By Nina Roach
To bank on something or someone means to be absolutely sure that you can trust, depend, and rely on that something or someone. Prior to our transference into the Kingdom of God by our declaration of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ, we trusted more in the things that we saw and the words that we heard.
We also were raised and relied upon our family and religious traditions that made the Word of God ineffective. We weren't staying clear of all the silly stories that got dressed up as a religion that pointed us away from God. For believers and unbelievers to make it in these upcoming days we must bank on God, Savior of all men and women especially in a world that banks on temporal things that are quickly passing away.
If we don't stay alert and catch our thoughts we will bank our lives on things and people outside of ourselves. We will bank on our marital statuses, our jobs, relationships with family and friends, what others think and say about us, our accomplishments and our appearances. These can become idols in our lives and draw us into empty places and limit our trust in God. The passage above clearly states that a disciplined life in God is far more useful and makes us fit both for today and forever.
We must be intentional and make it our priority to guard our hearts and throw ourselves into this venture of banking on the living God. This is why we shift... We train our minds to think like God does which also changes the trajectory of our lives if we allow it. Our focus begins to change, our motives and our responses also to what the Holy Spirit reveals to each of us from the Word of God. The Holy Spirit can show us where our affections, thoughts and focus lie and redirect us to a lifestyle that is fitting for the Kingdom of God.
The answers that we need to our problems and situations that we face are found within our reach. But what are we reaching for? Comforting foods, social media, opinions of others, astrologers, our own ideas or the Word of God. Our spiritual fitness and physical fitness both have great benefits. They both give us the strength and balance that we need. Our mental capacity increases for our journeys as we focus and stay alert on the Word of God and when we are in better physical shape. We also have more energy to be productive throughout our day. Disciplining our lives in God helps us in our spiritual growth and also transfers to other areas of our lives. Discipline leads to more discipline. And lastly, if we are giving it our all we are forced to rest on God's promises and rest our bodies and recover.
Let's make it our ongoing goal not to carry any extra spiritual or physical weight and flabbiness. Physical training is good, but training for godliness is much better, promising benefits in this life and in the life to come. Let's shed the extra weight of pride, lust, greed, philosophies, worry, doubt, fear, in exchange for truth and dependability upon our God. And let's also shed extra pounds so that our bodies are prepared for the Kingdom opportunities that God brings our way. When we bank on God it makes us spiritually and physically fit for what lies ahead of us.
Decree It: I am a child of the living God and I choose to follow the sound teaching of the Bible and live my life by the Message of faith that I have received. I live out all of my allotted days by seeking first the Kingdom of God and all the other things will be given unto me. I trust in the Lord with all my heart and lean not to my own ways and understanding, in all my ways I acknowledge Him and He directs my paths. The Lord is my great Shepherd and He provides what I need. He increases my capacity in every area of my life. I rely on God to bless my efforts and reward me as I discipline my mind and diligently seek Him.