What Has Your Focus?
One small but yet powerful word, FOCUS. Focus is defined as a center of activity, attraction, or attention…we usually focus on something or someone. What has your focus? As this New Year has begun, my focus has taken an unexpected shift.
Let me go back a few hours.
December 31st, 2012: 7PM Watch Night service at New Mercies CC, the theme for the year FOCUS, the message for the evening FOCUS. Pastor Curney preached from Matt 14:22-33…how ironic. 4-7 hrs prior, this same message of Peter walking on water and losing his focus was twreached (twitter preached) God works in wonderful and mysterious ways. Ole up to no good Satan and his minions are ALWAYS paying attention.
For those that are not familiar with the text, Jesus commanded the disciples to get in a boat and meet him on the other side of the sea. As the disciples were making their way, the waves began to roar, there was wind and rain. The disciples that they saw a spirit of Jesus but he let them know, it was him, be not afraid. Peter said, Lord if it is you, have me to walk on the water. Jesus used one small yet powerful word, COME! Peter can to walk on the water but when he lost his focus on Jesus and started to pay attention to the wind, rain, he began to sink. He cried out for Jesus to save him and immediately he saved Peter but stated O ye of little faith, why did thou doubt me?
There are 3 points that I would like to share
- In order to focus, remember who sent you VS 22-24
- You must focus on Jesus to keep from sinking VS 25-27 and 30 Part 1 of the verse
- If you are sinking, refocus your attention on the Savior VS 30 Part 2
You see; Lucifer, Satan, The Devil or whatever you want to call him is a busybody. My day was going well, I was looking forward the above message and then here comes trouble. I received a message that totally took me by surprise. Why on this day and at this time? Why right after this amazing message did I have to hear those words. One of my favorite passages in the Bible is 1 Corth 10:13…I followed my temptation but it’s nothing that I can’t bear and it’s nothing that I can’t escape. I have to refocus, like Peter, in this moment my faith was weakened. 2013 hasn’t gotten in good yet and I’m already in need of refocusing. I’ve been distracted before and have stayed in a distracted state for YEARS, yes YEARS. TIRED of being distracted by the wind, i.e. what I think other people have, coveting what appears to be the good life, looking at my current situation, looking at my past situation, not living my life to the fullest because of what people have told me, listening to the lies and believing them, not thinking I’m good enough. Chile, enough poison to kill Snow White! ALL these distractions were taking me away from my purpose and the assignment that has been called on my life.
Peter and his homies weren’t in trouble, they were in the midst of trouble. I brought myself into the midst of trouble, seeking and finding. It’s time to refocus and go for what I know, go for want I want and most importantly go for what’s already mine!