We Need To Have The Right Focus!!

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Have a Wonderful and Blessed day!!! We Need To Have The Right Focus!!!

Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
Matthew 6:25 Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment?
Matthew 6:26 Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they?
Matthew 6:27 Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature?
Matthew 6:28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
Matthew 6:29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Matthew 6:30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?
Matthew 6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
Matthew 6:32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Matthew 6:34 Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.

To live pleasing to the Lord one must have the right focus or priorities in one’s daily walk. Christ must be that priority. He alone must be our focus.

As we face the New Year, it would be good to evaluate what our desires are for the coming year. What are the priorities that we have or will establish for ourselves in this coming year?

I know even the lost make all kind of New years resolutions and by the end of January most are forgotten. As a Christian a born again child of God we need not just have the right priorities and right focus; we need to keep our word. If we say “Lord i am going to fast once a month” then we need to fast once a month. If we say Lord I am going to spend more time in your word and prayer; then we need to read and pray more often. The Lord takes vows very seriously and again the world, the lost break vows daily from the smallest of ones to the largest ones. Are we different than the world with our vows?

I. The Wrong Focus -Focusing on or making material matters the priority in life.

A. In Matthew 6:24 Jesus tells us that we cannot have a divided allegiance. This just doesn’t work. Christ points this out saying, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will hold to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.”

Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.

B. After saying this, Christ, then, addresses the result of placing the material as the priority of one’s life instead of Christ. Four times He speaks of the anxiety and worry that results from not focusing on Christ in verses 25, 27, 31, and 34.

C. Worry and/or anxiety is the natural result when our hopes and focus are centered in anything short of God and his will for us.
Now I know we are human saved but still in the flesh and sometimes we get caught up in concern for self or family and friends. The lord tells us not to be burdened to give these things to him.

D. When our focus is taken off Christ, we move Christ off the throne of our hearts and make idols of things we desire and ultimately make idols of ourselves.

E. When asked, “what is an idol?”, “ It is the thing loved or the person loved more than God, wanted more than God, desired more than God, treasured more than God, enjoyed more than God. It could be a friend, relative, toys; cars, bikes, homes, money, swimming, fishing, hunting ETC…. It could be good grades. It could be the approval of other people. It could be success in business. It could be a hobby or a musical group that you are following or a sport or your immaculate yard. I was looking for some yard stuff the other day and I clicked on a video ad for a yard service and three people came on and all of them made the point that this yard service enabled them to brag that they had the best yard in the neighborhood. I thought: What a motivation? I want to be number one in green grass. So that could be an idol. Or your own looks could be an idol. It could be anything.”

G. We need to realize that the heart is bent on keeping the focus on self and what we want or desire rather than Christ or His will. We find ourselves placing our trust in self and what we want rather than in Christ and what He wants.

H. Psalm 146:2 While I live will I praise the LORD: I will sing praises unto my God while I have any being.
Psalm 146:3 Put not your trust in princes, nor in the son of man, in whom there is no help.
Psalm 146:4 His breath goeth forth, he returneth to his earth; in that very day his thoughts perish.
As believers we are to be free from fret and struggle and tension by have the right priorities and focus. If we are showing the lost our worry, our fretting, our anger how are they going to see Jesus!!

II. Focusing on Christ and His will

A. Matthew 6:24 No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.
B. Life can go in one of two directions, but it cannot go in both. Life cannot have a divided focus. You must choose what your focus will be in the coming year.

C. Matthew 6:31 Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed?
Matthew 6:32 (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.
Matthew 6:33 But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
D. Luke 12:18 And he said, This will I do: I will pull down my barns, and build greater; and there will I bestow all my fruits and my goods.
Luke 12:19 And I will say to my soul, Soul, thou hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
Luke 12:20 But God said unto him, Thou fool, this night thy soul shall be required of thee: then whose shall those things be, which thou hast provided?
Luke 12:21 So is he that layeth up treasure for himself, and is not rich toward God.

E. The believer is to have a single eye; but the focus is to be a heavenly focus not an earthly. “Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.” (Colossians3:2)

Christ’s command to us is to “seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness” (verse 33). We can only find contentment and the “peace that passes understanding” when we turn from our own desires, denying self, to seeking that which God desires in our lives.
This means trusting in God’s omniscience.

He knows what you need. Before you ask. Are you hungry? “Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are ye not much better than they?” (Matthew 6:26) Do you need clothing? “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, that even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which today is, and tomorrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?”

Matthew 6:28 And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin:
Matthew 6:29 And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these.
Matthew 6:30 Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith?

No matter what your need is, God knows. And He will answer in His own way and in His own time. Therefore, focus on Him.

I. This means trusting in His Sovereignty.
There may be times in this coming year, when faced with difficulties or struggles, you and I might be tempted to focus our thoughts too much on our circumstances. When that happens, there is a tendency to become bitter or to begin questioning God. When we do this we please our enemy and grieve our Lord. Who do we want to serve and Please?
But understand that God is Sovereign. In our text I do not see God sitting by idly while His children have need. Rather I see Him promising His sovereign care and provision in verses 26 and 30.

Storms will rise: and conflicts may assail you. But understand that is exactly the time when you must have Christ as the priority in your life. If you keep your focus on the Sovereign of the universe Who is in control of your circumstances, as you realize you have no strength in and of yourself, you’ll get to know more about His great power and love, which will enable you to overcome worry and trust God more.

Romans 8:27 And he that searcheth the hearts knoweth what is the mind of the Spirit, because he maketh intercession for the saints according to the will of God.
Romans 8:28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose.

Practical steps to keep our focus on Christ.
1. Commit to reading God’s Word. –

a. 2 Peter 1:3-4 “His divine power has given to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of Him who called us by glory and virtue, by which have been given to us exceedingly great and precious promises, that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

b. In the Bible alone, God has given us all things that are necessary for the proper understanding of who God is, who we are, how God has acted in the past, and what God expects from us.

2. Spend time daily alone with God in prayer. – 1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.” To get to know someone, you must talk to them. This is pretty basic social science, but when it comes to knowing God better, we often skip the “talking” part! Prayer is talking with God.
Lets begin this New year by committing our heart to the Lord and truly trusting him. Lets talk with him, study his word, and not allow the enemy any room for entry.

TRUST AND OBEY
When we walk with the Lord
In the light of His word
What a glory He sheds on our way
While we do His good will
He abides with us still
And with all who will trust and obey
Trust and obey
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus
But to trust and obey
But we never can prove
The delights of His love
Until all on the altar we lay
For the favor He shows
For the joy He bestows
Are for them who will trust and obey
Trust and obey
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus
But to trust and obey
Lord, I love You
Please help me to trust and obey
Lord, I love You
Please help me to trust and obey
Then in fellowship sweet
We will sit at His feet
Or we’ll walk by His side in the way
What He says we will do
Where He sends we will go
Never fear, only trust and obey
Trust and obey
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus
But to trust and obey
Trust and obey
For there’s no other way
To be happy in Jesus
But to trust and obey
Lord, I love You
Please help me to trust and obey
Lord, I love You
Please help me to trust and obey
Lord, I love You
Please help me to trust and obey

Love and Prayers
Cheryl

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