July 8, 2017

July 8, 2017

PSALM 120-125

Focus Verse: To You I lift up my eyes,
O You who are enthroned in the heavens!
Behold, as the eyes of servants look to the hand of their master,
As the eyes of a maid to the hand of her mistress,
So our eyes look to the Lord our God,
Until He is gracious to us.
Psalm 123:1-2

 

Your focus dictates where you’re going. In the sports world, there is nothing cooler than a no-look pass. When an athlete is so talented at what he or she does that they can accomplish whatever they’re trying to do without looking. Unfortunately, this can also have disastrous results. Sure, ESPN shows us the times when it works out perfectly, but these are the exceptions to the rule. Most no-look passes or shots or whatever form they take, rarely pan out…especially by those with less than superhuman athletic skill.

 

The same goes with life. Where you fix your eyes dictates the direction of your life. If you lift your eyes to God, that’s the direction you’ll head. Fix your eyes down on your skill, your situation or your sin and that will be where you’ll be heading. Anyone who has ever tried really hard NOT to sin knows this to be the case.

 

Let’s soften the example: you are on a diet but your wife just made your favorite sour cherry pie. So you take up the mantra, “I can’t eat pie. I can’t eat pie. I can’t eat pie.” And that mantra keeps you strong for all of about two seconds. The problem is that your focus is still on the pie. Even in trying to resist it, it’s still the center of everything. Fix your eyes on a healthy alternative though, or go for a run and remove yourself from the situation entirely and you’ll have much better results. The pie will still be there when you get back (unless your family is not dieting with you), but that small victory will make future success much more likely.

 

Instead of focusing on NOT sinning, we need to keep our eyes on Jesus. Don’t focus on what we can’t do, focus on what they Holy Spirit WANTS you to do. AND THEN DO IT!

 

I want to make this very clear here: we are children of God. Does everyone have that nailed down? We can only move forward once that is locked down in your soul. As children of God, we need to have servant like obedience. When the Holy Spirit says, “move”, it’s not something that’s up for debate. “Well God, I’ve been looking at the barometric pressure and I think it would be better if I moved in an hour.” WRONG! When God says move, we do it immediately.

 

Clear focus and immediate, complete obedience. That’s the recipe for a strong walk with God.

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