After all that has taken place in 2020, I have been praying. Praying hard. And what has really been put on my heart is the words Reset and Refocus. Many are afraid and experiencing all types of emotions concerning the chaos that surrounds us. But I want you to know that there is peace and safety in the presence of Jesus Christ. And I believe that our only hope is truly Him, our Savior. In the coming years, this must again become the foundation of the Church and our lives.
With that said, this verse leaps from the page every time I read it,
“…looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.” (Hebrews 12:2 ESV)
Let Us Refocus On Jesus
Everything around us is shaken up. I believe only those rooted in the presence of Jesus will stand strong. We have the victory no matter what’s taking place in our personal lives. We can have confidence that Jesus our King is seated on the throne unmoved by the activity that seems to overwhelm us.
I think one thing has become completely clear in this season. That one thing is that our hope is not found in anything but the finished work of our Savior and Master. In addition, our hope is not found in anything natural (cars, relationships, etc). On the contrary, only those things that are eternal. I believe we are being called to refocus in this season as a body on the eternal like never before! It’s time to set our gaze upon the person of Jesus Christ.
Don’t Shift Your Gaze
As I write this, I am reminded of the story in scripture of Peter walking to Jesus on the water. There was a horrific storm raging all around Peter I know he was probably afraid. As many of us are with all that is going on in our nation and world. But what I love about this story in scripture is that Peter only sank when he removed his gaze from the beautiful eyes of Jesus. When he looked at Jesus he was at peace and full of faith. However, he wavered the moment he began to look at the storm. Which represents our situation, and the things going on around us. We shift our gaze from Jesus and we too begin to sink.
I am in a storm of my life personally as we speak. But I am learning that Jesus is with me even in this season of great suffering and hardship. Remember we must not give up because Jesus is still on the throne. The Holy Spirit is still actively moving throughout the earth. Releasing salvation, deliverance, healing, and more. Yes, your situation might look hopeless now, but remember Jesus is with you and with His church. The church will never be destroyed or overcome. We will thrive and see the Glory of the Lord.
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