Intentional Focus - Part 5

Intentional Focus - Part 5




To achieve any goal requires

Intentional focus

Clarity of vision

Consistent action

J.H. Carpenter Barnes




In our previous post, we posed a series of questions regarding the earthly ministry of Yeshua (Jesus). I sum them up with this one question: How many times in scripture do we read where Yeshua prayed to work a miracle of any kind? If your answer was zero, you would be correct. Jesus never prayed a long prayer filled with hope, rather, he spoke in faith and it was done. He arose a great while before daybreak to pray, to meditate and to seek God in secret. The results were miraculous, his words had instant recognition with the creative power of Holy Spirit.

Our example is the story of Lazarus? Yeshua didn’t pray to resurrect Lazarus, he said Father I thank thee that thou hast heard me (past tense) you always hear me. Yeshua was referring to the words he’d spoken earlier to the disciples. John 11:11b–Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of sleep. Again, he spoke a declaration to Lazarus’s sister, Martha. In John 11:23–Jesus saith unto her, thy brother shall rise again. Then in John 11:25 he speaks it again but in greater detail, so his words are clear. Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live. Note how Jesus made these proclamations out of his mouth, propelled by faith in love-he said, I am the raising of the dead. Jesus knew what the outcome would be before he arrived at the home of Lazarus.

This story of Lazarus teaches us two powerful lessons. The first, this is a detailed example of the principle and pattern we have presented throughout this book. We can track it from the initial introduction of the problem (Lazarus being sick), to its resolution (the resurrection of Lazarus). This shows how developing a divine connection with Father God is important, following Yeshua's example. The second concerns the surrounding people. Those who will irritate, frustrate, even push us toward the point of anger. Jesus walked in a perfect (matured) love, how, by resisting the urge to lash out. He maintained focus and finished his assignment which was to raise this man from the dead. We would do well to do the same, if we allow it distractions will dim the light of love and faith.

Until next time...

Be All You Can Imagine


James Barnes