Satan is the master of lies and his plan is to destroy. Since he is unable to destroy a believer,
he will distract and throw off our focus. Whatever we focus on will feed something in our life. When
our focus is on God, it will feed His work in our lives and cause us to grow spiritually.
Colossians 3:2: Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.
Philippians 4:8: …brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever
is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.
Point 1: The wrong focus feeds frustration. In verses 10-11, Paul warned those in change
that there would be disastrous results if they continued the voyage. Paul had experienced
shipwrecks and knew by experience what he was talking about but their focus was getting to a
better place to winter in and did not listen to Paul.
Point 2: The wrong focus feeds our fear. We need to switch our focus.
God knows the situation.
God is here.
God has graciously given.
God will use you.
We need to choose our friends wisely as they have the ability to influence our focus.
Point 3: The wrong focus leads to faithless living. When we shift our focus to God, He brings
hope, faith, and courage. Circumstances may not always change, but it will change us. Our trust
is to be in God and we are to seek His wisdom and guidance.
Conclusion: We are to keep our focus on God. There will be times when we get distracted
and lose the right focus. As soon as we realize it, we are to “stop” and turn our focus back on our
gracious loving and all-knowing God.