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Keeping Our Focus part one

Text: Proverbs 1:18-19  
18 But they lie in wait for their own blood,
They lurk secretly for their own lives.
19 So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain;
It takes away the life of its owners.

Introduction
 Focus- the ability to keep themes or priorities in the true middle
of one’s life. The old song “I’d Rather Have Jesus “is a great way to put it.
The book of Proverbs is basically a helpful guide in keeping us focused on
Godliness. 
Today we begin a look at keeping God not greed in the center of our life.

The beginning warning from Proverbs;

Instructions on Staying on Focus

I. We are to receive instructions willingly
A. Proverbs 1: 2-3. / 8-9
2 To know wisdom and instruction,
To perceive the words of understanding,
3 To receive the instruction of wisdom,
Justice, judgment, and equity;

8 My son, hear the instruction of your father,
And do not forsake the law of your mother;
9 For they will be a graceful ornament on your head,
And chains about your neck.


B. Faithful, Available, Teachable

C. If you know it all improvements are impossible

II. We are to embrace the Truth of God
A.Proverbs 1:7
  7 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge,
But fools despise wisdom and instruction.

 Proverbs 2:1-7  
2 My son, if you receive my words,
And treasure my commands within you,
2 So that you incline your ear to wisdom,
And apply your heart to understanding;
3 Yes, if you cry out for discernment,
And lift up your voice for understanding,
4 If you seek her as silver,
And search for her as for hidden treasures;
5 Then you will understand the fear of the Lord,
And find the knowledge of God.
6 For the Lord gives wisdom;
From His mouth come knowledge and understanding;
7 He stores up sound wisdom for the upright;
He is a shield to those who walk uprightly;

B.God’s Word is so clear and vital today

C.“We cannot vote on the Truth”




III. We ignore God’s Truth / Instructions of fate are Terrible

A.Proverbs 1:25-28  
25 Because you disdained all my counsel,
And would have none of my rebuke,
26 I also will laugh at your calamity;
I will mock when your terror comes,
27 When your terror comes like a storm,
And your destruction comes like a whirlwind,
When distress and anguish come upon you.
28 “Then they will call on me, but I will not answer;
They will seek me diligently, but they will not find me.

B.Hell is just as real as heaven

C. The road to hell is getting larger everyday

IV. We must beware of Greed instead or Godliness
A.Proverbs 1:18-19 
 18 But they lie in wait for their own blood,
They lurk secretly for their own lives.
19 So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain;
It takes away the life of its owners.

B. Please let us keep our souls we are not for sale

Conclusion - God help us keep our focus on you



October 3, 2021
​Keeping our focus part 2
Proverbs 1:18-19
18 But they lie in wait for their own blood,
They lurk secretly for their own lives.
19 So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain;
It takes away the life of its owners.
 


Introduction Focus - the purpose or priorities in the true middle of one’s life.
Today we begin a two week study on how, “Lot” can teach us so much about the danger of greed. 
Let us begin;

Genesis 13:5-18

I. Conflict in the Camp
A. 13:5-7
 5 Lot also, who went with Abram, had flocks and herds and tents. 6 Now the land was not able to support them, that they might dwell together, for their possessions were so great that they could not dwell together. 7 And there was strife between the herdsmen of Abram’s livestock and the herdsmen of Lot’s livestock. The Canaanites and the Perizzites then dwelt in the land.

B. Life has ways of trying to change our focus


II. Concern by the Wise
A.13:8-9 
8 So Abram said to Lot, “Please let there be no strife between you and me, and between my herdsmen and your herdsmen; for we are brethren. 9 Is not the whole land before you? Please separate from me. If you take the left, then I will go to the right; or, if you go to the right, then I will go to the left.”

B. Caring enough to try


III. Comfort a choice for ease and gain
A.13:10-13
 10 And Lot lifted his eyes and saw all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere (before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah) like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt as you go toward Zoar. 11 Then Lot chose for himself all the plain of Jordan, and Lot journeyed east. And they separated from each other. 12 Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain and pitched his tent even as far as Sodom. 13 But the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the Lord.

B. Sometimes a choice has eternal consequences


IV. Conformation of Supernatural Size
A.13:14-18
 14 And the Lord said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—northward, southward, eastward, and westward; 15 for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever. 16 And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered. 17 Arise, walk in the land through its length and its width, for I give it to you.”
18 Then Abram moved his tent, and went and dwelt by the terebinth trees of Mamre, which are in Hebron, and built an altar there to the Lord.

B. God is always knowing, looking to Bless with favor!


Conclusion
 God help us seek your favor not our personal gain.



October 10, 2021
Text: Proverbs 1:18-19
 18 But they lie in wait for their own blood,
They lurk secretly for their own lives.
19 So are the ways of everyone who is greedy for gain;
It takes away the life of its owners.

Introduction
Focus- the priorities or purpose in the true middle of one’s life.
The very most important thing about who we are. It must be Jesus!
We can learn about the danger of losing our true middle 
by our study of Lot.  
Let’s examine together on how our focus can move in small significant ways;

I. Lot looked at the sure gain
Genesis 13:10-11
 10 And Lot lifted his eyes and saw all the plain of Jordan, that it was well watered everywhere (before the Lord destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah) like the garden of the Lord, like the land of Egypt as you go toward Zoar. 11 Then Lot chose for himself all the plain of Jordan, and Lot journeyed east. And they separated from each other.

A.When we look and see gain close to the clear evil, beware.

B.God does reward the faithful always, careful of the movement 
  Psalm 1:1-3
1 Blessed is the man
Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly,
Nor stands in the path of sinners,
Nor sits in the seat of the scornful;
2 But his delight is in the law of the Lord,
And in His law he meditates day and night.
3 He shall be like a tree
Planted by the rivers of water,
That brings forth its fruit in its season,
Whose leaf also shall not wither;
And whatever he does shall prosper.

C. Stay focused on areas away from evil
Matthew 5:5 
5 Blessed are the meek,
For they shall inherit the earth.


II. Lot actually moved very near Compromise
Genesis 13:12-13
 12 Abram dwelt in the land of Canaan, and Lot dwelt in the cities of the plain and pitched his tent even as far as Sodom. 13 But the men of Sodom were exceedingly wicked and sinful against the Lord.

A.Compromise can make today’s sin tomorrow’s normal.

B.We have to be light yet truly careful of “the Holiness of God” within us.

C.Rev. Chuck Swindoll “when we wrestle with a muddy pig the pig doesn’t get clean we get muddy “

D.Evil was the normal



III. Lot eventually moved in with Evil
Genesis 14:11-12
 11 Then they took all the goods of Sodom and Gomorrah, and all their provisions, and went their way. 12 They also took Lot, Abram’s brother’s son who dwelt in Sodom, and his goods, and departed.

A.There is always a danger of wanting to be included with the famous in spite of the fact their values can be so different than ours.

B.Remember God will reward in due season.
Matthew 5:8 
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
For they shall see God.

C.The eternal is so much more important, we must remember this.

D. What looked good in their present was eternally damaging.
Genesis 3:1-7. 
3 Now the serpent was more cunning than any beast of the field which the Lord God had made. And he said to the woman, “Has God indeed said, ‘You shall not eat of every tree of the garden’?”
2 And the woman said to the serpent, “We may eat the fruit of the trees of the garden; 3 but of the fruit of the tree which is in the midst of the garden, God has said, ‘You shall not eat it, nor shall you touch it, lest you die.’ ”
4 Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will not surely die. 5 For God knows that in the day you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”
6 So when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree desirable to make one wise, she took of its fruit and ate. She also gave to her husband with her, and he ate. 7 Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they knew that they were naked; and they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves coverings.




IV. Lot even after serious trouble and Sinful culture became one of Them. In so many ways
Genesis 19:1
19 Now the two angels came to Sodom in the evening, and Lot was sitting in the gate of Sodom. When Lot saw them, he rose to meet them, and he bowed himself with his face toward the ground.

A.He was of importance and power, even though he knew his neighborhood

B.His uncle saved his family once already
Genesis 14:14-16 
14 Now when Abram heard that his brother was taken captive, he armed his three hundred and eighteen trained servants who were born in his own house, and went in pursuit as far as Dan. 15 He divided his forces against them by night, and he and his servants attacked them and pursued them as far as Hobah, which is north of Damascus. 16 So he brought back all the goods, and also brought back his brother Lot and his goods, as well as the women and the people.

C. How much stuff and popularity do we need at what cost?


Conclusion- we must be so careful!!! Next time we will look at the consequences of losing our focus!



October 17, 2021