What Are You Considering?
And (Abraham) being not weak in faith, considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarah’s womb: He staggered not at the promise of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that, what he had promised, he was able also to perform (Romans 4:19-21).
Wherefore, Holy brethren, partakers of the heavenly calling, consider the Apostle and High Priest of our profession (confession), Christ Jesus (Hebrews 3:1).
To consider is to fix our gaze upon, to pay close attention to.
Proverbs 4:20-22 tells us that we are to pay attention to God’s Word. We are to hear His Word. We are not to let His Word depart from our eyes. We are to keep His Word in the middle of our heart or our spirit. Why? Because His Word is life, health, medicine to all our flesh.
God told Joshua when he was stepping into Moses’ place that he was not to let the Word depart out of His mouth, but he was to meditate on it day and night, the he may observe to do according to all that is written (the Word), for then he would make his way prosperous, and have good success or do wisely (Joshua1:8).
From these three scriptures (and there are many others for those who want to do some further study) we can draw some very decisive conclusions on what we are to consider.
First of all, we do not consider or take into account negative earthly, fleshly circumstances, which are trying to dictate to us what we are to gaze upon. The flesh, the world’s system, circumstances scream at us: Look at me. Can’t you see you are going down the drain. Take a good long look at me. I want you to pay attention to me.
For many years Abraham did consider his physical body. But then something changed him. God changed his name from Abram to Abraham. So Abraham had to change his confession to father of many nations. That word that he heard constantly got into his heart (that’s called meditation), and he became fully persuaded that God’s Word was true for him.
So we see from Abraham and from the scripture in Hebrews 3:1 and Proverbs 4:20-22 and Joshua 1:8 that we are to speak of God’s Word day and night. We are to think on what He says instead of what people say, what our body says, what our checkbook says. Day and night, night and day, we are to consider Jesus and His Word. We are to put aside negative considerations and negative possibilities. We are to stop running the videos of “what if.” There is only one “what if” with God. It is His Word and His ability to perform His Word for you.
God told Joshua that meditating or thinking continually on His Word would make Joshua’s life prosperous, and that Joshua would have good success and deal wisely. God is not a man that He can lie. He is the same yesterday, today and forever. He is no respecter of persons. If that is what He told Joshua, that is what He is telling us.
Here is what God is saying: CONSIDER ME! CONSIDER MY WORD! DON’T CONSIDSER ANYTHING ELSE! LOOK AT ME! SEE ME WORKING IN YOUR LIFE! REFUSE TO SEE ANYTHING ELSE! IT MAKES NO DIFFERENCE HOW DIFFICULT THE CIRCUMSTANCE SEEMS OR HOW IMPOSSIBLE IT SEEMS TO ACHIEVE VICTORY, REFUSE TO LOOK AT ANYTHING ELSE BUT JESUS THE AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF YOUR FAITH!