August 14, 2023

1 Peter 1:13 (NKJV) — 13 Therefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and rest your hope fully upon the grace that is to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ;

Sometimes we can allow everyday life to get us down. Satan and his cunning ways place ungodly thoughts in our minds. They do not have to be evil thoughts, just thoughts leaving God out of our lives. We let thoughts run through our minds and start allowing the lies of Satan to take the place of God’s Word. This is why the words of the Bible are so important. The focus of our mind is important. It does not have to be Satan attacking us. Just turn on the television, listen to the music of today, read the billboards along the road, and listen to others talk. We are bombarded by the sordid, foul, and wretched mindset of a world devoid of God.

When life starts beating you down, what do you do? For some, it is the rejection of God. The question may be, “If God is so good and powerful why is He allowing this to happen to me?” Some actually ignore God during the storms of life. Worse, they may even rebel against Him. They curse and disobey Him.

Peter gives us the course of action we need to take. When the thoughts of evil rebellion come into our lives instead of succumbing to them, we are to concentrate and focus our attention and hope upon God. We are not to allow our minds to roam about and harbor worldly thoughts. 

What should we focus on? Paul writes in Philippians 4:8, “Finally, brethren, whatever things ARE TRUE, whatever things ARE NOBLE, whatever things ARE JUST, whatever things ARE PURE, whatever things ARE LOVELY, whatever things ARE OF GOOD REPORT, if there is any virtue and IF THERE IS ANYTHING PRAISEWORTHY—MEDITATE ON THESE THINGS.”

Focus upon God!

We are not to allow our thoughts to just roam around without boundaries. When life gets difficult focus on God and follow the words of Isaiah 40:31, “But those who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength, they shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.”

I write this from personal experience. I know what it is like to be bombarded by the thoughts and battles of everyday life.