The Power of Focus (Part I)
03 Aug 2013 Service – Kong Hee
Nikolas “Nik” Wallenda (born January 24, 1979) is an American acrobat, aerialist, daredevil, and high wire artist. On June 23, 2013, he became the first person to high-wire walk across a Grand Canyon area gorge (crossing the Little Colorado River outside Grand Canyon National Park).
For him to succeed he needs to focus. Not looking down or being distracted but just trusting God and praising him. He needed real concentration.
Focus is absolutely necessary to succeed in life.
If you use a magnifying glass and focus on a spot. You will eventually create a fire!
Laser light does not require much power but yet when focused it can cut through diamonds!
If only you have enough concentration or focus… You can do great things.
An animal trainer always carries a stool into a cage of lions, it is their most important tool, aside from their other tools like whips and pistols. Why? As he holds the stool by the back and thrusts the legs toward the face of the wild animal. Those who know maintain that the animal tries to focus on all four legs at once. In the attempt to focus on all four, a kind of paralysis overwhelms the animal, and it becomes tame, weak, and disabled because its attention is fragmented.
When playing golf… You can’t think of your swing when you are aiming at the target..
Just focus on the target and your brain will work with your body naturally to hit the target
Your brain will always move your whole life to the last thing you have thought or placed your mind upon.
Hence we should always think positive thoughts and read the bible before we go to sleep! So do not go to bed angry!
26 “Be angry, and do not sin”:do not let the sun go down on your wrath Eph 4:26
51 Now it came to pass, when the time had come for Him to be received up, that He steadfastly set His face to go to Jerusalem, 52 and sent messengers before His face. And as they went, they entered a village of the Samaritans, to prepare for Him. 53 But they did not receive Him, because His face was set for the journey to Jerusalem. Lk 9:51-53
Why didn’t Jesus heal the rest but only one person at the pool? Not because he didn’t have enough power or he didn’t care.
It was just because it was not in his assignment that day. He had to be focused on the task.
Similarly we need to stay focused to do whatever God wants us to do in the different seasons of our life.
4 Therefore, when the Lord knew that the Pharisees had heard that Jesus made and baptized more disciples than John 2 (though Jesus Himself did not baptize, but His disciples), 3 He left Judea and departed again to Galilee. John 4:1-3
We got to be secure and focused on 3 areas:
#1 Self-Image : How we see ourselves
You will be like how you see yourself everyday. Just as a man things, so is he.
You got to have a healthy self image.Not overly arrogant and narcissistic, but yet also not overly humble and pessimistic. There should be a balance!
Num 13:33 they were already defeated by the way they saw themselves… As grasshoppers.
27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. Gen 1:27
#2 Self-Worth : How we value ourselves
Your self worth is more important than your net worth.
31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him up for us all, how shall He not with Him also freely give us all things? Rom 8:31-32
#3 Self-Esteem : How we feel about ourselves
You can have a lot of money but if you feel lousy about yourself, you won’t be happy in your life!
For as he thinks in his heart, so is he.
“Eat and drink!” he says to you,
But his heart is not with you.
Prov 23:7… In his heart… Not mind!
Because we mostly make decisions based on feelings, not logic!
We got to ensure that the way we feel in our hearts is in line with God!
17 For if by the one man’s offense death reigned through the one, much more those who receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness will reign in life through the One, Jesus Christ.) Rom 5:17
3 Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed on us, that we should be called children of God! Therefore the world does not know us, because it did not know Him. 1 Jn 3:1
The end target is to fulfil the calling that God has for our lives! Be focused!