More Than Your Local Issues…

Many Christians know that we are engaged in spiritual warfare, but for most of us, the perception of that warfare is not really as it is. We think of it in the sense that the enemy, the devil, is out to stop our progress, to stop our prosperity, to stop us from being rich… This kind of thinking is so local to ourselves and our issues, that it fails in every way to represent what God wants to do in, and through us.

We forget that the primary reason the enemy resists us, is to try to stop the purpose of God from being fulfilled on the earth, from being fulfilled in our lives.

We need to understand that the first aspect of the purpose of God is that Christ be formed in our hearts and lives. Without this purpose being accomplished, every other one is moot. God’s primary purpose for us is to be like Christ, to be conformed to the image of His Son (Rom. 8: 29, Gal. 4:19). The enemy understands this also, so keeps us distracted with all sorts of pursuits, wrong teaching, wrongly focused spiritual exercises, essentially frustrating the grace and the purpose of God. In a sense, we have become like soldiers armed with sophisticated and deadly weaponry but shooting in all sorts of directions, with no coordinated fire, and making absolutely no impact.

We then spend our lives running in circles, not really making much spiritual progress, and essentially hitting our heads against the ‘wall’. Endless pursuits that offer no real spiritual advantage. Pursuing ‘enemies’ both real, contrived, and imagined, instead of chasing after God.

Till we realize that our most important pursuit is to be like Christ in all that we are and do, then we will never make the impact on our world that God expects from us. We will never be able to, like the early church, ‘turn the world upside down’ for Christ. We will always be the pursued not the pursuer. The victim, not the victor. The oppressed not the oppressor. At the mercy of the devil and his cohorts. Our ‘Christianity’ will never find the true fulfillment that God intended.

When this primary purpose of God is established in our lives, then all the things we seek and so strongly desire, become ours. They come into our lives with the ease and grace that God promised that they would. They come as a blessing that adds no sorrow. They come with much grace in a manner that preserves our lives rather than decimates it.

We need to clearly know and understand that as long as our purposes are not aligned with God’s, they fail to matter in the general scheme of things. God’s purposes have far-reaching intentions, way beyond our own ‘local’ issues.

So, focus on God. He will show you what to pray, how to pray, and what to do. This strengthens you to resist the enemy’s attempts to frustrate God’s purpose in and for your life. Focus on Christ. Everyday of your life is supposed to see something about Him birthed in your life. The Apostle Paul put it very clearly in Ephesians 4:13 as the purpose for God putting ministry gifts in the Church.

…Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God,
unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ:… (KJV)

This is God’s main purpose for us. This is the basis on which our Christianity will be judged. This is the pathway to continuous victory in life.

God bless…

 

For So Long

From the Yesteryears Series Collection

To Take My Breath Away
To Take My Breath Away

For so long I have waited, waited for this time to come, waiting for the time you would come

My past has been spent in preparation, being groomed by all of life’s circumstances and situations that I’ve had to go through, both the good and the bad, keeping me in readiness for the time you would manifest

The times and years gone by may have been spent in preparing me, but from the moment you walk in, the rest of our years would be spent in consolidation

All that I’ve been through was all in a bid to make sure that when you arrived, you would not be coming to precious material that had no value

I think about you and wonder how it would be. How we would chart our own course (with God leading us) through the uncharted regions of Loveland

How we would scale the mountains, run through the valleys, swim the currents and then step out on the other side into our resting places

How we would go through the processes, two rough stones being continually rubbed together until all the rough edges of our lives are smoothened out and we fit snugly into each other

How we would accomplish God’s great purpose for our lives, fulfilling our destiny and the purpose for which we were brought together

Come, take my hand, let us walk through life with fulfillment and great love

Come, let us manifest the glory of the ONE who made us

Come, let us enter into our wealthy place, prepared before we were made

Come, bring the favor of God into my life and be the crown on my head

Gem

Jewel of inestimable price

Rare and precious gem

The desire of kings and of men of valor

Come, enter into my life

There is a place waiting for you

A place that only you can fill