The Importance of Focus

Where are you focusing?

Do you have your eyes on the prize? Do you have your eyes on the goal? Do you have your eyes on the reason? Do you have your eyes on the purpose? Do you have your eyes on the finish line? Do you have enough focus to get you where you are going?

Consider the words from Philippians 3:14 and what they are telling us:

I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.

Philippians 3:14

Don’t get stuck or distracted by the things of the world today. Don’t get stuck or taken off track by the latest news or social media buzz. Don’t allow yourself to be drawn into efforts that are destructive or distracting. Let’s keep our eyes on the prize! Let’s press forward towards the goal! Let’s focus on getting to eternity with God! Let’s focus on things that will last rather than the temporary! Let’s focus on people! Let’s allow our days be lead by love! Loving God! Loving people!

Consider the words from Philippians 4:8 and what they are telling us to focus on:

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

Philippians 4:8

Let’s focus on the truth! For the truth will set us free! Let’s focus on having high moral values (principles and ideas)! Let’s focus on what is right! Let’s focus on what is pure! Let’s focus on what is lovely! Let’s focus on what is arousing or deserving respect and approval! Let’s focus on things that are excellent! Let’s focus on things that are praiseworthy!

Have you made the decision that has locked in your destiny with God for eternity? Have you invited Jesus into your heart as your Lord and Savior? Are you living your life in relationship with God? Not rituals and routines but an actual relationship with God, sensitive to the Holy Spirit’s leading and guiding, talking with Jesus, and including Him in your entire day, not compartments but all of your day?

Where are you putting your focus today?
Will it get you where you want to be going?


The One Year Daily Insights with Zig Ziglar and Dr. Ike Reighard for February 11th


Eyes on the Outcome


MEMORY VERSE OF THE DAY: James 1:2-3

‘My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience. ‘


POINTS FROM THE DEVOTIONAL:
  • How do you approach the Word of God? Do you believe it?
  • How do you receive the Word of God? Do you accept it?
  • How do you respond to the Word of God? Do you pursue it?
  • Do you believe it or do you know it?
  • Do you have faith in it or do you trust it?
  • Some may read verses like today’s verse above and be in disbelief.
  • Are you willing to trust God at His Word in spite of the fact that you can’t see the goal or destination yet?
  • Are you allowing to let the experiences of life refine you and strengthen you to become all that God created and purposed for you?
  • Today’s verse was interesting to me because it only included verses 2 and 3. Let me share 4 with you as it keeps me going in the midst of the trials.
    • ‘But let patience have its perfect work, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking nothing. ‘James 1:4
  • And when trials come and I don’t understand it, continuing to read James 1 encourages me and directs me forward towards the goal and to not give up!
    • ‘If any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all liberally and without reproach, and it will be given to him. But let him ask in faith, with no doubting, for he who doubts is like a wave of the sea driven and tossed by the wind. For let not that man suppose that he will receive anything from the Lord; he is a double-minded man, unstable in all his ways.’James 1:5-8
  • With all this context it helps me to grab hold of and lean into all that God has to say when He says to “Count it all joy” when we face trials of many kinds.
  • Are you willing to be or get reoriented on how things work?
  • Are you willing to take God at His Word and allow the trials to refine you and strengthen you in order to build up your patience?
  • Are you willing to take God at His Word and allow the trials to refine you and strengthen you in order that as patience finishes its work we can be perfect, complete, and lacking nothing?
  • Or would you rather have “personal peace and affluence“?
  • Is it an inconvenience or unwelcomed experience when you face trials or troubles?
  • Are you more interested in what is important to man or what is important to God?
  • Are you more interested in collecting things that make you feel good than pursuing the things God is asking and calling you to?
  • Are you more interested in trusting in stuff or things than putting your faith and trust in God?
  • Are you more interested in stuff than putting your trust and faith in God through the highs and the lows?
  • Have you ever noticed how faith gets stronger through the tough times?
  • Have you ever noticed how faith gets bigger through the rough times?
  • Have you ever noticed how faith draws us close to God in the valleys?
  • We can trust God! No matter what is going on in our lives, we can trust Him!
  • Just because things are going crazy or it isn’t feeling troubled doesn’t mean we can walk away from God but rather it should cause us to stick closer to Him in order that we won’t get off track or lose focus on the goal, the prize, and the finish line in eternity!
  • Suffering defined by Elisabeth Elliot in the chapter of her book called gratitude:
  • Will you accept the obstacles, the annoyances, the heartache in order for persistence, tenacity, and a greater trust of God to take place?
  • Patience isn’t waiting around for “personal peace and affluence
  • Patience is putting our focus on God! Giving Him our affections and pursuing His purposes for our lives through every moment of every day!

DISCUSSION TOPICS FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:
What are some ways the pursuit of “personal peace and affluence” erodes patient and persistent faith in God?
  • Trying to pursue personal peace and affluence causes us to miss the spiritual battle that is taking place all around us.
  • Trying to mask the reality of all the people who are losing their lives to the lies of the devil who is working to rob, kill, and destroy.
  • Trying to take our eyes off of God and His plans and His purposes in order to feel comfortable.
  • Comfortable is always a word that tends to make me shiver as it usually isn’t a good place to be.
How would it help you to realize that every difficulty in your life is part of God’s curriculum to teach you faith and patience?
  • Thanks to God’s Word, I was able to persevere with faith and patience through 2020.
  • Thanks to God’s Word, I was able to realize at the end of December why I had started the year with the team of Hindsight is 2020.
  • Trust in God!
  • Lean on Him rather than your own understanding!
  • Don’t allow pride to make you think you should go it alone!

QUOTES FROM TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

“It does not matter how great the pressure is. What really matters is where the pressure lies — whether it comes between you and God, or whether it presses you nearer His heart.”

James Hudson Taylor

Today’s reading from Tanakh:

  • Exodus 28
    • We each have gifts and talents that are necessary and important to God’s purpose and plan
    • We need to accept the call to use our gifts and talents for the glory of God’s kingdom
    • We need to work to be good stewards of the gifts and talents God has given us so that we are ready for the day when we are called to use them for even greater purposes
    • We need to be good stewards so that we can hear Him say “well done good and faithful servant”
    • Study the stones of the tribes of Israel found on the priest’s ephod.
  • Exodus 29
    • Be ready
    • Get prepared

So where is your focus today? Are your eyes on the outcome?

Where are you at today? Are you looking for guidance? Are you wondering where to turn? Are you at the end of your rope and needing help? Are you ready for some help? Are you ready to turn to God and ask? seek? knock? Let’s pray together.

Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and there is nothing that I can do to save myself. I confess my complete helplessness to forgive my own sin or to work my way to heaven. At this moment I trust Christ alone as the One who bore my sin when He died on the cross. I believe that He did all that will ever be necessary for me to stand in your holy presence. I thank you that Christ was raised from the dead as a guarantee of my own resurrection. As best as I can, I now transfer my trust to Him. I am grateful that He has promised to receive me despite my many sins and failures. Father, I take you at your word. I thank you that I can face death now that you are my Savior. Thank you for the assurance that you will walk with me through the deep valley. Thank you for hearing this prayer. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

The Sinner’s Prayer

Did you pray this with me? Would you like to connect and discuss it with me? Would you like to make time to start your walk with Jesus? Do you have questions? Please let me know through the comment section below, through email, or even through text messages.


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