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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

They Lived and Reigned with Christ

Open my heart, Lord, to what You want to convey to me today. Amen

"And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them ... And they lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years. (Revelation 20:4)

While satan is bound for 1,000 years, Christ will reign on earth and the saints will reign and rule with Him. The prayer Jesus taught us to pray will finally be answered: "You kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven" (Matthew 6:10). The earth does not currently reflect the perfect will of God ... but it will. His Kingdom will come, and all other kingdoms will be changed.

Human kingdoms will be changed. According to what the prophet Isaiah was shown about the future day of the Lord, there will be peace in Jerusalem. God's Word will be the law of the land, and there will be no more war! (Isaiah 2:3-4). How different this is from our world today!

The animal kingdom will be changed - even the fiercest beasts will be docile. Predatory animals will live in peace with those they once preyed upon. Lions will graze like cattle; cobras won't strike (Isaiah 11;6-9). The mineral kingdom, too, will be miraculously changed as deserts bloom into veritable gardens and all of creation freely displays the splendor of God! (Isaiah 35:1-2). This will be the golden age in which we who are saints will rule and reign with Christ.

Looking to this day, Paul gave an exhortation to Christians in Corinth that we too should consider, "Do you not know that the saints will judge the world? And if the world will be judged by you, are you unworthy to judge the smallest matters?" (1 Corinthians 6:2). He tells these believers that, considering the responsibilities they will have in the millennium, they should be able to take care of their own petty problems within the church. This message rings true for us today. Knowing the glorious peace and perfection the Lord has in store for us and for this earth, how much more should we let the love of Christ rule in our hearts each day!

~Adrian Rogers~

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