When it comes to living a holy life, it is so important to develop a proper focus. Your focus will determine whether you will live a life of victory or defeat!
Here is a beautiful Scripture that you may have memorized by now:
“You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed (focused) on You, because he trusts in You.” Isaiah 26:3 NKJV.
This is where you want to rest, in that place where your imagination is completely focused on the Lord. The Word of God is the lens you need to focus your attention upon Him. It is the Word that gives us a clear image of who He is. It is important to focus your attention upon who He is through the Word of God. This is why you need to spend a lot of time meditating on the Word of God – you are focusing on Him!
Yes, as long as you focus on Him, you will be kept in perfect peace – a perfect state of well-being in every area of your life. That is what you want, and that is what you can have, by focusing upon Him!
When it comes to holiness, you need to focus your attention on HIS holiness. The level of holiness you are trying to aspire to is NOT the standard set by the world, nor set in the Church by well-meaning believers, but it is God Himself, which requires a deep level of relationship with God, as you learn to walk with Him in the Spirit.
Too often, we spend far too much time focusing on our lack of holiness and our faults and failures, instead of HIS perfect holiness, spotless and pure.
Why do we need to spend SO MUCH time focusing on Him? The answer is found in the words of the Apostle John. He wrote:
“Beloved, now we are children of God; and it has not been revealed what we shall be, but we know that when He is revealed, we shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is.” 1 John 3:2 NKJV.
The purpose of focusing on Him is to be like Him – to be holy as He is holy!
When we focus on His holiness, then we will find that our immediate reaction is to shake off anything that is impure or unholy. The Apostle John brought this out in the very next verse, when he wrote:
“And everyone who has this hope in Him PURIFIES HIMSELF, just as He is pure.” 1 John 3:3 NKJV (emphasis mine).
In other words, the more you focus on HIS holiness, the greater your desire will be to live a holy life. Yes, one day, we will be like Him for we will see Him as He is. That walk with Him starts now, and it starts by focusing on Him.
One of the most important things you can do as a believer is acknowledge the holiness of God, by crying out, “You are holy, You are holy, You are holy!” As you acknowledge His holiness, and focus on His holiness, it has a profound affect on your spirit – you will find yourself aspiring to HIS level of holiness! As a result, many things will start dropping off of your life, and you will discover an ever-deepening desire to be just like Him.
Look at what the writer of Hebrews wrote:
“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, LOOKING UNTO JESUS, the author and finisher of our faith . . ” Hebrews 12:1-2 NKJV (emphasis mine).
Who are you meant to focus your eyes upon? JESUS! He is the One who is the author of our faith. He is also the One who will be the finisher of your faith. Your goal is to reach Him! And in order to run this race with endurance, we need to shake off all the excess baggage that weighs us down, and we need to shake off any sins that are still tripping us up and causing us to stumble.
God has made you holy. You would not be in this race unless you were holy already. The goal of this race is to reach Jesus. He is at the finish line, and He is your focus. As you focus on Him, and press toward Him, you will find yourself shaking off everything that is not of Him, and that is hindering you from being just like Him. This causes you to grow in strength and endurance, so that, regardless of what the enemy throws your way, you are not moved by those things, because your eyes are totally focused on Jesus. He is the finisher of you faith!
You are holy!
Next week we will look at: “The Life Of A Saint.”