Faith & Life: Are You Focused on Giants or God?


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Are You Focused on Giants or God?

Trust God for He is Sovereign and Powerful

by J.M. Troppello


Are there giants you’re facing in your life today? I am facing some. If you’re facing giants, is your focus on them – and the impossibilities – or on God – and the possibilities?


I’m endeavoring to focus on God and the possibilities.


“Focus on giants—you stumble. Focus on God—your giants tumble.” – Max Lucado

I love that quote from Max Lucado. It’s so true. If you are constantly focused on all your problems and trials in life, you won’t be able to see through them – and see that God is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent.


If then you were raised with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. 3 For you died, and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ who is our life appears, then you also will appear with Him in glory. 5 Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth: fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness, which is idolatry. 6 Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, 7 in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. 8 But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. 9 Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, 10 and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him, 11 where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcised nor uncircumcised, barbarian, Scythian, slave nor free, but Christ is all and in all. (Col. 3:1-11, NKJV)

There were false teachers in the Colossian church who were teaching the believers to focus on temporal things. However, Paul urged the believers in verse 2 to set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth. He continued in verse 3 that believers died, and their life is hidden with Christ in God. Paul urged the believers to focus on eternal realities of Heaven.


“The Greek verb for set emphasizes an ongoing decision” [Source: TNSB]. That’s a great reminder for me. I need to continually set my mind on things above. The meaning of that Greek verb for set shows me that it’s a daily process. It’s okay when I mess up. God knows that I’m not going to be focused on heavenly realities every second of every day. However, that still means that I should continue to endeavor to focus on things above, not on things on the earth – as much as I’m able.


Are you focused on giants or God?



Article syndicated by Mustard Seed Sentinel on Medium.com.

 

About the Author


JM Troppello at Mustard Seed Sentinel

J.M. Troppello is an author, writer, and poet. She is the publisher of the online Christian lifestyle magazine, Mustard Seed Sentinel.


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