Friday, 16 August 2013 00:00

How does Heaven see you?

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Jesus came to give us abundant life, but often our focus is on what we don't have.  If you are like most of us in this present economy, you can sometimes have a perspective of lack and not abundance. When you have this perspective fear takes hold. Research has shown that we lose 20 points in our I.Q. when we are anxious and stressed.  I don't know about you, but I can't afford to lose even 10 points. Boris Pasternak said, "Fear has the largest eyes of all."

1 John informs us that perfect love is the antidote to fear. It will literally displace it. I believe that when we allow fear to enter our thoughts, we become momentarily unaware of the love of God . It's like we have a sudden mental lapse of just how good He really is.

Life in Christ was never meant to be about the things we don't have, and certainly has no room to entertain phobias and anxieties. God is love, and with His love we are meant to overflow. Romans 8 tells us that nothing can separate us from that love. When we enter into life with Jesus  there is a radical mind-shift, and life becomes not about the "have-nots", rather it's about discovering all the spiritual blessings we are surrounded with in Christ. Colossians 3:10 affirms that as believers we have all received of His fullness and abundance.

If you aren't experiencing the abundance, and a lack perspective is running rampant in your thought life, ask the Lord to open your heart-eyes, so you can see all He has already given you. Sometimes you need to relocate yourself mentally, quit ordering off the menu of men, and allow the Christ within to bring you to a new cuisine. When you do, He'll reveal to you your truest self and all that the true you already has.  Identify with what He says He has already given you, and it will begin to shape your identity and your perspective of circumstances.

"Christ in you, the hope of glory." Colossians 1:27

When I am in that "lack" mindset, I find it refreshing to spending time in the books of Ephesians and Colossians  (Notice the tenses specifically of how things are said).They describe our position and condition as a new creation drawing from the menu of heaven, and as I read I begin to dine from that list of specials. It is His kindness that leads us to such proper understanding. Allow Him to lead you to a new cuisine and lift your thoughts to things above. You were born from above, and that is where the family recipes are all stored. Feast your mind on those things. It is quite liberating, and even better, it is His good pleasure to draw with you from heaven's pantry.

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Todd Hadley

Todd and Karon came to Charleston in 1998 in a denominational setting. There they began to have vision for church as we know it to change. The Lord placed people around them who were receiving similar revelation and who stood with them through the storms of doubt, disillusionment, and opposition. Out of this divine discomfort with institutional religion, the word came that the Lord was calling them to a new work. They realized they were in for quite a ride with Jesus.

Todd and Karon both grew up in Columbia, South Carolina, and they were married in 1988. They have four children, Drew, Gabrielle, Hannah, and Lydia, all of whom worship and minister along side the whole of New Heart with the deep love of Christ.