Sometimes it is hard for me to focus on praise when I am going through a situation that tries to call for all of my attention. What I must do at times like these is refocus and turn my face to the one who is able to deal with every challenge in my life. God is truly the author and finisher of my faith. I must keep close in mind and heart that I can’t win the battle unless I get involved the Lord who alone is able to deliver me from me and things going on around me.
There are times I find it extremely hard to focus on praise when I struggle with my sin, and my mind that tells me sometime to go back. Like going back is going to solve any problem. These things that I hear in my mind that try to make be believe that if I drink again, or get high again, are lies from the devil to get me off track. Distractions, mental distractions to my purpose and Gods plan for my life.
This is when I know I need to push and press past my thoughts, past my anxiety, push past my fear, and weary heart and praise God anyway. God already knows that we will experience all types of emotions. That’s why we are to stay close to God and His word that will encourage, correct, and help to discipline our thoughts and emotions. I use to run away from the things of God because I just didn’t think that I wasn’t good enough. And guess what? I’m not! It is only through Gods grace and mercy and the blood of Jesus that I am “MADE” to be the righteousness of God in Christ Jesus.
I find myself daily having to repent to the Father for being to emotional, distrusting at times, being afraid, being angry, anxious, and resentful. These things creep up in the best of us sometimes. I don’t know about those who have been saved all there lives, but as for me the one who struggles mentally to walk as God says and fails more than I would like to admit. I have made up in my mind as you should too, to continue to move and press forward, God’s word promises that he would never leave nor forsake us, that he is faithful and just to forgive when we repent and cleanse us, He promises to perfect those things concerning us, as well as finish what he has already began in us, which is a good work.
I want to encourage you to stay focused, and when you lose focus to redirect back to God and remember that He loves you and only wants what is best for you. He knows all about you, and know what you go through day in and day out.