Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Focus On Jesus
FOCUS ON JESUS
"Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith" (Hebrews 12:2a). Why are we admonished to fix our eyes on Jesus, and why is He the author and perfecter of our faith? Because Jesus Christ is the embodiment of all the promises of God from the Old Testament to the New Testament. Our mind is very active and we receive countless messages and influences from the outside world, most of which are on the subliminal or the subconscious level. The prevailing moods and mindsets of those around us affect us in more ways than we can ever imagine. Sometimes we feel irritable and moody where there is no logical reason for it. Sometimes lustful thoughts just flash in our minds like grease lightning and if we are not careful, seeds of sin will be implanted in our minds to germinate later on. Sometimes our minds wander off to a distant past and resurrect ghosts of old pains and hurts thus resurrecting the spirit of bitterness in our hearts and minds. To counteract all these negative tendencies, we focus our minds on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith. There is always an appropriate verse or promise of God to counteract all negative thoughts. In times of scarcity, when our minds are diverted to thoughts of lack and poverty, we can always recite Philippians 4:19 to picture God's divine providence in our lives. "But my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus" (Philippians 4:19). It is best to memorize key Biblical verses that we can use to counteract all the attacks of the enemy and any negative developments in our lives.
Tags: God, Jesus Christ, Holy Spirit, Philippians 4:19, Divine Providence, Thoughts, Ideas, Biblical Verse, Promises of God, Author, Perfecter, Faith, Subconscious Level, Spirit of Bitterness, Gospel, Word of God, Holy Bible
Posted by: Mel Avila Alarilla