“Always focus on the front windshield and not the review mirror.” Colin Powell
Where are your eyes focused? What obstacles have you allowed to block your view of your prize? It is time to remove the distractions, refocus your eyes and pursue your vision at all costs.
When you pursue God’s vision for your life, you must keep your eyes focused on your prize. What is the prize? It is a goal that God places in your heart and mind to accomplish and you will pursue after it despite any obstacles or opposition.
The journey may be difficult and discouraging; do not turn around. People will tell you that it cannot be done; do it any way. Obstacles may block your view of your prize; do not give up. If you have to go by yourself; you can make it.
When you determine in your mind to focus on your prize, you position and empower yourself to go after everything God assigned to you.
Pessimistic people and a negative mindset
Whatever you do, please do not waste valuable time and energy trying to get others to see what you see. They are not going to see what you see because God gave it for only you to see. Do not allow anyone to discourage or frustrate you because they are trying to see what you see against the backdrop of your past or current situation.
People will try to dissuade you with an array of pessimism; they will say things like, “that has never been done before,” “you can’t do it that way” or “that’s not the way you’re supposed to do it.” You must immediately turn a death ear to their pessimism.
One of the main reasons you can have trouble advancing in your purpose is the loud conversation of a negative inner voice. Your negative inner voice will become an enemy to your future progress.
Your negative inner voice will repeatedly try to persuade you to believe lies about yourself. You will say things like, “I am not good enough, no one’s interested in listening to what I have to say, or I don’t deserve success.” You will constantly sow these seeds of discord that can paralyze you into a perpetual state of stagnation.
The enemy’s plan
When you give into your fears and allow your vision to rot away, you are ultimately rebelling against God. You are saying, “God, I do not believe that you can fulfill your vision through me,” or “God, you are not trustworthy enough to handle my situation.”
When you concede to this thought process you discount His awesome power. This kind of false thinking allows your fears to take your eyes off your prize and you miss your blessing.
The reason you cannot advance in life or you keep losing the same battles is because the enemy has duped you with his deceitful tricks and tactics. He loves to constantly bombard you with negative attacks that flood your mind with defeated thoughts.
He shows you the struggles and hard work it will take to capture your prize. He brings people into your life who continually reminds you of where you came from, what you did yesterday and your lack of resources.
The enemy knows if your mind is preoccupied with negative thoughts you will not focus on your prize. He has devised a strategic plan to keep you from winning. He knows if you focus on your prize then you can accomplish great things for God’s glory.
So he comes at you with a ruthless and relentless attack to distract you with what I call the seven poisons to your purpose. His motivation is to overwhelm you with a paralyzing fear that immobilizes you from going after your prize. He desires to fill you with:
7 poisons to your purpose
- Desperation – You do things contrary to the character God wants you to display.
- Defeat – You feel like a failure so you do not pursue your vision.
- Diversions – You become more attracted to the wrong things than the right things.
- Doubt – You question God’s vision for your life.
- Delays – You put off doing what you know you need to do.
- Discouragement – You focus on your problems rather than possible solutions.
- Disclaimers – You talk against the purpose God desires for your life.
The enemy will use any number of these poisons to try to throw you off track. He wants you to give in to them so that you forfeit everything God envisions for your life.
Reach your prize
I wrote this message to discredit the attacks from the enemy. I stand with you as Caleb and Joshua stood and declared they could possess the land, which God was leading them to. You can possess your land of promise if you keep your eyes fixed on your prize.
Like a track runner who wants to win her race, when the starting horn sounds she takes off with her eyes focused on the finish line. She does not fix her eyes on the person next to or behind her. She knows if she focuses on anything other than the finish line, she stands a greater chance of losing.
You must possess the same concentrated mindset the track runner has to win the prize. You cannot expend precious energy trying to run the race designed for another person. You cannot afford to waste valuable time looking over your shoulders to see who is coming.
You must focus on running your race.
Let the enemy and all others know your eyes are locked in. Your heart is fixed. Your mind is made up. Your feet are progressing. Your hands are reaching forward to take hold of the prize God promised you and there is nothing no one can say or do to stop you.
Question: What distractions must you let go to keep your eyes focused on your prize? Leave a comment.