DON’T REMOVE YOUR FOCUS FROM JESUS
FIXING OUR EYES ON JESUS, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God (Hebrews 12:2 NIV).
Beloved, with everything going on in today’s world, I believe there’s one thing we all agree on which is that one can only survive with Jesus. It isn’t that we are promised a trouble free life. No, far from it. In fact, Jesus gives us a pre-warning about what to expect. He said… “I have told you these things, so that in Me you may have peace. In this world YOU WILL HAVE TROUBLE. But TAKE HEART! I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD.” (John 16:33 NIV)
Jesus says there will be trouble but to survive, you must know that I have overcome the world and you must focus your attention on Me because a lot of things would be tossed at you trying to get you to take your gaze of Him.
Peter started out strong. He was willing to take bold steps towards Jesus. He said… “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” “COME,” HE SAID. Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. BUT WHEN HE SAW THE WIND, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “YOU OF LITTLE FAITH,” HE SAID, “WHY DID YOU DOUBT?” (Matthew 14:28-31 NIV)
Beloved, Peter had spent some time with Jesus and already knew what He was capable of doing hence the reason he was willing to try walking on water but then Peter saw the wind. He took his gaze of Jesus and what was surrounding him became more obvious. All of a sudden, all his problems became MAGNIFIED and that’s all he saw. He couldn’t see Jesus anymore.
Beloved, trials, temptations and the things of this world have been positioned to cause us to lose focus. That’s the master plan of the enemy. The main purpose of that heavy stuff you are facing right now is to cause you to drown. It’s been known from the start. Jesus said to Peter… Simon, Simon (Peter), listen! SATAN HAS ASKED EXCESSIVELY THAT [ALL OF] YOU BE GIVEN UP TO HIM [OUT OF THE POWER AND KEEPING OF GOD], THAT HE MIGHT SIFT [ALL OF] YOU LIKE GRAIN, But I have prayed especially for you [Peter], that your [own] faith may not fail… (Luke 22:31-32 AMPC). This always encourages me because when I’m weak, I know I can turn to Jesus and ask Him to pray for me just like He did for Peter.
Beloved, this is not the time to take your gaze off Jesus. No matter what you are facing, the one voice you need to hear is that of Jesus… TAKE HEART! I HAVE OVERCOME THE WORLD.
The Message translation of our feature text says – KEEP YOUR EYES ON JESUS… Study how He did it. Because He never lost sight of where He was headed…
Beloved… KEEP YOUR EYES ON JESUS… Never lose sight of where you are headed…