Psalm 119:37 Desire Of Worthless Things

Turn my eyes away from worthless things; preserve my life according to your word. Psalm 119:37

The psalmist asks God a strange request, to turn his eyes away from worthless things. This is in a psalm that the focus is on knowing God’s Word and honoring it. What are worthless things, when looking at God’s Word?

Going through life a person can easily get distracted with things that pull them off the path they need to be on. In the workplace, two co-workers can get to talking about their past weekend adventures. This can become a worthless thing, when it distracts them from doing the work they are there to do.

While at home, people get distracted with playing games or watching TV and do not get needed work done. In a restaurant people get distracted with their phones while talking to someone at the table. Each of these things can become worthless at the time of their being done, because they do not help accomplish the current goal.

On the grand scale of eternity, many things become even more worthless. God’s Word points people on how to live for God in the best way possible. Living your best for God includes not only keeping yourself from sin, but also serving God by doing His will and serving others in this world.

It easy to get distracted by worthless things in this world. They can pull you away from spending time in God’s Word or time in prayer. They can keep you from being the witness you are supposed to be. Being a witness can be found in words and in actions, but if you are focused on self and things of this world…worthless things, you will not do what needs to be done.

As you go through this life, train your eyes to focus on what is really important and of high value. The greatest value in this world is your soul and the souls of every person on this planet. Your soul and every other person’s soul, needs to be focused on God and controlled by God, serving God.

Where are your eyes focused today?

Are they on the worthless, temporary things of this world?

Or on the eternal things of God?

I pray today that you will focus  your eyes on the things God focuses on; that you will turn your eyes from worthless things; that you will focus on God’s Word; and that God will strengthen you to keep your eyes on Him.

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2 Chronicles 12:1 Forgetting God

After Rehoboam’s position as king was established and he had become strong, he and all Israel with him abandoned the law of the LORD. 2 Chronicles 12:1

When Solomon had died, the nation of Israel had started to split up into two kingdoms. Rehoboam had become king of the northern part of Israel, as part of a rebellion against King Jeroboam in Judah. He started out serving God and leading the kingdom in following God. Once he was fully established in his position, he walked away from God and led the people away from God.

Anytime people receive help to get something going, they are excited. They accept that help and realize how they are really making it. This help can be someone who supplies the needed finances to get a business going, or to provide for college, or to start building a house, or one of many other things.

After a time of success, however, many people forget how they had made it. They start to think that they did everything on their own, rather than with help from someone else. Often they start to despise the one who supplied their needs, trying to look strong and powerful.

This type of thinking occurs very often among people who started to serve God. When times were tough and things were looking very bad, many people turn to God and appear to serve Him with all of their heart. Later, when things get going very well, many people forget about God. They feel that they were the ones that made everything happen and put God on a shelf.

Very few people have not been guilty of doing this at some point in their life. People like to be selfish and proud of themselves, not giving God the credit for what He has done in their lives.

Think through about your life. Where has God brought you from or through?

Are you still serving God as you did at the beginning?

Or have you put God on the shelf and abandoned Him?

Keep your focus and trust in God. Do not trust yourself and your own abilities. It is God who can raise you up and it is God who can bring you down. Do not become like Rehoboam and forget about God.

I pray today that you will know God’s work in your life; that you will trust God for everything; that you will not turn away from God; and that you will always give God credit for your blessings in life.

Hebrews 3:1 Where Are Your Thoughts?

“Therefore, holy brothers and sisters, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, whom we acknowledge as our apostle and high priest.” Hebrews 3:1

In life there are many things that can call the attention of a person. They will demand that a person think about these things to some degree or more. Not all of these things are necessarily bad things to think about.

There are things that are good to think about such as: getting ready to go to work; doing a great job at work; how to cook a meal with what a person has; what clothing to put on in the morning; and taking time to pay the bills on time. These are just a few of the many things that are good.

However, not everything that a person thinks is a good thing. Many bad things can come up in the thinking such as: worrying about paying the bills; fretting over what to wear; thoughts of anger against a person; improper sexual thoughts; excessive thinking about any one thing; along with many other bad thoughts.

The author of Hebrews states that if you are sharing in the heavenly calling, you must fix your thoughts on Jesus. That heavenly calling is to follow Jesus and serve God with your whole life. Your thoughts are now to be on what Jesus wants.

Jesus is our high priest, the one who stands before God for you. He is the One who knows what God wants and is to guide you in what to do, how to do it, and when to do it.

Focusing all of your thoughts will keep you from focusing on what is bad or non-productive. It will help keep you from turning to sin.

This is not a one time, fix-it-forever type of thought. It is something that has to be done continually, over and over. Thoughts can come and go in a split second. Your focus needs to be on Jesus at all times.

Where are your thoughts today?

Are you focusing on the things and cares of this world?

Or are you thinking on Jesus and what He wants?

I pray today that you will turn your thoughts to Jesus; that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit to strengthen your thoughts; that you will not turn your thoughts to just things of this world; and that your thoughts will be with eternity in mind.

Colossians 3:2 Where Are Your Thoughts?

“Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.” Colossians 3:2

In life there are many things to think about. Getting up in the morning most people start thinking about what they will wear for the day. As they start eating breakfast their mind may start to think about work or the tasks at home that day.

The big focus of many people deals with the problems in their lives. They are concerned about their health, or their job, or their retirement. They are trying to figure out how to make things better. In these, and many other things, people are focused on how to get a certain position, or certain items, or a certain dollar amount.

While none of things are necessarily bad, all of them are temporary. They are the things of this earth. While it is great to have a large bank account, it will not help you when you die. Having the things of this world are only good for a short time.

If you are a person who has chosen to believe in the death and resurrection of Jesus you have been changed. Jesus has taken away your sins and made you a child of God. As a child of God you are now sitting at the side of the Father with Jesus (Colossians 3:1).

With this in mind, your mind should be with God where you are seated.
What is God thinking about? His mind is on how to save every person from their sins. His focus is on how to make every person perfect so they can be with Him. His focus is to have a close relationship with every person.

When you go to the store are you more focused on getting something, or being a witness to someone as you get that item? When you go to work, are you more focused on just getting a paycheck, or is your focus on being His witness as you earn that paycheck?

Do not stop life, but in your life keep your focus on what God wants. Strive to be more like Jesus. Jesus obeyed the Father perfectly and was a perfect witness to every person around Him. Keep your mind focused on the things of God more than the temporary things of this earth.

I pray today that you will know the mind of God; that God will reveal His heart to you; that you will seek the things of God; that you will be content with the things of God; and that God will show you how to be His witness daily.

2 Corinthians 4:18 Correct Focus

“So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.” 2 Corinthians 4:18

Everyday every person has struggles of various types. Some days the struggles are very large, while other days they are small little ones. As people go through struggles they often get worn down and tired. Some of these struggles will actually tear the body down. Yet, Paul stated that these struggles are worth it in the end because of what they are accomplishing in light of eternity.

This is where focus comes into play. Believers are not to focus on the things that can be seen. These are things like, bills, a new car/house, latest fashions, illness, work, money, or anything like these. All of these things are things that the world strives to get and keep. Yes, a person can see them, but they are all temporary things. All these things will pass away eventually.

Think of life-like traveling down a road. As you are driving you come to a huge mountain that you must get over to the other side of. It is a difficult long drive to go up over, or around the mountain, but it must happen. As you pass over the mountain, you hit snow, bad weather, and steep climbs, but eventually you make it on the other side to your destination, despite the difficulties of the mountain and it is worth it.

In life you will have struggles, but the things that are not seen make it worth the struggle. You cannot physically see love, mercy, grace, forgiveness, or eternal life. Yet, all these things you will get and more as you make it through the struggles. It is all these things that are eternal and never go away or can be taken from you.

Focus on Jesus, who you cannot physically see. Watch what God is doing in your life and in this world today. Use your spiritual eyes to see the value of living the Christian life. Do not let the things of this world get you down or crush you, they are only here for a short time, (even though it feels like eternity right now).

I pray today that you will see what God is doing in your life; that you will focus on the things of God and what lasts for eternity; that you will not fear the things of this world; that God will help you not to be crushed by the struggles of today; and that God will make you more like Jesus.

Luke 22:40 Forgotten Prayer

“On reaching the place, he said to them, Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” Luke 22:40

The disciples and Jesus had just finished the last supper together. They went to the Mount of Olives. Jesus had told them that one of them would betray them and He would get crucified. Now was a time for prayer. He tells them to start praying to not fall into temptation.

Jesus knew the troubles the disciples would be facing over the next few days. He would be crucified and anyone who followed Him would be severely persecuted. They would have to face the decision of whether to continue to stand with Him, trusting Him when everything showed not to.

He would be dead. Would they trust that He would rise again or give in to the pressures to not follow Him anymore?

This is where the time for prayer comes in. In themselves, they would not have the strength to overcome the temptation to deny Him. They would need the strength of God’s Holy Spirit in them.

It is no different today. You will go through times of troubles in which you may doubt God or turn from Him into temptation. The devil and the world will seek ways to get you to sin against God.

Long before that time comes, you should be in prayer asking God for strength to escape the temptation to sin. God will always provide a way out, then you must be willing to take that step. You must be willing to flee from all temptation.

Seeking God for help before temptation comes gets your eyes on Him first. When your eyes and thoughts are focused on God, you will be able to flee from temptation. You will not fall into temptation. Do not allow yourself to fall asleep and not prayer.

Keep your eyes and thoughts focused on God today.

I pray today that God will give you strength to not fall into temptation; that you will keep your eyes on Jesus; that God will reveal ways to avoid temptation; that God will fill you with His Holy Spirit; and that God will give you strength to flee all temptation.

Hebrews 13:15 Sacrifice of Praise

“Through Jesus, therefore, let us continually offer to God a sacrifice of praise–the fruit of lips that openly profess his name.” Hebrews 13:15

Now everyone is urged to offer God a sacrifice of praise through Jesus. This sacrifice is the fruit that comes from openly professing the name of Jesus. Each day one must be willing to talk about Jesus. How is this called a sacrifice? Think about what you talk about throughout the day each day. Often people talk about work, the family, the weather, sports, news, and other things in their lives. While none of these things are necessarily bad in and of themselves, the question must be asked as to where Jesus is in it all.

If Jesus is in the center of your life, He should also be in the center of your talk. What is Jesus doing in your life today? What is He saying about the situation currently happening in your life? How is He providing for your needs? What comfort or strength is He bringing to you? What is He teaching you? These and many more things should be in the center of your talk.

It is not easy to talk this way, because we are human and often look only to our own selves, rather than to God. In this way talking like this becomes a sacrifice. You have to put down your own self to lift up Jesus. Words talking about how Jesus is working in your life brings God glory and praise. Remember that all things were created by Him and for His glory, thus everything happening is ultimately for His glory.

Today let Him be the focus in all that you say and do. Talk about how God has blessed you with your job; how God has provided the money to purchase that new item you bought today; how Jesus had brought about a good meeting with a friend today; and how He is working in your life today in all other areas. Do not allow your praise to be just on Sundays or when around other believers. Let your praise continually be on your mouth that the whole world will see God in you.

I pray today that God will open your eyes to His work in your life; that God will help you speak of Him daily in all your conversation; that all of your talk will bring praise to God; that your talk will filled with God; and that God will help you to not be ashamed of speaking of Him daily.