Realizing the presence, promise, and power of the Kingdom of God.

John Nunnikhoven

John Nunnikhoven is a member of The Fellowship of Ailbe and has begun working toward what, Lord willing, will become a re-awakening of the Church as a body directed into living the Kingdom in the here and now as it awaits the yet to come.
Books by John Nunnikhoven

Psalm 2:7-9

I will tell of the decree: The LORD said to me, "You are My Son; today I have begotten you. Ask of Me, and I will make the nations your heritage, and the ends of the earth your possession. You shall break them with a rod of iron and dash them in pieces like a potter's vessel."

You are on the Throne at the right hand of the Almighty; all things have been put under Your authority; there is no event, nothing exists or moves without Your direction.

The Day is coming, it is very near, when all that are in rebellion against You will be totally defeated and subjected to Your rule. Then, joy shall break out like the morning dawn. Shalom will be the order of the Day. Praise You, my Lord and my Master.

Psalm 2:10-11

Now therefore, O kings, be wise; be warned, O rulers of the earth. Serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling.

Lord, on the eve of a election here, it is difficult to remain steadfast and keep Your kingdom first in my priorities. I am warned to be wise and to serve You with fear and trembling; to serve only You with fear and trembling.

Psalm 2:12

Kiss the Son, lest He be angry, and you perish in the way, for His wrath is quickly kindled. Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.

Lord, on this particular day, the first day after my mother joined You in glory, I find myself remembering and dwelling on the many ways in which she found refuge in You, treasuring You, being guided by Your Holy Spirit and seeking Your way, teaching her children and grandchildren to worship You with heart, soul, mind and strength, a faithful and loving wife; now a member of that great cloud of witnesses who have gone before. Praise You, my Lord and my Master.

Psalm 3:1-2 A Psalm of David, when he fled from Absalom his son.

O LORD, how many are my foes! Many are rising against me; (2) many are saying of my soul, there is no salvation for him in God. Selah

Lord, who and what are my enemies? Not persons but emotions and affections: pride, greed, selfishness, anger, lust, stubbornness, the list goes on and the detailed listing is not that important. I am an example of Original Sin. These affections and emotions all cry out to me that they are unconquerable, that they will always triumph over Your goodness and mercy, they thumb the nose at You.

Psalm 3:3-6

But You, O LORD, are a shield about me, my glory, and the lifter of my head. I cried aloud to the LORD, and He answered me from His holy hill. Selah I lay down and slept; I woke again, for the LORD sustained me. I will not be afraid of many thousands of people who have set themselves against me all around.

Lord, to know that You are before me and behind, to my right hand and my left, over me and below, physically and spiritually; that is the assurance of joy and peace everlasting. I can face the future without qualm or trepidation, knowing that You are over all; that You sit at the right hand of the Almighty, and are in control of all circumstances. That is the Peace that passes all understanding. Praise You, my Lord and my Master.


Psalm Psalms 3:7

Arise, O LORD! Save me, O my God! For You strike all my enemies on the cheek; You break the teeth of the wicked.

Lord, not only are You my shield and my bulwark but You are my defense and my offense. It is You who takes up the cudgel against those who wish me harm for Your sake. I do not need to be afraid or concerned or seek the weapons of man. I am defended by the mighty arm of the LORD, God Almighty.

Psalm 119:137-138

Righteous are you, O LORD, and right are your rules. You have appointed your testimonies in righteousness and in all faithfulness.

Yes, Lord, it is those righteous rules that define life in the Kingdom, that as they are absorbed into my very being, transform me from a creature of sin to a reflection of Your glory. "Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit." (2 Corinthians 3:17-18) Let the transformation continue.


Psalm 3:8

Salvation belongs to the LORD; Your blessing be on Your people! Selah

Praise You, Lord, for You are the gift of salvation to the children of man. Freely offered, available to all, complete and without anything other than acceptance on our part. And through that gift flows the incredible blessing of life with You in Your Presence and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to lead us into all truth.

Psalm 4:1-3 To the choirmaster: with stringed instruments. A Psalm of David.

Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness! You have given me relief when I was in distress. Be gracious to me and hear my prayer! O men, how long shall My honor be turned into shame? How long will you love vain words and seek after lies? Selah But know that the LORD has set apart the godly for Himself; the LORD hears when I call to Him.

I know You are hearing me, Lord, as I cry for the awareness of Your Presence. I Know that I am numbered among those that You have set apart for Yourself. Answer me, Lord. Tell me why You are withholding this from me?

Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence, and take not your Holy Spirit from me.

Psalm 4:4-5

Be angry, and do not sin; ponder in your own hearts on your beds, and be silent. Selah (5) Offer right sacrifices, and put your trust in the LORD.

What is it, Lord, to be angry and not sin? To ponder and be silent? Does this mean that I am looking to others for advice, counsel and sympathy when I should be in quiet meditation, pondering Your Goodness and seeking Your face? You are telling me that this is a time of solitary wrestling with You as Jacob did. That I need to seek You, stripped of all the emotional gods of pride and self-control, stripped of friends and family to support; standing before You alone, filled with contrition. Yes, Lord, yes. I understand. Let it be to Your servant as You have said.

Psalm 4:6-8

There are many who say, "Who will show us some good? Lift up the light of Your face upon us, O LORD!" You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for You alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.

A good word for today, Oh Lord, a perfect word for today as we begin the task of moving a parent from assisted living to long term nursing care. Thank You for this assurance that You are with us and will be guiding our every step.

Psalm 5:1-3 To the choirmaster: for the flutes. A Psalm of David.

Give ear to my words, O LORD; consider my groaning. Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to You do I pray. O LORD, in the morning You hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for You and watch.

Lord, I continue to cry for the Presence. In the morning, in the evening, I want You and need You. I want to know You, hear my cry.

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