Behavioral scientists have discovered that we usually see things that we are prepared to see. This is all centered in a network of nerve cells called the “Reticular Activating System.” Everybody has this system.
The “Reticular Activating System.” works like this: Once something has been brought to our attention, and we have been prepared to see it, we’ll see it virtually everywhere we go.
For example, you decide to buy a new car. You make up your mind that you are going to buy a certain brand, a certain body style, and a certain color. Now, you’ll see those cars everywhere. You’ll see them on the roads, in TV advertisements, in newspapers and magazines. They’re everywhere.
Now what has happened? They were always there, but the moment you were prepared to see them, your Reticular Activating System kicked in, and suddenly you saw them everywhere.
It happens in other areas of life, too. We see what we are prepared to see. If we are prepared to see doom & gloom this year, then that’s what we’ll see. If, on the other hand, we have prepared ourselves to see sunshine & opportunities, then that’s what we are going to see.
The covenant of Grace was the responsibility of God… Your “attention” is your responsibility!
Everyday we must decide to walk in the Kingdom of God principles if we are going to experience the Kingdom life!
It’s the deity and grace of God that saves us and enters us in to eternal life… Yet, it’s the principles of the Kingdom of God that align our life into the “Heaven Upon Earth” reality we all cry out for!
To pay attention is to examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith as the Apostle Paul penned to the church. Self-examination is not legalism, it is a personal responsibility as a child of God. We are ambassadors of a great King, and as an ambassador we need to examine to determine if our walk is in alignment. Our walk is both the thoughts and the actions, the words and deeds that we live everyday!
“Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves! Or do you not recognize this about yourselves, that Jesus Christ is in you– unless indeed you fail the test?” – 2 Corinthians 3:15
How often do we examine our thoughts and actions? As often as needed… And remember to examine from a place of GRACE and glory-to-glory transformation – never shame or condemnation.
Pay Attention and be blessed as a child of the living God!
Pastor Wayne Sutton