The last couple of blog posts have focused on how clear our spiritual eyesight is. Without a doubt, how we view our daily circumstances plays a huge role in whether we approach the day with courage or with fear. 
 

I’m told that in NASCAR, racing fuel is everything! What is the fuel driving your spiritual life? When you wake up in the morning, where does your spiritual energy come from?

In 2 Chronicles 20, Jehoshaphat heard the worst news of his life—a vast army was marching against him! All this would have been for nothing if he had put his trust in the wrong thing. Imagine if he had displayed these postures toward an idol made of carved rock (as many people did in that day) or modern-day items people put their trust in.

As human beings, some of our core flaws have always been self-focus and self-worship. I find it amazing to see what happens in 2 Chronicles 20 as King Jehoshaphat faced a vast army. Every once in a while you might find people that give thanks to God after He comes through with a victory, but in this case they worshipped God before He did anything!

Remember Jehoshaphat? Enemies were bearing down on him and he had no idea what to do! Well, God basically told “King J” to tell his army commanders to show up to the battle with all their battle clothes on and just watch!

So often we struggle because we cannot get our eyes off our own circumstances and onto God! Even after coming to real faith in Jesus, I have had numerous situations that challenge me in my daily faith walk. I have to ask myself, will I try to do it on my own or will I “lift my eyes” and pray to God for help?

As a young husband, father, and youth pastor, I hit a major bump in the road. After Pam and I had spent six years working with students at a Denver church, the leadership decided to make a change. They implemented a six-month review and eventually decided to replace the youth staff.

As followers of Jesus desiring to grow in our relationship with God, our beliefs about ourselves make a huge difference in how we live and our relationship with God. In the next few posts, I will talk about what the Scriptures say about who we are.

King Jehoshaphat’s humbled spirit led him to further postures that allowed him to experience God’s deliverance. The end of verse 12 in 2 Chronicles 20 reveals posture #2: lifted eyes.

So often we struggle because we cannot get our eyes off our circumstances and onto God!

Over the months, a common theme here has been the soul-lifting idea of our God-given destiny. We are adopted children of the King of the universe and heirs of all that is at His disposal. And yet...