Did you know that you choose what you focus on?"Whatever is true whatever is honorable whatever is right whatever is pure whatever is of good repute if there is anything excellent if there is anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things" (Philippians 4:8)
As I listened to Heidi Baker preaching on The Rhythm of God's Heart there was an underlying theme that caught my attention. As you walk down the road in Africa it is easy to become overwhelmed with the great poverty, devastation, and needs. It's very easy to see what all is wrong with what you see around you, but what if we choose to see what is right? Heidi said, as we look at someone who is blind, we don't get discouraged by their disability, we get excited about God's Truth of who He is. We focus on the fact that God is a healer who can save, heal, redeem, and deliver the blind. I've learned a lot and am still learning so much from the perspective taken from Heidi Baker, Iris Ministries, and many of their partners. They choose to focus on Jesus and the Word in faith as opposed to the many mountains that come before them like poverty, war, brokenness, and evil.
What do you focus on in your life? The Bible clearly tells us that we can choose to dwell on the good, we can fix our eyes on Jesus, we can look at what is worthy of praise, and we can focus on positives or we can choose to ponder the things that haven't gone right, how we've been mistreated, how this situation isn't what we want, or how we're not seeing the results we desire.
Kris Vallaton says it this way, "You can start telling your mind what to think, rather than your mind telling you what to think" If you allow it, the enemy will encourage your mind to focus on negative circumstances, lies, false emotions, failures, disappointments, and hurts. BUT GOD. We can declare that we have the mind of Christ and we can focus on Jesus Christ, His Word, and His Truth.
I met with a woman today with tears in her eyes as she said, "things have just been really hard, but I know breakthrough is on its way!" I've said it before, but I'll probably say it for the rest of my life, a good friend once told me, "Hard isn't bad, it's just hard". Things may be hard, but remember breakthrough is coming. We can focus on the hard, or like this woman we can focus on the breakthrough coming.
Take time tonight to purposely find the good, dwell on the praise worthy, reflect on the blessings. When you think about your situations in life, your job, your families, your kids, your spouses, your friends, even your enemies... see the good. Ponder the blessings, count the benefits of your job, focus on the good in your spouse, kids, family, choose to see your enemies in love. Then praise Him. Praise Him for His goodness. Praise Him for His mercy. Look at His kindness. Thank God He forgives us, He extends mercy, His protection covers us, His blessings overtake us, His peace overwhelms us, His joy strengthens us, His Word sustains us. Thank Him. Thank Him. Thank Him.
Focus on Jesus in faith for what He wants to do. Focus on what He has done. Focus on the good, the blessing, the praise worthy, the honorable, the noble, the Word.
Be Blessed, J. Tate