I’m sure you are like me in that you’ve been through a series of paradigm shifts in your life. The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines a paradigm shift as: an important change that happens when the usual way of thinking about or doing something is replaced by a new and different way.
In my life, I’ve gone from a single student to a married man. Learning to share life with another person was an adventure. We managed our own household, joint finances, bills and much more.
God took me on a journey of studying the bride of Christ through the Song of Songs.
Then there was the shift to parenthood. The moment my newly born daughter was placed in my hands, something inside of me shifted so much that I can only explain it as a huge wave of responsibility.
I’ve had job changes that shifted my focus. Going from a Conservation Agent to a pastor was a major shift in how I saw people.
After my first wife passed away from cancer, I had to shift once more; from married to surviving spouse. Going from being partners in raising our children to being sole parent was another challenging shift. And then I remarried and another big shift took place.
You are the beloved of the great Beloved one.
I would say my biggest paradigm shift in my spiritual life was when I went from being a son of God and a warrior to being the bride of Christ. One Sunday, I was preaching and I mentioned the bride of Christ. I instantly knew that was a very foreign concept for me. I told the Lord I didn’t understand being the bride of Christ but because it is a very true thing, I wanted to know more about it.
God took me on a journey of studying the bride of Christ through the Song of Songs. It started in 2000 and continues to this day. I have encountered a deeper, intimate relationship with Jesus, the Father and Holy Spirit through these studies. Also worship sessions were sweeter and more revelatory than ever before.
I encourage you to learn more about being the lovesick bride of Christ. I studied the Song of Songs through the teachings of Mike Bickle, director of the International House of Prayer in Kansas City and the classics like Madame Guyon and Watchman Nee.
We really can shift the atmosphere where we live and have influence.
You are the beloved of the great Beloved one. When you know that you are His favorite lover (He loves no one more than He loves you), your worship will go to new levels.
New levels always bring a much better perspective. Your paradigms will shift in supernatural ways.
We are beginning to believe that we really are history makers. We really can shift the atmosphere where we live and have influence. We have been given new perspectives that will drive how we do life now and in the future.
I pray that every one +of us will rise to the full potential we have been given in Christ.