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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