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In spiritual warfare, one key ingredient is focus.

I have said that praise is a different kind of weapon, because rather than aim at our adversary, we point it – focus it – at our leader.

Perhaps that is what the praise is actually doing. It is taking our eyes off the size of the problem we face, the size of the demon we are wraslin’ and places our attention, our focus, our heart onto the solution to our problem. [Tweet This]

Consider Stephen.

A deacon, aka servant, in the church, but on the days when he is not waiting tables for the Greek widows, how does he fill his time?

Preaching in the streets.

And what a sermon! This guy preached Christ through the scriptures to the High Priest, who no doubt knew all these stories by heart.

His audience begins to cry out against him, but he does not stay his tongue – no he presses onward.

As he begins to feel the blows coming in – rocks – stones – the size of your fist, the size of your open hand. Thud to his ribs, to his back, one to his head.

What now Stephen?
How strong are you now?
Where is the God that saved Shadrach Meshach and Abednego?
Where is the God that protected Daniel from the mouth of the lion?
Where is the God raised Jesus from the dead?

Oh wait – there He is – and Jesus standing by the side of the Throne.

Behold, I see the heavens opened up and the Son of Man standing at the right hand of God. - Acts 7:56

Lord Jesus, receive my spirit! - Acts 7:59

Lord, do not hold this sin against them! - Acts 7:60

Now that is strength!

Turn your eyes upon Jesus!

Ben NelsonThanks for coming by today.

See you again soon.


2 thoughts on “Focus

  1. debbestillandlisten

    Stephen's story is quite an amazing one. Even when such a painful death was so eminent he never lost focus on our Lord and Savior. It is so hard to imagine to be in Stephen's place but I am comforted by the thought that Stephen was in the arms of his Lord and King the moment the stone hit! Amen!

    1. Ben Nelson

      Amen - astonishing the strength of these men of God. I am reading about Dietrich Bonhoeffer at the moment and am staggered by his resolve against such horrid and powerful enemies.


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