Words from the Heart for Friday May 15th, 2020
And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.
Matthew 6:13 (NKJV)
Yours is the Kingdom
During the Charlottetown Conference of 1864, John A. Macdonald, who later became the first Prime Minister of Canada, talked of “founding a great British monarchy,” in connection with the British Empire. He advocated, in the fourth Canadian draft of the British North America Act, the name “Kingdom of Canada,” in the text it said: The word ‘Parliament’ shall mean the Legislature or Parliament of the Kingdom of Canada. The word ‘Kingdom’ shall mean and comprehend the United Provinces of Ontario, Quebec, Nova Scotia, and New Brunswick.
Sin too easily trips us up. Even Paul the apostle spoke to this in Romans 7 when he writes “It happens so regularly that it’s predictable. The moment I decide to do good, sin is there to trip me up. I truly delight in God’s commands, but it’s pretty obvious that not all of me joins in that delight. Parts of me covertly rebel, and just when I least expect it, they take charge.” If a spiritual giant, an apostle even, wrestled with this human condition, is there any hope at all for us? Listen to what Jesus said in teaching his followers to pray in Matthew 6:13: “And do not lead us into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For Yours is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever. Amen.” Notice what Jesus is saying here. God is the King of kings. All power is His, and all glory. The evil one has no power or authority that comes anywhere near the ultimate power and authority that belongs to our God. He has the power to deliver us from the evil one, and to live above temptation. Trust Him for that power in your life.
These have been words from the heart.