Beloved, if our heart condemn us not, then have we confidence toward God.
1 John 3:21 (King James Version)
When you sing songs of worship to the Lord, is your heart truly devoted to Him? When you read your Bible or say your prayers to God, is your focus totally on Him? Are your motives for doing ministry set on glorifying the Almighty and His Kingdom?
Many of us, at one time or another, have had our minds elsewhere when we are worshiping the Lord or serving Him. It is not like we purposely seek out these distractions, it is like they just pop into our heads when we least expect them. How does this happen?
I suspect it has something to do with our sinful bodies. Even though we are saved from sin by the blood of Christ, we still dwell in a body that is resistant to God and His ways. Furthermore, we live in a sinful world that offers things that our appealing to our flesh, making it easily distracted.
As long as we live in these bodies that are prone to sin, does that mean we are doomed to being not totally devoted to the Lord? Absolutely not! Although the urges from our bodies are strong, they are not all-powerful and they do not have the final say.
We do not submit to the flesh and to its whims. Instead we force our bodies to submit to our will and to the will of the Lord whom we pledge our faith to. This will not be an easy task, for our flesh is like a wild mustang that fights aggressively to any kind of control. Fortunately, we are not alone in this struggle over the flesh, for our God promises to give us the strength to fight. Therefore, we must seek the Lord for help and we will have the means to break the wildness that is within us.
So how do we prevent our sinful bodies from having its way? We must be careful not to go into auto-pilot spiritually. If you are not paying attention, it is really easy for us to wander into sin since our bodies are inclined to it. We need to pay attention to the thoughts that come into our hearts and the physical surroundings that we are in. If we find ourselves in a compromising situation, we need to get out of it as soon as possible lest our flesh be tempted. If an ungodly thought comes into our heart, we must take it captive and put it out of our minds before it causes damage.
Let us consider the words of the Apostle John is his first Epistle. As long as we allow our sinful thoughts to distract us from the true worship of the Lord, our hearts will convict us and make us feel unworthy to approach the Almighty or ask for anything. However, if we are actively monitoring our thought life and our focus is on the King of Kings, then we will not condemn ourselves and have confidence to approach Him and make our requests to God. Therefore, work hard to love the Lord your God with all your heart, mind, body, soul, and strength; so we would have the confidence to stand before Him.
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