In the Eye of the Storm

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I want to take this opportunity to say to our friends and partners in the USA, that our hearts are with you during this time of conflict.  I encourage you not to look at what is happening around you with your physical eyes but to turn your eyes and your heart to Yeshua. He will carry you and your loved ones through the storm.

“Therefore you shall be perfect, just as your Father in heaven is perfect.”

Matthew 5:43-48

We live in a world of rules and regulations where men build for their own benefit. Unless a man knows God’s character, he will continually try to control situations for his own benefit, even at the expense of others if he deems it necessary.

This reminds me of when they built Babel, during a time of corruption, immorality, revenge and greed. Nimrod built and ruled cities with his followers. They created a civilization where cities were built not for the glory of God but for the advancement of mankind, and particularly the main leader.

So how do we as believers live in a world where many are of a self-serving mindset, with a heart turned away from God? What is our role as followers of Yeshua living in a society filled with pain and corruption?

We are called to love our enemies and pray for them. It’s not always easy. Our flesh, mind and soul are weak. Our character is drawn to the treasures of this world. Yeshua teaches us to renew our mind, and that is why He responded as He did in Matthew 22:34-40 when asked by the Pharisees “which is the greatest commandment in the law?”

His answer was that first, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.” So, we see here that in order to overcome body, mind and spirit, I must choose to allow Yeshua to conquer and occupy those areas of my being.

This leads to the second command: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” The actual word in Hebrew translated neighbor has a fuller meaning. It includes all those who are around and in our lives. It can mean whomever we come in contact with.

So what is love? In 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 I see that when the love of God dwells inside of me, filling my mind, soul and spirit with His Spirit, none of the treasures of this world can occupy my heart. How is it possible to maintain and persevere with this mindset? Remember that you are joined to the One who created this world, and He will take you further than your own abilities. He wants to dwell in you and for you to be His reflection here on earth.

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