04 Sep The Currency of Heaven
There’s a currency in Heaven that’s worth more than the currency of this Earth. There’s money, valuables, and prized things that reside in Heaven that go a lot further than the things of this world. They’re worth more, which means they can do more, they go further.
They’re thoughts. The right thoughts. Heavenly thoughts.
There are times in all of our lives where there are setbacks, stress, obstacles. Times where we feel bankrupt, raw, empty, and overwhelmed. This is the time that you need to download some new currency.
Every day there are two voices: the accuser and the Holy Spirit. God’s giving you thoughts – His thoughts – and satan is giving you thoughts and emotions. Your outlook, your passions, your views, your actions, and your life will depend on which thoughts you take captive.
Philippians 4:1 (NET)
So then, my brothers and sisters, dear friends whom I long to see, my joy and crown, stand in the Lord in this way, my dear friends!
How? How can we possibly stand firm when it feels like the world is crumbling around us. When we are attacked on all sides? When those we love turn against us? When there seems to be nowhere to turn?
The Word says to stand firm, even when you feel like falling apart.
Philippians 4:4 (NET)
Rejoice in the Lord always. Again I say, rejoice!
Wait… What? So Paul is saying that when I feel terrible to rejoice? To do the exact opposite of what I want to do? To sing, to smile, to lift up my head, to be happy even in situations that make me want to give up?
Let’s get this straight:
When my marriage is on the rocks, I should smile?
When my family talks bad about me, I should laugh?
When the doctor’s report isn’t good, I should sing?
What a seemingly insensitive thing to suggest. It almost seems like Paul has no concept of pain and loss to be giving nonsensical direction like this. Of course, we know this isn’t true. Paul was beaten, imprisoned, and rejected more than most, that’s for sure.
But Paul goes on to say that we need to pray and submit our requests with thanksgiving. Our supplication with joy. Why? Because in coming to God not as whiners (God, gimme this and gimme that, life stinks, why is this happening) but when we come to have a conversation with God, He will respond to us with Heavenly thoughts – the currency of Heaven. And we can use that currency to get us through and to actually improve the situation we’re in. Imagine that – not just surviving the world, but actually making it better!
In partnering with God through worship, prayer, thanksgiving, sacrifice, we get a download of the mind of Christ. We get Heavenly thoughts to be a blessing to those around us and to get through the situation. It turning our gaze to Heaven and thinking about things which are true, noble, excellent, praiseworthy (sound familiar?) we’re getting the thoughts of Heaven and making a withdrawal of that Heavenly currency that we can use where we need it most. It’s just like that old hymn, Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus: Turn your eyes upon Jesus / Look full in His wonderful face / And the things of Earth will grow strangely dim / In the light of His glory and grace.
Pray this today: Jesus, give me the thoughts of Heaven. Give me the mind of Christ so that I can be a blessing to those around me. I really need your help right now and I believe Your thoughts to me are good so I ask you to give me your thoughts. Invade my mind and my life and make it Yours.