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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Which of the tactics above do you use most often when it comes to keeping your mind stayed on God? Please leave a comment below.
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