What You Focus on Consumes You

My son, Keep my words and store up my commands within you. Keep my commands and you will live; guard my teachings as the apple of your eye. Bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 7:1-3

We live in a sex-saturated society. TV, movies, videos, novels, magazines, billboards, and computer screens bring immorality into our homes and make it appear as the norm. How can God’s people remain pure? How can you develop a personal morality strong enough to withstand the seduction of the current age?

Chapter 7 is another warning against adultery. In the first three verses, we find the heart of the matter. God is warning us to keep his commandments. You’re probably thinking, “That’s not the first time I’ve heard that sentence.” You are right. God does command us to follow his law. But, don’t you ever wonder why Solomon would put these verses right before talking about adultery? What you focus on consumes you. That is the warning Solomon is giving to us here. He is saying focus on God’s word. Meditate upon that because that is what is going to keep you from falling into the trap of adultery.

When he says adultery that can mean a number of things. It can mean literally sleeping with a married person or even sinning in general. At the heart of sin is idolatry. When we become Christians, we are making a commitment to separate your life for the Lord (just as married person makes the commitment to their spouse). When we sin, we are basically lusting after things of this world and straying away from our love for God. God compares the constant sin of Israel to the sin of adultery. The whole book of Hosea is about that.

Jesus said that by just thinking of a woman (or man if you are a woman) in a lustful manner you have committed adultery in your heart (Matthew 5:28). Seduction leads to destruction.

So, how can we stop from sinning in our hearts? By meditating and keeping God’s word. It is what is going to keep us from sin. This not only keeps you from sin but it also brings salvation to those around you. When we fill our minds with the Word, we have ammunition to fend off the devil’s attacks. Paul warns Timothy in 1 Timothy 4:16 saying, “Watch your life and doctrine closely. Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.” The way you live your life gives a witness to Christ who dwells within you. People are watching us and even when we think we are wasting our breathe, they are listening. By focusing on Christ and meditating on his word, we are not only more likely to live a life that is pleasing before the Lord but, we reflect Christ allowing those around us have an opportunity to know him.

So, today, ask the Lord to show you what you have been consumed by and what it is that you have been focusing on. Has it been grades? Your boyfriend/girlfriend? Fitting in? Finances? Being thin/fit? If it has been anything other than Christ, ask the Lord for forgiveness for putting something else before him. Tell him you desire to make Christ the focus of your life. And take Solomon’s advice. Start doing more than just memorizing God’s word. Really delve in it. Meditate on what God is trying to tell you. Ask God for understanding of his word. Don’t just know God’s word, live it! There will be a noticeable change when you begin to do this. Use the wonder of people around you as an opportunity to talk about what Christ has done in your life. Remember, what you focus on consumes you. So, begin to live a life that is focused on Christ.

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