Focus Moment- 9/29/17

Silence and Centering _ Sept. 29

 “Be still, and know that I am God; – Psalm 46:10

 Confession:

Compassionate and loving God, we look around us and see the pain of those who are struggling with the devastation of their homes and lives. The evidence is ever-present on the news, on the internet, and in the social media. It’s hard to avoid the tears that so many people around us are shedding. Forgive us, Lord, for shutting our eyes and wishing that it would all go away.

For many, the grief and sorrow will remain for months and maybe years. Forgive us for only thinking of ourselves and failing to consider the lives of others. Open our hearts to continue to respond in ways that proclaim Your love and grace.

Help us to be Your hands and feet, reaching out and caring for those who have lost so much. Continue to remind us each day that even in the midst of the circumstances of life, You are always walking beside us to offer us the strength and courage to carry on. In Christ’s Name, we pray. Amen.

 PAUSE FOR  2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

Reading & Devotional:

Therefore we must give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away. Hebrews 2:1 (NKJV)

There has been many times where people are caught off guard when swimming in rivers.  Although the waters seem tranquil near the shore, just a few feet away the currant rushes with a resounding force.  Unfortunately many people have drifted away because they strayed too far and were caught up in the flow of water, only to lose their lives.

The writer of Hebrews gives a stern warning to Christian believers so they will not get caught up and drift away in the flow of false teachings, and in doing so, drift away from Jesus.  To guard against this believers are encouraged to give more earnest heed to the message given by the Apostles, which is the same message delivered by the Son of God himself, concerning eternal salvation and how it is to be obtained.

 Q:  As Christian believers, how can we be better anchored to the shores of truth?

 We need to be firmly anchored and steadfast in faith. We do this by first professing our faith in Jesus, and then choosing to abide in Him and His Word (John 15:1-11).  We do this by giving more earnest heed to the truth of the Apostle’s doctrine — we have been saved by grace through faith, and not of ourselves, it is a gift of God, not of works lest we boast (Eph. 2:8-9).

 We also need to be anchored and steadfast in prayer.  Prayer is the way in which we communicate with God, and it is how we seek to be refreshed, refueled and equipped (cf. Eph. 5:18; Jas. 5:16).  Another critical part of our being anchored and steadfast in our Christian walk is by our fellowshipping with the saints.  When we make it our priority to meet with other believers at church services and Bible studies to rightly divide God’s Word, we can be assured we are being grounded, rooted, and planted in God’s firm foundation.  This is exactly what we see the first church believers doing in Scripture.

 And they continued steadfastly in the apostles’ doctrine and fellowship, in the breaking of bread, and in prayers. Acts 2:42 (NKJV)

 I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Make it your goal to be firmly anchored in the truths contained within your Bible.  Be on guard, lest you become distracted by the cares of this world, or deceived by doctrines of demons (1 Tim. 4:1).

 STUDY QUESTION: According to the Scriptures contained in this devotional, what can we learn with respect to how we should be focused concerning the apostles doctrine?

 PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you faithfully reading your Bible, and attending a church requiring those in attendance to open their Bibles?

 PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Choose to give the more earnest heed to what your Bible teaches than what any man does.

 MAKE THIS YOUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, help me to discern Your Word righteously.  Help me to detect those who would take Your Holy Scriptures out of context and teach falsely.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

PAUSE FOR 2 MINUTES OF SILENCE

Here is a simple easy to remember method for praying for those around you, even if you don’t know their specific needs. The five requests are based on the word “B-L-E-S-S”.

 B – Body – For health, safety, and physical needs.

L – Labors – For the success and prospering of their work and/or studies (Jeremiah 29:7).

E – Emotions – For peace and joy to replace fear and anxiety (Matthew 10:13).

S – Social life – For family’s to function well together in their community.

 S – Salvation – For each to understand salvation in Jesus Christ, and come to know Him personally and grow in their spiritual lives.

The Our Father (slowly pray this)
Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come, Thy will be done on earth, as it is in heaven. Give us this day our daily bread. And forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one. For yours is the kingdom, the power, and the glory forever, Amen.

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