What is your Fire and What is Trying to Put it Out?
I feel a mild sense of overwhelm at the moment, trying to capture my thoughts and put them in writing.
As we began this year and the current group of friends that I’m leading virtually through the devotional, Armor of God, (you could still join us if you’d like! We are only on the 3rd day!), I’ve also been doing my daily time of capturing my thoughts and rewiring my mind based on God and what HE says. I do not want to listen to the world. I want to hear what He says.
As I began this year, the word Intentional was on my mind January 1st, as I mentioned before. I have been working on the mental rewiring of being intentional….not floating along without thinking or being acutely aware of my sense of purpose.
I’ve told you before that years ago, God put on my heart my 3 fires. They are 1. God 2. Family + Friends 3. On Fire business/charity.
Things that don’t fit in those categories should be considered lower priority. That’s all fine and dandy but what does that look like in real life? I think He has been working on me little by little and will be for a while (!) to understand what that means.
Through the Bible study, we are becoming aware of the spiritual battle going on that is really the culprit for our problems in life. It is not as much the insurmountable issue we may have on our mind, but it is the way that Satan defeats us and our thinking related to that issue!
Through my brain rewiring exercises, today we were to focus on this verse from Ecclesiastes 3:11
He has also set eternity in the human heart [a divine sense of purpose].
When you think of your divine sense of purpose, what God has placed in your heart, how does your toxic or negative thinking derail you from that purpose?
For me, distractions are my focus right now. The phrase “God is a jealous God” means to me that He wants my attention and He wants to guide me. He doesn’t want me to either put other things before Him OR (and this is huge!) be lulled into passivity! What do I mean by this? If I’m allowing things to interfere with His divine sense of purpose….If I’m not taking captive every thought to Him….then I’m just floating through the day and not tapping into His divine purpose!
These are the things that came to mind that can dull my sense of purpose/distract me/lull me into passivity: scrolling social media aimlessly (or getting caught in the political mess on there!), wine, feelings of being easily offended, dwelling on past issues, thinking I can ‘never do enough’, etc
When I allow those distractions (and believe what they say…..if the devil can’t make you sin, he’ll distract you!) to take over what God has planted in my heart and the power He promised me and already set inside of me, then I’m in a state of believing the lies of the enemy or my own toxic thinking and I won’t be walking in victory.
I think we’d all like to walk in victory and not just wait til heaven to feel excited every day! The way that God has been working on me is in the area of catching my thoughts and bringing them captive to Him.
We demolish arguments and every pretension that sets itself up against the knowledge of God, and we take captive every thought to make it obedient to Christ.- 2 Corinthians 10:5
It is a daily, invigorating, and exciting process. God has given us all we need to conquer the things that weigh us down! The sooner we see that and start paying attention, the sooner we will feel that joy and peace that passes all understanding!
As you go today, I pray that something might strike you. Ask Father God what it is that you need to know and then to do so that you can be full of joy and peace!