Like many of you this morning, I am reflecting on the presidential election, and though the man I voted for was not elected, essentially, nothing has changed. Hear me out.
From an earthly perspective we see change happening all around us, but from God's eternal perspective? Nope. Check this out.
2 Corinthians 4:18 "So, we fix our eyes *not* on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary (and subject to change), but what is unseen is eternal (and lasting)."
Hear that? There is an unseen reality, the unseen spirit realm where eternal realities exist and impact this temporal realm we reside in....temporarily.
As a Christian, I am ever more aware of the reality that in Christ, I am seated together with Him in those Heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6).....far above all that is earthly, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion and every name that is named (or any title that can be conferred)!! (Ephesians 1:21).
I live here, but my true source of life is.......there. Where? In Christ! In Him, where all the treasures and riches of wisdom and righteousness are found! In Him is Life, and His Life is the Light of men! And how we need that Light in the world, now more than ever, for darkness is, and will continue to cover the face of the earth, but the Lord promises that a Light will arise and shine on His People!
Again.......we've got to decide, today, just like any other day......where will we FIX OUR EYES? Where will I fix my eyes, the eyes of my Heart?
Another translation puts 2 Corinthians 4:18 this way:
"So we don't look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever."
Where is your gaze today? Yes, of course we live in this world, and we see and function and interact here....but where is our GAZE? We become like what we LOOK AT. What we give our time and attention to. Where we invest ourselves.
What holds your gaze today? WHO holds your gaze, your HEART?
You can trust the High King of Heaven with all you have, and all you are. Press evermore into Him today, in prayer, in the Word, in sacred silence, and allow His Presence to give you fullness of joy, and be transformed from glory to glory.
And then, go share His Love and His grace with someone who needs it. The Lord is coming back, and may we prepare the Way of the Lord and be ready at His coming. Helping others to get ready as well!
I don't know about you, but today, not much has changed for me. I mean in the sense of where I place my trust, and in Whom. Yes, I know that things are changing in this nation, and our lives will be impacted.....and have already been. And truthfully, I'm not overly excited about experiencing some hard things that are coming to this western hemisphere, to our society and culture, which is shifting and changing dramatically. This I have known and sensed in my heart for a long long time.
I feel the birth pangs, spiritually speaking, getting stronger, and more frequent. Tribulation always precedes birth, and God is about birthing something in the earth. Do you know what it is?????
What on earth, is GOD about to BIRTH? It's His Glory. In a People.....prepared to be a Holy Habitation for HIM! Of His Spirit, by His Spirit, and FOR His Spirit. WE ARE HIS DWELLING PLACE. We now share citizenship with the saints that have gone before, and we belong to God's own household. We are built upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets with Christ Jesus Himself being the Chief Cornerstone! IN HIM this whole structure is joined, bound, and welded together harmoniously, and it continues to rise and grow into a HOLY TEMPLE in the LORD......a sanctuary for HIS PRESENCE!. (Ephesians 1:20-22).
THIS my friends, is where we need to be concentrating!!! And the pressures that are coming to bear are for the purpose of moving us into the reality of that for which Christ died and rose again. Both now, and in the coming ages.
Paradigm shifting time!!!!! Yes? Yes.
I am still choosing to lift my eyes to the Unseen but ever Present God, whose Son Jesus Christ has captured my heart. His plans and purposes have NOT been thwarted, and He is always capable of 'working out everything in agreement with the counsel and design of Hs own will....and working all things together in to a plan for good to those who love Him and are called according to His Purposes...(Ephesians 1:11, Romans 8:28).
We have no time to stand around wringing our hands. Our hearts do not have to fail us for fear of what is, or what is coming. We have Christ in us, the Hope of Glory......that Glory of what is to come! We have the promise and the down payment of His Spirit inside of us as a guarantee, of the fulfillment of His promises yet to come, right? Yes. (! Corinthians 1:22)
Prepare the Way of the Lord, and allow the testing of the time to work in you an awakening, a deeper desire and committment to time in His Presence and time in His Word.....and then, allow Him to thrust you in to the Harvest where the fields are white!
One final thought. It is interesting to me to note that just days before this critical election in the history of this earthly nation of America, the huge tropical storm "Sandy" struck at the shoreline of our nation, right in the area where foundational things occurred which eventually led to the birthing of America.
I have been pondering foundations. The fact that a storm called 'Sandy' stuck near the geographical foundational area of America seems startlingly significant to me. For if a house is built on Rock, it will stand, for it's foundation is sure and will endure the storms that come.
But if that foundation is SAND......or if the foundation(s) are destroyed (Psalm 11:3), what can the righteous do....? The destruction of or moving away from Godly foundations in this nation, and the methodical replacement of those foundations with sandy ones......well, you know where that leads.
Seed of Hope and Truth: Though I am an American, and love this earthly nation that I have been blessed and privileged to live in, and will continue to pray for her, I yet still recognize that my TRUE CITIZENSHIP is in the Heavenly Kingdom of a God Who is eternal, is ever at work in human history, and is moving us towards the establishment of His Eternal Kingdom.....on EARTH. This Kingdom is unshakeable!! (Hebrews 12) Did you hear that? His Kingdom IS COMING! TO. THE. PLANET. And it is UNSHAKEABLE & ETERNAL. Are we ready? Will we prepare and look forward to participating in that future Hope, that future coming Kingdom that is secure in Him?
We have SO MUCH to look forward to......so let's PREPARE! Now, more than ever. And know that His grace will be supplied for whatever we are called to walk through. We, our children, our grandchildren, we all are surrounded by a great cloud of witnesses that testifies to these truths. They are all around us, in that unseen realm.....remember, heaven is only one heart beat away, one breath away. Think about it. It only takes one breath to get there, for the Christian. Hebrews 11 & 12....powerful truths along these lines are contained therein.
Think it not strange folks, the fiery trials that have come, and are coming. We are being prepared and made ready for the return of our King. Will we cooperate with God's promptings and proddings? His wooings? CHOOSE TODAY to lift your vision higher......TRUST HIM with your eternity, and TRUST HIM WITH YOUR NOW!!
Live here and now, in light of then and there!
Grace and Peace,
Thursday, October 4, 2012
"True hearing of absolute (pure) TRUTH does not exist apart from the Word of God. Romans 10:17 "Faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God." We see and hear all sorts of things on a daily basis, and we give our time and attention to taking in much that has no real worth in the Light of Eternity.
Whatever I think I know as "Truth", if I am not IN the Word of God on a regular basis and the Word of God is not alive IN me (within the context of an active, interactive, present relationship with the Living God), then whatever Truth or "light" that I think I have (or espouse to others) will be greatly compromised. In fact, that 'light' can be said to actually be.......darkness.
Luke 11:35 "Be careful therefore that the light that is in you is not darkness."
It all depends on where we are placing our EYES (both physical and spiritual, the eyes of our hearts). And why. WHY??
For "your eye is the lamp of the body; when your eye (your conscience) is sound and fulfilling its office, your whole body is full of light; but when it is not sound and is not fulfilling its office, your body is full of darkness." (Luke 11:34)
Did you get that? The physical eyes are the gates through which information enters into our inner being.....so if we are looking, gazing or focusing on something, but the eyes of our heart (our conscience, our motives, our intents) are askew, then even if we gaze at the right thing (the Word of God) if our motives are impure, then what we think we have as light can actually be darkness. Think about it.
We can actually be 'doing all the right things' (seemingly, outwardly), and be in complete darkness, or disobedience to God.....if what we are doing is not flowing out of a pure heart relationship with Him and grounded in what He is speaking to our hearts, by His Spirit, through the Word, and in relationship / communion with Him.
God had to separate the light from the darkness a long time ago. (Genesis 1:4 & 2 Corinthians 4:6) What does that tell us? The fact that there is a light that can actually be darkness, should give us cause for deep concern! Man looks on the outward, and it is often the outward display that we are preoccupied with regarding ourselves and others. We want to appear a certain way, or we judge others who 'appear' to us a certain way. Often, we are merely judging others according to our own sin!! Ah, but that's a rabbit trail..........O_o Albeit a good one.
But this morning, I am struck by this relationship between light and darkness, and the unsettling reality that there is a light that can be in us that we think is true light, but may in fact be darkness. SELAH.
Ah, but there is hope! And it is for each and every person, no matter who you are, or what your status in life is.
It all begins and goes back to the foundation of a relationship with God. That has to be in place first!
"Jesus answered him, I assure you, most solemnly I tell you, that unless a person is born again (anew, from above), he cannot ever see (know, be acquainted with, and experience) the kingdom of God." (John 3:3)!
Once a person is reconciled to God through Jesus Christ, Who is the ONLY Way, Truth and Life(John 14:16)), a whole new journey begins. From faith to faith and from glory to glory (Romans 1:17 & 2 Corinthians 3:16-18), we are then in a position to grow towards the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ! (Ephesians 4:13) Asking, seeking, knocking and persevering in following on to know the Lord is our ongoing privilege in this age as we prepare for our future Hope and inheritance in the ages to come with Him. (Matthew 7:7, Hosea 6:3, Jeremiah 29:11, Ephesians 1:13-14, Ephesians 2:7). It is THIS JOY that was set before Jesus and gave Him strength to endure His Cross. So it is true for us as we deny ourselves, take up our crosses in this life, and FOLLOW HIM! (Hebrews 12:2, Mark 8:34-35).
We can be assured that HIS LIGHT will be in us! For Christ IS the Light that has come into the world!
Listen to these words about Jesus:
"There it was-the True Light (was then) coming into the world (the genuine, perfect, steadfast Light) that illumines every person." (John 1:9)
And Jesus makes it very clear that through relationship with Him, we have access to the Father, and the very Spirit of the Triune God comes to live and dwell in us........."But when He, the Spirit of Truth, comes, He will guide you into all the truth; for He will not speak on His own initiative, but whatever He hears, He will speak; and He will disclose to you what is to come. He shall glorify Me; for He shall take of Mine, and shall disclose it to you. All things that the Father has are Mine; therefore I said, that He takes of Mine, and will disclose it to you." (John 16:13-15)
God has given us everything we need to walk in the Light as He is in the Light! (I John 1:7)
And, He has given us all we need to be prepared for the future, whether it be what lies on the horizon directly in front of us in this age, or His Kingdom in the age and ages to come.
So, today, let's ask ourselves.......where is our gaze? Where are we placing our eyes? And what is the heart intent? And what are we doing??? How are we living in LIGHT of His TRUTH? Do we KNOW Him? Are we pressing in to know Christ, Who was (is) the fullness of the Godhead in bodily form. Oh my what a privilege we have been given, to have such an opportunity offered to us! What a price Jesus paid to open the Way for all who would come to Him!
Jesus will one day say these words:
"Many will say to Me on that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in Your name and driven out demons in Your name and done many mighty works in Your name? And then I will say to them openly (publicly), I never knew you; depart from me, you who act wickedly (disregarding My commands)." (Matthew 7: 21-23)
Those are words I do NOT want to hear. That fact that it is possible to call Him Lord, and do much in His name, without truly knowing Him......scares the hell out of me. And it should~
"If then your entire body is illuminated, having no part dark, it will be wholly bright (with light), as when a lamp with its bright rays gives you light." (Luke 11:36)
Let not the light that is in me be darkness. Selah~