**January 11, 2023**


FOCUSED Ministries, Inc.

Focusing On Christ Until Spiritual Excellence is Demonstrated

 Proverbs 4:25-27       Hebrews 12:1-2

This week's prayer is offered by

Mrs. Nicole English

Member of the Governing Board of Director

FOCUSED Ministries, Inc.

I admit that I haven’t yet acquired the absolute fullness that I’m pursuing, but I run with passion into his abundance so that I may reach the purpose for which Christ Jesus laid hold of me to make me his own. I don’t depend on my own strength to accomplish this; however I do have one compelling focus: I forget all of the past as I fasten my heart to the future instead. I run straight for the divine invitation of reaching the heavenly goal and gaining the victory-prize through the anointing of Jesus (Philippians 3:12-14 TPT).

The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, And He delights in his way (Psalms 37:23 NKJV).

The first scripture was written by the Apostle Paul, the second by David. Both men were mighty men of God, and yet, they experienced highs and lows, successes and failures in their lives. We have completed 2022 and, like Paul and David, some parts of the year were successful and others may not have been. Let’s shift our focus from last year. Let’s not focus on the things that didn’t go well or the mistakes that were made. Of course, the cliche “learn from your mistakes” seems logical, especially when trying to improve or break bad habits. But, instead of learning from mistakes, let’s try learning from God. Once we repent, God forgets about our sins (Hebrews 8:12), so if God forgets our mistakes, why should we try to “learn” from them. Also, paying too much attention to mistakes brings guilt and shame, both things that Jesus freed us from when He died on the cross. 

Alternatively, don’t focus too much on the highs from 2022. It’s easy and tempting to focus on the successes, after all, we've accomplished something great! But God has plans for our future (Jeremiah 29:11) and He wants to keep moving us forward–He is ordering our steps like David says and He’s delighted to do so! God wants to do a new thing in our lives (Isaiah 43:19). Let’s expect Him to continually bless our lives and our families! So, be happy and thankful for God's blessings, but also focused on the future that God has for us.

Prayer for the New Year!

Father God, thank You for Your blessings and protection over our lives in 2022! We thank You for bringing us to the end of one year and to the start of another. We praise You for showing us mercy and giving us Your grace! Holy Spirit, bring repentance where it’s needed. Help us to forget past mistakes. Give us a renewed mind free from guilt and condemnation. Holy Spirit, help us to learn from the Word of God and increase our knowledge and wisdom of Jesus. Order our steps, God! And, Jesus, empower us and give us the strength to live according to Your will. Help us to become all that You have called us to be. Where there are questions about the future, we will seek You first for all answers, for there are no mistakes when we entrust our futures to You! Surround us with Your favor, as shield and keep Your hand of protection upon us. Rain down blessing upon us in every area of our lives, in Jesus’ name I pray, Amen!

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From the heart of the Founder

**Youth Central**


Thank you, Lord, for the blessings You have bestowed on our lives. You have provided us with more than we could ever have imagined. Thank You that You have delivered us from our former ways of thinking. You are inwardly renewing us day by day. Help us to see the big picture: that we are not what we will be, but we are not what we once were. Holy Spirit, fill our hearts so that we can become more like Jesus each day. You know those things in our hearts that we barely dare to hope for, today we give them to you and we trust them to you because I know that you can do more than we could ever guess, imagine or request in wildest dreams (Eph. 3:20). God, you are our hope and we put our trust in you. Amen.

Caroline C., 16

With the debt for sin having been paid by Jesus Christ on the Cross, we now have the opportunity to life eternal. Jesus said, ...I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me (John 14 KJV). Romans 10:9 says, That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God had raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved (KJV). If you have not asked Jesus to come into your heart, do it today. Simply say, Jesus, I acknowledge that I am a sinner. I believe in my heart that You died on the cross to save me from the debt of my sin. I confess You now as my Lord and Savior and ask You to come into my heart and change my life, in Your name I pray, amen.

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To empower young girls and boys through the Word of God to live out their God-given purpose in the earth.


We are FOCUSED on the Word of God. We are PASSIONATE about sharing the love of God with others. We are COMMITTED to the task and challenge of making a difference in the lives of young girls & boys. We are EXCITED about fulfilling God’s purpose in our community


To see young girls and boys influence their communities as they live out their God-given purpose.


Dr. Baker, the Founder & CEO of FOCUSED Ministries, Inc., an educator and author believes that through the Word of God, hearts can be healed and lives transformed. She believes that her God-given purpose is to help people, especially young people, experience the saving power of Jesus Christ. Her desire is for people to know that no matter what they have encountered in this life, they are here for God’s purpose and by His design.

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