As you all know, we are going through a sermon series about "The Kingdom of the Heavens." Over weeks of study I have found my heart stirred and my mind blown at the nature of God and of His kingdom's availability. Two Sundays back we focused on hope. This Sunday I communicated a desire that the atmosphere of our hearts and minds would reflect that of heaven.
Before I share more on that, I wanted to share a resource with you all. The Bible Project is an organization I was introduced to recently. They have a video on Heaven & Earth that shared everything I have been trying to say this year in 6 minutes (!?) with pictures and video!
The question is - what does this have to do with me? What does this have to do with the atmosphere of our minds or of our church? Well, since Jesus taught us to pray "Thy kingdom come, thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven", we play a role of setting the atmosphere in our minds, our homes, in our lives and in our church.
As Jesus announced God's kingdom, His purposes began to become known - salvation, mercy, righteousness, justice, kindness and forgiveness. Sounds wonderful! The atmosphere we breathe in the kingdom is just that - mercy, kindness, goodness, salvation! Part of the way that we experience that here in now is by guarding the atmosphere of our minds - what we think about. The mind set on the Spirit is life and peace, but the mind set on the flesh is death (Romans 8:6-8). We have a choice - what are we going to do when faced with judgement, commendation and shameful thoughts?
Take them captive!
Part of seeing the kingdom on earth starts with the atmosphere of our minds. As we spend time in the word, listen to the voice of our King, Jesus will set us free from wrong thinking and strongholds that promote death rather than life and peace. And as we become more like Him we will reflect that back into the world.