Day 161- Thankful for clear focus on Jesus

Hebrews 12:2 “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

I don’t know about you, but I sure needed to read this verse right about now.

It’s Resurrection Sunday, and we had a good church service on Facebook live this morning, but in addition to that not being the same thing as being together, it’s a cold, gray day instead of being warm and sunny. So yes, I’ve been feeling kind of out of sorts.

Well, obviously I got out of focus!  Oops!  Not again!

So, focusing on Jesus is not only better, it’s crucial!  Focusing on what we don’t have instead of what we do have is such a downer.

Let’s focus on Jesus,

  • who authored our faith,
  • who paid the debt for our sins,
  • who loves us unconditionally,
  • who invites us to come to Him for forgiveness,
  • who did all that was necessary for our salvation,
  • who promises us eternal life if we believe on Him! 
  • Oh, and did I mention that He ROSE FROM THE GRAVE!!?

His resurrection power is still available for us today, to live by, to pray by, to help us turn our focus back to Him!

I’m reminded of a simple chorus that I’ve sung many times:

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus in the morning, Jesus in the noontime,

Jesus, Jesus, Jesus when the sun goes down.

Love Him, Love Him, Love Him in the morning, love Him in the evening,

Love Him, Love Him, love Him when the sun goes down.

Have you ever heard this song before?

Ephesians 1:19,20 NLT  “I also pray that you will understand the incredible greatness of God’s power for us who believe him. This is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead and seated him in the place of honor at God’s right hand in the heavenly realms.”

So, let’s get our focus off of our circumstances and back on Jesus!

Lord Jesus, today we thank You for loving us and for giving Your life to save us from our sin and set us free.  Thank You that You rose from the grave and are alive forevermore!  Thank You for giving us who have put our trust in You the same power that raised you from the dead.  Please forgive us for getting our focus off of You and for living in our own weakness instead of walking in Your power.  Help us, Lord, to keep our focus on You in the morning, at the noontime, when the sun goes down, and everywhere in between.  In Your name we pray, Amen!

https://biblehub.com/hebrews/12-2.htm

https://biblehub.com/nlt/ephesians/1.htm

How about you?  Have you been having problems with focusing on circumstances?  Doesn’t it make you feel better to focus on Jesus instead?  What do you plan on doing for Jesus with that power that just brightened your day with the Joy of the Lord, which is our strength?  🙂

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13 thoughts on “Day 161- Thankful for clear focus on Jesus

  1. I need to make a point of focusing on the Lord as early in the day as possible. The longer I wait, the more off-center I get. Lately I’m getting in 2-3 hours of prayer and Bible reading in the morning, and it’s made the rest of the day an adeventure. I could get used to this, but I guess I’d better not. I understand that once this is all over my daughter is going to want me to babysit her kids for a couple of weeks while she gets her sanity back. 😉

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    1. I’m that way, too. And the longer I wait, the less likely I will find the time. So sometimes I stay up late to get that time in, then I can’t get started right the next day.
      Wow! 2-3 hours! That’s great!
      Ha! You may need 4 hours instead! Lol 😆
      Will they be sleeping over with you or dropped off daily?

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      1. Not sure I’ll actually be watching them non-stop for two weeks, that was more of a comment on how much my daughter is missing my help.
        Yeah, funny how the less time you feel you have for prayer, the more you need it – I’ve been known to say, “I don’t have time not to pray!”
        (I’ve gotten into that syndrome, too – up too late, taking longer because I’m too tired to focus, getting a late start the next day …)

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  2. Oh, yes, we used to sing that song with our kids in our children’s church! Wonderful memories, and such a good reminder to keep focused still today, on HIM. Blessings to you on this Easter Day, Ruth!

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  3. Andrew and I lost focus yesterday as well. We did our sermon and worship, also, but before hand we were both stressing about things. This lead to some tension. After our sermon and praising the Lord the mood definitely shifted. Focusing on the right things makes a huge difference. I’m thankful that even while we are isolating we still have everything we need. Thanks for your positive thankful posts, Ruth. So needed right now.

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  4. With it being so much quieter I’ve had a good outcome in focusing on Him without having to be distracted with running here and there!! I do think though that with so much focus in the news etc on the coronavirus topic that we can easily become distracted by that so throughout the day I have to remember that it’s important to think of and pray for those but to not get to a point of dwelling and distractions!
    Take care!!!

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