Thursday, February 14, 2013

Truth That Invigorates

Do you know that God thinks He has made you a fantastic, Spirit-born person, quite a bit like Himself, well-recognized throughout the heavens? Everybody there knows all about you! If you could right now take a poll of those in the heavenlies, they would tell you how much you resemble Him. Of course, you’d have to be wary of those of the Liar Clan; after all, they would lie. It’s what they do. But even those on the demonic side of things know the truth about you. You must, as well.

We are in a nearly constant, invisible war for what defines life. The devil and his demons strategize that people should identify themselves and others according to what they see and nothing more, but God and the angels work for people to believe they and others are what God says they are—and nothing less. The big battle for the Christian—really, for everyone—is over whether life is defined by what we see or by what we know. It frames and explains most everything.

2 Cor 4:16-18 Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

It lasts! It counts! It’s true and powerful.

If your gaze is stuck on the passing away world, on the visible only, you’ll be worn out; the demonic strategy will be succeeding against you. I know what that’s like. Frankly, this is the contest—in hardship, in sickness, in failure, as well as in leisure, health and success. Where are you looking?

If you’ll look to the eternal and invisible—the truth of Jesus Christ and his cross and resurrection and what that means for you—then the wasting schemes of this world will be turned to your favor, and you’ll be renewed in the glory of God shared with you. That’s the deal.

(This is a transcript of yesterday's video, “Truth That Invigorates,” and is for those who might rather read than watch.)

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