Fixing Our Focus
Isn’t it easy to feel this way? Like God has just left you out to dry? Like lol hey God, I think you accidentally forgot to reply to my text?? 🙋🏽♀️
To be completely honest, I have been going through such an odd season. I have joy, but some days I don’t have genuine peace and happiness in the midst of it all. I’m the encourager, but I can’t even pull myself to the well to get encouraged. It just seems like so much is happening so fast and I have zero/very little time to stop and just breathe.
Sometimes in the midst of life, we can get so caught up in the midst of the day-to-day routines and responsibilities that we don’t make time to do the important act of rest. By rest, I don’t just mean sleep(which I know a lot of us mamas need; Jesus be a fence. Matter of fact, Lord be a PILLOW). Anyway, I’ve realized that I’ve been so entangled in the affairs of the flesh that I haven’t been intentionally taking time to step away and rest. The kind of rest I’m talking about is spiritual rest. Stepping away from all of the responsibilities, bed time routines, working, bills, etc, to just lay at the Father’s feet and rest. When we’re so focused on getting to the goal that we have we often won’t lift our heads and hearts up for a second to look and see what God is doing.
If we slow down, we will see that God is intrinsically working all of the seemingly minuscule details into a masterpiece. A perfectly and skillfully crafted masterpiece. If we get so caught up in the difficulties in between, then we will miss out on what God is doing in our lives right at this moment.
God has not left you on read. He is not looking down at you and scoffing or taunting you. God is not being silent. He is not making you suffer just because. Every single thing in our lives has a purpose.
We have to fix our focus. If we’re focusing on the daunting day-to-day demands, instead of the eternal impact they have, we will continue to be in a state of desperation and bitterness. We have hope in Christ. I know it gets hard, girl. Trust me, I do know. But I also know that we serve a God who does nothing, absolutely nothing in vain. There’s a purpose in this season too. There may be pain in the night, but joy comes in the morning.
**Disclaimer: I am not saying to ignore your feelings and responsibilities. Nor am I saying to pretend that everything is okay when it is not. That’s not wise. What I am saying is to take things to Christ in prayer, get support and/or help in a healthy manner, and understand that God’s ways are higher. He loves you. “God’s not done with you. Even with your broken heart, wounds, and scars.”
Invitation to Salvation
God desires so much more for us than to merely just get through each day. God desires for us to be restored back to His original design for mankind. I’m sure you’ve heard the story before about Adam & Eve and the fall of humanity (see more here.)
God designed us to display His glory. Unfortunately, we chose to follow our own idea of evil and good, and sin was introduced to the world. For a better understanding and in-depth analysis of why we need salvation please visit these resources!
The Gospel of Jesus Christ
1 Corinthians 15:3
For what I received I passed on to you as of first importance: that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, that he was buried, that he was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that he appeared to Cephas, and then to the Twelve. After that, he appeared to more than five hundred of the brothers and sisters at the same time
But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.
The gospel is God’s good news of reconciliation of Him & mankind. God is not looking for robots to aimlessly follow a leader who will smite them for doing the wrong thing. The truth of the gospel is that God loves us and invites us to dwell with Him in eternity. That is life. God’s overall plan is so much more than we could ever understand, but the beauty is that we don’t have to fully comprehend to believe in Him. Faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God (Romans 10:17). As a result of human nature, we are all destined to die. The wages of sin is death (Romans 6:23). So instead of us having to die eternally and suffer the full sentence of death that came about as a result of sin, God took on that punishment for us. Through Jesus Christ, He justified us through His own blood and made life available to all who would choose to believe.
The gospel is so much more than a story about an angry God who wants to control your life and just send you to hell if you don’t do what He wants. I implore you to study the scriptures and God’s creation and redemption story. He will give you the answers you seek. The gospel is God’s plan to restore us into relationship with Him. Sin keeps us from God.
If you believe, or you feel that God is trying to get you to invite Him into your life, the first step is accepting Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. Believe that He died for the atonement of your sins (1 John 2:2), that He was buried, and resurrected on the third day, defeating sin and death (Revelation 1:18), and that He invites us to partake in this victory too (Romans 6:5-10.)
So What Must I Do To Be Saved?
It is by grace, through faith! (Ephesians 2:8-9).