It Takes Discipline to Stay Focused

*written by my Mommy, Betty A. Key

"Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ.” 2 Corinthians 10: 5

God gave humans the amazing gift of the ability to choose the focal point of our minds. That means, when our minds wander, we can intentionally, purposefully determine and discipline ourselves. We can have the perfect peace of Isaiah 26:3 because we chose to keep our minds are stayed, focused on Jesus.

A few months ago the Lord gave me a personal object lesson on this. I was taking a field test at the ophthalmologist office, the one where you look into the machine with one eye and are told to focus on the spot in the middle. You are instructed to click the button when you see flashes around the center spot, but to keep your eye focused on the middle square. You can blink as many times as you need, but keep focused on the middle. I was just clicking away when the Holy Spirit said quietly, but firmly “Keep your focus on Jesus Christ. He is the center and central figure in your life. The flashes happen: some close; some far away, some bright, some dull. They may be there, but focus on Jesus, trust Him.” That had been the subject of my devotional study that morning and God wanted to make sure I got it.

In the field test of life, the wayward thoughts/flashes/circumstances make us examine our focus. God knew from time to time His children would be challenged in this area, but He gave us the ability to choose and the Holy Spirit to help make the choice. To get focused and stay focused, we can choose to:

1. Read and study His word, arm ourselves with words that exalt the Savior and defeat the enemy.

2. Pray in faith, thanking God that He is a Promise Keeper.

3. Praise Him because He is Sovereign Lord, He knew the flashes and distractions would come before they ever happened and He knew He would supply and deliver.

As that spiritual revelation ran in my spirit that day, I became much more intentional on staring at that middle square alone. The stress dropped away, peace settled over and in me. I smiled at my Savior for visiting me at a doctor’s visit. Choosing to be disciplined is not fancy or frivolous. It is a deliberate act of our will, our spirit, our heart. We can Choose to say, “Jesus, you’re the center of my joy. All that’s good and perfect comes from you. You’re the heart of my contentment, hope for all I do. Jesus, You’re the center of my joy. We choose to: Turn our eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace. God bless you.

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