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.

Hebrews 5:8 Obedience Through Suffering

Son though he was, he learned obedience from what he suffered Hebrews 5:8

Learning is something that everyone needs to do. People have to learn how to do many different things. It starts as a baby and continues for the rest of one’s life.

The process of learning is sometimes very easy and other times very difficult. Many times it is often a process of trial and error.

In order to learn, one must be willing to discipline himself to hold to a certain way of doing something. It takes one to put aside old ways and doing something new or different.

The author of Hebrews Jesus as the Son of God, yet, points out that He had to learn obedience. This obedience was learned by suffering.

No one really wants to suffer. Suffering often portrays a bad connotation and people often avoid it. In the process of learning something new, there is always an element of suffering or pain. The suffering is giving up old ways, putting aside fun to learn, and staying motivated when it looks rough.

Every believer is supposed to be in complete, perfect obedience of God. Learning to do this is a process of going through difficult times…suffering. It is putting of self and focusing upon what God wants, rather than what self wants.

The more one can put aside selfish desires and do what God wants, the more he learns to be obedient towards God. He begins to realize that everything God has for him to do is for his benefit and to build His kingdom.

Since God is infinite, there is never an end to learning to be more obedient towards God. There will always be something new to learn and trust God in. God will always bring a believer to new levels.

When struggles come your way or you need to give up something, realize it is a training ground for your faith in God. Do not lose faith and give up on God when struggles come, but grow in your faith and obedience towards God.

Allow God to build you into the man or woman of faith that mirrors the image of God. Discipline yourself to say no to your own selfish desires and yes towards what God has for you.

The suffering that you are going through is only light and momentary in light of the eternal life that is to come and the lessons being learned.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will learn to obey God in every area of life; that you will allow God to teach you obedience; that you will trust God in everything; and that learn as Jesus learned.

Hebrews 4:14 Hold On Tight

Therefore, since we have a great high priest who has ascended into heaven, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold firmly to the faith we profess. Hebrews 4:14

All over the world people have some traditions or beliefs that they hold on to. No one can convince them of anything different.

Most people, however, do not hold very tightly to what they believe. Every few days they are changing what they believe is truth. Or they change what they believe, based upon who they are around. Things change on a regular basis, to blend in with everyone else, rather than stand out as different.

The author had just described Jesus as a great high priest. Now he says that in light of that information, one must hold on firmly to the faith they are proclaiming.

Believers have a belief that is different from anything else in the world. It causes them to stand out. It will cause division between them and the rest of the world.

Since there is this division, many believers give up on their faith, in order to fit in with the world and be liked by the world. Others will claim to hold on to their faith in Jesus, but also accept every other belief that is out there as also acceptable.

There is only one way to heaven, one Savior, one God, one truth and one true faith. Believers must realize this and not allow the world to influence them into thinking that there is more than one true faith.

Every believer must hold onto their faith as though holding on to a rope that means life or death to them. It is the most important thing in their life, their belief in Jesus. If they don’t hold onto the faith, then everything is meaningless.

As a believer, you hold a faith that is absolute and sure. It is the firmest truth in existence on this earth. Do not allow the deception and the lies of this world to deceive you into thinking that there are other alternative ways to God.

There is only one way to God, one truth, one Lord, one Savior. Hold on to the faith you have and keep proclaiming it for all of the world to hear and know it. While there may be troubles and hardships now, in the end you will have eternal life with no more troubles.

Hold on fast to the faith you profess.

Today I pray that you will know Jesus as your Savior; that you will know the truth of God; that God will open your eyes to the deceptions of this world; that God will keep you from being swayed by lies; and that you will boldly proclaim what you believe in Jesus.