WHAT ARE WE FOCUSING OUR ATTENTION?

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, Because he trusts in You. (Isaiah 26:3)

I believe that the key to this verse is found in learning to keep our minds “stayed” on God. Reading a verse or chapter every day does not qualify.

For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. (Romans 8:6)

Paul is not talking about sin in this verse. To be carnally minded is to be focused on natural things. Focusing more on the pandemic that has swept the globe in these past months than on God and His Word would qualify as being carnally minded!

I am not advocating that we totally ignore what is going on around us. At the same time we must understand that a carnal mind is not necessarily a perverse mind. It can be as simple as a mind that is focused on natural things whether they be television shows, news reports, or even our family.

It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life. (John 6:63)

Being spiritually minded is being focused on God and His Word. Many people are filled with fear because of the things going on in the world today. God’s Spirit will quicken us as we spend time with Him in prayer and meditation on the Word of God.

Over the last couple of weeks we have been building a foundation and understanding the difference between a spiritual and carnal mindset is key. When Joshua assumed leadership of Israel he was provided with the blueprint for success by God:

This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. (Joshua 1:8)

I have heard people talk about how busy they are and how hard it is to fit time in their schedule for prayer and Bible study. Joshua was leading a nation of several million people and God told him to meditate in His Word day and night. If Joshua could do it then surely we can too!

We must allow the Holy Spirit to lead us in our journey. He will guide us but we must be willing to set aside natural things to pursue Him. This may mean turning off the television but the reward is well worth missing a few worldly shows!

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