This week’s news plus the value of seeing our circumstances from God’s perspective
IT’S NEWS TO ME
SETTING OUR MINDS ON THINGS ABOVE
Victory through Tragedy
This week saw a great legislative victory for the Republicans, continued resistance from the Left (to nearly everything), more evidence from within the UN of the hatred against Israel, more international anti-Semitism, more insane claims from Muslim preachers, and more evidence that a promise of a great payday was behind the accusations against President Trump. To top it off, bestiality (zoophilia) is becoming a “thing” in Germany.
Personally, my focus wasn’t on any of these things. It was on our cat, Zorro, whom we had to have euthanized on Wednesday. All you pet lovers will understand how painful this is. He was only ten, but a heart condition and cancer came upon him with a vengeance. He was gone a week after his first signs of distress.
For me, none of the world’s events mattered much. My little pal was suddenly gone. I don’t recall being this distraught any of the previous times I had to make the painful decision. Once I got beyond the tears and was able to try to see things from God’s perspective. What I saw was a painful example of sin resulting in death. It was sin that opened the door for disease and decay to enter God’s once pristine paradise. After I overcame my sadness, God wanted me to hate sin (of any kind) as much as He hates it
Only when I truly hated sin, would I be able to claim the victory Christ won on the cross. I must learn to hate sin or I will find that I have engaged in a subconscious game of sin management instead of sin extermination. Jesus had broken the power of sin over me, but I had to apply that victory to my own life by making a decision once and for all that my goal was holiness, allowing no room for sin of any kind.
My heavenly perspective also showed me how the Father must feel every time we break His heart or walk away from Him. This was the first time I had ever reached a level of intimacy with God in which I was actually feeling His pain. I realized that as I have been walking out and trying to apply the principles I present in my articles, I had finally begun to comprehend what it really means to abide in Christ. This was a tremendous victory for me. As I have been seeking a more intimate and personal relationship with God, He has been proving Himself faithful to His word in answering my prayers.
This new level of intimacy and abiding has given me a new level of hope. The closer I get to God, the less important the events of the world seem. The peace I have enjoyed lately transcends any situation, even the death of my furry little buddy. Seeing our circumstances from God’s perspective changes everything, and the closer our walk with our Father, the easier it is to see through His eyes.
As I look to 2018, I want to be able to “meet you where you are.” I also want to remain true to the task God has clearly assigned to me. As I was reading through the book of Colossians this morning, one verse spoke to me as never before.
Him we preach, warning every man and teaching every man in all wisdom, that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus (Col. 1:28).
Ultimately, this is the primary purpose of my blog and newsletter. I have been doing this through world news articles and my own posts. I’m not sure what changes I will need to make next year. My Post # 1000 will fall on Dec. 30th, my last of the year. I will have more to say about possible changes then.
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ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
The most cowardly knight at King Arthur’s Round Table was Sir Ender.
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