WHAT ARE YOU FOCUSED ON?

Jesus Himself declares of Himself, “I am The Way, The Truth, and The Life…”.
This is the SECOND [2nd] of a series of Bible studies we will look at what it takes to be successful as a “Christ Centered” Marketplace Leader.

In my view there are some Bible verses that are so important, powerful and so crucial to the faith, that every Boresha “Christ Centered” Leader should know them by heart. It’s been my experience that having God’s Word in my heart is even better than having numerous Bibles or 100 management & leadership books on a bookshelf.


Jesus tells us, 
“you shall KNOW the Truth and the Truth shall set you free” 
KEY LESSON:    Remember it is the Truth that you KNOW that will set you free.

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“…. 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,
Looking 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.”     Hebrews 12:1-2 (KJV)

My friends I ended the last study by encouraging you to allow this year to be a time of FRESHNESS in the Holy Spirit.

The Holy Spirit wants to 
renew our hopes, our visions and our dreams that He has previously given us through a:

FRESH 
communication between Him and us; if we only reach out
FRESH 
revelation of His Word as we allow it to dwell in us
FRESH 
demonstration of His power and provision if we wait and
trust patiently


So r
each out to Him; wait for His leading and trust in His provision for the renewed hope of the vision that He has given you.

The question to you is, “what are you focused on” today that’s getting in the way?


When a runner runs in a race, his focus is not on the people in the stands or on the runners around him, but on the finish line! As a believer, your life is like a race, and as you run, it is important to keep your eyes fixed on Jesus. Give Him your undivided attention. Is anything distracting you from God or keeping you from making progress as you grow in faith? What do you need to do in order to focus more fully on Jesus as you run the race of your life?


The writer of Hebrews tells us that if we are going to run our race, we must lay aside every weight and run the race with patience. I have heard this point summarized this way: Running our race with no hindrances means stripping for the contest.


In the days when this verse was written, runners conditioned their bodies for a race just as athletes do today. But at the time of the race, they stripped off their clothing, wearing only a loincloth, so that when they ran there was nothing to hinder them. They also 
oiled their bodies with fine oils.

In the same way, we need to be 
well-oiled or anointed with the Holy Spirit if we want to win our race. We also need to remove anything from our lives that hinders us as we run the race set before us.

There are many different hindrances to running a race well and developing our full potential. Too many commitments is one that keeps us from developing our potential. Letting other people or the issues of life control us keeps us from developing our potential. Not knowing how to say no keeps us from developing our potential. Getting overly involved in someone else’s goals and vision or becoming entangled in someone else’s problems instead of keeping our eyes on our own goals will also keep us from fulfilling our potential [being conformed to His image].


If we want do what God called us to do [being conformed to His image], we must stay focused because the world we live in is filled with distractions and entanglements. Let me encourage you to keep your focus on the Lord and be diligent to lay aside everything that might distract you or hold you back [Romans 12:1-2].


I want to encourage you to keep your eyes off of yourself and the things that distract you. Instead, 
focus firmly on Jesus and His power [which is the Spirit of Christ dwelling in us]. He already knows your troubles. He is ready, willing, and able to bring about the changes that need to be made in you and in your life. He will bring you to maturity and perfection, if you will just ask Him and trust Him to do so.

You can count on God; He is the Source of your faith and its Finisher. He that started a good work in you is able to complete it. After all He [Jesus] is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow; and He [Jesus] is not a man that He [Jesus] should lie. You see, my friends, you shall know the truth [Jesus] and the truth [Jesus] shall set you free.


Are you willing to focus your thoughts and energies on God; who He is; His blessings and upon His will for your life? Or will you turn your thoughts to other things [the issues of life]?


Before you answer that question, consider this: God created you in His image [Gen 1], and He wants you to experience joy and abundance. But, God will not force His joy or abundance upon you; you must claim it for yourself.


Listen, every day is an opportunity for all of us to celebrate the life and the leadership opportunities that God has given us. It’s also a chance to give thanks to the ONE who has offered you more blessings than you can possibly count or contain.


A big part of the “abundant life” that our Heavenly Father came to give us through His Son Jesus our Lord and Creator is Joy; so why not focus your thoughts on the joy that is RIGHTFULLY yours in Christ? Why not take the time to celebrate God’s glorious creation? Why not trust your hopes and not your fears? Why not meditate on His Word and not your worries? I know for myself personally when I do that I think more optimistically about myself and my world … and in fact makes it easier for me to share peace and optimism with others and in this business that’s a powerful benefit of walking in God’s will [to know Him and the power of His resurrection].


“Don’t let worry rob you of the joy that is rightfully yours. God is in heaven and He knows your every need. Focus on God and His provisions and watch gratefully as the worries of today begin to fade away.”           Marie T. Freeman

Look at Jesus. He suffered more rejection and more unjustly than any of us will ever have to. And yet 
He didn’t just survive; He thrived. He extended forgiveness to the very ones crucifying Him. If He could do that, we can do it, too, if we follow the instructions of these verses; after all we have His Spirit, the Spirit of Christ living in us.

We can’t be focused on the pain but rather 
the promise on the other side of the pain. If we look to the prize to be obtained instead of the race to be run, we will be able to endure just as Jesus was able.

Pray this Prayer:


Dear Lord, thank You for helping me to face this day with a spirit of optimism, peace, joy and thanksgiving because my mind is stayed on You [Isa 26:3]. I purpose today to focus my thoughts on You and Your incomparable gifts; for all good and perfect gifts come from You. You, oh God, call me lovely; You see me holy; You hold me. Therefore I can’t hold my love back from You; I’ve got to sing of my love to You. You touch me; You burn right through me; You always knew me. Oh Lord I was made to worship You; there is freedom in this place [of worshiping Him]; there is liberty; there is hope; there is joy and abundance of life. I love you Lord!

The best decision we can make is to follow Christ and then be an example [salt & light].


Blessings!

Len

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