Often when we are trying to change the way we think, or give up a habit, we can make the mistake of focusing on the very thing, which we are trying to remove from our life. The more we focus on it, the harder it seems.
One of the best things we can do is to not focus on the problem; on the negatives. Often we find ourselves saying, “I need to stop being fearful”, or “I have to stop thinking or doing such and such” Instead focus and feed, the new way we want to think; focus and plan to do the things we want to do, not the things we don’t.
This shifts what we are looking at. For what we look at; what we behold is what we will gravitate towards, and what we will become.
I want to be more like Jesus; therefore I look at Him. I focus my attention and my heart on Him. I read His word. I seek Him to know Him more. I spend time thinking about and talking with Him.
The more I see Him, and whom He is, the more I become like Him. The more I read and listen to His words, the more I talk like Him; think like Him, and act like Him.
When we focus on Jesus it causes us to focus less on our negatives, and the issues we don’t like in our life. Instead we start to put His words of faith, of love and of hope into our life. As we prioritise these good things, the fuller our hearts and minds become, so that eventually there is no room for anything else.
We will in fact reflect who we have been looking at. If we behold Jesus and all His goodness, strength and power, then that is what we will become. For we become like He is.
“And all of us, with unveiled faces, reflecting like bright mirrors the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same likeness, from one degree of radiant holiness to another, even as derived from the Lord the Spirit” (2 Corinthians 3:18)
We don’t need to struggle or stress about the negatives, the habits, the sin anymore, because the positives will eventually flush out the negatives. It’s like the blocked pipe analogy. We can poke and prod at the rubbish and muck trying to remove it, or we can pour clean water into the pipe, and flush that blockage down the drain.
Today, be encouraged to pour the water of God’s word into any areas of your life that feel blocked up or fill of muck. If you have fears, habits or sin that you want out of your life and future, don’t poke around at it. Pour God’s word into that area of your life; take time to sit in God’s presence, and allow the rivers of living water to go to work bringing life, healing and peace.
Prayer: Lord thank you that you are so good. Help me to stop focusing on those things, which I struggle with to change. Instead I choose to focus more on good things, on the positive, on faith, hope and love. I choose to focus on you Jesus, and that all the negatives; hurts and fears will be flushed away. In Jesus name Amen.