Where to Focus the Mind

“And he said, "Listen, all Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem and King Jehoshaphat: Thus says the Lord to you, 'Do not be afraid and do not be dismayed at this great horde, for the battle is not yours but God's.” 2 Chronicles 20:15 ESV

There are too many gloomy Christians. Sometimes we unintentionally give Satan more air time than God by constantly speaking of our many woes and difficulties. Focusing upon the power of evil and dwelling upon our anxieties leaves us discouraged and vulnerable to the enemies attack, yet choosing to think on God's goodness and what we have to be thankful for frees us from the tempter's power.

While the battle does not belong to us, we are very much a part of the fight. But in this fight we are never called to dwell on the enemy or his schemes. Our battle is over where we choose to let our thoughts rest. If we are constantly thinking and talking of the enemy's power we will have little strength to fight, but if we keep our mind turned to our Mighty Savior we will be delivered.

God desires to keep our minds in perfect peace. He will face the enemy on our behalf. We waste time worrying about many things. When we allow our anxieties to dominate our thoughts we lose sight of how good and faithful the God we serve is. When we intentionally unplug from the world around us to give thanks, we are demonstrating faith in God's ability to take care of us.

It takes intentionality and will-power to draw our minds away from the anxieties which seem to surround us. Few skills pay richer dividends than the ability to keep our minds upon that which is true, lovely, and kind. There is no better place to develop this skill than through a daily conversation with the Lord where we recognize and give thanks to him for his power, love, and presence in our lives. As we allow God to retrain our thought life, fear will be consumed by hope and anxieties by gratitude and joy.

Still Seeking His Face,
Pastor Andrew

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