The Three “F’s” - 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 situations may appear to be; nor does it matter what sort of negative or bad news we may receive; we must learn to permit the JOY that is contained within the Word of the Lord to be our strength… our support system and our well from which we can draw cool and refreshing water.
Sometimes 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 are the result of years of worry and stress. In many instances we have inherited these contaminated genes from our biological parents….. who were themselves the products of generations where stress and worrying were prevalent.
However, now the Lord wants us to remember that he has instructed 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 new vocabulary words. Use words that will uplift and strengthen your spirit; rather than dishearten or discourage it. (Proverbs 18:21) Fill your physical 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 always be in your mouth. Fill your mouth, fill your atmosphere and fill your spirit with the Joy of the Lord!
- Forget yesterday; today is a new day. Forget the arguments, the misunderstandings, the regrets, the people that seemingly disrespected or ridiculed you, 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 or the results 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) ….Remember the Sankofa Bird!
Many years ago, our youth choir sang a song and our youth today still sing it. The song says, “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.
They also sang another song….. “Hallelujah Anyhow”. “Never let the devil 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 is to:
Focus our minds on the promises of God,
Fill our mouths with faith filled words. And above all…
Forget any and everything that will not yield to my advancement, my motivation and my stamina in this season of my journey!