Luke 9:51 And it came to pass, when the time was come that he should be received up, he stedfastly set his face to go to Jerusalem,
Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

There came a time in the ministry of Jesus that He would take His last journey from Galilee to Jerusalem. Luke says that He, “… stedfastly set His face to go up to Jerusalem,” which meant that He firmly determined to accomplish his purpose. His purpose required focus and determination for Him to accomplish it.

God has given all Believers a purpose (that is general and specific) for being on planet Earth (Ecclesiastes 3:1). As we begin to understand it, see it more clearly (vision), and pursue it, our lives will be filled with meaning, motivation, and passion. Yes, it can be revealed to us (Galatians 1:15, 16), we can know it (1 Corinthians 2:9, 10), and we can press into it to apprehend it (Philippians 3:12-14).

It requires focus (Luke 9:51) and constant dependence (2 Corinthians 3:4, 5) on God to fulfill the works we have been foreordained to do (Ephesians 2:10). We will be tempted a thousand times to turn back, turn away, or get off track with lesser things. SATAN DOES NOT HAVE TO DESTROY US TO DEFEAT US, ONLY DISTRACT US. Sometimes our enemy destroys our focus off of our assignment by giving us another assignment or goal thus diverting our energy, time, and resources. We must learn to say no to the demands of lesser things and keep our eyes on the target. Sometimes we can think we are great at multi-tasking but all it does is get us off course. Paul said, “But this one thing I do …” Philippians 3:13.

Pastor John Rasicci is the founder and Pastor of Word of His Grace Church in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, where we are building people who are building the Church. Pastor's ministry mission is to help people discover God's dream for their Life, the Local Church, and the Last Days' Harvest. With a strong emphasis on the grace of God and with a prophetic voice, Pastor John preaches and teaches in churches, conferences, and crusades both locally and throughout the world. He has produced books, tapes, and other teaching materials to empower, enable, and equip Believers with the Word of God. Pastor John is married to his wife Candy who with their three children, Krista, Joanna, John Anthony, and two son-in-laws, Matt and Doug, serve together in the ministry. After graduating from Kent State University, Pastor John pursued a career in professional baseball before accepting the call to the ministry. He and his wife, Candy, received their ministry training from Rhema Bible Training Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

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