Strategies for success: Focus

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"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, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus." Philippians 3: 13-14 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Acts 21: 12.

We live in a generation where everybody wants to get into someone else's business. A generation where people want people in their business. The world is not interested in what is going on in your life, but you somehow let the world know. It's hard for people to stay out of your business if you invite them in. If you want to succeed in life, you must stay out of everybody's business and mind yours. Focus takes you from your vision and translates it to mission and that takes you to the mountain top.

Without focus, you are never going to make it. You have to forget about everything and focus. A lot of people are focused on tomorrow that they don't do anything today and they end up never seeing the tomorrow. Success is not luck but focus! If you want to be a star, you must be focused enough on that star without letting any other thing distract you. Whatever you want to achieve, you must be focused if not, you can never achieve it.

Lack of focus, makes you a failure. If you focus on so many things at the same time, the best you can be is average. Stay at your duty post! A lot of people will distract you and make you look down on what you want to do.

If you have discovered your assignment, that is called vision. If you are pursing your assignment, that is called mission. If you are not distracted from your assignment, that is called focus. 

When you are focused

⁃ Don't be discouraged 

⁃ Don't worry about the storms

⁃ Until you fulfil your destiny, nothing can destroy you. 

⁃ Delay is never denial


⁃ Lord, give me grace to be focused.

Focused faith

By Pastor Andrew Bawa

"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls." Hebrews 12: 1-3 (NKJV)

Bible Readings: Luke 22, Hebrews 11, Luke 24, Matthew 18: 7, Matthew 14, Luke 18: 8, Job 22: 21.

People that are distracted are people that don't achieve anything in life. People miss the presence because they lose focus. What's stops us from receiving is the lack of focus not the lack of faith. Stop looking at each other because your race is not the same. Focus on your own race! 

One thing this generation lacks is endurance. Everyone is in a race but not everyone finishes the race. The key to finishing the race is endurance. In order to finish you must look at the people before you. A person running a race who is distracted never reaches the finish line. It's not everyone that started that finished, Your faith is going to stand the test of time, so you need to focus rather than lose sight.

The reason why you haven't received answers to your prayers is not because God hasn't released it but because you are being distracted.

These are some of the things that distract us: Malice, Bitterness, Cliques, Jealousy, Pornography, Sex, Language and Smelling character. The reason why things have not been happening for you is because the enemy has creeped it. You think you are running but really you are standing still. The person you can only deceive is yourself.

Every race has a condition. The moment you run a race, if you fail to meet the conditions, you are no longer qualified to finish it. You can't get the result if you have already failed at the race of life or being disqualified.

Do you have what it takes to run this race of Christianity?