(Part 3 of a 3 Part Message from Ian Rossol)
‘A small key can open a large door – the key to a responsive, expansive life, is to focus on the Lord’
1) King David
David is a prime example of a man who knew how to remain focused on God in every situation. He was multi-gifted as a Shepherd, King, Warrior, Poet and Musician. However, he didn’t rely on his own abilities to see him through the most challenging circumstances:-
‘One Thing’ (One Key) saw him through:-
One thing I ask from the Lord, this only do I seek:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life,
to gaze on the beauty of the Lord and to seek him in his temple – (v4)
Though my father and mother forsake me, The LORD will receive me – (v10)
We don’t know the details of David’s rejection by his parents – but Psalm 27 gives us his response!
Gaze upon His beauty and seek after Him!
This is where he found acceptance, security and identity.
Because he focused on the Lord, David was conformed to His likeness!
God Himself commended him, saying ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart’. (1 Sam 13:14;Acts 13:22)
Wow! What a commendation!
2) The Apostle Paul
The Apostle Paul was imprisoned in Rome for two years, yet from a place of restriction came great revelation. It was during this time that he wrote Ephesians, Philippians and Colossians.
Paul saw beyond the constraints of the surrounding walls and saw Christ seated in glory, and himself seated with Him.
(Eph 1:20; 2:6)
He encouraged all other believers to follow his example:-
‘Since then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God’. (Col 3:1-3)
Paul wasn’t interested in self-pity but kept his eyes fixed on Jesus.
He saw his persecution as a price worth paying for his proclamation of Jesus as Lord and declared, “I want to know Christ—yes, to know his resurrection and participation in his suffering, becoming like him in his death”. (Phil 3:10)
For Paul it was all about Jesus! How liberating!
3) A Contemporary Leader
We not only have Biblical leaders to emulate but also contemporary ones!
Bill Johnson is a man who has learned to live a focused life. In his book ‘Strengthen Yourself in the Lord’ (page 60) he gives us a key to living a focused life.
‘Thanksgiving helps to establish our focus on Him so that awareness shifts from earthly reality to heavenly reality, which we must do in order to release the strength of heaven into our circumstances. I have purposed to try to live in such a way that nothing ever gets bigger than my consciousness of God’s Presence’.
If the circumstances around us get bigger in our minds than the presence of God, then we need to train ourselves to fix our focus on Him again. It isn’t enough to have head-knowledge that God is bigger than our circumstances we need to turn our our whole being, heart and mind toward Him.
This calls for a proactive decision to come aside to spend time with Him to gaze and turn our affection toward Him.
He promises to meet us there with:-
Rivers of Living Water
On the last day of the feast, the great day, Jesus stood up and cried out, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to me and drink.38 Whoever believes in me, as the Scripture has said, ‘Out of his heart will flow rivers of living water.” John 7:37 (ESV)
For the THIRSTY he provides rivers of Living Water and He gives the Spirit, WITHOUT MEASURE! (John 3:34)
Correction of last week’s ‘Reflection’:-
Lasts week’s ‘Reflection’ mentioned that Moses fled to Egypt in fear of Pharaohs punishment. However, this wasn’t the case as Hebrews 11:27 tells us that he left Egypt in faith and not fear:- ‘By faith he left Egypt, not fearing the kings anger; he persevered because he saw him who is invisible’.
Let’s focus on the One who is only visible to the eye of faith and enjoy a blessed and faith-filled life!
Reflections is written by Ian Jones