Not of This World

1 Timothy 3 Endure suffering along with me, as a good soldier of Christ Jesus. 4 Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them.

Just in case your head is so far into the sand that you haven’t come up for air in a while or you have somehow managed to remain in so kind of proverbial bubble, the world has not  been operating in a “business as usual” mode for quite some time.  I don’t write about it often because I hate to point out the obvious and my true desire is to focus people on Jesus.

Today, though, it feels like the obvious is screaming to be noticed amidst the circus of distractions.  Even the worldliest take notice when over a half dozen celebrities die in one week.  Of course we’ve lost count of the men, women, and children who have died in recent wars and new wars seem to threaten daily.  But that’s not all.  There is just a sense of urgency in the Heavens, so to speak.

Many of us have sensed these things coming and know this is just the beginning.  I think that it is time to call the Body of Christ to focus on our purpose in the Earth.  We are not citizens of this Earth.  We are residents of the Kingdom of God and are only here to demonstrate His love and power.  Things are going to get tougher in some ways, but that will only give us greater opportunity to shine the light of Christ.

If we are going to shine His light, however, we must make it a priority to draw close to God, walk in holiness and humility and be single-minded.  We cannot indulge our flesh and walk in the power of God. We are going to need His power in the days ahead both for ourselves and for those around us.  There is no more time to dabble in the things of God.  The time is now to :

8 Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded.
9 Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness.
10 Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up.

James 4:8-10

 

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