Are we stuck in the now or the past? When we focus on the future is it with worry?
Rejoice for the kingdom of Heaven is near!
We hear the scripture. We read it. But this life easily can be distracting.
Recently, God inspired me with a thought that combats worry and fear. Which is to focus on Him and give Him praise from the past, in the present, and what will be in the future.
I had never really thought to praise Him for an extended amount of time for things He had done in the Bible for other people. Like parting the sea for the Israelites but the way I felt encouraged to praise Him and rejoice is to do so as if He did it right now like I am a part of it. Because when I live in His glory it changes everything else.
It’s easy to distance ourselves from His miracles, answered prayers, and the amazing comfort He gives when it does not relate to what we are going through now.
There is this temptation to act like God does not answer us when we struggle. The temptation to forget and not cling to Him. I felt like God was showing me how to live in the moment of His promise and fulfillment. To rejoice in His glory as much as I would with something current. Whether it was a thousand years ago, something He is doing now or something He will create in the unseen.
(NIV) Romans 8:24-25, “For in this hope we were saved. But hope that is seen is no hope at all. Who hopes for what they already have? But if we hope for what we do not yet have, we wait for it patiently.”
He is revealing to me in little pieces of what real faith is. When we know what He has done and we are rejoicing, as if it was immediately done. It enforces and encourages us to look forward to what He is doing right now. The parts of our life we see, but even more importantly to what we do not see, yet anticipate for His glory.
(NLT) Hebrews 11:01, “Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.”
This is about turning our confidence and hope to His glory, not for the specifics we want in our lives for ourselves. For example, I used to wish to be a well-established author with money and fans reaching others for Christ. Now, I work towards having confidence God is using my writing for His glory. He will reach people in the way He wants. If He wants money to come through this, my Lord will provide. He will provide the opportunities.
I can seek out ways that may provide these options. But whether or not anything takes off, well, that’s up to God. I’ve seen everything He has done already, and I see Him being glorified and people being reached. When I make it about Him and what He has given me versus focusing solely on myself and my talents, I have a much bigger testimony in the making for Him. A crown I can place at His feet. That alone is an accomplished goal.
We need to praise Him with eagerness for the unseen and thank Him for what will be done. The comfort, encouragement, and strength that comes from doing this is that this praise is done without uncertainty. This praise is radiating with truth and faith. We don’t have to know the specifics.
It is about looking forward to what will be. To praise and seek Him for being active in our life right now.
(NIV) 2 Corinthians 4:18, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”
- (Past) Praise God for what He has done. The promises He has kept. The prophecies that were fulfilled. The glory He received.
- (Present) Praise Him for what He is at work doing right now, especially the unseen. The prophecies being fulfilled day by day, and the promises He is at work fulfilling. The people who are turning to Him. The glory He is receiving.
- (Future) Praise Him for what will be. The calling and opportunities He places us in the future. The people who will be reached days, months, or even years from now. The fulfilled prophecies of the future and the answered prayers. The glory He will receive.
People get confused and think that if we pray specifically for things we want to happen in life, and using scripture as a crutch, that we will get our specific requests. It’s okay to ask for certain things, but we must trust God’s plan over ourselves.
We are told God will give us the desires of our heart, but these desires MUST align with Him and His glory. It is crucial we rejoice now in His glory, for what has been, for what is, and for what will be.
Lift yourselves up to Him, Church. We are His arms, legs, hands, and feet. We must reflect Him in all things.
It has to start with our spirit seeking Him.
(NLT) Romans 2:07, “He will give eternal life to those who keep on doing good, seeking after the glory and honor and immortality that God offers.”
Are you feeling His glory?
Monthly Scripture, (NIV) John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
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