People in America are concerned about corporate greed, rising fuel prices, and unusual weather patterns. Sound familiar? What you may not know is, that was written in 1906, over 100 years ago.
A cause of unneeded stress in the lives of many people is the belief that certain problems have never occurred before or that they are the only one with that particular problem. If we take the time to look back into history we will find that history does indeed repeat itself, and as for problems, we all have them.
It is not the problem that defeats people, but rather their perspective of the problem. When David faced Goliath the giant, he did not see him as someone too big to hit, but rather, someone too big to miss! He also had faith that God was on his side.
As citizens of the Kingdom of God, we should have a different perspective. The scriptures teach us in Ephesians 2:6 that we are already seated with Christ in heavenly places. The right vantage point can make all the difference. Unfortunately, the posture of many prayers are from people telling God about the problem, when they should be speaking to the problem about God. That’s why Jesus taught us to pray, “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
Are you facing a Goliath? Perhaps the Goliath you are facing is a big job interview, a career change, going off to college, a bad report from the doctor, an unjust legal battle, financial challenge or an emotional giant you can’t seem to overcome. We all face them in one way or another. Just remember, God is on your side!
In Numbers chapter 13, Moses sends men to spy out the land of Canaan. They return to report that the land is flowing with milk and honey. Caleb, one of the men who spied out the land, was confident in God and knew who he was in His Kingdom. He wanted to take the land at once! Others who went up with Caleb said; “We can not take the land, the people who live there are like giants and they are much bigger than us.” Verse 33 says it this way; “We were like grasshoppers in our own sight, and so we were in their sight.” The land of milk and honey was before them, but fear caused them to believe they were just grasshoppers and kept them from the promise for 40 more years.
We need to remember that God is good, He is good all the time, and His promises are always “Yes” and “Amen.” Some believers never take possession of the promises of God because they have a grasshopper mentality. They allow fear to keep them from advancing and reaching the blessings God has set before them.
One last thing ... also in 1906 on a dead end dirt road called Azusa Street in Los Angeles, Calif., there was the Apostolic Faith Gospel Mission. From there came an outpouring of the Holy Spirit so great that it shook the world. When things seem to be at their worst you can always count on God to show up.
That’s the Kingdom Perspective!
Don Sturiano, is pastor of Kingdom Life Christian Church, which meets every Sunday at 10:30 a.m. at 825 9th Street West just across the street from Turner Donuts in downtown Bradenton. Call (941) 776-0026 or visit www.kingdomlifechristianchurch.org for more information.