What Are You Looking Forward To?

For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he: Eat and drink, saith he to thee; but his heart is not with thee. (Proverbs 23:7, King James Version)

This is an awesome truth. As a man thinks in his heart so is he. The popular saying goes, ‘you are what you eat” and while that may be true here we understand that “you are what you think.” This is very powerful. Whatever you think you are that is what you are.

How important is it then for us to be in control of what we are thinking? Sometimes we forget that all around us there is a battle taking place in another dimension over our life and eternal destination. There are angelic beings and demons fighting over us. These demons will speak things into our mind. When something vile or filthy enters our head we tend to identify that it is our thought. When this takes place we need to quickly recognize that a battle is about to ensue. A demon has spoke something to us and we can’t identify with it. We have to fight against it.

How do we fight against those thoughts?

We take the Scriptures that we have hidden in our heart (you have memorized scripture right?) and speak it back to the demon. We live by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.

With that said, what is occupying your thought life? What are you looking forward to?

I find that in my own life I’m looking forward to some circumstance taking place. I very much would love to be able to work from home and spend more time with my family, but sometimes I look forward to that so much that I get obsessed with finding the way to do it and spending so much time on that and when it doesn’t happen overnight I’m so disappointed and frustrated. Then I tend to get upset and depressed about it.

Instead of letting those things occupy my mind the things that need to occupy my mind are the things of God and how can I serve Him and others right now and not chasing something that is ahead. If I serve Him today and seek Him FIRST and let Christ be my dominate thought he will give me the desires of my heart.

Delight thyself also in the LORD: and he shall give thee the desires of thine heart. (Psalm 37:4, King James Version)

If my thoughts are dominated by delight in the LORD God and I seek after His kingdom and His righteousness the desires of my heart will be fulfilled. Unfortunately when the desires of our heart are set on things that are temporal you won’t receive those desires. If your mind and your desire is focused on the delight that comes from God alone then those desires can and will be fulfilled. See many of our desires are short sighted. We want bigger houses, nicer cars, a better cell phone, a newer laptop or a different job when eternal delight is right before us in the person of God.

So my thoughts need to be on God and not on myself. When my thoughts are on God then if that desire is truly from Him to work at home and spend more time with my family it will come to pass. If that desire isn’t from Him then guess what? That desire will slip away and I will find my contentment in Him. My desires will be quenched by the unsearchable riches of Christ.

My prayer as you read this post is that the Holy Spirit would search your heart and reveal to you the places that need to come under the gentle yoke of Christ.

Casting down imaginations, and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge of God, and bringing into captivity every thought to the obedience of Christ; (2 Corinthians 10:5, King James Version)

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Jason DeMars

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1 thought on “What Are You Looking Forward To?

  • God Bless You Bro. Jason for this post! Many of the things you have posted are things that have been on my heart recently.

    I recently heard some messages preached by one of the ministers at our church and he brought up this point you bring up of evil thoughts that cross our mind. To clarify further, he said those thoughts aren’t even ours. The devil so subtly makes us think that his thoughts are ours and leads us to believe that we are the ones generating these evil thoughts from our own minds when it is in fact the devil using a voice that sounds like ours, but isn’t ours. Then he condemns us and tells us we are lost because of the evil thoughts that pass through our mind. But the Bible says we must try every spirit if it is of God. Identify the spirit.

    1 John 4:1 Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world

    Counter those evil thoughts (“I’m a heathen because I still desire the things of the world”) by saying the opposite “I am not a heathen, I’m a son of God. Jesus came to the world not to condemn, but to save us,” and saying it out loud if possible, because every word is a seed. (See the post “Confess the Word”). When we rebuke the devil, he flees. Fleeing does not mean he slowly walks away, he RUNS away! Amen!

    James 4:7 “Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.”

    Now regarding the topic of “what we look forward to,” I find the following scripture to relate as well.

    Matthew 6:25-34 “Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.”

    Our minds should be on Christ, “Look to Jesus” and all these things shall be added unto you! Amen! We should seek His Perfect will in our lives, not our concept of what is perfect and ideal for us. Like you said, if He wants us to work from home to spend time with family, then He will bring it to pass if we continue to keep our eyes on Him. If He allows something else to happen instead (we don’t work from home), we shouldn’t be angry because God allows certain things to happen to us to try us, to see if we’ll stand by Him and His Word. This life wasn’t going to be easy, we would be tested and tried, and only those who passed the trials and stand by the Word will the Lord take home with Him. We are living in the last day, and it is the most glorious time to live, but at the same time, it is one of the most difficult times to live in because there’s temptations and distractions all around. The devil wants to take our sight off Jesus for just one millisecond so he can grab our attention. No matter what’s going on around us, keep your eyes on Jesus. He will supply your need.

    God Bless You, and I apologize for going off topic a few times.

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