Why You Should Watch Your Focus

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Wherever we set our gaze, our faith and trust will follow.

People wonder why it’s so important to watch your focus, to protect what you watch, what you read and to whom you listen. I figured this out by experience years ago: I have a habit of following my eyes. Wherever I’m looking, that’s where I go. Before I found the explanation in the Bible, I used to think something was wrong with me. Riding down the highway on my motorcycle, I’d start looking at something lying in the road and drive right smack over the top of it.

Kenneth, what’s wrong with you? I’d think, you were supposed to avoid that thing not hit it!

Now, of course, I know what happened. Like everyone else on this planet, I’ve been created by God to move toward what I focus on. Not just when I’m riding a motorcycle but all the time, in every area of my life.

It’s a spiritual truth that governs us all—spirit, soul and body. Whatever we look at determines our course and becomes our source. Wherever we set our gaze, that’s where our faith and trust will go.

That’s why so many born-again believers miss out on the world-overcoming victory that’s theirs in Christ Jesus. That’s why they keep finding themselves “under” the circumstances instead of “on top.”

Colossians 3:2 tells us to “Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.” If you want to experience God’s blessings and live a successful Christian life, then watch your focus. Protect your mind from negative news reports, destructive gossip and entertainment that glorifies sin or proclaims messages that are contrary to the Word of God. The Lord has so many good things for you. By “thinking about things that are excellent and worthy of praise” (Philippians 4:8), you will be in a much better position to receive all that He has for you!

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