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Shift Your Focus

“Look to the Lord and his strength.”
–1 Chronicle 16:11 (NIV)

What’s the first thing you think of when you wake up in the morning? If you’re facing extreme pressure in any area of life, your thoughts likely jump to your troubles.

In fact, if you really think about it, it’s most likely what consumes your thoughts all day long. It’s a pressure that needs to go away, a nagging that won’t quit, and a problem that seems to have no answer. But there is an answer.

Most often, breakthrough comes when we do the things that aren’t our natural response. God calls us to a higher level than what our carnal minds come up with on their own.

He calls us to live from faith to faith and glory to glory. That takes some effort! It begins with shifting your focus from the problem over to Him.

Do you want out of these chains? Praise Him. Worship Him. Stop thinking and praying about your situation for a time, and shift your focus to the goodness of God. Thank Him for who He is, what He’s done in your life, and what He will do (That’s faith!). He is worthy of all our praise.

Maybe you’ve forgotten what you’re thankful for.
It might take time to restore a grateful heart, but keep at it until it is genuine and heartfelt.

Shift your focus onto obeying Him. Even in the midst of your trouble (especially in the midst of your trouble), He is calling you to make some changes in your life and rise up and become even stronger spiritually.
Ask yourself the tough questions. Are you walking in love? You might think, What does love have to do with paying my debt? The answer is: Everything. Love is a powerful force—it has the power to change any and every situation in a heartbeat.

When you’re walking in love—wholly and completely—nothing can stop the power of God from moving in your life. On the other hand, if you’re in bitterness, unforgiveness or pride, you’re going nowhere fast.

God is Love—and without love, you’re far away from Him.

Spend time seeking the Lord, who is Love, about how you can grow in love. Love never fails.

PRAYER CONFESSION

Dear Heavenly Father, I know You care for me. I know You love me. I thank You that You generously provide everything I need. Your Word tells me that I am more valuable to You than the birds or the wildflowers. I trust and focus on that Word and You. You know the needs that I have for basic necessities, and I trust that You are meeting those needs right now. I will continue to thank You that those needs are met and that You will provide for me and my family every day of our lives.
In Jesus Christ Name I pray. Amen.