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Kingdom Culture – Don’t Be Nearsighted

“Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect.” Romans 12:2 NLT

Living in Kingdom Culture means we do not live our lives depending on our physical five senses.  Meaning that our decisions, our reactions, our plans, our hopes, our dreams and how we go about our everyday lives is NOT based only on the natural. This natural man only sees, hears, feels, and tastes the present and does not always take in consideration of what God has planned for tomorrow.

As believers, we are commanded by His Word, and we are shown in example after example, that we must live and walk looking beyond our natural senses.

Our lives are not LIVED OUT according to how our day goes… if we have a good day or a bad day. Our lives are lived out to the fullest whether the sun is shining down on us or if the wind is blowing and the rain is falling.

I love how the Psalmist put it….

“I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together. I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” Psalm 34:1-4;8 

Our praise and worship are not dictated by circumstance and nor dictated by mood.

Trust is a key factor in Kingdom Culture. Trust sees beyond the natural senses and knows that God is at work.

 “Commit thy way unto the Lord; trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.” Psalm 37:5

“The righteous shall be glad in the Lord, and shall trust in him; and all the upright in heart shall glory.” Psalm 64:10

 “In thee, O Lord, do I put my trust: let me never be put to confusion.” Psalm 71:1

 “But it is good for me to draw near to God: I have put my trust in the Lord God, that I may declare all thy works.”  Psalm 73:28

 “Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. 6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6

 “For our present troubles are small and won’t last very long. Yet they produce for us a glory that vastly outweighs them and will last forever!

So we don’t look at the troubles we can see now; rather, we fix our gaze on things that cannot be seen. For the things we see now will soon be gone, but the things we cannot see will last forever.” 2 Corinthians 4:17-18 NLT

I love what the scripture says – “FIX OUR GAZE”

When you are fixed on something, you’ve got your mind made up. No matter what comes your way, you are not going to be distracted!

 “For we live by believing and not by seeing.” 2 Corinthians 5:7 NLT

Paul says this is how we should LIVE, or you could say, this is living!

I love the FAITH chapter in Hebrews 11. It describes so many heroes of FAITH… Noah, Abraham, Joseph and so many more. This short chapter reveals something they ALL had in common: They pushed through the things they could see and fixed their thoughts and life on the things that were beyond them and beyond the temporary natural setting.

  • Noah believed it would rain, although he had never seen it rain before in his life.
  • Abraham believed God would provide a substitute sacrifice for his son, Isaac, all the way up the mountain.
  • Joseph believed beyond the pit, beyond the lie and beyond jail that God would fulfil the vision he had received when he was a young man.

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.” Hebrews 11:1

“And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.” Hebrews 11:6 NLT

If you are only looking at the present, you are spiritually nearsighted. 

Definition of nearsighted A condition in which close objects appear clearly, but far ones don’t.”

Spiritual nearsightedness will wreck your walk with God because the only things you see clearly are the things of today and not of tomorrow. If you define your life only by what is happening in your present condition, then you will miss out on the big plans God has for you.

Let me remind you again what the Psalmist said…

“I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul shall make her boast in the Lord: the humble shall hear thereof, and be glad.

 O magnify the Lord with me, and let us exalt his name together.  I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.

 O taste and see that the Lord is good: blessed is the man that trusteth in him.” Psalm 34:1-4;8

Look beyond what you can see in the natural today and TRUST that God is working for your good. He’s got it all figured out. You can trust in HIM!

Kent Elliott

Senior Pastor | Faith Tabernacle | Manchester, CT

Sr Pastor at Faith Tabernacle / President & Lead Consultant, FAITHWORKS Image Consulting. Husband to Crystal & father to Kaylea, Johnny (SIL) & Chase.

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