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You have heard the saying, “Give me your undivided attention”. That is said when there is an important statement going to be said. 

In this day of so much information coming our way, we are divided more than ever.

Have you ever sat to read something and before you know it your mind has wondered to something else? Or have you been listening to someone talk and it reminded you of something else you may need to do?

It like when we are watching something and a few minutes later a commercial comes on and breaks the scene up and now you are thinking about that subject. Then the thing you were watching comes back on and then you are thinking of that. It’s broken up thoughts and broken up attention. 

Even as I write this my mind starts to wander onto other subjects. We have a world of opinion, ideas of how things should be, and so many activities going on we can’t sit still for even a few minutes.

Silence is something that even makes us uncomfortable. 

Our thoughts are broken up so we can’t even complete a project all the way though without interruption. 

Even as I went to my computer Bible gateway to get the scripture I am going to use next there on the screen was at least 3 advertisement along with the search button. A divided attention as I was looking for this scripture:

Proverbs 4:20-22

20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.

21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.

22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

Attend – to incline & bend down, pay attention to my words. Diligently listen to them. 

Give full attention to God’s word. 

In one of Derek Prince’s book he writes: “we have almost cultivated the practice of listening to two different things at one time. We suffer from a disease which could be called “divided attention”

The Bible tells us to take heed to what we hear and how we hear. 

Mark 4:24

24 And he said unto them, Take heed what ye hear…

Luke 8:18

18 Take heed therefore how ye hear… 

Take heed: Take in consideration, pay attention to, please note, bear in mind, etc…

What we hear and how we hear it is important to our walk with God. 

You see most of us get sidetracked from what God is wanting to do in us and through us. We have a divided attention. Our attention span is short and our focus is divided. 

The enemy knows if he can get you to focus on your circumstances you will not succeed. Therefore he is always putting things in your path to distract you. 

Take heed what you hear & how you hear… 

Sometimes we hear things the way we want to. Partly because we only hear in part.  Distraction, opinions, & other things interfere. We only hear in part because we are only listening in part. Sometimes we have other things going on that we think are more important or are pressing in our lives. Our thoughts are divided and our focus is divided. 

We get sidetracked very easy. It is one of the devises of the enemy. 

Luke 8:14 (the cares of life choke the word you have heard.)

James 1:8 (Amp) a double-minded man, unstable and restless in all his ways [in everything he thinks, feels, or decides].

Undivided attention can lead to being double minded which is having in the mind opposite or opposing views. Also to be inconsistent and vacillating. 

I used to think multitasking was a good things. Sometimes it is but not where the word, prayer. & fellowship with God is concerned. 

Jesus would go alone into the mountain to be alone with His Father and pray. 

And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.

Mark 1:35

But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray [in seclusion].

Luke 5:16

Proverbs 4:20-22

20 My son, attend to my words; incline thine ear unto my sayings.

21 Let them not depart from thine eyes; keep them in the midst of thine heart.

22 For they are life unto those that find them, and health to all their flesh.

We all want life & health, here is the answer. 

Matthew Henry:

The reason why we must thus make much of the words of wisdom is because they will be both food and physic to us, like the tree of lifeRev. 22:2; Ezek. 47:12. Those that seek and find them, find and keep them, shall find in them, (1.) Food: For they are life unto those that find themProv. 4:22. As the spiritual life was begun by the word as the instrument of it, so by the same word it is still nourished and maintained. We could not live without it; we may by faith live upon it. (2.) Physic. They are health to all their flesh, to the whole man, both body and soul; they help to keep both in good plight. They are health to all flesh, so the LXX. There is enough to cure all the diseases of this distempered world. They are a medicine to all their flesh (so the word is), to all their corruptions, for they are called flesh, to all their grievances, which are as thorns in the flesh. There is in the word of God a proper remedy for all our spiritual maladies.

2 Timothy 3:16-17Amplified Bible, Classic Edition

16 Every Scripture is God-breathed (given by His inspiration) and profitable for instruction, for reproof and conviction of sin, for correction of error anddiscipline in obedience, [and] for training in righteousness (in holy living, in conformity to God’s will in thought, purpose, and action),

17 So that the man of God may be complete andproficient, well fitted and thoroughly equipped for every good work.

Matthew Henry:

If we consult the scripture, which was given by inspiration of God, and follow its directions, we shall be made men of God, perfect, and thoroughly furnished to every good work. [4.] There is no occasion for the writings of the philosopher, nor for rabbinical fables, nor popish legends, nor unwritten traditions, to make us perfect men of God, since the scripture answers all these ends and purposes. O that we may love our Bibles more, and keep closer to them than ever! and then shall we find the benefit and advantage designed thereby, and shall at last attain the happiness therein promised and assured to us.

I think he said it well, “love our bibles and keep them closer than ever” for in them you will find the issues of life and health.

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Today is my birthday and I seen this scripture (Psalm 119:133) and it is my prayer today. I don’t want my human weakness to ever have power over me. I don’t want to give into that weakness in my own strength. That will for sure separate me from God. When I rely on my own strength my weakness comes forth and causes me to sin. 

John 15: without Him I can do nothing… I need to depend on the Grace of the Mediator – Jesus Christ- for I live, move, and have my being in Him. I can do nothing towards Justification or Sanctification in myself. 

Psalm 119:133  (AMP)

Establish my footsteps in [the way of] Your word;

Do not let any human weakness have power over me [causing me to be separated from You].

Matthew Henry:

Here David prays for two great spiritual blessings, and is, in this verse, as earnest for the good work of God in him as, in the verse before, for the good-will of God towards him. He prays, 1. For direction in the paths of duty: “Order my steps in thy word; having led me into the right way, let every step I take in that way be under the guidance of thy grace.” We ought to walk by rule; all the motions of the soul must not only be kept within the bounds prescribed by the word, so as not to transgress them, but carried out in the paths prescribed by the word, so as not to trifle in them. And therefore we must beg of God that by his good Spirit he would order our steps accordingly. 2. For deliverance from the power of sin: “Let no iniquity have dominion over me, so as to gain my consent to it, and that I should be led captive by it.” The dominion of sin is to be dreaded and deprecated by every one of us; and, if in sincerity we pray against it, we may receive that promise as an answer to the prayer (Rom. 6:14), Sin shall not have dominion over you.

Good news He started the work in me and will continue it!

Philippians 1:6  (KJV)

Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:

Matthew Henry:

Observe here, (1.) The work of grace is a good work, a blessed work; for it makes us good, and is an earnest of good to us. It makes us like God, and fits us for the enjoyment of God. That may well be called a good work which does us the greatest good. (2.) Wherever this good work is begun it is of God’s beginning: He has begun a good work in you. We could not begin it ourselves, for we are by nature dead in trespasses and sins: and what can dead men do towards raising themselves to life; or how can they begin to act till they are enlivened in the same respect in which they are said to be dead? It is God who quickens those who are thus dead, Eph. 2:1; Col. 2:13. (3.) The work of grace is but begun in this life; it is not finished here; as long as we are in this imperfect state there is something more to be done. (4.) If the same God who begins the good work did not undertake the carrying on and finishing of it, it would lie for ever unfinished. He must perform it who began it. (5.) We may be confident, or well persuaded, that God not only will not forsake, but that he will finish and crown the work of his own hands. For, as for God, his work is perfect. (6.) The work of grace will never be perfected till the day of Jesus Christ, the day of his appearance. When he shall come to judge the world, and finish his mediation, then this work will be complete, and the top-stone will be brought forth with shouting. We have the same expression, Phil. 1:10.

He began the work in me. I didn’t love Him first. While I was still in sin, Rom. 5:8 He clearly shows and proved His love for me, Christ died for me! This work of Grace is beyond what this world can understand. By nature we are dead in our sins and dead men can’t raise themselves. He raised me in newness of life. He started this work of Grace and will keep working that Grace in me until Jesus comes or I go home to be with Him. 

This is my favorite verse:

Lamentations 3:22-24 Amplified Bible (AMP)

It is because of the Lord’s loving-kindnesses that we are not consumed,

Because His [tender] compassions never fail.

They are new every morning;

Great and beyond measure is Your faithfulness.

“The Lord is my portion and my inheritance,” says my soul;

“Therefore I have hope in Him and wait expectantly for Him.”

Every morning we can wake up new. We do not have to bring yesterday into today. We can live today without condemnation. We can ask for forgiveness and He is faithful and just to forgive us. (1 john 1:9) God is faithful and will not leave us nor forsake us. 

Hebrews 13:5  (AMP)

Let your character [your moral essence, your inner nature] be free from the love of money [shun greed—be financially ethical], being content with what you have; for He has said, “I will never [under any circumstances] desert you [nor give you up nor leave you without support, nor will I in any degree leave you helpless], nor will I forsake or let you down or relax My hold on you [assuredly not]!”

I am thankful for my life. It has been a full life since I came to know Jesus as my Savior. My prayer is those who meet me will come to know Him too. 

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In our lives there are people who are are mentors or people who we look up to. People who have lived a life that we want to live up to. Examples in the Bible of an individual that walks by faith and lives what he believes. 

In Acts 10 there is a certain man. A man that stands out in his class of people. Cornelius was an officer of the army of considerable rank and figure, a centurion. This is important because this man was a Gentile. At that time to share the true Gospel with anyone else but a Jew was unheard of. This was a mystery and surprise to the apostles. 

Acts 10:1 There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band…

I love that he was of the band called The Italian Band. Part of my family are Italian. I am so thankful that God allowed the Gospel to be preached to Cornelius and those like me. 

He was a devout man. He had very good character. Not an idolater, not a worshipper of false gods or images. Nor did he allow himself in any of those immoralities to which the greater part of the gentile world was given up to. He made a decision to serve God. He surrender to God’s will & ways. His mind, will, actions, & emotions surrendered and was devoted to God. 

He feared God. Not fearful, but revered God. Looks to Him & His sovereignty, surrenders to His ways in awe. Received instructions willingly, faithfully and his priority is to have a relationship with God. Not only did he fear God but brought his household in to that same relationship. His life touched all those that were around him. He made a difference in their lives because of the way he lived his. 

Proverbs 1:7 (AMP)

The [reverent] fear of the Lord [that is, worshiping Him and regarding Him as truly awesome] is the beginning and the preeminent part of knowledge [its starting point and its essence];

But arrogant [a]fools despise [skillful and godly] wisdom and instruction and self-discipline.

He was a very charitable man, He Gave Much… Matt. 6:1-3 Do unto God, 2 Cor. 9:6 Sow bountifully, 2 Cor 9:7 be a cheerful giver. 

Matthew Henry: Wherever the fear of God rules in the hear, it will appear both in the works of charity and of piety, and neither will excuse us from the other. 

He was much in Prayer. Why pray – The sovereignty of God – He is supreme. 2 Pet 3:9 He is not slack, He is long-suffering, & God changes not. God’s character should cause us to pray. He is compassionate, long-suffering, loving, merciful, good, tender, gracious are just a few of God’s characters that causes us to pray and believe Him as Cornelius did. 

Wherever the fear of God rules in the heart, charity, prayer, etc… will prevail in a persons life as it did in Cornelius. His prayers and alms went up to God as a memorial to him. 

1 Peter 2:12(AMP)

Keep your behavior excellent among the [unsaved] Gentiles [conduct yourself honorably, with graciousness and integrity], so that for whatever reason they may slander you as evildoers, yet by observing your good deeds they may [instead come to] glorify God in the day of visitation [when He looks upon them with mercy].

He had a good reputation. It’s not easy to get a good reputation & to keep it. There is always someone who doesn’t like what you do & who you are. HCSB – He had a good reputation with the whole Jewish nation. They would vouch for him. 

I love the Newsboys song, Cornelius: (this is pieces of the song)

“Cornelius”

And every generation’s got

The fearless few who can’t be bought

They don’t take polls or look around

They act on truth, and then they stand their ground

Cornelius

Core-strong like a centurion

I wanna be Cornelius

Core-strong like a centurion

I wanna be Cornelius

His kneel is real

His kneel is real

My prayer is that we all would walk out our lives with the same dedication to God as Cornelius. That we would be real in a world that thrives on being fake. They do everything to cover up who they really are. Let’s be people of prayer, of good character, fear God, and walk in the truth God has revealed to us. 

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