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2nd Nov 2021


Focus on the Lord

What we focus & dwell upon dictates our lives.
The Scriptures repeatedly exhort us to keep our focus firmly upon the Lord.
Fixing our gaze & thoughts upon the One who can lead & guide us along paths of peace.
We will explore a number of Scriptures around this theme this week.


Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance 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 has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:1-2


There are many distractions & entanglements in this life.
Each one of us will face differing weights we must carry, temptations to sin or burdens that could easily lead us astray.
We counter that by fixing our gaze & looking unto Jesus.
We must be single minded & focus (hone) in on the prize – Jesus himself.

Fixing our gaze is about being deliberately & intentionally attentive.
It is a crucial choice we must make each moment of every day.
We must turn our eyes aside from all other things & keep them focused upon Jesus.
Like an athlete fixed & focused upon the finishing line we must keep looking only unto Jesus.
That is what sets our direction in life & keeps us upon the Lord’s paths of righteousness & peace (Psalm 23).
Keep Christ in your focus (‘sights’) & before (& bigger than) all of your circumstances.
Peter walked on the water whilst he kept his gaze & focus upon Christ the source of our faith & vision (Matthew 14:28-31).
When he lost sight of Christ by listening to the wind, & looking down into the waves, he started to sink!!

Jesus fixed His gaze on the joy that was set before Him.
The joy of returning to the Father’s intimate presence.
And also the joy of fellowship, friendship & intimacy with those He was dying to save.
Let us today re-focus our gaze upon Jesus who is our joy & delight.


For Reflection

  • Where is my gaze ‘fixed’ right now?
  • How can I be more intentionally attentive to Jesus?
  • Mediate on Jesus’ joy through being in relationship with you.

A song related to this theme:


Prayer

Heavenly Father,
Help me to stay fully & faithfully focused upon You,
Keep me looking unto Jesus,
Through the power of Your indwelling Spirit,
In Jesus mighty name.
Amen.

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