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I want to focus on God more than on man. Any suggestions as to how to do this?

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Why don't you ask him? Instead of thinking!
Here I'll do it.

Is The Father a person in god?
Is Jesus Christ a person in God?
Is The Holy Ghost a Person in God?

For Archangel means one in charge of the angels. Interesting!
Rev_1:20 The seven stars are the angels of the seven churches: and the seven candlesticks which thou sawest are the seven churches.

How Nikki, you both come out swinging?
Why don't you go to your church talk to one of your priest!
I would like to change that last line!
If you claim you are a Roman Catholic.
Than speak the truth as one!

What thou seest, write in a book, and send it unto the seven churches!
---TheSeg on 5/29/13

Only God is Creator, doesn't that tell you Jesus Christ is God? Hello?
---Mark_V. on 5/29/13
Read you post, nice post

But lets be honest here, not one verse, not one phrase said that Jesus was God agreed?

You looked at two different comparative text and concluded that Jesus was God. But you have NEVER read one verse, nor posted one verse that says Jesus is God agreed?
---francis on 5/29/13

Nikki, you have the right to call me what you want. If you want respect, I will respect you as a person and I believe I have. But if you think I am a heretic, you should show why I am. If you cannot show proof I am a heretic, why do you call me one? I have not called you a heretic because I do not think you are. Have you said that Jesus was an archangel? Have you said you believe that an archangel is our Savior? I have not heard you say that.
He called me (my person) an idiot for opposing works of the Law for salvation, so I believe that I should call him who he really is. He brings heretical views and teaches them. The Jesus Christ I believe in is God, Creator of all things, even archangels. Who do you believe that He is?
---Mark_V. on 5/30/13

well, nikki, a heretic is a heretic. no matter what you say and no matter what anyone says, a heretic is still the same. some on here are misleading a new Christian and I have done all I could to expose those who preach a false doctrine. to a new Christian, it is confusing. God saves us thru faith, not of ourselves, it is a gift of God. those who preach the opposite are heretics.
---shira4368 on 5/29/13

Shira and Seg, read my post again. You both come out swinging when I called MarkV a heretic.
I been seeing MarkV call Francis a heretic for weeks.

Why haven't you told him to stop?

Everyone here on CN thinks someone else on CN is a heretic.
But, MarkV keeps addressing Francis a heretic as if it was part of his name.
It isn't nice.

I don't agree with Francis on most things. Francis knows that. He doesn't agree with me.
But, we don't have to call each other heretics.

We been told us as children it isn't nice calling names.
Some don't care if their friends are calling names as long as no one calls them names.
Jesus doesn't play favorites.
---Nikki on 5/29/13

First I do not believe Francis is a boy. I think she is a woman.

Second I believe that Francis believes in the Trinity from a number of statement she has made in the past. Her argument here is that since JESUS is GOD he can still be Michael. For Archangel means one in charge of the angels. Now the RCC classifies the archangel as an angel. But I do not agree with them.

Back to the original point. We focus on GOD by reading his word spending time with JESUS in prayer and helping others. We also teach others about JESUS.
---Samuelbb7 on 5/29/13

Nikki I thought you were a Roman Catholic??
Your boy francis there said:
Show where the bible says "Jesus is God."
Believes Michael the archangel is Jesus Christ.
He does not sin, has no sin.

Sorry but your boy there is a heretic!
Not only do I think him a heretic, but a fool.
Why dont you go to your church talk to one of your priest!
Take a laptop with you, show your priest some any of the things francis, BELIEVES!
And try to teach, and then ask your priest, if this is heretical!

Rev_1:8 I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the ending, saith the Lord, which is, and which was, and which is to come, the Almighty.
Open your eyes!
---TheSeg on 5/29/13

nikki, you did call markv a heretic. what you said was blatant. there are many heretics on this site but markv isn't one of them. we differ In 1 point and all the rest he is in accord with the bible. I'm not even sure we disagree on 1 point. your faith is 180 degrees from me and mark and some others here.
---shira4368 on 5/29/13

MarkV, you know I think almost everything you say is heresies.
Notice I used the word 'think', so that doesn't mean it is charitable for me to call you a heretic.

Make no mistake, you are a heretic.
But, I shall not call you one in my posts.

Can you not do the same to others?
---Nikki on 5/29/13

Heretic francis, it might sound mean for me to call you a heretic, but you continue to give proof of it. Here in order to proof Jesus is not God you ask,

"2: Show where the bible says " Jesus is God."

Archangels are not Saviors. They are archangels, created beings. Jesus Christ is Creator of all things.
"For by Him all things were created that are in heaven and that are on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or principalities or powers. All things were created by Him and for Him. And He is before all things, and in Him all things consist." Col. 1:16,17). Only God is Creator, doesn't that tell you Jesus Christ is God? Hello?
---Mark_V. on 5/29/13

It is sad that many try to confuse New Christians. But it is also a fact of life tha the Devil wants to do so. He wants our eyes on anything but JESUS.
---Samuelbb7 on 5/29/13

francis, now what I said to the other lady is the truth. you are wicked to confuse a new Christian. God help you because you need it. you know what??? I am born of the Spirit and the Spirit is living in me. my spirit is not on the same plain as yours. you better beware, God is surely watching you. I have already supplied you with one verse that says Jesus is God in the flesh. there are many if you will read your bible.
---shira4368 on 5/28/13

Well TheSeg, you dug yourself a hole here
Dear me, what will I ever do!
francis has weighed and measured me, and I have been found wanting.

Don't you worry your petty little head over it. (no I didn't mean pretty)
In your eyes that's a blessing.

Then he said unto them, O fools, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken

Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.

And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,

Yes, I know you don't understand!
---TheSeg on 5/28/13

It clearly says this is the name of just one of the archangel.

---TheSeg on 5/28/13
Well TheSeg, you dug yourself a hole here

1: you say that Michael is just ONE of the Archangel.
Can you show me ONE other angel who has ARCHANGEL atatched to his name

2: Show where the bible says " Jesus is God."

I will not be posting, I am giving you the rest of this blog for just these two questions
---francis on 5/28/13

(It does not plainly say that Michael is Jesus.)
Thats because you cant understand!

In the bible I have and only a few others the name Michael is given.
It clearly says this is the name of just one of the archangel.

My bible also very clearly says Act 4:12
For there is none other name under heaven given among men.

Now I know you believe youre a saint, but among us, men.
Here on earth, there is none other name given.

(Because the bible nowhere says "Jesus is God.")
In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God.

Just thought you should know whats in only a few bibles.
I know its hard to understand!
---TheSeg on 5/28/13

One of the things I have noticed, is that trinitarians have a difficult time convincing others that Jesus is God, because the bible nowhere says "Jesus is God." is such plain term.

What trinitarians must do, is use o veriety fo comparitive text to show that Jesus is God

the bible does say that The angel fo God is God, and that the messenger of the covenant is the Lord.

It does not plainly say that Michael is Jesus

The same thing that is done to show that Jesus is God, has been done with Michael to show that Michael is Jesus

just as some will not believe that Jesus is God no matter what you show them, some will not believe that Michael is Lesus, no matter what you show them
---francis on 5/28/13

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That's right, they call him Michael!
---TheSeg on 5/28/13

You have been weighed, you have been measured, and you have been found wanting

Please kid, you do not know enough to know that Jsus is that great prince Michael, the first of all the princes, and the one who is like the Father, He is the Chief messenger of God

You do not know enough to know that all prophecies spoken of about Michael are fulfilled by Jesus

And worse, you do not even know enough to ask WHY are there endtimes prophecy about Michael if he is only a created being.

bottom line I keep telling you to expand because You have been weighed, you have been measured, and you have been found wanting
---francis on 5/28/13

Heretics and Idiots do not know who Jesus is

That's right, they call him Michael!
And they call themselves saints.
---TheSeg on 5/28/13

Matthew 5:19)
"Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven"
These passage is speaking of the consequences of practicing or teaching disobedience of any of God's Words is to be called least in the kingdom of heaven. But nowhere does it say that he is kick-out of heaven. He shall be called least in the kingdom of Heaven.
---Mark_V. on 5/28/13

Those who know God teach and keep his commandments

Matthew 5:19 Whosoever therefore shall break one of these least commandments, and shall teach men so, he shall be called the LOWEST FORM OF LIFE in the kingdom of heaven: but whosoever shall do and teach them, the same shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven.

1 John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments. He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

Those who do not are liars and lowlifes, and they do not have the spirit of God in them
---francis on 5/27/13

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Amanda, please do not listen to francis. he thinks he is saved by commandments and works. he thinks Jesus and Michael the ark angel are the same. I beg you to study your bible and start in John in the new testament. read it several times and think as you read. I beg you not to listen to anyone who preaches saved by commandments. read all of romans. as I said earlier, some here confuse new Christians. I will be praying for you. God loves you and you are a dear soul.
---shira4368 on 5/27/13

Heretics and Idiots do not know who Jesus is

Thier Jesus did not die for all mans sin, you may follow them in vain and one day they will tell you that you were not elected

They di not know that jesus is the messenger of the covenant Malachi 3:1

They do not know that God gives messages to jesus who then gives that message to other anegls

Revelation 1:1 The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him,

They do not know that Jesus is creator and created all teh angels and is Chief of all angels

They do not know that Jesus is Mucahel ( like the father)
---francis on 5/27/13

Be careful of heretics that teach Jesus Christ is Michael the archangel. They have an archangel as their deliverer. They say:
"Or, if you are alive during the time of trouble the Arch Angel will stand up for you, and will deliver you at the same time His voice raises the dead" They get all that from (1 Thess. 16,17).
The passages tells us that Jesus Christ Himself will descend from heaven, with an archangel and the trumpet of God. It does not say the archangel will deliver the people. Jesus Christ delivers the people by raising up the dead. And the rest will be caught up with the others. Then they say,
GET to know God, see what God will do for you" They can also manipulate their god. Do not believe them.
---Mark_V. on 5/27/13

Get to know God, and if you die in Christ, one day you will here the voice of the Arch Angel, and you will be awake from sleep

1 Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with THE VOICE OF THE ARCHANGEL, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Or, if you are alive during the time of trouble the Arch Angel will stand up for you, and will deliver you at the same time His voice raises the dead

Daniel 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book.
---francis on 5/26/13

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GET to know God, see what God will do for you
Genesis 24:40 And he said unto me, The LORD, before whom I walk, will send his angel with thee, and prosper thy way,

Exodus 23:20 Behold, I send an Angel before thee, to keep thee in the way, and to bring thee into the place which I have prepared.

Psalms 34:7 The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them that fear him, and delivereth them.
---francis on 5/26/13

Amanda, I forgot to mention, that you should never listen to anyone who beliefs that an archangel will save you, only God can save you, and don't belief those who teach the law will save you. Sinners are saved by Grace through faith no works of any law can save anyone,
"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves, it is a gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast." (Eph. 2:8,9).
And we have many here who boast who speak of works of the law in order to get saved. Do not believe them. Jesus said,
"No one can come to Me unless the Father who sent Me draws him, and I will raise him up at the last day." (John 6:44).
---Mark_V. on 5/26/13

Get to know God

Genesis 1:1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.

Psalms 19:1 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament sheweth his handywork.
Psalms 19:2 Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge.
Psalms 19:3 There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.
Psalms 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple.
Psalms 19:8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes.
Psalms 19:9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether.
---francis on 5/25/13

Amanda, if you are still there, the very first thing you should do is read the Bible concerning who God is first. Every passage that speaks of His nature, character and attributes. That is how you get to know who God is. Once you learn who God is, you will began to read the passage in Scripture correctly because they will never contradict who God is. If they do, you have interpreted them wrong. Learn who God is, and you will start with God and work your way down to man, never start with man because man is a sinner.
---Mark_V. on 5/25/13

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If you want to focus on God get to know God

1 John 4:8 He that loveth not knoweth not God, for God is love.

Matthew 22:37 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul,

1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

Romans 13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet, and if [there be] any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
---francis on 5/21/13

If you want to focus on God get to know God

1 John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

1 John 2:4 He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him.

This means you must stay away from those who think that you cannot or should not keep his laws

Isaiah 8:20 To the law and to the testimony: if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them.

No matter what they say about Love, there is no light in them
John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
1 John 2:5 whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him.
---francis on 5/21/13

Amanda, these blogs are confusion to new Christians. no matter what is said in these post, you must not believe before you read and study God's Word. many take things out of context and voiced views that are totally have nothing to do with the whole meaning. some here think they can obey the law but we are flesh and the Spirit of God battle daily with the flesh. we are as filthy rags but we have to strive everyday to stay in the Word, pray and keep your thoughts on God.
---shira4368 on 5/21/13

I want to focus on God more than on man. Any suggestions as to how to do this?
---Amanda on 5/17/09
1 John 2:3 And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments.

Hebrews 10:25 Not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as the manner of some [is], but exhorting [one another]: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching.
---francis on 5/20/13

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The main purpose is to know God and worship God. And the only way any believer can learn is to pray and ask God to give you the passion to study the Word of God.
---Mark_V. on 2/20/13

spend more time with God through prayer and quiet sensitive to God,s leading in your life
---mj on 2/16/13

Practice and time will teach you. Get your eyes off people and keep them on God....Very important to God. God is better looking than humans, anyways.
---pat on 2/15/13

Family, got to tell how God can change a situation( focus on God) neighbor so,stressed ChildSupport on his back.He stole from me, others., Kept prayertime him & others, faithfully before the Lord. wow! He really changed, he moved out but, bought new back to me things he stole & that is a miracle! Yesterday,saw new pastor encouraged me! keep praying for him. he needs prayer stay off drugs. Thank God he is moving in his life! . Like I always tell people.. Is there anything too hard for the Lord? Alot times, talked to him about God 2Cor.2:7,2Cor.2:11
---ELENA on 2/14/13

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Wow! Pat & Shira4368, among others, you write excellant posts! Pat you are able quick to the point.Shira too, has a wonderfull way with words. Love of Jesus! ELENA
---ELENA on 1/23/13

For me. Keep focus on God, 1st Never forget where He brought me from, out of, without God..
NOT be here to tell about. Sis.Shira4368 correct! keep your mind always- praying.Survived situations ONLY mercies of God I got out & alive! I always be praying in my mind constantly.. the older folks use to say "stay prayed up!" I have been in a park they had a big fight.. they let me & another man leave
They said " you people not our race you can leave!" I left but prayed for my friends. They shot my friend who was pregnant in the leg. She survived. Sad ..they shot alot of people..not dead but injure them.They were all mexican. .
---ELENA on 1/23/13

Acts 6: we are suppose to stay in a constant state of prayer. Romans 12,12 continuing in constant prayer.
---shira4368 on 1/23/13

Why would you want to focus on God?

Nothing in holy scripture is asking followers of the Lord to focus on him or the Father in heaven.

The Lord Jesus asked us to pray to the Father. True prayer is communication. The Father in heaven wants to have a relationship with his people.

It is through prayer we develop a relationship with the creator of all, and through prayer you can ask God to help you pray more. Our prayers should also be concern for one another, unsure what type of focus you have or would be referring to about man/people.
---Follower_of_Christ on 1/19/13

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To Followerofchrist, please know I sent you another post, first let me apologize!

Elena, there is no need to apologize!! 125 word posts can be tricky sometimes especially when I cut out things I've written to tidy down to the 125 word limit, and cannot always respond again to add what I took out, or clarify.

No worries!! I'm not sure which post you are referring to I often don't get back to some I've responded on, but whatever you did write I will already say I'm okay with what you said to me and apology accepted.

Many blessings to you Elena
---Follower_of_Christ on 1/19/13

There are several things you must do: [1] You must be in love with Jesus, [2] You must be disciplined, [3] practice, your eyes on Him,[4] you must be willing to put Him first. Before anyone or anything, is His will, [5] Stay in prayer....Love Him, your Creator. Obey Him. I am thankful, you are interested in your God! THE LIVING GOD...Note: There may be other things I did not mention. God will help you. Have a good evening.
---pat on 1/16/13

Matthew 25:35 For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:

Matthew 25:36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Matthew 25:37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?

Matthew 25:38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?

Matthew 25:39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
Matthew 25:40 Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

---francis on 1/16/13

I want to focus on God more than on man. Any suggestions as to how to do this?

It makes somewhat of a problem because you are asking people how to focus on what God's word says and less on what people say.
---jan4378 on 1/16/13

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To Followerofchrist, please know I sent you another post, first let me apologize! you post 12-29-12, concise better understand what you were meaning. I left text, pray you see.You bring.out some points, mainly, abut faith! also, of coarse we can not put trust % in Md/ yes, you right! I've terrible pain, times! I do know a patient who believes like you, take NO Nothing for pain.colon cancer! A miracle! Ithinking seriously, really feel like got to get heavy into my bible. I think this is something very serious for us to delve further.God has to help me on this but.worth praying about & I wish not have be...I know God heals.cancer alot of problems / tricky..please accept my apology. God bless you! ELENA
---ELENA on 12/29/12

Beloved, you know we all have a life where single or not like some folks you sit or however comfortable like in a relationship.
You talk, with the Lord And He began to let me know it's ok. I am your father and I love You.
it's beautifull. Open up! and it such a great feeling be in his presense Talk with Him. Focus is on Him being with Him.We grow. God is glorified.
---ELENA on 12/23/12

Amanda, if you want to focus on God, that means you already want to focus on God. If you had said, you don't know how to focus on God, then others could help you. Just do what you already want, to focus on God and He will do the rest. All those other things you think about will take care of themselves. Ten, fifteen years from now you will look back and will remember how you felt way back then and how you are doing now. Trust in God, God in return will honor your faith.
---Mark_V. on 9/12/12

Hello, Casandra,Really can identify with your post(hope I said this correct way) ,My name is ELENA. had a real lonely child hood and everybody mad,or whatever,, so,we had no good communication,my grandmother she knew the lord,but I feel myself goin thru similar emotions, really good your post. Thanx, Love of jesus
---ELENA on 9/11/12

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Amanda: You know God has shown us Himself through His Word( Gen-Rev). I assume you have accepted The Lord Jesus as your personal Lord & Saviour. IF this is true, then just love, eat, chew, sit/sleep/rest on, walk/run with, teach, obey & live on HIS Word ALL the time 24/7. IF you can do this, even Satan shall not be able to shift your focus from God.
---Adetunji on 9/10/12

Amanda: You know God has shown us Himself through His Word( Gen-Rev). I assume you have accepted The Lord Jesus as your personal Lord & Saviour. IF this is true, then just love, eat, chew, sit/sleep/rest on, walk/run with, teach, obey & live on HIS Word ALL the time 24/7. IF you can do this, even Satan shall not be able to shift your focus from God.
---Adetunji on 9/10/12

Amanda, I just watched a movie called "Courageous" If you can find it see it. I believe all fathers whether married or not, should see it. It is about four fathers taking responsibility for their children. A real committment to God. A resolution signed, and witness by family and others. Because most people in jail, like abusers, murderers, and others, never had a real father who brough them up in the way of the Lord, who stood by them and taught them about the love of Christ. They are just too busy doing their own lives they forget the children. I promise you will have tears and your heart will be lifted.
---Mark_V. on 9/9/12

I struggle with this same issue. I come from an upbringing where the males in my life did not treat me well and now when it comes to men I am clingy and out them and their crap before God, which just stresses me out. I think the key is to stay in regular communion with God, pray, Bible read, journal, listen to worship music, refocus your thoughts, etc. I will be praying for you.
---Cassandra on 9/6/12

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I can only suggest to do what david did:

Thy word have I hid in my MIND that I may not sin against thee.

Psalms 1:1 Blessed [is] the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.

Psalms 1:2 But his delight [is] in the law of the LORD, and in his law doth he meditate day and night.
---francis on 6/3/10

I thank God that my "self" was crucified with Christ. He was a hard one to control. For all you "self-disciplined" ones out there, good luck.
---Linda on 6/3/10

Yes! It's simple: It takes self-discipline and practice. When you notice, and you had better be paying attention, your eyes wondering, quickly get them back on Jesus. As always, if you feel the need in this, Ask Him to help You.
---catherine on 6/1/10

If you treat God as though he were on your shoulder in your heart and in your mind (which he is) your focus will not wander. Stay in close communication with God, example asked God to show you what to do, ask God to take part in your plans. God loves us beyond any love we can ever know anywhere else treat him with that in mind.
---mima on 6/1/10

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God is found in scripture, prayer, and in the loving acts of our fellow man. He is found in the beauty of the world. The key is focusing on these things with a yearning for him, rather than second guessing each others' logic or motive.
---Norton on 6/1/10

The bottom-line is the application of what many call the spiritual disciplines (Bible reading, prayer, etc.).
Being in the Bible and praying cannot be overestimated.
The book which helped me in this regard more than any other is "Thy Will Be Done On Earth: Understanding God's Will for You" by Robert Lloyd Russell. It is a phenomenal book for all Christians but especially for someone who wants to "focus on God more than on man." It is full of Scripture and has many supplemental Biblical references for further study.
---Lawrence on 9/25/09

Read God's Word(the bible) for yourself.Follow the commands and precepts written therein.Don't just go to church,hear a word from the pastor and stop at that. Spend time with God,daily. Fast and pray regularly. Ask God to help you do whatever it is you need to. He will but you must ASK! He will be to You whatever you need Him to be. He(God) is__________________(you fill in the blank). Love
---Robyn on 6/16/09

Tommy, in the sense that you excluded totally free will and choise out of your first anwerr (this could be due the lack of space we ghet and so we cannot express completally)as in your second and third answerr you included them. bassically We both agree that if God wanted he could turn us in robots, however He does not mess with our free will so we mess up because we do not look for his will or rebel against his will.
PS. the fact that God can take good out of evil, does by no means imply God orchestrated it. as steveg said loving God above all and the neighbnour as yourself wil allready give a big push in doing Gods will
---Andy on 5/28/09

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First, seek ye GOD'S KINGDOM (not man's).

Second, have a "faith FOR FAITH" (Romans 1:17, Hebrews 11:6).

Third, you must want a "more excellent" (1 Corin. 12:31) devotion/relationship based on "the GREATEST of these" (1 Corin. 13:13).

God DESIRES that we LOVE Him ONLY, not "the bible AND Him".

The bible is NOT an "authority" (it did not die on the cross).

OUR character/spirit must yield the "fruit of light" (Ephesians 5:8).

Romans 8:16
"it is the Spirit himself bearing witness with our spirit that we are children of God".

You said you want to draw closer, but are you ready to forsake man's kingdom?

Verses from RSV.
---more_excellent_way on 5/27/09

A christian focuses on God by doing the two commandments spoken of by Jesus - to love God and to love your neighbor. Unfotunately, love has gone out of style as the black and white TV. Sure, everyone knows that they must love, but rarely, if ever, do they know HOW to love.

A christian cannot focus on God without focusing on man also. Our job as christians is to help populate the Kingdom of God and that means having a relationship with both God and man. When we help others to become christians, God looks toward us as his laborors. We are also to help other christians. Do an online KJV bible search for "one another," "each other," and "encourag" because living a christian life is a 24/7 lifestyle.
---Steveng on 5/26/09

Andy, God's omnipotence doesn't make Him the doer of all things, I know He will not do anything against His character, His omniscience doesn't make Him the thinker of all things, we do choose many things on our own, but God can keep a person from acting in their own will, nor does His omnipresence mean that He is in any unbeliever's heart, but, He is everywhere( at least in our physical experience). If you want to question what God does or where He is/goes then by all means ASK HIM! Oh by the way, how did my 2 replies contradict?
---tommy3007 on 5/26/09

Tommy, I totally agree that God is omnipressent, but define omniprescence, does his omniprescence imply HE's IN the hearts of unbelievers? omniprescence implies HE's in the Lake of fire? I know that doesnt. We say God is omnipotent, Can God therefore do everything? Can He repent for us? Can He lie? Can God tempt us? i know He doesnt. God knows all. does that imply He decides for us? does that say He messes with our free will? i know He doesnt. His omnis' have nothing to do with the fact of involving GOD in your choise. WE still need TO LOOK FOR HIS WILL AND THEN SUIBMIT OURSELF TO IT. For God does not want anyone to perrish, but all to come to repentance. Submit yourself then to God, resist the devil, and he will flee from You
---Andy on 5/26/09

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Tommy do you realise that your two last blogs contradict one another. however i cannot agree with your secondlast blog the last blog sounbds verry reasonable, and was what i said in the first place.
God is indeed Omnipotent that does not indicate he can do everything. (he can not lie, he also can not make a box that he cannot get out, Again God can not tempt you) ex.
God is omnipressent, (So God is in Hell? God is in the hearts of the unbeliever?)
God is allknowing (so that indicates he takes away our freewill?) God can take good out of the worst situation (so does that indicate that bad situations are Gods choise, or that they are good?
---Andy on 5/25/09

Andy, If you think that sounds robotic, I'm sorry to hear that. The God I serve is OMNI-PRESENT, which means He is everywhere all the time and by virtue of that He is involved already in some manner in everything we do. Does that mean He condones or approves of everything we do? Absolutely not. God is at work all around us and HE invites us as christians to become involved in what HE is doing. Even Jesus said that HE could do nothing on His own, but what HE saw the Father doing. We, in our "gotta get busy for the Lord zeal" often miss what God really wants from us and miss out entirely on His many blessings. We would rather decide for ourselves what we want to do "for HIM" and then ask Him to bless what we are doing.
---tommy3007 on 5/25/09

Tommy, I love your heart for asking this. I am there too!!! God says we will find him when we seek him with all of our heart. And I am constantly asking God to show me exactly what that means. I am just praying daily that God will draw me to Himself, and reading the Scriptures to try to understand Who He really is. I will pray for you too, that you will be drawn close. It feels vague sometimes.
---Melinda on 5/22/09

Tommy, soGod is allready involved the choises you make before you ask Him? that sounds quite robotic to me. whats the use then of preaching Gods word, in disciplining oneself in anything. since Gods will happens all the time.
if someone abandons wife and children, is that God's plan forYou, if someone ghets mugged an killed in the street we Find God's divine power working there. if someone abandons his faith surely that was The will of God... why sould we even pray(ask) God for his will to happen, since we ccn never be outside of it.To get God involved in your plans is to ask Him what He would do, how he would do it, and then do it. is to pray and believe for his guidance. it is not something JUST LIKE THAT inevitable
---Andy on 5/21/09

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"...there is a way in involving God in everything just by reflecting about how God sees it,"
Andy, We don't "involve" God in anything. He is already involved because He is God. What He wants from us is for us to be involved in Him, by being aware of where He is at work around us and submitting ourselves to His purpose and will and being used by Him to accomplish His desire. In order to be more focused on God than on man, you simply need to spend more time with God, by reading His word and praying with/to Him. Psalm 119:11, "Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against thee." Psalm 119:105, "Thy word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path."
---tommy3007 on 5/20/09

How to focus on God not man - First read and know the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, Second ask the Holy Spirit to open the Bible to you and lead you, Third get intimate with God, Fouth get quiet before God and listen to His voice. You can learn more by getting the books "Romancing the King" by Brian Lake, and "How To Hear God's Voice" by Mark and Patti Virkler.
---Leslie on 5/18/09

Thanks for the advice. I appreciate it.

God Bless,
---Amanda on 5/18/09

The best thing for me has been to surround myself with Godly people and and spiritual things. We keep the Bible out all the time now, we have put multiple crosses throughout the house, we put a prayer list up on the fridge. For me, my mind works best with daily reminders and Godly people.
---TIMOTHY on 5/18/09

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probably the idea alone will make you to focus more on God then men. there is a way in involving God in everything just by reflecting about how God sees it, andf if itpleases him. for the rest, ghetinvolved in church prayers, church-fast churchoutings etc.
---Andy on 5/18/09

If you allow the Father's word to become your central focus in life, and allow that word to be the guiding factor concerning your habitual way of acting towards and relating to life, and your fellow man, your focus will remain clear. Recognize, remember, and always maintain a constant awareness of the fact that the old man, whose mind was sensually based, has been put off, with his deeds, and a mentally renewed man has been established. One full of grace and truth, made new in knowledge after the image, likeness, and similitude of He that brought that new man into being.
---joseph on 5/18/09

How about a spiritual fast?
Got a favorite show? forget it.
Reading a trashy book? Can it.
Love certain food groups? give it up.

Anything that opposes the spiritual part of you, all earthly pleasure, get rid of it.
Eat bread water and the word of God! Just don't get yourself locked in one of those padded rooms, but even that's a nice little prayer closet.
---Pharisee on 5/17/09

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