Theme of the Week: Pressing In
Bible Verse: “Only be strong and very courageous, being careful to do according to all the law that Moses my servant commanded you. Do not turn from it to the right hand or to the left, that you may have good success wherever you go. This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.” Joshua 1:7-8
Scripture Reading: Matthew 6:33, Psalm 139:23-24, James 1:22
The average person is exposed to thousands of messages every single day. Yes, I said thousands. It’s difficult to filter out all of the noise on top of the every day responsibilities we have such as family, work, friends and more. As great as technology is, our lives are filled with more distractions today than any other time in history.
So, what are you focusing on? What is consuming your time, your thoughts, and your attention? What are you pressing into – work, social media, hobbies, sports, Netflix? It’s true that we become what we prioritize. We also become what we listen to. If we’re constantly focusing on the negativity in the world, we’ll become negative people; we’ll speak and think negatively, and we won’t be much fun to be around. We all know the saying, “You are what you eat.” If we live on a steady diet of junk food and don’t eat anything healthy, eventually it will have a serious effect on our health. It’s hard to have a positive impact on others if we’re constantly negative, and our bodies are so unhealthy, we can’t properly function – or worse.
If we want to live a life of purpose and godly impact, we must press into God and put him first in every area of our lives. We have to set aside the distractions and spend quality time with our heavenly Father, just as Jesus did.
Joshua 1:8 tells us to meditate on the word of God “day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.”
My idea of prosperous and successful is to become more like Jesus, have a godly impact on my family and those around me, and live out Matthew 6:33 to “seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness.” We’re called to “be doers of the word, and not hearers only.” James 1:22
If you’re struggling to press into God because other things are pulling you away, I challenge you to pray this bold prayer and ask God to help you lay aside the distractions and seek first his kingdom:
Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts.
Point out anything in me that offends you and lead me along the path of everlasting life.
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