Archive for July 14th, 2010

Wow into another awesome week of ministry at the Lewis House.  God is speaking His Kingdom into my life.  He has me wrapped up in Gideon and through Gideon, Abraham, David, Peter, Paul; all men who had God as their focus but at times lost that focus.  Yet still they are remembered as men of great faith.  Still the stories of when they took their eyes off of God and let the locust distract them, stand as lighthouses over a hidden reef warning us of what can happen.  The locust get LOUD.  They get CLOSE.  The smack against your skin and fly into your face.  All in effort to shake our focus.  The more focused you are on God, perhaps the louder they get.  They want your attention and they want my attention.  They want us to lose focus. 

We know that God could speak and they would all vanish.  No distractions, a life of external spiritual peace; but God says “I am going to lead you into the swarm.  Feel them, know them and focus on me”  Suddenly the swarm doesn’t change.  They are still charging at me with reckless abandon.  Yet they fade into an unimportant after thought as “I look full in His wonderful face, and the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace” (Turn Your Eyes upon Jesus, loosely quoted).

The locust are getting louder.  God whispers, “Are you focused on me”

24 Immediately the father of the child cried out, “I believe; help my unbelief!”  Mark 9:24

Here was a father who was in the middle of the locusts.  He understood what he needed to do, but he needed help to do it.  He was not ashamed to admit his distraction.

Lord I am focused on you, help me not to be distracted!

We have his promise that we will never be tempted beyond what we can bear (I Corinthians 10:13) but that doesn’t mean it will be easy.

  The locust are getting louder, Lord hold my eyes, my heart, my soul on you!

Your word have I treasured in my heart that I might not sin against you.  Psalm 119:11

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