I don’t know about you, but I’ve found there is a constant gravitational pull to the things of this earth. I catch myself worrying about what’s happening, so I’ll jump online to check social media or grab a few minutes of the news. Unfortunately, the more I am distracted by the world, the stronger the pull from the world and the more unrest in my soul.
Yet when I spend time with God in prayer, Bible study, or precious moments being still in God’s presence, the lighter and more free I feel. The less hold the earth, and the things of this earth, have as I spend time with the One who is life and feeds and nourishes my soul. Jesus promised, “If you continue in My word, then you are truly disciples of Mine; and you will know the truth, and the truth will make you free” (John 8:31-32, NASB). Christ is truth and He said it was for freedom that He set us free (Galatians 5:1).
As Christians, we are no longer earth bound. We are not of this world. God “made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus” (Ephesians 2:5-6, NASB). Therefore, “…keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth” (Colossians 3:1-2, NASB) Flying free comes with an upward focus.
Another thing that helps is checking to see if how I’m spending my time will meet the criteria found in Psalm 19:14… “Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O Lord, my rock and my Redeemer.” I’m not flying free if what I’m talking about, and thinking about, do not honor God.
Even with all the worries and troubles of the world, Paul gives us a hope-filled, peace-giving reminder to “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things” (Philippians 4:6-8, NASB).
We have a choice where our thoughts go, and as Christians, we have the power of Christ within us to break free of the pull of the world. Fly free by focusing on Christ and the things above. And please keep telling others about our wonderful Savior, Jesus Christ, who sets souls free from sin and death. Let’s fly free in Christ!
And if you do not know Jesus Christ as your Savior, please link to PeaceWithGod.net and/or https://lisabuffaloe.com/good-enough-for-heaven/
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Good to know I’m not alone and thankful for our Heavenly Father for the help! Well said, my friend. Love you! XOXO
Tess, I’m so grateful the Lord gives us the help we need for every area of our lives (including social media and the news!). Guard your heart and mind and stay close to our wonderful God. Love you, sweet friend! XOXOXO 🙂
Wow you are reading my mail! My flesh wants to defend our President but I have found my self openly arguing with people and then feeling as if I have tarnished the Lord’s reputation. I have had to delete things I posted because I felt bad about the arguments. The battle against my flesh and satan is really real.
Dave, it’s such a difficult time for most of us. I’m so grateful for God’s word and the letters we have from Paul and others on how to live during difficult times. We need to keep our focus on Christ and telling others about Christ. And boy, do we need to keep praying! God bless you, brother! Keep standing firm and yet flying free!