Focus

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So my best friend, Angel (@angelcheron) and I have been doing this Biblical Word Study for the month of August, which is definitely going to continue for me into September. You may ask what is this Biblical Word Study? We each have a list of words that the Lord has shown us are weaknesses in our walk with Him or things that we are lacking. What I’ve been doing for this study is defining my word, getting honest with myself and God when it comes to that word and why it’s a problem and then allowing God to completely wreck me through scriptures that enlighten me and give me revelations. When we decided to do this I thought Iwould have maybe three words on my list…somehow I ended up with seven lol. But anyways I said all that to segue into my topic for this blog and my word for the week and that’s focus. I know I’m not the only one to have trouble remaining focused on God, I pray that what has God shown me blesses you.

Focus is a central point, as of attraction, attention, or activity. It can also be defined as to concentrate. I’m gonna talk about me for a bit…My truth concerning this topic is that I am very easily distracted and I lose focus entirely too quickly when it comes to my relationship with God.

(Sidenote: You’d be amazed at what God shows you when you get honest with yourself and with Him)

The first scripture I looked at was Matthew 7:13-14, “You can enter God’s Kingdom only through the narrow gate. The highway to hell is broad, and its gate is wide for the many who choose that way. But the gateway to life is very narrow and the road is difficult, and only a few ever find it.” If you’ve ever driven on a back road or an old country road, you know how narrow those jokers are. You must remain focused and steer your car well or you can easily go into the other lane with traffic coming from the opposite direction. You don’t want to get distracted on a narrow road because it’s hard enough to remain on it already. As Christians we are on a very narrow road, and with Satan taking his job mad seriously (He desires to sift you like wheat {Luke 22:31-32} and He came to steal, kill and destroy {John 10:10}) distractions are always going to be in place, but it is our job to refuse to entertain and give into distractions. Something God showed me when I was meditating on this scripture is that if you are constantly giving into distractions perhaps your flesh is stronger that your spirit man (I’ll throw this in for free…If you’re always distracted away from the things of God you are essentially saying that those things appeal to you more or interest you more than God. What have you deemed more important or worthy of your attention than God?!? #gotidols). You walk towards what most appeals to you, just like you pick out something to eat on a menu at a restaurant that appeals to you most at that moment. Maybe you have a stronger taste for the things of this world than you to for the things of God. Perhaps instead of dying to yourself daily, killing your flesh, taking up your cross and following Christ you’ve put up your feet and indulged your flesh and now that thing done went and got Goliath strong! And now every time something pops up to distract you, you go towards it because your flesh is so strong and your spirit man is so weak in comparison. Indulging your flesh leads to living to appease your fleshly appetite instead of living to appease your heavenly Father. God has given us freewill and a choice. I want you to think about this question: Which holds the stronger appeal temporarily satisfying your flesh, attempting to satisfy people, or satisfying your Heavenly Father? Remaining focused on Him is a choice that is driven by whether our spirit man is stronger than our flesh.

So how do we fix this?!? Another scripture I was led to in my study is Hebrews 12:1-2, “Therefore since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.” Paul compared this Christian walk to a race. Here are some helpful points to help you remain focused in this Christian race:

1. Feed your spirit man and die to yourself daily so that distractions and things of this world don’t appeal so strongly to you. Realize that you walk towards and choose what most appeals to you, what you have an appetite for. Keep your flesh in check.

2. Rock with people that have a relationship with God and are committed to Him. You need to be in company of people that point you to Christ, not distract you from the race. (Proverbs 13:20)

3. Drop those things that pull your attention off the Father.

4. Renew your mind daily and focus it back on God. Bring your flesh under subjection daily. (Romans 12:2)

I pray this helped and blessed you! Love and blessings lovelies!

Mariah (@milanme)

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