Fix Your Eyes on Jesus

Do you ever feel that a truth that you’ve known for a while is given to you as a fresh revelation? This week I felt the Lord say to me, “Fix your eyes on Jesus.” (Hebrews 12:2). I know this truth, it is something I’ve been taught since an early age, but this week this truth was spoken to me as a fresh revelation.

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I was grateful to the Lord for the sense of peace that it gave me. Sometimes my own thoughts overwhelm me. I’ve spoken before about my fear of death. I was thinking about that again this week. I thought about people suffering persecution in the World and the torment they face. I thought how would I handle that? I have things in my life that I am worried about and I think: how will I cope?

That is when I felt the Lord whisper to me, “fix your eyes on Jesus.”

It gave me a sigh of relief.

In Matthew 14 verse 29 Peter saw Jesus walking on the water and Jesus said to Peter: “Come.’ And when Peter was come down out of the ship, he walked on the water, to go to Jesus.” When Peter fixed his eyes on Jesus, he walked on the water.

But, then it says in verse 30 “But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was afraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.”

Isn’t God amazing! He has given us this visual illustration to demonstrate what we can expect when we fix our eyes on Jesus. We can literally walk on water.

In crazy circumstances, if we fix our eyes on our Lord Jesus, He will pull us through. Sometimes we have to admit our weakness, so that we give up trying to be strong in our own strength, we need to give it up so that Jesus can be strong for us. We need to not focus on the bad and focus on Him so that we can walk on water towards our Lord Jesus.

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Dare to Love

Awhile ago, one of my children said he does not dare to make deep connections here in Utah, because we may not stay here for a long time. It was hard on him leaving family and friends in Maine when we came here. But, I told him, I think God still wants us to love as deeply as we can. After all, Jesus did and He knew He wasn’t staying on earth a long time.

Lately, some of my closest besties and I have been going through tough life relationship lessons. They are the kind where you want to take a step back, put a wall around your heart, and not put yourself out there so much, because it hurts. Sometimes it’s hard to feel sad, so we try to shield our hearts.

But, is that what Jesus wants us to do? He loved big! He wept with his friends. He walked into the crowds of people who needed healing and saw for Himself the hurting people. He touched them and let their lives and sorrows seep into His. He didn’t put walls up, or step back into a safe corner and hide. He did not shield Himself from heartache. He dug in. And He loved so deeply.

This is my command: Love each other” (John 15:17).

With Christ living in us, how can the sad things of the world that effect precious lives not be deeply life changing and heart changing? People are precious to Jesus. It is these tough life situations where love meets sorrow that make us soft and more like Him.

It has to be good to always love big. It’s God. It’s the Gospel. Maybe, we need to just feel it and if it means we have crushed hearts, so be it. Let our hearts be sad for others and with others when need be, and just go through the tough stuff deeply. Love big.

Imperishable Beauty

Sometimes the role of being a wife is very difficult. It is hard to step back and allow our husbands (with all their imperfections) to make a final decision that we disagree with. After we have pled our case and given a great defense for why we think as we do and yet they choose differently we can feel insignificant, fearful, unappreciated and a slew of other descriptives. It can be easy to allow resentment and bitterness to fester. What is super hard is remembering to remain gentle and kind trusting that God is sovereign even over our husband’s decision making abilities.

1 Peter 3:4-6 says, let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious. For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands, as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening.

I have on more than one occasion needed to be reminded of the many women in scripture who did good without fear and trusted God. God faithfully brought these women through all sorts of situations and predicaments. He not only brought them through unimaginable difficulties, but honored them by having their stories written in His holy word. We read about them today and gain wisdom and encouragement from their life stories of incredible faith in God.

Lord, thank you for the women of scripture who lived their lives leaning on, trusting in and relying on You. Please help us to remember that You look at the heart. Give us gentle and quiet spirits which are very precious in Your sight. I pray that we will have faith like Sarah, that we would do good, and not be afraid of any fear because our hope is in You. Amen.

Numbered Days

I stopped in my tracks to adore the sweet sound of his voice. As my little men were tucked into their beds with sleepy eyes, I could hear a melody of pure preciousness coming off of teeny tiny lips. Before I know it, their pudgy hands will be replaced with those the size of grown men.

“Make the most of every opportunity in these evil days. Don’t act thoughtlessly, but understand what the Lord wants you to do.” (Ephesians 5:16-17)

I wish I could say that I make the most of every opportunity, because I know it would be eternally beneficial if I did. I have tasted and seen that God is always good and that His ways are life giving.

“Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him.” (Psalm 34:8)

As we go about our days, we can rest assured that we can know how to make the most of every opportunity. Apply God’s Word to the very season we find ourselves in and embrace it, Jesus style.

Lord, please teach us to number our days that we may gain a heart of wisdom. (Psalm 90:20)

Not Accidental

 

Notvitamin seaHave you ever looked around you and thought it was some divine accident that you are where you are? Life is some game of chance and like a roll of dice we get what we get. Our workplaces, neighborhoods, birthdays, and zip codes all as random and inconsequential as what pair of socks we are wearing today. Many people think this way but scripture says the opposite! _From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places they should live. God did this so that

The Bible says that God himself determined when you would be born and where you would live!  And where you live determines where you work and who you know.  All of this was planned by a loving God for the sole purpose that you and I would look for Him, reach out for Him, and find Him! What a humbling thought to realize that God himself put me in my exact town and in my exact circumstances to reveal Himself to me!

If at the moment your struggling with the circumstances of your life, whether it be a difficult work place, a challenging relationship, or an uncertain future- seek God.  He is not far from you. If at the moment your life is going alright- seek God.   He loves you intimately and wants you near.  There is no such thing as divine accidents.  Our all-knowing and sovereign God, is very much involved in every aspect of those whom He loves!

Condition of the Heart

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

In the World we are told to follow our hearts, but in Jeremiah it tells us that the heart is deceitful above all things. Our hearts are broken, they need fixing and only our Heavenly Father can mend them.

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Following our hearts will get us into bad situations, the heart relies so much on feelings. I was watching ‘Look Who’s Talking’ a few weeks ago and one of the characters said, “I’m going through a selfish phase.” He was being honest, and I had to laugh, but it made me think about following our hearts, it does turn us into selfish beings.

It is easy for the heart to be offended and hurt. The heart would rebel against God’s command to love our enemies (Matthew 5:44) because it feels awful when someone is being spiteful towards us, our natural instinct is to retaliate. But this is not God’s way, we need to show love to those who persecute us.

I am learning the importance of this prayer that David prayed:

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King David asks the Lord to search His heart and see if there is any wicked way within him, so that God can deal with his sin and give David strength of heart through the Lord.

To follow God’s way everlasting and overcome our heart’s feelings is impossible for us to do alone, it is only possible with God.

Matthew 19:26 “With men this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Let’s have hearts after the Lord’s own heart and not hearts that follow other gods. To follow His heart is the only way to life everlasting in Him.

Who We Once Were

When I think about who I was before I had a relationship with Jesus, I think “Yuck!” But, occasionally, I believe it is good to look back on where we came from and remember who we used to be, because it makes what Jesus did for us by dying on the cross, so awesome! Also, we should all be ready to give an account of our testimony of who we once were and the new life we now have in Jesus.

Ephesians two tells us who we formerly were:

And you were dead in your trespasses and sins (vs 2:1).

You formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air (vs 2:2).

You lived in the lusts of your flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and mind (vs 2:3).

You were by nature children of wrath (vs 2:3).

You were dead in your transgressions (vs 2:5).

You were separate from Christ (vs 2:12) .

You were strangers to the covenants of promise (vs 2:12).

You had no hope (vs 2:12).

You were without God in the world (vs 2:12)

You were far off (vs 2:13).

Dear Lord, let us remember with thankful hearts what we have been saved from. Help us to be ready to tell others the testimony of what you have done personally in our life, that we may humbly shine for you.

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God” (Colossians 3:1-3).