Point of Focus Installment 5

Team Focus

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Focus is very important because it is the gateway to all thinking: perception, memory, learning, reasoning, problem solving, and decision making. Without good focus, all aspects of your ability to think will suffer.

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  You will only go as high as your team.

 “Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence win championships.”

 Michael Jordan

 Alone you can run fast but with a team you can run far.

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We are moving from individual, self-centered focus (this is not a negative) to team focus. It’s easy to focus on ourselves and the things that concern us as individuals, but it is equally important to have team focus. We can exponentially do so much more when we work with a focused team. I would even go so far as to say that a focused team has the potential to experience endless possibilities. Here are some biblical examples:

 

Tower of Babel – Genesis 11

 Elijah and Elisha - 1st & 2nd Kings

 Jesus and the Disciples – Matthew, Mark, Luke and John

 

Today we will look at team focus from the Book of Nehemiah.

 

So, what do we focus on as a team? The quick answer is the vision. Every team member must gather around the vision. Another way to say this is that every team member must gather around the end game.

 

Why are we gathering? Let’s talk about football for a minute. I really like football!  To be truthful, though, I have to say that I l-o-v-e football! And in a football game, there are many moving parts: you have defense, offense, special teams, defensive line, offensive line, backfield - it goes on and on, but the whole team, with specialized players and all, huddles around one goal: to win the game!  That’s why they gather, why they come together. Whether by defense, offense or a combination of both, the goal is to win. And every team member, regardless of his position, must be focused on this vision because one mistake by a single player can cost the entire team the game.

 

Nehemiah was faced with a very critical task:  his job was to rebuild the walls around Jerusalem that had been torn down by the Babylonian invasion and years of neglect. Nehemiah had the desire and the vision to rebuild the walls, but he needed a focused team to get the task completed.

 In Nehemiah 2:10-20 we see:

1.              Nehemiah surveying the condition of the walls and gates.

2.              The resistance that was bound to come from surrounding enemies.

3.              The articulation of Nehemiah’s vision to a group of people who become part

            of the team. “Come, let us rebuild the wall of Jerusalem, and we will no

           longer be a disgrace”.

 

Pitfalls of Team Focus

 

Resistance                                                                         

                    Resistance is defined as an attempt to prevent something by action or argument. Let’s refer back to the football example. Regardless of how much one team wants to score, the opposing team is on the field to stop that from happening. Every team will be challenged. Every team will encounter their Sanballats and Tobiahs (Nehemiah 2,) and must lean on the wisdom of the Holy Spirit to overcome resistance.

 

Delay                                                                                                        

This is what you experience when things take longer than you thought they would. If you or your team think every project will go off without a hitch and that nothing unexpected will happen, you’re living in a dream world. Deep focus is such a rare commodity in this hi-tech world and delay is the ultimate test of an already-rare commodity. How do you and the team stay focused in the midst of delay and resistance? I refer you back to vision. The vision - the end game - must always be the goal, and nothing short of that is acceptable.

 

Conclusion:

What Satan can’t pollute he will try to dilute. The greatest attack against the team will come at its formation; the 2nd attack will come through infiltration as an attempt to dilute the focus of the team members.

 Below I have listed some key points to consider when forming a team:

 

Jesus prays for his team - John 17

 

An effective team member takes personal responsibility for their mistakes.

 An effective team member is one that has done the homework on themselves and has come to grips with their strengths and weaknesses.

 An effective team member sees and keeps their eyes on the “End Game.”

 An effective team member will be comfortable with being uncomfortable, and is willing, therefore, to try new things.

 An effective team member is accountable to other team members and welcomes that accountability to ensure things get done.

   

May God’s wisdom and blessing be with you as you “team-up” to advance his Kingdom assignment.

 

Apostle John

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Point of Focus Installment 4

Worry Refocused

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Focus is so important because it is the gateway to all thinking: perception, memory, learning, reasoning, problem-solving, and decision making. Without good focus all aspects of your ability to think will suffer.

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 Worry – to give way to anxiety or unease; allow one’s mind to dwell on difficultly or troubles.

 Synonyms:

Fret

Be concerned

Agonize

Panic

Restlessness

Nervousness

Agitation

Tension

Stress

 

Merriam-Webster

Worry – to subject to persistent or nagging attention or effort. To afflict with mental distress or agitation: make anxious.

 

Everyone at one time or another has worried about something. I would dare to say worry or anxiety is in the top 5 emotions along with love, anger, sadness and happiness.

Worry is an attention hog, always screaming for your focus. Worry plays a plethora of movie trailers in the imagination of your mind. Worry is a master in the art of the “what ifs” of life.

 

So, what do we do when worry comes knocking? When our focus is interrupted by a library of potential negative outcomes.

Today we will look at what the Word of God says about worry. Should we give it the focus it desires, or should we “refocus” on what demands our focus like the Kingdom of God?

 

Let’s Go!!!

 

Matthew: 6:25-33 NIV

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life[a]?

28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin. 29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these. 30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith? 31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. 33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.

 

One of the greatest worries is to worry about the future. Jesus addresses worry with the simplest yet most powerful words: “I tell you, do not worry about your life”.

Do not give worry your focus, attention, energy or time but rather “refocus” on the Kingdom of God and his righteousness (Matthew 6:33).

 Steep your life in God-reality, God-initiative, and God-provisions. Don’t worry about missing out. You’ll find all your everyday human concerns will be met.

Matthew 6:33 MSG

Let’s go a little further as we conclude today’s notes.

 

Seek (zeteo)- To seek or strive after in order to find. To crave, demand something from someone.

 

First (proton)- First in rank, influence, honor, principal and place.

 

Kingdom (basileia)- Royal power, dominion, rule. The royal power of Jesus as the triumphant Messiah.

 

Righteousness (dikaiosyne)- The condition acceptable to God. Integrity, virtue, purity of life, rightness, correctness of thinking, feeling and acting.

 

Added to me (prostithemi)- To put to, to add, to join, to gather.

 

Refocus- To focus again. To change the emphasis or direction.

 When worry comes into your “Point of Focus” refocus on the Kingdom of God. The Kingdom of God demands your focus!!

 

 Declaration:

Father, I thank you that as I seek your Kingdom first, the things that I have need of are added to me.

Thank you Lord, Grace is added to me!

Salvation is added to me!

Provision is added to me!

Healing is added to me!

Understanding is added to me!

Knowledge is added to me!

Deliverance is added to me!

The fear of the Lord is added to me!

Faith is added to me!

Wisdom is added to me!

Courage is added to me!

Confidence is added to me!

Joy is added to me!

Strength is added to me!

Favor is added to me!

Peace is added to me!

Protection is added to me!

Thanksgiving is added to me!

Praise to you Lord, is added to me!!

In Jesus Name, Amen!

 

 Bonus Declaration:

 

I break every tormenting spirit of fear and worry from my life.

My heavenly Father has a plan for my future; therefore, I have hope.

 

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

 

I will no longer worry about the things that I cannot add to my life but choose to refocus on the promises of God.

 

6-7 Don’t fret or worry. Instead of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.

Philippians 4:6-7 MSG

 I will see God’s goodness in my life!

 I remain confident of this: I will see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living.

Psalm 27:13 NIV

 

In Jesus Name!

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Point of Focus Installment 3

Maintaining/Regaining Your Focus

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“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days”.  Zig Ziglar

 “The successful warrior is the average man, with laser-like focus.”

Bruce Lee

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Focus is critical because it is the gateway to all thinking: perception, memory, learning, reasoning, problem solving, and decision making. Without good focus, all aspects of our ability to think will suffer.

 

15-16 So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.

17-19 Stick with me, friends. Keep track of those you see running this same course, headed for this same goal. There are many out there taking other paths, choosing other goals, and trying to get you to go along with them. I’ve warned you of them many times; sadly, I’m having to do it again. All they want is easy street. They hate Christ’s Cross. But easy street is a dead-end street. Those who live there make their bellies their gods; belches are their praise; all they can think of is their appetites.

20-21 But there’s far more to life for us. We’re citizens of high heaven! We’re waiting the arrival of the Savior, the Master, Jesus Christ, who will transform our earthy bodies into glorious bodies like his own. He’ll make us beautiful and whole with the same powerful skill by which he is putting everything as it should be, under and around him. Philippians 3:15-21 MSG

We would normally continue to discuss several other areas of focus before teaching on maintaining or regaining it, but focus is so important that I am going to stop here and encourage you to guard your focus; and whenever your focus is interrupted, respond quickly and get it back!

 

Matthew 14:22-33 NIV

22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

29 “Come,” he said.

Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?”

32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”

 

 It’s like riding a bike for the first time: the training wheels are off and you’ve gotten your fifth push start. The first four failed miserably, but this time you’re off and running! Wheels are spinning, you’re gaining speed, and all of a sudden, it comes to you:  you’re doing something that 10 minutes ago you had NEVER done! Slowly but surely, the bike begins to dangerously lean to one side, and you find yourself looking and hoping for a patch of grass to safely land in.

It didn’t necessarily have to be your first bike ride; maybe it was swimming or gymnastics or something else.  But whatever it was, we’ve all had the experience of losing our focus, especially when we’re doing something we’ve never done before - especially where a habit has not yet been formed.

 

Distraction is a formidable opponent of focus, but it is not insurmountable!

 

Don’t spend your life pursuing easily-attainable goals. Go after goals that challenge you; engage in new experiences and envision outrageous possibilities. Christians can possess extraordinary focus, fueled by faith in a God who can do the impossible!  Matthew 19:26

We don’t walk according the world’s culture.  We live in the Kingdom of God!

 

Our GOD is SUPERNATURAL

Our FOCUS is SUPERNATURAL

Our FAITH is SUPERNATURAL

 

One word from Jesus and Peter was able to do what no normal man or woman could do. Jesus said, “COME,” and on the basis of that one word, Peter was out of the boat and walking on water! Supernatural focus requires the fuel of faith because focus always needs something to lock on to. For Peter, it was a word from Jesus.  And for you, it could be the promises in God’s Word - God’s promises to

you. Don’t allow distractions to steal your focus. Keep your focus sharp and your faith strong.

 

 Declaration:

Lord, I set my face like a flint (a stone).

You are the God of the Impossible, so my life is full of possibilities.

Lord, one word from you and I can walk on water!

I focus on your word.

I focus first on your Kingdom and the things I need for daily life are added to me.

I have supernatural focus, fueled by faith in a supernatural God.

I have the boldness to ask for what others won’t even consider.

In Jesus’ Name, I bind spirits of fear, doubt, unbelief and intimidation that seek to keep me grounded to this earthly realm.

In Jesus’ Name, I bind spirits of confusion, sent to disrupt my focus.

I fix (focus) my eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith, and I see myself healed, delivered, blessed, prosperous, overcoming and victorious.

In Jesus’ Name, I see my loved ones saved, blessed, delivered, overcoming, prosperous and victorious.

Thank you, Lord, for supernatural focus!

 

Note: Making daily declarations of the power of God are a great way to maintain your focus. As you go through the day, remind yourself of the great possibilities your day holds for you, and fully expect to do what others would never even imagine.

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Point of Focus Installment 2

Focusing on the Difficult

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2b…I asked them about the conditions among the Jews there who had survived the exile, and about Jerusalem.3   They told me, “The exile survivors who are left there in the province are in bad shape. Conditions are appalling. The wall of Jerusalem is still rubble; the city gates are still cinders.”4   When I heard this, I sat down and wept. I mourned for days, fasting and praying before the God-of-Heaven.

Nehemiah 1:2b - 4

 It’s easy to focus on pleasant things like:  a football game, binge-watching your favorite Netflix series or your friend’s Instagram feed.

 But when difficult things need your focus, how do you respond? 

 

 Do you ignore? 

Do you disregard?

Do you avoid?

Do you brush off?

Do you pay no mind?

Do you turn a blind eye?

 Each of these responses is the exact opposite of focus!

 Nehemiah had a love for Jerusalem - the city and its people - and after receiving a terrible report about the state of Jerusalem, Nehemiah knew something had to be done.

 “The exile survivors who are left there in the province are in bad shape. Conditions are appalling. The wall of Jerusalem is still rubble; the city gates are still cinders.”

 

 The city and the people that were in his heart had now come into his focus.

 

Change comes with challenge.

Challenge requires focus.

Therefore, focus is necessary for change.

What others saw as a wasteland, Nehemiah viewed as a challenge that required his focus. Nehemiah took on that challenge, and in 52 days, he rebuilt a gate wall that was 40 feet high, 8 feet thick, with 34 watchtowers and 7 gates.

 You’ll use the old rubble of past lives to build anew, rebuild the foundations from out of your past. You’ll be known as those who can fix anything, restore old ruins, rebuild and renovate, make the community livable again. Isaiah 58:12 MSG

 In conclusion, don’t focus on what’s wrong; refocus on possibilities.

 Possibility is defined as:  a chance that something might exist, happen, or be truethe state or fact of being possible.  

 Possibilities are abilities or qualities that can make someone or something better in the future.

 Jesus said to him, if you can believe, all things are possible to him who believes.

 Mark 9:23 NKJV

  Declaration:

  Lord, thank you for your word.

If I focus, I can rebuild.

If I turn the eyes of my faith, you will release the power of your hand.

I declare that all things are possible because I see the possibilities, and I believe.

In Jesus’ Name, I can fix anything!!!

Gen2Gen is called to make communities (people) livable again.

 

Lord, I know

Change comes with challenge and

Challenge requires focus.

Therefore, focus is necessary for change.

I set my face like a flint and accept the challenge to change.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen!!

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Point of Focus Installment 1

Reconcile the past

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At the beginning of the year the Spirit of God released a prophetic word that this year would require unrelenting focus (a copy of that word is on Gen2Gen’s Facebook page). Well we are almost half way through 2019 and I believe the Lord wants to remind us of the importance and power of focus.

 Welcome to our 1st installment of the new series “Point of Focus”.

 Focus is so essential; without it we spend our time in aimless pursuits and end up giving our attention to whatever desires it.

 This series will challenge the busyness of our world as we look at what God’s word says about focus. Yes, God has something to say about what we focus on.

 Properly applied focus not only helps your spiritual life but like a carefully attended to garden, focus will cause your relationships, business and “You” to experience new levels of growth.

As we go through this series make a personal commitment to assess your current Point of Focus and make necessary adjustments so you can live a focused life.

 At the end of each installment in this series you will find a prayer to decree. You will invariably identify with some installments more than others, pray those decrees more often. Trust that the Spirit of God will help you refocus in those areas.

 Because the Sovereign Lord helps me, I will not be disgraced. Therefore have I set my face like flint, and I know I will not be put to shame.

Isaiah 50:7 NIV

 LET’S GO

Today’s Scripture:

I gave up all that inferior stuff so I could know Christ personally, experience his resurrection power, be a partner in his suffering, and go all the way with him to death itself. If there was any way to get in on the resurrection from the dead, I wanted to do it. I’m not saying that I have this all together, that I have it made. But I am well on my way, reaching out for Christ, who has so wondrously reached out for me. Friends, don’t get me wrong: By no means do I count myself an expert in all of this, but I’ve got my eye on the goal, where God is beckoning us onward—to Jesus. I’m off and running, and I’m not turning back. So let’s keep focused on that goal, those of us who want everything God has for us. If any of you have something else in mind, something less than total commitment, God will clear your blurred vision—you’ll see it yet! Now that we’re on the right track, let’s stay on it.

Philippians 3:10,12,15 MSG

 

Declaration:

Lord, thank you for resetting my Point of Focus (the center of interest or activity). 

From your Kingdom I see clearly. I reconcile the past successes and failures and I move into my future with clear focus, accuracy and precision.

Distractions that have disrupted and stolen my focus in the past will no longer have influence and power over my life, In Jesus Name!

I will discern between the things that demand, deserve and desire my focus and respond with wisdom.

Lord, this is the day (24 hours) that you have made and I will rejoice and be glad in it.

Today,

My mind is renewed by your word

My focus is sharp.

I have dominion over my day. 

I decree that today Is a fruitful day

A day of favor

A day of blessing

A day of opportunity

A focused day

 

In Jesus Name

G2G MEN

BROTHERS WHO PRAY TOGETHER CHANGE THEIR WORLD!!

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SURGE DECREE

SURGE DECREE 2017 

The Surge Decree

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Lord, I thank You for the surge that comes on my life.  This is my season for a surge.

This is my year for a surge. 

I’m thrust forward by Your surge. 

I overflow because of Your surge. 

A surge of blessing overtakes my life.   

A surge of blessing comes on my family. 

A surge of salvation comes into my household. 

Your kingdom overtakes my life by the surge in righteousness, in peace and joy in the Holy Ghost. 

My health is surging.

My strength is surging.

My mind is surging.

My business is surging. 

Lord, I thank You that when the enemy tries to come like a surge into my life, You lift up a greater surge against the enemy.

 Lord, Your surge is removing the wrong people from my life, and Your surge is bringing others that You’ve ordained into my life.

My faith is surging. 

My finances are surging over debt.  (God’s gonna send a financial surge that’s larger than the debt I am carrying.)  

My prayer life is surging. 

My understanding of the Word is surging. 

My marriage is surging. 

Lord, I thank You that it’s not by my might or my power, but Your spirit releases a surge over my life. 

Thank you Lord.  The surge!  It has begun!  It HAS begun!

 

 

 

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