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February 10, 2016, 1:11 PM

February 10, 2016

Sunday morning you heard an illustration from the men’s conference this past weekend.  Charles Lowrey shared with us a great word about focus.  We are a people of focus.  The problem is that so often our main focus is not right.  We may focus on work, relationships, schedules and even the church.  Those are all good things as long as our main focus is Jesus.  You see, the enemy constantly desires to take your eyes away from Jesus to make sure your main focus is on temporary things.  Paul said, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen, since what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal”.

            Do your children and grandchildren have a reason for listening and following what you say?  Do they see, hear and understand that your main focus is Jesus?  Have you given them a real reason to listen to you?  Look very carefully at the following words from the Proverbs.

“My son, pay attention to what I say; turn your ear to my words.
Do not let them out of your sight, keep them within your heart;
for they are life to those who find them and health to one’s whole body.
Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it.
Keep your mouth free from perversity; keep corrupt talk far from your lips.
Let your eyes look straight ahead; fix your gaze directly before you.
Give careful thought to the paths for your feet and be steadfast in all your ways.
Do not turn to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.

In our world and our culture, it is so easy to become distracted.  We are constantly bombarded by things that demand our time and energy.  Our relationship with God seems so often to be the first thing we compromise.  If we are honest, can we say that our real focus in life is on Jesus?  I love astronomy.  I do not stargaze nearly as much as I did at one time.  However, I learned some things that have stayed with me.  The higher the magnification of an object the harder it is to focus and stay focused.  The devil knows that, too.  The more he can magnify your problems (or the people causing them), the harder it is to really focus on Jesus.  Let us be ever mindful of the enemy’s schemes and always keep our eyes on Jesus, the “author and finisher of our faith”.  We are praying God’s blessings for you this week! 

Brad and Virginia                                                                    

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