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Taking Our Eyes Off Of Ourselves

Let nothing be done through selfish ambition or conceit, but in lowliness of mind let each esteem others better than himself. Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others. Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, Philippians 2:3-5 (NKJV)

Often times when I am counseling it will be for people who are discouraged because of something they are facing.  Their countenance will usually reflect their discouragement and lack of hope. I will usually encourage them to put their focus back on the Lord and His sovereignty—knowing He is working in every situation, and then share the biblical scriptures to help them to see God’s will.  Just knowing God is in control can change how we look at our challenges.  And keeping our mind fixed upon his promises will always bring about new hope and encouragement.

Another thing I try to suggest to someone who has their mind fixed upon their own problems is to have them look at others who are also having a difficult time.  I ask them to begin to pray for this person and even to find some scriptures to share with them to help them look at what the Lord would want them to know.  This is the biblical principle of iron sharpening iron. 

As iron sharpens iron, So a man sharpens the countenance of his friend. Proverbs 27:17 (NKJV)

I find when I take my eyes off of my own problems and I genuinely put them on other peoples' needs I seem to forget what was causing me to worry or fret, and I am quickly comforted and strengthened in my faith.  It’s my hope and heart to reflect God’s light through my words and actions when I am encouraging and counseling others, and I usually will find the Lord is speaking to me as much as He is to whomever I am speaking with.  In the end I find myself being ministered to as much as the person I am ministering. 

This same principle holds true for when we may be lacking what we feel we need with regard to provisions and finances.  We can be tempted to look only at what we don’t have rather than what we do.  It just may be someone else is in even worse condition and God is prompting you to take what little you have and share it with them (cf. Matt. 15:32-37).  The bottom line is we shouldn’t be only focusing on our own problems, or what we are lacking, we should always be looking at the needs of others and asking God how we can take what little we have and help them. 

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let’s choose to look at our problems and then to lay them before the Lord as we put our trust in His provision and protection.  We have been given so much from God and we have so much to look forward to.  If you are downcast about something today I want to encourage you to lift up your face, rejoice and have hope—salvation is coming.

STUDY QUESTION: According to Philippians 2:3-5 what type of mind should be in us as was in Christ Jesus?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you willing to fully trust God for every situation in your life? 

APPLICATION:  Let’s choose to be willing to look for opportunities today to help others?

LET’S PRAY: Father, thank You for all provision and Your amazing grace upon our lives.  Thank You for sharing Your perspective and truths with us and for giving us examples within Your Word to live by.  Show us those who we can help today.  Give us an opportunity to pray for others and to share what You have given abundantly to us.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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