Followers of Yeshua no longer find their identity in this world but rather through their spiritual union with their ascended LORD (Gal. 2:20; 6:14; Eph. 1:3; 2:6)… Therefore we are instructed to “seek the things that are above (τὰ ἄνω ζητεῖτε) where the Messiah is seated at the right hand of God; focus your thoughts on the things above – not on things here on earth – for you have died, and your life has been hidden (κέκρυπται) with Messiah in God. When the Messiah, who is your life, appears, you too will appear with him in glory” (Col. 3:1-4). It is a spiritual decision to “seek first the kingdom of God” (Matt. 6:33), which means that we must attach ourselves to God, esteeming the unseen and the eternal as more real than the seen and the temporal (2 Cor. 4:18). Turn away from worldly news and gossip; these affairs are empty, vain, and devoid of ultimate significance, and instead consciously redirect your thoughts toward heaven. Understand that you belong to God and that your true home is in the world to come. Affirm this truth over and over until it becomes a part of your daily soul… Put away from you the “old nature” – all those labels and judgments that used to define you – and open your heart to the radiance and peace of God instead (Col. 3:15). As it is written: “You will keep him in perfect peace (שָׁלוֹם שָׁלוֹם) whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the LORD forever, for Yah the LORD (יָהּ יְהוָה) is the Rock of Ages” (Isa. 26:3-4).

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