Whatever you’re giving your time and effort to, shows. It shows up in your conversations, the people you choose to hang around. The emotions (happy one minute, sad the next), the thoughts (of depression, defeat) that you entertain, show up in your character and resonates in your daily life (the inside comes out).
It’s important to set our focus on The Things of God. It’s very dangerous to fill our lives, our days, up with things that are meant to destroy us, to distract us! Think on this.
Who are you entertaining that you should’ve let go, a while ago? What person has your attention, so much so that you are distracted and can’t fully seek God because they are always on your mind? Are you hanging around the right types of people? Think on this.
What problem is that large (to you, but not to God) that it’s overwhelming your heart and mind, causing a lack of faith, to believe God will come through? Are you holding onto the circumstance, the fear of what could happen versus holding onto the promises that God has spoken? Think on this.
Are we paying more attention to what we like to do, our convenient and comfortable sins, to avoid being inconvenienced in doing what God says? Do we enjoy disobedience but still want God to come in, like a rushing wind, and fix the problem? If we don’t want to stop what we’re doing, how then, can we expect God to stop by, right now, this moment, and do what we want Him to do for us? Think on this.
Our God gives us a simple, yet powerful formula to prosperity:
Obedience + Grace + Mercy = PROSPERITY in mind, body & soul
Dear God, My Father,
Here I am, your child. I acknowledge that some things have gotten out of control in my life. I realize that my focus has been wayward. I know that to win, I must serve You. I know that to have joy and peace, it means to follow You, to abide in You; it requires my submission, my obedience, to You. You said, in Your Word, that if I abide in You, then You will abide in me! God, Your Word is not a lie! I want what You have for me! I desire to be more like You! Forgive me. Cause your face to shine on me! Oh Lord, I won’t run from Your teaching. I want your blessings to flow in and through me, like the river! I want Your peace, Your prosperity. Lord, I’m willing! I want more of You! I want what this world can’t give me, Your peace and Your prosperity. My prayer is signed, sealed, and delivered, to You, through Jesus The Christ, Amen.
Isaiah 48:17-18 CEB | Common English Bible
17 The Lord Your Redeemer, the holy one of Israel, proclaims:
I am the Lord your God, who teaches you for your own good,
who leads you in the way you should go.
18 If you would pay attention to my commands, your well-being would be like a river, and your righteousness like the waves of the sea.
Isaiah 48:17-18 MSG | THE MESSAGE
And now, the Master, God, sends me and his Spirit
with this Message from God,
your Redeemer, The Holy of Israel:
“I am God, your God,
who teaches you how to live right and well.
I show you what to do, where to go.
If you had listened all along to what I told you,
your life would have flowed full like a river,
blessings rolling in like waves from the sea.
John 15:4 NIV | New International Version
Remain in me, as I also remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself; it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me.
John 15:7 NKJV | New King James Version
If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you[a] will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.