What we meditate on will be the reality we experience. What we focus on we empower.
In other words, what we focus on has our complete attention. If we focus on the difficulty, the problem, the crisis, then we are not focused on Jesus. When this happens, we begin to evaluate our circumstances through the lens of our opinions, experiences, and perceptions.
This is the makings of a major disaster.
That is why Paul says to focus on the good things of the Kingdom:
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things (Philippians 4:8).
The result of this correct focus is, as Paul says in the next verse:
“Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you” (Phil. 4:9).
Paul had modeled a life of faith in God, believing in His promises even in difficulty. This is the example he had set for the Philippians, and he encourages them to, like him, access the peace of God already within them by focusing on God’s truth. This is what is possible in Christ. This is how we are made to live, as new creation believers.
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