DRAW CLOSE IN THE GOOD TIMES – Ray E Horton
In our natural minds it is easy to be complacent when things are going well, then cry out to God when things go wrong. But that should not be our way as we grow in the Lord. Our natural man needs to give way to our supernatural born-again spirits.
Preparing for Challenging Times
The time to draw close to the Lord in prayer and to build our faith should be in the good times
The time to draw close to the Lord in prayer and to build our faith should be in the good times, with a heart of thanksgiving, preparing us to go through the more challenging times with His peace.
It is then that we need to have already been looking beyond, beyond this natural life, which is like a moment in eternity. After all, scripture tells us “we are seated with Christ in heavenly places,” being “in Christ.” Therefore, let us look at life from those heavenly places, where we will see Jesus within us, and together with Him, by the Holy Spirit, face and change the world in love and power.
An ambassador will always miss his home country, but not let it get him down. Rather, He will complete his assignment in the foreign land, all the while motivated to serve by having his heart on his homeland. We are ambassadors for Christ. Like Jesus, love, then look beyond this world. We already have His glory and have begun eternal life. Let us let His light, His attributes, His compassion shine forth from us.
Set your mind on the things above
And remember, as Rolland Baker wrote: “Even when we’re healthy and everything is fine, this world is no place to set your heart on… Set your mind on things above. Everything that is seen is temporary…” He posted some scriptures on which to meditate:
“Whom have I in heaven but You? And there is none upon earth that I desire besides You” (Psalm 73:25).
“If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth” (Col. 3:1-2).
“While we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal” (2 Cor. 4:18).