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Living in the supernatural.

15 Jul 2014

   Living for the supernatural in the natural.
Today, all around the world, wickedness, lawlessness and sickness increase daily. Love grows cold, divorce runs high. Depression and emotional sickness increase tenfold, family fragmentation and adultery are like a runaway train and the present global economical deficit has placed many countries, on a financial pause button which for many will mean huge governmental cuts to much of the educational and public services and sectors.
Along with chronic financial crises, our western sociological lifestyle seems ever more isolated, reclusive and lonelier than ever, even though we have a vast medium of inter-communicational devices.
Amidst this grey backdrop is a national Church which, deemed by the country’s media machine; seem, speechless, directionless, powerless and spiritually ineffective amidst an ever increasing atheistic mindset.
And yet, amidst all this hopelessness, there remains a God of hope.  And, the God of hope has assigned the body of Christ to be part of the world wide work of transformation as proclaimed by Jesus Himself within His Great Commission.
In order to fully participate in the Great Commission, we need to rediscover the foundational biblical truths of Christ’s heavenly intention for mankind. In doing so, we will recover God’s original purpose and plan.
I love the old story of an elderly Bishop whose parting words before his death were:
When I was young and free and my imagination had no limits, I dreamed of changing the world. As I grew older and wiser, I discovered the world would not change, so I shortened my sights somewhat and decided to change only my country. But it, too, seemed immoveable. As I grew into my twilight years, in one desperate attempt I settled for changing only my family, those closest to me – but, alas, they would have none of it. Now, as I lie on my deathbed, I suddenly realise if I had only changed myself first, by example I would have changed my family. From their inspiration and encouragement, I would have then been able to better my country and, who knows, I may have even changed the world.
Long before we attempt to bring change to our neighbours we need to allow God to bring to change to ourselves.  Scripture reminds us that ‘we perish for lack of knowledge.’
Therefore we are exalted in Romans 12:2 to ‘be transformed by the renewing of our minds’
In other words, there needs to be changes within the Christian mindset in order to bring about, not only personal change, but liberating transformation within our families, communities, counties, and countries. But it must start with us first. We cannot give away that which we do not possess ourselves.
The good news is that the Lord Jesus Christ has made provision through the revelation of His Word to inform us of how to access the mindset needed to bring about such necessary change, ‘we do have the mind of Christ’ now is the time to apply it.

Father God give us biblical truths for daily application for personal and universal transformation, but may it start with me first. Amen.
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