FOCUS ON HEAVENLY THINGS ABOVE

FOCUS ON HEAVENLY THINGS ABOVE

The life and message of Jesus influenced many people to seek the kingdom of heaven for themselves. Even His younger brother James became a believer and prominent leader in God’s kingdom. James also wrote the book of James, which was canonized in the Bible. He wrote about Father God and the things of heaven stating,

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.” (James 1:17 CSB)

James, like his half-brother Jesus, was spiritually awake. His spiritual eyes were open. He had his focus on heavenly things above. He also knew how to look up into heaven. In doing so, he received good and perfect gifts from his heavenly Father.

 

Introducing the Father of Lights

The Father of Lights wants us to receive His good and perfect gifts as well. The question is, do we have a willingness to focus on a relationship with Father God and heavenly things above? 

It is understandable that some people are not ready to enter a personal relationship with Father God right now. If that is the case, please refer to the previous “Awaken” and “Seek” blogs in this series for inspiring information about seeking a relationship with Him. For everyone who is ready, continue reading to begin a relationship with Father God.

The best step forward in the process of a spiritual awakening is entering a relationship with Father God. In this blog, we will encounter Father God to begin a relationship with Him. The next couple of blogs entitled “Think” and “View” will cover some of the essential steps toward developing a deeper relationship with Him. 

We can directly engage Father God with His written word in the Bible and by talking to Him through prayer. In the following relational exercise, we will refer to the Apostle Paul’s prayer for the people in Ephesus. Below is his prayer for the Ephesians to have an eye-opening encounter with Father God.

“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. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” (Ephesians 1:17-19 NIV)

As we can see, Father God gives us good and perfect gifts from heaven, such as a Spirit of wisdom and revelation. Both of these gifts cannot be offered to us from anywhere in the world. They are given to us by Father God from heaven. 

Father God is also known as the Father of Lights because He is perfect light (1 John 1:5). There is no darkness in Him at all. That is what James meant by explaining to us the Father of Lights does not change like shifting shadows. As pure and holy light, the Father desires to enlighten the eyes of our heart to see Him and the things of heaven clearly. He also wants to teach us how to use the eyes of our heart to enrich our lives here on earth.

Now, let’s take some time to encounter the Father of Lights through the word of God and meaningful prayer. Please pray the following prayer out loud.

Thank you for reaching out to me Father God. You are a glorious Father. You are a giving Father. You give good and perfect gifts from heaven. I ask that you release upon me a spirit of wisdom and revelation so that I can know you in a personal way. I also pray you enlighten the eyes of my heart to see you and the calling on my life clearly. Lastly, help me experience your rich inheritance and great power for my life. I believe we began an amazing relationship together in this moment. I love you, Father God!

As mentioned above, this is a beginning step towards developing a deeper relationship with Father God. He is opening the eyes of our heart to see. Like James, let’s focus on heavenly things above and look up into heaven. In doing so, we can receive every gift from our heavenly Father.

Donovan Dreyfus is the author of the Collaborate Move•Meant book. He also founded the Collaborate Move•Meant Studio and Open Blue Hub, visionary outlets for investing in individuals.

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