Praising God in the Struggle! [Pt.1]
This is the first part of a two-part series that I will be starting! This topic was hard for me because I really wanted to pick something that people struggle with, however I think that there are two different type of people so I wanted to address both sides. Some people find it harder to praise God in the struggle than in the blessings. While others find it difficult to focus on God in the blessings, but only lean on God when life gets tough. So I wanted to break this up into two parts and talk about both! Enjoy!
So today we will be focusing on how to praise God in the struggles of life! This could mean anything to you really, it could be any struggle, something as small as stressing about a math test or something as large as a family or friend’s death. No matter what it is though there are a plethora of blessings surrounding us, we just need to condition our minds to focus on these blessings.
Well how do we condition our minds to focus on blessings?
Well you have to be patient because it will not happen over night, and it will take discipline and hard work.
When does it feel like you rely on God the most? Or when do you feel like that you are leaning on God more than usual? Well the most common answer is “I lean on God the most when I am struggling with something in my life!” Well as it is not a bad thing to rely on God in this time of your life. It becomes a bad thing when that is the only time of your life when you rely on God.
- We should be centering God, in the mist of our everyday lives.
Joshua 1:9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go.
So be bold
- I have to wake up so early.
- I am always doing laundry.
- I never like cooking.
- I work extremely long hours for a low wage.
- I have the worst co workers
- I get to wake up early to spend time with the family.
- I have plenty of clothes to clean.
- I have food I can cook.
- I work a long day to provide.
- I get to be a light to others at work
Do you see the difference in the ways of thinking? Which one are you? If you are the top one start thinking like the second one. Yea I know it wont be easy but through constant and consistent focus, you will see a difference in the way you think and process information.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.
Make this a cornerstone verse in your daily life.. Base your day and your mind around this verse and you will be amazed by what kind of fruit you produce as a result of this thinking.
“The brain processes 400 Billion bits of information a second, however we are only aware of 2,000 of those bits!”
Umm… Wow that’s mind-blowing, we don’t even know what is running in the background of our head because we are not even aware that we are processing the information that we are processing. That is why it is crucial to barrage our brain with positivity, because we get negativity into the background part of our mind, once that negativity enters the back 399,999,998,000 bits of information that our brain processes, it will spread like a virus and we wont even notice it because we don’t know what’s going on back there. We don’t want negativity to become our default, but when we let it in our mind, eventually it will be our default. Our default should be God, but we have to consciously make the choice to put God in the forefront of our thinking every second of the day.
3. Our thoughts can either be the Devils playground or a place of unconditional positivity.
We cannot give the devil that foothold, of our brain. The devil already has the earth and the corrupted world. Why on earth would we give him our mind as well. Lets keep our brain open to what God has for us. Because if we focus on what god wants for our life, and if we focus on how God wants us to live. We will see global change, but it all starts with the right mindset.
Thanks guys Part 2 is on its way this week!
“How to focus on God in the Blessings”