The Bible compares the Christian life to a race. Like the TV show Amazing Race, as you go through life, you face detours, adversities and road blocks, and you find rewards. The Bible outlines certain qualities that are needed to finish the race and finish strong. This series is designed to reinforce the Christian principles required to keep going and keep growing.
Successful goal setting requires focus. Too often we set a goal but then we neglect it. Focus is required to achieve the goal that God gives you for your life. In this first message in the series, we learn about the power of focus from the lives of Abraham and Isaac.
Message by Todd Lester – February 14, 2016
THE AMAZING POWER OF FOCUS
2 Thessalonians 1:11 So we keep on praying for you … May he give you the power to accomplish all the good things your faith prompts you to do.
1. DETERMINE YOUR POSITION
Genesis 24:1 Abraham was now a very old man, and the Lord had blessed him in every way.
Q: Where am I now (spiritually, financially, relationally, physically)? What would I like to change?
2. DEFINE YOUR PURPOSE
Genesis 24:2-4 One day Abraham said to his oldest servant, the man in charge of his household, “Take an oath by putting your hand under my thigh. Swear by the Lord, the God of heaven and earth, that you will not allow my son to marry one of these local Canaanite women. Go instead to my homeland, to my relatives, and find a wife there for my son Isaac.”
Genesis 24:5 The servant asked, “But what if I can’t find a young woman who is willing to travel so far from home?”
Q: What do I want to be? What do I want to do? What do I want to have?
3. DISCOVER A PROMISE
Genesis 24:7 For the Lord, the God of heaven, who took me from my father’s house and my native land, solemnly promised to give this land to my descendants. He will send his angel ahead of you, and he will see to it that you find a wife there for my son.
Q: What promise can I claim for this goal?
4. DESCRIBE THE PROFIT
Genesis 24:7b …and he will see to it that you find a wife there for my son.
Q: What is the reward? Why do I want the reward?
5. DESIRE IN PRAYER
Genesis 24:12 “O Lord, God of my master, Abraham,” he prayed. “Please give me success today, and show unfailing love to my master, Abraham.”
Q: Am I praying regularly about this goal?
6. DIAGNOSE THE PROBLEMS
Genesis 24:21, 49, 58 The servant watched her in silence, wondering whether or not the Lord had given him success in his mission…So tell me—will you or won’t you show unfailing love and faithfulness to my master? Please tell me yes or no, and then I’ll know what to do next…So they called Rebekah. “Are you willing to go with this man?” they asked her. And she replied, “Yes, I will go.”
Matthew 6:34 So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.
Q: What are the barriers or problems?
7. DESIGN A PLAN
Genesis 24:10-11a Then he loaded ten of Abraham’s camels with all kinds of expensive gifts from his master, and he traveled…to the town where Abraham’s brother Nahor had settled. He made the camels kneel beside a well just outside the town.
Genesis 24:11b It was evening, and the women were coming out to draw water.
Genesis 24:43-44 This is my request. When a young woman comes to draw water, I will say to her, “Please give me a little drink of water from your jug.” If she says, “Yes, have a drink, and I will draw water for your camels, too,” let her be the one you have selected to be the wife of my master’s son.
Genesis 24:22 Then at last, when the camels had finished drinking, he took out a gold ring for her nose and two large gold bracelets for her wrists.
Q: How do I intend to get there? How long will it take (deadline or date)?
8. DISCIPLINE YOUR PERSONALITY
Genesis 24:21, 33, 49, 56 The servant watched her in silence, wondering whether or not the Lord had given him success in his mission…Then food was served. But Abraham’s servant said, “I don’t want to eat until I have told you why I have come.” “All right,” Laban said, “tell us…” So tell me—will you or won’t you show unfailing love and faithfulness to my master? Please tell me yes or no, and then I’ll know what to do next…But he said, “Don’t delay me. The Lord has made my mission successful; now send me back so I can return to my master.”
9. DEPEND ON PEOPLE
Genesis 24:49-51 Please tell me yes or no, and then I’ll know what to do next.” Then Laban and Bethuel replied, “The Lord has obviously brought you here, so there is nothing we can say. Here is Rebekah; take her and go. Yes, let her be the wife of your master’s son, as the Lord has directed.”
10. DEPOSIT THE PRICE
Genesis 24:53 Then he brought out silver and gold jewelry and clothing and presented them to Rebekah. He also gave expensive presents to her brother and mother.
Q: What will it cost? What am I willing to give to reach the goal? Is it worth it?
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