The Power of Focus (Part II)
17 Aug 2013 Service – Kong Hee
The narrower the spout of the water hose, the further the water will go. The sharper the knife, the cleaner it will cut. In conclusion, focus is powerful!
In 1996, reduced Apple’s product line from 350 to 10 items.
His focus was to build products that are high in quality, simple to use, but most importantly, it has to serve people.
When you serve people, you will always go to the top.
There were many mp3 players in the market but he still came up with a device with only one wheel – the first ipod, that even a kid could use.
He came up with the first touch screen phone, which was criticised. But today almost every phone is touch screen.
Innovation or focus, is saying no to a thousand things. Go get the God idea not the good idea.
34 The lamp of the body is the eye. Therefore, when your eye is good, your whole body also is full of light. But when your eye is bad, your body also is full of darkness. Lk 11:34
20 Then Peter, turning around, saw the disciple whom Jesus loved following, who also had leaned on His breast at the supper, and said, “Lord, who is the one who betrays You?” 21 Peter, seeing him, said to Jesus, “But Lord, what about this man?” – This man… He didn’t even want to call his friend of 3 years by his name.
Peter was so distracted by his rivalry!
Jesus replied, why does it matter? Why are you so distracted? Focus on the vision and mission that God has for you.
2 And when John had heard in prison about the works of Christ, he sent two of his disciples Matt 11:2
16 “Behold, I send you out as sheep in the midst of wolves. Therefore be wise as serpents and harmless as doves. Matt 10:16
6 And blessed is he who is not offended because of Me.” Matt 11:6
Offended gk – scandalizo : trip up, stumbled or enticed to sin.
Don’t get stumbled, offended, by the news, media, people. Stay focused on what you have to do!
69 The proud have forged a lie against me,
But I will keep Your precepts with my whole heart. Psa 119:69
19-21 We couldn’t be more sure of what we saw and heard—God’s glory, God’s voice. The prophetic Word was confirmed to us. You’ll do well to keep focusing on it. It’s the one light you have in a dark time as you wait for daybreak and the rising of the Morning Star in your hearts. The main thing to keep in mind here is that no prophecy of Scripture is a matter of private opinion. And why? Because it’s not something concocted in the human heart. Prophecy resulted when the Holy Spirit prompted men and women to speak God’s Word. 2 Peter 1:19 MSG
Believe in the prophecies given to you!
Pray according to what God has showed you. Intelligent prayers don’t get answered, only prayers born out of the vision of God!
John the Baptist was a great man but he was also distracted by scandalous news!
3 Areas we need to focus on :
“One Thing ” appears in the bible 16 to 18 times. One means singular. Specific. One means to be separate, separated from the rest.
#1 Intercession – one thing I ask
4 One thing I have desired of the Lord,
That will I seek:
That I may dwell in the house of the Lord
All the days of my life,
To behold the beauty of the Lord,
And to inquire in His temple.
One thing i ask.. ASK!! Asking. Seeking. Knocking. That is what intercession is.
6 When He had said these things, He spat on the ground and made clay with the saliva; and He anointed the eyes of the blind man with the clay. Jn 9:6
#2 Revelation – one thing I know
24 They called the man back a second time—the man who had been blind—and told him, “Give credit to God. We know this man is an impostor.” 25 He replied, “I know nothing about that one way or the other. But I know one thing for sure: I was blind . . . I now see.” Jn 9:24-25
One thing i know… There’s so many things in life that we don’t know, but we should be like the blind man. One thing i know, it’s what God has done for me, how he has changed my life.
18 And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. Matt 16:18
#3 Action – one thing I do
13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead Philip 3:13
One thing I do..One thing you should do, keep on praying. Don’t be stumbled. keep on serving, keep on doing good.
You don’t have to care what others are saying or doing. But as for me and my house we will serve the Lord.
14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Phil 3:14