God Is Able – Devotional #2 – Part B – What Does It Mean To Fix Your Eyes On Jesus?

by Kathy

God Is Able 2

  I am taking a little detour today off the book study that we are doing – God Is Able by Priscilla Shirer

On Tuesday, I encouraged you to read Hebrews 12:1-3.  Let me quote it here ~ “Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.  Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before Him, endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.  Consider Him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart.”

I thought I would share some thoughts with you today as to what it means (what it looks like, or what you can do) to fix your eyes on Jesus.

Fixing your eyes on Jesus means that we stare or focus on Him.  To begin doing that, you might start by focusing on these three main things:

1.  Who God Is

Your Savior

Your Father

Your help in time of need

Your source of peace and joy

Your redeemer

Your restorer

Your protector

Your guide and shepherd

Your Sovereign Lord

Your healer

And so much more…

2.  Who You are in Christ

You are a child of God, a part of the family of God

You are redeemed and forgiven

You are chosen and dearly loved

You are safe in His protection

You are able to talk to God anytime

And so much more…

3.  What God Has Promised You

He will never leave you or forsake you.

He will work all things together for your good.

He will guide you to the other side of your storms.

He came to offer you abundant life to the fullest.

He is the author and perfecter of your faith.

He pours His grace on you every moment of the day.

And so much more…

Here are some additional things that will help you take your eyes off your circumstances and cause them to fix on Jesus:

  • Remember all the times God has been faithful to you in the past.
  • Consider how much He loves you.
  • Think about things that are true, honorable, just, pure, lovely, commendable, and things worthy of praise (Philippians 4:8).
  • List all the things you are thankful for, even when you are not feeling thankful.
  • Choose to see your circumstances as God sees them.  You do this by replacing your human perspective (based on your distorted feelings) with heavenly perspective that God is good and will work all things out for you that He has planned.
  • Trust Him.  This is done by placing your confidence (belief) in the reliability, strength, truth and ability of God.  Surrender your circumstances to Him.
  • Wait on Him. Stop striving, pushing, and manipulating your own way.  Allow Him to act on your behalf in His timing.
  • Seek His presence.   Make it your heart’s desire to simply know Him and love Him more, regardless of your circumstances.
  • Think about His ultimate sacrifice on the cross for your sins.
  • Think about His glorious resurrection and what that means for you both now and eternally.
  • Read the Bible (His words to you) often and purpose with intention to do what He teaches you.  Live it out!
  • Pray throughout your day.  Enjoy your time talking to Him. He is your best friend!

The ideas that I have listed are not exhaustive, but they are a great place to start.  As you learn more each day to fix your eyes on Him, He will teach you more about Himself and how He wants you to focus on Him.

Let me end with pulling some thoughts from Tuesday’s devotional…

In order to connect your current “now” and experience Him now, you need to make a deliberate decision to change your perspective.  You must take action.  It begins with a simple choice of pivoting your attention away from where you are tempted to look (your current now and all that is frustrating you…all that is frightening you…all the details involved in your now…all that is stealing you of your joy and confidence)- and doing this – FIXING…FOCUSSING…TURNING…TO HIM!!

I am praying that this has helped you to better understand how to fix your eyes on the One who is able!!  Take a moment to listen to this song.  Hear Him say these words to you – Come to Me, I am all that you need!

 

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