The Value of the Kingdom

The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field,
which a man found and covered up.
Then in his joy he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field.
Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant in search of fine pearls,
who, on finding one pearl of great value,
went and sold all that he had and bought it.”
(Matthew 13:44–46, ESV)

The Truth

“Keep one thing forever in view—the truth; and if you do this, though it may seem to lead you away from the opinion of men, it will assuredly conduct you to the throne of God.”
(Horace Mann)

Who’s in the prayer closet?

This guest post was written by Caleb Otto.  It is his response to the post “Who’s in the library?”  

Throughout history there has been monumental effort expended to enlarge different kingdoms, whether it be a political, territorial, or religious reign.

This world is literally dying for lack of men and women who are investing their all to advance the Kingdom of God.  If we as Christians endeavor to counter the darkness of the world solely with worldly weapons, we will lose.  They have someone bigger fighting for them: Satan.  We have God fighting for us, and His power far exceeds the devil’s power.

What we must do is apply ourselves to laying hold of God’s power.  Yes, we must utilize our minds in the battle, but real victories are won only when we pray.

Paul, one of the most influential men in Christian history, said: “Where is the wise…where is the debater of this age?  Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world?” (1 Corinthians 1:20, ESV)

This is not an argument for ignorance.  Rather, it is a plea for us to remember the futility of trying to advance the Kingdom of God by mere intellect and human reasoning.  Samuel Chadwick said that Satan “Laughs at our toil, mocks at our wisdom, but trembles when we pray.”

When Christians Do Not Think

When Christians don’t think, “Christianity is emasculated of its intellectual relevance.  It remains a vehicle of spirituality and moral guidance at the individual level perhaps; at the communal level it is little more than an expression of sentimentalized togetherness.”  (Harry Blamires)

God is Born

“Jesus of Nazareth is God; He who was conceived in the womb of the virgin and born in Bethlehem’s manger is now, and always was, God over all, blessed forever. There is no gospel if he be not God. It is no news to me to tell me that a great prophet is born. There have been great prophets before; but the world has never been redeemed from evil by mere testimony to the truth, and never will be.

Tell me that God is born, that God Himself has espoused our nature, and taken it into union with Himself, then the bells of my heart ring merry peals, for now may I come to God since God has come to me.”

(Charles Haddon Spurgeon)

Continual Prayer

“When the Spirit has come to reside in someone, that person cannot stop praying; for the Spirit prays without ceasing in him.  No matter if he is asleep or awake, prayer is going on in his heart all the time….The slightest stirring of his heart is like a voice which sings in silence and in secret to the Invisible.”
(Isaac the Syrian)