YOU CAN'T GET A TATTOO! I THOUGHT YOU SAID YOU WERE A CHRISTIAN?
April 18, 2014
Fix your eyes on Jesus
April 13, 2014
"Then they were willing to take Him into the boat, and immediately the boat reached the shore where they were heading."
- John 6:21
The disciples were traveling across the lake to Capernaum when a strong wind arose and the waters grew rough. Suddenly they saw a figure on the water, and they were terrified until Jesus called out to them and identified Himself. Isn't that the first thing we do when something unexpected happens to us or even something that we have never experienced before comes into our life? We panic, and we get scared, until we can see that God is behind everything that happens in our lives.
In Romans, Paul tells us that, "from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever! Amen" (Rom. 11:36). God has an eternal filter in which nothing can harm us unless He allows it. Even satan must have permission from God to touch us. And God may even use satan for His own ends, as in the case of Job. God shows us a second heavy lesson in this story. The Scriptures say when the disciples were WILLING to take Jesus into the boat, they reached the shore where they were heading.
Recently I was faced with some very difficult circumstances in my life. I felt like I was going to give up. I felt like I wasn't appreciated and I saw no immediate remedy to the situation. The circumstances created fear in my heart. The anxiety began to grow until, one day after my evening quiet time, the Lord said, "How long do you want to keep your eyes on the circumstances, the people, instead of Me? Do you think I have brought you this far to throw you into the water?" The truth was that I was halfway in already because my eyes were looking at the "big waves" surrounding my boat. When I was ministering at a Youth Conference in Washington D.C. I attended a ministry class, and the leader asked each of us to keep our eyes on two men who were going to walk from the room. One man represented Jesus, the other, our circumstances. "Now, I want you to keep your eyes on both people," he said. The men stood up and began walking across the room in opposite directions. It was impossible to keep looking at each of them at the same time. So we had to choose which we would focus on. The lesson was clear. We could not keep our eyes on Jesus and our circumstance at the same time. Keep your eyes on Jesus. No matter what's going on to the left, to the right, or behind you, just keep your eyes on Jesus.
God, Your Word says for me to cast my cares upon you. With all my heart I truly want to do that. I want to bring all my cares to you and leave them at your feet. I do not want to be worried and stressed out, but I want to be a person with faith that is strong to trust you. I want to bring those burdens, stress, and concerns to you, and not keep picking them up and worrying about them. This is the 4th month of 2014, but let the remainder of this year be one of spiritual breakthrough in my life and in the lives of those I love. May our lives be filled with joy and peace through your Spirit. May you be the center and the heart of our homes. May we be more Christlike and less like the world in our everyday lives. Help us and have mercy upon us, dear God. Please forgive us of our sins and guide our steps. In Jesus' name, amen. Peace and Blessings to you all.