“Message in a Bottle“, what a great movie. This girl Robin Wright running on the beach finds a bottle with a message in it. She finds a love letter from Kevin Costner to his lost love, missing her. She tracks him down and fall in love in a picxturestique little town by the sea.
But it was really the mesage in the bottle that started her journey. It is not really the bottle that has the value but the message inside.
The message in the bottle, changed her whole life.
Jesus had the same message for us!!! His message was that the Kingdom is inside of us.
Verses for Today:
20 Once, having been asked by the Pharisees when the kingdom of God would come, Jesus replied, “The kingdom of God does not come with your careful observation, 21 nor will people say, ‘Here it is,’ or ‘There it is,’ because the kingdom of God is within you.” – Luk 17:20-21
So you might ask what is the Kingdom inside of us?
37 When the people heard this, they were cut to the heart and said to Peter and the other apostles, “Brothers, what shall we do?” 38 Peter replied, “Repent and be baptized, every one of you, in the name of Jesus Christ for the forgiveness of your sins. And you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”- Acts 2:37-38
So it was not really a change from the outside that changed their lives, the physical kingdom. It was the change from inside, receiving the Holy Spirit at baptism and forgiveness of their sins. It is only the change from inside that brings the permanent change with the help of the Holy Spirit.
So the clue / prophesy became true in that the kingdom within them in the Holy Spirit living in them. (Rom 14:17, 1 Cor 12:7)
Prayer for Today:
Lord truly your Holy Spirit living in us make it possible for us to live according to your word. Help us to search for your kingdom on earth to live the full live you promisedto us. Help us to remember it does not help trying to change things by ourselves, but through your Holy Spirit working in us. Amen.
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