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The Shepherd's Heart: A better system

Friday, February 20, 2009

I don't mean to sound like a prophet of doom, but the world as we've known it is caving in on itself. Make no mistake, the world's system is failing.

So how do we live a stress-free life in the midst of economic hardship, financial crises, increased unemployment, and other signs of world-system failure? I submit that it depends on the system in which we operate.

Those who belong to God have hope to cling to because of their covenant with God. Those who know their rights and the promises of God as outlined in His Word can live without fear in the midst of chaos.

Some may ask, "What is the world's system?" It is the enemy's way of doing things. It is a system built on selfishness and fear and it is the very antithesis of God's Kingdom and its system.

Many of us have fallen victim to the schemes used within the world's system. For example, when we need money or when we need to buy something, the world system tells us to go borrow or to use credit to meet our needs. The goal of the world's system is to get us into financial bondage and to take away our freedom.

The Kingdom of God system, on the other hand, is based on the Biblical principles of reaping and sowing. To put it more succinctly, the Kingdom System is our safety net in the midst of turbulence. In fact, God has a promise for every situation we may face in this world.

The Bible tells us in the book of Job that as believers we will be able to laugh at destruction and famine and that we will not have to fear the beasts of the earth. Granted, I'm not sure the Bible was talking about the kind of financial beasts we are seeing ravage our planet today, but that's what it says, nonetheless.

What a promise that is for those who believe. What it means is that when lack and shortage seem to loom all around us, we will be the ones having the last laugh! Any there are countless other scriptures that are also full of promises that guarantee protection from the devourer and his system.

When the world seems to be falling down around us, with everyone getting crazy and wondering what will happen next, believers who know God's Word and live in obedience to His ways and His system will be safely positioned in the secret place of the Most High, knowing that no matter what happens within the world's system, God is still on the throne.

Remember what King Solomon said, "I have been young and now I am old; I have never seen the righteous forsaken or their seed begging for bread."

To develop a Kingdom mindset we need to get into the Word and renew our minds. We need to unlearn the old ways and habits of the world's system and receive from the Word a new set of parameters to live by.

God's thoughts are higher than the world's, and so are His plans for his people.

We must learn to operate in God's Kingdom.

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BOB G. STEWART, Columnist
The Shepherd's Heart