“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith…”
Professional golfers say that the grueling challenges of leading in major Golf Tournaments is first won between their ears. Joyce Meyer says that the “battlefield is the mind”, and I agree. You lose or win battles or challenges first in your mind. And you know the saying, ‘where the mind goes, you’ll surely follow’, but it’s true. And this applies in probably every aspect of our lives, especially in our spiritual walk.
When you can settle in your mind – your thinking –that God’s Word is true and will stand forever, therefore what God promises is yours through Jesus, you’re on the road to overcoming many obstacles. God knew man’s frame. He knew man would need reminders; he knew it would be necessary for man to renew his mind in order to clearly see AND walk in His blessings (Romans 12:2). He told Joshua and the children of Israel to keep His Word before their eyes day in and day out (Joshua 1:8-9). We’re forgetful people, and we need to keep God’s Word before us daily. As we do, it becomes settled in our mind and in our thinking, our thought processes. When you partake of God’s Word regularly, you’ll be less likely to listen to anything else that’s contrary to God’s Word.
The writer of Hebrews makes it very clear in Hebrews 12:2-3 when he says to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith. Keep your focus, your attention, your delight on what the Lord. When you do, you won’t grow weary and lose heart, or as one version says you won’t faint.
Again, the battlefield is your mind. When you continue to feed on God’s Word, building yourself up in the Word, encouraging and strengthening your faith from God’s Word, you’re winning the battle. When your mind is stayed on (focused solely on) the Lord, you won’t grow weary in waiting for God’s promises to manifest. You won’t lose heart because you know without any doubt that God IS faithful.
Don’t allow the disappointments of yesterday determine your tomorrows. Settle and focus your mind on what God’s Word says about you, what Jesus has already provided for you, and what is in store for you. When you do, you won’t be weak in faith. You’ll be determined to continue walking strong in God’s promises, His Word, anticipating His blessings and goodness to you each step of the way.