Essentially, there are two perspectives through which we can view every situation in life. One is the “heavenly”; the other is “worldly.”
Did you know that we have the power to transition our thinking out of the worldly perspective and into a heavenly one?
This isn’t always easy at first. It takes practice and commitment to change your default mindset. That’s why it is so critical to spend time in God’s Word daily, meditating on the truth it contains, rather than the facts of our current circumstances. We need to immerse our minds in His Word so we can quickly recall these principles during difficult moments or challenging seasons.
When we are fueled by God’s Word, our thoughts inevitably become governed by His truth, and this truth causes us to be internally transformed. It has an incredible effect on our actions and responses to people and circumstances. We begin to analyze situations from a heavenly perspective and react accordingly. It’s amazing what the appropriate response can do in a seemingly hopeless situation.
This is why the truth of God’s Word has the power to change the facts of our circumstances.
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is – his good, pleasing and perfect will. (Romans 12:2)
Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes (James 4:14).
I have a deep love of perfume. I love the whole process of spraying perfume and allowing the fragrance to touch everyone I come into contact with. I wish I could spray it on once and have that scent remain on me all day, but I find myself having to reapply it to keep the smell alive.
In his epistle, James reminds us that this precious gift called life we have been given lasts only about as long as a vapor. Our days on the earth are limited and very precious; we must not waste a moment.
So the next time you spray yourself with a fragrance, take a moment to observe how quickly the vapor fades.
In light of eternity, this is how long our lives last.
We must ensure that while we are here on the earth, we do not waste a second. We have a mandate to fulfill, an objective to accomplish, and we only have as long as the clock is still ticking. There are people all around you who need to experience the unconditional love of God. Invest this time you have been given for the sake of eternity.
“Truly I tell you, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matthew 17:20)
David said, “My son Solomon is young and inexperienced, and the house to be built for the LORD should be of great magnificence and fame and splendor in the sight of all the nations. Therefore I will make preparations for it.” So David made extensive preparations before his death (1 Chronicles 22:5).
This verse has to be one of my favorites in the entire Bible. I love the fact that David makes no apologies about the kind of house that must be built for the Lord. It was to “be of great magnificence and fame and splendor,” one that exceeded every expectation.
I believe that is exactly how we should see the church of Jesus Christ today. Our lives should make people stop and wonder, “How is this possible?”
If the same Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead lives on the inside of you and me, how could we live lives that are any less? Our God lives in us!
We are the temple of the Holy Spirit, and we should not shrink back from all that God has called us to do. We all carry the Spirit of God Himself within us, and there is nothing ordinary about that. It is magnificent.
The world would love to keep the church small, but God has called His bride to be great. Let’s not be afraid of loving God’s house, serving there and building exceedingly magnificent lives that bring glory to the One who lives within us. The more we allow the fruit of the Spirit to be developed in our lives, the more like Him we become and the more splendid our lives become.
Believe for big things, dream extravagantly, expect God to do great things, and let’s make His name famous across the earth.
Happy Thanksgiving to you and your loved ones!
The Bible says the Lord loves a grateful heart. Let’s be determined to be thankful for all that He has done for us every day of the year. God is so good!
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth. Worship the LORD with gladness; come before him with joyful songs. Know that the LORD is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations. (Psalm 100)