You will never leave where you are until you see where you’d rather be. Because it’s to do what’s in your line of vision and what you choose to see because your FOCUS inevitably governs your beliefs, future, and destiny.
But it does take audacity: Audacity; the sheer guts, determination and willingness to boldly think, dream and act a certain way.
There is an account that illustrates this in the bible about the twelve spies Moses sent out to survey the land God had led them to after the Israelite’s deliverance from Egypt and slavery. (Numbers chap 13-14)
These twelve men the “cream of the crop”, chosen from a community of over three million people for their leadership skills and ability.
Sadly, however, history doesn’t remember most of these men as great men of faith and leadership but instead as cowards who could not trust God and take their promised land. We remember them as men who caved under pressure and even attempted to kill innocent men to silence the only two other spies, Joshua and Caleb. They stood up and resisted the temptation to tremble in fear, nor to remain silent when every other spy and leader brought back an evil report regarding the land God had led them so miraculously to.
The difference between Joshua and Caleb and the ten other spies was that they refused to focus on the strength of their enemies' and the what-ifs and unknowns. Instead, they chose to focus on the potential and opportunity God had brought them.
They looked at the land and saw its fruitfulness, the blessing, the provision, and the great vision and plan God had for them as a people. Joshua and Caleb didn’t fail to consider the challenges they would face regarding the land’s inhabitants, but they then chose to extinguish doubt and unbelief from their hearts and minds by focusing on God’s potential blessing and ability and remembering what He had already brought them through.
The choice of their focus shaped what they believed and, consequently, everything they saw, heard, and spoke as a result. Their choice of focus enabled them and their immediate families to enter the land while everyone else their age and older died, having never lived the life for which God had planned. (Read the account in Numbers 13:1-31; 14:1-36)
We are all called and chosen for something; but it’s also whether we are brave enough to have the audacity to dream, believe and then focus on what God is revealing and decide to step forward when He says, “Move" or look at our past and allow that to dictate our future.”
Today choose well what you focus on because it will shape what you have the audacity to believe.
"Whatever a man thinks in his heart, so is he" (Proverbs 23:7)
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and of good courage; do not be afraid, nor dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9 NLT)
“Set your gaze on the path before you. With fixed purpose, looking straight ahead, ignore life’s distractions. Watch where you’re going! Stick to the path of truth, and the road will be safe and smooth before you. Don’t allow yourself to be sidetracked for even a moment or take the detour that leads to darkness.” (Proverbs 4:25 TPT)
“So do not throw away this confident trust in the Lord. Remember the great reward it brings you! Patient endurance is what you need now so that you will continue to do God’s will. Then you will receive all that He has promised.” (Hebrews 10:35 NLT)
Prayer: Lord, please help me learn the lessons from your Word and choose well what I focus upon. I believe in great things to unfold in my life today. In Jesus name. Amen