Connect 21 – Day 14 (LIFE WITH CHRIST)

“So if you’re serious about living this new resurrection life with Christ, act like it.  Pursue the things over which Christ presides.  Don’t shuffle along, eyes to the ground, absorbed with the things right in front of you.  Look up and be alert to what is going on around Christ – that’s where the action is.  See things from HIS perspective.” Col 3:1-2 (MSG)

What was your last accomplishment?  Did you work to achieve it?  Usually, when we want something, it’s because there are benefits that go along with that desire.  Whether it’s fulfillment, financial gain, awards, ownership, or notoriety, there is something to be gained when fulfilling a goal.  However, once the goal is achieved,what’s next?  Is it a new goal?  A new benefit?  Do you realize that God created you to live a life full of successes, benefits, and blessings?  When we live to please HIM, we tap into perpetual favor, opportunities, and success!

John prayed over the Church, “Beloved, I wish above all things that thou mayest prosper and be in health, even as thy soul prospereth.”  When we connect to Jesus, God’s Word, on a regular daily basis with the intention of growing, maturing, and changing, we secure perpetual success.  Does this mean problems won’t occur?  Of course not, but it does mean that you will be secure in seeing the victory on the other side!  It may even mean that you’re never caught off guard.  Saint, please realize that when your first pursuit is God, then everything must align to your success.  You may even suffer for HIS sake, but when and if you do, just know that God is setting you up for a public display of HIS GLORY.

I’m reminded of the day my husband and I were terminated as Pastors of a Church.

This was handled rather publicly and scandalously.  In that moment, everything in me wanted to defend and avenge what had taken place.  Instead, we decided to seek the Face of God in the situation.  My Spiritual Mom reminded me of some very powerful words, “If your ways please the Lord, HE will cause even your enemies to be at peace with you.”  (Proverbs 16:7)  She would quote that to me every time we spoke.  I began to think, “who cared about who did what?”  I’m connected to God and I give HIM control!!!  I relinquished control and made GOD my focus, pursuit and passion and HE made it all good.  It was tough!  BUT GOD propelled us through and prospered us.  The enemy’s public attack was a setup for GOD’s very public GLORY!

Application For The Day:

So never mind what you see, focus on GOD and what HE promises.  You can never outdo God.  HE delights in showing off through HIS children!!!  Hallelujah!

Prayer For The Day: Father, I am serious about living this new resurrected life with Christ, and I will pursue the things over which Christ presides.  No longer will I be moved by what I see, but I will only be moved by those things which give you the Glory, in Jesus’ Name.

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