Lesson 7 – Conclusion

Conclusion

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REVIEW

1.    God’s eternal will for all creation is to destroy Satan’s rulership and bring everything, not just humans, back under His wonderful rulership, a total reconciliation; this means everything from angels to dirt – forever (Colossians 1:19–20). (God’s LIGHT has broken through Satan’s darkness.)

2.    God’s will for all humanity is to be the focal point in the conflict and destruction of Satan’s rulership (Genesis 3:15). (God’s LIGHT now shines forth from this earth to all creation.)

3.    God’s eternal will for every Christian is to be an Active Agent in the destruction of Satan’s rulership over us by standing firm in faith – learning how to live under God’s rulership and preparing for positions of obedient, eternal rulership. (Romans 16:20; 1 Peter 5:8–9) (We can now live and rejoice in God’s LIGHT.)

4-5. God will reveal His specific will for my life when He is ready, just as He has done with all others who have gone before me. (God will shine His specific LIGHT on you when He is ready.)

6.    Only a lifetime of Biblical Faith (living in obedience to Christ by His written Word) defeats Satan’s rulership in our lives and produces the godly character we are called to have and rewarded for obtaining (Ephesians 4:11–16; 1 Corinthians 3:12–13; Luke 6:45). (Our godly character continually radiates God’s LIGHT.)

CONCLUSION

When you set your mind on things above things change. You no longer have to ask why things are so bad in your life, you know you are involved in a great conflict with Satan. You know that every thing you do matters. It matters for all eternity. You know that you belong to God and are here to serve Him in this great battle, He is not here to serve you and make you happy for your short life here on earth.

When you set your mind on things above you realize that your greatest blessings are eternal and every earthly blessing that the Lord throws in is just very thin icing on an enormous eternal cake. You realize that your present suffering in this battle is worth every painful minute for the lifetime of joy that is yours in eternity. You realize that: “If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all ‘people’ most to be pitied.” (1 Cor. 15:19).

When you set your mind on things above you see God’s servant Job in a new light. You see a spiritually mature man well grounded in his relationship with the Lord who the Lord calls upon to stand firm. Even when God allowed all his children and many of his workers to be killed Job stood firm and did not curse God. Neither did he curse God when his health and his businesses were taken from him. Nor did Job curse God when all of his friends turned on him. Job remained faithful to God and stood firm to the end and God blessed him for it.

When you set your mind on things above you might also see another servant of God in a new light; one whom God did not bless as He did Job but one whom He let die – His own Son! And when facing His greatest trial Peter, focusing on this life, tried to comfort and support Christ by telling Him he would not let Him be killed by the Romans. To this Christ – with a heavenly, spiritual view – replied: get behind Me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to Me; for you are not setting your mind on God’s interests, but man’s.” (Matthew. 16:23).

Yes, when you set your mind on things above everything changes – because you are setting your mind on God’s interest not your own.

Things Above Ministries © March 31, 2010
ScVerlin Barton