STAYING FOCUSED TO SUCCEED.
The word FOCUS is probably one of the most used words for people aiming to be successful. Most successful people when interviewed they say one of their key principles to success was FOCUS. What is Focus? An act of concentrating interest or activity on something, the center of interest or activity. The point at which an object must be situated for it to be well defined. Pay particular attention to something. From the Biblical aspect, I define Focus as Priority. Isaiah 2:10. For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little.
What is Priority? The fact or condition of being regarded or treated as more important than others. When first things come first. Doing something that is regarded as more important than others. Everyone that had great success in the Bible was people that had a purpose and they focused on their goal and vision. God told Joshua that he would have Good Success if only he could Meditate day and night. This meant He needed to Focus on the Laws and Rules of God for Him to be successful. Joshua 1:8. This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth; but thou shalt meditate therein day and night, that thou mayest observe to do according to all that is written therein: for then thou shalt make thy way prosperous, and then thou shalt have good success. This verse is telling us that there are two kinds of success. Normal Success and A GOOD SUCCESS. When your meditate you focus your attention on that thing. “Your Engagements To The Laws Of God; Will Make You A Lord In What Ever You Do!” There is a man in the Bible called Elisha; this man is the definition of Focus. Elisha was the servant of Elijah. Elijah was a prophet during the era of king Ahab and queen Jezebel of Israel. After prophet, Elijah had finished disgracing the prophets of Baal in Mount Carmel and slew 450 of them in 1Kings 18. In chapter 19, king Ahab told his wife Jezebel what had happened. Jezebel sent a messenger to Elijah and promised to kill him within 24 hours. Wel, the great the prophet was scared and he fled for his life. He asked God to take his life, and God told him to anoint two kings and also Anoint Elisha as a prophet in his stead.
Elijah met Elisha plowing with twelve yolks of oxen in the field. He passed by him and cast his mantle upon him, immediately Elisha ran after him and said; “ Let me I pray thee, kiss my father & mother, and then I will follow you.” Something strange happened in verse 20! Elisha took a yolk of oxen and slew them, and prepared a meal with the INSTRUMENTS OF THE OXEN, and gave them to his people. They ate and he arose and went after Elijah to minister unto him.Elisha actually burned everything that will make him go back to the past. He needed maximum concentration to be able to serve his master. He destroyed the bridged that will make him go back to the old self. When the time came for Elijah to be taken up into heaven in 2Kings 2, Elisha knew about it, the sons of the prophets knew about it as well. “ In the Path of Greatness, you can’t hide your Potentials. You can only protect it with prayer and staying Diligent.” At this point in the life of Elisha, distraction arose from even corner, he was cast down, perplex, troubled on every side but Elisha Discouraged his Discouragements. Elisha followed his master from Gilgal-Bethel-Jericho-Jordan. At each point in time, Elijah told Elisha to wait in Bethel, Jericho and Jordan. Note that Elisha was focused on his goal, he knew what he wanted: The Double Portion Anointing; he did not allow the distractions around him to stop rom achieving his goal. Elisha told Elijah his master, “ As The Lord Lives & As Your Soul Lives; I Will Not Let Thee Go!” Distraction is the enemy of focus it can come from anybody!!! The sons of the prophets, the messengers of God, they were the available tools that the devil used to try and distract Elisha. They met him at Bethel and Jericho and asked him: “ Know that the lord will take away your master from you today? His response was so perfect, I know; I’m Aware But HOLD YOUR PEACE, BE STILL DON’T SPEAK OF IT!!” Elisha was a focus, he wasn’t ready for side talks and distractions of gossips, who said this and who said that. The double portion of the anointing was his goal. He did not allow the pain of loosing his master to overshadow his objectives. He knew what he wanted and walked towards it. When they arrived in Jordan, Elijah asked Elisha for the third time to wait here in Jordan but Elisha refused. Now the sons of the prophets stood afar and saw how Elijah used his mantle to path the river Jordan and they both passed through dry land. Elisha was focused be he knew that he will have to cross the same Jordan river to get back to his destination. After crossing Jordan, all the distracting forces and element could not do anymore harm to Elisha, they could watch from afar but they could not distract him anymore. Elisha had passed a major test. The double portion anointing was sure. “ There is a particular bridge you must cross, it is the bridge of maximum concentration in whatever you are doing. Once you cross this bridge, the spirit of distraction is not able conquer you anymore.” Elijah had to come to terms with his servant Elisha. He asked Elisha, What is it that I can do for you before am taken up into heaven? Immediately, Elisha asked for what he has been longing for, “ The Double Portion Anointing.” There was a condition; this condition had already been met before. The condition was; “ If you see me when am being taken away from you!” Well Elisha was not blind, they have crossed Jordan together. They started the journey from Gilgal-Bethel-Jericho-Jordan Elisha was focused. Prophet Elijah was taken up and his Mantle fell, Elisha cried with a loud voice.“ My father my father the chariot of Israel and the horsemen.” Elisha picked up the mantle and went straight to the Jordan River. Now Jordan River became an obstacle and Elisha must overcome this obstacle.“ For every new level you attain in life, you will surely meet a new devil.” He used the mantle and smote the waters of Jordan and said; “ Where is the Lord God of Elijah?” The waters of the Jordan River pathways for him to walk on dry land. After crossing Jordan coming back with the mantle of Elijah with him. The same sons of the prophets that were distracting him, those unfriendly friends, they were the first to testify of the Anointing upon his life. They said; “ The Spirit of Elijah doth rest on Elisha.” They came and Bowed themselves to the ground before him and asked him to heal the waters of Jericho. Now this is deep! (Remember in Joshua 6:26, Joshua placed a curse on the land). Until you prove to the world and attain certain height in life, no one is going to regard you. You have to stay focus to get the best. To be the best God has destined you to be, you have to give maximum attention to your dreams, your goals, your objectives and your destiny. When you fulfil destiny according to God’s standard, those that wrote you off, that said you will never amount to anything good and that you will never make it will be the first set of people that will ask you for solutions and help to their own problems. You don’t need money to stay focus, you only need your mind, make up your heart and decide you will not be distracted by the distractions around you.
Why should you stay focused? The only answer to this question lies in 1 Corinthians 16:9. For a great door and effectual is opened unto me, and there are many adversaries. We want to defeat the problems at the edge of breakthrough. There is a great door of blessings, promotions the devil will not just fold his hands and let you have them, you must beat him at his own game. You must be wise and vigilant to his devices. A simple breakthrough will change your story and history. Before every breakthrough, there’s a harder battle to fight, one of the key weapon for victory during this battle is Focus. Total concentration gives an edge towards victory in the battles of life. Every man destined to be great have a battle to win against the spirit of distraction. “At the edge/peak of your breakthrough, the devil becomes real to you.” You need total concentration to defeat the spirit of almost there, which is the spirit of Mouth Pisgah, which is the spirit of almost there. (I will blog on that someday!), the near success syndrome. Just like Elisha, Joshua Caleb, David, Joseph, Ruth, and Esther. These great men and women of God were focused people. God is not going to use a man that is easily distracted. Forget the past and press one for the price for greatness, there is a race to run, a price to win, a crown at the close of the day. You can’t afford to loose concentration. Let the glory of your future/tomorrow be the fuel that will propel you during these hard times, better days are ahead you just need to be consistent in the good things you are doing. I encourage you to have a target, aim at it, and never look back. Refuse to be distracted. People can say what ever they feel like. That shouldn’t get to you. “ The opinions of others don’t define you.” Know who you are and what God has placed inside of you. Pursue your dreams, Shoot for the Moon; if you don’t get there, at least you will land among the Stars.
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