Saturday, January 11, 2014

What do you focus on



Romans 8:28: “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.

A lot of things happen in our daily lives. Some are good, some are bad. Jesus did not promise us life without troubles. However, He promised us victory and even when bad stuff comes our way we will come out of it as winners. Unfortunately, we do not see much of that in most of our lives. Why is that? I believe our focus on the ‘wrong stuff’ keeps us on the losing side. We think about our weaknesses, troubles, problems, losses, failures and etc. and we stay in those things indefinitely. Why? Whatever we focus on grows. By focusing on the negative things we magnify them and they overwhelm us. We become victims of our own thinking. 

I want to repeat myself that I do not deny the fact that we constantly experience troubles. I want to say that our focus helps or hinders us to get from ‘the bad’ to ‘the good’. If you meditate on the negative side, that stuff takes a firm grip on you and does not let you to break free. 

Let’s assume you have lost your work and are unable to find any at the moment. What do you focus on and what are your expectations? Do you beat yourself up, think how hopeless you are, be desperate and see only doom and gloom, or you still find ways to enjoy life, have hope and expect bright future. Your thinking will determine how you feel and this really makes a difference. You can be in trouble for a considerable period of time and still enjoy life, because your attitude determines whether you are happy or not, and not the circumstances you are in. If you think you are a victim of your circumstance and only when they change you will be happy you will be disappointed. Circumstances will change, but they will not change you. You will stay the same. And if you were unhappy during troubled times you will not be happy during good times, because your focus will be the same. You will find things to be unhappy about. 

If you are ill and situation does not change or even gets worse you still have to look for positive things to make you feel better, have fun and enjoy life. Disease is not your cross to be carried. Think about God’s love and that one day your trouble will be over. Believe for a miracle and for the time being find courage to laugh at your problems. If you have joy during hard times you are a more than a conqueror. If you have joy, you are a winner.

Change your focus now. Find the silver lining now. When things get better you will be even happier then. If you do not change, a change in circumstances will not bring about a desirable change. Love God and expect good things to happen and God Himself will work for the good of you. Just be sure to think right.
Happy New Year! I wish you the most blessed year you have ever had.

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Lord delights in our well-being



Psalm 35:27: “May those who delight in my vindication shout for joy and gladness; may they always say, “The Lord be exalted, who delights in the well-being of his servant.”

A lot of people, even Christians have doubts regarding God’s intentions towards us. They think He is constantly angry with us and searching for ways to punish us. No, He is using all possible means to save us from eternal damnation. Think about it, He let his Son die on the cross for your sins. Why would He want to punish you? He wants to show you eternal grace. He wants you to experience well-being. What a God we serve!

Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Those who fear him lack nothing



Psalm 34:9-10: “Fear the Lord, you his holy people, for those who fear him lack nothing. The lions may grow weak and hungry, but those who seek the Lord lack no good thing.

Interesting way to solve the problem of lack? I admit that it sometimes seems weird for me too. Nevertheless, if we seek His face we acknowledge that we need His help and He does help those who seek Him and trust Him. Lack nothing encompasses all areas of life: spirit, soul and body. Jesus talked about it a lot in the gospels. He promised total provision of the Lord if we only trust Him.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Human strength



Psalm 33:16-17: “No king is saved by the size of his army; no warrior escapes by his great strength. A horse is a vain hope for deliverance; despite all its great strength it cannot save.

Human strength is rather limited. And it can achieve great things only because we are created in the image of God and have a breath of God inside us. However, if we forget and neglect our creator and think that we can do on our own and we are great of ourselves we do stumble. It is possible that at the end of the road we will not even have time to stop, think and repent of our wicked ways. Let us humble ourselves and give all glory to the One who made us and shaped us and imparted his life inside of us.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Woes of the wicked



Psalm 32:10: “Many are the woes of the wicked, but the Lord’s unfailing love surrounds the one who trusts in him.

Everyone suffers in this life. However, sufferings of the righteous and the sufferings of the wicked are very different. The former has hope in his sufferings and the latter has nothing to rely on. The wicked neither believes the love of God exists, nor experiences it. The righteous one may undergo terrible times and feel terribly, but he knows that God loves him and never leaves him. So, his sufferings are relieved and he always has a hope for a better future.