THERE IS A MIGHTY BATTLE going on for control of your mind. Heaven and earth intersect in your mind; the tugs of both spheres influence your thinking. I created you with the capacity to experience foretastes of heaven. When you shut out the world and focus on My Presence, you can enjoy sitting with Me in heavenly realms. This is an incredible privilege reserved for precious ones who belong to Me and seek My Face. Your greatest strength is your desire to spend time communing with Me. As you concentrate on Me, My Spirit fills your mind with Life and Peace.
The world exerts a downward pull on your thoughts. Media bombard you with greed, lust, and cynicism. When you face these things, pray for protection and discernment. Stay in continual communication with Me whenever you walk through the wastelands of this world. Refuse to worry, because this form of worldliness will weigh you down and block awareness of My Presence. Stay alert, recognizing the battle being waged against your mind. Look forward to an eternity of strife-free living, reserved for you in heaven.
Young, Sarah (2004). Jesus Calling: Seeking Peace in His Presence (p. 274). Thomas Nelson. Kindle Edition.
As I sit and think about the devotion this morning, I am wondering how much my daily life would change if I was cognizant of the battle in my mind. If I realized the great potential that would be released once I grasped the enormity of what was at stake.
I believe that if I concentrated on Christ’s presence during the day, many times, every day, I would be changed.
What I don’t realize (I believe my mind grasps it, but not my heart, YET!) is what having Christ’s presence in my life would actually accomplish. I say this because I know my daily actions…
I have time with Christ in the morning. Usually every morning. Good time, quiet time where I am focused on His presence and pretty good communication with His Spirit. BUT, I then finish my quiet time, and start my day. Go upstairs and work, go to meetings, phone calls, etc. What does not happen is NOT me seeking His Presence all during the day. It is better, but I have SO FAR to go!
This devotion challenges me, as Sara usually has a clear way of doing so.