Sunday, October 16, 2016

A MATTER OF FAITH: WHAT DO YOU SEE PT 1

ISAIAH 26:3
“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trust in You.”

How do you keep your eyes on the Lord when you are in the middle of a storm? How do you stay focused on the Word of Jehovah when there is so much turmoil in the world? With so much bad how do you see the good?

The answer to all of the above questions is: stop looking at it from a worldly perspective. If you don’t have peace, according to Scripture, it is because your mind is not on the Lord.

I don’t know of anyone who has not experienced a personal crisis. A doctor’s diagnosis, the inability to pay bills or problems with a relationship can cause great distress.  The world has numerous solutions all of which require drastic adjustments, compromises you may not want to accept. You may have to: take medications with adverse reactions; file bankruptcy or give up something you worked hard to obtain; separate or get a divorce, none of the possible solutions are things you had planned for your life.  Even though you may get through the crisis, the wounds left behind will be difficult to heal if your trust is in man and not Jehovah.

Television makes money by reporting what is bad. The news today is a continuous cycle of strife; it promotes fear, glorifies anger and exalts divisions. What is presented as good is actually lust-  materialism and fornication.

1 John 2:16
For all that is in the world- the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life- is not of the Father but is of the world.

What you focus on is what your mind considers while you are awake and when you are asleep. You vent to your fiends regarding doctors’ reports and how your spouse treats you. When you get together with friends and on Social media the problems of the world are discussed sometimes heatedly. And there are an increasing number of television series being produced as well as reality television shows in which lifestyles of the immoral are exploited. It is a constant assault of negative information compared to the one or two hours a week you may dedicate to church service.

PHILIPPIANS 4:8
Finally brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy meditate on these things.

Learning to accept the difficulties you are experiencing and trusting on the faithfulness of Jehovah requires a conscious effort on your part. Peace comes when you look at this world and know that despite what is happening you can be joyful because the Lord will walk you through the valley.

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