One of the principles that I live by is the fact that what you focus on, you empower.
In other words, what you give your attention to–what you nurse with your thoughts and words–will grow in your life.
If all you talk about is your sicknesses and woes, then sicknesses and woes will take over your life. It's a guaranteed fact.
But, if your conversation is full of the things of God–truth, hope, comfort, joy, and faith–then the presence of God and the work of God will take over your life.
Which one do you want? You get to choose.
Have you ever found yourself thinking about God? Since you're reading this blog, you probably have. Have you found yourself talking about what He's doing? Have you ever looked closely at His work in your life? You've probably even been so moved by your thoughts about God that we tell Him, “O God! You are (this) and you are (that)….”
We call putting our attention on God like that “worship.” By focusing on God, our lives become full of the presence of God because we empower Him to move in our lives. What you focus on, you empower.
So what are you doing when you give that very same attention to the devil?
It's funny. I know some people, names withheld, who seem to do nothing but talk about the enemy. For years, when I've asked them how they are, they haven't told me how they are. They've just told me all about what the devil is doing in their lives. In those exact words. And it's funny… those same people seem to have no end of trouble with the devil.
I almost never talk about the devil, and it's funny, I don't seem to have any trouble with him. What's the difference?
The difference is that what I focus on, I empower.
I look at God and God alone. I talk about God and God alone. I stare at Him until I see Him so big that He takes up my whole horizon. I can't see anything else but Him. I have to see the rest of the world through His eyes because He is all I can see. As I focus my attention on Him, I give Him permission to move in my life. My life becomes a running commentary about the presence and power of God at work in me.
Because what you focus on, you empower.
I'd like to challenge you to embrace this principle. Pay attention to your conversation. Get rid of conversation about the negative and turn those thoughts toward God. What you focus on, you empower, whether you intend to or not. Try talking about only the good things, and see what a difference it makes.
Talking point: What would you like to see empowered in your life? How can you change your thoughts and conversation to focus on those things that you want to empower?