Another essential is to personally apply God’s word to our heart. Joshua 1:9 said to observe to do. I lived under the sound of the word. It wasn’t until 1972 that I learned that there were principles in His word to live by. Commands are not suggestions.
Matthew 6:25 says to not worry about our life. Verse 33 says, “But seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness, and all these things shall be added to you.” Worry is a distraction. It preoccupies our thoughts and keeps us from implementing our essentials.
Isaiah 41:10 says, “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.”
Fear is another distractor. It occupies our mind. The antidote is Isaiah 26:3 which says, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”
Keeping a record of wrongs is another distractor. Please say these words out loud: You bore the sin of the one who hurt me. You forgave the one who crushed my spirit. You gave me Your forgiveness to forgive as I have been forgiven.
When we refuse to forgive those who hurt us, we clutter our hearts with walled in bitterness and resentment, and we leak defilement over those around us.
Wallowing in the past, holding onto things that are passed, and rehearsing the hurts, keeps us self-focused. It blocks are God given gifts. It defiles our fruit-testimony.
1 Peter 2:1 says to lay aside. Verse 2-3 says, “As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.”
Worry, fear, unforgiveness are non essentials that need to be laid aside. They stunt our spiritual growth. Confess them as sin and move forward. Embrace God’s word. Hide it in your heart. Fill your heart-reservoir with truth that will set you free. It is experiential truth that clears the heart of the superfluous so it can be occupied with the essentials.