Acts 2:22-24 “Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a Man attested by God to you by miracles, wonders, and signs which God did through Him in your midst, as you yourselves also know—Him, being delivered by the determined purpose and foreknowledge of God, you have taken by lawless hands, have crucified, and put to death; whom God raised up, having loosed the pains of death, because it was not possible that He should be held by it.”
Continuing Pastor Giglio's message on is Jesus King, he points back that in yesterday's post Isaiah 46:11 speaks of God calling a bird of prey from the east, the man who executes My counsel, from a far country. Daniel 1:1 tells us that in the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came to Jerusalem and besieged it. In Daniel 2:2-3 tells of Nebuchadnezzar’s troubling dream. In Daniel 2:27, 31-35, Daniel interprets that dream as a Rock hewed out by Almighty God’s hand – a chief cornerstone, a tried and tested stone for a sure foundation, for that Rock shall break every kingdom that there is. In Daniel 2:47, Daniel declares: “there is a God in heaven who reveals secrets.” After the “fiery furnace” rescue of Rack, Shack and Ben, Nebuchadnezzar writes in Daniel 4:1-3 of the Most High God, “How great are His signs, and how mighty His wonders! His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and His dominion is from generation to generation.” The dream of Nebuchadnezzar’s was interpreted by Daniel (the bird of prey from the east) in 603 B.C. and in 539 B.C. Babylon was conquered and fell.
There are people today that think that they are a king or queen, and need to see Who really is King of kings and Lord of lords. But, if you feel like a pawn today and concerned about your tomorrow, then be reminded that we have been connected to Jesus. Christ is the true King of kings and Lord of lords, and you are never a pawn in life, if you belong to the King. Your times are in the hands of the King of kings. Jesus is in the fire, delivering us in the furnace before He gets us out of the furnace, showing His superior strength in our lives. In the difficulties before He gets us out of the difficulties. We are always looking for the “eject” button, while Jesus is looking for the “insert” button, where He can come into the equation, the difficulty, the challenge, the pressure or the stress and show Himself enough for us in the fire.
Pastor Giglio says that the key point is: You are not a pawn, if you belong to the King. The king's domain is his kingdom, in which the Believer is a citizen. Even under pressure, you are not a pawn, if you belong to the King. Inside and outside power do not have “final say” over you, if you belong to the King. The King is the king, and He has final say in what happens to you. A committee may decide, the Board may vote, your boss may a decision, people may make choices, the diagnosis may come on the radar and all kinds of pressure may happen, but if you are connected to the King then you are never a pawn. Nobody is wreaking God’s plan. If you have submitted to Him, then this is a “game-changer” and a distinctive in this world.
The way we honor the Lord, influences how we honor people. But, let’s make sure that we never worship anyone but God. That we make our focus to worship the One True God at all cost, any cost and every cost. In the process, we will honor everyone we can, as long as we can, wherever we can. Focus on being faithful and God will focus on making you fruitful. Focus on making sure your heart is “right” and God will sure that the arc of your life was great. The Lord Jesus Christ is King!
In Christ, Brian