Spiritual Common Sense: Faith and Focus

We must maintain our faith and focus, as we prepare the way for the return of our Savior, Lord, Messiah, and coming King, Jesus The Christ. 

The Power and Importance of Faith
Have we truly considered that faith in our Heavenly Father’s character, Word, and Holy Spirit moves heaven and earth on our behalf? The only way to please God is to trust Him for who He is and what He will and can do. Our God rewards those who diligently seek Him by measuring all things by the standard revealed in Him, His Word and Son (Jesus Christ), under the administration of His Holy Spirit (Hebrews 11:6).

Consider this watchmen; John the Baptist manifested the supernatural faith of the Holy Spirit to prepare the way for the introduction and appearance of Jesus Christ, the Rescuer of all humanity. John knew the Son of God was real alive and well, having been filled with the Holy Spirit and revelation knowledge of God’s will, while in his mother’s womb (Luke 1:41).

Let us consider the assignment and message of John the Baptist, “Repent for the kingdom of God is at hand.” Modern day vernacular would sound this way, “Acknowledge every part of you that is not like Jesus Christ, acknowledge all rebellion against the will and ways of our God, and sincerely turn your heart to Him for His help to change your ways. Honor the presence of our God, His rule and right way of doing things, by following His standard, principles and precepts!  He IS here”

The Power and Importance of Focus
Have we truly considered why Jesus declared John the Baptist the greatest among prophets (Matthew 11:9-11)? Consider that faith and full abandonment to God’s ways positioned and empowered John the Baptist to fulfill his assignment. Today’s selfish, self-centered, entitled society would call John the Baptist eccentric, if not demented.

Jesus called John the Baptist the greatest among prophets, yet John did not have a mega-ministry or business, big fine houses, drive big fine cars, wear fancy expensive clothes, or have a fat bank account. There is nothing wrong with any of these things, as long as the pursuit of them do not cause us to lose sight and pursuit of our original God-given assignment. Unlike some present day messages of the church, John’s message was not diluted. John the Baptist did not entangle himself with the cares of the world (lust of eyes, lust of the flesh and the pride of life), but remained faithful to his assignment, through faith and focus:

2 Timothy 2:4-7 (NLT) Soldiers don’t get tied up in the affairs of civilian life, for then they cannot please the officer who enlisted them. Athletes cannot win the prize unless they follow the rules. Hardworking farmers should be the first to enjoy the fruit of their labor. Think about what I am saying. The Lord will help you understand all these things.

Consider dear watchmen; God gave the Levitical tribe no province of land, telling them HE would be their inheritance (Joshua 13:14, and 13:33). He allowed them to live on the outskirts of the cities of the other tribes, provided by through the overflow of the people’s giving. The Levites fed the people as God fed them; they did not feed off of the lives of people. Jesus fed the people as the Father fed Him; He did not feed off of the lives of people.  Christian leaders must return to preaching, teaching, and living the True Gospel of Jesus, backed by the firepower of heaven. 

Watchmen all over the world, we must prove faithful and focused (as forerunners of King Jesus) as our God uses us to call things back into order (Romans 4:17)!  We must prove faithful and focused as we decree and declare His will be done, His way, in the earth and in the lives of His people (Matthew 6:10).  Let us ask our God for the blessing gift of the manifestation of His Holy Spirit’s faith, so that we are confident mountains will move when we speak to them (1 Corinthians 12:4-11)!

Watchmen, the Church must return to our God
The Christian leaders and believers must return to our God’s  original assignment. The preaching and teaching of wealth, abundance, knowledge, and power, without the preaching and teaching of the love of God, His Standards (as revealed in Jesus) and return of His Christ has become as clanging cymbals and tinkering bells in the ears of our God. It is just NOISE in the ears of our God! If the streams of wealth, abundance, knowledge, and power we create do not lead others to Christ, and birth a craving in their hearts for His return, our efforts are out of focus and alignment with our God. Sadly, the things He has given His people to dominate, possess, and manage are now dominating, possessing and managing His people. ENOUGH, SAYS THE LORD!

Blessed watchmen, let us be faithful and focused, as we call our God’s house back into His order through prayer, decree, and declaraton!

We are preparing the way, for the return of our King
Whether Jesus Christ returns in our lifetime or not, we must daily live and serve as if He were returning this every hour. Live, love and enjoy life, but never forsake your faith and focus. Today’s watchmen are anointed to pray prophetic and apostolic prayers that root up, pluck up, pull down, as well as plant and build in the spirit and natural realm by the authority we have in Jesus The Christ. God’s people are not seeing true salvation, signs, wonders, miracles, healings and deliverances, because God’s leaders and forerunners have left their assignments and are chasing other gods. Gods of wealth, fame, influence, prestige, and comfort. ENOUGH, SAYS THE LORD!

Watchmen, we must prove faithful and focused, as our God uses us to call His people and His house back into order.  Let us relentlessly push demonic forces into the abyss where they belong.  Let us be faithful to declare our God’s mind to His people (with the help of our Heavenly Father; Hebrews 8:11).

Isaiah 58:1 (NLT) “Shout with the voice of a trumpet blast. Shout aloud! Don’t be timid. Tell My people Israel of their sins!

Our Faith and Focus must not be Diluted
Praying God’s will into the earth, with the intent of provoking the return of Jesus Christ  is our focus and heart cry! True servants in the Body of Christ who have the heart of John the Baptist, understand this and carry it in their hearts before our God. . True servants in the Body of Christ who have decided it is okay to be considered “different” in order to walk in the faith of God.

True servants in the Body of Christ desire the will of God above  that of every other person, place, or thing and as a result, their faith and focus keep them free of the contamination of the world (1 John 5:18). Jesus said the greatest among us would be servant (Luke 22:25-30); John the Baptist was a servant of the Most High God, and His people.  May we all have his heart and tenacity.

Accessing the supernatural knowledge, faith, power, and endurance in Christ:

  • Keeping a clean heart and hands before God. Repentance is an absolute: Identifying and confessing all things contrary to the heart of God, with a sincere desire to change your ways.
  • Accepting and following the Scriptures as the inspired Truth of God, spoken to holy men of old.
  • Choosing to do things God’s way, as His Word and Holy Spirit duplicate the life and ministry of Jesus Christ within us
  • Depending on God’s authority, power, character, and nature in the person of His Holy Spirit.
  • Staying free of offense, disappointment, and discouragement. Rebuke them.
  • Remembering that a servant is not above his Master. Consider that Jesus walked in everyday society unrecognized, and when they finally did see who He was, they persecuted Him.
  • Refusing to be offended, disappointed, or discouraged when the church or society rejects or persecutes you for living and serving in the righteousness of our God.
    The prayer of our hearts must be, “Father, Your rule and right way of doing things be done in my life, in Jesus name!”

Our God is restoring the preaching and teaching of His message of repentance, (confession with change) in present day society, in the church and among the unsaved. He is blessing those who will love the day of Christ’s return. We do our part in prayer and intercession. Know that God takes care of our business as we take care of His. Know that whatever we pray for others will bless our own life. God has ordained that we be first to partake of our blessings.

We must choose to cry as one voice, preparing the way of our Lord
Are you willing to be counted as “The voice of one crying in the wilderness, making ready the way of the Lord, making His paths straight” (Matthew. 3:3)! Oftentimes a watchman finds him/herself with a faith-filled prayer that they are unable to share with anyone. God will oftentimes give us revelation knowledge of a hidden truth or work of darkness and then tell us what to pray, decree or declare. Do as He says, knowing He has spoken to other watchmen all over the world. Our God is well able to get His will into the earth, if we are open to pray.

Do not stress, let us ask God to make us even more sensitive to His prompting. Sometimes a simply, prayer released in the heart is sufficient. Sometimes we have to leave the presence of others to utter a prayer and return. Do not become works minded; allow it to be an act of love and see how quickly the request, decree, or declaration manifests.

FATHER GOD,
We pray for the leaders, forerunners, and watchmen of our faith who have not bowed the knee to Baal. Thank You for the present day remnant, chosen by Your grace. We decree that the ministering angels assigned to them deliver Your encouragement and strength to our lives. Give us more of Your great grace to withstand rejection, misunderstanding, contradiction, fear, loneliness or any other thing sent to separate us from our assignment. Meet every need of each leader, forerunner, and watchman, according to Your complete knowledge of who we are. Convict us when we compare our lives with others; You told us doing so is not wise.

Show us any place in our lives where we have allowed the message of Your will, the message of Jesus Christ has been tainted. Thank You for forgiving us when we truly repent from our hearts. Thank You for restoring us, according to Your promises.

Keep Your hand on us for good. We present our lives as living sacrifices and declare without fear or drawing back, “Your rule and right way of doing things be done in our lives!” We love You. We love Your ways. Do all that is in Your heart. We lay all on the altar of Your love, being satisfied with whatever decision You make.  Thank You for helping us to maintain our faith and focus.  In Jesus name we pray and thank You, AMEN and it is so!

Author: Watchman L. R. Sharpe

L. R. Sharpe, Founder and President of Gethsemane House Ministries, Inc. and The Gathering of His Watchmen International Prayer Alliance, has served in many ministerial capacities. She has earned a graduate degree in Human Services Counseling, with an Executive Leadership cognate. The teachings and mercies of Christ learned through the struggles, failures, and victories of her journey qualifies the message and the messenger. Obedience to the instruction, “After you are converted, strengthen your brother” has given birth to the call to share the lessons learned. Minister Sharpe’s heartfelt desire is that we all grow up unified, strong, and undefeatable in Christ, and that we develop into His full stature through His love, just as our Heavenly Father desires.

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