On What Are You Fixing Your Attention?

There are so many things vying for our attention these days – ads, shows, tasks, roles, assignments, relationships.

There are also many voices – family, friends, workmates, God, conscience, self and the enemy.

Does anything or anyone really get your attention anymore?

Whatever gets your attention gets you.

With all the clammer, it is most important to give your attention is God –His voice is even more important than your own.

God is the Creator, Sustainer and the Interpreter of all things. He is life itself. We are all accountable to Him, whether we recognize Him or not. Our identity, worth and purpose are derived from Him. We must remind each other and encourage each other in this truth consistently.

In Christ we have been spiritually “raised” to understand the will and voice of God. We must give Him our attention. We are encouraged to  “Set our hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of God … to set our minds...

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Timing is Almost Everything

Have you ever felt like your words did more damage than good – even if what you said was correct? Or maybe you've disappointed others for not saying anything when it was hoped that you'd speak up?

It’s easy to lose in the communication game.

Sometimes we don’t know what to say, and sometimes we do; wisdom is when we know what to say, as well as when and how to say it.

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver.” (Proverbs 25:11)

God’s revelation includes divine insight. God’s timing releases Kingdom power.

When you are called upon for counsel it is important to respond with more than your opinion. Your opinions don’t really matter to other people. What they need, whether they know it or not, is a word from the Lord. Such insight rarely simply drops from heaven. It requires a robust understanding of, and familiarity with, Scripture. Much of the language and truth of the Holy Spirit...

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Are You Receiving The Word As It Really Is?

We are bombarded with input all day every day. Our minds can feel saturated, bloated and unable to absorb much more. However, it is critical that we remember that not all words are equal in value. Different messages carry varying levels of importance, and we must stay alert to weigh them well. If we aren’t paying attention we may miss some key communications, or we may give too much time or effort to things that don’t deserve it.

The apostle Paul commended the believers in Thessalonica for rightly receiving the Word of God when it was shared with them. He said they received it “Not as human words, but as it actually is, the Word of God.” (1 Thessalonians 2:13)  And, he described that the message came not just “With words, but also with power, with the Holy Spirit and deep conviction.” (1 Thessalonians 1:5)

It’s important that we make intentional time to read and ingest the Bible. It is not like any other writing in all history...

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