Looking unto Jesus and away from other things
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God. (Heb. 12:2 KJV)
The eye has a powerful influence on our lives. Jesus said “The light of the body is the eye: if therefore thine eye be single, thy whole body shall be full of light” (Matt. 6:22 KJV). A figurative meaning of “eye” in scripture is “attention and focus”. Looking unto Jesus is keeping our attention and focus on Him.
The eye functions like a magnifying lens. Whatever we focus on in our lives becomes bigger, and will soon become a mountain. It is very easy for us to fix our gaze on the difficulties or challenges we face, because that is the easier thing for us to do in times of difficulties. Sadly enough, it is not only the easier road to go, but the deadly road. Whatever we keep looking at gets empowered and will keep us in defeat. Something inside us is triggered by sight. Hebrews 12:2 exhorts us to keep our eyes on Jesus. He showed us the example. Jesus set His eyes on the joy that was set before Him, and not the cross He was about to endure. He did not set His eyes on the shame. Take the extra step today, and look away from any challenge you are facing. Keep looking unto Jesus. Set your gaze on Him. Keep your eye on His Word.
One sure way of keeping our eyes on Jesus is to keep our minds on His Word. As you begin meditating on this Word this morning, make it the focus of your mind all day. Ponder upon the words of the verse above. Say them again and again to yourself.
Ask the Father to help you keep your eyes on Jesus today, and away from the pressures and challenges.
ACT ON THE WORD!
Make an effort today to look away from the things that are bringing pressure to you, and keep your eyes upon Jesus. When you are at work and you start thinking about the financial challenge you are facing, take your eyes off that thought and refocus them on Jesus, by thinking about what He has said to you about your finances.
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