Citizens of Heaven

citizens of heavenBut our citizenship is in heaven. Philippians 3:20
 
Set your mind on things above, not on earthly things. Colossians 3:2
 
As we, as Christians, live here on earth, we must realize
our citizenship no longer exists here on earth. We are
citizens of Heaven. As we walk, as we encounter difficulties,
as we live here, we can visualize ourselves looking on from
above.I like to look at life as God does. He is up there looking
down at all of us running around and worrying, full of fear,
wringing our hands and pulling out our hair, our ‘hearts failing
us for fear’ Luke 21:26.But He is not up there wringing His hands saying “What am I gonna
do?” He knows the end of the story, like when we watch a movie
for the second time and know how it’s going to end. He knows
we all live happily ever after in a land full of Princes and
Princesses. We are kings and priest, members of a land rich
in love where the Son always shines.
 
When I, in my mind, look at life from God’s perspective, as if I were up there looking down, I feel a bit removed from the difficulties.  I feel light and free because I am floating down the stream of the waters of the Spirit, free of control, free of worry and fear because God is in control. 
 
I am just an instrument in God’s hands, moving when He moves, and walking where He walks, and saying what He tells me what to say.  In John 5:19, 30 and John 7:16, Jesus didn’t to anything, say anything, judge anything on His own choosing.  He only passed on what the Father was doing.
 
So let us walk through life as an ambassador from Heaven here on earth for a visit, representing Jesus Christ and doing only what the Father does through us.  Let go of our circumstances and know that this ‘movie’ has a happy ending.

Abundance is…

Abundance is..Watching a sunrise or sunset, reading the first page of a brand new novel, seeing a baby walk to you for the first time, getting a smile from a stranger walking by, feeling a cool breeze on a warm day.

The practice of abundance can change your life.  It changed mine.  It opens the windows to a new look at life.  It opens the mind and heart to beauty, wonder, warmth, and love.

Practicing abundance is another form of positive thinking. “Whatever is true, honest, right, pure, lovely, or good report, if there is any virtue, if anything worthy of praise, think on these things and the God of peace will be with you.” Philippians 4:8.

Beach-SunriseTake a look at the sunrise.  Visit the beach.  Thank God that the car started; find joy in the simple things we take for granted.  A heart beating, a lung breathing, muscles working, air to breath, buds blooming, trees waving in the wind.  These are things everyone can be thankful for.

I find myself thinking of all the woes in the world: poverty, hunger, unemployment, heartache and pain.  Jesus said, “In this world you will have tribulation, but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”  I praise God for life.  I praise God for a place to lay my head at night, no matter how small it may be.  I praise God for food on my plate and friends who help put it there.

Stop and notice the flowers next time you walk by a garden or someone’s front yard.  Glance into a store front window and see all the beautiful things and just imagine the joy you could have using them even if you can’t afford to buy them now.  And realize that one of these days, as we enter the Golden Gates of Heaven, everything will be positive.

This is Terri Byars encouraging you to count your blessings.