Hello Precious One!
There is sooooo much constant distraction coming at us trying to pull us in. The scriptures tell us not to look to the left or the right but to set our heart on things above (heavenly realities) and to fix the eyes our heart on Jesus! “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the Joy set before Him endured the Cross, scorning and despising its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.” Hebrews 12:2-3.
Jesus set His heart on the Joy before Him, the heavenly realities of being with the Father and with us for all of eternity! This is a powerful key for us when life becomes very challenging. “Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your heart on things above (heaven realities) where Christ is seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above (heavenly realities) NOT on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God (in the heavenly realm).” Colossians 3:1-3.
The distractions that are trying pull us away from this heavenly mindset, are trying to overwhelm with stuff, challenges, difficulties…. of this world. The trouble and challenges will always be here, but we are all learning to keep our hearts fixed on the Joy set before us! This is how Jesus did it, His heart was set on the Joy of heaven, being with the Father and with us, not on all the problems of the Cross.
As we look and focus the eyes of heart on the problems, circumstances of life, we tend to grow weary and lose heart. If you or I are getting weary, tired and burdened, we need to look at what we are focusing on. The troubles of this life from the enemy are meant to steal, kill, destroy, disappoint, and discourage us. What we focus on, and let into our heart, determines the quality of our life. “As a man thinks in his heart, so is he.” As we see ourselves In Christ, in the heavenly realm where we are perfected, glorified, one with Jesus, as He is, with His heart of Joy, Love, Peace and supernatural power, we become encouraged and full of the abundant life!
“Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave to you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. Do not let this Book of the Law depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:7-9.
Now this is an old covenant verse and we in the new covenant, are no longer the law, “But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in a new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.” Romans 7:6. We are now new creations who have been given the heart and Spirit of Jesus, and become more than conquerors, strong and courageous. As we meditate, take hold, behold of who we have become as new creations in Christ, in the Spirit, we won’t become terrified, weary, discouraged or lose heart as we fix our hearts, not moved from the left or right, from our heavenly realities of being In Christ Jesus!
So we focus and set our hearts on the heavenly realities of the Joy, Love, Peace and supernatural and miraculous power of Christ whom we are one with and whom we have become “as He is.” We live in two realms at the same time, the earthly realm and the Spiritual realm of heaven. We are all in the process of becoming more Spiritual and heavenly minded, of manifesting of who we have already become In Christ Jesus! We are growing from glory to glory and into the likeness of Christ, as we behold the glory of the Lord and see ourselves in Him, as He is, apart from the veil of anything in our flesh and the law! SHALOM!!!!!!!
Jerry Brown 9-30-2013