Why do people say that there is no God but yet they try to accomplish things on their own and they fail?
While Jesus was on earth, He could have done all sorts of fantastic things.
He could have built buildings that would have made the engineers and architects of the Roman Empire look stupid. He could have opened a university and taught science to the smartest scholars from every nation.
He could have conducted the largest Gospel crusade the world had ever seen.
He could have healed all the sick people on earth and cleared out every hospital.
He could have sent out 12,000 apostles instead of 12 to build His Church.
Why did Jesus refrain from doing these and a million other wonderful things that were within His power? The simple answer is this:
Jesus knew His mission—the one task for which He came.
He stated it very clearly: “For the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost” (Luke 19:10).
Although He was well aware that He would die for the sins of the whole world, He also knew that He needed to accomplish His mission within the tiny nation of Israel. Jesus lived daily to fulfill His mission and never allowed Himself to be distracted by anything or anyone. When His journey came to an end, He simply said to His Father, “I have finished the work which You have given Me to do” (John 17:4). And on the cross, He looked at humanity past, present and future and proclaimed, “It is finished” (John 19:30).
Jesus was surrounded by distractions just like we are.
Right before He began His ministry, the devil attempted to cause Jesus to use His embodied spiritual powers in a selfish way and without the authorization of His Father. Jesus could have indeed turned stones into bread, jumped off the tower and survived, or walked away from the cross, but He refused.
Even when the devil used Peter and later the Greeks to try to prevent Him from completing His mission, Jesus still didn’t give in to distractions. Instead, He explained why He was keeping His focus: “Unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain [fruit]” (John 12:24). And then in the last few hours of His life, when Judas betrayed Him, Peter denied Him and all of His disciples ran away, Jesus could have easily given up and said, “It’s all been a mistake. They betrayed everything I showed and lived before them. It’s not worth it”—and walked away from the cross. Thank God He didn’t.
Paul and Nehemiah also didn’t give in to distractions.
One of the secrets behind the Apostle Paul’s achievements in life was his absolute focus. His statement, “None of these things move me” (Acts 20:24) meant that none of the difficulties, persecutions and problems he faced could persuade him to walk away.
Nehemiah had the same determination when he was building the wall of Jerusalem. Although his enemies used every tactic in the book to frighten him into quitting, he kept right on building and answered, “Should such a man as I flee?” (Nehemiah 6:11).
Others gave in—and forfeited the most incredible possibilities they could have achieved in their lives.
Baalam the prophet was handpicked by God. Gehazi was in line to inherit Elisha’s mantle and a double portion of his master’s ministry. Demas could have possibly been the one to receive the torch from Paul. Yet all three got distracted by the love of this world and money and hence were sidetracked from their mission.
We are asked to follow Jesus’ example in handling distractions.
Each of us has a mission to fulfill in winning the lost world and building God’s kingdom. The writer of Hebrews gives us precise instructions about what we must do to keep our focus: “Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross …” (Hebrews 12:1-2).
Christ, our example, is the One who has gone before us in the race. We are not asked to look at the spectators in the arena or at the other runners, but to keep our eyes on Jesus and imitate Him. Jesus Himself said, “Follow Me,” because He knew that staying focused would be one of the most difficult things for us to do.
I remember well when, during the early days of our ministry, someone offered me all the financial assistance in the world if I would give up my calling and commit myself to advance his cause overseas.
The thing that helped me walk away from this distraction was when my wife asked me, “When the journey comes to an end and you look back, what will you answer? If for the sake of money you compromise your calling and your walk with the Lord, how will you explain this to the people who are following you?”
My dear brothers and sisters, let us faithfully encourage each other daily to stay focused and to say no to distractions.
Dr. K.P. Yohannan Founder & President of Gospel for Asia
for the past week or so, God is reminding me to “stay focused”
As i began to let that stir, a thought came to my mind. What makes us un-focused? could it be the daily hussle and bussle of the american life? Or is it that the enemy is using more things
to keep our focus off the cross? My opinion, they both work hand in hand. We get caught up because we have to get this done and this by this certain time before it gets lost or what ever the case may be, we are all victims of staying un-focused. But how would a person these days stay focused? First we have to think of this. What is one area in your life that distracts you the most from spending those hours, (minutes for some) with the King? While life’s ambitions may sway you from side to side, let’s just think of someone who never got distracted from His mission while He was on this earth, Jesus.
– Rev. Gary Farris Jr.
there are many times that God will give us a vision for a particular season that we are in. To guide us to help us through an area in our life, scripture tells us “Teach me to do your will, for you are my God! Let your good spirit lead me on level ground.”
Every Christian should want to be lead by God, but others who are proudful and thinks that their way is the right way will end up in destruction. “God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble.” James 4:6 – ” Pride goes before destruction, and a haughty spirit before a fall.” Proverbs 16:18
This vision that God gave me was like no other yet. The first vision I had was a field of Heaven for what seemed a few seconds but yet is still with me today. The majestic colors that i cannot explain; they are not the colors that we see here on Earth but more vibrant.
This vision i received was in the middle of worship. All at once it was like everyone around me was silenced and i was in the spirit in this vision. I saw myself walking in the desert. I was so thirsty, and as i looked around there was nothing but barren flat land, no mountains, nothing. Towards the north, empty. To the west there was barren land. To the south it was dark and gloomy it looked like a storm was coming. But when i looked eastward, a cloud of dust being formed not in the sky but on the ground in the distance. I stopped and as i was looking i began to see a horse, and a man’s face who i could not recognize because of the light that was glowing. I could not bear to look at Him, closer He got i began to get down on my knees and hide my face from the light. He stopped where i was and asked this question “Where are you going?” My reply “to find rest” His reply “Do you know how to get there?” I replied back “no.” Let me show you He said. As i still had my head down i seen His hand come near to mine “Ride with Me.” I took His hand and i was brought to a place of the most vegetated forest and that’s where i am today.
This vision symbolizes alot of key areas in our walk with Christ.
Whatever your facing, leave it all behind and ride with the King.
“Jesus I know, and I know about Paul, but who are you?
I know about
the Messiah, and of Paul’s anointing that whenever his shadow would cast upon
the sick they would be healed. But who are you?
- In other words, Paul was a real
threat to Satan; he was well-known by the enemy.
How to be a threat to Satan?
- Time to move away from our comfort
zone. ( but our comfort zone lets us feel at ease day and night no matter what
we do or were we go)
- – no prayer life
fear of God has left you
- – no anguish for the lost remains
- – not hungry anymore
- Enemy number one goal is to make us
- Enemy number one goal is to make us
- We become complacent (unmotivated to
change) in our walk sometimes, we choose to walk in front of the fire instead
behind it, cause we know where were going.
- We need a fearless, rugged commitment
to God that says whatever I have to lose I will lose for your sake and not
– Maybe your God is too nice, you’ve been in the comfort zone for so long that we don’t
feel the convicting power any more.
– Wonder why God hasn’t spoken to you, too far away to hear His voice.
– So why should we expect great things, blessings in store if we are not willing to
move closer to Him?
– It’s when we choose between the God that we think is too holy for us, or too terrible. So we come up with a God who we are at home with.
We will become like Samson
– Strong in the beginning
– Fighting off the enemy – thousand men with a jawbone of a donkey
– Tearing down stronghold’s
– He became known in Hell.
– Then he became complacent little by little
“afterward it happened that he loved a woman in the valley of Sorek, whose name
1 Peter 5:8 be sober, be vigilant;
because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking
whom he may devour.
– Know your surrounding’s
– Don’t get caught up in the daily distraction of life for you to lose your focus, the aim which is Phil 3:14 I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God
in Christ Jesus.
– We have a race to win and we can’t look back.
Judges 16:5 And the lords of the Philistines came
up to her and said to her, “Entice him, and find out where his great strength lies,
and by what means we may overpower him, that we may bind him to afflict
him; and every one of us will give you eleven hundred pieces of silver.”
The enemy knew
Samson as a threat
Every time you walk the gates of Hell
shake and tremble?
Who does the enemy say about you?
Judges 16:16 “ and it came to pass, when she pestered him
daily with her words and pressed him, so that his soul was vexed to death.
Judges 16:17-19 17 that he told her all his heart, and
said to her, “No razor has ever come upon my head, for I have been a
Nazarite to God from my mother’s womb. If I am shaven, then my strength will
leave me, and I shall become weak, and be like any other man.”
18 When Delilah saw that he had told her all his heart, she sent and
called for the lords of the Philistines, saying, “Come up once more, for he has
told me all his heart.” So the lords of the Philistines came up to her and
brought the money in their hand. 19 Then she lulled him to sleep on
her knees, and called for a man and had him shave off the seven locks of his
head. Then she began to torment him,[a] and his strength left him. 20 And she
said, “The Philistines are upon you, Samson!” So he awoke from his
sleep, and said, “I will go out as before, at other times, and shake myself
free!” But he did not know that the LORD had departed from him.
2 Corinthians 4:8 “we are afflicted in every way but not crushed….”
living for Jesus isn’t always easy. why? Paul writes in Romans 12:2 “And be not CONFORMED to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” so why do we have to stay seperate from the World you may ask? first, this World is full of darkness and is passing by and it will not be here forever, second being a friend of the World is an enmity against God. And third because of us who have died in Christ are no longer living to satisfy the flesh.
But why must we go through affliction?
first lets look at the meaning og affliction
what good comes out of affliction?
- it exhibits the love and faithfullness of God.
- made beneficial: in promoting the glory of God.
- in exhibiting the power and faithfulness of God.
- in teaching us the will of God.
- in turning us to God.
- in keeping us from again departing from God.
- in testing and exhibitng our sincerity.
- in trying our faith and obedience.
- in humbling us.
- in puryfying us.
- in exercising our patience.