Seek God’s kingdom

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 But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.
“Do not fear, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.
 Luke 12:31-32

And in the days of these kings the God of heaven will set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed; and the kingdom shall not be left to other people; it shall break in pieces and consume all these kingdoms, and it shall stand forever. Daniel 2:44 

“Therefore I say to you, the kingdom of God will be taken from you and given to a nation bearing the fruits of it. Matthew 21:43 

and [John the Baptist] saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand. Repent, and believe in the gospel.” Mark 1:15

and saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!” Matthew 3:2 

And He said to them, “Assuredly, I say to you that there are some standing here who will not taste death till they see the kingdom of God present with power.” Mark 9:1

Jesus answered and said to him, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.” John 3:3

Jesus answered, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless one is born of water [baptized*] and the Spirit, he cannot enter the kingdom of God.  John 3:5

strengthening the souls of the disciples, exhorting them to continue in the faith, and saying, “We must through many tribulations enter the kingdom of God.” [Paul & Barnabas] Acts 14:22 

for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Romans 14:17 

For the kingdom of God is not in word but in power. 1 Corinthians 4:20

Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; nor does corruption inherit incorruption. 1 Cor15:50

envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:21

For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Ephesians 5:5

that you would walk worthy of God who calls you into His own kingdom and glory. 1 Thessalonians 2:12

which is manifest evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you also suffer; 2 Thessalonians 1:5

Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, “Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. Revelation 12:10

Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom,
And Your dominion endures throughout all generations.

The Lord upholds all who fall,
And raises up all who are bowed down.
The eyes of all look expectantly to You,
And You give them their food in due season.
You open Your hand
And satisfy the desire of every living thing.

The Lord is righteous in all His ways,
Gracious in all His works.
The Lord is near to all who call upon Him,
To all who call upon Him in truth.
He will fulfill the desire of those who fear Him;
He also will hear their cry and save them.
The Lord preserves all who love Him,
But all the wicked He will destroy.

My mouth shall speak the praise of the Lord,
And all flesh shall bless His holy name
Forever and ever. 
Psalm 145:13-21

Thank you for visiting 🙂

God bless you wholeheartedly to envision His glorious kingdom here on earth in your heart as we await His return to take us home and be part of His Kingdom.

What a glorious day that will be, stay in His grace!

 

NOTE: *Baptism is ‘identifying with Jesus’ death, burial and resurrection’*. We put away  our old self and rise a new person in Christ. His sacrifice and gift of grace. If it is in your power to do so, do. Jesus Himself was baptized [full immersion], and we are called to emulate Him. However if one cannot be baptized, (like the thief crucified next to Him), know God will understand why you were not able too. Trust Him, He knows your heart. Though it’s not a reason not too if one can. 

But those doing right come gladly to the Light to let everyone see that they are doing what God wants them to.” John 3:21 TLB

(That, by the way, is what baptism pictures for us: In baptism we show that we have been saved from death and doom by the resurrection of Christ; not because our bodies are washed clean by the water but because in being baptized we are turning to God and asking him to cleanse our hearts from sin.) 1 Peter 3:21 TLB

God bless you!

sources and gratitude: picture- Carlos S. heavenstruth.blogspot.com ; biblegateway.com NKJV & TLB -New King James Version and The Living Bible; * jewishjewels.org – Water Immersion: The Jewish Root – August 2015 – a wonderful piece, full of history and facts, worth the read ~http://www.jewishjewels.org/news-letters/water-immersion-the-jewish-root/

6 comments

  1. Sweetie, the baptism of water, I think, was the water that flowed from His side with the blood. He was baptised because it was a custom of the Jews for the High Priest to be cleansed before he took office. Christ Jesus is now our High Priest and the last. He was sinless therefore our baptism is a result of salvation not to salvation. We are saved by Grace ‘so no man can brag.” Ty. :))

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    1. TY for your comment, and forgive the confusion in my statement regarding baptism. I have given your thoughts consideration and realize where it may be construed differently from what I intended.
      I meant in baptism we commit ourselves to God, showing in Whom we believe in, stand for and follow. We put away (bury in a watery grave) our carnal thinking, attitude, and worldly behavior and rise a new person in the Spirit of Christ. ‘Identifying ourselves with His death, burial and resurrection’. It’s about Him and our growing relationship with Him and the Father. Baptism is not salvation, but shows our commitment to His sacrifice and gift of grace. We’ve come out of the world and entered the kingdom of God. Jesus never commanded baptism in order to be saved. But told us in (John 3:3-7) ‘You must be born again’. There are two births, one physical born of water, the other of the Spirit; one is of the flesh the other is of God. Hence His piercing was both water and blood. He gave the command to His disciples to baptize in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, (Matthew 28:19). He was without sin yet, part took in the custom for many reasons, including showing us to bury our sins (our old self) in a watery grave and rise a new creation in Christ, His Spirit in us. The Comforter helps us in our journey to become more Christ-like. I believe it shows respect and along with your changed heart.

      The custom you speak of is called Tanakh, where priests were required to be immersed. Another is ‘tevila’, pronounce ‘teh-vee-lah, in Hebrew. A ritual of cleanliness, purification and sanctification, which was part of the Jewish life and done on special times of the year, (more in-depth see http://www.jewishjewels.org/news-letters/water-immersion-the-jewish-root/%5D. ‘This was a spiritual cleansing indicating a change in status as well as separation unto the Lord, with both physical and spiritual aspects. An outward act was required to demonstrate an inward change. There were many laws of purity and impurity that included immersion’, before it was ever called baptism. Our Good Lord as High Priest, as you mentioned part took of this custom and also tells us ‘to be born again’. In the site above, it will give you history and facts to make this point clearer.

      I have since rewritten that bit of confusion and thank you for pointing it out. My intent was not to confuse anyone but to inspire. Thank you again sweet one 🙂
      May God continue to bless you richly, as we learn together His ways.

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      1. Very kind of you to say 😊.. but I take no credit. It’s the Good Lord who guides me.

        (Even with my flawed grammar. Funny how one notices when it’s seen somewhere else.) On that note, thank you for the pingback. Glad you found it helpful to repost our comments.
        I believe you’ll enjoy the site I mentioned as much as I do. Shalom dear heart 🕊😇❤

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