“And he that was dead came forth, bound hand and foot with graveclothes: and his face was bound about with a napkin. Jesus saith unto them, loose him, and let him go.” – John 11:44

Today marks the end of August I will like us to end with this topic on focusing on God. Symbolically, Lazarus is like many Christians. The Bible speaks of us passing from death unto new life when we get born again. But it is also true that in the physical and emotional realm, we bring our “graveclothes” from our old life with us (i.e. habits, attitudes, etc.), and we need to be “loosed” to fully enjoy our new life.

Our emotions and attitudes follow what we think. When we focus our attention on our problems, they are magnified out of proportion. When we neglect our problems and think on God’s provision, the answer is magnified, and the problem shrinks.

Whatever we think upon is going to dominate us. If we think on depressing things, we will be depressed. If we think on uplifting things, we will be uplifted. If we think, “by His stripes, we are healed”, we will be healed. If we think on sickness, we will be sick.

Beloved, godly contentment is not dependent upon circumstances. That is totally opposite of the way most people think today. No one really desires depression but very few feel any responsibility or authority to maintain positive emotions in the face of negative circumstances.

They think emotions follow circumstances. That is not true. Emotions follow the way we think, and we can choose to think on things that are lovely, true, of good report, and so forth regardless of our circumstances. As we think, is how we respond emotionally.

Focus your attention on the invisible truths of the spiritual realm that are eternal, instead of the visible things of this physical world that will die.

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