Some say that 20/20 is perfect vision, yet how vitally important is our spiritual vision in life….and specifically for this new year?  I recently heard the Lord say, “I’m giving my sons and daughters who pursue Me, 2023 FOCUS.”  As I have been praying and seeking the Lord for 2023 and what He has in store for my family and for this ministry, the Lord has made one thing VERY clear……and that is the extreme importance of the spiritual discipline of FOCUSING on what He has for each and every one of us specifically this year as we have crossed over.  I believe the Lord is calling out to us and inviting us into the secret place with Him, to seek Him, abide in Him and pursue His plans for our lives.  We are living in very different times than just a few years ago.  This spiritual discipline of undistracted focus is perhaps more important than ever before.
God says in His Word in the book of Wisdom,

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 4:25-27 TPT

I believe the Spirit of God is speaking clearly to us all, to set aside and throw off the distractions of life that are keeping us from walking in the fullness of our calling and anointing in the LORD.  He is looking for a people who will pursue Him passionately once more, deeper, and invite His Spirit to expose and remove the distractions that have sidelined us in our destinies in the Lord.  2023 is a powerful and very important year that lies ahead of us, and we are believing that as we seek Him in the secret place, that He will be faithful to bring Clarity, Correction, and Direction for this new year ahead of us.  Just as in the picture above, everything that is on the outside of that which is in the center of the scope is blurred.  ONLY that which is in the center vision is clear, in focus and is a straight path.  Our prayer for each of you is to find that place of clarity, correction and direction from the Lord early in 2023, so that you would be more Focused, more Effective, and more Fruitful in and for the Lord!!  So make space sons and daughters, and let the Lord speak and reveal to you the things to come in this new year (see Jeremiah 33:3).  “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  Be encouraged, be strengthened with might in your inner man, and passionately pursue the Lord to receive greater focus and clarity for your life as you continue to burn brighter for sweet Jesus!!

~Nicholas Barta

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