Staying focused on God in the middle of hard times can be daunting. When life seems to be quiet and peaceful, we are able to stay focused on God but wow, when the tide turns, it’s difficult to stay above water some times! How do you keep your eyes on Jesus through it all?
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Whether you’re struggling with personal issues or relationship problems, or health issues, it’s important to learn to keep your eyes on Jesus. It’s the only way you’ll get through the hard times.
Fix Your Eyes on Jesus with Psalm 46
As I’ve been thinking about this situation, my thoughts turned to a particular Bible verse that gave me much to ponder on.
Let’s turn to Psalm 46 and begin there.
No matter what lies ahead of you or what is surrounding you right now, you need to keep your eyes on Jesus. One way to do that is outlined in this Psalm.
Psalm 46:1 God is our ·protection [refuge] and our strength. He ·always helps [is an ever-present/timely help] in times of ·trouble [distress]. EXB (Expanded Bible)
Read this verse slowly out loud so you can hear what He is saying to you. No matter what kind of trouble you find yourself in, God is your protection. He is your strength as He fights your battles.
There isn’t anything that God doesn’t know about and He wants you to really know that. Let that sink in, that God is fully aware of the situation, and that you are not alone.
God is fully aware of your situation.
He never intended for you to carry the weight of this load by yourself. Jesus said in Matthew 11:28, Come to me, all of you who are ·tired [weary] and ·have heavy loads [overburdened; heavy-laden] and I will give you rest. EXB
Fix your eyes on Jesus and let Him carry the load, let Him deal with it on your behalf.
When the burden is heavy and you don’t know which way to go, remember that God is your protection and strength. He will carry you through as He fights for you.
Psalm 46:2-3; 10
What can get more serious than this? Psalm 46:2-3 speaks of the earth changing with earthquakes that cause the mountains to come tumbling down. Tsunamis’ will result and volcanoes will erupt.
We’re seeing this now in various parts of the world. God knows about it and sees what is happening. His eyes are looking everywhere seeing both the good and the evil (Proverbs 15:3) plus He sees everything you are doing (Proverbs 5:21). He knows what is going on. And He knows what you are going through.
Now, read Psalm 46:10 which reminds you to be still while He is working. Don’t try to tell God what to do or fret and worry about things. Remember, He is God and knows what He is doing.
Be still and know that I am God and that I will be exalted among the nations.
Fix Your Eyes on Jesus with Psalm 91
Let’s turn the pages to Psalm 91:10-11, to read these words:
- The Lord is your protection.
- Nothing bad [harmful] will happen to you; no disaster [or plague] will approach your home.
- He has put his angels in charge of you to guard you wherever you go.
I know, we read these words and look around us to see so much pain and suffering and wonder if these are empty promises from God.
I can assure you, through His Word, that these promises are still valid. God does not lie, He does not rescind His promises and He is faithful to do what He says He will do.
Do you know that old hymn, “Standing on the Promises of God”? It tells that God’s promises are eternal and cannot fail. No matter what comes against you, God’s promises will see you through.
Did you know that there is a secret to God’s promises?
I’ll let you in on it: to keep your eyes on Jesus, you need to believe God’s promises and stand on them, and don’t let yourself be swayed with all the hoopla that is going on around you. The enemy comes to kill, steal, and to destroy but through Jesus, you already have all the promises of God.
How do I know that? Well, turn with me to 2 Corinthians 1:20 where we read, For all the promises of God in Him are Yes, and in Him Amen, to the glory of God through us. NKJV
Did you notice that little word there?
ALL the promises of God are ours from the moment of Christ’s death on the cross.
This means that you no longer have to wonder if something that is in God’s Word is His will for you or not. If you are reading a promise in the Word, then it is yours! Jesus made it a done deal!
This means that Psalm 91:10-11 is yours. Stand it on, believe it, and please don’t be swayed to think otherwise.
Hebrews 11:1 reminds us that faith is the substance of things we hope for and it is the evidence of things we don’t yet see. That’s the promises of God. If you don’t see them yet, keep standing on the promises of God until you see them come into being.
If you are looking for some prayers for thriving in Christ, Kelly R Baker has a post you might enjoy, called 17 Specific Prayers for Thriving in Christ. In it, she uses Psalm 91:10-11 in prayer. Check out #13!
How Do You Stand on the Promises of God?
To stand on the promises of God means
- to believe His written Word.
- to thank God often or daily, for His promise even when you can’t see it yet.
- to keep your eyes on Jesus as He has already made that promise to be yours.
- to stay in the Word, filling yourself up with the Word of God.
- to ignore those thoughts that say it isn’t going to happen. Those are lies and not Truth.
- to line yourself up with brethren who will support you in prayer and agree with you that the promises of God are yours already.
- to declare, out loud, the promises of God are yours here and now.
- to not let yourself be swayed by negative thoughts or negative words.
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Practical Steps to Keep Your Eyes on Jesus
- It goes without saying that you should begin your day with God. When you do, you’ll find that your day goes much better than when you miss out on that time with Him. Besides, you have too much to do not to spend time with Him. You need Him!
- Begin each day with an attitude of thanksgiving and prayer. This will help keep you focused on God.
- Turn off your social media or limit your time there. Simply don’t browse through it as much as you used to.
- Don’t feed on the news channels as they fill people with fear and trepidation. Besides, the news is usually one-sided as they favor one political party over the other.
- Since you now have “found” more time, why not spend this time in the Word of God? Find the promises of God that speak of what He will do for you and stand on them. This will help you to keep your eyes on Jesus and stay focused on God.
- Remember who you are in Christ. Your identity is who God says you and not what the world teaches.
- Focus on being Christ-like rather than doing what everyone else is doing. In other words, don’t follow the crowd as you strive to keep your eyes on Jesus.
Keep Your Eyes on Jesus to See Around You
God wants you to fix your eyes on Jesus. When you do, here are some things you might see when you are focused on God:
- You will see those who need a hug or a smile or a kind word. Giving them one of yours will brighten their day and may even restore their faith that someone cares.
- Stay focused on God to see the needs of those around you. Reach out to them even if it is giving them a sandwich and a bottle of water. Who knows? You may find yourself sharing about Jesus in a non-pushy way.
- When you keep your eyes on Jesus, you may very well see the next ministry God is leading you to. It could be leading a small group study or bringing over a fresh loaf of bread to that new neighbour.
- To keep your eyes on Jesus means seeing through His eyes and when you do, you may find yourself spending more time in prayer as you pray for the needs that God reveals to you.
- When you keep your eyes on Jesus, you see God for who He is. You see that He is faithful and just, loving and kind, extending mercy and forgiveness. And you see that Jesus expects you to do likewise when others hurt you.
- As you study the Word of God in order to keep your eyes on Jesus, you know that God is near and will never leave you stranded. He is with you.
- When you keep our eyes on Jesus, you will see as Jesus sees. Be ready for this!
Bible Verses to Keep Your Eyes on Jesus
As we finish this quick talk about keeping your eyes on Jesus, I’d like to leave you with a few more Scriptures that will help you stay focused on God. It might be a good idea to print out these cards to keep handy. So often when negativity abounds we tend to slide sideways…these verses will be helpful as you keep your eyes on Jesus.
- Philippians 4:6 reminds you not to be anxious about anything but to trust God for everything.
- You are blessed both coming in and going out, Deuteronomy 28:6.
- You are the head and not the tail, you are above and not beneath, Deuteronomy 28:13.
- Psalm 139:1-2 says that He knows all about you and nothing is hidden from Him.
- He is everywhere you are and you are not alone, Psalm 139:7-10.
- Psalm 37:5, Hebrews 11:1 reminds you that as you commit your way to God and trust Him to lead you, the thing He promised you will come to pass.
- Proverbs 3:5-6 is about trusting God with your whole heart rather than trying to figure things out yourself. When you do this, He will direct your paths.
That’s a Wrap
No matter what goes on around you in your neighbourhood, your city and state, or the world, staying focused on Jesus is vital for believers. We need to know what His Word says so that we can act upon it in belief and trust.
God is for us (Romans 8:31) and wants us not to be worried or concerned about what is going on all around us. It’s important to fix your eyes on Jesus and trust that the promises of God are yours (2 Corinthians 1:20) which means you can believe God when He says that.
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I’d love to hear from you. What helped you the most in this post? Will you be able to keep your eyes on Jesus more so now?
Oh, and in case you forgot to grab your download file, here it is, Bible Verse Card Set.
Cindy Barnes has been called by God in the early 80s to be a teacher of His Word. She is a serious student of the Word, focusing on the Inductive Bible Study Method since 2007. Her passion is to teach women how to study the Bible using this method. In addition, she desires for women to develop an intense yearning to draw closer to God through reading and writing out the Bible.
Cindy teaches hundreds of women in her private online Bible Study Group who express their joy of growing deeper in their spiritual walk.
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