Attention

<<notice, concentration>>

Our devotion can subtly be diverted from God, yet He lovingly allows events and crises to regain our attention. He, not Satan’s negative slant on the world, or our own self-centredness, is to dominate our thinking. We know Satan schemes against us but are urged, “Don’t give any place [undue consideration] to the devil” (2 Cor 2:11; Eph 4:27).

Endeavour to live in such intimate fellowship with the Lord, being responsive to the Holy Spirit, that the enemy doesn’t get any more than a passing glance. Jesus, when confronted with a distraction commanded, “Get behind me Satan” and

Be sure to give attention to what is truly important                   rather than just the immediate or urgent

moved on (Mt 16:23). While there is a place for spiritual warfare, ‘putting on’ Jesus should be the focus – bringing Him into the situation so it is too uncomfortable for the devil to stay (Rom 13:14 Gal 3:27).  

Often when things don’t go our way we give honour to the enemy by rehearsing life’s problems to anyone who will listen and resort to self-pity. When David realised he was thinking unbeneficial thoughts he gave himself a ‘good talking to’ and turned his attention back to the one who could help (1 Sam 30:6; Ps 42:5,11). Turn your attention away from what you don’t want and towards what you desire, because your body readies itself to act on whatever you decide and so we become like whatever dominates our thinking (Prov 4:23). Having a healthy, positive mental attitude does our whole body good (Prov 17:22). The Bible’s counsels us to think about what is good and wholesome, don’t feed junk into your mind (Mt 15:18-20; Phil 4:8). Being negatively orientated prevents having our minds transformed by the power of God, and seeing the possibilities of faith and abundant life in Him. Also, do not spend time in non-beneficial conversation, rather consider the essential issues of the Christian faith and live out its message (Tit 1:14; Heb 2:1; Jas 1:22).

David said, “I have put the Lord always before me…I will bless the Lord at all times” (Ps 16:8, 34:1). Although he made some serious mistakes, God said, “He is a man after my own heart” (Act 13:22).

What catches my attention – passing fads and                    fashions or things of enduring significance?

Jesus advised people to focus on getting their own life right, rather than trying to sort out others (Mt 7:3). To the crippled beggar Peter said, “Give us your

full attention”. In anticipation, he expected a handout; instead, he received a hand-up to wholeness (Act 3:1-10).

See also: attraction, focus.


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