Posted by: missionventureministries | February 15, 2018

CALLING ON GOD AND FOCUSING ON HIS WORD – Jeremiah 29:12-14

“Then you will call upon Me and go and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. 13 And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you, says the Lord, and I will bring you back from your captivity…” (Jeremiah 29:12-14) 

God sees our tomorrows before they become our ‘todays.’ “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” Jeremiah 29:11. 

He sees the beginning of our life and He sees the end, and He sees everything in between. Psalm 139:16 says “All the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.” 

The Lord knows the plans He has for us and He is patiently waiting for us to come to Him (vs. 12-14), and when we obey, He bring us back from the captivity of our sins and makes us whole again. 

As believers we need to understand that God is not only our Creator but that He also needs to be the Lord of our life. Therefore, when we take our eyes away from our Savior, we start losing sight of Him and start steering our life in the direction of sin, trials, missed opportunities and blessings. 

Throughout history, Satan has always planned schemes and diversions for us to take our eyes from the Lord. Therefore, it is very important to be very aware and alert of the diversions the devil plans for each one of us every day. 

Many times we are consumed with work, worldly things and technology all day long and we only acknowledge God right before we go to sleep with a quick 20 second prayer. What a terrible lack of respect and gratitude for everything our Lord does for us! 

When we allow worldly things to consume our lives we drift away from God and that is when Satan claims victory in alienating us from our heavenly Father. We need to remember that Scripture tells us to “not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Romans 12:2). 

God did not create us to live a distracted life, He created us to live a Jesus filled life. Even though we live in an imperfect world the Bible tells us that “No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it” (1 Corinthians 10:13); so that our focus always be redirected towards Him. 

It is extremely important to stay focused on Christ “looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God” (Hebrews 12:2); because, if we do not we will be like Peter who got distracted by the wind and roaring sea, lost faith and started to sink (Matthew 14:28-31). 

We should follow the example of Mary, who faithfully sat at the Master’s feet and listen to what He was teaching, instead of Martha who was too distracted by all the demands that she had put on herself instead of enjoying Jesus’ visit, her Creator and Savior, who was there only for a short time longer before being crucified (Luke 10:38-42). 

As we see, Satan seeks to distract us in any way possible, that is why it is written, “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8). But we have the perfect antidote because, when we, “submit to God, resist the devil and he will flee from you” (James 4:7). 

We must prioritize our time. There must be a time for daily prayer. When things get hectic the wisest thing to do is to take time and go to a quiet place to hear God, just as Jesus did so many times. Scripture tells us that if you draw near to God, He will draw near to you (James 4:8). 

We need to focus on the Lord for daily guidance by meditating on Scripture because Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. And as Joshua said: “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate in it day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success” (1:8).   

When we walk with the Lord and draw closer to the Him with all our heart, He becomes our focus. Our heart longs for Him and seeks His presence. Our desire to have fellowship with Christ and be like Him will grow while our worldly desires will decrease. 

When we walk with the Lord we grow in our awareness of sin and our need for a Savior. We will be convicted of wrongdoing immediately by the Holy Spirit; and the Lord with His infinite love will forgive our sins if we confess them and will purify us from all unrighteousness (1 John 1:9). 

We were created by God, for God and our lives will never realize their true potential until we fully belong to Him in unconditional surrender to His Lordship.

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