Heavenly Perspective

August 13, 2014

Philippians 4:8-9
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. 9 The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Heavenly Perspective

We have a plaque hanging on the wall as you come into our home that says, “Live as though heaven is on earth.” This is what this passage from Philippians speaks to me of. If we only see with a natural mind and vision, we will tend to focus on the darkness and the evil in mankind. We need only listen and read the news to get a natural perspective of the tragedy, evil and injustice that fill our world. We are not exhorted to think upon these things. We are not ignorant of them and we are perfectly aware that they exist and impact our world everyday. What Paul exhorts us to do here is to put on the mind of heaven and not earth. God does not desire a cynical, judgmental skeptical and critical people. He wants us to be focused on those things of His nature, the truth of His Word, the purity of His heart and those things that render and bring blessing. It is so easy for us to pick up a negative point of view. The scripture is exhorting us not to go there. “Live as though heaven is on earth.” Live out of the truth of God’s word, declaring those things that are not as though they were. How many things remain in heaven and never come into our earth, because we fail to express the faith in God’s Word through our lives and actions? We may become a self –fulfilling prophecy of failure simply by how we think and what we confess.
We learn in God’s word that, “out of the abundance of the heart our mouths speak.” That is why words are so important, they speak the heart. Our words are often not just neutral, but contain within them the power of death and life. What we think upon and put our minds upon is what is filtering down and filling our hearts. We are exhorted to be careful what we put in our hearts. Proverbs 4:23 says, “Keep thy heart with all diligence; for out of it [are] the issues of life.” Meditate on the positive and godly aspects of life. It is as we meditate and think upon all that God is, all that God does and all that God has promised to do that we begin to adopt the mind of Christ with a spirit of thankfulness and praise. It is through this mindset that we are becoming the expression of heaven in the earth, a light and joy to all that surround us.



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