Having trouble staying focused so you can do what God has instructed you to do? Here’s a tip that I’m sure will help to get you back on track: Find out what God says in His Word about you, and then keep reminding yourself and speaking what He said.
In Psalm 119:105, David referred to God’s Word as a “lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path.” He saw it as the spiritual light that guided him through the dark places in life. As we keep that spiritual light burning in our lives, and aimed against darkness, eventually, step by step, we find our way because our path is bright.
Right now, you may be in a struggle to believe God’s Word because you’ve lost your focus—your spiritual vision. You have become so blinded and distracted by the things around you that you’ve lost sight of what His Word says about the perilous times that are ahead, and His promise to faithfully care for and protect you. If that’s where you are, let me assure you that God has never changed His mind about you or His plans for you, and He never will. He’s just waiting for you to exercise your faith so that those plans happen and prosper just like He promised. If you believe God will do what He said, and stay focused on His Word by reminding yourself of what it says, then you’ll see God move powerfully and dramatically in your life. You’ll fulfill your destiny because you believed and obeyed His Word.
Did you know that immediate obedience is the key to flowing in God’s timing? That’s because His instructions and His timing have divine purpose—all for your good. A good example of this is the children of Israel. Although it was not the best situation, their 400-year captivity in Egypt was clearly part of God’s timing. Even though things looked grim for them, God’s ultimate plan for His people included delivering them from Pharaoh and moving them into a rich land flowing with abundant prosperity.
What was not part of God’s timing for His children, though, was the 40 years they spent wandering around in the wilderness. They brought that on themselves because of their unbelief and disobedience. They knew what God had promised, but they were not willing to wait on Him to make things happen. They got impatient—with Moses and with God—and fashioned a golden calf as their god. How it must have grieved God’s heart that only their children, along with Joshua and Caleb, were the only ones to enter and enjoy the bountiful land He had promised and prepared for them.
Your life doesn’t have to be filled with ups and down, hits and misses, and a bunch of failures. Not when God has already settled everything for you and mapped out a plan that guarantees your success. When you are obedient to do what God instructs, you will always walk and live in victory and His blessing.
Do you know what it means to persevere? And if so, are you persevering in the things God has called you to do? If you’re like me, and your faith and trust in God is at such a level that you cannot be swayed or distracted, then you have the kind of determination that says, “God promised it, and I’m not going to stop until I have and do whatever He says.” Your faith is so strong that nothing anyone says or does can keep you from going after all that God has for you—from exercising your right to receive and walk in your inheritance.
That was the point Apostle Paul made to the church at Philippi when he wrote to them, saying: “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14). Paul knew something about the blessing of the Lord. He also knew that the “prize of the high calling of God” was the ultimate blessing, and that if he was to attain it, he would have to persevere. Otherwise, he would likely never progress any further than his current position in life.
It is obvious that Paul knew his life belonged to God, and that if he was to receive any kind of reward for the work he had done, it would have to come from God. Paul made a choice to persevere, to press on and receive His reward from God. How about you?
Ever wondered what you would do if you were in David’s place, standing there all alone in front of a 9-foot-plus giant with only a sling shot and a few stones to defend yourself? I’m guessing most of you are thinking something like, I don’t have to wonder, because I would never have tackled that monster in the first place!
I’m being a bit comical, but the truth is we face giants in our lives most every day. They may not come in the form of a gigantic human, like Goliath, but in some ways they can be every bit as big—and threatening!
When David faced the giant Goliath, he didn’t say to himself, “I’m just a young shepherd, and this monster is a skilled warrior.” Instead, he looked at the giant and declared his faith in God, saying, “You come to me with a sword, with a spear, and with a javelin. But I come to you in the name of the Lord of hosts, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied” (1 Samuel 17:45). David took control of his future and said, “This day the Lord will deliver you into my hand, and I will strike you and take your head from you” (verse 46). And that’s exactly what happened.
The Bible says that whatever you ask for in faith, according to the will of God, you can have it. But the secret to receiving all that God has promised and prepared for you is to get rid of doubt and fear and begin to speak words of faith. When you speak the Word of God, you can speak to every situation in your life—including giants—and see God move them out of your life.
When it comes to stepping out and doing what God has called them to do, it’s not unusual to see people draw back. For one reason or another, they’re hesitant to take that step of faith—excusing their actions by saying things like they’re not ready or they’re not sure they heard from God.
The truth is, in some cases, they are just plain afraid. They’ve made mistakes in the past, and they don’t want to repeat them. That’s completely understandable. But at the same time, it’s not scriptural. Go back and look at Philippians 3:13, New Living Translation, the verse we read in Monday’s devotion. Apostle Paul wrote: “I press on to possess that perfection for which Christ Jesus first possessed me…I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead.”
Paul wasn’t interested in the past, or what mistakes he had made. And we should not be either. Dwelling on past mistakes will also cause you to slip over into doubt and fear. You’ll find yourself shying away from any challenge because you’re afraid you’ll fail. Don’t hinder your destiny by holding on to things that no longer matter—things that will ultimately defeat or destroy you. Set the direction for your life based from where you are now, and the instructions God has given you to go forward so, by His grace and power, you can reach your goals and fulfill His will.
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