After a ridiculously busy season of wedding, speaking, editing and classes things are beginning to slow back down to normal pace. It takes a few days to come off that speed, but once I had a chance to sit back and reflect I noticed my attitude slipped.
I started looking at all the ways I was being attacked by the adversary and how he was trashing the world and hurting so many lives. Boy, that really got me down. Before long, I found myself crying in a sad little heap.
Then I thought a wonderful thought.
Of course the world is depressing, it’s the Devil’s playground. I need to look to the light of God’s Word for my hope and encouragement.
Wow! Of course the devil is out there stealing, killing and destroying, that’s his three-fold ministry. But that doesn’t mean I’m going to wallow there, or open a door for him in my mind. Sometimes, I get so caught up looking for him, I forget I have to look towards the light! God is light and in HIM is no darkness at all. Does a runner concentrate on the other runners in the race or does he look to the finish line? What would happen if a pole-vaulter at the Olympics kept getting distracted by the crowd, the coach or the other teams as he ran towards that leap. We have to have that same kind of intense, forceful focus on God. My goal is to be a light, to be a light, a city on the hill, and to be filled with GOD’s light. We live on the offensive with God, always moving forward to what’s next. He acts as our defense.
So here is the prescription today for you. Cuddled up close to the Word and spend time praying in the spirit.
“Be careful (anxious) for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” Phil. 4:6
“And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:7
“Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things [are] honest, whatsoever things [are] just, whatsoever things [are] pure, whatsoever things [are] lovely, whatsoever things [are] of good report; if [there be] any virtue, and if [there be] any praise, think on these things.” Phil. 4:8
“Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do: and the God of peace shall be with you.” Phil. 4:9
“I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Phil. 4:13
“But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Phil. 4:19
“This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.” 1 John 1:5
“Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men. Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hillcannot be hid. Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.” Matt. 5:13-15
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive [and] remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.” Thess. 4:16-17
“Ye are all the children of light, and the children of the day: we are not of the night, nor of darkness.” 1 Thess. 5:5
“For God hath not appointed us to wrath, but to obtain salvation by our Lord Jesus Christ, Who died for us, that, whether we wake or sleep (or died), we should live together with him. Wherefore comfort yourselves together, and edify one another, even as also ye do.
Put you’re focus on God, look towards His light and let it fill YOU with light. Memorize one of these above and pray in the Spirit today. Let God’s Spirit wrap you in comfort and blessing. The Holy Spirit was nick-named the “Comforter” for a reason. Ignore the devil, put down the paper, turn off the news channel and bathe in the glorious fountain of God’s love. Let your life be so filled to overflowing that you inspire others as well.