The Cross, the Empty Tomb or Life Focused – Pt. 4

You become what you focus on and what you focus on only gets bigger.

Peter was upset, big time. Jesus had just asked him for the third time in a few short moments, “Do you really love Me?”

Peter was the same old Peter, at that point. Instead of believing an empty tomb, he doubted what Jesus said would happen. Instead of going to Galilee, he hunkered down in a Jerusalem room out of fear.

Peter focused on his past mistakes, rather than the power Jesus offered in the present through the resurrection. As Peter experienced that power, though, instead of putting his feet in his mouth, he stood on them and up for Jesus.

The Father changed Peter. His words, his stance and life were changed. And, just as the Father changed Peter’s life, He can change your and my life as well. It’s time to believe it!

Stay focused on the truth the Spirit gives you, not the cross (forgiveness for failures) or the empty grave (disbelief). Your focus and focused choices in the Spirit’s life changing power are crucial. You do become Who and what you focus on.

The Cross, Empty Tomb or Life Focused – Pt. 3

You become what you focus on and what you focus on only gets bigger.

Can Jesus do what He promised? Our words and actions reveal whether or not we believe He can.

Once Peter proclaimed that Jesus was the Messiah, the King of Israel, Jesus started talking about His own future. He would suffer, be killed and then rise from the grave after three days.

Peter actually rebuked Jesus for saying such a thing! He didn’t or couldn’t believe what Jesus said was even remotely true. Peter’s current thinking as to what the Messiah should do was being challenged by Jesus, which was be king in Jerusalem then.

And yet, no matter how many times Jesus said this to His disciples, men and women alike, they simply didn’t believe Him even after seeing an empty tomb! Their old way of thinking/focus was getting in the way of the bright future He promised them.

Is that you and me? Has the Spirit been asking to transform an area of our life; and yet, we are stuck looking at an empty tomb in disbelief, “It can’t happen to me, can it?”

Yes it can. Jesus promised not only to give us eternal life, but life today as well. He wants to take our worn out and useless character and replace it with an eternal and victorious one, His.

Where is your focus – your past mistakes (the cross), your disbelief (the empty tomb) or on the life giving words of truth about His outcome for your life? Whatever you choose will sink deeper into your brain, which only makes change come that much sooner or take that much longer.

Choose to focus/meditate on the life giving truths the Spirit gives, the ones that will set you free/change your life. And then, take a leap of faith by putting that truth into action when it’s decision time.

Change will come one focused choice at a time. And oh yeah, Jesus is alive!!

The Cross, Empty Tomb or Life Focused – Pt 2

You become what you focus on and what you focus on only gets bigger.

Jesus said, “If anyone would come after Me, let him deny himself, take up his cross and follow Me” (Matt. 16:24; Mk. 8:34; Lk. 9:23).

Notice the word “if”. Check yourself, do you want to experience victory or defeat while walking this journey called life? The context of the above saying is Peter wanting defeat – living His own agenda, which was Jesus to be King in Jerusalem in his lifetime.

However, Jesus was sent to do something far bigger that time around: Bring all humanity into a relationship with the Father. The cross was simply the process to achieve that goal, not the end result.

Peter had to die to his way of thinking, which is where the cross comes into play, death. And, science proves that the thought we focus on grows and those we don’t die. So, if we want the old way of living to die, we must exchange it with the character trait/truth/thought the Spirit is trying to implement into our life.

Outside a miracle, the only determinate to how long that process will take is our daily choices for Luke adds the word daily. If we want something new to grow, we must make a daily choice to focus and follow/act on the new thought!

This is what Jesus meant when He said, “Follow Me.” Make the choice to focus on the end goal He has for us; and then, make daily choices toward it. As we do, the old thoughts/way of thinking will die off and new life will take place.

If we don’t, we’ll be stuck in the sin-confession cycle (cross focused) rather than experiencing a transformed life (life focused). Yes, we might fail. But if we only focus on the process (cross), we will never experience what Jesus came to bring (life).

Stay focused on the thoughts/truth the Spirit is putting into your life. Let those thoughts sink deeper into your brain and grow to the sky and then life change will occur (Rom. 12:2).

Oh what a Jesus story you will have to tell when people notice this change!

The Cross, Empty Tomb or Life Focused Pt. 1

You become what you focus on and what you focus on only gets bigger.

Your focus is crucial in the process of experiencing the Spirit change your life.

Are you focusing on the fact that you keep failing, which keeps you at the cross asking for forgiveness? On an empty tomb expecting to find death? Or, on the life the Spirit is calling you to? Your mind will reinforce whatever you focus on – failure, death or life.

Jesus said, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life.” Notice His focus. It was not on the challenges, but the answer – Himself.

If you want to overcome your challenges or failures, you must then choose your focus, Jesus and life. The cross and the tomb are part of the change process; but, they are not the end result. Life is.

Your brain (Rom. 12:2) needs to hear, see, smell, taste and touch the outcome of whatever area the Lord wants to change in your life. Let those roots grow deeper into your brain. When you do, a changed life is being produced!

In the coming weeks, we’ll talk about the process the cross and the empty tomb play in producing a changed life. But, never forget that they are not what you should be focusing on. Life is.

Take a second to picture yourself sitting on the bench throwing your challenge into the vastness of the sky. Are you searching for that challenge or focusing on the stars? Hopefully, you’re enjoying stargazing.

Once you determine that Jesus is much bigger than you, your past or your challenges, the sooner you can change your focus to Him, the One behind the stars, the giver of life.