Focus

Stayed, stand fast, mind set

How can a person maintain the right kind of focus?

Keep your focus on your vision.  The Bible says “My people perish for lack of knowledge.”
(Hosea 4:6)

God has a purpose for everyone.  We need to find out what it is.  The Bible says “if any
of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that gives to all men liberally, and upbraids not,
and it shall be given him.” (James 1:5).

Look at the principles in Proverb 4:20-27

We need to learn God talk!  Jesus said that He only speaks what the Father speaks
(John 8:28, 38; 12:50).  And we are to be imitators of God and dear children. (Ephesians
5:1-2)

Look not at the things on earth, but the things which are in heaven, for the things which
are in earth are temporary, but the things not seen are eternal. (II Corinthians 4:18).  
Look not as the world sees, but as the Word of God declares.  When we walk by faith, we
are walking according to the Word.

Put on the whole armor of God (Ephesians 6:11-18).  Looking unto Jesus (Philippians 1:
6, Hebrews 12:2-3).

The Bible said in Isaiah 26:3 “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on
You, because he trusts in You.”  Be totally committed to God: That is why the Bible tells
us to renew our mind (Romans 12:1-2).  In Philippians 4:6-9 tells us what things to think
on.  Your mind is the controlling center of your life.

Jesus tells us in Matthew 6:19-33 to seek ye first the kingdom of heaven, be depending
on God’s providence.

Be open, be committed:  We are to focus on who we are in Christ.  What does the Bible
say we are?  What would you do for God if you saw all the provisions?  Think on that
because as a man thinks in his heart, so is he.

Run to win.  Set your mind, set goals for yourself (I Corinthians 9:24-27, Hebrews 12:1).

Do not allow fear to shift the focus from God.  God told the Israelites that the promised
land was rich and fertile.  Not only that, He promised that this bountiful land would be
theirs.  When the spies reported back to Moses, they gave plenty of good reasons for
entering the land, but they couldn’t stop focusing on their fears.  Talk of giants and
fortified cities made it easy to forget about God’s promise to help.  When facing a tough
decision, don’t let the negatives cause you to lose sight of the positives.  Weight both
sides carefully.  Don’t let potential difficulties blind you to God’s power to help and His
promise to guide (Numbers 13:31-14:4).  Don’t streak back! And don’t be double minded.
(James 1:6-8).

Identify and avoid destructive distractions.  The Corinthians’ and the Galatians’ pure and
simple devotion to Christ was being threatened by false teaching.  Paul did not want the
believers to lose their single-minded love for Christ.  Keeping Christ first in our life can be
very difficult when we have so many distractions threatening to sidetrack our faith.  Just
as Eve lost her focus by listening to the serpent, we too can lose our focus by letting our
life become overcrowded and confused. (II Corinthians 11:3, Gal 1:6-9).  Take your eyes
off what you can do in the flesh (the natural) and focus on what you can do in Christ (the
supernatural).  (Philippians 4:13) “I can do all things through Christ which strengthens
me.”  Remembering Romans 8:5-9; it’s not what you can do, it’s what God can do through
you.  God told Joshua in Joshua 1:8 “this book of the law shall not depart out of your
mouth, but you shall meditate therein day and night that you may observe to do
according to all that is written therein: for then you shall make your way prosperous and
then you shall have good success.  The key is to find your goals in the Bible and, speak
what God says about them, focus on that day and night because His word will not return
void.

Identify and avoid destructive instruction.  Today there are many false teachings that
seem to make sense.  Don’t believe someone simply because he or she sounds like an
authority or says words you like to hear.  Search the Bible and check his or her teachings
with God’s Word. (I Thessalonians 5:19-22).  The Bible should be your authoritative
guide.  Don’t listen to any “authoritative preacher” who contradicts God’s Word.  Make
the Bible the final authority in your life.  Jesus said “many will come in My name and
deceive even the most elect. (Matthews 24:4-5, 11, 24; Ephesians 4:14-15).
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