September 2018

In the Kingdom of God, we are on a journey toward the high places of worship and spiritual devotion. Our kind and thoughtful King has invited us there and made a place for us. Our ultimate destination is not of this world, but until then we are charged to bring His kingdom here on earth. As we travel this place, climbing higher toward our goal, we will experience many different types of spiritual terrain. We’re going to feel the depths of the valley and the thrill of the mountain. We’ll know the hardship of desert seasons and the joyful relief of hearing our King constantly call us up higher. We must always commit ourselves to move at the speed of God, trusting the ebb and flow, and trusting He will change the seasons in His timing.

We are citizens of His kingdom and His speed is different than this world. The longer we travel, the more He will transform us into His image and His thinking. We are told in God’s Word, “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind” (Romans 12:2). Our journey toward higher ground changes us. God rewrites our thoughts and rewires our actions as we place the foundations of Christian faith as priorities in our lives. As we put Him first, He does what only He can do while we journey through different seasons of our faith. He does a work in us. He leaves no stony place in our hearts unturned, no attitude unaffected, and no action untested. He transforms us into His image.

God’s speed is the safest and fastest way to our destination even though it may take longer than we like. Romans 12:2 goes on to say, “Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is-His good, pleasing and perfect will.” God has a will for each of us. It is not some mysterious or unattainable place of arrival. God’s will is about living right here and right now.

Taken from The Happiest Place on Earth as it is in Heaven, chapter 9.

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