KEYS TO ABUNDANT LIFE - Key #8 - Addendum PDF Print E-mail

Key #8:
Maintain an eternal perspective.


From: Psalm 23:1-6; Ephesians 6:10-17; 2 Corinthians 10:5; Matthew 11:28-30

I wake up each morning surrounded by dense jungle.  This jungle is the tangle of thoughts and feelings that swirl around my mind as I begin a new day and this jungle separates me from God’s peace and rest.  I first submit control of my mind to the Holy Spirit in order to take captive every thought to make each one obedient to Jesus Christ.  I then pour God’s Word into my mind.  I then put on God’s full armor so that I am girded with truth, my mind and heart are protected, my feet are ready to go swiftly to spread the gospel of peace and I have the shield of faith in one hand and the sword of the Spirit in the other.  With that sword, God’s Word, I begin to hack through the twisted vines.  The shield of faith deflects the flaming arrows of the enemy as he waits to ambush me.  In prayer, I advance in God’s strength until I punch through the jungle into an open, spacious place.  There is a green pasture beside quiet waters where a table has been prepared for me with a lavish feast upon it.  To my surprise, my enemies are present, not seated at the table, but a short distance away.  Only Christ is seated at the table with me.  He points to each of my enemies and identifies them by name:  fear, anxiety, worry, doubt, apathy, rage, lust, critical spirit, insecurity, and many more.  “I have brought your enemies before you now, at the start of the day,” says the Lord, “so that you can see that I am Lord over these and that they must obey you when you command them in my name.”  Then my enemies leave, cowering and terrified.  Then the Anointed One anoints my head with oil, and it is the anointing of the Holy Spirit.  We break bread, give thanks and eat.  A glass has been poured for me from a pitcher dipped in the quiet waters and I drink deep of the Living Water until I am filled to the measure of all of His fullness.  The Master then sets my feet on the path of righteousness.  “It is for my name’s sake that I set your feet on this path,” He says.  And I go forth into the new day, my soul restored, abiding and resting in Him, His goodness and love always following closely.