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Living the New Life

Since you have been raised to new life with Christ, set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits in the place of honor at God’s right hand. Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.

So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you. Have nothing to do with sexual immorality, impurity, lust, and evil desires. Don’t be greedy, for a greedy person is an idolater, worshiping the things of this world.

Colossians 3:1-5 New Living Translation (NLT)

There are many things going on in this world today that we have never before experienced. Some seem good. Some seem not quite right. Some seem bad. Look up! The Word of God written long before we got here encourages us to think about the things of Heaven. That's where Jesus went when He ascended to the right hand of God. The Throne Room is the control room and it is in full operation.

If we believe that Jesus died for our sin and was raised to give us new life, why should we forfeit our peace because the world is crazy now? He is now our life and we will share in His glory. That is the Promise and there is nothing new under the sun. The evil we see and fear now was conquered at the Cross long ago. The enemy was defeated then. We cannot allow his desperation to exist to take us down with him as he tries to steal the joy of our victory. Believers must hold fast to the truth that was God has already revealed to us through Christ and share this confidence in the sovereignty of God with those who don't know or believe. We must keep our minds stayed on Jesus.

What we are to do from now until Jesus returns to establish His Kingdom on earth is clear: We must love God and each other, and we must trust and obey God's Word. When we see trouble (and we will), we must look up and remember God is in control, no matter how bad or good things seem.

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you!

(Isaiah 26:3)

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