Time to Focus on the Eternal,
That Your Joy Might Be Full
“But none of these things move me; neither do I esteem my life dear to myself, if only I may finish my course with joy and the ministry which I have obtained from [which was entrusted to me by] the Lord Jesus, faithfully to attest to the good news (Gospel) of God’s grace (His unmerited favor, spiritual blessing, and mercy),” Acts 20:24 AMPC.
Until we do not love our own life unto the death, in other words we are looking for a city whose builder and maker is God and FOCUS on the Kingdom and what our part is in establishing it, then we will always be looking back into the past as to how it could have been or we will be looking forward to something that is a dead end street.
When we do this, it only brings us discouragement, depression and sorrow. But, as we focus on the King and His Kingdom, then NONE OF THESE THINGS WILL MOVE US and we will be filled with joy in believing!
“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, WORKETH FOR US a more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we LOOK NOT AT THE THINGS WHICH ARE SEEN, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal,” Corinthians 4:17.
As long as we continually look on the eternal and not on the temporary discomfort, it will not only be our joy in believing, but it will continually cause a work in us and we will come forth with a more exceeding weight of Glory!
So in both of these passages your success and your joy depends on WHAT YOU ARE FOCUSING ON! It is time to FOCUS on the finish line and not on your problems!
It is time to FOCUS on the King and His kingdom! It is time to FOCUS on your calling and PRESS FORWARD!
The LORD says, “I AM looking for a people, who are those that will not get caught up in their own life, but be caught up in HIS life!
His life will bring abundance to not only them but to those around them!
These are they who have the Kingdom in front of them and the world behind them! The have FIXED THEIR HEART on the King!
They have made Me their portion and not the things of this world! These are My ambassadors in the earth, always promoting, not themselves but the Kingdom! Always looking for the things of true substance, the substance that is eternal!
Their lives are totally lived for what they SEE with their Spirit Eyes! These are they that SEE what others do not SEE and experience that which others do not understand!
Yes My overcomers, My manifest sons are arising in the earth and they will be those who are FOCUSED on the King and not on the world!”
~ by Jo Ellen Stevens
Jo Ellen Stevens of TCIC Ministries is a Prophetic speaker, author, worshiper and intercessor. She has ministered with her husband for 23 years and was a worship leader at the Assembly of God for many years. She is an ordained minister (Restoration Ministries) and works with Restoration Ministries in their Ministry Rooms doing prophetic worship with her husband. She has taught many bible studies and have led many intercessory prayer groups.