When our focus is sharpened, it is then that we are able to press forward with an iron will. Does this mean that our emotions are less important? Not at all. Does it mean that our situation does not require tending to? Absolutely not. But what it does mean, is that we must change our perspective and redirect our focus. We must see the bigger picture and deal with the issues of the heart. How we see the world. How we treat others. How we view ourselves, and so much more.
I can recall a time, on a cold wintry morning, when I woke up wanting nothing more than to pull the covers up over my head. I sighed as my body ached while sleep continued calling my name. Yet, at the depth of my soul, my spirit was now alert and waking up to the fact that it needed to start the day with joy and love. My spirit man was there reminding me to override the natural responses that governed my flesh. The word of God says, “Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation. The spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak.” (Matthew 26:41 - NIV) I realized that the longing of my heart was at a place that no man could ever fill. No shopping trip could ever take its’ place. Not even a latte with one of my best girlfriends could compare to the deep desires of my heart. But my flesh was tugging me in a different direction.
Have you ever felt a moment of utter despair? Have you ever found yourself feeling misunderstood? Longing for a deeper connection with God? I can remember answering yes to all of these questions, yet the heart of the matter was really obvious. I felt stuck. Maybe you can identify with me and you too have answered yes to these very same questions. Know, my dear friend, that you are not alone. I believe we must be wise and sensitive enough to pay close attention to the cravings and longings of our soul. And then, be honest enough to listen to what it’s really saying to us.
Our divine focus and intent should be that we have a deep longing to walk in the true love of God. So much of God’s word is to continually study it and live by it repetitively. What I have found, if we truly fall in love with Jesus daily, is that our heart will be set on doing the right thing because of our love and desire to be more like Christ.
So I leave you with this. Desiring, at all cost, to please the heart of the Father should be our focus. Let us reflect on the life of Christ when we are faced with our own challenges, whether they are personal, financial, political, work related, etc. I encourage you to take the pressure off and perhaps put the brakes on. Take a moment to pause and reflect. See what is really going on inside your heart. Journal your thoughts and let flow what comes out of you. Then take a moment and revisit what you have written, asking God to begin shining the light on those areas. Begin to get a revelation and insight on how to maintain your love walk and walk in freedom. It is the truth that we know that sets us free, and love rejoices in truth.