Do not adopt the world’s sense of hopelessness. Their hopelessness does not take God’s love or miracles into account… but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Do not be held in the present circumstances that try to hold you in their grasp. Get into the Word and get God’s picture of things. Rom.12:2,TPT—“Stop imitating the ideals and opinions of the culture around you, but be inwardly transformed by the Holy Spirit through a total reformation of how you think. This will empower you to discern God’s will as you live a beautiful life, satisfying and perfect in his eyes.”
Kathy — Unfortunately, people are used to their atmosphere being violated and manipulated by media which usually has the last say on the 6:00 or 10:00 news every night. So our culture has developed a tolerance for evil being called good and good being called evil and chaos being called the New World Order. This is both ludicrous and infuriating! The Word says NOT to CONFORM to this-age thinking. News: We don’t have to bow to the machinations of the prince of the power of the air. His dictatorship only continues if we keep adapting to the ways of the present age and keep “drinking the Kool-Aid” and allowing culture and norms to dictate our thinking. Instead, let’s agree that The Church will not just sit back in Sunday meetings and wait for the world to end. Sons of God will participate with Father in displacing and dispossessing darkness. We will overcome incrementally, one choice at a time, one prayer at a time, one victory at a time and see situations on earth become as in heaven in our nation.
Kathy — I don’t think Father intended “heaven coming to earth” through us to be a constant strain but rather a flow out of relationship, like Father like son, like Father like daughter. It’s a powerful and dynamic flow but beautifully simple. Of course, the essential requisite is that we think like our Father and that may be a strain and take some effort and practice and retraining. That is especially true since we have been trained since we were children under the influence of mindsets and traditions in our family, church, schools, government and media. There are some misbeliefs instilled in us that don’t come close to God’s thinking. Like some churches are full of people that strain to be good just to make it to heaven and they have no awareness that God wants them involved and touching the lives of those in their reach and seeing heaven come to earth. Ironically, while they are straining to measure up, they are missing God’s will and purpose for their entire lifetime; and because their beliefs and lifestyle are so typical in the church world, no one notices. That is sad, but that is the result of adopting a religion instead of being adopted into a relationship. Wherever we adapt to the culture of this earth, this world, this age or mere religion, we’ll find it a challenge to think like our Father in heaven.
As the people of God assemble today may they put their hearts upon their Lord but be aware of and available to be equipped for the great need beyond the four walls of the church building. May we see and embrace the desire of our Father’s creative heart for the advancement and benefit of His Kingdom in government, religion, arts and entertainment, family, education, science and technology, business and finance — and take His love, wisdom and solutions into those settings.