I cannot believe that August is here family. This year has gone by so fast and honestly God has been teaching me a lot this year and that process has been anything but easy. This past few months has tested the foundation of my Christian walk and I discovered that my foundations were anything but solid. I found myself struggling with inconsistencies in my relationship with God and I could not discover why. I know I love Jesus but I could not figure out why it was not so easy to give up my desires for His will. I found myself weighed down by the burden of my own inconsistencies and this left me unable to continue walking with God. Recently, I was speaking to God and He was showing me the reason behind the inconsistencies.

The main reason why I found myself struggling in my relationship with God was simply the fact that my focus was not on God. I have come to learn that we become what we focus on. The more I focused on my weaknesses and the sin I struggled with, the harder it was to walk with God. 2 Corinthians 3:18 says “And we all, who with unveiled faces contemplate the Lord’s glory, are being transformed into his image with ever-increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the Spirit.” I want us to understand the truth that comes from this verse so I will take a minute to explain it. This verse makes it clear that the more I focus on the glory of God, the more I will be transformed into His image. Sin puts a veil on our faces and a lot of times we think we have the ability to remove that veil on our own. That sentiment at its core is in fact rooted in pride because the only one who is able to remove the veil is Christ Himself. The Bible makes it clear that whenever anyone turns to the Lord the veil is taken away (2 Corinthians 3:16). A lot of times we know that we cannot come to the Lord without the Father first drawing us to Himself but the problem is that somewhere along the way we shifted the focus from the Father to ourselves. The main reason I found myself struggling with sin, unbelief, rejection etc was simply because I stopped focusing on the Lord. The more I focused on my inconsistencies, the more inconsistent I became in every area of my life.

I simply want us to understand that what we focus on is magnified. If I choose to focus on my weaknesses then my weaknesses will be magnified. If I choose to focus on the sin I am struggling with then that sin will be magnified. However, If I choose to focus on the Holiness of God then His holiness will be magnified and not sinning will be automatic. Living a life of Holiness is only made possible when we look unto Jesus who is the author and finisher of our faith. Maintaining your passion for the things of God is only a reality when we are focused on God. When we focus on God, other distractions will fade away.

I also want us to know that the Lord is more invested in our Christian walks than we are. More than you desire to know God, God desires for you to know you. In this season I have had to remind myself that God is able to keep me from falling as long as I keep my focus on Him.