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Topic: Concentration (07/24/08)
By Hope Grizzard
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3/ You will keep HIM in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on YOU, because he trusts in YOU. 4/ Trust in the LORD forever, for in YAH, the LORD, is everlasting strength. Isaiah 26:3-4
True loves keep your hearts, mind and eyes on each other forsaking all others. This is the way of our commitment should be unto GOD: looking upward unto the Heavens where HE reigns, thinking on HIM, HIS word, and HIS works and prays constantly in talking with HIM. Trust is committing oneself fully to GOD, another or a situation, When we are fully committed unto GOD, we do not have the time for other gods or fake gods.
Temptations come into both, human and GOD’S love. Yet, we cannot yield unto these temptations. How many times have you heard, or maybe said yourself, “I can look, but not touch”? Yet, JESUS told us that if a man looks upon a woman with lust in his heart, he has already committed adultery with her.
Being a Christian is the same thing. When we keep our eyes on JESUS and our hearts stayed on HIM, the temptations will be less tempting, because we are not giving the opportunity to the Enemy to enter in.
Remember, JESUS was tempted more than we were, and yet in HIS commitment unto HIS FATHER, and the cause for HIS appearance on Earth, in flesh, HE rebuked the Evil One, and stayed One with the FATHER, without any guile or sin.
In thanksgiving, and praise, we are not able to utter the things that are unpleasing to GOD, as complaining. Henceforth, we do not hesitate giving thanksgivings and praise; we close the doors to all sorts of mischievous. We receive strength in praise no matter the situation we are going through.
Are we committed unto the LORD? HE should be everything to us. We ought to think of HIM in the morning waking up, and we think of HIM lying down at night. The Holy Spirit will guide us in all things if we allow HIM.
Keep everything purposed to HIM, concentrating on HIS plans for us in HIS works. Focusing on HIM gives us the closeness we need to hear HIS voice and we are in perfect timing with HIM in praying for others as well as ourselves.
Let us see what the New Testament reveals unto us.
Submit Yourselves to God
1What causes fights and quarrels among you? Don't they come from your desires that battle within you? 2You want something but don't get it. You kill and covet, but you cannot have what you want. You quarrel and fight. You do not have, because you do not ask God. 3When you ask, you do not receive, because you ask with wrong motives, that you may spend what you get on your pleasures.
4You adulterous people, don't you know that friendship with the world is hatred toward God? Anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God. 5Or do you think Scripture says without reason that the spirit he caused to live in us envies intensely?[a] 6But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says:
"God opposes the proud
but gives grace to the humble."[b]
Wow, what a statement. We need to ask GOD what HIS Will is for our live and us. Seeing only one love, temptations that are lurking nearby do not tempt you into sinning. You do not say ”LORD. I would like to have that” knowing the whole thing it is against HIS Will and Word.
1James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ,
To the twelve tribes scattered among the nations:
Trials and Temptations
2Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. 4Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. 5If any of you lacks wisdom, he should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to him. 6But when he asks, he must believe and not doubt, because he who doubts is like a wave of the sea, blown and tossed by the wind. 7That man should not think he will receive anything from the Lord; 8he is a double-minded man, unstable in all he does.
Trust the LORD allowing HIM to walk by you.
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