STRENGTHEN the KINGDOM
BY: RAY PRINZING
“Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34)
In the midst of all the shakings and pressures of the times, when it appears that “truth faileth; and he that departeth from evil maketh himself a prey,” (Isa. 59:15), we also read that, “The saints of the Most High shall take the kingdom, and possess the kingdom for ever.” (Dan. 7:18) A very interesting facet of truth is found in Young’s Literal translation of this verse, which brings out that not only do the saints receive the kingdom, but, “THEY STRENGTHEN THE KINGDOM unto the age”. For the word ‘possess' comes from a Hebrew word that means ‘to strengthen’. In the measure that we are receiving His kingdom into our lives now, and living that kingdom life, we are strengthening the force of that kingdom in the earth, and it shall progressively gain the victory until it fills the whole earth.
When Jeroboam and the ten tribes separated themselves from the other two tribes of Israel, formed their own kingdom and soon went into idolatry, then, “out of the tribes of Israel such as set their heart to seek the Lord God of Israel came to Jerusalem, to sacrifice unto the Lord God of their fathers. So they STRENGTHENED THE KINGDOM OF Judah”. This lasted for three years, as long as “they walked in the way of David and Solomon.” (II Chronicles 11:16-17)
It is righteousness that exalts a nation – and it is God’s righteousness established in the hearts of His people that will strengthen His kingdom in the earth. We long for the day when “the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” (Hab. 2:14) God has purposed this, and ever the ages have run their course, it shall be fulfilled. But it is with our eye toward the ultimates, that we pray now, “Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done,” IN ME – for it is in this experiential inworking in each of our individual lives, that we “strengthen the kingdom” that it might grow and expand until “all shall know Me, from the least to the greatest.” (Heb. 8:11) May our ‘earthen vessels’ be filled with His righteousness now, and so strengthen His kingdom in this our day.