In This Season We Must
“Focus, Fill, & Forget”
“…………………….the joy of the Lord is your strength.” Nehemiah 8:10
Today the Lord wants us to know that it doesn’t matter how things may appear, it doesn’t matter the sort of negative or bad news we may get – we must allow the joy that is contained within His Word to be our strength, our support system and our well from which we can draw cool and refreshing water.
Many times we have a way of permitting the cares of this world to weigh us down and weaken us. Most of the diseases and ailments that we are afflicted with today have occurred as the result of years of worry and stress. In many instances, we have even inherited genes which were marred because of past generations where stress and worrying were prevalent.
However, now the Lord wants us to remember that he has told us to rejoice in Him always – and again, He reminds us to rejoice. HOW? By allowing our strength to come from the Lord. HOW? By learning to Focus, Fill and Forget.
- Focus more on the Blessings than on the Curses, on the positive more than the negative, on the good rather than the evil. Focus, Focus, FOCUS!!! (Deuteronomy 28)
- Fill your mouth with more positive than negative words. (Proverbs 18:21) Fill your territory, your home, your desk, and your car with constant reminders of faith filled words. Replace as many things in your life with items that will build and affirm - not diminish your faith. Create an atmosphere of being optimistic – wherever you are! Let praise and “a praise” always be in your mouth.
- Forget yesterday; today is a new day. Forget the arguments, the misunderstandings, the regrets, the childhood rejections, and anything that attempts to steal your peace. Not one decision that occurred in the past can be amended. We can only attempt to alter the consequences of those decisions. So begin each day as a new day, with new opportunities, new strategies, and a new agenda….. An agenda of forgetting the past and pressing forward. (Philippians 3:13)
Many years ago, our youth choir sang a song and it said, “I’ve got the J - O - Y; JOY, Joy of the Holy Ghost…. Don’t Let the Devil steal your joy…. Joy of the Holy Ghost.
Then another song said “Hallelujah Anyhow”. Never, never let your troubles get you down, when life’s troubles come your way, hold your head up high and say HALLELUJAH ANYHOW!
Our only survival plan for this era and our guaranteed foundation for the future is to: Focus, Fill & Forget….. then we will be in the position, and have the mindset, which will usher us into the place, that will truly allow the joy of the Lord to be our strength.