Focused mind

“You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You–in both inclination and character], Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].”

‭‭ISAIAH‬ ‭26:3‬ ‭AMP‬‬

With the business of our lives, we tend to have distracted minds. Every day, if you want to have peace of mind, the verse above reveals the secret; incline your mind toward God, trust in Him, have hope and confident expectation. How do we keep our minds inclined all day? Just keep the communication channel open. Did you have have an imaginary friend when you were a child? Back then you did not care what people thought of your relationship with your precious friend. God is closer to us than anything else. We do not have to care about what people think of our relationship with God. All throughout your day, speak to Him. Be constantly aware of Him. Thank Him for everything and anything. Keep your hope that He will bless you and keep alive your confident expectation that He will bless you. The more our minds are focused on Him, the more we are in peace. A sound state of mind is so important. Always remember: You are a child of God, you were bought at a great price (Jesus’s sacrifice of Himself and finished work on the cross), your home is not here. Let God be God. Give Him first place. Remember He is in control of your life. Once we keep all that in mind there is no room left for fear! You get peace!

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Choose to wait well

“There is a season (a time appointed) for everything and a time for every delight and event or purpose under heaven–”

‭‭ECCLESIASTES‬ ‭3:1‬ ‭AMP‬‬

I want to talk to you today about God’s perfect timing. Every believers in Christ knows what I am talking about. God’s timing can be excruciating or peaceful and even joyful, the choice is yours to pick. The major problem we can have is deciding that we waited enough and take matters into our own hands; this decision never leads to what we were expecting in the first place. The other problem is to decide that if the waiting is that long it must be because we did not listen to God properly or that He must have changed His mind and just give up. What we all have to understand is that there is a purpose for waiting! God uses those times to increase your faith, your patience, your endurance and your trust in Him. God also takes your waiting season to move circumstances and people. Let me give you an example: You see a sign on a store front saying employee needed. You get in, take an application form and fill it out. Then you go back home. The next day you pass by the store and the sign is no longer there. You are disappointed, thinking the store owner should have told you they hired someone already. You keep asking God for a job, apply at ten different stores, but not one calls you for an interview. You get sad and stressed out. 2 weeks later the first store you applied at calls you for an interview and you get the job. Do you see what I am trying to show you? God knew that the first store hired someone who would not do their job properly, so He made you wait for the boss to fire that person so you could be hired and do the job properly. You could have made your other applications and thank God for His perfect timing and wait in hope, joy and peace, and glorify God for giving this job to you. Instead what you did was to be sad, disappointed and stressed out, and now you need to ask God’s forgiveness for doubting and lacking faith in Him. Read that Scripture:

“But the fruit of the Spirit [the result of His presence within us] is love [unselfish concern for others], joy, [inner] peace, patience [not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting], kindness, goodness, faithfulness,”

‭‭GALATIANS‬ ‭5:22‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Patience is a fruit of the Spirit, and real godly patience is not the ability to wait, but how we act while waiting. Choose to trust God like a child, always trusting, never doubting, always thankful. Choose to trust in peace and joy, God will never abandon you, He will never fail you, He will always provide for you.

He will bring you victory.

“I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have [perfect] peace. In the world you have tribulation and distress and suffering, but be courageous [be confident, be undaunted, be filled with joy]; I have overcome the world.” [My conquest is accomplished, My victory abiding.]”

‭‭JOHN‬ ‭16:33‬ ‭AMP‬‬

You will not be surprised when I tell you that even as born again believers in Christ, our lives are not always easy. We experience the same things as unsaved people do. The difference between unbelievers and us is that we have a choice. In His Word, God told us many many times not to fear. And we have a very good reason not to fear, and this reason is Jesus Christ overcame the world, and His victory abides. The choice we have consists of how we will react through those hard circumstances. We can choice to be swallowed by them and let them overtake your emotions and by doing so create a wedge between God and us, or we can have peace. I know, you may think “How can I have peace when my life is upside down? How can I have peace when I am suffering so much?”. There is a way!; give your circumstances to the Lord. Ask Him to fight for you, to bring you victory, to bring peace to your mind, and thank Him for the victory He will bring you! Did He not say: “Be still and know (recognize, understand) that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations! I will be exalted in the earth.”

‭‭PSALM‬ ‭46:10‬ ‭AMP‬‬. There is the key. Be still. Know that He is God. He will bring you victory. You don’t have to try to fix it on your own strength. He will bring you victory. We do not need to ask Him to change our circumstances. We need to ask Him to change the way we act in hard circumstances. Choose to trust Him and His perfect timing, and always remember that hard circumstances are temporary.

Keep a steadfast mind

“You will keep in perfect and constant peace the one whose mind is steadfast [that is, committed and focused on You–in both inclination and character], Because he trusts and takes refuge in You [with hope and confident expectation].”

ISAIAH 26:3 AMP

In today’s world, almost everything is fast paced. People are stressed out by their job, their responsibilities, even by their family (with kids it can be difficult!). But it is crucial that we commit to a daily time with God. If we choose to ignore that, we will soon feel overwhelmed and unsatisfied. It is decision we have to make, a commitment. We can always make time. If it cannot be in the morning, it can be in the evening. We have to stay focused on His Word, because it feeds us and renews our mind. We have to spend time in silence before Him, to be able to hear His still, small voice. Every time we can put on praise music we do it and sing, because He deserves it. There are so many styles of praise music, rock, hip hop, contemporary, gospel music…I am convinced you can find something you like. There is an excellent selection of Christian music on Spotify. We can thank Him all day long for anything and everything. Thanking Him that way not only keeps our focus on Him but makes us happier because it makes us realize His goodness and love for us. Keep the channel between you and God open all day. Short prayers are easy to make, even at work (help me God, God I trust You, thank you for I have a roof over my head, a bed to sleep in, running water, thank You for this parking spot, thank You for my husband, thank You for giving me beautiful kids…the subjects of prayer are infinite). When we are committed to Him and we are focused on Him in those ways, the most beautiful thing happens, He keeps us in perfect peace. Even in the not so fun situations. Hard to believe? I assure you it’s a fact. This is the way I live my life, and i have peace. Another reason for thanking Him, God, thank You for giving me your perfect peace!

Never be thirsty again

“But whoever drinks the water that I give him will never be thirsty again. But the water that I give him will become in him a spring of water [satisfying his thirst for God] welling up [continually flowing, bubbling within him] to eternal life.”

‭‭JOHN‬ ‭4:14‬ ‭AMP‬‬

Even as born again believers in Christ I don’t need to tell you, life is not always easy. But when you always feel like there is something missing in your life, you have a problem. When you feel like you are not complete or missing something it usually means that God is not first in your life. No matter how busy your life is, you have to make time to read the Word of God. Do not read it as an informations book, read it as a transformative book. Make time to meditate on the Word. Make time to pray. Make time to praise God. If you say you don’t have time, it’s probably because you don’t make time. It does not matter how long is the time you can make, as long as you do make them. When God becomes first in your life is when you will start feeling complete, not missing anything. Did you ever have a friend or family member who did not call you as much as you would like? Did you ever think “If they really cared about me they would make the time to call?” When God is truly first in our life and we love Him more than anything or anybody else He becomes enough. He becomes our Everything. We are complete in Him and we do not need anything else. He takes care of all our needs. Become dependent on Him for everything. He longs to bless you and to take care of you!

You are not alone in your fire

Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego answered the king, “O Nebuchadnezzar, we do not need to answer you on this point. If it be so, our God whom we serve is able to rescue us from the furnace of blazing fire, and He will rescue us from your hand, O king. But even if He does not, let it be known to you, O king, that we are not going to serve your gods or worship the golden image that you have set up!

‭‭DANIEL‬ ‭3:16-18‬ ‭AMP‬‬

These three men were in land full of people who did not serve the Lord God Almighty. They could have denied Him and serve the others gods but they did not. They stayed faithful to God and were ready to die instead of worshipping the golden statue. They were put in the blazing furnace and did not burn. More than that, the Lord Jesus was with them, protecting them against the fire. As a result of their faithfulness to God, the king repented and acknowledge that only God saves. He decreed that anybody who would speak against God would be cut in pieces and put them in a position of prosperity. Whatever happens in your life, refuse to turn your back on God. It might be very difficult but strive to stay faithful and the Lord will be with you, loving you and protecting you from drawing in doubt, pain, sorrows, fears, loneliness and all the hard circumstances that you think you will never be able to overcome. In your personal fire, the Lord Jesus is there. Hold on to Him with all your might, cry out to Him, pray and stay in the Word. God will bless you and prosper you as a result of your faithfulness. Moreover, you never know who will come to repentance and turn to God as a result of seing you believing, trusting and depending on God!

God comes through for us

But those who wait for the LORD [who expect, look for, and hope in Him] Will gain new strength and renew their power; They will lift up their wings [and rise up close to God] like eagles [rising toward the sun]; They will run and not become weary, They will walk and not grow tired.

ISAIAH 40:31 AMP

Waiting for the Lord Jesus to come through for us does not have to be hard. Certainly, we can face circumstances that seem insurmountable, but we all have a choice. We can fix our eyes on what we are waiting for and sink, or we can fix our eyes on Jesus and let Him renew us every day through His Word and His presence. Let me give you a personal experience of mine: six years ago I divorced my husband (we were married for 13 years) because he sexually abused my sister’s daughters. At the time the youngest was 6, the oldest 12. I was horrified. But instead of fixing my eyes on my trauma and pain, I decided to ask God to heal me and kept reading His Word and being in His presence and blessing others with encouragement love. I was still waiting for the Lord to come through for me, to restore me and heal me, but I chose to focus on Him instead of focusing on my ex husband. And it worked. God came through for me and I am now healed. Whatever you are waiting for, a job, a husband, a healing or anything else, you have the power to choose. If the waiting gets hard, refocus on God’s love for you, His Word and His presence. And never doubt. God is mighty and way bigger than any of our circumstances. No matter how hard the waiting gets, I encourage you never to give up, never doubt. Stand firm in your faith and God will give new strength every day and you will not grow weary. Believe that His timing is always perfect. Having faith is not only believing that He is capable of coming through for us. It also means that you can thank Him for coming through before He came through for you. Stand firm and do not believe anyone who tells you that whatever you are waiting for will not happen! God always comes through for us!!! Glory and praises to You my God for your mighty power and your perfect timing! Help us all to choose to wait for you by not focusing on what we are waiting for but by focusing on You and Your Word! Thank you for renewing us and giving us new strength every day. Help us to stand firm in our faith and to never doubt that you will come through for us. In Jesus’s name, amen.