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Fix Your Eyes on Christ, Not on the Problem

Scripture: Hebrews 12:2, NIV

“…Fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2, NIV)

One of the most difficult lessons we, as believers, must learn is how to fix our eyes on Jesus Christ instead of focusing on the problems and challenges we face.

Fixing our eyes on the problem is debilitating. It leads to depression. In fact, we can make an idol of our problem if that is all we think about.

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Prepare for Action by Focusing on the Light of God’s Word

Prepare for Action by Focusing on the Light of God’s Word | KingdomNomics.comMemorize and Meditate

Because of that experience, we have even greater confidence in the message proclaimed by the prophets. You must pay close attention to what they wrote, for their words are like a lamp shining in a dark place—until the Day dawns, and Christ the Morning Star shines in your hearts.” (2 Peter 1:19, NLT)

So prepare your minds for action and exercise self-control. Put all your hope in the gracious salvation that will come to you when Jesus Christ is revealed to the world.” (1 Peter 1:13, NLT)

Soak your Heart

Scripture repeatedly reminds us to set our minds on the things above and prepare for action. We do this through the transforming work of the Word of God. We are to pay attention to God’s Word the same way we would fix our eyes on a light in a dark place.

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Open My Eyes

Through the Word, we gain understanding of God’s eternal plan and our role in it | KingdomNomics.comScripture: Psalm 119:18, ESV

Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” (Psalm 119:18, ESV)

To understand the Word of God, we need special revelation from God through the Holy Spirit. Revelation and transparency are the hallmarks in any relationship.

Jesus promised that both he and the Father would make their home with us and reveal themselves to us if we obeyed their commandments.

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Welcome to Heaven!

2 Peter 1:11 | KingdomNomicsScripture: 2 Peter 1:11, ESV

For in this way there will be richly provided for you an entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.” (2 Peter 1:11, ESV)

Oh! How I love the Word of God!

Yes, it is full of warnings, particularly for those who pay no attention to him. This is also true of believers who decide to take a “holiday” from living for Christ, who died for them. In fact, the warnings are stark and have eternal consequences.

However, for believers who are aggressive in wanting to grow, God’s promises are an irresistible magnet, creating an ever-increasing desire to know him more. God motivates us incentives for obeying him. He has not given us a spirit of fear, “…but of power and love and self-control.” (2 Timothy 1:7, ESV)

Can it get any better than the promise of having a “richly provided entrance into the eternal kingdom of our Lord Jesus Christ”? I don’t think so!

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Wake Up!

Wake Up! Jonah 1:6 | KingdomNomics.comScripture: Jonah 1:6

“The captain went to him and said, ‘How can you sleep? Get up and call on your god! Maybe he will take notice of us so that we will not perish.’ ” (NIV)

How many Christians are living like this world is our final resting place, forgetting we are on mission with a spiritual battle raging all around us? The storms and turmoil we daily witness are the outward manifestations of what is going on behind the scenes in the spiritual world that we cannot see.

Jonah had fallen asleep in the bowels of the ship while those above were in fear of their lives in the midst of a great storm. Jonah was on a detour of his own by disobeying the instructions from God to go to Nineveh to preach repentance. Basically, he was following his own agenda and not God’s. He ultimately came to realize, “Those who cling to worthless idols forfeit the grace that could be theirs.” (Jonah 2:8, NIV84)

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Give Generously

Give Generously | KingdomNomicsScripture: 1 Chronicles 29:14–16, NIV

“But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand. We are foreigners and strangers in your sight, as were all our ancestors. Our days on earth are like a shadow, without hope. Lord our God, all this abundance that we have provided for building you a temple for your Holy Name comes from your hand, and all of it belongs to you.

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How to Develop a Vision of Life

Develop a personal vision for your life | KingdomNomicsScripture: Proverbs 29:18, KJV 1900 and Psalm 90:12, NIV

Where there is no vision, the people perish: But he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” (Proverbs 29:18, KJV 1900)

Teach us to number our days, that we may gain a heart of wisdom.” (Psalm 90:12, NIV)

In KingdomNomics, we emphasize the wisdom of converting the perishable time, talent and treasure of this world into the imperishable values of the real world to come: eternity.

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Are You Following a Mirage?

Mirage ID-1009845Scripture: John 6:27

“Do not labor for the food which perishes, but for the food which endures to everlasting life….” (NKJV)

The self-life is a dead end.

Unfortunately, most people concentrate on how they can meet their own desires and needs and give little thought to their own eternal destinies or the eternal destinies of others.

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Follow the Smart Money

Stock Certificates [stockpholio.com]-7713104782_4Scripture: Matthew 6:20

“…But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven….” (NKJV)

You can have an eternal 401 (k). Yes, it lasts forever! Yes, it is guaranteed. The returns are fantastic!  In fact, they are beyond our human ability to measure.

In this world crowds of people follow “stock tips.” They follow what they perceive to be “smart money” and invest in companies for which they have little or no information. Most of the time this type of investing results in losses.

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