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No doubt you have had to make some adjustments in your meetings, scheduling, priorities, and activities of your day in the midst of all that is going on in regard to the recent world events. This is not a time to falter in our faith, but to embrace the eternal realities of faith, hope, and love in the midst of every shaking. I believe that God is about to do some amazingly good things in the earth. Surely it is time to humble ourselves, pray, and see the healing that can only come from God. As leaders, we must keep a right focus to lead others to keep their focus on heavenly things in the midst of earthly shakings.
As the people of God, it is important that we keep our focus in the midst of every storm. Jesus is resting in our boat and there is great destiny on the other shore. We must be confident that God is resting in our lives. Our focus must be fixed upon the presence of God in our lives. We must see responding to what He says as essential in all things. Our hearts must be set upon being givers of life in our world. We must embrace God’s desires as our own and we must let our own desires be transformed by the heart of our Heavenly Father. God’s presence, God’s words, God’s life, and God’s desires are keys to be the people of God. As we increasingly become the people of God, we will shine like a light of hope to those bound to the cultures and societies of the world.
People in the world are afraid, they don’t know what is next, they can’t find a place to settle, they are tossed to and from by every conflicting way of life, they don’t know what to do, they are often out of control because they don’t know where to look. We must shine as those who are not distracted by things that seek to distract us from what is most import. God is in our lives and He wants to be in the lives of all people. We must be people of faith, hope, and love to bring faith, stability, direction, peace, and freedom of heart and soul to those we influence.
People in the world don’t seek God’s counsel. They don’t want to do His will; they want to do their own will. The result is dread, calamity, distress and anguish. People of God seek God’s will, not their own. They seek His kingdom first and all the things they need are added to them. The kingdom of God is within us and it is the place of God’s Spirit assuring us of our relationship with God for life, testimony of life, and purpose of life in all things. It is an internal knowing of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. No circumstance of life can change this, it can only inspire us to manifest the internal realities of the kingdom of God in external ways!
People in the world are never satisfied, they are thirsty, they need life. They seek life in all the wrong places and things. They are left dry and dead and a place of demonic influences. They are a dry place and they can’t find true satisfaction. People of God live from satisfaction; thus, they seek to give life to others. They are a watered garden, a place of God’s presence and habitation. What better time than today to be people who present life and an expectation of life to the world we live in.
People in the world seek personal pleasure, personal preference, personal identity and they are left in their own misery, and the bondages of their own iniquities. People of God seek to please God because they know how pleased He is with them. They seek to be children of God and live under His authority. They embrace the changes that come from His covering in their lives.
Matthew 6:22 “The lamp of the body is the eye. If therefore your eye is good, your whole body will be full of light. 23 But if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If therefore the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness!
What are we looking at? Sometimes we think that fixing our eyes upon what God has promised us is the goal, but I am increasingly becoming aware that fixing our eyes on what the King sees is essential in this time. Our King is ruling righteously, and He is calling for princes and princesses who will rein justly. Our justice system is based upon a revelation of God’s love. It is an administration of life. We must fix our eyes upon God’s presence. We must enter into the dance of life by responding to every word that God speaks to us. This cannot be shaken by natural sight! We must fix our eyes upon life and allowing His river of life to flow through us. This is experienced in the world around us by our own attitudes, thoughts, actions, words, and life-giving expressions. We must fix our eyes upon pleasing the One who is already pleased to call us His own. When we fix our eyes upon true light we will be seen as children of LIGHT!
Food For Thought,
Ted J. Hanson
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