HOW TO KEEP YOUR MIND STAYED ON GOD

Woman Looking up At God

In my last post, I focused on the importance of staying aware of the presence of God. A continuous awareness of the Heavenly Father will help you to maintain your peace of mind, keep the lies of the enemy at bay, and enable you to stay connected to the power of God. We need that connection if we are to accomplish the plan and purpose of God for our lives. We know that maintaining our awareness of Him is so important, and therefore, we need to get good at doing that. How can we become more successful at practicing this powerful spiritual discipline? Today, I want to remind you of some great ways to keep God on your mind and foster that loving connection with Him.

  1. Pray. The Bible tells us in I Thessalonians 5:17 (NKJV) “Pray without ceasing.”  We should be praying all throughout our day as we go about our business. Prayer will give you a laser focus on God and foster intimacy with your creator as well.
  2. Praise. This provides an excellent way to maintain our God-focus because God inhabits the praises of His people (Psalm 22:3). Hebrews 13:15 says, “Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” Notice that God says we are to praise “continually.” When we are praising Him throughout the day for what He is doing and how He is making the way for us, He stays firmly anchored into our consciousness.
  3. Converse. Talking about God and His Word with others is an excellent way to stay aware of our Creator. Deuteronomy 6:6-7 says, “These commandments that I give you today are to be on your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up.” What you talk about automatically has to be on your mind. Find ways to bring God into your conversations.
  4. Decree.  Joshua 1:8, says, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth.” When you decree the Word over your difficult situation, you keep God on your mind. You remind yourself that He is faithful, powerful, and bigger than your situation.
  5. Meditate. Joshua 1:8 goes on to tell us to “…meditate in [the Word] day and night, that you may observe to do according to all that is written in it.” Meditation in the biblical sense means to ponder and mutter to yourself about the word of God. When you do this, you keep God in the center of your thoughts throughout the day.
  6. Be Thankful. In I Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV) Paul writes, “In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” When you have a continuous attitude of gratitude, you will quickly turn your attention to God no matter what is happening in the moment. God maintains His proper position at the center of your awareness when you thank Him for what He’s done.

I urge you, Child of God, to keep your mind stayed on the Lord. When we practice staying aware of His presence and occupy our mind with thoughts of Him, the devil will have no place in us. Psalm 31:20 says, “In the shelter of your presence…you keep them safe…from accusing tongues.” When you catch yourself having negative thoughts or losing your peace because you have lost your “God-consciousness,” don’t get into condemnation. Gently shift your focus to the Lord, and when you do, peace will again quickly rule and reign in your heart.

When it comes to keeping your mind stayed on God, which tactic have you  used lately and what was the circumstance? Please leave a comment below.

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PRACTICE THE PRESENCE OF GOD

Prayer to God

Today I want to talk about the importance of maintaining a constant of awareness of the presence of God. Isaiah 26:3 (NKJV) reads, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You. This is so important for the following reasons:

Maintain Your Peace of Mind

As Isaiah 26:3 states, perfect peace is the byproduct of keeping your mind on the Lord, or being aware of His presence. Since we can’t focus on but one thought at a time, you can’t maintain an awareness of God and entertain peace-stealing thoughts from the enemy at the same time. The moment you lose your awareness of God is the moment you lose your peace.

Keep the Lies of the Enemy at Bay

The enemy is constantly trying to inject lies and negative thoughts into your mind. I notice when I am thinking negative, condemning thoughts, when I come to myself, I realize I have lost my focus and awareness that God is in the room with me. Once I lose this awareness, the enemy comes in like a flood (Isaiah 59:15). The best way to combat condemnation and the loss of your awareness of who you are in Christ is to try to keep the awareness of God in the forefront of your mind as much as possible.

Stay Connected to The Power of God.

When you are unaware that God is with you, you will end up getting overwhelmed with life because God is not factored into the equation of what you are facing.  When you are unaware of His presence, you are virtually in a mode of self-sufficiency. If you are caught up in self-sufficiency, you cannot receive God’s power because you will not ask for His help when you have not acknowledged His presence. If you want the power, you must regularly maintain an awareness of His presence.

None of us will be able to keep our mind on God perfectly. However we can practice the presence of God regularly and the times we don’t have Him on our mind will get fewer and farther between.  When Peter walked on the water, He took his mind off Jesus and lost the awareness of His presence for a moment and He began to sink. The storm got inside of Him. In the same manner, the devil surrounds us with storms of negativity continuously. However, if we will maintain our focus on God’s presence we will be unaffected by that storm of lies. We will continue to be “water-walkers” and live the victorious Christian life.


How has your awareness of God or lack thereof impacted your life? Please leave a comment below.

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