“What? Know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and are not your own? For you were bought at a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” I Corinthians 6:19-20
The word ‘what’ is an attention arouser. The Bible has many scriptures beginning with what, wake up, put on, or arise. These words are meant to get your attention. To pay attention is to listen, watch, consider, concentrate, focus or take notice of something or someone very carefully. When we give attention to a particular subject, awareness and knowledge related to that subject increases. Placing the things of earth as a first priority hinders our attention on Jesus. God instructs us to pay attention to Jesus Christ to release the provision of His Word so we can prosper in all we do!
The power of attention is a key for living in victory. We choose what we pay attention to when we are aware of the attention power. Being aware of our attention power stops the operation of sowing and reaping in the flesh. Anyone who is not awakened to Christ sows in the flesh. “Flesh’ is the demonic nature released by Adam when he ate the forbidden fruit. It is the result of all human suffering (Genesis 3:1-7, Romans 5:17). When Adam and Eve ate the forbidden fruit, their eyes were opened to evil; a change happened in their beliefs. Fear took over and the need to blame someone became a way of life. The devil works with our lack of knowledge. Every person has certain beliefs. Many are not aware that what they believe becomes reality.
The sowing and reaping of the flesh operates when we desire something we don’t have and our attention is on our thoughts and feelings of not having it. The sowing law will continue to give us more of what we don’t want (Galatians 6:6, Matthew 25:29). The thoughts and feelings of ‘not enough’ is the lack of revelation that God is our source. He is dedicated to meeting our needs and fulfilling our desires! Sowing in the Spirit operates when we say, “I already have all things because of my position in Christ. I attract all the blessings of God to crowd into my life.” It is important to choose to set our attention on God’s Word and speak faith-filled seeds of goodness over our lives for a harvest of blessings in our future. David was able to keep his attention on God’s promises, building a reservoir of spiritual power by speaking God’s Word over his life (Psalm 119).
When we pay attention to God’s promises, mix His Word with faith and say them out loud in a personal, present-tense way, they become reality. We are filling our reservoir of spiritual power.
Building a Reservoir of Spiritual Power (Psalm 119)
1. “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things from Your law.” (Vs. 18). Behold means to pay attention. Practice keeping your outlook uplifted. Practice how it is, knowing God is your Creator, Redeemer and He is your source.
2. “Your word I have hidden in my heart, that I might not sin against You.” (Vs. 11). I will not doubt You and attempt to live on my own. This is a revelation that the Lord is always in us, around us and in our circumstances.
3. “Blessed are You, O Lord! Teach me Your statues.” (Vs. 12). I am open to receive instruction from You. A statue is a permanent and unchangeable regulation. Orders from the Lord Jesus Christ revolve around love and giving. The Holy Spirit gives us the ability to love and to give.
4. “With my lips I have declared all the judgments of Your mouth.” (Vs. 13). The Lord’s judgment is we are accepted, forgiven, not guilty, our name is written in heaven and we have Holy Spirit power to live as ourselves on earth.
5. “I have rejoiced in the way of Your testimonies, as much as in all riches.” (Vs. 14). David rejoiced in God’s testimony of Himself. He freely gives His provision to all people.
6. “I will meditate on Your precepts, and contemplate Your ways.” (Vs. 15). Meditating on God’s precepts is learning and obeying the sayings of Jesus. A precept is an order given by a high official to someone under them; God to man.
7. “I will delight, myself in Your statues; I will not forget Your word.” (Vs. 16). We delight in the practice of knowing and obeying God’s Word.