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Staying Focused While Experiencing A Paradigm Shift

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As I recall an old song sung by the Winans’ called: “Bring Back the Days Of Yea and Nay,” the lyrics yet impress upon my soul.  Some of the lyrics in the song attested: “I remember when life was so simple, when what you did was right or what you did was wrong. I remember when life was so easy. People said what they meant, whether they were for something or against it. 

Bring back the days of yea and nay when we could plainly see “The Way” (and not fall into decay -EL). But now we’re caught up in the midst of complexity (do I follow culture or stand for Truth- EL), bring back the days of yea and nay. The lyrics went on to say: I remember when life was so simple, parents were a light and through them we saw what was right, but it ain’t like that anymore.” 

“Boys grew into men, and little girls grew into woman hood, but it ain’t like that anymore. What we need is a simple yes or no to find out what is good and what is bad.” The lyrics ended with: “But I fear, we will not ever find yea or nay again.” What powerful words, but how sad they are not demonstrated in our world today! 

Many times, we can remain strong in our faith until we are confronted with cultural changes, fiery trials, or great desires for fame. It’s not enough to talk the talk of the Bible, but can you walk the walk and stay focused during the tempestuous trials of life. But what happens, when all of a sudden, you’re blinded by a paradigm shift? Did you lose your focus, or did you remain focused?
 
So, what is a paradigm shift? Paradigm shift is defined as: “an important change that happens when the usual way of thinking about or doing something is replaced by a new and different way.” We should never engage in a paradigm shift when it comes to God and His Word. Many Christians love to rest on the idiom: “Their methods may have changed, but the Word remained the same.” 

But we need to make sure they both did not change! How plainly can Jesus be identified in your speech, appearance, and lifestyle? Do the things of the world impress you more than the anointing that shows up in the house of God? Is your mind stayed on Jesus more now or less than it used to be. Have you settled for living in the waters of a shallow salvation and launching out into the deep things of the world? 

Have your sufferings broke you or boosted you? Has there honestly been a paradigm shift in the way you serve God? The Apostle Paul said it like this in 2 Corinthians 4:8-10, as we go through the storms of life: “We are troubled on every side, yet not distressed; we are perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not forsaken; cast down, but not destroyed; always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body.” 

So, even though the world system and even the universal church may appear to be headed in a paradigm shift, as the body of Christ we are to stay focused and remain as Paul said in Acts 20:24: “But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy, and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify the gospel of the grace of God.” For some of us, we have come too far to start shifting our faith now!

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