Single-Mindedness of Purpose!

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Simple Truth

There are lots of verses in the bible that talk about getting away from it all. Jesus would often get away from it all or sometimes He would try to get away from it all and would find that He couldn’t. I imagine that one reason why He needed to get away from it all was to make sure that He didn’t get lost in it all, your mind can get pretty jumbled up if you don’t frequently stop to take stock of things, you have to frequently stop, and look, and listen. You have to stop everything, look at the whole situation or situations that you are finding yourself in and put them all under review and then you have to listen to the voice of reason, or better said, you have to listen to the voice of God. If you are thinking: How do I listen to the voice of God? – I can’t hear from God, I never have! Then don’t worry, just listen to the voice of reason, listen to the voice of your conscience, put everything under review and listen to the voice of balance, do this until you find yourself in a sound-minded state and also as having a firm grip on reality.

Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life, we find Jesus when we are going the right way, His way, and we find Jesus when we are truthful to ourselves and honest with Him which is the same thing. And when we have a firm grip on reality we find the life of Jesus in that reality. Jesus cannot dwell in a lie or in falsehood, Jesus can only dwell in the truth so it is Jesus troubledvery very important for us to rediscover our single-mindedness of purpose and the sound mind that goes with this. There are so many things that can trip us all off these days and there is so much madness and insanity that we can all get lost in. Jesus, when He was here, was often pursued by large crowds and He would no-doubt found Himself in the midst of many many troubles and many many sorrows and even much grief. He would also find Himself in the midst of disputes and countless questions and countless arguments and accusations and even life-threatening situations and on top of this, He suffered many many insecurities. Jesus once said, “…Foxes have holes and birds of the air have nests; but the Son of man hath not where to lay his head” (Luke 9:58).

Christ alone prayingSo is it any wonder that He would frequently look for a solitary place to pray? Jesus clearly had to hold on to a sound mind and a single-mindedness of purpose so He would frequently stop everything, look at all the situations that He had found Himself in and put all of this under review in order to maintain balance and order in His mind and life as well as spiritual strength that only comes from God and He would also be listening to the voice of God in all of this. It is important for us all to assume that God can guide us in all of this and we can even hear His voice in all of this, though we might not be highly aware of it, whereas, on the other hand we might. God speaks in a still small voice and often we think it is our own thoughts but we find out that it was Him all along when we see that things are working out better and we find life in all that we do, we find Jesus who is the way, the truth, and the life, when we go the right way and when we maintain balance and walk in step with Him!

walking in Jesus steps

Mark 1:35 “And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.”

Luke 4:42 “And when it was day, he departed and went into a dessert place: and the people saw him, and came unto him, and stayed him, that he should not depart from them.”

Matthew 14:13 “When Jesus heard of it (John the Baptist’s death), he departed thence by ship into a dessert place apart: and when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities.”

Luke 6:12 “And it came to pass in those days, that he went out into a mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.”

Matthew 14:23  “And when he had sent the multitude away, he went up into a mountain apart to pray: and when the evening was come, he was there alone.”

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3 Responses to Single-Mindedness of Purpose!

  1. Good article here guys and a lot of wisdom in there. As I look back on my Christian walk I made some major mistakes because I was very impulse driven and caused a lot of problems for myself and other Christians. At the moment my prayer is to take things slower and concerning major decisions; I am going to pray over those decisions for at least a few weeks before acting on them. There’s no need to rush things and we should pray over things diligently. We also should be reluctant to do things that are not based on love and grace, there’s a lot of gossip and judgementalism going on in the body of Christ that is not healthy and we need to avoid these things.

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  2. Everything you have said is completely true and reads as a very sound-minded view. Particularly in this day and age we really do need to slow ourselves down as we are bombarded with information and even temptation and change, we make our best decisions when we slow ourselves down and weigh up a situation. I remember when I was at school and was taught maths and how those sums were getting bigger and bigger as I progressed and as the sums became bigger and more complex it would take a longer and longer time to sum up and arrive at the right figures so it’s welcome to the grown up world for all of us and we really really do need to do exactly as you have said, and that is to take a week or more over some decisions – you are very very wise.

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  3. Thanks for your reply. I think as you guys continue to produce quality content you will get regular visitors and a following. The internet is big and full of lots of information as you say, but if your producing quality articles on a well presented and maintained website, people are going to follow you and come back regularly. It is very true that the devil does use the internet a lot, but God can also use the internet for his purposes. We are in a high tech age and everything has changed, if you don’t have: facebook, snapchat, the internet or any of the other popular high tech services; you can forget about making new friends or getting into a romantic relationship. Its a new era. Everyone is on the internet these days and Jesus did say go into the world and bring them into the Kingdom. Where is everyone these days? They are on the internet! So the fact you guys are evangelizing on the internet seems logical to me. Your not going to reach many people preaching on the streets these days because everyone is on their iphone. As you continue preaching online and get more followers and people post your articles on facebook, you will be preaching to the public directly through their iphones. This is evangelism of the future. Keep up the good work.

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