But first …

April 15, 2016

“Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.” Matt. 6:33 NLT

Jesus described life with Him as consuming every area of your life. If you’re following Him, He will show you how life is lived in the Father’s care. It will threaten about every area of concern and value that this world has sought to establish in your life. The everyday things: food .. clothing .. worry .. work .. family .. and future. He has claimed your life for His Kingdom. He’s set you free to live a kingdom life .. a life vastly different from the world you live in .. but attractive to those who are tired of carrying around the weight of this-world-living. They know they can’t keep going down this road. They don’t see an end and begin to realize how hollow life in “this-world” looks against the life they see in  you. And your response? You realize it’s not a secret. Jesus met you in the very same places .. got you unstuck from habits .. patterns .. and all those draining demands and expectations that never let up. He is the only One who can give (through His indwelling life)  you real freedom from worry. He knows what it looks like in you and where you carry it in your life.  He became everything in you that keeps you from living a kingdom focused life. When your everything meets the Son’s everything .. you discover the heart of worship .. and the freedom to seek His kingdom first. “He won’t quit …”. It only takes a moment …

“Do you see what we’ve got? An unshakable kingdom! And do you see how thankful we must be? Not only thankful, but brimming with worship, deeply reverent before God. For God is not an indifferent bystander. He’s actively cleaning house, torching all that needs to burn, and he won’t quit until it’s all cleansed. God himself is Fire!” Heb. 12:28-29 MSG

Ken Chester: Grace-Gripped is sent to Kingdom lives following Jesus (kchesterp1@gmail.com)

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About Ken Chester

I love seeing Christ become alive and real in someone's life. It is amazing what happens when Jesus moves in and starts to renovate a life. When I'm not riding my road bike, I am usually walking our corgi named Trinity (she came that way) and corgi-lab named Lowrider. Carolyn and I are transforming our backyard. And a book is on the way. ...Stay tuned ... Ken
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