June 29, 2020
A good portion of believers are still living a life filled with inner conflict. They torture themselves with various negative thoughts and feelings. As a result, they couldn’t enjoy life in peace and joy. There is always a reason to become disappointed, angry, and spiteful towards others. It’s as if their life is the most perfect and everybody else is full of lack and blame. Meanwhile, we could only achieve perfection not when we see the lack of others, but when we forgive and forget!
Jesus taught us to pray: “Your kingdom come. Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:10, NKJV). We all know that the Kingdom of Heaven is not about eating and drinking, but righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit. It means He wants us to enjoy live here on earth like it is in heaven. Outside of it, it is not the will of God.
The problem is, such life is not fulfilled yet because we still assume that our happiness is determined by external factors. So, we THINK or PRAY (Eph 3:20 – remember, our thoughts are also prayers) that everything outside, such as situation, circumstances, and people must be good first, and only then we could live in peace and joy. Meanwhile, that’s the wrong prayer or thoughts – that’s not what God wants.
He wants us to pray or think this way: “And now, brothers, as I close this letter, let me say this one more thing: Fix your thoughts on what is true and good and right. Think about things that are pure and lovely, and dwell on the fine, good things in others. Think about all you can praise God for and be glad about.” (Philippians 4:8, TLB)
So, if we desire a life that is filled with peace and joy, that’s the way we must think or pray! We must set our mind to only ponder on things that are pure and lovely, which is God’s word and our personal fellowship with Him (Proverbs 30:5, Psalm 135:3), and also disciplining our mind to only think about the good thing in others. In essence, we must condition our mind to think about things which will make us joyful. In this manner, we will always be connected to the Holy Spirit as the source of joy itself.
I am very sure that life on earth like in heaven is not merely a wishful thinking or concept, but a reality. And each of us as believers have the right to enjoy it. That is the everyday life we should have. If the Holy Spirit – the person of God Himself – is given to us, it means HEAVEN is with us. Because wherever God is, HEAVEN is there.
Our part is to focus our heart and mind to ponder on the things in Philippians 4:8! At once, we will enjoy heaven on this earth; a life full of PEACE, JOY AND RIGHTEOUSNESS. #ILoveGod
Ps. Steven Agustinus