The Kingdom of Heaven is Near

Scripture: Matthew 3.  

OBSERVATION
(Key verses)

Matthew 3:1-2 (NLT)

1 In those days John the Baptist came to the Judean wilderness and began preaching. His message was,

2 “Repent of your sins and turn to God, for the Kingdom of Heaven is near.”

APPLICATION
(How Can I apply what God is saying here to my life today?)

I found it intriguing that the same message that formed the basis of John’s ministry is still so applicable today. These words remind me that as humans we are made to naturally thrive from the things of this world, then through the miraculous hand of God we are convicted of our sin and therefore turn to God for forgiveness and righteous living. Every time we turn around we find preachers who will want to try a new twist to worship services or even new and innovative ways to share the Word of God. Friends I believe that we have seen in some preachers, like Billy Graham, that there is much more success in winning the lost through a simple, but consistent, message like John the Baptist preached. This is also not just for preachers, for as laypersons; our message is as simple: for just as Jesus showed us to the Father, we too must show those that we come into contact with, the need for repentance from their sin, and the alternate direction they should follow by allowing Jesus to rule and reign in their lives. The reason we do this, is because the Kingdom of Heaven is near, meaning that the day of Jesus’ reappearing to capture His followers.

PRAYER
(What I will ask of God, in order for me to properly apply His Word to my life)

Thank You for the reminder about the nearness of Your return dear Lord. Please help me to live my life in light of that today so that You may be given freedom to work in and through me to reach the lost in my family, among my friends, in my church and in my circle of life. I realize that You don’t need me to win these ones to You oh God, but I pray that I may find a kind or encouraging word for someone today that may open their minds towards You so that they may be more open to hearing and obeying Your voice.

 

**Words underlined may be a hyperlink to a song that God laid on my heart while sharing this devotional this morning. Click it and be blessed by the song, like I was when I listened to it! …… I would be overjoyed to have the opportunity to pray with you about a need in your life that may, or may not have been highlighted by this Nugget today. Why not drop me a note and tell me about it? You may email me at:
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Author: Ed Algreen

One of God's kids expressing his understanding of God's Word and sharing how it is affecting his life! May those who read it be blessed, encouraged, and drawn closer to the Lord!

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