“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.”
Philippians 4:8 NKJV
We are living in a time when we are being inundated with lots of noise. Not just the indistinct, but the cacophony of voices that battle for our attention. We are being drawn to conspiracies, to shouts and demands for social justice and a constant din of political ads that fill the air with lies and virtue signaling. I often wake up and run to turn on worship music to drown it all out.
If there was a time to focus on the goodness of God, it is now. The passage today was so refreshing to read. It was a timely reminder, as our world seems to be devolving into a mess right before our eyes. So much is the antithesis of what is outlined in the passage. I have learned to shut out the messages. I have taken filtering what I take in, I have also increased the presence of God in my life. I am spending more time in my bible, and seeing through His eyes.
I am trusting the vision of the all seeing God to guide my steps and calm my heart. I am thankful that Jesus is before all that I may encounter and is sovereign over all things. I try to be governed as I add my voice to the world. I pray my word are true, noble, just and pure. I want nothing to distract from the presentation of the Gospel.
Believers, we are in a time when we need to focus. I believe God has provided this time as a wake up call. In a blink of an eye, our world has been turned upside down, and things we thought were impossible, are suddenly happening. He is showing us that the events of end times are possible and that they will happen quickly.
Today is the day to begin the revival! It starts in me, it starts in you. Take a little extra time to read your bible today. Start a short prayer list and begin interceding for others. I am so thankful when I hear from others that they are praying for me. The spiritual battle is real and I covet those prayers.
Begin to assess the things that you allow into your sensory gates. I have been taking a hard look at my choices, and have begun to make changes. In this uncertain time I want more of God and less of the world. What we cling in the temporal is passing away and crumbling into dust.
We can make a difference in all aspects of our lives. Make an effort to post more stuff about Jesus on Facebook and less about politics and conspiracy.
Keep in mind the evil one is the distracter of the saints. He wants us off guard when the heavy stuff starts. Think of the establishment of the “holy habits” like going through basic training. In the military they drill and drill and drill, to give the recruit a sense of what to do in the crisis. All the drilling creates and second nature response. Let us have a second nature response based on the Lord.
When the crushing pressure comes, and it will, let you response be to seek the Lord. Let the your eyes search the scriptures for what is pure and holy, let your words not be filled with rage and anger. I think of this quote from Charles Spurgeon I have taped to the inside cover of many of my bibles:
“Let your thoughts be psalms, your prayers incense, and your breath praise.”
That is a handy reminder of whose I am. I must be about the Father’s business. Time is short. God is getting our attention.
Brothers and sisters, seek the Lord today! Consider the beauty of the Savior and all the things He has done.
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