Focus on ThisBro. David Chancellor
5/11/2008 6:00 PM
2 Corinthians 4:10-18
Always bearing about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our body. For we which live are always delivered unto death for Jesus’ sake, that the life also of Jesus might be made manifest in our mortal flesh. So then death worketh in us, but life in you. We having the same spirit of faith, according as it is written, I believed, and therefore have I spoken: we also believe, and therefore speak: Knowing that he which raised up the Lord Jesus shall raise up us also by Jesus, and shall present us with you. For all things are for your sakes, that the abundant grace might through the thanksgiving of many redound to the glory of God. For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory: While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.
Paul pointed out to the Corinthians the many things he had faced and encouraged them to focus on the eternal things. "For which cause we faint not; but though our outward man perish, yet the inward man is renewed day by day." This renewal is important. The outward man wears out and gets old. We don’t have to grow faint and weary in our souls because we can have a continuous walk with God. Relationships have to be maintained to continue and last. We need daily interaction with God. Paul had to stay close to Christ if he would have the life of Christ reflected in him.
2 Timothy 1:1-6
Paul, an apostle of Jesus Christ by the will of God, according to the promise of life which is in Christ Jesus, To Timothy, my dearly beloved son: Grace, mercy, and peace, from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord. I thank god, whom I serve from my forefathers with pure conscience, that without ceasing I have remembrance of thee in my prayers night and day; Greatly desiring to see thee, being mindful of thy tears, that I may be filled with joy; When I call to remembrance the unfeigned faith that is in thee, which dwelt first in thy grandmother Lois, and thy mother Eunice; and I am persuaded that in thee also. Wherefore I put thee in remembrance that thou stir up the gift of God which is in thee by the putting on of my hands.
We can’t just rely on others to pray for us. There’s something for us to stir up in ourselves, also. Just starting isn’t enough. We need to value what we’ve been given and keep it going in us. Keep it clear and burning in your soul. Paul did some praying. We need time in prayer, time to carry our burdens and the needs of others to God, and time to draw close to God and express our need for him.
1 Peter 1:12-17
Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into. Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:
Keep your focus on things that are eternal. Focus on God and what’s right. Have reverence for God. Get settled and focus on being faithful to the end.
2 Peter 1:1-11
Simon Peter, a servant and an apostle of Jesus Christ, to them that have obtained like precious faith with us through the righteousness of God and our Saviour Jesus Christ: Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord. According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue: Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust. And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity. For if these things be in you, and abound, they may you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins. Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall: For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ.
We can have like precious faith as they did back then. Salvation is an instantaneous work, but it is something that grows. Good relationships are built on from day to day. Keep adding to what you have. If you stop putting into it, you’ll fall.
1 Thessalonians 5:14-23
Now we exhort you, brethren, warn them that are unruly, comfort the feebleminded, support the weak, be patient toward all men. See that none render evil for evil unto any man: but ever follow that which is good, both among yourselves and to all men. Rejoice evermore. Pray without ceasing. In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesyings. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.
This is good admonition in how to stay on fire with God. Take time to count your blessings. Be faithful in prayer. Let him have your burdens. When he takes your burden, take time to give him thanks. Giving thanks helps you to realize what God is doing. God sends his Spirit to enlighten us and help us and work in us. We don’t want to quench that. Don’t ignore the leading of the Spirit of God. Stop and listen. There’s benefit in coming together to hear the word of God. Take what you hear and keep what’s good and throw out the rest. We need some daily renewal to keep us moving forward with God.
Therefore we ought to give the more earnest heed to the things which we have heard, lest at any time we should let them slip. For if the word spoken by angels was stedfast, and every transgression and disobedience received a just recompence of reward; How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation; which at the first began to be spoken by the Lord, and was confirmed unto us by them that heard him;
We need to keep what God has provided to us. We need the fulness of God’s Spirit in our hearts and lives. We can’t afford to neglect having it or getting it. We need to reach to God. Our salvation is too important to lose. Don’t neglect it. Let God be glorified in you.