And they remembered His words. Luke 24:8 AMP
How many times have I started out my day ‘knowing’ that if I keep focused, my day will go smoothly, only to get three steps out the door and forget where I was headed?
I’m not referring to some mental hiccup or menopausal cerebral glitch in time. I’m talking about losing my sense of focus and direction. Drives me crazy!
Our Scripture verse in Luke points to the time on that third day after Jesus was crucified. The women disciples had gone to the tomb to anoint Jesus’ body with the ceremonial spices. Let’s think about this moment, shall we?
However far these precious few women traveled, each step they took forward may have felt miles away. The scent of their pouches carrying spices reserved for their Master’s Body close to their own body may have been beckoning their senses. Eyes swollen from crying for the past seventy-two hours, lack of sleep and food — we’ve all been there. I imagine that as they journeyed to the tomb the mood was very somber and if any words were exchanged among them, they were few and brief.
Upon their arrival they were stunned to find the tombstone rolled off to the side and the gravesite empty. This small band of courageous women who had devoted their lives to the lordship of Jesus Christ had forgotten the words of hope spoken of their Risen Lord.
It was the fulfillment of His Promise.
And suddenly it dawned on them “And they remembered His Words.”
- Describe a time when, if you could go back and do-over, you wished you had ‘remembered His Words.’
- What specific Words of His Promises were they?
- How would remembering His Words have resulted in a different outcome?
Sweet Friend, I want to tell you with everything that is in me, this world will do everything it can to lure you away from the truth and blur the lines of that truth. The distractions will derail you. Outside forces will scream loudly and try to kick you far off course.
We are destroying sophisticated arguments and every exalted and proud thing that sets itself up against the [true] knowledge of God, and we are taking every thought and purpose captive to the obedience of Christ, 2 Corinthians 10:5 AMP
One of the first steps to maintaining focus in a blurry world is to take your thoughts captive and ‘lasso’ them down to the lordship of the Holy Spirit. If the subtle whispers don’t align with the Word of GOD, yank that thought out of your head by surrendering it to the Lord of Hosts. The enemy of your soul knows how to counterfeit the truth to make it ‘sound good.’
- What do you do or where do you go to find answers to your compelling questions?
- What trusted friends or family are you likely to confide in when your world seems fogged with confusion?
Think over what I say, for the Lord will give you understanding in everything. 2 Timothy 2:7 ESV
When I am knee deep in messy thought, that’s when it’s most important for me to reach up before reaching out.
Asking the Holy Spirit to shed light on my situation will illuminate what my next steps should be and where to go or whom to speak to about it.
- Write out your current messy situation. That’s the first step in seeing what you are facing.
- Sit still for a moment and ask The Holy Spirit to speak into your space and record what you hear.
- Make notes in your Bible and journal — dates, details — so that you can come back to see the victory later.
Sister, I don’t know what your current situation is, but I do pray in agreement with you that you will act on it in the manner GOD desires for you so that you can come back and tell us about it. If you believe that you need to seek professional assistance, please do this.
I encourage you to start memorizing Scripture so that you can pull them out of your mental pocket at a moment’s notice. Start small and give yourself grace to practice. Let me help you get started:
Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. Proverbs 3:5 ESV
“Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world.” Psalm 46:10 NLT
For God is not the author of confusion but of peace, as in all the churches of the saints. 1 Corinthians 14:33. NKJV
You can do this. Keep going. I’m cheering you on, Friend. Keep the Lord your focal point and you will have a clearer view.
I love you to Heaven and Back, Girlfriend ~~
LindaRJohnson, TitusTwo Visionary
Thank you Lord! I’ve been too lost in my fear of the unknown and it’s been dictating my day (and the inclination of my heart) instead of the reality of who Christ is and what I possess because of it.
Hi Veronica: Isn’t it amazing that God will turn our eyes and heart to see what we already possessed? I can relate to ‘feeling lost in my fear of the unknown.’ But we both know that fear is not from the Lord. And the unknown is something He has already conquered. His Present to us: today. I pray that you will continue to experience the reality of His Presence in your day. (((HUGS)))
Love this more today than when I first read it. Thank you, Linda.
Veronica: Sometimes the 2nd time around makes the ‘walk’ a little bit sweeter. You are loved, Girlfriend.
I read this last year but when I read it again today, it made more sense and gave me clarity. This morning I was thinking to myself I need to leave. “Why am I trying to do so many things before I leave.” By reading this article I can relate to it and remember to pray and practice my verse of the week. I love the verse Linda shared with us. Proverbs 3:5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart, do not depend on your own understanding.
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MariaD: I’m glad that something from the ‘past’ can be of value to you in the ‘present.’ And I can totally relate to trying to do too much at a single time — that’s where I realize my priorities need to be revisited. I hope the rest of your day went smoothly. (((HUGS)))