With the almost non-stop flow of information that is coming at us these days, it is more important than ever that we be intentional about what we focus on. Amidst this swirl of 24-hour-a-day input, it can be a battle to keep our eyes and hearts focused in faith on the good news of who our God is, our identity in Christ, and understanding our authority and our calling to advance His Kingdom in the earth.
In Matthew 16:13-19, Jesus and the disciples are discussing some of the many things the world has to say about who Jesus is. Some say He is a prophet. Some say He is John the Baptist. Some say He is Elijah. And others say He is Jeremiah. But when Jesus asks Simon, Simon is able to FOCUS in on the reality of the good news, even when it seems the most incredible and impossible of all the reports.
Simon answers that Jesus is the Messiah, the Son of the Living God. Jesus erupts with praise for Simon, telling him that he is truly blessed because he was able to focus in on what his Father in Heaven was highlighting to him in the midst of the swirl of information. Simon's ability, in that moment, to focus on what Heaven was highlighting had a powerful and lasting impact – so much so, that Simon emerges from the moment transformed. He is given a new name, Peter, which means "rock."
FOCUSING ON BEING PROACTIVE IN ADVANCING OUR FAITH
Focusing in on coming to understand and carry out God’s purpose for our life so we will be effective in bearing the fruit that remains for Jesus (John 15:16), the good news of who our God is and what He is capable of in any situation grounds us in the truth of Heaven and works to transform us and our circumstances.
We must never allow a bad report or alarming news to have a greater impact on us than the Good News of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and the miraculous ability of our Heavenly Father to bring about all His promises -- no matter what.
WE WILL BE PROACTIVE IN OUR FAITH AND DO THE FOLLOWING:
"Keep on asking and it will be given you; keep on seeking and you will find; keep on knocking and the door will be opened to you." - Matthew 7:7 AMP
"Do not be seized with alarm and struck with fear: only keep on believing". - Mark 5:36 AMP
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