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Focus to See

The Apostle Paul understood focus… perhaps more than anyone in the Early Church, because he had lived without focus, without clarity and without Christ. In fact, he said he was living as an enemy of God by persecuting the earliest believers the way he was in Acts 8. He was feared by those who were followers of Christ and questioned often, as he became a supporting part of the Church he once fought against.

Blindness is a focus problem:

Therefore, since we have this ministry, as we have received mercy, we do not lose heart. But we have renounced the hidden things of shame, not walking in craftiness nor handling the word of God deceitfully, but by manifestation of the truth commending ourselves to every man’s conscience in the sight of God. But even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiled to those who are perishing, whose minds the god of this age has blinded, who do not believe, lest the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine on them. For we do not preach ourselves, but Christ Jesus the Lord, and ourselves your bondservants for Jesus’ sake. For it is the God who commanded light to shine out of darkness, who has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ. (2 Cor 4:1-6)

3 Keys to Focus:

  1. Its not you!
  2. Its all about Jesus!
  3. We are Bondservants for His Sake!

The True – The Noble – The Right – The Pure – The Lovely – The Admirable

If its excellent and praise-worthy… think on these things!

What I also find amazing about the Apostle Paul is that he was given a thorn in the flesh, because of the enormous impact the weighty revelation of God was having upon his thought-life and his character in prison (2 Cor. 12:7). Here is a man who learned how to focus! Notice that the thorn in the flesh was a messenger of Satan and not sent from God… but worked to keep him focused on Christ not on himself, so that he would not be exalted above measure. His cry for grace was never ignored and grace came from the Father of Light… a grace that sustained him and brought him into a platform of seeing. Indeed focus will release revelation and refine revelation, because it calls us to the highest platform of seeing. Seeing Jesus… abiding in His light and settling for nothing but the renewed mind!

Jesus said “I only do, what I see the Father doing!” (Jn. 5:19)

Capturing A Heart

I am Your Chosen Child

Jesus is the Master… “At Capturing A Heart”

It was what a friend of mine calls “a life intervention”, between Saul of Tarsus and the Lord Jesus Christ. Yet it becomes the life changing event where Saul becames Paul and a destiny is transformed. It was somewhere along the Damascus Road that a light from Heaven peered directly into a very dark place… Saul’s heart.

A Stubborn Heart:

His was no ordinary heart, it was thirsting for blood and zealous for a law without mercy. The determination and hatred seemed to overflow in his quest for letters of approval from the governing leaders of Jerusalem. It made him a persecuter of the Church and pursuer of Christians. “Still breathing out threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord”, this ruthless man seemed convinced that the followers of “The Way” needed “to be bound and brought to Jerusalem”.

Divine Encounter:

What could have been an end, becomes a transformation. A light from Heaven, the voice of Jesus and three days without physical sight made all that seemed so desperate, pale in its urgency. Saul was now waiting for a visitor in a place he had never been, from someone he had never met, with a message he would never have imagined.

What could this mean?

While at the house of a man named Judas, on Straight Street, Saul was left to consider the vision of the Risen Lord Jesus for three long days. Would this end in death? Would it be quick or was God’s Son so angry that He would torture the persecuter? Saul would have no sight, just an echo in his heart of an encounter that struck him to the ground. ”Could it really be true that this Jesus had risen from the dead?” This would re-focus anyone’s life, but what could Jesus mean by “you will be told what you must do” (Acts 9:6).

Receiving Sight!

Ananias enters the house; and laying his hands on Saul he said, “Brother Saul, the Lord Jesus, who appeared to you on the road as you came, has sent me that you may receive your sight and be filled with the Holy Spirit” (Acts 9:17). Jesus was saying, “I have chosen you as My vessel to bear My name before Gentiles, Kings and the Children of Israel” (Acts 9:14), but more than that, He was capturing the heart by an encounter with the Holy Spirit. Filled with the Holy Spirit, he would never be the same again! Scales fell away and a new determination was birthed within his heart. Saul would be wrecked forever, because his heart had been captured by Love, Himself… not the emotion, the Holy Spirit.

Filled with the Holy Spirit!

The Lord Jesus captured the heart of the persecuter; Saul, by filling him with the Holy Spirit. There is no doubt for anyone to become completely captured, they must be completely filled with the Holy Spirit. I have heard it said that in order to remove a passion from a heart, like fear or hate; it must be conquered by a greater passion, like chosenness and love. My only comment is that when the Holy Spirit fills a person, He captures the seat of all passion.

“I count all things loss…that I may gain Christ.” (Phil 3:8)

We read in the Apostle Paul’s words, an expression of the captured  heart. He holds forth a compelling satisfaction in knowing Christ Jesus as Lord and a desire to see the salvation of his fellow countrymen. This formerly driven persecuter was now focused on preaching the Gospel of the Kingdom to all people, Jews and Gentiles alike (Rom 10:1-4). His greatest desire and prayer to God for all of them was that they might be saved. His longing was that they turn to the Lord Jesus Christ for the capturing of their own hearts.

Living Eternal Life

“Therefore let that abide in you which you heard from the beginning. If what you heard from the beginning abides in you, you also will abide in the Son and in the Father. And this is the promise that He has promised us – Eternal Life. These things I have written to you concerning those who try to deceive you. But the anointing which you have received from Him abides in you, and you do not need that anyone teach you; but as the same anointing teaches you concerning all things, and is true, and is not a lie, and just as it has taught you, you will abide in Him.” (1 Jn. 2:24-27)

Our highest prize is to be found living for Jesus, secure and free in “Eternal Life”. God is offering us the invitation to walk in spiritual prosperity, forever! It is our inheritance in Christ and our spiritual resource for releasing His love to the world around us. Our enemies are God’s enemies, our difficulties are God’s difficulties and our victory is God’s testimony. We are beginning to understand that we have full access to everything for which Jesus died. Its not about the bigger, better or more popular life, its about gaining Christ and walking in Eternal realities. He has captured our hearts, by loving us in the midst of discovery!

“We cannot, but speak of what we have seen and heard.” (Acts 4:20)

Eternal life is the life Jesus prayed that all of His disciples would experience… life in the Glory of God. “This is Eternal Life, that they may know You the Only True God and Jesus Christ, whom You have sent” (Jn. 17:3).

The How & Why?

  1. “I have manifested Your Name…” (Jn. 17:6) - So we could see clearly and believe!
  2. “I have given them Your Word…” (Jn. 17:14) - So we would find our true identity!
  3. “And the Glory which You gave Me I have given them…” (Jn. 17:22) - So we could share in His fellowship, His unity!

“…that the love with which You loved Me may be in them, and I in them.” (Jn. 17:26)

See that Open Door

“These things says He who is holy, He who is true, He who has the key of David, He who opens and no one shuts, and shuts and no one opens:”

“I know your works. See, I have set before you an open door, and no one can shut it; for you have a little strength, have kept My Word, and have not denied My name.” (Rev. 3:7-8)

This is the reality of what Jesus Christ has done for each of us. Before us, He has set an open door. To each of us is given that ultimate opportunity – a choice, if you will. When there has been placed this kind of open door before us, we must choose to run through it! It is our hope of increased strength. It is our hope of greater impact and reaching our highest goal… a destiny of Kingdom significance. And no one can close the door that God has opened for us. No one except ourselves… when we choose not to see it.

Stating the Obvious:

We must see the opportunity. It is there, before our very eyes more often than we acknowledge. And if we put that “little strength” we have into action… there is no telling what God will do. If we use our strength to live for Him, to keep His Word and refuse to deny Him; no matter how much the world obstructs our view, we will see breakthrough! We can go through it to a brighter future.

Do Not Stand in Unbelief!

Nazareth embraced a spiritual blindness that caused them to become offended when they saw the open door. Do you doubt that Jesus has set before you the open door? If so, then read Luke 4:16-22 very carefully. What do you hear inside your heart when you read this? It reveals what you can see!

“So He came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up. And, as his custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath Day and stood up to read. And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because He has anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovery of sight to the blind, to set at liberty those who are oppressed, to preach the acceptable year of the Lord. Then He closed the book and gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. And He began to say to them, Today this scripture is fulfilled in your hearing. So all bore witness of Him and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, Is not this Joseph’s son?”

No – this is our Open Door!