There are many things that try to steal our attention and focus away from God. One of the hardest battles to face as a Christian is the battle of the mind. I believe Satan can begin to infiltrate our minds if we do not have a defense system in place.
The more controlled your mind is, the easier it is to remain focused on God. Living in this world and trying to live for Christ at the same time is almost considered an oxymoron. The reality is that Christians live this oxymoron on a daily basis.
It is necessary to develop defenses to guard your mind on a daily basis.
God desires not for us to conform to the standards of the world, but to live serving Him and others. It is hard to live for God if your mind is filled with things that are not honoring to God.
When you wake up and your feet hit the floor, a new day begins. It is important to have a purpose. God gives us another day to live for a reason. The reality is that we engage in a battle every day.
In order to win, we have to have a purpose.
If you go about your day with no purpose, it can be a waste of time. Instead, God calls us to live with a purpose…In other words, we are called to live intentionally.
What Is Your Purpose?
This can sometimes be a hard question to answer. The ultimate purpose for every Christian should be to glory God and to make Him known to others. The way we can do this effectively is by living intentionally. Wherever God places us, we should be ambassadors for Him.
“Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore you on Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.”
In my previous post, I discussed how our words and actions can make a difference in others. It is important for our actions to line up with what we say. If you missed reading this post, you can read it here!
As Christians, we should desire to make a positive impact on others around us. One of the reasons God has us on this earth is to show His love. By doing this, we can make an impact on others. In the post Making A Difference With Your Words and Actions, I stated that if you want to make an impact on others, you have to be authentic in your words and actions. In other words, what you say must line up with your life.
At the end of the post, I asked the question: “Do you find it hard to make a difference?” I received some great responses from several readers.
The other day, I posted a tweet that said, “Words without actions are meaningless”. True influencers are able to back up their words with actions.
If you think about it, would you rather listen to someone who just tells you what to do but is unable to execute it personally? Or would you rather listen and follow someone who actually lives out what they say?
I would choose the second option.
I have received numerous emails from teens across the country in the past week that have really inspired me to write this post. Many have started connecting with me through twitter, but a few have actually kept me updated on things through email. It is awesome to connect with people my age around the nation that I have never met before.
Recently, I have been thinking about how routines control our lives. Some routines are great to have in place, but others can be harmful. Something that I have been contemplating is how our spiritual lives involve routines. The discipline of reading the Bible every day is a great routine. However, if you read your Bible just to mark a check next to your schedule’s “to-do-list”, then that is not healthy.
Unfortunately, I believe that this is what occurs in our lives. Instead of reading your Bible for one hour mindlessly, try reading a passage of Scripture for a shorter amount of time and spending time in prayer longer. God desires for us to have a relationship with Him. It is easy to spend more time reading and studying about God rather than spending time with Him.
There is a difference between quality time and quantity time.
Something that I have been focusing on in my life recently is being intentional. It is easy to go through life doing what God wants you to do, but not being intentional about reaching others.
The purpose of this blog and really everything I strive to do is to “Amplify God’s Kingdom”. As Christ followers, we should desire to radically change the kingdom of God.
If you are going to amplify God’s kingdom, you have to be intentional.
- Pray for others
- Look for opportunities others are not willing see
- Challenge yourself and others
- Get involved in things that amplify God’s kingdom
In order to make an impact in the kingdom of God, you have to make it a priority. In other words, it has to be intentional.
“Set your mind on things above, not on things on the earth.”
We can always grow in this area of our Christian life. It is easy to forget to be intentional sometimes.
A question that encompasses many Christian’s lives: “How do I follow God’s will for my life?”. As Christians, we should desire to stay in God’s will for our lives. If we are truly following Christ, we should have the desire to please and serve Him.
If you are always questioning if what you are doing is God’s will, then how can you serve Him to our absolute best ability? The answer is rather simple: focus on God. This is easy to say, but it is not easy to live out on a daily basis. There are a few things that I have to remind myself of all the time to be able to be assured that I am living out God’s will for my life.
First off, prayer is important. If prayer is not an important part of your life, you can be certain that you are not in God’s will. If you are not on the same wavelength as God, you are not going to make the decisions that He wants you to make.
“Trials are medicines which our gracious and wise Physician prescribes because we need them; and he proportions the frequency and weight of them to what the case requires. Let us trust his skill and thank him for his prescription.”