Daily Bible Studies & Sermon Notes

Set Your Focus
Pastor Scott Dungan
• There are many voices and activities competing for our time
• The pressure of caring for our families seems to take more and more of our time
• We also live in a time of turmoil which is producing great fear in people’s hearts
- War, famine, financial collapse, loss of security, natural disasters
- Matthew 24:3 – these things must happen
• All of these things distract us from our real focus in the Lord
- The Bible states we are a kingdom of priests unto our God (1Pe 2:9)

The Scriptures (Mt 6:25-34)
• (v25) Don’t be worried about your life 
– Worry: to be anxious, disturbed, troubled, no peace of mind 
- The result of worry is a distrust of God and a heart turned from God
- Stop an action in progress; the focus is on the mental attitude 
– Life: breath, soul, the immaterial part of man that animates the material body 
- God is the author of life and freely gives life to His people 
• (v31) Don’t worry then saying, what will we eat, drink or wear
– Worry: do not worry at all 
– Saying: worry is expressed through our speech 
• (v32) For the Gentiles seek these things, your heavenly Father knows you need these
– Two reasons not to worry
- Negatively: the non-Christians focus their lives on these things 
- Positively: God knows what you need and will provide it for you 
• (v33) But, seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, all these things will be added 
• (v34) Don’t worry about tomorrow, tomorrow will care for itself, each day has enough  
– Two ways to defeat worry 
– First, seek for God’s kingdom and righteousness – (continual command) 
- Keep seeking, hunger, make an effort to obtain and enjoy 
- Kingdom: the rule and reign of God already present in the person of Jesus, Jesus’ ministry extended through church 
• Sin broken, healing, deliverance, enemy’s power broken, love, unity 
- Righteousness: through faith in Christ, morally right with God, declared right (free from defilement) 
• Sanctification, justification, washing from sin 
• New creatures in Christ Jesus (2Co 5:17) 
– Second, don’t worry about tomorrow
- Live one day at a time 

What Christians Should Not Focus on 
• Taking care of themselves: meeting their own needs, finances accumulation of wealth
– What is the fruit? Selfishness, rob yourself of God’s miraculous intervention
• Entertainment: worldly pleasures, adventure
– What is the fruit? Robs our time, pollutes our thinking, draws us away from God
• Politics, judgment on world governments
– What is the fruit? Negativity, critical spirit, focus on wrong kingdom
• Prophecy: the end of the world is here, run for the hills
– What is the fruit? Lose heart for people, interpret everything through end times prophecy

What Christians are to Focus on? (the kingdom of God) 
• God’s Kingdom – righteousness, peace, joy (Ro 14:17)
– Not eating or drinking
• Abraham’s example – by faith lived in tents in a foreign land, looking for a city which has foundations, whose architect and builder is God (Heb 11:10)
• Jesus  
– My Kingdom is not of this world, My kingdom is not of this realm (Jn 18:36) 
– Jesus of Nazareth, how God anointed Him with the Holy Spirit and with power, and how He went about doing good and healing all who were oppressed by the devil, for God was with Him (Acts 10:38)
• Disciples
– The 12 preached repentance, cast out demons, anointed & prayed for the sick (Mk 6:12) 
– Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; many signs and wonders were taking place through the apostles (Acts 2:43) 

How do we Set our Focus on the Things of God 
• By reading the Scriptures – By washing our minds with the Word of God (Eph 5:26)
• By taking control of our thoughts, continually put our mind on the things of God (2Co 10:5; take every thought captive)
• By continually praying – By asking God for our needs (1Th 5:17)
• By living by faith – Believe in the goodness of God, believing God will care for us (Php 4:19) 
• By participating in Jesus’ ministry – love and serve others (Lk 6:38) 

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