Shift your focus – Sunday’s sermon in short

The way you think dictates the way you act and feel.

We tend to blow things out of proportion in our minds and over think situations, only to find out that the thing we were worried about one day doesn’t actually happens the next. What we should be doing though is taking our view of everyday situations based on what the Bible tells us.

God told the Israelites not to be afraid of their enemies because even though he had provided for them for so long, he still knew their first thoughts would be ones of fear. During their 40 years in the wilderness God provided clothing and food for his people, if we had to survive in the desert for any amount of time we’d just panic.
Deuteronomy 31:6
Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

He knows us too and that’s why Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us… Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;  in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight. God knows that we tend to look at ourselves before looking to him when things get tough.

A new life, a new way of thinking

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!
2 Corinthians 5:17

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.
Romans 12:2

You must come to a place to where God’s Word is more real to you than anything you can see, taste, hear, smell, or feel. – Andrew Wommack

To find out how to live now that we have become a new creation we need to change our way of thinking.

In 2 Kings 6:15-17 Elisha showed that he learned to trust God and see things as God wanted him to unlike his servant (and us).
Now the king of Aram was at war with Israel. After conferring with his officers, he said, “I will set up my camp in such and such a place.”  The man of God sent word to the king of Israel: “Beware of passing that place, because the Arameans are going down there.” So the king of Israel checked on the place indicated by the man of God. Time and again Elisha warned the king, so that he was on his guard in such places.  This enraged the king of Aram. He summoned his officers and demanded of them, “Tell me! Which of us is on the side of the king of Israel?”  “None of us, my Lord the king,” said one of his officers, “but Elisha, the prophet who is in Israel, tells the king of Israel the very words you speak in your bedroom.”  “Go, find out where he is,” the king ordered, “so I can send men and capture him.” The report came back: “He is in Dothan.” Then he sent horses and chariots and a strong force there. They went by night and surrounded the city.  When the servant of the man of God got up  and went out early the next morning, an army with horses and chariots had surrounded the city. “Oh no, my Lord! What shall we do?” the servant asked.  “Don’t be afraid,” the prophet answered. “Those who are with us are more than those who are with them.”  And Elisha prayed, “Open his eyes, Lord , so that he may see.” Then the Lord opened the servant’s eyes, and he looked and saw the hills full of horses and chariots of fire all around Elisha.

Like Elisha, we need to move our perspective from what we can see to what God can see. We can’t let ourselves be swayed by the things of this world and need to pray that our eyes are opened like Elisha’s servant.

Sometimes we may be under pressure but we will not be crushed.

2 Corinthians 4:7-9
But we have this treasure in jars of clay to show that this all-surpassing power is from God and not from us. We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; persecuted, but not abandoned; struck down, but not destroyed.

2 Corinthians 4:16-18
Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

We will lose heart if we look at things which are seen. God has already provided for us, we just need to see it for ourselves.

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.
Ephesians 1:18-19

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