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Going to church, reading the bible, listening to Christian music will not advance your spiritual life. These activities may give you more understanding but until you are ready to lay down your life and take up your cross this leads nowhere.

What I am talking about is the sacrifice of self to advance the cause of Jesus Christ in the world. There is a destiny that God had for each of us that only we can personally discover. We can discover it only by detaching from the world and making ourselves available for the Holy Spirit. By detaching from the world--now you have time--the commodity that most Christians are not willing to give.

Jesus said, "Self-help is not help at all. Self-sacrifice is the way, to finding yourself, your true self. (Matthew 16:25)

"God has planted eternity in the human heart." (Ecclesiastes 3:11)

"Anyone who lets himself be distracted from the work I plan for him is not fit for the Kingdom of God." (Luke 9:62)

"The most important thing is that I complete my mission, the work that the Lord Jesus gave me." (Acts 20:24)

"We have been sent to speak for Christ." (2 Corinthians 5:20)

"We are God's workmanship, created in Christ Jesus, to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do." (Ephesians 2:10)

Albert Finch
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Focus On things Above

Posted 04-06-2024 at 02:10 PM by Albert Finch

"Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? What communion has light with darkness? What agreement has Christ with Belial? Or what part has he who believes with an unbeliever? What agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God."As God has said: I will live in them and walk in them. I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 'Therefore, 'Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, and I will receive you. I will be a Father to you, and you shall be My sons and daughters, says the Lord Almighty.'" - 2 Corinthians 6:14-18

Our primary focus is to be on the Lord and the things of Heaven. At the same time we are not to be "ignorant" of satan's devices. We see that through the initial question the serpent gives to Eve, and he is trying to lure her into conversation. It is bait when he says, "Did God really say?" He is trying to put Eve on defense, which he does successfully. The enemy wants to draw her "off-sides" onto his ground where she can be penalized and proved guilty.

This is where our communication is very important to God. The Lord is after our communion. If He has our communion then He has us. In the same way, the enemy knows this so he will try to draw people into a communion with himself.

Jesus said, "He who is not with Me is against Me, and he who does not gather with Me scatters abroad" (Matthew 12:30).

In other words, by not choosing, you have already chosen your side. The devil's goal was to draw Eve into communion (through conversation and agreement). Eve could have just ignored the serpent and went the other way. We are not called to communicate with devils but to cast them out. We submit ourselves to God and resist the devil, not converse.

In that context we need to bring our thoughts before the Lord. Every futile, foolish thought that is contradictory to His written Word we cast down.


"For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, casting down imaginations and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ." - 2 Corinthians 10:4-5

As Believers in Jesus Christ we converse and commune with God who dwells inside of us through the person of the Holy Spirit. By doing this we focus our attention Heavenward and on our Christ identity.


How many times do thoughts come, attempting to take you down a path that you know is the wrong path? "...let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us," (Hebrews 12:1). To have victory we would try on our own effort to overcome "the sin that so easily entangles" but we would be acting in the flesh. Instead, we should refuse to act from ourselves so the Holy Spirit is free to do His work -- free, that is to meet and deal with the flesh in us, so that in fact we do not do what we naturally would do. "Walk by the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh." (Galatians 5:16)

As the Holy spirit is dealing with the flesh we engage the ascended life by:

abiding in Christ (basking in His love flowing into our hearts), engaging and developing a lifestyle of intercessory prayer, and praising and engaging in adoration to God through the scriptures, we maintain our daily walking in the Spirit.

John 7:38 – “Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.”

The Psalms is a good source for this as they engage the 7 petitions in the Lord’s prayer. Look for the particular Psalms that focus largely on adoration to God -- then personalize them and visualize rivers of living water flowing out of you up to God . make them a part of your prayer life and walking in the Spirit.

If we live in the Spirit, if we walk by faith in the risen Christ, we can truly "stand aside" while the Spirit gains new victories over the flesh every day.


Our time is valuable and we want to use that time as an occasion to ask, knock, and seek to understand and implement God's purpose for our life (Matthew 7:7).

As we have our conversation, our CONFESSION, MEDITATION, AND DEVOTION with God -- by the vision He has put in our heart -- He has the authority over our lives as we increase our spiritual momentum to bear fruit that remains for His Kingdom.

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