Thursday, September 17, 2015

what should be our focus?

Today's readings: Isaiah 25:1-28:13, Galatians 3:10-22, Psalm 61:1-8, Proverbs 23:17-18

Today Isaiah says something very profound... "You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in You, all whose thoughts are fixed on You."

This is an important lesson for us. See, the enemy wants us to focus on our sin. He wants us to be preoccupied with it... be ashamed, worry about getting past it, hide it from others. He also wants us to attack other people for THEIR sins, so as to feel better about our own sins. You see how that works? Then we're all attacking each other, making one another feel guilty and ashamed of the things that we really do struggle with. How do we break out of this?

The answer is given to us by Isaiah. We fix our thoughts on Him. What does that mean, exactly?

It mean taking our eyes off of our own struggles. Let's say that you struggle with drinking too much alcohol. Our relationship with God... our purpose in life... is not about whether we messed up and drank too much today. That's where the enemy wants us to look... but God says "Look at Me. Focus on my face. Let Me fill you with My love. And go love My children."

That's the solution. Not to keep being preoccupied with the things that drag us down. But instead, setting aside the sins that so easily entangle us, let's run the race that He sets before us. That "race" means loving God and loving other people.

Don't let your sin, or other people's sin, take your eyes off of God. Focus on Him... and all of these things (holiness, self respect, dignity, self confidence) will be added to you.

Thank You, God, for being our focus.