Archive for March, 2015

So sorry everyone.  We’ve been through a rough time here.  My wife has some medical problems going on and it has consumed much and thrown everything off.  The good news is that it’s not looking to be any sort of life-threatening sort of issue ( though that was up in the air up until an ER trip we finally took ), but it is a short-term sort of life-altering thing.  Lots of stuff she can’t do for now.  On top of that we had some other things pop up, and I’ve had a hard enough time just keeping going here, helping, work, child, etc.  So, if you’ve wondered about the lack of posts, there you go.

So about two days ago, I pull back up my list of scriptures.  I have a short list that I’m memorizing/meditating on always.  I hadn’t pulled it up in a while, so I pull it up and hit the first scripture.  Before I even stick it on here, let me say that I don’t remember even adding this one to the top of the list, and i think God somehow ordained this to happen.  Probably I saw it and added it, but it didn’t really sink in at the time, because He was waiting for the right time to sync it in, which was a day or two ago.

Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, 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. For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory. – Colossians 3:1-4

What am I on but a journey to seek those things.  It’s funny to look at this verse, knowing that in the past I always pushed this off as looking for things the fruit of the spirit, or a deeper faith, rather than the literal thing I sure believe it is.

What is there to seek up above where Christ is seated but the Kingdom of Heaven itself.  Since we’re raised up already, we should seek that.  It’s not saying since you’re raised up go do this or that work, but to seek God, Christ, Heaven, etc.  I really don’t see any other explanation here than to be seeking the very things these men like Neville and Sadhu are preaching.  That we can be in the Spirit with the Lord.  That we can know Him there and walk there.

Set your mind upon the things above, not on the earth.  So though I walk through this world, I work, I have a family, I do things for others, yet my mind must be SET on that which is above.  As it says, we’ve died and our life is in Christ.  I think perhaps this is one of the hardest areas for me.  When I get really honest, I have to see in my feelings and mind that I’m ok with God.  Now don’t jump ahead of me here, let me try to explain.  I’ve grown up being taken care of, went to school, college, got a job.  I’ve worked hard and always had everything I needed.  Until I got my own family, I really had very few worries.  I get sick, I go to the doctor.  Hurt myself, it heals. Things have always worked out.  Of course I’ve always believe in God, I’ve tried to follow Him well, but to be honest, it always seemed like I could take care of things.  That’s why it’s hard for me to understand sometimes these people in scriptures.  For example the apostles and those who were converted in Acts.  How excited, over-joyed, devoted they were.  The apostles I can understand because they had known Jesus intimately.  They’ve seen some of the secrets of the Kingdom, but the others.  I think part of it was that they understood the fleetingness of life.  They understood how little peace they had, what insecurity there was, those sorts of things.  Here in America, many of us don’t.  Many of us have so much going for us, we can live in a world of delusion thinking things are ok.  It’s hard to break out..

So this scripture hits me here.  I am dead and my life is hidden in Christ.  I need to seek those things above, to set my mind upon them, to reach and strive for those things above all else.  Everything else needs to fall aside or fall in line.  My goal is heaven.

It brings to mind the Ephesians prayer.. “to know the hope of his calling, the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and the surpassing greatness of His power toward those who believe.”  Can you imagine if you actually knew these things, what would it do to your life.  You’d never be the same.