"Thy Kingdom Come"
There was an uncanny irony about it all. Everyone was acting as though it was "business as usual". Men in business suits held conferences and went on "power lunches" as though nothing special was about to happen. Housewives scurried to the supermarket, looking for the best possible price on pork chops. Children waited for bright yellow buses to take them to school, today's assignments stuffed into psychedelic notebooks. The big fear was a pop quiz on ancient history, not a look at current events.
Current events were being ignored. Oh, the networks were hinting about a possible problem in the lofty realms of government, but the big stories were the trial of a movie star and a pair of lost children in Indiana. Another big story was how the Dallas Cowboys might do in their next outing on Monday Night Football. You say, "Well, what's the big deal?" "Aren't those always the kinds of things that occupy our minds?"
Yes, they are. But in this case, they were masking something of far greater importance. What was happening at the moment was happening in the shadows. It was an underground event. Unnoticed even by the media, an attempt was being made to prepare for a revolution. A band of dissidents were about to take over the White House, take the President captive, bomb the chambers of the House and Senate, and throw the nation into a complete state of turmoil. Missiles aimed at key American cities were ready to simultaneously put our defense system on "red alert" and even if it were to fail, this nation would never be the same again.
But to the man on the street, the big item of discussion was whether or not the hockey strike would end, whether or not the big game Saturday would be played in a rain storm, and whether or not ABC could hold its own in the TV ratings game. A plane crash captured man's attention for a day or two, but soon that too, was forgotten.
How could that be? How could the greatest nation in the world be virtually oblivious to its imminent demise? How could a kingdom be under such attack and its subjects be totally unmoved? Good question. We cannot imagine it. We think we are far too sophisticated and far too technologically advanced to ever be caught off guard like that. And therein lies the chink in our armor. "Let him who thinks he stands, take heed lest he fall", says the Scripture. And indeed, when we are least prepared for an invasion, the enemy is most likely to attack.
Well, if you are preparing for a message on the moral or military demise of this country, you are going to be disappointed. This lesson is not about America. That was only an illustration to get our attention about how easily a kingdom can topple without its people even realizing there's a war going on.
This is a lesson about a different kingdom. A kingdom of the heart. A kingdom that is spiritual in nature, but that one day will have an actual king in an actual kingdom. This lesson is about the kingdom of God. And it is about a people, a people you and I see when we look in the mirror, who are so oblivious to the war that is about to break out in our very midst, that we are wandering around buying, selling, enjoying, complaining, and in general pretending that all's right with the world.
All's not right with our world. This kingdom as we know it is under attack and the big thrust is just around the corner. The enemy is poised for a nuclear attack on the capitol of God's kingdom. The demonic version of the CIA has done its homework. It has lulled us to sleep and diverted our attention from the direction where the missiles will appear. And we as believers are building buildings, counting money, producing seminars, planning dramas and musicals, holding business meetings, committee meetings and planning meetings.
And none of us are meeting about the war that is about to break out at any second. Few of us are even talking about it. Too many social issues to grapple with. Too many church problems to solve. Too many marriages in trouble. Too much moral decline. Too much political corruption. We've got a job to do. No time to talk about or pray about things we cannot yet see.
Hold on, beloved. You will see it soon. The underground mafia of Satan's terrorists are about to rise to the surface. The unseen conflict that is raging in the heavenlies is about to break out on planet earth. The hidden cameras of God's Spirit are about to broadcast in the open the rumblings of a revolution and we are about to see spiritual warfare such as we have never seen. The big one is coming. The war to end all wars. The climax of history. And if ever there was a time when God's people ought to be aware of the depth of the conflict and the urgency of the hour, this is it.
Let me ask you. Have you prayed today about the great spiritual struggle going on for the souls of men? Have you laid yourself at God's feet today and focused the antenna of your spirit on the kingdom which is to come? Have you wept over the warning signs that point to the hands on the clock of history? Why not? How could you be more intense about the trial of a football star than you are about the impending conflict of eternity? How could you be more concerned about a political race than you are about the race to the finish line of history? How could rising taxes be more important than the rising tide of Satanic oppression that will culminate in the snatching up of the church from earth to heaven?
The answer is easy. That which is unseen does not capture our imagination. But, oh, beloved, if you are a Christian, that which is unseen is at the center of your life. And we as believers have been magnetically pulled into the arena of skepticism by an unbelieving world, until even we talk about the battles of the spirit world as though they were hypothetical.
And so with this somewhat somber beginning, we approach the next phase of God's dissertation on prayer. It is found in Matthew, chapter six, and it follows Jesus' admonition to address His Father with respect, awe, and worship. He now tells us what it is we are to be praying about. Dear God, I pray that we will listen.
He says, "When you pray, pray like this:"
"Our Father, who art in heaven, hallowed be Thy name.
Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."
The Bible is a biography of God. But it is also a war story. It is a story about the conflict between Satan and God and it chronicles the history of the participants, the various skirmishes that have led us to this point, and the lessons we should have learned by now about the intensity of the battle and the urgency of the hour.
It tells us in detail about how it all began. It tells us of the succeeding generations who have perpetuated the hostility, and it even tells us of the eventual outcome. But it also tells us about the generation preceding that outcome; a generation that will be marrying and giving in marriage, eating, drinking, and pretending that all's right with the world, while the very foundations of that world are crumbling into the oblivion of immediate disaster.
Beloved, we live in those days. We live in that world. And unless we crawl out of our cocoon of affluent self-satisfaction and put on God's armor, we may well become the most ill-equipped generation in history to become the last generation in history.
"Thy Kingdom Come". Indeed. The church in our age doesn't even know what that kingdom is. And for us to ask God for it to come is a farce. "Thy Kingdom Come". What does it mean? How are we to pray? Why are we to pray? And what does all this have to do with prayer, anyhow? Those are the questions we must grapple with as we allow the Living Son of God to continue to teach us... how to pray.
We want personal things to pray about, don't we? We want Aunt Emma's cancer to go away. We want Johnny to get that job. We want the church to grow. We want the car to get fixed. On a broader scale, we want the elections to turn out right. We want that war in Eastern Europe to end. We want the weather to treat us with respect. "Dear God, no more tornadoes, hurricanes, or earthquakes, please."
And we have the "bless me's" don't we? Lord, "Bless Suzie: she has a bad back. Bless Freddy, he lost his job. Bless Elizabeth, she's depressed. Amen." Nothing wrong with that. . . provided it is accompanied by, "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven." You say, "What does Suzie's bad back have to do with the kingdom coming?" Everything. You say, "How does Freddy getting or not getting a job affect the kingdom?" In every way. Nothing you pray about, however serious, or however mundane can be isolated from the kingdom's coming. All of life rotates around that one phrase. And until we understand that, we will spend our lives praying about the superficial symptoms of life and overlooking the reasons those symptoms exist.
Thy Kingdom Come! What a wonderful, yet incredibly dangerous prayer to pray. It literally means: "Father, we live in two worlds at the same time. One is this physical world where bodies ache, things break, people take, and spirits quake. The other is the world of the Spirit. That is the world within and the world to come. It is within the believer's heart in this age; it will be the believer's world in the age to come. Everything about it is spiritual. Its goals are spiritual. Its principles are spiritual. Its rewards are spiritual. So when we ask for the kingdom to come, we are asking God for two things:
1- We are asking God for something spiritually rewarding to come out of every situation we pray for. If we pray for Aunt Bessie to get well, we are praying that if Aunt Bessie's getting well will best bring in the kingdom.... that is, change her heart towards God or draw those around her to faith in God, then Thy kingdom come. On the other hand, if God's kingdom will best be served by a long, continued illness in which the pain she endures helps her enter into the fellowship of Christ's suffering, or if the pressure she will endure will help her to be a testimony to the grace of God, then what we are praying for Aunt Bessie is for the kingdom to come. For God's will to be done, the kingdom must come. It must come in its fullness in Aunt Bessie's heart. It must come in the form of salvation and encouragement to the broken hearts of those who love her and watch her. It must come in the form of the redemption of those who look on from the outside and have never seen someone suffer with such grace. For the kingdom to come; for God's will to be done, that which is the most spiritually beneficial to the kingdom is all that matters.
2-When we say "thy kingdom come" we are asking God to do whatever it takes to hasten that day when the King will come and life as we know it will fade into the recesses of eternity and a whole new life will be ours in heaven. We are saying to God, "I don't care whether or not I make a lot of money, I care whether or not I am laying up treasures in heaven where moth and rust cannot corrupt and where thieves cannot break through and steal."
That means that if we are praying for a given situation and one solution would be our prosperity on earth at the expense of rewards in heaven; the other would be a loss on earth, a gain in heaven; praying "Thy kingdom come" means we are asking God to forego the temporal blessings for later spiritual fruit. As I said, this is no casual prayer.
This is the real thing. This is where the believer takes his or her eyes off of this world and places it on the next. This is where serious decisions are made that will either give God the freedom to do with you as He pleases, or will make you a "hostile" witness, so to speak in the courtroom drama of eternal transformation. To pray for spiritual growth is not "real world" praying, unless you pray for the kingdom to come and God's will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.
The kingdom of God. What is it? Is it the same as the kingdom of heaven? Is it here and now or is it then and there? Is it an actual kingdom with an actual king or is it a state of mind? Good questions. And clear answers await us from the word of God.
The kingdom of God is both here and within and there and without. It is the sphere of life in which God rules. For the Christian, the kingdom begins when the King is invited into the life. From now until Jesus calls you home, the kingdom is in your heart. It is a preview; a sample of the completed kingdom where He shall reign forever and ever. That is the kingdom for which we long, and that is the kingdom for which we labor. In the meantime, we have been invited to enjoy the benefits of the kingdom: love, peace, joy, patience, self-control while inhabiting the kingdom of Satan on planet earth. Everything God does in your heart then, is to prepare you for what He will do in heaven.
The kingdom of God and the kingdom of heaven are basically one and the same. While some commentators try to differentiate, the truth is: the phrase "Kingdom of heaven" or "kingdom of the heavens" is only found in Matthew. But Matthew also writes of the kingdom of God four times. One authority notes that "The kingdom of the heavens is a Semitic phrase that would be meaningful to Jews but would clash on the Greek ear. The Jews, out of reverence for God, would avoided uttering the divine name. In Matthew 19:23,24 the words are actually used interchangeably. It is the kingdom where God rules. God rules from heaven. Our Father, who art in heaven rules the kingdom. So for the sake of our study, we will use the two phrases as one and the same.
Now the purpose of this lesson is to understand how to pray by asking God for the kingdom to come. To broaden it beyond that would divert us from the subject at hand, which is prayer. Let's look, then, at what the Scripture says about this kingdom and how each of those statements will help us to better understand how to pray. When we pray "Thy kingdom come", what are we asking God to do?
1-We are asking God to bring us to repentance.
This is not just the repentance which leads to salvation. Repentance is a daily, continual responsibility for the believer. It is the process of seeing life from God's perspective, seeing sin from God's perspective, and choosing to turn from it at whatever the cost. That is repentance. And repentance is what the kingdom is all about.
Matt. 4:17 From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Luke 17:4 "And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, 'I repent,' forgive him."
Acts 8:22 "Therefore repent of this wickedness of yours, and pray the Lord that if possible, the intention of your heart may be forgiven you.
Repentance involves a once for all turning from sin to the Savior and a continual, minute by minute turning away from the pull of the flesh to the control of the Spirit. The kingdom will one day be free from sin. Until then, the kingdom within the heart must be becoming progressively free from sin. So when you ask God for the "kingdom to come" and "His will to be done" you are asking for God to do whatever it takes to bring you to the end of yourself where sin is concerned.
You are asking Him to convict you. You are asking Him to sensitize you. You are also asking Him to discipline you and see that you are found out if necessary, so that the hidden sins of the heart will not go on unchecked, lest you become "a castaway". For the kingdom to come, sin must be dealt with. Not just the overt sins that others know about. It is why Jesus later asks for us to pray "Forgive us our sins". It is crucial if the kingdom is to come and God's will is to be done.
2-For the kingdom to come, pride must be seen for what it is. The great enemy of the kingdom is the flesh. The great arm of the flesh is pride. To whatever degree we allow pride to dominate our lives, be it spiritual pride or pride in this world's accomplishments, to that degree we hamper the kingdom. The Bible says it clearly:
Matt. 5:3 Blessed are the poor in spirit: for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Matt. 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Matt. 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Matt. 19:14 But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.
Simple, childlike faith and humility are the hallmarks of the kingdom. Those who are "poor in spirit"; who do not think more highly of themselves than they ought to think, are the heirs to the kingdom. Others may enter in, but their inheritance will not be the same. So when you pray, "Thy kingdom come", you are asking God to do whatever it takes to humble you; to take away the crutches in life you rest your weight on, so that you might come to trust in Him the way a little child trusts his father or mother. And the reverse pride rule actually governs the kingdom. The more humble you become, the greater you become.
To whatever degree you think you can do something apart from God, to that degree you are demoted in the kingdom. For the kingdom is a place where the king rules. When the king rules, the subjects obey. When the subject rules, the king is dethroned. That is what you are praying when you pray, "thy kingdom come". You are praying, "Lord whatever it takes to get me off the throne and bring me to a place of total dependence on you, 'thy will be done'." That often means not answering your prayer the way you asked it. Usually, we pray asking God to give us something that will make us more effective, less dependent, more successful. Those are often the things that inject the very element of self-sufficiency into our lives that cause us to become the least in the kingdom.
3-For the kingdom to come, this world must lose its appeal, and things must lose their attraction.
I didn't say that, God did. Listen to what the Scripture says:
Matt. 19:23 Then said Jesus unto his disciples, Verily I say unto you, That a rich man shall hardly enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Matt. 19:24 And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God.
He didn't say rich men couldn't enter. He said the entrance requirements involve humility and dependence. And He said you cannot worship God and mammon. So the very riches we seek and sell our souls for actually become stumbling blocks to our finding our place in the kingdom. That means: when you pray "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done" you are asking God to take away anything that hinders you from doing your part to see that the kingdom comes. If riches are your enemy, no matter how much you may love them, you are, in effect, asking God to take them away or take away their benefits long enough for you to stop resting in them and trusting in them.
4-For the kingdom to come, the gospel must be preached. Make no mistake about it, the singular purpose of the kingdom is spiritual restoration and transformation. The word of God is the agent the Spirit of God uses to accomplish that. So when you pray for "The kingdom to come", you are praying that God will equip and enable you to share your faith and share the truths of the gospel. If you have to give up something else to do that, you may just have to give up something else, because the purpose of the church isn't to create a country-club atmosphere where Christians feel comfortable because they are insulated from society.
The purpose of the church is to bring in the kingdom. To do that, the gospel must be preached to the ends of the earth.
Matt. 4:23 And Jesus went about all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, and preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing all manner of sickness and all manner of disease among the people.
Matt. 10:7 And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand.
When you go, preach. As you preach, say "The kingdom of heaven is at hand." That means you share the message of the Cross wherever you go. It is not enough simply to tell people that God is love or even that God loves them. That is not the whole gospel.
1 Cor. 15:1 Moreover, brethren, I declare unto you the gospel which I preached unto you, which also ye have received, and wherein ye stand;
1 Cor. 15:2 By which also ye are saved, if ye keep in memory what I preached unto you, unless ye have believed in vain.
1 Cor. 15:3 For I delivered unto you first of all that which I also received, how that Christ died for our sins according to the scriptures;
1 Cor. 15:4 And that he was buried, and that he rose again the third day according to the scriptures:
The Cross is the gospel. The preaching of the Cross is that which brings in the kingdom of God. It fulfills His will for your life, and it hastens the day when the kingdom will come at last. If we are not leading people to faith in Christ; if we are not clearly enunciating the difference between being saved and lost, we are not bringing in the kingdom. The whole purpose of the kingdom is for the lost to come to a saving knowledge of Christ as Savior. So when you pray, "Thy kingdom come", you are asking God to place you in situations where your faith must be shared, either by word or life or both, and you are asking Him to enable you by grace to "Sanctify the Lord God in your hearts; and be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh you a reason for the hope that is in you with meekness and fear" (I Peter 3:15)
The truth of the matter is:
John 3:3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.
When you pray, "thy kingdom come" you are praying for the gospel to be clearly shared with an unbelieving world. You are asking God to use even the likes of you to share it. Maybe He will ask you to go. Maybe He will ask you to give. Maybe He will ask you to do both. But if you are asking Him for the kingdom to come, and His will to be done on earth as in heaven, you are making yourself available to be a part of the answer. Pray it and mean it.
5-For the kingdom to come, the bride must be ready.
You and I cannot take the second coming of Christ lightly. We are to be looking expectantly for His coming; proclaiming His coming; preparing for His coming.
Mt. 25:1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
25:13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh.
For the kingdom to come, Jesus must come again. He must come for us, and He must come with us to claim the victory that is His. God's will won't be done on earth until the King has come and set up His kingdom. That means we must be living in absolute expectancy, excitement and awe at His coming. We know not the day nor the hour of His coming. But we can see the signs of His coming. And we are to look up, for our redemption draweth nigh.
We must keep short accounts. If we have wronged someone, we need to leave our gifts at the altar, and go and make peace with those who are offended. We must remain faithful till He comes. The commitments we've made to God must not be laid aside as though there will always be another day, another hour, another year in which to become faithful. The kingdom is coming. The kingdom is coming soon. We are to live like it. And when we pray, "thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven", we are saying to God, "Even so, Lord Jesus, come."
So praying for the kingdom to come is more than saying words. It is an open invitation to God to do His will in your life at whatever the cost, because you are living for one thing: to see the kingdom come on earth as it is in heaven.
That means sin cannot have dominion over you. You are asking God to do whatever it takes to bring about repentance in your heart. It means you must humble yourself or be humiliated, so God will not have to compete with your ego for lordship rights. It means the world and all the things in it that so attract you are God's to remove or replace at will. It means that your primary burden ought to be proclaiming the Cross and you are giving God the right to put you in as many situations as possible where the lost are, so He can speak through you and live through you this wonderful thing He calls the "Gospel of the Kingdom." And of course, it means that you and God are making a covenant that you will live this day as though it were the last day of your life, for you are expecting and waiting for the King to come so the kingdom can come at last.
All of that can be simplified into one basic thought. You have to make a decision. You have to decide whether or not the one driving force in your life is going to be your desire to see the kingdom come. If so, everything and every one else will have to be seen in the light of that one decision. Jesus said it all in Matthew 6:
Mt. 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Seek ye first the kingdom of God. That doesn't just mean first chronologically. It means first in terms of priorities. It means that every single thought you think and every single choice you make will be made in the light of Matthew 6:33. Now think about that passage and how it affects how you pray.
1- It means that to say you can have two equal priorities in your world; this life and the life to come is a lie. You cannot serve two masters. Only you (and perhaps those closest to you) know who or what your masters are. It may be your job. You may proclaim your allegiance to Christ above all, but given a choice, you choose to make a few more dollars or a few more sales over the bringing in of the kingdom. It may be sports or recreation or pleasure. You may proclaim Christ as all in all, but if a golf game or a football game interferes with your sharing your life or pouring your life into someone else, the golf wins out. Verse 24 basically says that if you have to choose between anything and Jesus Christ, you will hate that other thing because it is coming between you and your God.
2- It means you have nothing to worry about... ever. "Take no thought for your life" means just that. It means you do what you are called on to do, but the results are not yours and never will be, so the responsibility to worry is not yours for sure. In fact, worry becomes a devastating sin. Which of you by taking thought can add an inch to his height or a day to his life? Worried about having clothes to wear? What about the lilies? They seem to do just fine. They're more beautiful than the attire Solomon, the richest man in the world had. If God can handle the flowers, He sure can handle the clothes in your closet.
3- So the sum total of it all is that God must have first place in your life or else God really has no place in your life. For the kingdom to come in, Christ has to come in and be seated on the throne of your heart. And once there, every prayer you pray is prayed with one thing in mind: What will best bring in the kingdom; and thus accomplish God's will.
But wait a minute! Something's wrong! You can sense it in the air. On the one hand, the hands on the clock of history are at 11:59 and holding. The signs which must be fulfilled before He comes again, have one by one come to pass.
But like those apathetic citizens in the opening illustration, the church is busy perpetuating itself instead of preparing itself for that one moment in history around which all of history finds its hope. The enemy is poised for the final conflict. His demonic host has infiltrated the very halls of power and we are acting as though it's "life as usual".
It's wake up time, beloved! The kingdom is coming. It's time to repent of all known sin and focus on the holiness of God. It's time to quit chasing after the elusive mirage of "things" and give our lives in exchange for people; the one thing that will last. It's time to return to preaching the Cross without apology. "D-Day" is coming, and everyone on planet earth is either saved or lost, "in Christ" or separated from God for all eternity. And that Cross is their only answer.
It's time we got ready. The Bridegroom is coming for His bride. The King is coming for His kingdom. Open your eyes, beloved, and look towards the eastern sky. And as you do, let your heart sing forth in an anthem of praise, "Thy kingdom come, Lord Jesus!" "Even so, Lord Jesus, come quickly." Amen.
Focus on Application
1- What two things are we asking God to do when we pray, "Thy Kingdom Come"? (pg 6,7)
2- How would you define the kingdom of God? Is it a place? Is it here now or coming later or both?
3- What did Jesus mean when He said, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand"? Can you define repentance in one sentence? Can you draw a picture of it on a piece of paper? Does the word "repentance" apply after conversion? Can you prove your answer with Scripture?
4- Why does pride keep the kingdom from coming? How did Satan fall? What makes a person truly great in God's eyes? (Mt 18:3) How can you apply that to your own life?
5- Why is it so hard for someone enamored by riches to enter the kingdom? Is it possible? What has to happen first?
6- Why is it so important to God that the Cross be preached? Has Satan subtly removed the Cross from much of our preaching and teaching? How did he accomplish that? What can we do about it? When we pray "Thy kingdom come", what are we saying to God about our witness?
7- Describe your readiness for the coming of the Bridegroom, the Lord Jesus. If He were to come today, would you be ready? Is it right to pray "Thy kingdom come" if you're not ready for Him to come?
8- Paraphrase Matthew 6:24-33. (Write it in your own words). Add your name to each verse to make it personal. When you come to verse 33, make it "I will, therefore, seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness. Lord; the 'all these things' are up to you".
9- Rest in Christ this week. Take no thought for "things". Your heavenly Father knows what you need. Just seek His heart and seek His kingdom. Watch Him take care of the "all these things".
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