Hello everyone…and a “Happy Monday to you all! I truly pray that your week is off to a good start…and that as you walk through your week…one day at a time; that it will be even better than last week…and that you will truly experience the loving and powerful presence of God above all else…Amen!!
You know…while facing the Coronavirus, we can find it so easy to fall into a pit of depression…one set up by Satan himself; but one thing God is reminding me of today; is that we must keep our eyes clearly focused on Him during these troubling times, rather than what is stemming from this virus…and why…because the choices we make and the roads we walk down, will determine where these thoughts and roads lead us.
As I’ve been sitting here…listening to some music; God began to speak to my heart about the negative thoughts and words that can truly sidetrack us in life and take us down roads to further problems.
You know…let’s face it…during times such as these, we can find it so easy to get caught up in what we see on the news…and even the different kind of lifestyle that now surrounds us. After days of viewing this new way of life, we can begin to focus on the negativity of it all. In fact…the virus not only affects us physically; but emotionally too…to the place, where it sickens us within the heart, which can eventually take us down a road of no hope…that is, if we let it do so.
Today, you may be wondering…how can I rise above this despair that surrounds me, to focus on God, rather than the intense thoughts and feelings that seem to stem from this virus? First of all…if we are going to view these difficult times in a different light…and if we are going to find ourselves completely attached to God, rather than the virus; then we need to let the negativity and “what if’s” completely go. You see…we tend to let this obstacle of a virus stand in our way, while Satan attempts to keep reminding us, of the things that are already happening around us, which only keeps this alive within us…to the place that we gradually do lose hope and fall prey to depression.
One of my favorite things about Paul in the Bible; is that His focus was so deeply on God and the prize that awaited Him; that nothing seemed to distract him or take him away from God. In 1 Corinthians 9:24-27 we read… “Do you not know that in a race all the runners run, but only one gets the prize? Run in such a way as to get the prize. 25) Everyone who competes in the games goes into strict training. They do it to get a crown that will not last, but we do it to get a crown that will last forever. 26) Therefore I do not run like someone running aimlessly; I do not fight like a boxer beating the air. 27) No, I strike a blow to my body and make it my slave so that after I have preached to others, I myself will not be disqualified for the prize.”
I think that rather than having our eyes clearly fixed on the hope that awaits us; we allow ourselves to get caught up in what surrounds us at the time, which only slows us down and removes the hope away from us that we once had.
Especially at this time, we need to run in such a way that the obstacles of this life will never keep us from the prize that Christ has awaiting us in heaven. I believe that when we focus on what we truly believe in and long for; then the things of this life will never slow us down or cause us to come to a halt.
As a person who has lived with depression in the past…one thing I know; it’s the negativity that enters our thoughts and speech; that leads us down detour roads…roads that only long to imprison us within the problem. When we are willing to go beyond the negative thoughts and feelings that stem from this virus…and even other things that we may be facing; that is when the road before us will make way for us to continue the race…a race that will take us further away from this world and closer to the prize of eternal life…Amen!!
May your day be truly filled with thoughts that will keep you pressing onward in God’s direction! Have a great day & God bless!
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