscious and deliberate decision or not their actions will reveal their choice. Most often these truths appear to be unattainable. It is then that we will decide, whether to seek God and ask Him to help us to live and walk in these truths or remain in a common state of selfishness and pride. The battle is fought and is won or lost in our mind and thoughts to accept or reject these truths. it is with our will that we will choose withresolve to seek God and to change or to continue in the samefallen mindset.  

When we learn God’s truth and understand His principles, we will recognize our utter hopelessness and inability to perform and be right before God in our own strength. Often it is in our brokenness and despair that we will see our need and want to turn from our old habits and change the way we operate and view life. We repent by changing the way we think and seek God’s truth rather than our own way.  As an act of our will, through prayer, we ask God to give us His desires, strength and power to perform these truths according to His principles.  It is God who will give us both the will and desire to perform His will. He has provided a way for us to stand righteous beforeHim, through faith in Jesus and not through our own efforts. 

Philippians 2:13 for it is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure. NKJ

We are all born with the propensity and tendency to sin, it is ourfallen nature. We have been hard wired for sin by the fall. The motherboard of our mind is set for sin and only Christ can reformat and rewrite the program of our mind and the desires of our heart. Christ will change out mind’s processing system to the things according to God’s kingdom principles which are different from the world’s way. Our whole life has been trained in a fallen operating system and we are well accustomed and acquainted with using this operating system. It is like using a “Windows” program and then Christ becomes our Savior andwe are given a new operating system, like a “MAC.” They areboth operating systems that controls, drives and maneuvers our actions and the way we compute life’s daily issues but they are totally different in their operational methods and functions. 

When a person is born into the kingdom of God, they are given a new spirit and a new operating system. The body and hands are still familiar with the habits of the old system and tend to want to revert back to the old way of doing things but the Holy Spirit by revealing new truths is converting the heart and thoughts to God’s ways. We have been given a new spirit and a new heart that is in Christ. The desires of our heart are changed as we learn these new truths and we must starve the old way of doing things and create new habits that lineup with God’s truthand thereby transform our actions and convert our ways.

Ezekiel 36:26 I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit in you; I will remove from you your heart of stone and give you a heart of flesh. NIV

Jeremiah 24:7 Then I will give them a heart to know Me, that I am the LORD; and they shall be My people, and I will be their God, for they shall return to Me with their whole heart. NKJV

There are many crossroads in life that every believer in Christand they will have to determine if they will change or remain the same. Their choices will be to allow their old habits to remain or to ask God in prayer to change their heart’s desire to things according to His will. We all have faced the same problems and have asked the same question Paul asked, “who can deliver us from this flesh?” The things we do not want to do, we find ourselves doing, because of this fallen nature, and the things that are right and true we want to do but do not do or preform them. But thanks be to God!  Through Jesus Christ we can be free from the slavery of sin by asking God through thepower of the Holy Spirit to set us free that we may walk in love and truth. 

Often people want to run away from God in the midst of their mess but that is when we should seek Him in prayer. The world will want to condemn us for our wrong doings and tell us to stay away from God because He does not want us.  God was not surprised by our actions but provide a way of escape through Christ.  In the midst of our disorder and disaster we should pray and ask God to renew our minds and hearts to His kingdom ways and principles. God says we have not because we asked not. This world and the enemy will lie and try and keep us from seeking God. 

Romans 7:18-19,24 I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature.” For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out. For what I do is not the good I want to do: no, the evil I do not want to do—this I keep on doing… What a wretched man I am! Who will rescue me from this body of death? Thanks be to God—through Jesus Christ our Lord!

James 4:2You lust and do not have. You murder and covet and cannot obtain. You fight and war. Yet you do not have because you do not ask. You ask and do not receive, because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures. NKJ

Having the mind of Christ is the new way of thinking differently for the followers of Christ. That is to think on things with the same mindset and views as Christ. Although Jesus was the Son of God and equal to God, He did not think He was being robbed when He was humbled as a servant and gave His life for others. He submitted His will to God’s while trusting in His love knowing that God would be faithful to His word. Wetoo must submit our will to God and ask in prayer that He would give us a mind to think differently and have the mind of Christ.

Jesus is God and Man. As God He is the essence of Holiness,the way to God and the truth of God. He is part of the God-Trinity and is always in agreement with respect to the will of God His Father. As Man and part of mankind, Jesus was given a will to choose and decided His direction and chose whom He would obey.  It was in His humanity that Jesus suffered as a natural course of this fallen world as all who are born into this world. 

The things Jesus suffered as a man taught Him to submit His will and problems to the will of God the Father. Jesus walked in meekness, not looking to do as He wished but as His Father had ordained. The challenges that are set before us in life will display our life choices, whether we choose the new mindset of Christ or continue in the ways of this fallen world. It is in the things we go through that we are able to be taught how to trust God and it is shown in our obedience to God’s will.  

Hebrews 5:8 though He was a Son, yet He learned obedience by the things which He suffered. NKJ

Philippians 2:6 Who, being in very nature God, did not consider equality with God something to be used to his own advantage. NIV

We must change from the negative ways we view ourselves, our lives and how we view others and convert from the ways been have been taught to God’s kingdom ways. We must come to know who we are in Christ; we are children and heirs in the royal family of God. Though the world has taught us that we have no worth and our lives are without merit, God has paid a great price to show our value to Him. We are told that we may be persecuted, abused and despise, the same as Christ, but we are to know who we are in the royal family of God. We are look toward eternity and the joy of bringing others into salvationthrough our obedience and walk with God. 

It is in persecution we can show the love of God to a lost world by living according to God’s kingdom ways by loving and forgiving others.  These are things that baffle and bewilder those who are in the world. Those who see us live differently in forgiveness and love are confounded because it is not thenatural way doing things in this fallen system. As we display God’s love some people may come to a saving knowledge of Christ because of the light of His life that is displayed throughus. 

Hebrews 12:2 -3 Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 

For consider Him who endured such a hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discourage in your souls. NKJ

Prayer is the work and strength of our will that allows us to lay our pride, selfishness and prejudices before God in the light of His word. We can change the way we think by submitting our will to God in prayer.  The world has been operating in darkness but the light of God’s truth is revealed to us and through us by His word. We must look to reformat our method of operation and our way of thinking so that we are able to perform and walk in these truths. This is done by making a decision to submit our old thoughts and ways to God and askHim to renew our minds and give us a new heart. 

James 4:7 Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. NKJ

Submitting is an act of changing our past thoughts andrecognizing our inability to perform or to be righteous before God. It is realizing our own worthlessness and helplessness in our fallen nature to do what is right and that we are in need of a Savior. It is through repentance, the change from doing thingsour own way, to submitting our desires and thoughts to Christ and allowing Him to align our thoughts and hearts according to His kingdom ways.

Submitting is saying to God, we cannot do this on our own, it is not in our nature to love or forgive unconditionally.  When we yield what we have been taught, our right to hate and take revenge, and offer the situation to God, it then allows Him to intervene. Our prayer of submission permits God to come into that situation, in agreement with our will and He give us the authority and power to change and perform these truths. 

Submitting to God is resisting the devil. It is a one step process when we turn to God, we are rejecting the schemes and tricks of the enemy. The mind can only process one thought at a time, though it has been said we multitask but we are only doing one thing at a time, faster.  When we focus our minds on God, wewill be filled with His truth but if we focus on the hurt, the lies and the darkness we give a place for the enemy rule. The world is fed a constant diet of hate and fear which is meant to keep people in torment but God has given us a way out. We are told to keep our minds and meditate on the things that are true, pure, lovely and praiseworthy. 

Philippians 4:8-9 Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 

The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you. NKJ

Whenever a new truth is revealed to us, a battle in ourconsciousness and mind will ensue. A decision of the will, our thoughts and inclination as to who will we obey will be made. Every person will settle this fight in their own mind whether to accept or reject the truth of God’s word.  The process is a simple act of the will in our mind, whether conscious or unconscious to obey God. We can choose truth by deciding topray and ask God to create in us a clean heart and a right spirit regarding these truths. It is a simple step but is not easy in that the essence of our fallen nature fights against humility, meekness and submission to God. Pride and selfishness are the ways we have been trained to think and believe by this fallen world.

God’s ways are so far from mankind’s natural way of thinkingthat these revelations and truths most often seem too hard to obtain. Some people will give up rather than persevering andpressing through the obstacles to the end and to see how the Lord will settle the matter. 

Isaiah 55:7- 8 Let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; Let him return to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him; And to our God, For He will abundantly pardon. 

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, Nor are your ways My ways,” says the Lord. NKJ

Why are we so amazed and perplexed when we see hatred and violence against a person or a nation because of their race, gender, social status or other disparities? It is the nature of the fallen state of mankind to be self-centered. God’s created world system descended into chaos where people are looking to gain what they can at the expense of others. It is the course this world has taken as a result of the fall. God sent Jesus to speak truth and to show humanity “the way” back to the kingdom of God and how to show His love and compassion for others.

We can look at every society in the world, in the western cultures and as far east as we can go and will still see division that promotes disparity, biases, prejudices and hate. The enemy of God has caused division among those created in His image in every area and every arena so as to bring division amongfamilies, generations, cultures and people. It is perverted pride that causes disunity and division among people that allow someto be exalted in wealth and pride while debasing and belittling others only to maintain their status.

Pride is the very thing that initiated Satan’s attempt to rise above God in heaven but failed. In pride Satan wanted to lift his throne above God and he persuaded a third of the angels to follow him in his perversion only to be defeated and thrown out of heaven. Now his hatred is toward all who are created in the image of God. Satan tries to entice mankind into the same trap,by using pride and hatred which led to his destruction, so that they too will be destroyed.  

Jesus brought back God’s kingdom, God’s principles and God’s operating system into this world in the spirit realm. Now there are two world systems in operation on earth, the fallen one that everyone is born into naturally and God’s spiritual kingdomwhere a person must be regenerated and born again through faith in Jesus Christ. 

At birth children are taught to think according the culture and customs they are raised. All these cultures and societies are rooted in this natural fallen world which is dominated by Satan and his lies. All nations and societies, their teachings and trainings have been infested with lies and deceptions of Satan who is the prince of this fallen world system. These fallen practices and methods perpetuate and cultivate corrupt ways of thinking that hold people captive to self-pride, fame and fortune. 

Ephesians 2:2 In which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, NKJ

It is through a new birth and into a new kingdom with the knowledge of God’s operating system in this world and His kingdom principles we are able to change the way we think. When we change the way we think, we can live, work and conduct ourselves differently in this world.  We must convertour old ways to think in God’s ways and principles so to enable change regarding our perspective and attitude, how we look at the things that are going on around us and that are happening to us. Mature followers of Christ will have a different view, a spiritual and kingdom perspective that sees things according to the teaching of Christ and not the world. 

Philippians 2:5, 7b, 8b Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus. ….made Himself of no reputation…. He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. 

Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God. NKJ

In some cultures, we see some irreligious views of Christianitywhere they teach being born again is merely saying a prayer so that a person may go to heaven when they die. Also, that they will not have to suffer any trouble but this is not the word of God, many have lost sight of the truth. Christ said, we will be delivered into trouble because the world hated Him and they will hate us too, but He would be with us and never leave us. 

Jesus tells us to not crave the things others may have but to be content with where God has placed you and the things, He has given you. If there are things we need, we are to seek after Him,for the Lord is our helper. There is nothing that we will go through that Jesus has not made provision. Jesus overcame all the obstacles of this world that we may have peace in Him andcan overcome this world through His word.   

John 16:33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” ESV

Hebrew 13:5 Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” NKJ

Jesus never promised to keep us from trouble but that He would be with us in our troubles and be a shelter in the storm. We must know God’s truth and His ways to know how to enter into His rest and shelter. The Christian’s mindset must be changed from seeking self-interest, a better life and more blessings to seeking the word of God, to show the love of God and to reflect His image. 

Psalm 31: 19-20 Oh, how great is Your goodness, Which You have laid up for those who fear You. In the presence of the sons of men! You shall hide them in the secret place of Your presence from the plots of man; You shall keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues. NKJ  

Rev 2:10 ​Don’t be afraid of the things which you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to through some of you into prison, that you may be tested; and you will have oppression for ten days. Be faithful to death, and I will give you a crown of life. WEB

This old-world system has lost sight of mankind’s created purpose and has been taught to live a lie as to why they exist. People are naturally self-seeking, self-serving and full of pride. Many people are blinded by the lies of this world and are living as though this is the only life they have. Many spend themselves on these fleeting moments that are like passing vapors and they build their lives as castles on sand that will soon be washed away. We are to pass our time here as foreigners and sojourners, people who are passing through this space and time to do the will of God who created us to fulfill His purpose. 

1 Peter 1:17 If you call on Him as Father, who without respect of persons judges according to each man’s work, pass the time of your living as foreigners here in reverent fear. WEB

Matthew 7:26-27​“But everyone who hears these sayings of Mine, and does not do them, will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand: and the rain descended, the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house; and it fell. And great was its fall.”

Jesus told us to take His yoke and learn of Him. Jesus was humble and trusted God to faithful to His word. We are to be as a good solider, one who is about the business of their captain’s mission and not their own selfish desires. 

Matthew 11:29 Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 

2 Timothy 2:3-4 You therefore must endure hardship as a good soldier of Christ Jesus No one engaged in warfare entangles himself with the affairs of this life, that he may please him who enlisted him as a soldier. NKJ

Mankind was created in the image, love and truth of God, then came the fall into perversion, hatred and pride after rebelling against God and following Satan in his lies. From the fall until Christ came, this world system was under the influence of the lies of Satan as he had perverted God’s creations into disharmony, disunity, hatred, selfishness and pride.

We all were born into a world of sin and were cultivated into a system that taught us social caste system, racial bias and national division, disparity and hate based on economics and status. It is a world system that Satan perverted to destroy the beloved of God and God’s image bearers on the earth. It was the only system we knew from birth; this lie was the only way we knew because we were separated and apart from God. We were trained as children to put self and pride above all else and to belittle and destroy all that is unlike or against self. Yet, self is still setting up systems and perpetuating systems that allow some groups to advance while systematically hindering and destroying others in the name of progress, patriotism, wealth and pride.  

Mankind knew no other way because the fall they were blinded by the prince of this world and could not see the truth of God’s kingdom and His purpose for them on the earth. Throughout the ages God provided men to proclaim His way and to be an example of how they should live in relationship with one another and to reflect the image God on the earth.God gave His law to the Hebrew nation, prophets and teachers to represent Him in the world would be drawn to seek the light of God. Though God’s law is perfect, mankind was imperfect and lacking the ability to walk perfectly without fault before this world. In the process of time God sent His Son to be the way, the truth and the life for all mankind to see.

Galatians 4:4 But when the fullness of the time had come God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law. NKJV 

God created the earth, this planet, and set up a kingdom and a world system that would reflect His likeness and His kingdom in heaven. Jesus came to reestablish the kingdom of God upon the earth and now with the return of Christ there are two world systems operating upon the earth. The fallen world system of Satan and the kingdom of heaven, which are the principles of God where Christ is King. Jesus has provided a way back to God and the ability for mankind to choose the kingdom they will live in. 

John 18:37 Pilate therefore said to Him, “Are you a king then?” Jesus answered, “You say rightly that I am a king. For this cause I have come into the world, that I should bear witness to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.” NKJV

Jesus came to establish the kingdom of heaven on earth and to show humanity how-to live-in God’s kingdom on earth. Jesus taught to bring conversion to renew their minds and change the way we think about ourselves and our God.  Jesus will alter the very nature of a person because their bloodline has been changed. The heredity of their forefathers is no longer their lineage but they are a new creation, sons of God. True followers of Christ will function in the kingdom of God and betransformed by the way they think and live in this world. Jesus’ death brought regeneration, rebirth and restoration and provided the way into the kingdom of God. 

2 Corinthians 6:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. NKJ

Many people will receive Jesus as their Savior and will be regenerated and reborn into the kingdom of God, but are slow to transform their minds. They are also slow to convert the way they live, act and think in God’s kingdom ways and principles. It is a sad and heartbreaking thing to see children born and throw into this world unwashed, unnourished, untaught and left to live or die according to the ways, customs, rules and situations of the world around them. So it is also spiritually when a person is born again into the kingdom of God they are rejuvenated and redeveloped into a different bloodline, family and world.  If they are not taught and their way of thinking have not been converted, they are left without nourishment, knowledge or understanding of the kingdom they were born into.

Ezekiel 16:6 When I passed by you, I saw you kicking around, covered in your own blood. That’s when I told you, ‘Live!’ – while you were wallowing in your blood. I commanded you to live, even as you lay there in your own blood. ISV

Some of us may have been counted as one not worthy of life and reckoned unfit to be associated with prestigious families or in privileged communities.  We may have been seen as outcaste, as unclean and unwashed but God looked upon us in our polluted state and said, “Live and not die.” He has called us clean, reborn into the royal family of God and what God has called clean no person can make common. Satan cannot change who we are, he can only beguile and lure us into believing the lies about our worth and value. 

We are told to have the mind of Christ. Jesus was called the illegitimate child of Mary whose father was not her husband Joseph; thought to be an outcaste and troublemaker and said He was of the devil. Jesus was spat upon, beaten and marred beyond recognition and killed because of His convictions and commitment to the true and living God. Jesus did not commit Himself to the praises or rejections of men. 

Jesus understood His suffering was according to the will of God and He committed Himself to God as His faithful Father, Creator of all and continued to do good.  We are told that we too will have trouble in this world because we are not of this world. The problem lies with followers of Christ trying to fit into and be accepted by a world that hate their Master and their very existence. We are to take heart when we are troubled because Jesus has overcome the things of this world and has provided a way out for those who trust and seek in Him.

John 16:33 “In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.” NIV

1 Peter 4:19 “So then those who suffer according to God’s will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.” NIV

Jesus came to open our eyes to the light of God’s truths. The truth of God’s love for us as His beloved. The truth of our identity as image bearers of God and our created purpose to reflect His likeness. The truth of our will and the ability to choose our path in this world but our destiny for all eternity. 

2 Corinthians 4:4 In whom the god of this world hath blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them. KJV

The act of salvation is an instant transaction in time that gives birth to a living spirit in Christ. Conversion is a process that is done over a life time. The soul may be saved and yet the mind has not been renewed, trained or converted to the things of God and His way of living and thinking. This is why we see some people who say they are saved, and very well maybe, and yet they live their lives the same way as the world, without anyadherence or loyalty to God, His kingdom ways and principles.

Salvation is a regeneration, an act, a fact that transpires in a moment in time like the birth of a child. Once the child is born the process of learning and training of life begins. A new born baby is a person, yet the mind and body is under developed and need to be feed, taught and trained to live a responsible and productive life. We are all born into this fallen world system and have been taught according to a system that was established with the fall of mankind, when Satan became the prince of this fallen world.  Salvation is a gift from God given instantly to those who by faith receive Christ as their Savior. It is being born spiritually as infant in a childlike state, unlearned and untaught regarding the things of God and His kingdom on earth.   We are to feed on the sincere milk of the word that we may grow.

1 Peter 2:2  As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye  may grow thereby: KJV

Conversion is to change from one thought or belief; to turn around completely; to alter the nature of or to change from one form of functioning and thinking to another. Therefore conversion, for a true follower of Christ, continues to be a lifelong process of renewing the way we think and transforms our minds from the fallen ways that we were taught. We have been schooled and educated in this life to the fallen waysand now our minds need to know and be taught how to operate in God’s kingdom principles and ways. Jesus said He is the way, the truth and the life, no one comes to the Father but by Him. Jesus came and brought a new way of living and thinking to those who are born into the kingdom of God on earth.

John 14:6   Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” NKJV    

Conversion alters one’s heredity and changes their nature, their ideology, their family ties and their social and economical positions. To be born of God is to have a change in your bloodline, old things are passed away and all things become new. True followers of Christ are no longer led by theirfallen human nature and character that is rooted in the old way of thinking and in the lies they were taught that cultivates division, hatred, conceit and self-importance.   They are converted through the knowledge of Christ which alters the mainspring of a person’s heart and soul which, will not only change their actions but their motives also. They will no longer ruled by their natural affirmations but to being led by the spiritual and supernatural nature of God. They will begin to desire to know their God, His principle, His kingdom ways and to do the will of the Father. 

Deuteronomy 30:19 I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, (that) I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live. KJV

Acts17:30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent. NKJV

Many people will judge life and say it is not fair that some people are born rich while others are born in poverty. Saying that God is unjust in allowing such situations to be but it was not God that created this disparity and disunity, it was mankind fall to the wiles and ways of Satan. Though mankind made the choice to obey Satan, God did not leave us in that fallen state without hope. God has provided a level playing field for everyone and has given every person another chance to choose a new life, a new way of living and not only regarding how they will live life in this world but in the world to come for eternity. 

God has given this life as a prelude to eternity. With this life every person by their choices, their will and their actions will choose their place in eternal. In this natural life we are born into a family, race, nation and culture with no say in regrading where, how or to whom we are born. However, in the spiritual realm we have a choice and the ability to choose to be in the family of God, a disciple of Christ and to teach all nation to observe the true commands of Christ.  

In this world God tells us to choose life or death, blessing or cursing. God tells us to store up treasures in heaven where natural disasters cannot destroy our wealth. He also tells us if we want to be masters in eternity, then we should be a servant now and if we want to be first, we should choose to be last in this natural, temporal life we now live. This life is an introduction and a preparation for the choice that we will make for our destiny and standing in eternity. 

Matthew 9:35 And he sat down, and called the twelve, and said unto them, if any man desire to be first, the same shall be last of all, and servant of all. KJV

Matthew 20:16 So the last will be first and the first last. For many are called, but only a few chosen. NKJV 

Jesus told us to take His yoke upon us and learn of Him. We are told to repent (change the way we think) and thereby also change the way we liveand what we do. In this fallen world humanity lost sight of its purpose and has been trained with a lie as to why we exist. Fallen mankind is self-seeking, self-serving and it is all they know as they follow the prince of this world, Satan who is full of pride and hatred against God and those created in His image. 

When we learn better, we do better. People are destroyed by the lack of knowledge of God’s truth and His kingdom principles. God’s word says some people may be saved as one who has gone through a fire, because the work they did was self-serving and not the will of the Father. 

We are not do good things to be saved, Christ saved us, we do good works because we are saved and want to live a life that glorifies God, walk according to His kingdom principles and draw men unto Christ. If peoplelive according to this natural world’s system the work that is done in the natural may be burn, even though they themselves may be considered saved. Like a person who has been saved from burning flames, though they still have life their bodies may have been marred by the fire. So, will those who are believers but do not transform their minds or convert their actions to invest in the spiritual kingdom of God they too may suffer lossor be marred.  

1 Corinthians 3:15 If anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved: yet as through fire.

Though it appears these are unparalleled times of social unrest and racial disparity, but in truth it is just a continuation of the status quo for fallen mankind. From the very beginning as it was with Cain and Able, jealousy and pride brought division, destruction and murder into their lives and family and into this world. Not much has changed in this realm of fallen mankind people still live life according to a fallen world system and they continue to behave under the influence of sin that kills, steals and destroys things that appears to be different or that they envy and desire.

This is all fallen humanity knows, self-interest and pride at all costs. We see it in many different forms throughout the world, in the East and Europe we see division between classes and social structures because of economics and power, which creates a hierarchy and separates the haves from the have nots. In the western culture we see the same division because of race, social and financial status because of power, pride and the greed of self-preservation at all cost. Though Jesus told us to die to self and to love others with an unconditional love, as He loved us.

Pride and self-deification have become the essence of fallen humanity. They no longer desire to reflect the image of God and walk according to His created purpose but are more concerned with their race, culture and clan. We see people in every nation, society, culture and walk of life seeking after their own self-interest and self-sufficiency. Fallen mankind has lost sight of their created purpose and eternal destiny, which is to reflect the image of God and to be in fellowship with Him for eternity. The fallen nature of mankind and those who are separated from God have lost their identity and their purpose to reflect the glory of God our Creator and Jesus Christ our Redeemer.

While living in a fallen world system that teaches pride, social disparity, economic supremacy, racial and cultural hierarchy, it is no wonder there is so much hate and destruction. When this fallen world, system is the guiding principle in a person’s life, they will focus on the immediate gratification of self rather than investing in the long-term eternal glory of God. Hate and pride are as natural as breathing and happens without effort for most people because we were all educated and trained in life by a system that values finances, power and culture over a living soul, those created in the image of God the Creator. That is why we are told to renew your mind and change the way you think according to the world of God and not according to a fallen system.

Mankind not only lost their soul in the fall but they lost their identity and purpose. Jesus came to seek and to save that which was lost, which was our identity as image bearers of God and our purpose, which is to reveal and reflect His glory in the earth. During these times of unrest, many people will find themselves at a crossroad of decision, which will test their true authenticity and will reveal the hearts and minds of each person. This will show who or what sits on the throne of their hearts. If Christ is King then He will reign in every decision that is made in one’s life and if it is self, pride and power then their actions will show it. Many people will call Jesus Lord but their actions will reveal who is truly sits on the throne as lord in their lives.

Jesus is the way the truth and the life of all who are true followers of Christ. The process of living a life for Christ is simple, He tells us to follow Him, to act as He acted and to love as He loved putting others before self. It is simple but it is not easy. One must renew their mind by changing the way they think, letting old things pass away and becoming a new creation. It is difficult to change thoughts and practices that have been embedded in our minds and taught us through our culture for centuries and especially when we were feed a steady diet of pride, hate and destruction. Jesus was born into a family and a people who were oppressed and ruled by another nation and yet it did not affect His view of those who were in power. Nor did it affect His view of Himself or His people because He knew who He was according to the word of God.

God’s people who are called by His name are called to humble themselves and turn from their own way of thinking and the way they were trained in by this fallen system. They are to ask the Holy Spirit to guide them in truth and show them the light of God’s truth. When we turn from wickedness, pride and haughtiness, God has promised to hear from heaven and forgive our sins and heal our land. It is the people of God who have the ability and the authority to change a nation with the act of humility and truth.

2 Chronicles 7:14
If My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.

True followers of Christ are called to live as Christ lived, having compassion for the lost and love toward those who are created in the image of God. A love that dies to self-interest and lives for the glory of God in the earth. Many people want to say God is love and that people should not say or do anything that may be offensive to those who oppose their viewpoint. Jesus stood against the religious pharisees who were all about their self-interests and drove them out of the temple with a whip. God is love and love can only be stand in the light of truth and not just emotions.

It is by the power of the Holy Spirit that we will come to know truth and to speak that truth in love, without malice or ill intent. Love must be tough enough to stand for truth against the emotions and long-standing fallen world systems that cultivate and feed continuous hatred and evil against God’s word and those created in His image.

We are to speak the truth in love.
Truth without love is brutal
Love without truth is devastating.
JMM

The Story of Jesus’ Birth that Issued in A New Birth and A New Beginning for Many
In the beginning of time God created a beautiful and perfect world for mankind to live in and enjoy. God’s love for mankind was displayed when He created them in His image and gave them a will and the ability to choose their destiny. Man and woman lived in perfect harmony with God their creator and all His creation until Satan the deceiver, tricked them into believing his lie and they rebelled against their God and King. All humanity fell into sin and the world fell into corruption.

God was not taken by surprised because He knew their hearts. Even with the foreknowledge that they would rebel against Him, God had a plan to send His Son to redeem humanity and to give them another chance. Before God formed the earth, He knew they would be deceived into believing a lie. God’s love was shown in while knowing mankind would reject Him but yet His love would not leave without hope. God promised the woman’s seed would crush the serpent’s head though the serpent would bruise His heel. The Messiah would come to give those who believed in Him another chance to be in fellowship with God their Creator.

The angel Gabriel visited young Mary and told her that she was chosen by God to give birth to the promised Son of God, Jesus. The Son of God came to pay a debt all mankind owed for their rebellion and would save all who by faith believed Him to be the Son of God and the Light in this dark world. Mary did not understand how this would happen, because she was engaged to Joseph but had not known him as a wife. The angel Gabriel explained the Holy Spirit of God would come over her and she would conceive and give birth to the Son of God.

Mary left her betrothed to visit her cousins Elisabeth, she was told that she was having a baby who would be the forerunner to tell the people of the coming of Christ. As Mary entered the house the young baby Elisabeth was carrying leaped inside her and she began praising God saying, blessed is she, the mother of our Lord and Savior. Mary was blessed in she believed the word of God and did not doubt. Mary begins praising God saying, my soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoice in God my Savior.

God chose Mary one of low means and being a girl, some may consider her of little value and yet, God All Mighty did a great thing through her with the birth of Jesus who is the Son of God and the Son of Man.

Mary went back home to Joseph after being gone for months and she is pregnant. He betrothed and those around were apprehensive when she returned from visiting family with child. Great blessing from God can make those of the world distrustful and skeptical. Those who trust in God and His world may often times stand firm in the word they received from God, though all others may doubt.

The greatest thing that had ever happen to her now became the event that caused her fiancée to consider leaving her and others whispering about her. God undertook for her and gave her intended a word and a vision that she was in His will and she was faithful. As true believers we too must learn how to trust God to undertake for us when the world scorn and revile us when we are in God’s will. We will have trouble in this world but we are told to be of good cheer, Jesus has undertaken for us and we are to wait and see how the Lord settles the matter.

Mary and Joseph were required to travel to Bethlehem for the census and to pay their taxes. People from all over had gone to Bethlehem because the emperor had ordered everyone to return to their place of birth. Many people were sad because their trip was hard and some people had to travel a long way even though they did not have much money or much food. God would turn this sad and hard situation into a glorious event with the birth of Jesus, the Son of God.

One night, Shepherds were in a field feeding their sheep and the dark sky opened with a great light and an angel appeared and told them not to be afraid because he was bringing good news of Great Joy for all the people in the world! In the city of David, a Savior, Jesus Christ the Son of God was born in Bethlehem. A great multitude of angels appeared singing and praising God, Glory to God in the highest, peace on earth and good will toward all men. They began singing a new song of God’s Glory and Majesty while praising Him for His loving kindness and His tender mercies toward humanity in sending a Wonderful Savior.

Shepherds were viewed by many people of that time to be of the least in their society because they were people who live outdoors and guarded sheep. They were the first to receive the good news of the Messiah. God sent a Savior for all mankind and not for just the rich those highly esteemed by society because all humanity was created in His image and He has sent Jesus to redeem the human race. God will still use those who are lowly esteemed to do great things.

Even though Jesus is a Great King, He was lying in a manger swaddled in strips of cloth. The Son of God, was born of lowly means, in a stable and laid in a feeding trough for animals that was His bed. There was no room for Mary and Joseph for all the inns were filled.

A child was born and a Son was given to humanity and a new government was put on His shoulders one that is just, fair and undertake for everyone. People call Jesus Wonderful because He has done marvelous things. They call Him Counselor because He advise, instruct and resolve advertises without prejudice or favoritism. He is The Mighty God who is powerful and a valiant One who protects and defends His people. Jesus the Prince of Peace, the Lord and Keeper of our peace that we may have health and wellbeing. Because of Jesus we have Favor with God the everlasting Father.

Wise men from a Far East country saw the Messiah’s star and came to worship Him. Some believe these men were of the family of Keturah, the wife of Abraham, who he married after the death of his wife Sarah. She bore him six sons and before Abraham his death he gave them gifts and sent them to live in the east country. Isaac was the promised heir to inherit the promised land of Israel. Abraham taught his sons the promise of God to send a King, a Messiah to redeem all mankind. Abraham became the father of many nations both physically and spiritually for those who trusted in God and Jesus Christ His Redeemer. The children of Keturah were not of the tribes of Israel but they were children of Abraham and they sent to live in the east country and they too were waiting the salvation of God the promised Messiah.

Genesis‬ ‭25:1-2, 6‬ ‭KJV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
“Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah. And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah. But unto the sons of the concubines, which Abraham had, Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived, eastward, unto the east country.”
Genesis 18:19 For I have known him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they keep the way of the LORD, to do righteous and justice, that the LORD may bring to Abraham what He has spoken to him. NKJV
‭‭‬‬Wise men from the east country came bringing riches to honor the King of all kings, the Messiah. They asked Herod where is He that is born King of the Jews? Because they had seen His star and had come to Judaea to worship Him. Herod and all Jerusalem were very troubled. Israel had lost sight of the promise of God to send their Redeemer and Messiah and it appeared none in Judaea were awaiting His birth. The priests were asked where the Christ would be born and they answered in Bethlehem of Judaea. ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
Herod questioned the wise men regarding the time the star appeared to know how old the baby would be. He sent them to Bethlehem and told them to come back and tell him that he too might worship the child. Herod wanted to destroy the child born to be King to protect his position.

The wise men followed the star to Bethlehem they all rejoiced with exceeding great joy to have found the Messiah and King of kings. When they saw the young child with His mother they bowed down at His feet and worshipped Him and began opening their treasures. They presented Him with great gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh all of this was the great provision God had made for His Son. Today wise men, women and children are still seeking Jesus so that they too may worship and bring Him gifts the treasures of their heart, soul and spirit.

The wise men were warned in a dream by God to go another way and not return to Herod. They left going to their own country a different way and return to their home land to spread the good news of the birth of the Messiah the Savior of all mankind, Jesus Christ.

God also told Joseph to take Mary and Jesus into Egypt to hide Him from Herod. Though He was just a young child Herod wanted to destroy Jesus because of jealousy and feared He would
someday become King. When the wise men did not return to Herod to reveal where the Messiah was, he sent his solders to slay all the children who were two years and younger according to the time the wise men had given him.

There was a great cry in Israel of all the parents who lost their children at the hand of Herod being use by Satan, who wanted to once again destroy hope of salvation for all mankind. God provide a way for Jesus and His family to flee to Egypt and where not destroyed. Even today God provides a way for His people to keep them from total destruction of the enemy. The is sin and pain in this world but God has provided away out hard situation for those who know and follow His word they will not be totally destroyed.

When Herod was dead God told Joseph to returned and they lived in a city called Nazareth. Jesus grew and increased in strength filled with wisdom. At the age of twelve He was found sitting with the doctors and teachers hearing them and asking them questions. Those who heard Him were amazed and wonder at His understanding and His answers. Jesus grew in wisdom and
Favor with God and the people. He went about doing His Heavenly Father’s business, saving and healing the people.

The grace of God’s salvation has appeared to all humanity in the life of Jesus teaching them to live soberly in this present world. Jesus came to redeem God’s creation; every child and every person so they can choose to have a new birth a new beginning as children of God. Everyone has the choice to use their consciousness to accept or reject God. Every person will choose say yes or no to God by their actions. By faith they can receive Jesus as their Savior looking for that blessed hope and glorious appearing of Jesus Christ who gave Himself for all, that He might redeem us from the curse and destruction of this world.

Titus 2:11, 13-14KJV
“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men,
Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Savior Jesus Christ; Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.”
‭‭‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬This is the story of birth of Jesus and every true follower of Christ have a story of their new birth as children of the Most-High God. We all were saved from the destruction of the enemy as he tried to come and destroy our lives in this world but became a child of God in the Highest! ‬‬‬‬‬‬
‭‭Titus‬ ‭3:4‬ ‭KJV‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬
…the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared.
The unfathomable love of God has by His grace given everyone a chance at a new beginning, be able to come to God by faith in Jesus and to live a new life where the old way of living is passed away and they become a new creation in Christ Jesus.

‭‭2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:17-18 KJV “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

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