April 14, 2020

Focus on Jesus and Meditate On These Things

Focus on Jesus, Meditate on positive things and not our problems. A solid Christian foundation will weather this most difficult storm.

Now is a really good time to practice positive thinking. It’s easy to stress over the Coronavirus, the falling stock market, job layoffs, or even how to keep our kids busy while we shelter at home. But God doesn’t want His children to be anxious or afraid. The best way to keep our peace of mind is to take every thought captive to the obedience of Jesus Christ.

For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war according to the flesh. For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty in God for pulling down strongholds, casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ, and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.2 Corinthians 10:3-6

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”

Isaiah 41:10 (NIV)

Times of adversity are tests. They serve to build up our faith and strengthen our resolve to persevere. In good times, it’s easy to say that we trust God. In difficult times, it should also be easy to trust Him because God is unchanging. He is always faithful. He’s the same past, present, and in the future.

“I the Lord do not change. So you, the descendants of Jacob, are not destroyed.”

Malachi 3:6 (NIV)

We can’t remain baby Christians. Trials are permitted by God. They exercise our spiritual muscles and bring our attention back to the Redeemer. Our focus should always be on Jesus and not our problems. Our ability to trust Him, even if we don’t have answers to all of our questions, is what some call blind faith. Actually, it isn’t blind at all. It’s simply a faith that has submitted to God’s will, believing He has our best interests at heart. Mature Christians have a calm resolve and blessed assurance that things will be okay. The world doesn’t understand this peace, so believers are often considered foolish or naïve. Though we may face mocking, a mature Christian knows God is in control. He fights for us and the battle is His. Sometimes, we need only to be still.

He says, ‘Be still, and know that I am God;I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” Psalm 46:10 (NIV)

“I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say, ‘My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please’“ Isaiah 46:10 (NIV)

Because God wanted to make the unchanging nature of His purpose very clear to the heirs of what was promised, He confirmed it with an oath.Hebrews 6:17 (NIV)

If we find ourselves struggling to trust God during uncertain times, we need to revisit and meditate on specific scriptures. These promises of God are faithful and true. It is impossible for God to lie so we can stand on them for they are NOT built on sinking sand! If our foundation is solid, we will be able to weather even the most difficult storms.

“God is not human, that He should lie, not a human being, that He should change His mind. Does He speak and then not act? Does He promise and not fulfill?” Numbers 23:19 (NIV)

If you find yourself getting anxious, the best thing to do is pray and read the Word. The devil wants us to walk in fear but the Word of God will dispel his effort to paralyze us. We are to be transformed by the renewing of our mind! We need to meditate on noble and lovely things. Can you remember a time when God intervened on your behalf? Look out your window. Do you see lovely trees and the beauty of His creation? Give Him thanks and praise! Spring is here! Seasons come and go. There will be a harvest soon enough. For now, let’s plant some seeds that will bring glory to God. If there is anything that is praiseworthy, focus on it and cast all your concerns to the wind. Remember, God is good… ALL THE TIME.

Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—His good, pleasing and perfect will.Romans 12:2 (NIV)

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.Philippians 4:8-9 (NKJV)

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Philippians 4:4-7 (NKJV)

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