Changing Your Focus
Changing your focus is the key to changing your life in every way. Whatever you are struggling with, just change your focus… turn your eyes upon Jesus!
Matthew 6:22-23 ESV
“The eye is the lamp of the body. So, if your eye is healthy, your whole body will be full of light, but if your eye is bad, your whole body will be full of darkness. If then the light in you is darkness, how great is the darkness!
There are two elements necessary to be full of light.
- There must be light because the eye can only see where there is light. The Lord is my light and my salvation (Psalm 27:1) and “in His light we will see light (Psalm 36:9).
- The eye must focus so to gain clarity. The Psalmist cried out “Show me Your way, Lord, and lead me on a level path” (Psalm 27:11)
I also recall Jesus declared that He did nothing except He saw His Father in heaven do it (John 8:28).
God has used something to focus men and women of God and enable them to live in victory over sin, sickness and every work of the devil.
Our problem in this modern day isn’t the internet, or the incessant claims of others upon our time, or the general busy-ness of life and its constant demands. Yes, those things are distracting… but our problem is within ourselves.
When our Savior is lifted up and He is what we see and hear and He fills our hearts and minds, salvation comes.
Healing doesn’t come by focusing on the promises. It comes when we focus on the Healer. When the Healer is far bigger in our hearts and minds than the disease, healing breaks forth speedily. The promise isn’t the thing. The promise is a tool to help you focus on the Healer.
When your addiction is big, your God is small. But when God is big and fills our heart and mind, addiction shatters.
Your need is nothing. A rich man could meet it. How much more God? It is when He speaks that faith arises in the heart, He answers our prayers meets our needs.
His Word gives us light (Psalm 119:105). Our focus magnifies God, brings us into His presence and He changes everything.
The two keys to light in my innermost being then are:
- His Word
- His Presence
In both cases, my part is a choice: to set my focus—first on His Word, which is my bread from heaven, and then on His Presence, which is water for my thirsty soul.
Each time I am tempted or drawn away after other things, I must choose to focus on the Lord and upon His ways. If I do this, I will shine and I will see clearly and walk uprightly at all times. I will walk in faith and victory and see my prayers answered—not because I prayed (fleshly prayers wear us out and produce nothing but pride)—but because I entered into the Spirit and waited on Him.
I must remember the old hymn and turn my eyes upon Jesus…
O soul, are you weary and troubled?
No light in the darkness you see?
There’s light for a look at the Savior,
And life more abundant and free!
Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.
–Helen H. Lemmel
I will turn my eyes upon Jesus by singing psalms, hymns and spiritual songs and also by listening to music that magnifies God and encourages me to magnify Him in my soul.
Setting aside time, I will turn my eyes upon Jesus through prayer and time seeking His face—entering into His presence daily.
He is Immanuel, God with us (Matthew 1:23). He is with me (Matthew 28:20) and will never leave me nor forsake me (Hebrews 13:5). I will seek the awareness of His presence because He is always with me and practice it at work, running errands, and throughout my day.
I will turn my eyes upon Jesus through reading, memorizing, meditating in His Word and I will use my gift of writing to focus fully on the Lord.
The distractions, I will set aside. Idle entertainment takes my focus from the Lord. Instead, I will change my focus to Him and expanding His kingdom (Matthew 6:33).
Lord God, Father, teach me Your ways (Psalm 86:11). Show me how to live! (Psalm 25:4). Open my eyes that I may see glorious things in Your Word! (Psalm 119:18). Train me in the paths of righteousness for Your Name’s sake (Psalm 23:3) and strengthen the hands that hang down and my feeble knees (Hebrews 12:12-13) that I might walk in Your light (Ephesians 5:7-14).
In Jesus Name I pray, Amen.