Start 2014 Excited About What The Lord Is Doing

By: Curtis Ophoven 0 Comments   1/1/2014

Just because it was over 2000 years ago since Christ came to earth does not mean he is not actively involved in the earth today. 

In fact, there are many signs recently that show that the Lord is more and increasingly involved as we approach his return.

Music is fun for a lot of reasons.  We can sing along, get excited, and dance around and clap our hands, but it’s the words contained within a song that can change the world.

The words of a song have the power to change our minds about the reality of Christ, who he is, who we are and how that changes the meaning of our lives.  

This new song by “Rend Collective Experiment” called "Build Your Kingdom Here" contains some very powerful words that I would like to point out.

Here are the lyrics:

“Come set your rule and reign in our hearts again”

“Increase in us we pray, unveil why we are made”

“We seek your kingdom first, we hunger and we thirst, refuse to waste our lives, for you’re our joy and price“

“We lay down our lives for heaven's cause”

“We are your church, we pray revive this earth”

“Build your kingdom here, let the darkness fear”

“Show your mighty hand, heal our streets and land, set your church on fire, win this nation back”

“Change the atmosphere, build your kingdom here – we pray”

“Unleash your kingdom's power, reaching the near and far, no force of hell can stop your beauty changing hearts”

“You made us for much more than this, awake the kingdom seed in us, fill us with the strength and love of Christ”

“We are your church, we are the hope on earth”

This is awesome song, look at the first line, “Come set you rule and reign in our hearts again” – this is what we read in 1 Peter 3:15 - “… in your hearts set Christ as Lord”.  When we set Christ as Lord in our hearts we gain a different perspective of life, we see the world differently than the world see it.  The world tells us that we rule and reign on earth and therefore we can do whatever we decide is right in our own eyes. They tell us that we define reality and therefore we can set in our hearts that we are Lord.  This is the first thing that we need to correct in order to begin to see what the Lord is doing.

The second line is, “Increase in us we pray, unveil why we are made”. This song is a declaration and a prayer, asking God to reveal to us why we are made. We were created to glorify God (Isaiah 43:7) along with everything the Lord creates because his creation reveals who he is.  But not for his benefit and at our expense, likes slaves serving their master.  Not at all.  Instead we are reconciled to God, become friends of God, and bring glory to God by our testimony of him, and in the process we gain life and the fullness of joy (Psalm 16:11).

The next line is, “We seek your kingdom first, we hunger and we thirst, refuse to waste our lives, for you’re our joy and price."  Jesus told us in Matt 6:33 to seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and then all good things will be added to us.  The words, “We refuse to waste our lives” is a declaration that we reject the distractions of this world that have no rewards and only cause us to waste our lives. 1 Cor 15:58 tells us to “always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that our labor in the Lord is not in vain”.  The Lord is the only rewarder, there is no other.

The next line is, “We lay down our lives for heaven's cause”. These words echo what Jesus told us in Matt 16:24, “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me.”

The next line is, “We are your church, we pray revive this earth.”  These guys are not asking for a small favor, they are asking for the Lord to move in the entire earth. They are acknowledging the magnitude of his power.

The next line is, “Build your kingdom here, let the darkness fear”. My definition of fear is: Fear is believing in an inaccurate reality, void of the unchanging, all knowing, all powerful God.  The only one’s that should be fearful are those in the darkness because they have not been reconciled with the Lord and the Lord’s wrath remains on them (John 3:36).  The Lord did not even spare the angels when they sinned against him (2 Peter 2:4).  His holiness demands justice.   

The next few lines are, “Show your mighty hand, heal our streets and land, set your church on fire, win this nation back,” “Change the atmosphere, build your kingdom here – we pray,” and “Unleash your kingdom's power, reaching the near and far, no force of hell can stop your beauty changing hearts.”  They realize that nothing can hold back the Lord (Romans 8:39).

The last few lines are, “You made us for much more than this, awake the kingdom seed in us, fill us with the strength and love of Christ,” and “We are your church, we are the hope on earth.”  We could just sit back and worship the Lord day and night all of our lives and that alone would be amazing.  But the Lord gave us more.  He gave us the opportunity to join him in his work right here on earth –to witness his power to change people’s lives forever. 

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