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Inspirational Wednesday: Focus June 27, 2012

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Hebrews 12:1-2 KJV

1Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,

   2Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

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“Mommy, I feel God telling me something in my heart. He says I should focus on Jesus and keep my eyes on Him.”

These words were spoken by my son yesterday morning and I truly needed to hear them. The night before I was reading the works of Josephus (a well-renowned historian who lived in the time of antiquity- 1st century). I stumbled across an interesting passage about the descendents of Seth (Adam’s son) and pillars of knowledge erected in Syriad (Egypt). I often have OCD tendencies and I am sometimes prone to distraction. I love to research and sometimes that has helped me and other times it has led me in the wrong direction. Thankfully Jesus always guides me back to Him.

My interest was peeked. Josephus is well known by most Bible scholars. So I thought I’d see if the pillars that were seen in Egypt in Josephus’ time could still be seen today and what they might be. I found myself on a bunny trail about the Great Pyramid. I ended up on this man’s website that seemed credible at first. What he said seemed to make sense but I felt a bit uneasy about it. Some of his sources were questionable. I didn’t sleep well and had troubling dreams. The next morning I was still bothered by my research and wondering if I should give any merit to what I had found. That is when my son said those words of truth. Later, I found the man’s website to have heretical sources and I abandoned it completely.

Once again my quest for knowledge led me on a path of distraction. I lost focus. Knowledge in itself is not evil but the worship of knowledge is. Also, we must make sure we seek God’s wisdom and knowledge. Human reasoning is tainted by the fall (the curse). Often human philosophies are filled with half-truths. The enemy may present a half-truth to get us to believe a bigger lie.

The Holy Spirit reminded me that the word of God (the Bible) contains all I need to know for truth and life. Other sources may give insight but they are not necessary. Everything I need is in the words of Jesus. Extra-Biblical sources may aid but they may also distract. I need to be careful what I give my attention. Overall, my focus should stay on Jesus. If research takes my eyes off of Him then it is wrong. Seeking knowledge for enlightenment is almost similar to gnosticism, an evil belief that infiltrated the early church. Though certain subjects are interesting….they add nothing to my Faith. My salvation is already secure in Christ.  I’m not saying anything bad about Josephus because he is factual. But often my never ending quest for knowledge brings about confusion and distraction (and it did with this other man’s website). It was such a relief to put on worship music and turn my eyes back to my savior. I don’t have to know everything (and I never will). I just need to know the most important person and that is Jesus Christ.

Colossians 3:1-4 KJV

   1If ye then be risen with Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ sitteth on the right hand of God.

   2Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth.

   3For ye are dead, and your life is hid with Christ in God.

   4When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory.

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Matthew 14:24-31 KJV

24But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary.

   25And in the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.

   26And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear.

   27But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid.

   28And Peter answered him and said, Lord, if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water.

   29And he said, Come. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.

   30But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.

   31And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt?

Peter lost his focus. When Peter kept his eyes on Jesus he was not affected by the wind and waves. He was able to walk on the water with Jesus. But when Peter took his eyes off of Christ he began to sink. Jesus was of course merciful and saved Peter. He asked Peter why he doubted. It seems it is easy to doubt when we are looking at the wrong things. There are dozens upon dozens of false doctrines out there. Also there are plenty of distractions. The internet is a great source of distraction…whether it be Pinterest, Facebook, or Google. These things aren’t evil of themselves. We choose to give them power over our lives. We choose to give more of our time to the world than to God.

Even the News channel can be distracting. We may choose to focus on the confusing and scary things presented by the media. Before you know it, there’s this dark storm cloud around you or maybe even a fog. It’s hard to see Jesus because we are so consumed by the things of earth. If our lives are dominated by fear and confusion then our focus is wrong.

We need to do as the old song says, “Turn your eyes upon Jesus. Look full in His wonderful face. And the things of earth will grow strangely dim…in the light of his glory and grace.”

How do we focus on Christ? It all goes back to abiding with Him. You know by now that I love quoting John 15:4-5

4Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

   5I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

How do we abide? We spend time with Jesus. We talk to him and listen to what He has to say (prayer). We read His word (the Bible). We fellowship with other believers who also spend time with Jesus. We listen to music that glorifies God. I enjoy many types of music but there is something beautiful and comforting about worship music. It really helps us focus on Jesus and give him due praise. It is awesome to worship with other believers as well.

It’s all about Jesus and glorifying Him. It’s not really about us…though we definitely benefit. It’s scary to think of where I would be without Christ. When we focus on Christ and not ourselves we find joy, contentment, and peace. We don’t have to worry about our needs being met etc etc……the Father takes care of us. I’m not saying it’s easy. True Christians will face intense persecution and the world will hate us just as it hated Christ. But when our eyes are on Jesus those things seem trivial. Our earthly lives are but a mist in comparison of eternity. Praise God!

Well, I did not expect my moment of weakness to turn into a message. Truly, God uses the weak things of this world. The world can be a scary place full of so many deceptions. We must keep our guard up. I will pray that you do not fall into deception and please please pray that I do not fall into deception either. I have been down that path before and it is very painful. May we all stay wrapped in the arms of Christ with our eyes fixed on His glorious face!

Enjoy this lovely music video :). God bless and remember the High King lives! ~Amber Dover

The Hurt and the Healer- Mercy Me

 

One Response to “Inspirational Wednesday: Focus”

  1. Ann Says:

    amen!!


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