Kingdom Character

Kingdom CharacterI have always enjoyed studying the life of Joseph, the son of Jacob. He is one of the heroes of faith that we would all do well to emulate. This past Sunday we looked at some of the lessons we could learn from a man who was faithful to demonstrate Kingdom Character.

The kingdom of God is filled with people who seek to live out their lives in the power of the Holy Spirit. Their Kingdom Character is a direct result of continual fellowship with Almighty God.

Click on the following link to listen to or download the message, “Kingdom Character.”

Can You See Me Now? (Part 2)

The Bible is the best-selling book of all time.  It has been translated into more than 2,000 languages.  You can find it on cell phones, computers, coffee tables, fireplace mantles, as well as a microfilm copy which was taken to the moon on Apollo 14.  It has been carved in stone, written on animal hide, papyrus, paper, and I have even seen a chapter tattooed on someone’s back.  Needless to say, the Bible is a very popular book to people all around the world.

Unlike other popular books, people do not purchase a Bible to be entertained.  The Bible is God’s revelation of Himself.  It is within the pages of the 66 books of the Bible that we find out about God–His love, mercy, compassion, patience, grace, forgiveness, power, beauty, majesty, and so much more.  Page after page we see the Creator reaching out to draw His creation into a loving relationship with Him.  The Bible teaches us the commands of God, not that we can live up to them, that we might see His holiness and righteousness and realize our need for His forgiveness.  We see His hand of provision, protection, and providence constantly before us tenderly caring for His precious children.

Too often in my life I have performed my daily Bible readings and crossed that off my list of things to do for that day.  I have been so busy reading the book of God that I have missed the God of the book.  Through a series of events this became crystal clear to me, so I decided I must change.  Now, before I begin reading the Bible I ask Jesus to reveal Himself to me in Scripture.  As I read I want to see more of Christ that I might know Him more.

As you take time to read your Bible today please ask Jesus to reveal Himself to you.  Ask to see His character, integrity, honesty, holiness, righteousness, mercy, compassion, grace and other attributes.  Don’t read the Bible to see if you are measuring up. Read the Bible to see Christ and the worship Him!