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In the World but not of the World

not of this worldIt’s Memorial Day and as usual, I was the first out of bed this morning. I’ve always cherished the peace and quiet that comes with being an early riser. I do my best thinking / writing in the quiet of the early morning hours.

Not long after sunrise I was greeted with a “Good morning” from my wife. Her warm hands massaged the tired muscles of my neck and shoulders as I sat at the dining room table.

After about 10 minutes or so, my wife proceeded to the kitchen where I presumed she was going to prepare breakfast. I soon found out that breakfast wasn’t on her mind at all.

In the World but not of this World

Shortly after disappearing into the kitchen I began to hear singing. As I looked up from my work I could catch glimpses of my wife cleaning the kitchen. She had her earphones on and she seemed to be having a good ole time cleaning in concert with the music she was listening to.

Don’t be moved by the distractions of life. Allow the Word of God to blow up on the inside of you to the point where no dart thrown by the enemy has a chance of penetrating your mind, will or emotions. 

I concluded my work and began the task of checking out possible summer vacation spots for later this year. I called out to her several times but her music took precedence over any question I may have had. With all my yelling and attempts at get her attention from the next room, she couldn’t hear a word I was saying.

I found myself thinking about how much better our lives would be if we could become so enthralled in God’s Word that the enemy couldn’t get our attention. Imagine a life where our focus was on God to such a degree that there was no room for anything else to capture our attention.

I believe this very kind of life is what the scriptures are imploring us to live. Colossians 3:2 tells us to set our minds on the things above, not on the things on the earth. Joshua 1:8 tells us to meditate on God’s Word day and night, and as a result we will make our way prosperous.

Don’t give place to the Devil

Making God our focal point locks the devil out of our minds and consequently out of our lives. Just as my wife was totally oblivious to anything that may have been going on in our home this morning, locking in on the Word of God and focusing on Him alone will drive out all doubt, fear, confusion and anything else that seeks to consume us and drive us away from the source of our peace.

I encourage you today to set your mind on the things of God and keep it there. Don’t be moved by the distractions of life. Allow the Word of God to blow up on the inside of you to the point where no dart thrown by the enemy has a chance of penetrating your mind, will or emotions.

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