Ginrich's Devotional Blog

November 12, 2017

Focus

Filed under: Bible,Christ,Christian,devotion,faith,God,God's Word,Holy Spirit,Jesus,peace,prayer — by ginrich @ 8:59 pm

Philippians 4:8 8 Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. (NIV)

 The more we focus on something the bigger it gets.  It doesn’t matter what it is.  Continual focus brings growth in our minds.  God operates on principles.  That’s why every promise comes with a condition.  The conditions are principles.  God wants obedience with our leaving the results to Him.  This is the way to peace; leaving results of our obedience in the hands of God.  Sin or disobedience short-circuits the power of God in our lives.  So, what do we do when we are in pain or have a problem.  First we pray and give that pain or problem into the hands of God.  Then we turn our thoughts to God thinking on the things in the above verse.  We don’t dwell on what we have given to God, rather we thank and praise God that He will walk us through the problem.  With our focus on God our ears and mind are open to hear Him and His direction for us to walk through the problem.  I know this from personal experience.  I live with constant pain from a compressed fracture to a vertebra.  The medical profession says there is nothing they can do for it.  When my mind is on it, the pain seems intense.  When people ask me how my back is, it focuses my mind on the pain.  But, as I think on other things, I become less aware of the pain and am able to live and work in joy and thanksgiving to God.  What we think determines how we live and how we relate to others, including our relationship to God.   What we think is our choice.  Let’s choose to think on God and all the things that are true, noble, right pure, lovely, admirable excellent or praiseworthy.  These thoughts lead to joyful and healthy relationships with God and with others and bring us peace and joy in our lives.

 

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