3. Focus on His Kingdom

Last week we discussed that we are one with Jesus Christ. Isn't that just awesome? We are one with the King of all kings, the Lord of all lords. He is living and breathing within us. His eternal life is pulsating through our veins and we are part of His Kingdom now already as we have seen. How wonderful is that?

And because we are part of His Kingdom, God wants us focused on His Kingdom and not on what goes on here on earth. He wants us pure and filled with His goodness:

"...you were raised with Christ; therefore seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God." Colossians 3:1-3

"Finally brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable - if anything is excellent or praiseworthy - think about such things." Philippians 4:8

"The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace." Romans 8:6

"So put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within you." Colossians 3:5

God wants us focused on the true, noble, pure, lovely, admirable and praiseworthy things of His Kingdom.  He doesn't want us to focus on the filth of this world. The filth of this world feeds us death, it causes stress and it steals our joy. God wants us to put to death the sinful, earthly things lurking within us.

You see in the Garden of Eden, God forbid Adam and Eve to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Notice the word 'knowledge' there. God didn't want them to even have the knowledge of evil. He didn't want them to fill their minds with it, because He knew the effect that it would have on them and He was right. Simply within a couple of generations after Adam the whole world was so evil God had to destroy it. Only one man and his family found favour with God and so the human race was saved.  But the point is, the knowledge of evil brings evil. And when your mind is governed by the flesh, it brings death. But Jesus came to give us just the opposite, life!

I have come to the realisation that some people believe that they need to be exposed to the evil of this world, in order to be able to live in this world. They believe that they should expose their kids to the evil out there, in order to equip them. I disagree and God's Word does too. The only way to be able to survive and live in the world out there is to be filled to the brim with God's Word. To meditate on His Word day and night. To think on those things that are lovely and admirable. To focus on His Kingdom and how amazing He is. And the result would be that your life will be governed by peace and everlasting life. You will be strong enough to handle anything coming your way. That is why Proverbs 22:6 tells us:

"Train up a child in the way he should go; and when he is older, he will not depart from it."

In other words, train him in the ways of God and he will stay in the ways of God. But when you train him in the ways of the world, only the grace of God would be able to rescue him back for His Kingdom.

Rather fill your thoughts with God and you will be surprised by the wonderful peace and tranquillity it brings. He is Almighty filled with all goodness and love.  Focus on Him no matter the situation surrounding you. He is mighty to save and to help.

Therefore stand up today and make a conscious decision to keep filth out of your life. Be vigilant with what you allow to enter into your mind through television, apps, radio, magazines and books. Do not focus on a broken world; rather focus on a healed and holy Kingdom. What you focus on, you become. I will speak a bit more about it next week.

Father thank you that we have a wonderful Kingdom to focus on. Thank you that we have prospects of good in sight. Help us to rather focus on that, in order for life and peace to flow. We love you. Amen



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