Editor's Note: This is the second part of a three-part series. Read the first part here, and check charismamag.com soon for the third part.
Key No. 1: Review
Our vision must shift to see from a heavenly perspective rather than an earthly perspective. It is the only way we can navigate this season.
Key No. 2
When King Nebuchadnezzar won the war, he gathered the Jewish people and took many captives back to Babylon. Daniel and the other prisoners were the chosen people of the Lord; however, at this moment, God had allowed them to go into captivity. It's difficult to forge happiness during forced relocation.
In the best of situations, it can be difficult not to be influenced by the culture around us. As we get to know Daniel, we discover:
— He had great favor in Babylon and found himself selected for training in all the ways and culture of Babylon.
— He knew he was in a foreign land, full of strange customs and false religions. In the midst of this, he determined that he would not defile himself (see Dan. 1:8).
We can only impact our culture if we keep our focus without becoming defiled with what is happening around us.
As with Daniel, we may find ourselves in a corrupt situation; however, that situation does not have to corrupt us. When our focus is on God and His standards, a guard goes around our hearts. This guard keeps our hearts from being defined and consumed by darkness. In the midst of the shaking, Daniel discovered that God had sent him on a mission to bring light to the darkness. Could this same be true of your current situation?
Second Corinthians 10:5 (TPT) states, "We can demolish every deceptive fantasy that opposes God and breakthrough every arrogant attitude that is raised up in defiance of the true knowledge of God. We capture, like prisoners of war, every thought and insist that it bow in obedience to the Anointed One."
It is time to open your hands to receive all that God has for you. Although discouragement, frustration and fear are knocking at the door, do not let them in. You control what comes into your mind. Remind yourself that God is still in control of what happens around you, and you are just being repositioned for a more significant impact. As you navigate through your transition, do not depend on feelings but rely on the faithfulness of God; declare it to yourself and into the spirit realm:
"I decree and declare that God is still in control and that my focus will be on Him and Him alone."
What is the third key needed to successfully navigate the God-moves of your life? Check back on charismamag.com soon for the last article in this series. Can't wait? Hear more on this episode of Real Truth With Ruth on the Charisma Podcast Network now.
Ruth Hendrickson is an avid unsweetened iced tea drinker who loves warm weather, palm trees and beaches. Needless to say, she believes she should live in the South. However, in the meantime, she and her husband, Mark, reside in Stockton, New Jersey.
Ruth is an ordained pastor, itinerant speaker, ministry trainer and board-certified biblical counselor who has extensive experience in the development, training and oversight of emotional healing ministry teams, recovery ministries, prophetic ministry, prayer ministries and women's ministry. In addition, she is a course facilitator for Patricia King Institute and Charisma courses. She writes for Elijah List and Charisma and has a podcast titled Real Truth with Ruth. Through biblically based teachings and practical applications infused with love and laughter, her goal is to introduce people not only to the living God who saves but also to the God who desires an intimate relationship with each one of us. Her latest book, Everyday Prophetic, will help you find the prophetic voice that God has given you. Visit her at her website at ruthhendrickson.org or find her on Facebook or YouTube, and listen to her podcast Real Truth with Ruth.
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