Weekly Devotional – Keeping Your Eyes on Jesus

hebrewsTherefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, we must get rid of every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and run with endurance the race set out for us, keeping our eyes fixed on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of our faith. Hebrews 12:1-2 (NET)

Over the last few weeks, the Lord has consistently been reminding me to keep my eyes fixed on Him. He took me to  Matthew 14 the other day, and we re-read the story of Peter walking on the water. The Lord had invited Peter to share in His wonder, and Peter accepted the invitation. But when Peter evaluated his situation and saw the wind and waves, he almost sank.

I wish that I could say that I can’t relate to Peter, but I can. The Lord invites me to share in His work, I excitedly accept, then I look at the circumstances and allow the baby tares of doubt and fear to take root. I take my eyes off of the one who initiated the work and look at the impossibility of it.

However, don’t you love the Lord’s response to Peter? The text says that when Peter cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him.

Immediately.

I might have taken my eyes off of the Lord, but not for a moment did He take His eyes off of me. Not for a moment did His mind change about inviting me out on the water. He simply says, “Why did you doubt?”

Through this, I’m learning impossible is not in my Lord’s vocabulary, and it doesn’t have to be in mine. When we keep our eyes on Him, we get to see more of who He is, and we get to not only hear but experience the truth that:

  • Nothing will be impossible with God (Luke 1:37)

  • The one who began a good work in you will perfect it (Philippians 1:6)

  • Those who look to Him are radiant with joy; their faces will never be ashamed (Psalm 34:5)

  • We have this treasure in jars of clay, so that the extraordinary power belongs to God and does not come from us (2 Corinthians 4:7)

  • He is the one who gives me confidence (Psalm 62:5)

And when these things take place, there can only be an abundance of good fruit, an abundance of evidence for the goodness and glory of God – for those in His family to relish and for those without to consider. Today,  as we run the path set out for us, let us fix our eyes on Jesus, filled with confidence in Him – His heart, His ability and His unchanging nature to fulfill the plans He has for us.

Question: What Scriptures have you experienced as a result of keeping your eyes on Jesus?

Kristina Vandiver is the eBook Development Manager at WORDsearch. She loves the Lord,  her husband, her pets (especially her cat) and studying God’s Word. 

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  1. Kathi Martens says:

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  3. martin ransome says:

    I need to know exactly what I must to to keep my eyes on the Lord. Please help.

    • kcornett says:

      Hi Martin! The best thing you can do is to reach out to your local church or pastor, and they should be able to help you! Just know that we all care about you and are praying!

    • Hi Martin, something that helps me is to start my time with the Lord in the morning with a scripture that declares an attribute of the Lord’s or a scripture that talks about something he has done (or does) that is good. If you’re not sure where to start, check out the Psalms. For example, I might take Psalm 145:8 – “The Lord is merciful and compassionate; he is patient and demonstrates great loyal love.” I’ll take maybe one part of the verse – “The Lord is merciful” – and turn it over in my mind again and again. Then I will praise him that he is merciful. Finally, I might ask him to show me where I do not believe that he is merciful in my life (but I don’t get stuck here, b/c then I start focusing on me instead of on him!). I will pray often Paul’s prayer for “the Spirit of wisdom and revelation so that (I) might know him better (Ephesians 1:17). Then, I’ll write the verse on a notecard and read it throughout the day, trying to meditate on it and praise the Lord through it.

      In his book Fiery Faith, Tozer has a chapter called The Gaze of the Soul. He offers this encouragement to those of us who are trying to keep our eyes on the Lord –

      “Believing, then, is directing the heart’s attention to Jesus. It is lifting the mind to ‘Behold the Lamb of God’ (John 1:29), and never ceasing that beholding for the rest of our lives. At first this may be difficult, but it becomes easier as we look steadily at His wonderous person, quietly and without strain. Distractions may hinder, but once the heart is committed to Him, after each brief excursion away from Him, the attention will return again and rest upon Him like a wandering bird coming back to its window….a habit of soul is forming, which will become, after a while, a sort of spiritual reflex requiring no more conscious effort on our part.”

      I pray that you will have great peace knowing that the one who saved you is also the one who will sanctify you and who will faithfully teach you how to fix your gaze on his beloved son. Don’t be hindered by failure, just get up again and look on your merciful Lord who has his loving eyes on you!

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