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 12:6-8

The words of the LORD are pure words, like silver refined in a furnace on the ground, purified seven times. You, O LORD, will keep them; you will guard us from this generation forever. On every side the wicked prowl, as vileness is exalted among the children of man.

Your Word stands between me and danger, not only is it the pure and complete guide for my life, but it is my shield and armor against the onslaught of the enemy. It is only through the protection of Your Word that I am protected from being sullied by the vileness of the culture as it spirals into its last days. Praise You, my Lord and my Master.

Psalm 13:1-2 To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

How long, O LORD? Will you forget me forever? How long will you hide your face from me? (2) How long must I take counsel in my soul and have sorrow in my heart all the day? How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?

Lord, as I struggle with the sins of the flesh, I often begin to believe that I am in this alone, "Where are You when I need You?" but You do not hide Your face from me; I am refusing to open the eyes of my heart and see Your goodness shining over me. The cry of the old man is "I can do it myself;" the cry of the new man is "Praise You, Lord Jesus, You have done it all." When will I learn that totally, completely, and without reservation?

 

Psalm 13:3-4

Consider and answer me, O LORD my God; light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death, lest my enemy say, "I have prevailed over him," lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.

Guard me, Lord, protect me from becoming one of Satan's trophies. Let him not triumph over me and boast that I am another whom he has spoiled their communion with You. Keep me in Your word, remember the written word as it applies to my life and the word of creation as it swirls around me. All to keep me steadfast and safe in Your arms.

Psalm 13:5-6

 But I have trusted in your steadfast love; my heart shall rejoice in your salvation. I will sing to the LORD, because he has dealt bountifully with me.

Lord, Your joy pours over me, Your peace fills me, I am secure in Your presence. "For I know that my Redeemer liveth and that He is able to keep that which I have committed unto Him against that day."

Psalm 14:1 To the choirmaster. Of David.

The fool says in his heart, "There is no God." They are corrupt, they do abominable deeds, there is none who does good.

The fool says in his heart, but knows in his soul. There is deep within even the most corrupt a crying voice that says that there is a God; all their abominable deeds are attempts to quiet that still small voice that cries out to be acknowledged. Even their good deeds are self-serving, Little Jack Horner at his finest self-congratulatory crowing.



Psalm 14:2-3

The LORD looks down from heaven on the children of man, to see if there are any who understand, who seek after God. They have all turned aside; together they have become corrupt; there is none who does good, not even one.

I cannot hide from You, Lord, all my filthy rags laid out before You. Your eyes pierce to the very marrow of my bones, seeing the feeble attempts to justify my behavior for what they truly are. Nothing but self-serving efforts to keep me from acknowledging Your sovereignty. But You are Lord.

 

Psalm 119:18

Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.

Continue to show me, Lord, the wondrous intricacy of Your Law, how it fits together so delicately and beautifully to form a tapestry of life. How it covers all aspects of my life, providing wisdom and guidance.

 

Psalm 14:4-6

Have they no knowledge, all the evildoers who eat up my people as they eat bread and do not call upon the LORD? There they are in great terror, for God is with the generation of the righteous. You would shame the plans of the poor, but the LORD is his refuge.

You are my refuge, Lord. I must keep that continuously before me that You are my refuge. You will protect me, You will provide, You are between me and those who seek to harm me. I am relieved of all need for concern or anxiety. You have set a table before me in the presence of my enemies. Praise You, my Lord and my Master.

 

Psalm 14:7

Oh, that salvation for Israel would come out of Zion! When the LORD restores the fortunes of his people, let Jacob rejoice, let Israel be glad.

My strength and peace does come out of Zion. The Lord does provide for all my needs. Will I recognize that peace and strength? Will I accept them? Will I be content with the provision of the Lord? Will my joy and gladness be evident to all? Will all who see me say, "The hand of the Lord is upon that man?"

 

Psalm 15:1-5a

O LORD, who shall sojourn in your tent? Who shall dwell on your holy hill? He who walks blamelessly and does what is right and speaks truth in his heart; who does not slander with his tongue and does no evil to his neighbor, nor takes up a reproach against his friend; in whose eyes a vile person is despised, but who honors those who fear the LORD; who swears to his own hurt and does not change; who does not put out his money at interest and does not take a bribe against the innocent.

You call me to a day spent in examen before You. I don't hear You saying that it is to be a day of introspection but a day of application. I am to be faithful in examining my words and actions before they become actuality, strict in heeding the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Lord, may it be so.

 

Psalm 15:5b

He who does these things shall never be moved.

Thank You for this promise. I will hold on to it as my lifeline, my surety of citizenship in the Kingdom.

 

Psalm 16:1-3 A Miktam of David.

Preserve me, O God, for in you I take refuge. I say to the LORD, "You are my Lord; I have no good apart from you." As for the saints in the land, they are the excellent ones, in whom is all my delight.

Lord, apart from You, apart from the company of Your saints, separated from Your refuge; I am without value, of no use to You for any of Your purposes. But in Your presence and with the company of Your saints, there is delight and Shalom. Thank You for those saints in my life who encourage me and set examples for me to emulate.



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