Advancing in the way Jesus wants us to advance will make us strong. It will make us the people we’ve always wanted to be. We will no longer feel sick in our spirits and sick in our minds. We will have hope and healthy goals to heal and to prosper and to forgive and help others.
This earth freezes up our minds so that we think and we feel and we believe that if we don’t conduct a rigorous search for security programs, we will crash. But that’s a lie. Google Jesus Christ. Know that God knows everything that’s happening in our lives, and know that he loves us and wants the best for us and will make sure we get the most cutting-edge equipment there is so that we may live cutting-edge lives. Let’s work hard on what’s in front of us today, staying focused on futuristic, out-of-this-world developments, but let’s allow the Lord to take care of tomorrow. “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:2).
Once we fully understand that God, the Father, is real and that he loved us enough to put his Son in flesh and crucify him on a cross so that we may stay in the Life of all good things, then we will begin to develop a faith that takes hold of our defeat instead of a defeat that takes hold of us. Modeling a lifestyle that discovers, invents and designs any advancement not yet dreamed of or heard of–in ourselves or in material items–takes lots and lots of faith. “I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that you may know him better” (Ephesians 1:17).
Choose God’s way, day after day, until things finally click. “…Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13).
Ask Jesus how to pray. Ask him what to pray for, and allow him to pray for us and with us. He knows what’s best. Be peaceful and be open to let Christ lead us in the way that he knows is best. And, believe, everyday believe in his power to guide us through anything. “Everything is possible for him who believes” (Mark 9:23).
We all want to do what’s best for ourselves, and we all do our best to do what’s best for ourselves. But, sometimes, how we choose to love ourselves will hurt us more than help us. If we use Jesus Christ as an example of what love is, then we will be able to love ourselves in the way that works, because only God’s love is the real thing. Only God’s plan is eternally good. Only God–Jesus Christ–can teach us what nobody knows about. “My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge” (Colossians 2:2-3).