FOCUS ON THISApril 14, 2023
Let your eyes look directly ahead and let your gaze
be fixed straight in front of you.
Watch the path of your feet and all your ways will be established.
Do not turn to the right nor to the left; turn your foot from evil.
1. FOCUS ON STABILITY-PRODUCING SCRIPTURE INSTEAD OF THE INSECURITIES OF THE WORLD. Jesus is a strong foundation, and we can base our lives on Him. He is the safe landing place. When we stand on His promises – by thinking about them and becoming familiar with them – they will get into our situation and produce delight. Whatever is creating consternation will lift and, in its place, will be joy, hope, and renewal.
2. FOCUS ON JESUS INSTEAD OF YOUR PROBLEMS. Farmers often put blinders on plow horses to help them not get distracted by what’s in their peripheral vision so they can stay on the right path. When we fix our eyes on Jesus and His Word, it helps us to stop looking to the left and the right. Instead of veering off into the distraction of the devil, who comes to steal, kill, and destroy, we stay on God’s path, which is abundant life (John 10:10).
Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith. Hebrews 12:1-2a
3. FOCUS ON TODAY INSTEAD OF THE PAST. Yesterday is over. God’s mercies are new every morning. If you need to repent of something, if you need to change your mood, attitude, or outlook, remember it’s the kindness of God that leads us to repentance (Romans 2:4). You can repent right now and ask God for help to change and to yield to Him more. God’s Word is Spirit and life, and it is fuel for your spiritual walk (John 6:63). He covers your sins (Romans 4:6-8; Psalm 32:1), and now you are a new person in Christ (1 Corinthians 5:17; 1 John 1:9).
Pastor Jeff Perry
A center of activity, attraction, or attention. A point of concentration. Directed attention: emphasis. A state or condition permitting clear perception or understanding. Adjustment for distinct vision.
PRAY THIS PRAYER:
God, Your Word is Spirit and life, and it is fuel for my spiritual walk. Today is a pivot point day. Right now, I fix my eyes on You. I trust You. Help me to crucify my flesh and yield more to Your Spirit. I pray that the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart become what You want, God. Help my words to line up with what You say about me in Jesus’ Name, amen. (John 6:63; Hebrews 12:2; Galatians 5:24; Psalm 19:14).
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