KEYS FOR THE KINGDOM
Greetings to each of you! I hope you all are having and will have a wonderful March. You all mean a lot to me and you mean even more to lots of others. Knowing that God loves us most though ought to perk our spiritual ears to follow the cadence of our Saviour in the march of life on earth. No matter how high the wind blows, nor from which direction it comes, we can rest with peace and joy when we’re harnessed with Jesus, learning more about Him and His glorious Kingdom.
I would like to introduce a new newsletter format entitled “Keys for the Kingdom.” Each month I will endeavor to focus on one precept from God’s Holy Word which may serve as a key to a closer walk with Jesus and subsequent abundant spiritual fruit in our lives. Of course, the key to it all is to bring glory to God as we enjoy Him here on earth.
"Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bore you: for I called him alone, and blessed him, and increased him.” Isaiah 51:2
Time is precious and it’s powerful. How we spend it has a great impact on who we are and how we feel. There is no greater way to spend quality time than being alone with God. God does His best work in teaching, shaping and strengthening us when He gets us all to Himself. The greatest miracles of Elijah and Elisha took place when they were alone with God. It was when he was alone with God that Jacob became a prince of power. Moses was by himself when God spoke to him from a burning bush. John the Baptist was alone in the wilderness and the Apostle John was alone on the Isle of Patmos yet he was nearest to God there.
There is a difference in being alone and being lonely. A Christian should never be lonely. Actually, as a Christian, we cannot be lonely because God is always with us and has promised never to leave us. Yet, being alone for the believer is being with God and nobody nor anything else. To be left alone without God would be too horrible to describe, while being alone with God is a foretaste of Heaven itself.
God must want us to be alone with Him because He tells us to “pray without ceasing” and calls us to have “the mind of Christ.” The key to spiritual happiness is having a personal relationship with Jesus Christ. That kind of relationship has to be worked out between “me and Jesus,” so to speak. The more time we spend alone with God the more peace we’ll have when it comes our time to die.
We should open each day God gives us with a key coded, “Alone with the Almighty.” This key will help us keep our priorities straight as well as our walk. Covet to get alone with God! This is harder to do in today’s culture than ever before, yet more needful than ever. And, if God’s providence causes us to be isolated, even shut in, may we thank Him for making us lie down in His green pastures. If we neglect being alone with God, we will surely miss many blessings and we won’t be able to be a blessing to others either.