I’m convinced that we are the creators of many of our own problems in this life. You see, the problem comes when we do not focus on the right things. My experience has taught me that the enemy cannot take the vision that God has for our lives. I’ve found that what the enemy does is attempt to place many of distractions in our view. If the enemy can keep our eyes and our focus off of the vision then he has us right where he wants us.
There are two types of distractions. One I feel is more powerful than the other.
The first kind of distraction is external distractions. These distractions can be found in our environment – phone ringing, the noise from the television, the dust on the table, the paper in the corner, the doorbell ringing, or that text message. The aforementioned serve as distractions while you are working on the vision, however, we can control these distractions by turning the phone off, not answering the door, and getting into a space that is free from clutter and reality television. I would like to suggest that you dedicate and create a space or environment that is free of debris and clutter, a place where you are able to bask in your God-given creativity; a space where you can hear from God and God can hear from you.
The second distraction is internal. These distractions are more powerful than the external ones. Why, because the internal distractions deal with YOU, your thoughts, your attitude; they are hard to conquer but they must be conquered. We will never be all that God has ordained us to be until we rid ourselves of those distractions. I admonish you to RE-FOCUS, stay FOCUSED, and FOCUS! We are inclined to look at things through our own glasses than with glasses equipped with faith. “The Just shall live by faith!” Paul instructs that “We live by faith, not by sight.” (2 Corinthians 5:7). Beloved, decondition your mind in the thought “seeing is believing,” however on the contrary, BELIEVING IS SEEING! Re-FOCUS, stay FOCUSED, and FOCUS! Look at what happened to Asaph, the author of the 73rd Psalm, “No doubt about it! God is good—good to good people, good to the good-hearted. But I nearly missed it, missed seeing his goodness. I was looking the other way, looking up to the people at the top, envying the wicked who have it made, who have nothing to worry about, not a care in the whole wide world.” Asaph was focusing on the wrong things. He was focused on his haters and because his focus was off he got discouraged. That happens to me, that happens to all of us, however today, I want to declare over your life – FOCUS! I want to take it a step further. I not only want you to FOCUS but MAGNIFY your FOCUS.
Have you ever noticed what happens when you MAGNIFY an object? The actual physical size of that object doesn’t change, however, through magnifying the object it is brought closer to you. When we magnify the Lord it has less to do with the clapping of your hands and more to do with your FOCUS. Magnifying the Lord is drawing the Lord closer to you, it doesn’t change the size of God but it changes our FOCUS of God. Beloved, the vision that God has given to you is so much bigger than your current conditions and situations. Don’t allow the distractions of life or your haters to take your FOCUS! Keep your eyes on the GOAL!
Pastor, this message is ripe with import! For the next week I will be away from my family/friends, and loneliness often threatens to distract the very reason I am away. Reading your words tonight offers refreshing hope and encourages me to sharpen my mind with heavenly renewal and Godly intention. C.S. Lewis, one of the most important Christian thinkers of the twentieth century, maintained that the way to a surrendered life, or life of Godly focus, is to begin early in the morning. In my walk, I have found this to be true, as it is in those earliest moments of the day that we can give our ear to God so He will guide our steps-steps around, through, and regardless of distractions. Your words today and the thoughts from C.S. Lewis serve to remind us all that intentional focus stems from an attitude of surrender. I am grateful to have read this today, and consider this step as one directed by God.
Many Blessings to you and yours,