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To Live with God’s Eye View

The Lord is calling us up. He is calling us to live above the clouds and above the storm, with an eagle’s eye view.

Father God is beckoning us to come closer, and to live and move and have our being from the place of connection and partnership with Him.

We must aim to remove our focus from the earthly and the negative, and think on things above.

We must aim to learn God’s ways and God’s perspective, thinking, speaking and acting from that pure perspective.

“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory.” (Colossians 3:1-4 NKJV)

This comes only through the place of intimacy. It is in getting to know Jesus and hearing His voice, then following as He leads and guides. It is in knowing the heart of our Father, our God who is love and is our Refuge and Strength (1 John 4:8; Psalm 91:2; Psalm 46:1)

It is a higher perspective of living from the place where we truly dwell, seated in heavenly places with Him (Ephesians 2:6), where nothing phases us and nothing moves us except His voice, His heart, and His Spirit; and from this we follow His leading.

This is the place of being unmoved by whatever is happening around us or even trying to affect us, and instead being in tune with the Lord. This is the place of not allowing even our own emotions to lead us on, but to allow only God’s Spirit, along with His emotions and His truth, to lead and guide us, our actions and our responses.

This is the place of abiding fully in the Vine, so vital to our life, being in this world but not of it (John 15:1-5, 19; Romans 12:2).

This is the place of being fully committed to follow the Lamb wherever He goes, forsaking all else to follow Jesus no matter what.

“These are the ones who have not been defiled with women, for they have kept themselves chaste. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb.” (Revelation 14:4 NASB)

What helps you to live with God’s perspective about your life? What do you do to help get your focus on God throughout daily life?  Share your thoughts below.

Faith Not Feeling and Other Thoughts

I think so often we search for feelings & experiences, forgetting that the truth of God’s Word needs to never be neglected. We can only gain the knowledge & discernment we need through studying His Word, not basing our relationship with God too greatly on feelings or experiences. Our own feelings cannot be trusted–they change faster than the weather at times & are often the result of missed perceptions of people, situations & experiences.

Truth can rarely be known based solely on our feelings. We must continue to be in His Word, being sanctified by Him & surrendering to His will each day so that we can share the Good News & God’s truth with those who do not know Him. Then we can share the Gospel while truly being examples of how God is changing & growing us to be more Christ-like, & also grow in discernment as we study His Word.

We should be being transformed by the renewing of our minds (Romans 12:1-2), not giving only to get more, chasing after every feel-good speaker or anointing we hear about to gain artificial highs, or refusing to change from our pre-salvation selves thinking it doesn’t truly matter since we’ve been forgiven (see Romans 6). How can we be witnesses by our lives to the Gospel & how the truth of His Word renews our minds if we do not continually put off our old selves & actually renew our minds (Ephesians 4:21-32 & Colossians 3:1-10)?

Nonbelievers will see & hear us, but not care a bit when we share the Gospel if our lives look just like theirs. Instead they might say, “Well, I must be fine like I am because these Christians aren’t any different from before they became Christians.” If we are without joy and love, how will they want anything to do with what we have?

We should ache to share His love — because WOW! How He so loves us to have died for our sins — but a big part of being in a right relationship with Jesus Christ is making Him our Lord & Savior:  We must wholeheartedly repent of our sins in order to do so.

In turn, a desire should grow in us to do what God requires of us to grow this relationship through His Word & doing our part as He makes us more like Christ, also being obedient to share the Gospel with those we encounter in our lives as God leads us.

Something I heard spoken about recently was calling ourselves Christians & yet not living this label:

Christian. That’s our name — a word which has root in CHRIST. Instead let us change ourselves as we deliberately strive to become more like Christ Jesus, Who gave His life for us. Let us grow closer to God through studying His Word, & grow greater in love & unity each day of our lives on this earth, seeking to be witnesses for Christ in all of ourselves — word, deed, mind, heart, soul & strength.