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'Thou O king art most worthy'

'Every knee will bow to the name of Jesus.' Philippians 2:10 NCV

During one of the crusades, Philippe Auguste, king of France, assembled all his noble knights and encouraged them to be strong in battle. On the table he placed his royal crown, bearing the inscription 'To the most worthy', and pledged it as a prize to be given to the bravest fighter. After the army went to battle and returned victorious, they encircled the table where the crown sat. Then one of the nobles stepped forward, lifted the crown, and placed it on the king's head, saying, 'Thou, O king, art the most worthy.'

The Bible says, 'Every knee will bow to the name of Jesus - everyone in Heaven, on earth, and under the earth. And everyone will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord' (Philippians 2:10-11 NCV). Note the words 'every knee will bow'. In 2011, the population reference bureau estimated that 106 billion people had been born since the dawn of the human race. Guess what? Every single one of them will bow to the name of Jesus. Try to imagine all those people - over ten times the world's population - kneeling before Christ and saying, 'Thou, O king, art most worthy.'

In that moment Christ will assume his position 'far above all rule and authority and power and dominion...not only in this age but also in the one to come' (Ephesians 1:21 NAS). Then he, the author and finisher of it all, will close the book on this life and open the book on the next. That's the beginning of the unending story that we, the redeemed of the Lord, wait for and long for.

Soulfood: 1 Kings 3-5, Mark 11:27-33, Ps 128, Pro 12:10-11


God and your money 8

'The Word became flesh.' John 1:14 NKJV

Jesus came into the world for two reasons. First, to give you the greatest gift of all - eternal life. Second, to let you know he cares about every detail of your life. 'The Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten of the Father, full of grace and truth' (John 1:14 NKJV). In The Message, Eugene Peterson paraphrases it: 'The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighbourhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes, the one-of-a-kind glory, like Father, like Son, generous inside and out, true from start to finish.'

Roughly 20 per cent of everything Jesus taught had to do with our finances, our job and our earthly needs. He cares! And when you can't make ends meet, the Bible says, 'God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory' (Philippians 4:19 NKJV). When your business is going under, his promise is 'I am the Lord your God, who teaches you to profit' (Isaiah 48:17 NKJV).

God cares about the burden you're carrying today, so if your needs aren't being met, re-evaluate your understanding of your heavenly Father. Have you even discussed your finances with him? How about the purchase of your home? Did you feel the inner confirmation of the Holy Spirit that the timing was right? Have you been tithing, sowing into God's Kingdom and expecting a harvest in return? Seed sown in good ground always produces a harvest, and faith is the magnet that pulls the harvest into your life. The word for you today is - God loves you and wants to bless every area of your life.

Soulfood: 1 Kings 1-2, Mark 11:12-26, Ps 45, Pro 12:7-9


God and your money 7

'That you...might become rich.' 2 Corinthians 8:9 NKJV

The Bible assures us that God isn't poor. '"The silver is mine, and the gold is mine," says the Lord' (Haggai 2:8 NKJV). 'Every beast of the forest is mine, and the cattle on a thousand hills' (Psalm 50:10 NKJV). Now ask yourself: if you were a billionaire, would you be happy seeing your children running around ragged and hungry? No? Well, neither is God! Paul writes, 'For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that you through his poverty might become rich' (2 Corinthians 8:9 NKJV).

Maybe you've read this Scripture and thought Paul was talking about being spiritually rich but not financially rich. Let's read the verse in that context and see if it makes sense: 'He who was spiritually rich, for our sakes became spiritually poor, that through his spiritual poverty, we might become spiritually rich.' That's not what it says! Question: when was Jesus ever spiritually poor? No, the verse says what it means and means what it says: 'That you...might become rich.'

Now, the word 'rich' means different things to different people. In some countries you're considered rich if you have a roof over your head, three square meals a day and a bicycle to ride to work. In fact, right now would be a good time to discuss the much-abused and widely-misunderstood Bible word 'prosperity'. Prosperity simply means 'having enough to do the will of God'. Does God have a will for your life? Yes. Does he want you to have enough money to fulfil his will for your life? Yes. That's God's plan for your life!

Soulfood: John 6:1-15, John 6:25-40, 1 Cor 11:23-24

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