The enemy of your focus

Pastor Scotty Dingess

Galatians 3:1, 3 — O foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you that you should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed among you as crucified?

Are you so foolish? Having begun in the Spirit, are you now being made perfect by the flesh?

Galatians 5:7 — You ran well. Who hindered you from obeying the truth?

Focus is what you are looking at; what you continually look at will determine the direction you move toward in life. Constantly looking at your past, your failures, and your money problems cause you to live in those problems. The Bible speaks expressively for us to forget our past and remember not the former things. When you fail to do this, the past has the power to lure you to a place of pain, stagnation and depression. You cannot get to your future by dwelling in your past and constantly looking at your failures. Focus is the adjustment of your spiritual eye or lens so that a clear image or picture of what God told you to do is produced. While maintaining focused vision you will experience some hurdles and obstacles. There will enemies rise up against your focus; enemies designed to derail you and diminish your ability to maintain focus on God’s agenda for your life. The Bible tells us to lay aside every weight and sin that easily besets us! Each of us has weights and sins that easily beset us. Your weights and sins may be different from mine, but we all have them. It is our responsibility to locate and know our own weights and then determine to prevent them from breaking our focus.

There are many enemies to our focus, but chances are we all have one in common: distraction. Distraction is something that is designed to capture, take and steal your attention from something that you originally loved. When we watch movies in theaters, there are always previews of upcoming movies in hopes of capturing our attention enough that we will go watch it. It is their way to make more money. If you are distracted, that means you are cut off from the main attraction and for a believer, our main attraction is the Lord. It is the enemy’s goal to distract our focus by diverting our attention to things that are not beneficial to where we are going. The longer you look at something, the more your mind will justify and you give you reasons to move towards it. When you focus on things outside of your limitations you will be pulled in the direction of your focus. In everything you are connected to – whether it is a spouse, job, leader or church – if you always look and focus on what they lack, you will eventually become dissatisfied and leave that person, place or thing. Distraction shifts your focus on the wrong, the negative or what you do not have, and then makes you feel like you are missing out in life. What you focus on is what you are going to move towards.

Judges 14:8 — And after a time he returned to take her, and he turned aside to see the carcass of the lion: and, behold, there was a swarm of bees and honey in the carcass of the lion.

This is part of the story about Samson, who had a powerful anointing from God on his life. He was called to be a Judge and Deliver for Israel, but he broke focus. As a Nazarite he was prohibited to touch anything dead. Yet in this scripture we find Samson “seen” the dead carcass filled with honey, and he took it and ate it because it was sweet. What is the rule here? Anything that will kill and destroy you, your ministry, your church, your marriage or anything God has given you will always seem sweet. That is the attraction! The Bible talks of stolen waters, speaking of sexual immorality. If there were not some sweetness to sin then it would not tempt you. The elements of pleasure and sweetness are exactly what has you distracted. Samson lost his life, his vision, and yes, even his physical eyes. This was a tragedy. The longer you look at something the more your mind will justify moving towards it. The bible tells us that we have to take every thought captive, so we cannot allow distracting thoughts to roam in our minds. If you do not handle your thoughts properly they will eventually manifest in your actions. If you are always focused where you are, then you will never be able to get to where God wants to take you. What you think and focus on will become the strength of your pursuit.

Philippians 4:8 — And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise.

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