Prelude: Renewed Vision
Before you jump into the reading I wanted to share a little context to why this blog is so important to us both... This site - and specific post - was originally scheduled to be published almost two years ago. I could blame the delay on my supreme procrastination skills, but in reality it was due to my fear of the space beyond my comfort zone. Almost two years later God has been gracious enough to renew my vision and help me apply the lesson He's been teaching me all along - to focus on Him alone. So here I am putting my money, time, efforts, and faith where my mouth is all in the name of obedience to the only One who matters.
If you are sitting on something God told you to do take this as your "sign" to do it right now! No more waiting for the right time to never come. No more fear. No more disobedience. Just FOCUS. Just Jesus.
Enjoy the Journey.
"Don't look to the right or to the left , keep your eyes on me. You will not be shaken, you will not be moved. I am the hand to hold, I am the truth, I am the way. Just come to me because I'm all you need."- Come to Me by Bethel Music
Recently, I've experienced major life changes, including a huge move to a different part of the country that has launched me out of comfort zone physically and spiritually. At a moment where God was teaching me the importance of remaining focused more than anything, the above lyrics spoke directly to me.
I am unashamedly a creature of habit - I love familiarity & comfort, but then again who doesn't? This trait, however, has caused me to be easily distracted by my emotions & fear of what is to come instead of focusing on God. In a way only He could, God showed me that my mind was clouded because I was allowing myself to be tainted by the world and my current situation. All I needed to do was have tunnel vision for Him & I would gain my peace back. (He was right, of course!)
The Apostle Paul is the perfect example of someone who stayed focused on God inspite of what He was going through. Paul was constantly persecuted and troubled, in fact the majority of his letters were written from a jail cell. Despite all that, he never stopped looking to Jesus, instead he used his troubles to fuel a stronger desire for Him, (see Philippians 3:10-14). He encouraged those around him to live in complete dedication & commitment to God. Reminding them that their time on earth is temporary, that only what they will do for Christ will last and the number 1 goal for Christians should always be to honor God with their life, (Colossians 2:6, Colossians 3:1-4).
In moments of discomfort you must remember God has not brought you anywhere He has not already been (Deuteronomy 31:8). You have nothing to fear inside or outside of yourself because you are a victorious child of God. You were saved by the blood of Jesus & your life has much bigger value than what you can see. Your ultimate purpose is to bring glory to Jesus' name. When you focus on those things you give the Holy Spirit room to enter and fill you with peace, clarity, and joy. Then, your heart will not be troubled and you'll remember who your foundation is built on- The Solid Rock, The Truth, and The Way.
Meditate on these verses and remember that God is in control.
Colossians 3:2 - "Set your minds on things above, not on things that are on the earth.
Proverbs 4:25 - "Let your eyes look directly forward & your gaze be straight before you."
Matthew 6:24 - "No one can serve two masters, for either he will love one and hate the other, or be devoted to one and despise the other."
Matthew 6:33 - "Seek first the kingdom of God & His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you."
Psalm 1:1-3 - "Blessed is the one who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take or sit in the company of mockers, but whose delight is in the law of the Lord, and who meditates on his law day and night. That person is like a tree planted by streams of water, which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not whither, whatever they do prospers."
2 Timothy 2:15 - "Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
Romans 8:5 - "Those who live according to the flesh set their minds on the things of the flesh, but those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit."
Philippians 4:8 - "Whatever is true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, excellent, or worthy of praise, think about these things."