What do I focus on?
Jeremiah 19-21/Matthew 8-9
20:7-9 O LORD, you persuaded me, and I allowed myself to be persuaded. You are stronger than I am, and you overpowered me. Now I am mocked by everyone in the city. Whenever I speak, the words come out in a violent outburst. “Violence and destruction!” I shout. So these messages from the LORD have made me a household joke. And I can’t stop! If I say I’ll never mention the LORD or speak in his name, his word burns in my heart like a fire. It’s like a fire in my bones! I am weary of holding it in!
8:23-27 Then Jesus got into the boat and started across the lake with his disciples. Suddenly, a fierce storm struck the lake, with waves breaking into the boat. But Jesus was sleeping. The disciples went and woke him up, shouting, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” Jesus responded, “Why are you afraid? You have so little faith!” Then he got up and rebuked the wind and waves, and suddenly there was a great calm. The disciples were amazed. “Who is this man?” they asked. “Even the winds and waves obey him!”
OT Flash Points
I can’t hold it in, Your message is like fire in my bones!
When I speak, the words burst out violently
It has taken away all my friends
They look for a chance to kill me
Yet I will thank You & praise You
NT Flash Points
A leper, a soldier, demons, paraplegic, would-be followers, the elements, a mute, a tax collector, a religious leader
We have a couple of things go wrong & we think it is some kind of epidemic
When Jesus shows up, everything that is awry comes into the light
Those who are listening for the Trumpet will hear it
What are you focused on?
The clamor of the circumstances around you or what Jesus is focused on?