Love

Focus: Kingdom perspective

1 John 2:15 (NIV) Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him.

What do you have your heart set on? Who does your heart belong to? When you consider what you have your heart set on, or who it belongs to—you also have to consider your mind, your will, and your emotions. Whoever owns your heart—also owns your mind, your will, and your emotions.

The owner of your heart is what or who you live for. The owner of your heart is what or who you prefer above all else. The owner of your heart isn’t always what or who you think it is.

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If our affection were focused on God and His love, we would not be moved by what we see here on earth. --Christina Cook Lee, A Quest For New Strength
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If our affection were focused on God and His love, we would not be moved by what we see here on earth. --Christina Cook Lee, A Quest For New Strength
New Strength Devotional Inspirational Statement of the Day

 

Matthew 6:21 (NIV) says, “…where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” What is your treasure? Where do you invest yourself? What are you giving yourself to?

These are important questions to ponder. They have everything to do with your peace. Until the answers to all of the questions stated are truly God—you will not have true peace.

In recovery, we have to do a lot of honest soul searching. Knowing the truth can make you free—but you have to truly want to know the truth…and you have to truly want to be free.

At times, we think we want to know the truth—but when we are faced with it, we don’t want to accept it. We also think we want to be free—but when we realize freedom actually requires responsibility, we aren’t willing to keep moving forward.

One of the hardest parts of overcoming depression and dependency is the pain we experience when we have to face our own reality. Pain of some kind is usually the cause of our condition. When our pain is all we can think about and feel, we have trouble making the right choices and finding purpose.

When our reality is viewed from an earthly perspective—pain is inevitable. When our mind, will, and emotions are centered on things of this world, we aren’t able to view our own reality from a kingdom perspective. One of the hardest realities we have to face is that we have allowed earthly things and relationships to cloud our kingdom perspective. When our life is upside down and inside out—it’s time to admit our eyes have become focused on the things of this world. We may not think our condition has anything to do with ‘loving the world or the things that are in the world’, but if our affections were focused on God and His love—we would not be moved by what we see here on earth.

The Word of God is always the solution to any problem we are dealing with. If our mind, will, and emotions are in bondage to the things of this world—we need to re-train them, using kingdom principles.

Knowing that your mind decides ‘what you think about’, consider what Romans 12:2 (NKJV) says.  “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” Say, “God, please transform and renew my mind so that my life will be an example of how good and acceptable and perfect Your will is.”

Understanding that your will is revealed by what you choose, consider how Ephesians 4:15 (NLT ) challenges us to, “Speak the truth in love, growing in every way more and more like Christ, who is the head of His body, the church.” Say, “God, help me to speak the truth in love and grow up into the likeness of Christ.”

Grasp that your feelings are driven by your emotions—and your feelings can cause you to act impulsively. 2 Corinthians 5:7 (NKJV) says, “For we walk by faith, not by sight.” Say, “God help me to trust You more. Let my faith and love for You grow as I learn Your Word and Your ways, so that I will not be moved or tempted by what I see in this world.”

Our love for God could never cause us to be depressed or addicted. If we are depressed or addicted—or both, we have to face that we have taken our eyes off the One who loves us most and have become consumed by things of this world.

Matthew 6:19-20 tells us not to store up treasures on earth—or put our faith and love into things of this earth, because those things are temporary and can be taken from us. It says instead to invest ourselves and our attention in heaven, because heaven is eternal and the investment we make of ourselves in heavenly things cannot be taken from us.

Declaration: I will find new strength and peace by truly giving my heart to God and allowing Him to be the ruler of my mind, will, and emotions. I will trust my future to Him and view this life with kingdom perspective.

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