It’s a Matter of Focus

by | Life

Are we seeking the wrong things to satisfy us? Do they really fulfill? Let’s take what’s greater and live higher.

Then they said to Him, Lord, give us this bread always (all the time)!
Jesus replied, I am the Bread of Life. He who comes to Me will never be hungry, and he who believes in and cleaves to and trusts in and relies on Me will never thirst any more (at any time).
–John 6:34-35 AMPC

Jesus Is the Bread of Life

He is deeply satisfying.

You will show me the path of life; in Your presence is fullness of joy, at Your right hand there are pleasures forevermore.
–Psalm 16:11 AMPC

 

O taste and see that the Lord [our God] is good! Blessed (happy, fortunate, to be envied) is the man who trusts and takes refuge in Him.
–Psalm 34:8 AMPC

Pay Close Attention to the Presence of God

Looking away [from all that will distract] to Jesus, Who is the Leader and the Source of our faith [giving the first incentive for our belief] and is also its Finisher [bringing it to maturity and perfection]. He, for the joy [of obtaining the prize] that was set before Him, endured the cross, despising and ignoring the shame, and is now seated at the right hand of the throne of God.
–Hebrews 12:2 AMPC

It’s so easy to get side-tracked by hard situations, especially if we feel disrespected. When we are hurt, it’s easy to “rehearse our wound.” Pretty soon, if we’re not careful, it controls our thoughts and behavior.

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.
–Philippians 4:8 NLT

If we think like this, we’re less sensitive to difficult things that happen to us. We’re more hopeful and can take “bumps in the road” in stride. We have a higher expectation.

Thinking this way grows our faith because we know all good things come from God.

Whatever is good and perfect comes down to us from God our Father…
–James 1:17 NLT

Amen.

Fix Your Mind on Scripture

Jesus is the Word (John 1:1). When we focus on the Word, we relate to Jesus. He fills us, and we are satisfied.

Questions

  1. Compare what happens when you focus on the Word and when you don’t. What’s the difference?
  2. Support why it’s important to focus on the Word in hard situations.
  3. Design a plan for what scripture(s) you will focus on each day.