Thursday, July 14, 2016

Keeping Perspective – Part 1 - The Solution to the Pollution

What keeps a person steady through the upheavals of the world? Though the mountains may quake, the storms rage, and the floods devastate, the challenge that we have is to keep everything in proper perspective. Our perspective is our point of view.  According to Ephesians 2, God has seated us in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. We must view the world from the viewpoint of our heavenly perspective. We must learn to respond in the same way that Jesus would respond. In the midst of the chaos and confusion of this world where people call evil good and good evil, what would Jesus think, say, and do? The sons of Issachar understood their times and knew what Israel had to do because they lived by God’s Word. We likewise must keep our perspective from the Word of God. Our opportunity is to set our affection on things above and not on the things of this world and to create an environment where men and women can enter into the presence of our loving Heavenly Father

How did we get to the point that America no longer identifies itself as a "Christian nation?" Like the frog in the pot on the stove, the heat was gradually being turned up and we didn't notice it. The kettle is now on full boil and the popular and politically correct culture is unaware that our world has been turned upside down. When the nation forsakes God, He removes His hand of blessing from the land. God works in gradual events and also cataclysmic events. Either we will approach God on our knees voluntarily or He will bring eventually us to our knees through trials and tribulations.

Romans 14:11 “As I live, says the Lord, every knee shall bow to Me, and every tongue shall confess to God.”

The "solution to the pollution" of this world is the Love of God. Loving kindness and tender mercy is the nature of God himself. 1 Corinthians chapter 13 contains thirteen powerful verses about charity, the love of God. As the Apostle Paul matured in the faith, he also matured in the love of God. Saul, before his name was changed to Paul started out as a Pharisee persecuting the Christians. In a life-changing encounter, he met Jesus Christ on the road to Damascus. Jesus said, "Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me?" God turned Saul's heart in a different direction to channel his passion from persecuting the Church into his passion for building the Church. Jesus Christ is the perspective-changer. To repent means to do an about-face ... to turn 180 degrees from the world and to turn our eyes upon Jesus the Christ, the son of the living God. Jesus, the "hound of heaven," is in hot pursuit of those whom God has chosen from before the foundations of the world to be holy and without blame before him in love. 

Let's continue Micheal's message tomorrow on the next post.
In Christ, Brian

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