Faithfully: In the midst of the world's upheaval, center yourself in God
It's happening and it's exciting.
In November 2017, I shared:
For a year, it seems like God's been whispering in my spirit, "Shaking is coming." We see shaking in our world. The political scene is in upheaval. Our cultural ways are shifting. Even the ground is shaking. When we see the natural, it is sometimes a sign post for the spiritual. Then we consider whether or not the unseen is also being shaken.
My understanding of what's coming is based on the 12th chapter of Hebrews where it says God will shake created things and that his kingdom which cannot be shaken will remain. It's a call to worship him and hang on to him because he is eternal.
Now, January 2020, the shaking is manifesting as a shift, a call to turn abruptly. Leave the old ways behind. Think new thoughts. Prepare for what God is going to do next. I will illustrate.
Recently reading the first chapter in Ephesians, I noticed that sometime in the past I had highlighted the blessings we receive. It says we are chosen to belong to God, holy and forgiven, through Jesus Christ. That is our confidence and joy. What my recent reading told me: What God gives, chooses, decides, wants, is grace. I experienced a sharpened awareness of what the verses say about God.
No longer was I looking at what I receive from Jesus. Rather, what stood out to me was who God is. I didn't decide to re-focus. The change of focus was done for me.
Do you notice the difference? I believe we are all being called to first know who we are in Christ and then focus on God. It's all about who God is. He's not only the center of it all. He's it. This call is for total surrender to our Commander in Chief. Not me and you and our plans. This is preparation for God's anointing to fall upon us in greater measure for his end times victories. He is going to need vessels to use for his outpouring of healings, deliverances, and salvations.
Do you want to be used by God for mighty exploits? Using the image of still waters being stirred and that stirring signaling God's readiness to act, I am telling you the waters are stirring! Jump in!
Focusing on God in my reading of the Bible has grown my awareness of who He is and what He values. For example, after reading John 3:16 one could say God loves us so much, he gave up his son to die for us and now we can go to heaven. That is good news! We can also receive from that verse, "God loves. God gives. God saves". When I shift my focus from myself to God, I experience a fresh closeness with him. It's the difference between seeking the gifts or the Gift-giver.
Remember Hebrews 12:26-28. It's time to press in and hang on to the One who is eternal. May God the Father give you knowledge and wisdom. May you know who you are in Christ. And may Holy Spirit empower you! In Jesus' name. Amen.
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