I was reminded of one of the movies my kids watched in their youth “Aladdin” and how the princess was pondering in her heart about a new world. What would it be like? She dreamed of what kind of life she would have and then a prince showed up to sing to her.
These are the lyrics from the song.
(I don’t own the rights to these lyrics)
I can show you the world. Shining, Shimmering splendid.Tell me princess, When did you last let your heart decide?
I can open your eyes, Take you wonder by wonder over sideways and under on a manic carpet ride.
A whole new world, a new fantastic point of view. No one to tell us no or where to go or say we’re only dreaming.
A whole new world, a dazzling place, I never knew, But when I’m way up here. It’s crystal clear, that now I’m in a whole new world with you. Unbelievable sights, indescribable feeling, soaring, trembling, free wheeling. Through an endless diamond sky.
A whole new world (don’t you dare close your eyes) A hundred thousand things to see.
I’m like a shooting star, I’ve come so far, I can’t go back to where I used to be. A whole new world, a new fantastic point of view. No one to tell us no or where to go or say we’re only dreaming. A whole new world, every turn a surprise. With new horizons to pursue. Every moment red letter. I’ll chase them anywhere there’s a time to spare and then we’re home. Let me share the whole new world with you. A whole new world, that’s where will be. A thrilling chase for you and me.
Of course we all know this is a fairytale of a story of a princess wanting a new life, looking for happiness and love by living outside the palace walls. She feels trapped and alone that there is no hope until Aladdin rescues her.
As a believer in Jesus, the Bible says that he will rescue you as you call upon the name of Jesus. You never have to feel alone for he will never leave you or forsake you. When you come to Christ, your home is forever with Jesus in heaven.
But we are citizens of heaven, where the Lord Jesus Christ lives and we are eagerly waiting for him to return as our savior.
Philippians 3:20 NLT
So when you place your life in the Lord’s hands your citizenship is in a whole new world that is above for eternity.
Your life is like a “mist” appearing on this earth for a little while and then vanishes. James 4:14
When anyone is in Christ it is a whole new world. The old thing is gone, suddenly everything is new. 2Corinthians 5:27 ERV
Our perspective changes and we begin to see things with our spiritual eyes. By placing our trust and hope in the Lord. The earth is a temporary home. Despite the trials and tribulations, one must face knowing that the end result is heaven, where I will abide for eternity. The trials of this life and the sufferings can make us stronger if we turn to the Lord. He will help us through the pain and knowing that he will work all things out for the good.
For it has been granted to you on behalf of Christ not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for him,since you are going through the same struggle you saw I had and now hear that I still have.
Philippians 1:29-30 NIV
The thing with the world’s ways is that it offers a wrong sense of security, hope and disappointments.
The pleasures of the world are temporary but the gift of God is eternal life.
Nothing last forever EXCEPT
The flowers fade and the grass withers but the Word of God is forever. Isaiah 40:8
Prayer: God deliver me from being attached to the world and it’s ways. I surrender to you and I want to live for you all the days of my life. I want to know a whole new world in you and to live and breathe and have my being in you alone! Help me to set my affections on the things that are above and to hold the things of this world loosely in my hands!
I pray this in Jesus name. Amen
I have set the Lord always before me because he is at my right hand, I will not be moved.
What does it mean to set something?
Set means to put, lay, or stand (something) in a specified place or position.
A jeweler sets a diamond inside of a setting of a ring. A woman is having a fancy dinner and sets her table with her fine china.
So how would one “Set the Lord”
Before me? I believe this is a saying that I am purposing in my heart to have the Lord take place in my life, that he has priority.
Th e next portion of the psalm states “my right hand” . What is it about the right hand? Many people are right hand dominant, does that mean people that write right handed are more important?
I don’t think so, but it is a metaphor as the omnipotence of God. In the Bible there are many scriptures about “right hand”.
I believe it’s a symbol of a special place of honor.
In the Book Divinity code to understanding your dreams and visions, the Right means strength, faith, spirit, blessed, or righteous direction, mouth, preferred, preeminence, above, before, double portion, authority.
There are many scriptures that state the right hand being more dominant.
Psalm 20:6 Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed, he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving strength of his right hand.
Isaiah 41:10 Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, yes I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.
John 21:6 He said to them” Throw the net on the right side of the boat, and you will find some”
Hebrews 12:2 We know that Jesus is seated at the right hand of God.
Matthew 26:33 He will set the sheep at his right hand, but the goats at the left.
Judges 7:20 They held the shofar in the right hand.
Proverbs 27:15-16 oil is grasped in the right hand.
Ecclesiastes 10:2 the heart of the wise inclines to the right.
The last part of the Psalm “will not be moved” .
If we are walking closely with the Lord we only want to be moved by him. His ways, His thoughts, His actions etc..
His ways are higher than our ways so by seeking the Lord and setting our hearts before him, we will be moved by his ways alone. To be moved means to go forward, to progress. So when we are moved by the Lord we can move forward In his timing and way.
When we have assurance in HIM say in a situation where we are praying for healing for someone and we are standing on the word that says, we are healed. We Weill not be moved by what it may look like but stand fast upon the word that was received in faith and not be moved by circumstances!
Prayer: Father God, I set my affections on things that are above and I say you are on the throne and I will not be moved by my situation or circumstances. I draw near to you today to guide me and lead me. Jesus you are at the right hand of the Father always praying for me and I thank you that you do not slumber or sleep. I praise you and thank you for loving me and that you always have my best interest at heart!
In Jesus name, Amen
When I think of courage, the word confidence comes to mind. These words coincide with one another.
This definition of courage says it all, “Strength in the face of pain or grief”. One thinks of a woman in childbirth that is in tremendous pain,but has the courage to keep passing through the birthing process. A woman may face the death of her husband and be greatly grieved, but know she must have courage to keep going to care for her children.
The word “Courageous” is used six times in the KJV Bible.
“Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of good courage. Be not afraid,neither be dismayed,for the Lord they God is with us wherever I go”
Joshua knew that if the Lord was with him he would be strong and courageous. He had to have confidence in his words and trust him.
David said to his son Solomon, “Be strong and courageous and do the work. Do not be afraid or discouraged for the Lord God is with you. He will not fail you or forsake you until all the work for the service of the temple of the Lord is finished”
Pretty similar encouragements were given. The men needed to be encouraged to be courageous to go places they haven’t gone before. Many of us will go places that we haven’t gone before and it takes courage to take that next step.
Commit thy way unto the Lord, trust in him and he shall bring it to pass.
Having God confidence equals confidence is within him and you are placing your trust and courage in him. To arise in the absolute assurance in knowing God has your back!
I am confident of this. He who began a good work in me will bring it to completion.
One particular person in history was Rosa Parks who had the confidence in God to stand up for what she believed in. She knew she was created for such a time as this to believe she was worthy no matter what her skin color dictated. She had courage!
Standing up for righteousness in today’s society may be difficult.
You may be persecuted for believing in truth. For believing in the Word of God! BUT Blessed are those that are persecuted for righteousness sake, for they will see the kingdom of God.
So stand up, believe and be strong and courageous and speak what God says in his word! For greater is he that is in you,than he that is in the world!
Prayer: Father God
I admit I am weak and you are strong! I need your courage each day to face the challenges and the things I need to do! Give me the strength to rise up and place my trust and confidence in you alone to help me. I am an overcomer as I walk in the light and not the dark. I am your son/daughter and I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me! Holy Spirit instruct me and guide me each moment of the day. In Jesus name Amen!