Monday, December 1, 2014

Topaz - Golden Experience (Excerpt)

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We're going to take another detour from the great content from the Exponential West 2014 conference.  Our devotional book for December went live on Amazon, early this morning. It's Topaz - Golden Experience, available for the Kindle, click the title to go buy it.  And Today's post is one of the devotionals from the book.

Our December devotional book covers the verses in Matthew 6:9-34, still part of the Sermon on the Mount.  Much of it has to do with the right focus.  The wrong focus can be a disaster.  As Philippians 4:6 puts it in the Amplified version, "Do not fret or have any anxiety about anything, but in every circumstance and in everything, by prayer and petition (definite requests), with thanksgiving, continue to make your wants known to God.".  Whether the Bible calls it concern, anxiety, being care-ful, or worry, the root is fear.  And the Bible tells us not to fear some 365 times, enough to replace fear with something better, on a daily basis.  Today's excerpt gives us one of God's ways to avoid the worry shown in today's illustration..

Matthew 6:33-34 (KJV) But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.


The last verse in this teaching says that our lack of worry needs to extend to the future.  Our fears can’t prevent future troubles or change them.  Whatever will come arrives whether we worry or not. All worry does is add turmoil to a world already in chaos from Godlessness.  So, our anxiety needs to be put aside, for our own benefit.

Verse 33 gives the formula for spiritual success.  Seek the kingdom of God — His presence.  Seek God’s righteousness — let thinking and acting God’s way transform us.  And make both of those our top priority.  When we think and act as God would want, we automatically can handle the ups and downs, no matter how extreme.  The mind of Christ gives us an ability to handle our circumstances in ways far beyond our own limited capacity.  Just to be sure we understand the result, Jesus says that learning to think with God ensures our needs will be met.


Prayer thoughts:  We want God to help us focus on the right things, His presence and His mind. We want to think God’s thoughts.  We don’t want our thinking and actions to get in the way of God fully moving in our life.

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