“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”
A wise person sees the goal, anticipates the obstacles, and plans wisely. There are so many distractions in life that hinder us from bearing fruit. “Some seeds fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up and choked them.” (Matthew 13:7) The thorns in my life may be different from the thorns in yours, but we each need to be able to recognize the things that tend to get us off track in our Christian walk.
How do we keep our focus on the Lord amidst all the trials, temptations, and various obstacles in life? The answer is a surrendered life unto Jesus Christ.
In order for a Christian to keep their focus where it needs to be, one must surrender — surrender to Jesus Christ. Surrendering one’s whole life: needs, worries, pains, joys, praises. Surrendering the physical, the emotional, the mental, and the spiritual. The bible says in Romans 12:1 (NLT): “And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will accept. When you think of what he has done for you, is this too much to ask?” Luke 9:23: “Then he said to the crowd, ‘If any of you wants to be my follower, you must put aside your selfish ambition, shoulder your cross daily, and follow me. If you try to keep your life for yourself, you will lose it. But if you give up your life for me, you will find true life.'”Romans 6:13: “Do not let any part of your body become a tool of wickedness, to be used for sinning. Instead, give yourselves completely to God since you have been given new life. And use your whole body as a tool to do what is right for the glory of God.”
A surrendered life is all about trust. It is trusting that God has your best interests at heart. It is trusting that His Word can be believed and taken at face value. It is trusting that all of your needs will be met. Surrender takes the focus off of self and places it upon Christ, and is demonstrated by obedience. I personally can think of no better way to stay focused as a believer than to completely surrender my life to my Lord and Savior.
In our fast-paced world, it is easy to get caught up in the daily grind and lose sight of our true purpose in life – the worship of God. Each believer, in striving to remain focused upon God, has his or her own way of keeping that focus. Each individual’s needs are different. One person might memorize a Scripture verse each week; another might have a private Bible study each morning; yet another might have a goal of sharing the Gospel message with at least one person every week. Each of these things keeps Christ at the forefront of one’s mind.
Also, I think honesty is key to walking in victory as a Christian and avoiding the pitfalls and snares of this world. First, honesty before the Lord in prayer and confession, and asking for a renewing of the Spirit in our daily lives. And second, transparency with those around us who can help keep us accountable. I have made an effort to remain in fellowship with strong Christians who I can talk and pray with when I’m struggling, friends who will sharpen me and encourage me to stay focused. I appreciate the people in my life who challenge me and speak hard truths at me. This life is not a playground, but a battle ground. There is a goal, and when we are face to face with Christ, we want to know that we’ve been faithful stewards of the opportunities He has given us in this life. We need to be honest with ourselves and throw off any weight that easily entangles us. (Hebrews 12:1)
To conclude, you must believe in your heart that God is trying to bring something through you. That ministry. That calling, that vision, that divine destiny. Keep your focus on Jesus, Keep your eyes on the prize, don’t be distracted by life situations, because life happens. If it isn’t one thing it’s another. You have to make up your mind, come hell or high water. I am determined to be what God has called me to be. I’m determine to do what God has called me to do.
I can have what He says I can have, because “the lord is my shepherd, I shall not want” (Psalm 23). “Because he can do exceedingly and abundantly above all I could ever ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20). When the devil says you’re nobody, I’m reminded of the scripture that says, “greater is he that is within me than he that is in the world” (1 John 4:4). When the devil says he is going to kill you, “I shall not die but live.” (Psalm 118:17) When the enemy tries to intimidate you with life problem know that “no weapon formed against you shall prosper.” (Isaiah 54:17)
It doesn’t matter what your position in life is now. Your problems and trials may be heavy but they cannot hold you back from the calling God has made on your life. If your trust is in Christ, you are being called to a regal position in the army of the living God. Your path is set and your future is guaranteed. There is nothing that can steal your inheritance or kill the dream he gave you. In every struggle you face, Jesus remembers you and he has a way to help you through it. In all things, you have been declared a victor. Not even the powers of hell can ever take that from you!
Scripture of the day: Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get behind me, Satan! You are a stumbling block to me; you do not have in mind the things of God, but the things of men.” ~ Matthew 16:23
Pastor Peter Okereke Jr.
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