1 John 3:19-20 NIV – Where is our focus?

“This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in His presence: If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts and He knows everything.”

Where are our thoughts? Where is our focus? God gives us the opportunity, a choice, of where we place our minds and our hearts for each moment of time we live. We can either go on our own or to capture the presence of God and go with Him.

When we wake up in the morning, God is with us. How do we respond? Do we jump up, look at the clock, run and get some coffee and get about doing what needs to be done? Or do we take some time to sit in the presence of God and allow His peace to engulf us. God did not sleep while we slept. “He who watches over you will not slumber.” (Psalm 121:4 NIV) Imagine the difference in our day if we took the few minutes to thank the Lord and welcome God into our day.

But God isn’t through with us in the morning. He continues to walk with us. In times of trouble or worry, God is with us. In our times of stress, God is with us. In our times of relaxation, God is with us. Would it not benefit us greatly to acknowledge His presence and soak in it as we go about our day?

Each time we bring God into our thoughts and into our lives, He stands ready to guide us and direct us and to mold us into what He designed us to be. Each moment, each step God is alongside and we are never alone. But the choice is ours. God knows what we will face and is ready to be our deliverer, our healer, our restorer, our defender, our lover. Whatever we need. But we need to make the choice. We need to enter into His presence and allow Him to set our hearts at rest. How do we do that? How do we enter into His presence? Acknowledge Him. That’s the answer. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct your paths. (Proverbs 3:5-6 NKJV)

We acknowledge God when we take the time to settle our minds and hearts and pray to Him. Not jumping into a prayer of “my needs” and “my wants”, but rather acknowledge God for who “He is”. God is everything we need. He is the “the Great I Am.” All that we can think, all that we can imagine. God is everything we need. Acknowledging God first in our prayers sets Him in a position of love and adoration; thanksgiving and praise. We say, “Hallowed be thy Name”. God is gracious and full of mercy and knows all things. He is greater than our hearts and everything we are facing. God’s guidance is promised to those who genuinely desire it and seek it.

Let’s begin our days with acknowledging God and entering into His presence. Let’s carry that attitude of prayer with us throughout the day as we go about living life. And then let’s join together in the rich and bountiful blessings that come from an intimate relationship with our Lord.

Heavenly Lord, thank You that You are always with us. Thank You that You know what we will face each day. And Lord, if our hearts begin to condemn us, we know that You are greater than our hearts. There is nothing greater than You, Lord. Help us to acknowledge You in all we do and in every moment of our lives. Thank You for then directing our paths and forming us into what You have designed us to be. Forgive us Lord, when we try things our way. And thank You for Your mercy and grace to restore us when we do. In Jesus Name. AMEN.

Don’t believe me, believe God!

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