New Year, New Focus, Try God

It has been nearly 3 days since the calendar changed and another 365 individual days have officially completed their 12 month journey through time on the way to a complete year. This changing of the year from one to the next for some reason provides people cause to celebrate, reflect, and let’s not forget to make the ever popular New Year’s resolution. One would only need to look as far as their lifeline otherwise known as the cell phone with a variety of apps all ready to help you with keeping that all-important New Year Resolution.

There are also a number of websites that promise and guarantee to help you keep the promise made via your New Year Resolution. One site I am familiar with even boasts of having 10,000 plus users so far, 10,000! The originator says – “The best part is seeing people really make a difference in their lives, and becoming more confident. There are people doing all sorts of things: Exercising every day, learning how to do a handstand, learning a new language, learning guitar, quitting bad habits like biting your fingernails.”

Wow! I read this and thought what an interesting concept make a resolution/promise to yourself at the end/beginning of the year and stick to it a New Year Resolution. What dedication, determination, and FOCUS!

Most people have no problem admitting one of the hardest things to do in life is focus. Please trust, we are no different. We are all constantly experiencing a deficiency in the area of our focus. This lack of focus causes 90+% of all failures whether in our personal life, business, marriage, or even parenting no matter the case most failure comes from the absence of our focus . Everything we do in life requires us to focus. So we slowly but surely discover in our fast-paced microwave world, it is all too easy to get caught up in the daily grind and lose sight of our true purpose in life. That is until life smacks us in the face, or in some cases stabs us in the back. You know, when the tide suddenly shifts and life gets our attention, we in turn give it all of our focus.

When nothing is seemingly going right in your life, when your world has all but fallen apart, as the problems mount, the bills continue to fall behind, the pressure and the difficulties become too heavy to bear, we find this to be the time when our focus comes quick, fast and in a hurry to star on our very own center stage. Unfortunately we also quickly discover when trouble arrives it very seldom travels alone it has a tendency to bring family and friends with it too, that is to say there is often more than one issue we find ourselves having to deal with simultaneously. Therefore it becomes difficult to focus on the issue at hand which is our natural response to adverse circumstances that arise in our lives, most people will focus on resolving the problem that appears to be causing the immediate discomfort as quickly as possible.

Our chief adversary the devil now has you right where he wants you, in the midst of trouble, possible a multitude of problems that can now be used as part of his strategy to misdirect our focus on so many things that we get nothing accomplished, leaving us absolutely no time for the things of God. Which brings about an interesting question, one we should each ask ourselves, why are we trying to find time for God?

As ambassadors for Christ, we must always be mindful of our walk. We are exhorted to walk in the wisdom, knowledge, guidance and power of God’s Word. Ephesians 5:15 – See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise.

Why should we keep our focus solely on God? Because God is the only one that has the plan for our lives. If you focus on God, he will guide you. If you immerse yourself in God’s word, pray and walk the talk, God will lead the way to an expected end nothing is a surprise with God.

Jeremiah 29:11 – For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end.

We must make every effort to lay aside every weight that would prevent us from accomplishing the will of God for our lives. It is God’s will that none should perish, according to 2 Peter 3:9.

Romans 6:6 – Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.

If we are to hold on until the end on this Christian journey, just as most of us hold on until the end of the year, hoping for a better year in the next New Year, or waiting for and holding on until the next tax season, we always seem to be waiting on something, When will we realize we don’t have to wait but must look to Jesus, who is the author and finisher of our faith.

Keeping Christ first in our life can be very difficult when we have so many distractions threatening to sidetrack our faith. Just as Eve lost her focus by listening to our adversary, we too can lose our focus by letting our life become overcrowded and confused. Is there anything that weakens your commitment to keep Christ first in your life? If so, cast it off! Sometimes even good things can be a distraction, making it impossible to stay focused on what God has set for us to do.

There are other forces around us, and even in us, pulling us away from God. It is a reality that we must face. When we start to focus on the many things to do around us that are not of God, we can easily lose our focus on Him. We have to choose to focus on Him every moment of our life on a daily basis.

The very cunning and crafty ways satan displays sin will always be very tempting, He tells you it will not hurt to try a little bit of this and a little bit of that. Everyone else is doing it, so why can’t you? All it takes to lose focus on God is to spend too much time focused on what satan is saying to you. His goal is to get you to focus on the thought of just one bite of what he has to offer, knowing very well that we shall not stop after tasting the sweet, but poisonous, pleasures he offers.

The world encourages us to focus on it and take what it offers, the good and the bad but I encourage all of us right now to cast off (drop) every weight that so easily beset us and place our focus solely on Christ, who is the only author and finisher of our faith.

When we Focus on God, we forget about the past, present, and possible future hurts, pains and disappointments. We are then able to focus on the promises of God written in His Word. Apostle Paul wrote these words of wisdom to help encourage us to move forward. To take our focus off of what was or what should have been and place them on God.

Philippians 3:13-14 – Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”

When our focus is on the past, we are not able to receive the things that God has for us in the present, nor the future. When our focus is on God, we are wise in our decision making, the places we go, the things we do, the people we fellowship with, the things we say, the things we hear and the places we go. All with the Help of the Holy Spirit who is our comforter, guide and our teacher, we will be able to stay focused on God.

Instead of a New Year Resolution … Try Now Refocusing on God.

LET YOUR FOCUS BE ON HIM AND HIS WILL FOR YOUR LIFE NOW!

God’s Peace!

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