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Thy Kingdom Come

“If you knew there was an intersection where 50% of the people who drove through it were killed, wouldn’t you find a different route home?” Lysa TerKeurst’s pastor asked this question to their church and I think it’s a question that acts as a good umbrella for life.

A different route home. Makes good sense.

So, why do I keep crashing?

Could it be that I am still going through the same deadly intersection? Someone said that the only thing we learn from history is that we don’t learn anything at all. Maybe a little simplistic, but it strikes at the heart of the matter.

Ah, the HEART… You don’t have to be around Southern Hills Christian Church very long before you are reminded of the heart issue.

Last Sunday morning, Brooke Johnson talked about the brokenness of her life—a brokenness that ultimately erupted like hot lava and spewed over all her Christian activities, leaving her devastated, depleted, and exhausted. At that point she realized what was happening: “I was building my kingdom, not His. I became bigger and bigger; God became smaller and smaller.”

Clouds

Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money” (Matthew 6:24, NLT). The heart just does not have the capacity to give itself to two things at one time. And whatever god you choose to build your kingdom around, other than the Lord, will always be too small for life.

So, how do we break down the idols of the heart that are just not big enough to get us Home? Brooke began where we all have to begin—surrender. It has to begin right here. THY kingdom come, not my kingdom come (Matthew 6:10). Brooke decided that being a butterfly floating in the freedom of the skies and sucking the sweet nectar of God’s goodness was far superior to being a caterpillar crawling in the dirt and punching neat little holes in cabbage leaves. Resurrection to new life!

 There has never been a resurrection without there first being a death. The Apostle Paul said, “My old self has been crucified with Christ. It is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me. So I live in this earthly body by trusting in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me” (Galatians 2:20, NLT).

Will you make a commitment to pray with me for thirty days in your first waking moments: “Thy Kingdom Come”? A rock-solid surrender to God beats the heck out of those deadly intersections.

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I am a Carrollton native and graduate of Carrollton High and Atlanta Christian College. After 46 years, Linda, the love of my life, and I moved back to Carrollton to join the Southern Hills Christian Church team where my son Shannon is lead pastor. I have two sons, Shannon and Brandon, one daughter, Kristen Ebensberger, and 11 grandchildren.

8 Comments

  1. Juanita says

    I will pray every morning because I want there to be more of God and less of me. I want to have his eyes to see others as he does. I want to have his heart to love others as he does. Please pray for me and my family.

    • Dale Lovelady says

      Sorry. I did this the wrong way I guess. Please go back to the blog; my reply to you was published as a new comment. Hang in there.

  2. Dale Lovelady says

    I look forward to praying in concert with you, Juanita. Crazy, isn’t it–we want so much to be like Jesus, to love as He loved, yet hold on to the little gods that have consistently let us down. CRASH. We can beat this. Our God is the God above all gods. AND HE LOVES US. I’m ready to trust that. Praying for you and yours

  3. Jean Daniel says

    It is so easy to let “my kingdom” rise to the surface rather than God’s kingdom. I will be praying!

    • Dale Lovelady says

      Jean, I am looking forward to being part of team of “His Kingdom” players and pray-ers.

  4. Jill Colwell says

    Great post! I think I am where Brooke found herself several years ago. I am starting to seek another intersection. Thanks for posting!

    • Dale Lovelady says

      Jill, thanks for the encouragement. We all need people to help us create new ways of making the journey

  5. Dale Lovelady says

    Perhaps one way for me to get God’s Kingdom firmly established in my heart is through reading the Word. Specifically, when I am reading and come to some area where I am keenly aware that I need to do something about that, I need to put down my Bible and obey. Then I can come back to the Word and be ready for God to speak again

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