Your Focus Determines Your Future

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YOUR FOCUS DETERMINES YOUR FUTURE 
(A Devotional Reflection for the 2020 New Year)

“It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on God who is invisible” (Hebrews 11:27).

Your focus now determines your future later. That’s a pretty big statement. But in the life of Moses, we see that it’s true. Once Moses “keep his eyes on the God who is invisible,” his whole destiny was transformed. He was enabled “to keep right on going” with the divine assignment God had for him.

(Hebrews 11:27) says, “It was by faith that Moses left the land of Egypt, not fearing the king’s anger. He kept right on going because he kept his eyes on God who is invisible.

Focusing your life on Christ does two things for you; It gives you the courage to let go of the past, and it gives you the courage to walk into the future.

Moses “left the land of Egypt.” He had the courage to let go of his past.

In the Bible, Egypt always represents slavery and bondage to something. So here’s the question: “What’s your Egypt? What’s enslaving and controlling you? Do you have the courage to walk away from it? When you start focusing your life on God, He will give you the courage to see your past in a new way and also give you great strength to move forward.

Next, “he kept right on going.” He had the courage to walk into his future, his destiny.

Your focus now determines your future later. The Bible says, “Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” (2 Corinthians 5:17).

When you receive Jesus by faith, God forgives your sins. He gives you a whole new identity in Christ. People sometimes call it being “born again.” It’s a fresh start, a clean slate, a new destiny.

Once Moses focused his whole life on God, he was like an Olympic runner who doesn’t look to the right or left, but just looks ahead to the finish line.

(Hebrews 12:2) says, “Keep your eyes fully on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in” (The Message).

(Colossians 3:1-2) puts it this way: “Set your sights on the realities of heaven, where Christ sits . . . Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth.”

When your life focus is taken off yourself on put on Christ—not on other people’s priorities or opinions but on the realities of heaven, the Holy Spirit will give you incredible supernatural power to run the race God has given you to run.

Focus on God totally. Walk away from your past. Move forward into your destiny.

Questions to Ask Yourself for 2020

What part of your past do you need to walk away from?
When do you find it most difficult to keep your eyes focused on Jesus?
What specific step can you take today to move toward your God-given destiny?

Fall: A Season of Change

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FALL – “to lose the old, to have its proper place.” This is just part of the many definitions of what the dictionary says “fall” is. What does this autumn season mean to you?

I love fall. The color change, the weather change, the smell change…..its about change. But to change means that something must go. Always.

As I sit here looking out the window at all the trees, I see the changes happening right now. Leaves falling. What was once a tree deep in rich green, then a tree with vibrant shades of red and orange, now is soon becoming a tree that will be empty. Nothing left but the branches. I guess our human side finds that sad and we wish the color stayed, we think the only thing that makes the tree beautiful is the colorful leaves …why does it have to be so bare but that’s a sign of what is to come.

But for every beginning there is an end and for every ending there is a new beginning. What I find amazing is that those trees still stand. Those branches still reach out and upward. .

This is such a picture of what Jesus does in our lives. We go through all kinds of seasons in life don’t we? Some are seasons of hard times, some loneliness, seasons of loss or other things such as health problems, divorce, financial hardships, family worries. And those seasons change us. Some seasons push us to grow, to move on, to take a fresh perspective at our lives and see where we need to make much-needed adjustments in order to enjoy our lives to the fullest. 

We have seasons that are bright and beautiful and rich in life. Then we have seasons that He allows things in our life to enter so that we don’t remain the same. But through all those seasons He is telling us let go and let Me. Let go and let me show you what I can do. Let go and let me show you what I can teach you… There is strength in your branches with Me. We have to let go grow a new perspective. 

Ask God to help you see the things in your life that need to go, that you need to release to Him. Maybe it’s not really bad things, but things you’ve tried to control but find doing so only brings you unnecessary stress and loss of peace. Only the Spirit of God, through the Lord Jesus Christ, can help us not only see what needs to be let go, but also help us in the process of letting go and letting God be our all. This is the only way to truly enjoy this season of change with true, inner joy! Happy Autumn to You!

Isaiah 43: 18-19, “Remember not the former things, nor consider the things of old. Behold, I am doing a NEW thing: now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?”