SSTAY FOCUSED IN 2021
‘This is the day that the Lord has made, I will rejoice and be glad in it’ (Psalm 118:24). Can you say that this is a good day? I can truly say, today, that THIS IS THE DAY!
Having a declarative confession in this season, I have found myself feeling firmly rested and not worrying about the circumstances around me. I have taken the words in Psalm 91 as my guiding light and foundation of faith.
Like never before, my spirit has been pulling me to lean on God. During these times, it has taken faith to lean more on God like never before. It is my faith in God – and nothing else – that has been at the forefront of this season.
We have seen and experienced enough through the last year with COVID 19. We have been overwhelmed by extreme views in the United States over everything from social issues to political issues, with many media outlets reporting the number of deaths, the number of COVID contractions and the minimal number of vaccines. It has literally been the ‘survival of the fittest’, so I can understand why any person, who is inundated with social media and news media, could easily shift their view away from God and onto their overwhelming circumstances.
In 2021, I have committed to be more focused. What is focus? According to Google’s definition, it is to ‘pay particular interest to’. I taught on focus in early January to our local church body. When we think about it, what does one need to do when they focus? We have to give all our attention to our Father.
In this season, I want to encourage you to turn your focus onto God. When we focus, it allows us to give attention to something or Someone, who is greater than ourselves. When we focus and rest in God, we discover that He is our provider.
Another thing I have realised so far is that many people are in great fear. I understand that these uncertain times bring fear in many ways that we have never imagined. I want to encourage you to have faith during these times.
We are told in God’s Word that we should:
- Be anxious for nothing – Philippians 4:6-7
- Not worry – Matthew 6:25-34
I can be assured of these very words, because He said the following to us, His children:
- He will never leave you nor forsake you – Hebrew 13:5
- The righteous have never been forsaken – Psalm 37:25
- You will be kept in perfect peace – Isaiah 26:3
I realised that fear is the counter to faith. Once fear has a grip on you, it is hard to let go of you. I know someone who has allowed fear to overtake their life. They were previously a person of faith, but life’s failures, people’s rejection and major disappointments have drawn this person into a place of defeat. They have a debilitating health condition that has consumed them in a way that their system is literally shutting down. When I asked if they had faith, they stated: “I am just scared.” The person stated they were afraid of many things, and just at that moment verbalised and shared with me that they were in fear. My heart was broken with the information about fear. Satan wants us to live beneath our privilege, but Christ went to the cross for everything.
Where is your uncertainty and fear? Ask yourself whether it’s in your quest for a new job; if you will have money for retirement, or whether you will be able to make it through the next moment, hour, day, week, month or year. I implore you to know that God is with you.
During this season, because it is a long season, I want to encourage you to step into faith. Many people are confronted with such fear that they have literally not moved.
Despite what you are experiencing or thinking, I encourage you to confess: “THIS IS THE DAY THAT THE LORD HAS MADE, I WILL REJOICE AND BE GLAD IN IT.” Confess that, and see where your faith will take you.
Tina Boyle Whyte is The Bridge Coach – The gateway to get you from where you are to where you want and need to be.