Focus- part 2
I am the type of person who needs concrete, practical steps to take in my spiritual walk with God. I have been asking the Lord to reveal to me what my part is, so that I can actively keep my mind stayed upon Him.
Here is some practical application:
1. Know God’s Word! Find the time to read or listen to God’s Word daily, whether it is in your commute to work or on your lunch break. Most of my Bible intake is audio because that is how I learn best. There are many free sites and applications that offer the audio Word and written Word for free. Deception is eliminated when knowledge is present.
2. Did you know we are not always aware of our thoughts? They can hijack our mind and take it to ungodly places unaware. Ask God to search your heart. One way to to recognize this is when we lose our peace.
The Bible says to let the peace of God rule our heart. When that peace turns into fear or anxiety, look at it as a warning alarm letting you know you have wandered off track. It’s time to adjust your setting. Acknowledge and talk to the Lord about it. “Lord, I am losing my peace. In fact, I am anxious right now because I am thinking about my checkbook being in the red. I cast my care upon You. What does Your Word say about my checkbook?” The Lord may remind You that one of His Names is Provider. He may give you a creative idea on how to cut out unnecessary spending. He may give you a scripture verse. Whatever Word He gives you, meditate upon it and confess the scripture out loud until peace enters your heart again. This may have to be done several times in an hour.
3. Live in dependence upon the Holy Spirit; seek His strength in prayer (Matthew 26:41). The biblical definition of weakness is actually- dependent. An individual who is dependent upon the Lord is tremendously strong.
4. If you are well aware that you are being tempted to sin, analyze why you are tempted. Ask the Lord to help you figure out what the root of the sin is. What are your motives? Once you identify what motivates you to sin, pray about the underlying reason. For example, if you lose your temper, the Lord may show you that you like to be in control. When that position is threatened, you react like a cat cornered. Now you have something to pray about.
5. We are not to feed our minds with that which will promote sinful thoughts. We are to guard our hearts—what we allow into them and what we allow them to dwell on. Job 31:1 states, “I have made a covenant with my eyes; Why then should I look upon a young woman” Romans 13:14 states, “But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts.” Avoid periodicals, videos, websites, conversations and situations that will be a stumbling block.
6. We are to seek after God with our whole heart, substituting godly pursuits and mindsets for sinful thoughts or habits. This is the replacement principle. You cannot take darkness out of a room, the only way to get rid of it is to bring the light in.
7. Be careful who you surround yourself with. Do not keep company with people who complain and speak unbelief. Do not keep company with people who will tempt you to sin. We should use fellowship with other Christians the way God intended. Hebrews 10:24-25 states, “And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds.
I’m sure there are other practical ways to keep one’s mind focused on Christ, but these are a few ways to begin that journey. I look forward to journeying with you!