Keeping Focused in trying times – By Laurence Torr

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Where is your focus day by day? What we look at and focus on will influence the direction we are going and the choices and decisions we make, we are all influenced by someone or the situations we find ourselves in.

How do you react when things are not going well? It is so easy to get caught up with the circumstances we find ourselves in and so easy to make wrong choice when we listen to others or let our circumstances move us. A lot of people react to their situations instead of acting. Many people shut themselves away from what is going, and become inactive because of the things that may come up in their lives. Fear always encase us and holds us prisoners. There is nothing wrong, taking time to get focused, but that does not need to be a week or month or year.

As spirit filled believers, we keep moving, we need to be sharp, clear thinking and focused day by day, moment by moment. God wants us to put our full focus on Him and trust Him. When we get God involved in our day by day living, by inviting God everyday in to our situations, seeking His direction, then we can be certain that we can keep moving and moving in the right direction. It is very easy to be led by our emotions, our friends or problems and circumstances that arise in our lives. Satan is master in the areas of circumstances, emotions and people, he can use all three to try and hinder us and get us side tracked and full of fear and being in decisive so we become inactive.

Jesus Christ was tempted in all things like as we are and know what we go through

Hebrews 4:15 For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our
infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.

but yet He kept his focus, He kept seeking the will and heart of the Father. In the emotional side of things, he was touched, when upon hearing the news His cousin John the Baptist had been beheaded, John the Baptist wasn’t just his Cousin but a great prophet and the one that prepared the way for Jesus. Upon hearing the news He departed but it was not for long.

Matthew 14:13 When Jesus heard of it,( John’s death)  he departed thence by ship into a desert place apart: and
when the people had heard thereof, they followed him on foot out of the cities.
Matthew 14:14 And Jesus went forth, and saw a great multitude, and was moved with compassion
toward them, and he healed their sick.

Jesus kept moving, He kept His focus in the things that God had called Him to do. He could of shut shop and mourned for weeks. When it came to lack how did Jesus respond? let us look at the following verses

Matthew 14:15 And when it was evening, his disciples came to him, saying, This is a desert place,
and the time is now past; send the multitude away, that they may go into the villages, and buy
themselves victuals.
Matthew 14:16 But Jesus said unto them, They need not depart; give ye them to eat.
Matthew 14:17 And they say unto him, We have here but five loaves, and two fishes.
Matthew 14:18 He said, Bring them hither to me.
Matthew 14:19 And he commanded the multitude to sit down on the grass, and took the five loaves
and the two fishes, and looking up to heaven, he blessed, and brake, and gave the loaves to his
disciples, and the disciples to the multitude.
Matthew 14:20 And they did all eat, and were filled: and they took up of the fragments that remained
twelve baskets full.

Jesus didn’t focus on the need Oh we don’t have enough to feed everyone, what are going to do? His focus was totally upon God, He trusted God and Knew God would provide for everyone, he acted in the situation He got the multitudes to sit down took what he had looked up to Heaven blessed and gave thanks for what he did have and God multiplied the bread and fishes and everyone ate, He could of thought, I just don’t have time for this My cousin has just been beheaded, and beside this I just had to heal a bunch of people, no, he kept moving and kept ministering, he kept being thankful he focused on God and the needs before him

His focus was God and others He was last. Jesus Christ lived this way right up to the end, when he was nailed to the cross after being beaten, and going through humiliation, in agony, What did He say? Well I just give up, this is not fair, I am doing everthing God wants me to do, and look how I am treated did he say this? NO. He said Father for give them for they know not what they do. Jesus Finished the work he was called to do, He faced all the things we will ever face and more and He kept His focused and despite the situations, the emotions at times and the people He kept moving. And we can do the same works that He done we can respond in the same ways He responded. It is available, we just have to make up our minds this is what we will do.

See Jesus Christ knew the joy that was set before him. This helped Him to keep focused and moving, He lived and walked in victory and so can we everyday but it is up to us to decide to act to keep moving and keep clear and concern to keep God first and seeking His heart every day,

Here are some scriptures to encourage you.
Isaiah 26:3 Thou wilt keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on thee: because he trusteth in thee.

2Corinthians 2:14 Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place.

Peter 5:6 Humble yourselves therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you
in due time:
1Peter 5:7 Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
1Peter 5:8 Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh
about, seeking whom he may devour:
1Peter 5:9 Whom resist stedfast in the faith, knowing that the same afflictions are
accomplished in your brethren that are in the world.
1Peter 5:10 But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.
Hebrews 12:1 Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of
witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us
run with patience the race that is set before us,
Hebrews 12:2 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 is set down at the right hand
of the throne of God.
Hebrews 12:3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against
himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.

Have a great day

Laurence x