“Whoever believes in Me, as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.” — John 7:38
Don’t Lose Your Focus, by Gini Kittle

Reading in Matthew today, verse 13:22 stuck out to me.  It says, “Now he who received seed among the thorns is he who hears the word, and the cares of this world and the deceitfulness of riches choke the word, and he becomes unfruitful.” 

I began to think of all the ways the enemy of our souls tries to lure us into being unfruitful.  It can become all too easy for us to lose our focus on God and be taken in by the cares of the world.  For some of us, seemingly good and necessary tasks like paying the bills, raking leaves, or cleaning can begin to consume our thoughts and time if we let them. If we aren't careful, this can easily draw our focus away from God. 

We can also be deceived into believing that material wealth will satisfy us.  If only we had a bigger house, a better car, designer clothes, the “right” stuff … wow, that’s what we need!  But, material wealth doesn't satisfy. It only leaves us wanting more and more.  Like eating something with sugar in it, after your body has gone through its sugar spike, you are left hungry for more! 

As believers, what we focus on is vitally important. It determines either what we'll attain, or what will frustrate us.  Choosing to focus on Jesus will bring guaranteed satisfaction, every time!

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