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Transform Your Mind

Posted: Wednesday, December 13

Pastor Ken Beach // Creative Arts &amp; Executive Pastor

Pastor Ken Beach // Creative Arts & Executive Pastor

One Year Bible Reading Guide

Obadiah 1:1-21
Revelation 4:1-11
Psalm 132:1-18
Proverbs 29:24-25

Verse of the day:

The exiles of Israel will return to their land and occupy the Phoenician coast as far north as Zarephath. The captives from Jerusalem exiled in the north will return home and resettle the towns of the Negev. Those who have been rescue will go up to Mount Zion in Jerusalem to rule over the mountains of Edom. And the Lord himself will be king!”   (Obadiah 1: 20-21)

Israel will go through exile, but ultimately will possess even more land.  These verses list lands of their enemies that will become theirs.  Even today, the nation of Israel has been reborn after hundreds of years without a home.

As He did with Israel, at times, it may seem strange that God calls us to focus further ahead—to look past our current circumstances. He doesn't always deal with the current discomfort we feel, but challenges us to trust Him for a greater end. One He is working on—greater than we could ever imagine.  We know this is not due to a lack of caring on His part. Rather, it’s because He is working in us and through us towards something greater than solving our current dilemma—the growth of our faith in Him.

God is infinitely wise in everything He does.  If He were to solve all of our problems as soon as we encountered them, would there be a deepening of our relationship with Him?  No, I don’t think so. Instead we would remain spiritual babies. Spiritual infants who only know to cry out when we needed something, and to keep crying until we have received it.  We would not enter into a deeper relationship of real trust in God. A relationship that is patient and believes, even when outwardly it may seem foolish to do so. Especially in front of those who don't yet know Christ.

Many times our priorities are so different from God’s. That’s when we can fixate on our current circumstances and not on the grander, more important work that God has called us too. Including growing our faith in Him.

So let’s transform our minds. Try and see circumstances through God’s eyes and wisdom.  To look ahead toward the greater purposes God is working in our lives for our benefit and His glory.