Blessed To Be The King’s Child

  
 
A lady whose socioeconomic condition was extremely low came to see two ladies of great financial means. All three ladies were Christians and loved the Lord. Even though the lady who made the call was poorly dressed and her appearance left much to be desired, she was received with kindness into the lovely home of the rich ladies.
 
As the three engaged in conversation, the man of the house, the brother, entered the room. He was egotistical and his demeanor showed a sense of superiority. He was astonished that a woman dressed so shabbily would be invited into his house. But one of his sisters said “Brother don’t look so shocked, this is a king’s daughter she just doesn’t have her fine clothes on.”
 
When we establish our relationship to God by Jesus The Christ, regardless of our social or educational or economic standing,we are a son or daughter of a King—King Jesus. “That you keep the commandment without stain or reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,  Which He will bring about at the proper time - He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords;  (1 Timothy 6:14, 15)
 
“And Jesus, finding a young donkey, sat on it; as it is written,” “fear not, daughter of zion; behold your king is coming, seated on a donkey’s colt.” (John 12:14, 15)
 
Our pride of attainment and possessions may cause us to forget that “Every good thing bestowed and every perfect gift comes from the Lord” That means we owe everything to our King Jesus.
 
 Remember “God is opposed to the proud, but gives grace to the humble” (James 4:6). No matter Who we are or Where we are or how High we Rise, treat every Christian as a son or daughter of The King
 

 

Dr. Taylor A. McKenzie
February 11,2018
 
 

It’s About God—Not We Ourselves

Sometimes we can act as if we ourselves are the creators of life especially our own lives. Realistically, how much strength, how much power do we have? What is that of our own selves can we achieve?  James places this thought in perspective when he writes “You do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away” (James 4:14). Life therefore, is not about “we ourselves” it is all about the God who made us.
 
Yet there is ever this attitude: This is my life, this is my deed, this is my thought, this is my time. Sometimes our egos speak out without reference to the God who made us and to the One “in whom we live and move and exist” (Acts 17:28).
 
There is only one remedy to accepting “not we ourselves”, and that remedy comes by reducing our self-centeredness and in knowing and believing that it is God who is the author and creator of our lives. In fact our lives find meaning only in the One who made us. Our Lord proclaims to His disciples “I am the vine, you are the branches. The one who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit. For apart from Me you can do nothing” (John 15:5).
 
Thus, with an humble spirit we yield ourselves to Him who is above us. Scripture tells us that “all flesh is like grass, and all its glory like the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls off but the Word of the Lord endures forever. And this is the Word which was preached to you” (1Peter 1:24, 25). That means we obey God’s will. We must allow the word of God thru the Spirit of God to order our daily ways and direct our daily paths. We respond with sincere and humble dedication to His Church.
 
It is God who has made us and not we ourselves
Dr. Taylor A. McKenzie
January 14, 2018
 
 

Lifting The Weight of Our Burdens

In a stirring scene from the 1986 movie, The Mission, a guilt-ridden slave trader, Mendoza, struggles to climb a treacherous mountain while carrying an overloaded pack of armor and weapons. He purposely selected this cumbersome burden as penance for the violent sins in his past.
 
At the peak of a mountain and the height of his frustration, Mendoza balances precariously at an impassible ridge—his awkward bag preventing him from moving another inch. As he pulls with every ounce of his strength, a young native boy suddenly comes toward him. When the boy draws a large knife, Mendoza fears for his life. Yet, the youth has something else in mind—he cuts the heavy pack from Mendoza’s back and lets it fall into the deep raven.
 
Unable to communicate with each other, the two men embrace as Mendoza’s tears reveal his deep feelings of gratefulness and    relief.
 
Though sin mars the life of each of us, God has not called us to carry the weight of guilt on our backs. Neither does He require us to atone for our wrongdoings. Instead, God sent His only Son   Jesus to bear the sin of the entire world. His blood was shed to relieve us of the debt  that each of us owed to God. (John 3:16).
 
What burden area you carrying right now? Will you allow Jesus to “cut the ties” and receive you into His outstretched arms?
 
 
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