The coming of the Kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’ For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you

Wig’s Word of God Today 11-11-10

“The coming of the Kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’ For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you.” Luke 17: 20-21

 
Philemon 7-20, Psalm 146:7, 8-9a, 9bc-10 & Luke 17:20-25

The conversion of a slave troubles Paul when he writes the slave’s master Philemon asking him to accept his slave back as not just a slave but a Brother in Christ. In many ways the letter to Philemon asks if he can use the slave as someone who can teach the Gospel of Christ Jesus but did not want to just keep the slave without proper consent. Paul expresses that even though his slave has run away from him, this was necessary to convert him to Christianity and now he can be useful to share the Truth of being a slave to Christ Jesus.
 
Yesterday, I received a call from a life-long friend who has battled drug, sex and alcohol addictions for years. He was sobbing after having his car reprocessed on the same day he was finally offered a job after almost 18 months of unemployment. His home of 25 years is being foreclosed and he’s in total desperation. In his tears I heard a man who is willing to let go and let God take over his life. He has been a slave to the Evil One for almost 15 years and I know in my heart he can be a witness to the Gospel of Christ Jesus. As I sat in a school parking lot allowing the Holy Spirit to lead me in what I was saying to him, my professor walked by unbeknownst to me and listened to me speak to my friend. When I got inside the class, she said, “when I was walking in I heard a voice I recognized but was somehow different. When I noticed it was coming from your car Thomas I heard you speaking in a way of hope and faith directing someone to seek help in the Lord. I was touched immensely by your way of speaking. I hope whoever you were talking to listens to you.”  “I cannot let him sink,” I explained to my professor, “Christ won’t allow me to.” I’m seeking ways to help this man to get his car back so he can start his job. If anyone is willing to help with anything, please let me know.
 
Christ tells the Pharisees “the coming of the Kingdom of God cannot be observed, and no one will announce, ‘Look, here it is,’ or, ‘There it is.’ For behold, the Kingdom of God is among you” describes what we feel each and every day as we seek to accomplish His Will in our lives. The Kingdom of God is already present in us by sharing the Gospel and healing lost souls by the power of the Holy Spirit in the Name of Christ Jesus. As Jesus continues His discussion about the Kingdom, he explains that those who are not diligent in His Truth can expect swift and unexpected judgment from the Father and be taken without warning. “Whoever seeks to preserve his life will lose it, but whoever loses it will save it. I tell you, on that night there will be two people in one bed; one will be taken, the other left.” Luke 17:33-34 When you give up a life of self and truly learn to give hope, faith, charity and love, your display your love of loving Christ Jesus. Are you willing to “let go and let God” direct your life 100%?
 
And so we pray: Heavenly Father, today I pray for my friend Bruce who has finally fallen to his knees in need of You. I ask you keep him there Lord allowing him to seek Your guidance to overcome his slavery to the Dark One and become a slave to Your Son’s Truth. Allow him to become a witness and share the Gospel of love for years to come. We pray today for all people who are gripped with Satan’s ugliness in every kind of addiction and that You Lord will heal them and bring our world back to a world of faith, hope, charity and love. In Jesus Name we pray. Amen.
 
God Bless,
Cruz-Wig
Romans 8:28
 
Arms Stretched Over the Cross
 
Joy to experience
The heart of the Holy
Full right in Christ
Given to the lowly
 
A slave you may be
Gripped by Satan’s demise
Allow Truth to set you free
Christ to be your guide
 
Become useful in life to see
Sharing the Gospel voluntarily
Paid in full with blood to rinse clean
The sins of humanity
 
Give food to the hungry
Be Christ’s arms and feet
The oppressed need help
In the Truth they eagerly seek
 
The Kingdom is at hand
Residing in each of you
Study His Word to learn
Son of Man was rejected to prove
 
Sins of the world garnished
Shouldered for mankind so true
Arms stretched over the Cross
Salvation for those who choose
 
© Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins November 11, 2010 @ 6:34 AM EST

About Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins

My name is Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins. I first recognize Christ as my Savior in all things. I am married to my best friend and Soul-Mate in Christ, Antonia Cruz-Wiggins. I am a University of Florida graduate of Public Relations, a US Navy Veteran and a Montessori Elementary School Teacher. I love life and God's help of living it! I follow the Light of Christ in everything I do! I love writing poetry about the Lord and I create a new poem from each Scripture I discern in my daily mediations. You can almost follow the poem by looking at the readings for each day. I started sharing this small yet personal scripture study four years ago when one day I was reading the bible and the Holy Spirit moved me to share the verse with a group of about 40 Christian Men in my Emmaus Ministry who get together weekly to celebrate the Lord and talk about His Truth. Since then the number of people I share my study with has grown to over 650. I enjoy an open loving dialog about anything I write and I have strived to write what I know the Lord wants me to share steering clear of offending anyone’s spiritual beliefs because I share my work with people I meet in public when I strike up a conversation about the Gospel of Jesus Christ. It took almost 2 years to begin writing what the Holy Spirit leads me to say. I believe that all Christians must unite as One Body of Christ’s Love to accomplish the joy of living with love, honor and respect. I reach out to Humanity to share His Salvation be it Baptist, Catholic, Protestant, Episcopal or any other religion or belief. I seek to mirror His Compassion, His Simpleness, His Charity and His Love. While I am Catholic, I believe we must all unite in the Lord to become One Body in Christ to bring our children back to The Church. I am humbled to share my study with you. Please feel free to comment any time. The Gospel of Jesus Christ is my Joy because I am a Disciple of His Truth. I am honored to share my Bible study with anyone you may recommend. As always, I remain, Yours in Christ, Thomas Joe Cruz-Wiggins
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