Focus on Jesus

By Vince Finnegan

Luke 4:18-19 - Jesus quoted Isaiah 61:1-3. This verse explains how Jesus was able to walk in the supernatural realm and how we can imitate him.

  1. He believed what God said about him (Romans 10:17)
  2. God’s spirit empowered and led him.

John 5:19, 20, 30; 8:28 - When we look at the man, we must believe what he said about himself. He obeyed God’s Word.

John 14:9-12 - He did what he did because of his faith in the Scriptures and the empowerment of the holy spirit. We can do the same.

Matthew 21:18-23; Mark 11:12-15; 19-24 - Christ attributes his capacity to do miracles to faith and tells them explicitly that they can do the very same things if they have faith. Obviously, God’s will was not limited to just helping people. Jesus turned water into wine, walked on water, fed thousands…

Faith is always founded upon God’s Words from the Scriptures or revelation. Jesus did not need specific revelation every time he healed because Isaiah 42:6-7; 61:1-3 declared that this was his ministry.

From a rational point of view, thinking I can walk like Jesus is ridiculous, arrogant, and beyond comprehension. However, such thinking is in direct contradiction to the words of our Lord and our God. The only thing that stands in the way of our faith is doubt that contradicts the will of God.

Focus on Jesus primarily, but not exclusively, will help to build our faith. However, if we continue to view him as the perfect one who stood alone with his own ability, our faith will be diminished, not strengthened. He did what he did because he believed God’s Word and summitted to the holy spirit. We can do the same.

Roger Sapp’s definition of focus:

Our focus is the ongoing object of our thoughts. It is not our thoughts themselves. It is the subject and object of what we find ourselves studying, dwelling on, concentrating upon, and meditating on momentarily or habitually. Our focus is the core, the essence, the spirit, and heart of our thoughts. It is the origination point, the undergirding, the framework, the foundation, and controlling element behind our thoughts.

Romans 8:6   the mind set on the flesh is death, but the mind set on the Spirit is life and peace

Colossians 3:1-2   Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God.

Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth.

Matthew 6:20-23 - The eye represents focus. A clear focus results in our bodies being full of light. A bad focus results in our bodies being full of darkness. What we experience inwardly, death or life and peace, is a result of and is controlled by what we focus upon.

Everyone at all times has a focus. This focus may change many times an hour or remain reasonably constant. Our focus may be weak or intense. What determines our feelings, our ongoing inner condition, is our focus. If our focus is good, then our feelings will also be good, and if our focus is bad, so will be our feelings. Situations and circumstances are not the determining factor in our lives, focus is. If we experience fear, anxiety, or other negative feelings, we likely are focusing on the wrong thing.

2 Corinthians 3:18 - As we focus our eyes upon Christ, we are transformed into the same image.

Hebrews 12:1-2 - Christ is worthy of our focus, for he has gone first on this path of walking in the supernatural. No other focus will produce what God wants for us. Jesus focused on the joy set before in that which is written in Isaiah, servant psalms. This focus enabled him to endure the humiliation and suffering of the cross. Proper focus allows the holy spirit to empower us to endure difficult times victoriously and brings us safely to the end of
the race.

Because we can focus on only one thing at a time, proper focus is always outward to Christ and is not an appraising, introspective gaze into ourselves. Trying to analyze and appraise ourselves, find and fix problems in ourselves, is a powerless pursuit as it requires us to make ourselves the object of our focus. This self-focus effectively unplugs our new nature from the spirit of Christ and allows the old man to surface and reassert himself.

Christ-centeredness rather than self-centeredness is our aim.

Galatians 6:8   For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.

Our focus will be on the example of Christ in the Gospels and the accomplished work of Christ in us presented in the church Epistles.

The verses to contemplate and memorize that provide good focus to build faith regarding the supernatural is: Matthew 21:21-22

21 And Jesus answered and said to them, "Truly I say to you, if you have faith and do not doubt, you will not only do what was done to the fig tree, but even if you say to this mountain, 'Be taken up and cast into the sea,' it
will happen.

 22 "And all things you ask in prayer, believing, you will receive."

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