Close Attention…

I was introduced to this phrase two weeks ago during sermon two on Hebrews at church.

“Therefore, we must pay closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.” (2:1).

The ‘therefore’ at the beginning of this passage was referencing back to the dialogue the author was having with himself, hashing through the supremacy of Christ and His authority compared to the angels and prophets. “it” here is truth.

I want to challenge you: What truth has Christ been telling you to do? What do you need to pay closer attention to (personally)?

Why haven’t you done it?

Pay close attention to what He is asking you to do. Follow Him first by constructing your mundane daily routines in such a way that glorifies Him. Start small. Start. Do.

Stop talking about what you want to change. Show people what you believe.

It isn’t enough to know that feeding your body garbage is bad for you. You have to actually nurture it with real food and stop buying the garbage (your stomach isn’t a trash can!).

It isn’t enough to plan workout routines. Your mind may benefit from the stimulating thought process, but your body will profit nothing.

It isn’t enough to just want to know God. You have to pick up His word. You have to pray, spend time with Him. Ask Him to show you His heart, guiding you with wisdom and truth.

Change: change comes from doing something different.

Peace follows obedience. Peace feeds joy–spirit grows.

Anxiety follows disobedience. Anxiety feeds fear–flesh grows.

Do not be deceived: God is not mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life. And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.” Galations 6:7-9

In order to pay close attention, you have to make room for it. You have to exclude noise from the world and choose to seek God and His truth. There isn’t room for both.

“No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other…” Matthew 6:24

Slave to Christ. Beholding Him.

Eternal perspective–run the race–it is worth it.

 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to gratify its desires.” Romans 13:14

and

“But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the flesh.” Galations 5:16

12 Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him. 13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am being tempted by God,” for God cannot be tempted with evil, and he himself tempts no one. 14 But each person is tempted when he is lured and enticed by his own desire. 15 Then desire when it has conceived gives birth to sin, and sin when it is fully grown brings forth death.” James 1:12-15

Spiritual discipline and physical discipline.

Be a doer.

“22 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. 23 For if anyone is a hearer of the word and not a doer, he is like a man who looks intently at his natural face in a mirror. 24 For he looks at himself and goes away and at once forgets what he was like.25 But the one who looks into the perfect law, the law of liberty, and perseveres, being no hearer who forgets but a doer who acts, he will be blessed in his doing.” James 1:22-25

The secret to success?

Count it all joy.

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, when you face trials of many kinds. For you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing.” James 1:2-4

Gratitude sets the stage for joy.

Thank you Father for healthy limbs that can walk and run and hike! Thank you for the beauty in creation that I can drink in while I work out. Thank you for knowledge on how to feed and care for my body. Thank you for this day, these breaths, the pulse in my heart.

Change the way you look at things and the things you look at will change.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world but be transformed by the renewing of your mind...” (Romans 12:1-2).

Smile, breath, thank God for everything.

It is always thanksgiving that brings me joy.

Such joy is my strength.

“The joy of the Lord is my strength.” Nehemiah 8:10

You’re not designed to live alone. You’re not designed to fight alone.

Its been won (John 16:30, 19:30).

Rise in victory, walk in obedience.

Because He lives and lives in you.

Grace, joy, peace and love to you from Korea.

-Sky

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