Shifting My Focus and Expectations

“But that doesn’t matter. Whether their motives are false or genuine, the message about Christ is being preached either way, so I rejoice. And I will continue to rejoice. For I know that as you pray for me and the Spirit of Jesus Christ helps me, this will lead to my deliverance (Phil. 1:18-19).”

“Then coming to the borders of Mysia, they headed north for the province of Bithynia, but again the Spirit of Jesus did not allow them to go there (Acts 16:7).”

“But you are not controlled by your sinful nature. You are controlled by the Spirit if you have the Spirit of God living in you. (And remember that those who do not have the Spirit of Christ living in them do not belong to him at all.)” – Rom. 8:9

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My focus often needs shifting. Maybe, yours does too. I need to be much more mindful of the Gospel and hope we find in our Savior Jesus Christ. The hope we have in Him cannot come from anything else, only He can fill those spaces in our hearts and lives.

When it comes to sharing His Good News, I need to focus on speaking His truth into the lives of others. I cannot allow my focus to be on the wrong things, such as my imperfections, their reactions, or any of the numerous things that come to mind when sharing the truth about our need for Jesus.

Even though some preach the Gospel with the wrong motives, the Good News – is still being sent out to those who need to hear it!

Not only does my focus need shifting, but I also need to remember to rejoice. Yes, R-E-J-O-I-C-E! Because this is one area I need to be reminded of. I need to seek Jesus, rejoice, and covet others’ prayers… because this is the recipe for deliverance.

This is what I need right now in my life so Christ can be glorified!

The deliverance may look vastly different than the picture in our heads, but it will definitely be better than we could imagine. As long as Christ is our focus, our hearts and minds will be in a far better place.

Our deliverance may not mean a miraculously healed body. But if we are more in love with Christ than before, and earnestly seeking His face increasingly more each day – well then that is a far better deliverance than I personally could ever envision. Things like deliverance and healing aren’t these perfectly wrapped gifts. Sometimes the rescuing is a bit of a bumpy journey.

In John 15, we are reminded of how the Lord prunes us and we are better because of it – in the backdrop of eternity. So we can know that the Lord is faithful – even when we can’t see “picture-perfect deliverance”. The Lord God is still very much at work in our lives.

“I am the true grapevine, and my Father is the gardener.

He cuts off every branch of mine that doesn’t produce fruit, and he prunes the branches that do bear fruit so they will produce even more.

You have already been pruned and purified by the message I have given you. Remain in me, and I will remain in you.

For a branch cannot produce fruit if it is severed from the vine, and you cannot be fruitful unless you remain in me (John 15:1-4).”

Question of the Day: How is your focus, when it comes to the Good News about Christ? What do you expect deliverance to look like?