Soon we’ll find out who our next President of the United States will be. The country seems pretty evenly split. One party will walk away very pleased, and the other party most likely pretty disappointed. Today I’m reminded of something we can all be United in and look forward to. Try to follow these thoughts…God created a perfect world…it was considered very good to Him (Genesis 1:31). But God’s original design of a perfect world has been tainted by sin / Fallen Man. Because of sin, man has abused God’s intentions for order and design. In particular, God’s intention was to be His creations King, Lord and Ruler. Because of sin, man has in time rejected God in many ways. As a result, He’s allowed us to follow after imperfect leaders. But don’t lose hope…don’t lose heart (2 Corinthians 4:16-18). For one day He promises to restore His original order. And to once again be THE one and only King in the eyes of His creation. At that moment we’ll no longer have to experience the effects of sin and the consequences of following / chasing after imperfect leaders. Remember, God is a jealous God. He wants your whole heart. Continue following after Him, and praying for our leaders.
Practicing His Presence,
He Began as THE King of Kings and Lord of Lords
John 1:1 (ESV) In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.
Revelation 19:16 (ESV) On his robe and on his thigh he has a name written, King of kings and Lord of lords.
Deuteronomy 10:17 (ESV) For the LORD your God is God of gods and Lord of lords, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who is not partial and takes no bribe.
Psalm 136:3 (ESV) Give thanks to the Lord of lords,
for his steadfast love endures forever;
Daniel 2:47 (ESV) The king answered and said to Daniel, “Truly, your God is God of gods and Lord of kings, and a revealer of mysteries, for you have been able to reveal this mystery.”
1 Timothy 6:15 (ESV) which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords,
Revelation 1:5 (ESV) and from Jesus Christ the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of kings on earth.
To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood
Matthew 28:18 (ESV) And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been
given to me.
Acts 10:36 (ESV) As for the word that he sent to Israel, preaching good news of peace through Jesus Christ (he is Lord of all),
He was the Rejected King
1 Samuel 8:5-7 (NIV) 5 They said to him, “You are old, and your sons do not follow your ways; now appoint a king to lead us, such as all the other nations have.” 6 But when they said, “Give us a king to lead us,” this displeased Samuel; so he prayed to the Lord. 7 And the Lord told him: “Listen to all that the people are saying to you; it is not you they have rejected, but they have rejected me as their king.
He is Still and will Always be THE King of Kings and Lord of Lords
2 Corinthians 5:10 (NIV) For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each of us may receive what is due us for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
Revelation 20:11–15 (ESV) Judgment Before the Great White Throne 11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. From his presence earth and sky fled away, and no place was found for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were judged by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. 13 And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were judged, each one of them, according to what they had done. 14 Then Death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. 15 And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
Philippians 2:10-11 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
In a gotquestions.org article, the author points out some vital “Foreshadowings: The Lord Jesus Christ is seen primarily in two parts of 2 Samuel. First, the Davidic Covenant as outlined in 2 Samuel 7:16: ‘Your house and your kingdom will endure forever before me; your throne will be established forever’ and reiterated in Luke 1:31-33 in the words of the angel who appeared to Mary to announce Jesus’ birth to her: ‘He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.’ Christ is the fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant; He is the Son of God in the line of David who will reign forever.
Second, Jesus is seen in the song of David at the end of his life (2 Samuel 22:2-51). He sings of his rock, fortress and deliverer, his refuge and savior. Jesus is our Rock (1 Corinthians 10:4; 1 Peter 2:7-9), the Deliverer of Israel (Romans 11:25-27), the fortress to whom we ‘have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us’ (Hebrews 6:18 KJV), and our only Savior (Luke 2:11; 2 Timothy 1:10). https://www.gotquestions.org/Book-of-2-Samuel.html
Our Response While Living in this Imperfect World
Hebrews 13:14 (NLT) For this world is not our permanent home; we are looking forward to a home yet to come.
So, in the meantime, the Apostle Paul gives us a nice motivational speech and says…….
1 Timothy 2:1-5 (NIV) I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, [FOR THE PURPOSE] that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. 3 This is good, and pleases God our Savior, 4 who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth. 5 For there is one God and one mediator between God and mankind, the man Christ Jesus,
Songs: King of Kings by Hillsong Worship; Lord of Lords by Hillsong Worship; and
Ruler of Nations by Victory Worship
Nate Smith is a college baseball and football coach, a husband, a father of 6 girls, grandpa to 3 granddaughters, a police chaplain, and has a passion to see men grow in Christ.
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