Have you said, “I cannot live like this anymore!” or, “I hate my life!”
You’re sick and tired of disappointments, broken promises, death, illness, prodigal children, aging parents, unfaithful spouse, crummy job, prayers not getting answered. Do you open your Bible, read your devotion, write in your journal, spend time in prayer, wait for the Lord to speak to you, but you hear nothing? So you move ahead in your day; drive to work, or put in another load of laundry, discipline children, etc., and maybe even go back to bed?
You wonder, “What am I missing? I feel as though my life is going nowhere.” So you change up your routine thinking that might help, but you still don’t feel any excitement, enthusiasm, or fulfillment. You crave that deep down abiding purpose you believe you were born to have. You want to know why you’re on this earth, what it is you’re supposed to be doing, and when you find it, exclaim, “This is it! I found it!” You’re convinced there has to be more to life, and there is when you change your focus.
Jesus had no problem telling Martha she needed to change her focus. She was busy fussing about her life and worrying over Mary’s. It’s easy to say, “Well, if Jesus were in the room, I wouldn’t have a reason to be up in arms about anything,” but you would probably be just like Martha. We have this idea if our circumstances are perfect, our life will be perfect, too. Adam and Eve lived in Paradise! They had it made until they turned their focus from God and listened to the serpent, and look what happened! The difference between Martha, Adam, Eve, and Mary is Mary kept her focus on Jesus. She chose to sit at Jesus’ feet and keep her eyes on Him. Fixed, not aware of His presence, but fixed. Most of us would think preparing a meal for Jesus would be more exciting, but that’s not how Jesus saw it. He was quick to point out that Mary chose the more perfect way.
Sitting at His feet is not a physical posture, it is a place where we abide. Keeping our gaze on Him, following His lead, and listening for His direction. It takes discipline. It doesn’t come natural, but it is possible when you try and keep trying. We’re tempted to give up when we do not “feel” a change of heart, if our spirit isn’t lifted, or our circumstances do not change. I hate to be the one to break it to you, “Your circumstances may never change,” but you will. The change is supernatural and comes from God. As long as you keep your focus on Him and not your circumstances, your life will change! Remember, just like Adam and Eve, you have an enemy who makes it his business to lure you away from the feet of Jesus. He doesn’t give up. His fight is tenacious. You have to fight back, and the way you do it is by the Sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of God. Scripture defeats the enemy every single time!
I’ve listed a few of my weapon and face-seeking verses from God’s Word. You’re going to need Scripture every single day when the enemy tempts and distracts you from focusing on Jesus. The Bible tells us when we resist the devil, he will flee. But he will return.
Some might say it’s crazy to use Scripture to fight off the enemy, but that’s exactly what Jesus used when the enemy tempted Him for forty days and forty nights. If it was good enough for Jesus, then it’s good enough for you!
“Face Seeking” Scriptures
Psalm 27:98 When You said, “Seek My face,” my heart said to You, “Your face, O LORD, I shall seek.”
Psalm 105:4 Seek the Lord and His strength. Seek His face continually.
Deuteronomy 4:29 But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find Him if you search for Him with all your heart and all your soul.
Psalm 105:4 Seek the LORD and His strength; Seek His face continually.
2 Chronicles 12:14 He did evil because he did not set his heart to seek the LORD
Just a Few Battle Scriptures
1 Corinthians 10:13 No temptation has overtaken you, but such as is common to man, and God is faithful, He will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation, provide a way of escape so you will be able to endure.
1 Corinthians 6:20 For you have been bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body.
Philippians 4:19 And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus
James 4:7 Submit, therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.
2 Timothy 1:12 For this reason, I also suffer these things, but I am not ashamed; for I know whom I have believed and I am convinced that He is able to guard what I have entrusted to Him until that day.
Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly beyond all that we ask or think, according to the power that works within us, to Him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations forever and ever.
Proverbs 16:9 We make our plans, but the Lord determines our steps
Proverbs 16:1 We can make our own plans, but the Lord gives the right answer.
Proverbs 20:24 The Lord directs our steps, so why try to understand everything along the way.
Psalm 25:17 The troubles of my heart are enlarged; bring me out of my distress.
Psalm 19:14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in Your sight, O LORD my Rock and my Redeemer.
II Thessalonians 3:16 May the Lord of Peace Himself grant you peace in every circumstance. The Lord be with you all.
Deuteronomy 31:8 The Lord is the One who goes ahead of you. He will be with you. He will not fail you or forsake you. Do not fear or be dismayed.
Ephesians 6:11 Put on the full armor of God so that you will be able to stand firm against the schemes of the devil.