God is calling us to a deeper intimacy and focus on Him than we’ve ever known before. Here is an excerpt from my journal where the Lord spoke to my heart in this area:
So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal. 2 Corinthians 4:18
“Focus on the things that matter, my child, like staying close to Me. Do not worry what may come your way, for I am bigger than anything that may oppose you. But remember, those attacks are really just building blocks for your future. Anything that isn’t set right on this side of eternity will be set right on the other side. So there’s no need to worry. This is a season to rise up and walk in your authority – to praise, dance, sing, declare, and decree. Remember, focus on what really matters. Yoke yourself to Me. Seek Me first. Lay down your idols, and you will find true intimacy and freedom, which is the true desire of your heart, though sometimes buried and unaware. So let Me feed and nourish your soul today, let the rest go. It can wait.”
May we take time today to lay aside the distractions and focus on Jesus Himself. He is the answer to all our problems, all our fears, all our unknowns. Focus on Him who is certain and secure. Rise up in your identity and authority in Christ and press into Him – only He will satisfy.
Sometimes, life is overwhelming, and we need to step back and take stock of all that’s going on in life and reorder our priorities. Recently, I felt the Lord convict me of striving too much in my mental health recovery. I was focusing on fixing myself instead of fixing my eyes on Him and His presence. I need His presence over everything else – any treatment, therapy session, friend, or self-help book. As I’ve started to make this change, I have felt so much more peace, rest, and hope. I have connected with the One who fills me and helps me make sense of everything in life. Never forget where your strength and your source lies – His presence and His Word. It’s in that place you find wisdom and direction for the practicalities of life.
Lord, help me to keep Your presence first and trust in You to take care of me in all areas of my life.
God gave me the theme of single mindedness this year – focusing on Him and keeping Him first. He wants me to simplify, slow down, and stay there. I have found some progress in this area, but the “staying there” part is hard! Distractions keep pulling me away – or I start searching in vain for the next “best thing” that will make my life better or fix it somehow. I must chose to remember that I already have enough. I have Jesus living on the inside of me. The closer I stay to Him and that truth, the closer I will stay to what He is calling me to do: Simplify, slow down, and stay there.
What is God calling you to do right now? Slow down to listen, obey, and then make the choice to stay in it…as long as it takes.