Focus on His Benefits
"Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth." Colossians 3:2
"Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits." Psalm 103:2
The law of focus states what we focus our attention on increases, grows and expands. Thoughts, images in our mind, feelings connected to our thoughts and what we say will manifest as reality. When we give attention to a particular subject, the awareness and knowledge related to that subject increases. Placing the things of earth as a first priority hinders your focus on Jesus. God instructs us to focus on Jesus Christ to release the provision of His Word so we can prosper in all we do (Colossians 3:1-2, III John 1:2).
With the revelation of Jesus Christ in us by the Holy Spirit, we can decide what to focus on. The wrong focus creates more of the wrong we're looking at. Paul said to practice not looking at the things we see, but focus on things not seen (II Corinthians 4:18). How we believe, which is our perception and focus, determines what is done unto us. There is no end to the things we can think of and focus our attention upon, but it is best to focus our thoughts on Jesus. There is no greater subject for the mind to consider than Jesus!
'Things above' is an uplifting mental and emotional outlook knowing that God's provisions are available by faith. Pay attention to the Holy Spirit's power, it is greater than anything. The Holy Spirit is superior to any human limitation and He is available as our helper (Hebrews 13:6). The total provision of life, health and peace comes from the invisible; God is our source. When lack attempts to take over our emotions, look up and say, "Because of Jesus Christ, there is always plenty."
The Bible gives many instructions to lift up our sight and change our perception. Lifting up our perception renews our strength and causes us to run and walk without fainting. "But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not faint." Isaiah 40:31. As I wait upon the Lord, my strength is renewed. I have strength for energy to choose, activate, motivate and to live in fully blessed power. I shall mount up with wings as eagles (this is a change in perception.) I look down on what I used to call problems, resistance or difficulties and now I know they are my teachers, not my defeaters. Because of my new perception, all things are possible.
A benefit is a privilege that is gifted to us because we are connected to someone who is advantageous or good; an act of kindness. There are many benefits each of us have at the present or have experienced in the past; it is good to not forget them or take them for granted. Through the acceptance of Christ as Savior, we are connected to the benefits provided in the New Covenant.
To realize the blessings of these benefits, it is important to see and accept ourselves as Jesus does (whole, complete, nothing missing, favored, delighted) and not by how we feel about ourselves. It is easy to hinder the Holy Spirit by how we feel instead of living by what Jesus says in His Word.
David was reminding himself of the benefits of knowing God and accepting what He has done in Psalm 103. Because we live in the valley of the shadow of death, we must focus on the things of God continuously. Circumstances can be powerful enough to draw us back into past thinking and speaking which causes a negative reaction of fear, hurt or anger. The temptation to react to life and people in a negative, hurtful, offensive or angry way waits for the opportunity to take over. Even at times when unfavorable circumstances arise, we know that He is working everything to our benefits (Romans 8:28, Psalm 138:8).
The Lord said in Isaiah 43:18-19 to not consider the things of old (our past lack), but to be aware of the new thing that is springing forth; He will make a way in the wilderness (our frustrated, difficult, non-working life) and rivers (new ideas in our thinking) in the desert (place of confusion). We need to take care to remember that daily God is loading us with benefits (Psalm 68:19). The benefits are given to us through Christ and they truly are the potential for life, health and peace. Stop for a moment to think about the many benefits God has bestowed on you. You may be surprised just how many blessings you have already received and enjoyed!
Beliefs that Help Create a Positive Focus
1. God loved us first. We love Him because He first loved us (I John 4:19).
2. When Jesus called us to Himself, He wanted us (John 15:16). It can be a challenge to think Christ loves us completely, regardless of what we do or don't do.
3. God's simple plan for life is to love God and enjoy Him, love ourselves and enjoy ourselves and love others and enjoy them!
Lord Jesus Christ, I receive Your love and peace now with thanksgiving and praise. I am loved, I am peaceful, and I am glad. I say this to be so by Jesus Christ's name. Amen.