Hebrews 12:2 Keeping Focused

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

When a young child is doing something, he is often very focused and does not notice other things going on around him. As a person gets older, many will begin to lose that focus.

It takes practice to continue to focus on one thing, while ignoring what is occurring all around. With as many things occurring all the time, people are constantly shifting their focus from one thing to another.

After listing many people who demonstrated faith in God, the author of Hebrews tells the people to fix their eyes upon Jesus, the beginner and perfecter of faith.

Just as the world loses focus on a regular basis, many believers will also lose focus. Some will lose focus of God and begin to focus upon the things of this world.

Others will stay focused upon God, but get lose their focus to different trends and movements of the church. They begin to put their trust in new programs, rather than God.

The believer who is focused upon Jesus will not be easily swayed or led down the wrong path. He will not be easily tempted to sin against God, because he will not be looking at the things of this world, but the eternal purpose of God for his life.

Staying focused requires one to continually study God’s word and hide it in his heart. It requires that he does what God’s word says, not just hear it. It requires one to stay in continual prayer with God, in both speaking and listening to God.

As you go through your days, the world will fight to gain your attention and focus. Problems will arise on a regular basis. Rather than allow fear and troubles suppress you, keep your focus upon Jesus. Recognize what Jesus went through for you and know that He will help you do the same.

When you are completely focused upon Jesus, the momentary and light troubles of this world will fade away. The temptation to sin against God will be overcome. Joy will arise in your heart as you know and do God’s will for your life.

Each day ask yourself what are you focused on? This world? Or Jesus? Life? Or death?

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will be focused upon Jesus; that you will know God’s will for your life; that God will strengthen you to endure the troubles of life; and that you will know the joy of God’s salvation.

Ephesians 1:18 Really Know The Hope

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, Ephesians 1:18

Having an inheritance is something that many people have, but don’t always realize what they will be getting. They may know a part of what they will be getting, but often they do not know everything. Some of the information is kept back, until the time the inheritance is handed out.

Sometimes, when a person fully knows what his inheritance is, he will be very excited and anxious to receive it.

Paul prays that the Ephesians will have their eyes opened up to really know the hope that they have and how great the inheritance really is.

Every believer knows that he will be receiving eternal life as a follower of Jesus. While that is great, it is only a small part of what he really is getting.

Prior to stepping into eternal life, the believer will also be receiving all of God’s great power to do whatever needs to be done. He gets God’s authority to trample upon the enemy and turn from all sin.

Not every believer realizes what he is getting. They continue to live in fear and weakness, rather than strength and boldness.

Once one fully realizes the power God is giving him, there is nothing that can hold the believer back in being His witness. Knowing the hope of power and salvation removes all fear of man and instills a boldness to be a true witness to all one meets.

Having this hope and power is something that not just a few believers can have, but every believer possesses. It is an inheritance that goes beyond anything one could ever desire to possess.

Take a moment to realize that Jesus gave you all His authority upon this earth. He has given you a hope that you will live, even if you die. He has given you His strength to accomplish anything He gives you to do.

These are things that can only be seen and realized with spiritual eyes. It cannot always be seen in the physical realm, but by trust and hope.

Allow God to open your eyes to see what you have in Jesus. Then live your life in the eternal hope and power that you have received and are receiving.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the hope you have in Jesus; that you will know the power and authority you have in Jesus; that you will be all that God has called you to be; and that you will live in the power and authority of Jesus.

John 9:39 Can You Really See?

Jesus said, “For judgment I have come into this world, so that the blind will see and those who see will become blind.” John 9:39

Sight is something most people believe that they have, when talking about natural vision. They can see things that are physical in nature.

Insights into things that are spiritual or non-physical are often not seen by most people. They are blind to what is going on outside the physical realm of this world.

Jesus stated that He came so that those who cannot see will see and that those who can see will be unable to see.

One of the beliefs running through America is for people to be a ‘woke’ people. Many are claiming to be woke up to the reality of things occurring in this world. This belief has also worked itself its way into the church.

The world believes that they can see the truth and that belief in God or church is wrong. Anyone who sees in this way is blind and cannot really see the truth set before them.

Jesus came to open the spiritual eyes of spiritually blind people. Those who have seen Jesus for who He is, is willing to allow Him to reveal the spiritual truths around them.

They will be able to discern (see) God at work in and around them. They will be able to discern (see) what God desires of them. They will also be able to discern (see) what the enemy, the world, is doing or trying to do.

Those who refuse to see Jesus as Savior, God is allowing them to remain blind as to what God is doing. He will allow them to remain blind in their fallen sinful ways, though He continually calls them to open their eyes and see the truth.

While it is important that you may see with your physical eyes, it is more important to see with spiritual eyes. You need to allow God to open your spiritual eyes to see what God sees.

Do not allow yourself to remain blind to the truth found in God’s word. Do not allow yourself to be blind in believing that it is acceptable to live in sin and still get into heaven.

See the reality of the false lies that this world is trying to teach and promote. See the reality that believing in Jesus is the only way to know true life.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that God will open your spiritual eyes to see; that God will reveal the lies of this world; that you will see what God is doing; and that you will not be blind to the truth in God’s word.