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You stopped the sun for Joshua, You parted the sea for Moses… You healed my mother of cancer; you gave us a property that doubled in value overnight… And also when things seems to be going rough, when trails and tribulations come into your life you’ve got to stay focused on Jesus See when problems come our way we tend to take our focus off Jesus. Little things, big things—we can come to the Lord with any and all of our cares. We as a leadership team really enjoy preaching these “Life Verse” series to help us all remember our life verse, maybe select a new one for the season of life we are facing and to ultimately empower our community to effectively hold that verse in their heart so that they can live this year on fire for the things of God! Our Minds are Broken and in need of fixing. Denomination: Evangelical/Non-Denominational. 27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of good cheer; it is I; be not afraid. They were focused on the problem instead of who was in control of the problem. Put your focus on Jesus and he’ll solve that problem. If you focus on Jesus he’ll come into your ship and stop the thunder from roaring. Mary, on the other hand, was totally focused upon Jesus and what he was teaching. Martha made the mistake of focusing on herself rather than on Jesus. Here just before our focus text this morning. He stayed there all night Saturday, but early Sunday morning he got up with all power in his hands. The Word of God. The disciples were focused on the problem.The disciples told Jesus we only have five loaves and two fishes. We begin to feel our faith weakening and hope fading. The issue is that when sin entered the world, we can go back and read in Genesis that everything was broken. You eat daily, and if you’re like my son, you eat frequently. A major league baseball player crosses himself as he steps to the plate. Put your focus on Jesus and he’ll ease that heartache. A toddler in PJ's kneels at her bedside and folds her hands. 30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me. Put your focus on Jesus. That’s because our call to meditate on the word of God has nothing to do with us understanding what it is saying. For the record is a man by the of Simon was recruited to help Jesus bare the cross: from this the question arose must Jesus bare the cross and all the world go free oh no there’s a cross for everyone and I know there’s a cross for me. We aim to spread the teaching of God’s Word through Christian media with the goal of transforming lives. Gossip is going on in the church. But God does want us to walk with Him every moment of the day — and the first step is to begin the day with Him. 98 Your command makes me wiser than my enemies, 99 I have more insight than all my teachers, 101 I have kept my feet from every evil path. Page title: Focus on God Sermons: Keywords: sermons, Audio sermons, preaching, Bible studies, pastoral resources: Description: An open resource of over 568 sermons. Through your storm your focus has got to stay on Jesus. Menu. 102 I have not turned from your judgments. It also reminds us, that through God’s word we can be taught about ourselves and mankind. Focus on God Sermons are prepared with the belief that each chapter of the Bible has an important message for the 21st Century. But, I think we can sum up, roughly, non-biblical meditation as a person emptying their thoughts or centering their thoughts on their own being. The twelfth chapter challenges those who have witnessed God’s promise not to allow their faith to fail and points us to two impediments to faith and then to our primary faith focus. We all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord. This would lead us logically to believe that God’s word is absolutely accessible to us, regardless of how smart we are. Hate is a word of destruction and fire and anger. He is our shelter, our provider, our healer, our strength, etc. Last week, Josh reminded us that God will bring us through affliction by shaping us according to his word. Ultimately, we as humans don’t do what we hate. So much is going on in the church we are losing focus of the principal thing: and that is Jesus. When he gave his hands to the nails he was focused. This “Mind Power” can also be a ruiner - Ever had a panic attack? When you make God bigger in your life, when you let him arise, focusing on his greatness, fighting your battles, making your crooked places straight, and you go out with this attitude of faith, expecting breakthroughs, expecting dreams to come to pass, when you let God … I think maybe some of us have this idea of meditation as being someone in the lotus position, maybe humming, possibly centering their chakra… etc. Focus on God (1 of 3) Series: Teach Us to Pray Tony Thomas Luke 11:1-4 A construction worker removes his hat and quietly bows his head at the local McDonald's restaurant. This verse states that we will gain more wisdom than our enemies. We may, I don’t want to discount that, but. The psalmist may quietly meditate on what the Lord expects of him, controlling his emotions as an expression of. In these times, we need to focus on God … So much is going on in the church. Put your focus on Jesus and he’ll ease that heartache. Somebody in here may feel there is nothing they can do. If you block the rain you also block your blessing. 25 And in the forth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea. We begin to feel our faith weakening and hope fading. Maybe some of us think about “mindfulness” just making sure everything we do, we do with “good” intentionality. We generally don’t have people out for our lives. Temptation - Who's been there? to discuss how God shapes us and molds us to be more like him, through meditation and prayer surrounding his word. When he gave his feet to the spikes he was focused. They aren’t saying “i’m going to focus on me” but saying “I am going to focus on you and what you do. While we don’t often have to be reminded to eat, we do have to be reminded that we need spiritual food. “I will meditate on your precepts and think about your ways..”. Have you ever been lying in bed ready to blissfully fall asleep and suddenly remember that time you put your foot in your mouth in front of your inlaws and you start to panic all over again? You need to stay focused on Jesus. There is tattling going on in the church. Scripture: Hebrews 13:6. Kill sin or it will kill you spiritually, physically, or both. The root word for “meditate” (vv. No matter the circumstances or the difficulty befalling me, or how confusing a situation may be for me, I will spend energy focused on what God’s word says. If you focus on Jesus he’ll come into your ship and stop the lightening from flashing. If your focused on Jesus he’ll tell the storm peace be still. Need something for when the guy does take your cream cheese filled pretzel? This is our legacy. The command is to “pray continually” (1 Thessalonians 5:17), to always be in an attitude and atmosphere of instant prayer. That’s why I say don’t hide me behind the cross but hang me on the cross. When things are going good for you; your focus has to be Jesus. It’s been said that there are two kinds of storms: storms of correction, when God disciplines us; and storms of perfection when God helps us grow. If you look at something while driving, you tend to steer off the road. I have called you by your name; you are mine. My Life Verse: Psalm 119 | Discovering Your Legacy Focusing our Minds on God Pastor Tim Trinkle | January 17, 2021 Psalm 119:15 , 27 , 97–104 “I will meditate on your precepts and think about your ways..” Psalm 119:66 CSB Emphasize the big theme of the … 21 Fathers, do not embitter your children, or they will become discouraged. And here in this mornings text, not even 24hrs after Jesus showed them what he could do with 5 loaves and 2 fishes; here they are again doubting; here they are again with their focus off Jesus. Unless you’re on a wierd diet you don’t eat just once a week. The same is with your blessing. See Jesus led them to the storm. Focused eyes know that God has not forgotten them. When we mditate on God’s word, we are provided with wisdom! It goes further as well, lets continue reading. Usually the answer is that we are in desperate need of a saviour, and God is that for us! But by the grace of God, we can make the most of the future. “I will meditate on your precepts and think about your ways” (v. 15).. You ever went to a job interview and you could have even had the degree that is required for the position, but they told you, you don’t have enough experience. I used to think that meditating was something that was done in weird yoga classes, and that I was not to be a part of it. 1) Paul knew, and so should we, that this can only be done as we faithfully fulfill our mission. They marched him from judgement hall to judgement hall, but he was focused. Jesus went on to say that we can't have two masters, we must focus upon one (Mat. Don’t let the circumstances of your storm mess up what God has designed to make you strong. I stop by to tell you this morning that without the rain in your life you cannot grow. So as much as you can have a “trick knee” or a sore back or a headache your mind and the way that it functions physically can be broken. Need parenting advice - there is a scripture for that! Little things get us down when our focus is off Jesus. Philippians 2:1-30 Working Out Your Salvation Through Christian Fellowship Philippians 2:1-9 The Humanity of Christ 26 And when the disciples saw him walking on the sea, they were troubled, saying, It is a spirit; and they cried out for fear. In short, it is the proper use of the law of God in daily life in order to glorify God and at one and the same time developing the character of God in preparation for the Kingdom of God. Pray about things you know you’ll be facing that day, and read a portion of God’s Word, the Bible. Thousands of studies and videos and conversations have been had about the power of the mind on the human body and spirit. He was denied by Peter but he was focused. When we read the word of God and we are able to come to an understanding, not necessarily read it and get it on face value, but read it, hear it and take it in we gain immense wisdom. As we begin to look forward to another year that the Lord has given us sometimes we tend to look back in regret or remorse at the things we did not get accomplished for the Lord in the past year. Your mind is telling your body something terrible is about to happen, but you’re on the couch in your jammies handing out. by Rick July 30, 2013. I often tell our students and te people around me that the best way to avoid sin is to avoid temptation all together. When it comes to our relationships, our focus is usually in all of the wrong places. We take our focus off Jesus and put it on our pain. Pastor Aaron shared, “Like newborn infants...desire the pure milk of the Word of God, so that you may grow up into your salvation…”. Audio Sermon Real Media Player Audio Sermon Windows Media . You ought to let it rain. One day he said God I’ve considered the numbers and facts and it doesn’t look good, but I’m changing my focus to consider You. Let’s begin today’s conversation with prayer…. There are 5 things that we can pull from this passage to be gained when we, out of obedience, because it’s an obedience issue, spend time in the word of God. He was betrayed by Judas, but he was focused. Skip to content All through scripture, we see the human condition in it’s fallen and broken state interacting with eachother and with God. 24 But the ship was now in the midst of the sea, tossed with waves: for the wind was contrary. But because we take our focus off Jesus: our problems seem too big, our heartaches seem to heavy, our pain seems like its to much to bare, suffering seems like its to much to withstand. God provides wisdom through understanding of his word (V.98). But what is the psalmist describing when using the word “meditate”? Download above sermon in Rich Text Format. A honey bun”. The same Word that produces salvation also produces growth! He died they laid him in a borrowed tomb. We take our focus off Jesus and put it on our heartache. Can you see him in the Garden of Gethsemane, I hear him saying Father if it be possible let this cup pass from me, but nevertheless not mine will but thine will be done. We NEED it. Author of our Salvation 1. Job let it rain. When you read about these athletes, they often say “your mind is more powerful than your body”. . In the 21st century world, it’s a bit funny to talk about enemies, because the guy that took the last cream cheese pretzel from wawa, while annoying and we’d all agree he deserves some form of corporal punishment, isn’t your enemy. Focus on God (31 of 31) Series: Grace-Energized Men John Barnett July 20, 2008 Jesus said that if our eye is single (Mat. For even Jesus was focused. 2) We must live faithfully and bring as many to Christ as we possible can. When one turns to the Lord, the veil is taken away. With that in mind, the leadership of The Bridge has gotten into the habit of using the first few weeks in a year to focus on scripture. You need to press on. You don’t need the pretzel! Hebrews 4:12-16, "For… Somebody said when you’re in a tug-a-war with the struggles of this world, and it seems like the rope of your faith is about to break. Steven Furtick has delivered a new sermon and message titled “Stop Focusing On Negative Emotions” which we are bringing to you to listen to and meditate on. So God’s word is sweeter than everything on earth. Put your focus on Jesus and he will lift that burden. Refocus Our Focus Philippians 3:13-14. 6:24). Now their ready to commit suicide; because they feel all hope is gone. He sent his son to die for us. Wow, the writer is telling God that they will spend their time meditating and thinking about the things of God! Look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of your faith. You need to reach beyond the break. This works both ways too. We study God's Word because God's Word gives us … You start trying really hard to not think about the exact words and tone of your voice and as you try to escape this reliving of your worst nightmare you start to remember more and more details, and the panic mounts and suddenly you are now not going to sleep, and will watch 3-4 more episodes of what ever you were watching to try and forget and to possibly lower your heart rate. Have a hard boss at work? Summary: Every Christian, as we draw closer to God, will be challenged by the devil. They whipped him they spat on him, but he was focused. 104 I gain understanding from your precepts; Meditating on the Word of God brings our mind into better alignment with Christ. Just like he was focused we need to be focused. We should learn from Peter in this text that if we keep our focus on Jesus that we don’t have to worry about the storm. God’s word is so much sweeter and satisfying than anything on this earth. Somebody this morning God was trying to guide you through the storm(notice I didn’t say leave you in the storm). Focus On God. [ Finally in this sermon on staying focused we are to be…. Focus On Jesus. 6:22), all of our lives will be filled with His light. We need to constantly stay prayed up, we need to be constantly in the word, and we need to constantly walk and talk in the spirit, because we lose focus so easy. He stayed there all night Friday. Why is it that God brings us through trial after trial, problem after problem, situation after situation, test after test, but we still find it so hard to trust him. The central figure for this type of meditation is the person meditating. When we work, we must focus, so our works can be finished faster. we don’t have to deal with these life or death situations that often. If you and I were having a conversation with one another and I mentioned something 7 times, what do you think would be the most important thing, for me, about that talk? We take our focus off Jesus and put it on our suffering. This week, I’d like to bring us back to. In these times, we need to focus on God and the promises He holds for us. You have to keep your eyes straight ahead. In other words, “saying I don’t read, or won’t read scripture because it’s too hard for me to understand” is not a pass. —”A gentle answer deflects anger, but harsh words make tempers flare.”. But I think we all have people in our lives that we feel may be against us. Sermon Illustrations: Focus. We are living in a day and time where there is so much going on in the church that we are losing focus. And all through this we say we know that God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. We focus on Scripture because God creates life through his Word V. We study the Word because faith comes from hearing God's Word VI. SERMONS DAILY PODCASTS. When you’re so focused on God in the midst of trials that shows a heart that trusts in the Lord. 29 And he said, Come. Put your focus on Jesus and he will lift that burden. Contributed by Steve Woods (Pastor Woody) on Mar 19, 2019. Subscribe and Get Sermons and Live Streams by John & Matt Hagee DIRECTLY TO YOUR INBOX! There’s going to be some pain in your life that you’re going to make it through; there’s going to be some trials in your life that your going to break through; there’s going be some struggles in your life that your going to overcome and its all because it rained. When we need help or are struggling, God’s word is the only thing that we need, and the only thing that will help. Often times a sin battle is a matter of what you love more. Focused eyes know that God is … Relationships fail, families are split. Released: 2021. It’s not a valid excuse. Put your focus on Jesus Through your storm your focus has got to stay on Jesus. We study the Word to grow in knowledge IV. Anyone ever have a terrible day, and while you’re driving home you think “You know what will make this better? The meditation and understanding of God’s Word gives us the tools to avoid things that are not good for us all together. The storm doesn’t always come because you’ve done something wrong. Our relationships with each other, our relationships with the earth and our relationships with God, all ruined. Emphasize the big theme of the series “Life Verse”. In this sermon, Pastor Prince encourages believers to focus on what God is doing for us and meditate on His promises in these dark times. Ask yourself when was the last time you were in a trial, when was the last time you had a problem, when was the last time you were in a situation, when was the last time you were in a test, when was the last time you were in trouble that God didn’t bring you out. The list in chapter 11 shows how God honored the faith of those who looked forward to the promised Messiah God would send to deliver His people. In the passing of the baton from Elijah to Elisha, Elijah said that Elisha had to see him leave if he was to receive his request of a double anointing. Philippians 2:1-13; John 1:1-20 God Became Flesh 12-05-04. Focused eyes know that God is greater than any circumstance. 32 And when they were come into the ship, the wind ceased. We are to treat it like it is the very thing that keeps us alive! Don't let your fears, your heartaches, or troubles overwhelm you - focus on the One who has control over everything. He stayed there all day Saturday. Every New Year, people around the world take stock of last year, and make resolutions to make the new one, a better one. Feeling forgotten, forsaken, sorrowful, and subdued, David cried out for God’s consideration and illumination. How many know that if you focus on Jesus he’ll come into your ship and stop the wind from blowing. Somebody may feel that there is no way out of their situation; and so now their ready to check out of here. Church stay focused on Jesus. Charles Stanley (August-03-2019) Sermon;Focus on God, not your problems. Put your focus on Jesus and he’ll solve that problem. What better thing to focus on as we collectively plan our year! And if you don’t go through these trials focused on Jesus, you may miss out on your blessing. Focus on YOUR God-Given Assignment. Have you ever noticed that the mind is a powerful thing? The person's goal here is to either totally empty their mind and emotional state so that they can attack the day or moment with absolute clarity, or a clean slate. If you focus on Jesus he’ll come into your ship and stop the rain from falling. Focus is one of the most important things in this life. What better thing to direct these type emotions to than sin? In fact, it’s also common for many Jesus followers to have multiple verses that guide their heart. So if our minds are powerful enough to bring both great human achievement, as well as absolute destruction, how are we to bring that in alignment with what God has for us? , and discussed our theme Life Verse. We let every little thing get us off track. Job said tho he slay me yet will I trust in him. But I stop by to tell you this morning that all you have to do is put your focus on Jesus. Don’t try to block the rain. One of the questions I ask when I am reading a passage is “what does this passage teach me about myself, and man kind”. Staying focused on God or growing in your spiritual, prayer, or Christian life in any way with anyhabitual sin in your life is next to impossible. When we read that passage, we are shown how Christians are to treat the Word of God. Just to be transparent, as a recovering baptist, I grew up with the idea that meditation was some bad thing that I was absolutely not allowed to do. Put your focus on Jesus and he will sooth that pain. In Psalm 13, David demonstrated what it means to trust God in tough times. However, the psalmist uses words like “meditate” to describe his devotion to God’s Word, not to their personhood. So, how do we fix our focus? Husbands leaving the toilet seat up will get you in a lot of trouble when the focus is off Jesus. The website of First Baptist Church of Tolono. Ultimately, Teachers Teach. As we keep our eyes on … And you know what happened Jesus blessed it and he gave it to his disciples and the disciples to the multitude and 5,000 men besides women and children were fed. Put your focus on Jesus and he will sooth that pain. this “Mind Power” to help them win. When he gave his side to the spear he was focused. 3) 2 Timothy 4:7-8. Husbands and wives let simple things tear them apart when their focus is off Jesus. is a wonderful guide and convictor of the spirit when it comes to how we should shape our relationship with our creator. Like we eat to nourish our bodies, we should be taking in the word of God to nourish our soul. God was trying to guide you through the storm, but you were so afraid of the storm that you ran and tried to find your own way out of the storm, and when God was going to bless you; when he wanted to bless you, you didn’t have enough experience. When you read through this psalm at home, you’ll find it broches many topics when it comes to our relationship, including our mind. Did you know that there is a 24hr running race, where contestants run as far as they can for 24 hours often running 100+ miles! KJV Sermon Outlines. Jesus kept on up Calvary’s hill. One woman who ran 109 miles in 24 hours made a blog post where she took the time to discuss her training, her nutrition as well as how she protected her mind! Keeping that first one—loving God—will keep us from breaking the rest of them. 15, 23, 27, 48, 78) “has the basic meaning of a loud, enthusiastic, and emotion-filled form of speaking; but in, the sense of a wise, pensive concentration. In fact, the author’s language here would show that he was able to gain an understanding of what it was that God was doing AFTER the meditation, not before it! Focus on Jesus. Text: 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.” I. Your trials only come to make you strong. Every Christian, as we draw closer to God, will be challenged by the devil. #1. "How to Grow Your Faith -January 13 2021 by Daniel Simons". To Be Saved A. They hung him high and stretched him wide, but he was focused. Mornings are hurried for most of us — but develop the habit of setting aside a few minutes to be alone with God. | 3,046 views. 31 And immediately Jesus stretched forth his hand, and caught him, and said unto him, O thou of little faith, wherefore didst thou doubt? ... By the Grace of God Paul got up, he fearlessly went back into town, he reunited with Barnabas, got some sleep, and then left the next day for Derbe. This passage says that when we meditate on God’s word, we get his wisdom to handle that situation well. Leave a comment. I know we associate the storm and rain with negativity but church without the rain grass cannot grow; without the rain plants wouldn’t grow. Ever struggle with addiction, depression, eating disorder, fear, loneliness, anger, impulsiveness. Nothing in Hell can scare a heart that trusts in the Lord, but you must focus on God. The Author of this passage describes, in detail what happens to their personhood when they spend their days meditating on the things of God. Written by John Hagee. Your trials only come to make you strong. Your spouse, while they might not agree with you in all things, isn’t your enemy. John Hagee (January-21-2021) Sermon:"God Needs You Stop Focusing On Negative Emotions!" Trusting God in the Dark (Psalm 13) — Listen | Download MP3 | Purchase CD ($1.25) Everyone experiences disappointment or sadness to some degree. So, in summary, the psalmist is saying, “I will focus on the word of God”. See the disciples focus was off. II. We say that we know that we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. Because of the use of the word “teacher” we might assume that this is a younger person writing this, because they have teachers. 28 And Peter answered him and said, Lord if it be thou, bid me come unto thee on the water. We study God's Word because it is the final authority and the truth III. Being a follower of Christ, but not spending time in the word of God is like going to the car dealership, dropping a 50k check on a brand new truck, car, suv, whatever your fancy and saying to the salesman “I don’t need the key, I just want to look at it, kinda know it’s there” God’s word is apart of the package. The Urban Alternative is a Christian Bible teaching and resource ministry founded 39 years ago by Dr. Tony Evans. God is who He says He is. Kill the sin or it will kill you spiritually, physically, or both. So here they are - 5 Reasons to meditate on God’s Word. Don't let your fears, your heartaches, or troubles overwhelm you - focus on the One who has control over everything. Backstabbing is going on in the church. God, via the understanding and meditation on his word, provides more understanding than even them. And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus. 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