I am loving this book! It’s a no-nonsense book that fortifies the right mindset and focus in spiritual maturity. Every Christian serious about their walk, purpose, and relationship with God should read this book. Definitely, the ones in leadership. It’s the real deal.
As I was reading (and listening) to this part, it stopped me in my tracks, I remember being so deep in my lust that when I decided to cooperate with God to dig me out, it was a constant fight to focus on God. The enemy would pass images from my past in my mind or imaginations I used to entertain because my eyes were used to paying attention to what the devil and my flesh wanted me to see. I had given the enemy open access through my eyes and thoughts not knowing the torment it would cause me later. I definitely didn’t know it would work against me when I’m trying to pray, worship, listen to the word at church and sometimes during worship. The devil had my attention for a really long time and I had to retrain my eyes to see and focus on God, the things of God and from His perspective. That agony made me start checking my eye gates (what I watch), ear gates (what I’m listening to), fasting, feverishly reading my word (to see through God’s perspective and nature), and be unreserved in my worship to God (keep worship intimate, complete focus on Him, not people, no distractions). It made me realized my distance and chase after Him. If you love God you go after Him by obeying Him, every devil in hell may come through all the doors you didn’t know you opened, but God will give you the ability to clean house and snatch the enemy’s keys back as you give him the boot! Now the devil will come knocking again, but it’s easier to make someone leave at your door than someone you already let in. Especially when Jesus lives there. Thank you God! Thank you God that You are faithful and you draw near to those who draw near to You. Thank you God for freedom. Thank you God for the right sight.
John 14:23 Jesus answered anyone who loves me, he will keep My word. My Father will love him, and We will come to him and make Our home with him.
James 4:8 Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, sinners, and purify your hearts, double-minded people!
I will not set anything worthless before my eyes. I hate the practice of transgression; it will not cling to me. A devious heart will be far from me; I will not be involved with evil
2 Corinthians 10:4-5 since the weapons of our warfare are not worldly, but powerful through God for the demolition of strongholds. We tear down arguments and every high-minded thing that is raised up against the knowledge of God, taking every thought captive to obey Christ.