Refocus Your Focus

The New Year is a good time to sort through our lives, renew our focus, and start again. This message won’t ask you to do anything new, but it will remind you to keep some things so you will thrive in this New Year.

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Refocus Your Focus

How to Thrive in the New Year

Dave Spooner – Mosaic Rockford – Dec. 27th, 2015

 

Intro:

  • The New Year is a good time to Renew our Focus and to sort through our lives and start again for the new year.
  • Don’t want you to add anything more into your life – but I want you to keep some things – let these things be your focus and you will thrive in this New Year.
  • At the end of this message I want you to focus on at least three of these for the new year

Keep your eyes focused

 

  • on what is unseen

2 Cor 4:16-18

Therefore we do not lose heart. Though outwardly we are wasting away, yet inwardly we are being renewed day by day. 17 For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. 18 So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.

 

  • Easy for us to sometimes loose heart
  • Externally – we are wasting away – inwardly we are being renewed day by day
    • Each day we need to be renewed
  • Light and momentary troubles (in comparison to eternity)
    • Achieve eternal glory (which will far outweigh our troubles)
  • So keep your focus . . . intentionally remind yourself
    • On what is unseen and yet to come
      • Because what we see is temporary but what is unseen is eternal
        • So we think and act differently

 

  • on Jesus

Heb 12:2-3

Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. 3 Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.

 

  • Look you our great savior and example – Jesus
    • Who started and completed our faith
  • So we will not grow weary and lose heart

 

Keep your hold firm

 

1 Tim 3:9-10

They must keep hold of the deep truths of the faith with a clear conscience.

 

  • Keep hold of the deep truths of the faith
    • Because so much wants to knock it our hands
  • Do so with a clear conscience – not just knowing it but living it out.

 

Keep your spiritual fervor

 

Rom 12:11

keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord.

 

  • Keep your vest, your passion, you love, life if your faith
  • Remember, Return and Repent (Rev. 2 Church in Ephesus)

 

Keep your personal purity

 

1 Tim 5:22

Keep yourself pure.

 

  • Because impurity will trip us up (sin that so easily entangle)
  • Because impurity will dull our sensitivity
  • Because impurity will darken our eyes (pure in heart will see God)

 

Keep your head clear

 

2 Tim 4:5

keep your head in all situations

 

  • Keep present in the situation
  • Keep clear minded – don’t make decisions based on emotions . . .

 

Keep your tongue controlled

 

James 1:26

If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not keep a tight rein on his tongue, he deceives himself and his religion is worthless.

 

  • You don’t have a license to say whatever you think.   Filter your thoughts and your words.

 

1 Peter 3:10

Whoever would love life and see good days must keep his tongue from evil and his lips from deceitful speech.

 

  • If you want to love life – then control your tongue and don’t lie or spin

 

Keep your word always

 

  • To the Lord

Matt 5:33-34

Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.’

 

  • If you have make a promise to God and have not followed through, then do so now.

 

  • To others

Matt 5:37

Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

 

  • Do what you say you are going to do – this builds trust and respect

 

Keep your love consistent

 

Heb 13:1

Keep on loving each other as brothers.

 

  • Sometimes we get tired from doing this – keep going it is worth it!

 

Keep your connections strong

 

Heb 10:24-25

And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. 25 Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another — and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

 

  • We need each other for motivation and accountability
  • We need each other for encouragement and strength
  • There are some people we need to include, and there are some people we need to exclude

 

Keep your distance safe

 

Rom 16:17

I urge you, brothers, to watch out for those who cause divisions and put obstacles in your way that are contrary to the teaching you have learned. Keep away from them.

 

  • Some people cause divisions and put obstacles in your way from keeping with the truth. Keep away from them.

 

2 Thess 3:6

keep away from every brother who is idle and does not live according to the teaching you received from us.

 

  • Keep away from people who don’t do anything – and don’t live accounting to sound teaching

 

Conclusion

  • Select (at least) three of these things.
  • New Year’s Eve Party
  • New Series on the Book of 1st John
  • Prayer People
  • Pray