Eyes on Jesus

The writer of Hebrews uses the race metaphor to identify our journey of following God into the future. Like any race, it requires endurance in the face of difficulties and discouragements. But we are given the key to having clear vision as we run our spiritual race into the New Year—keeping your eyes on Jesus. As a human being, Jesus negotiated the road of life. So, He understands completely. But as truly God, He sees what is ahead for us. So, He guides perfectly. The conclusion of the biblical author is that our faith journey in this coming year depends on Jesus from start to finish. Fix your focus on Him. As you do, you will see the way ahead clearly by the light of His presence. Every day of 2020 keep your eyes on Jesus!


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The Faith Prescription

To see well I require a lens prescription suited just for me. But when it comes to spiritual vision one lens fits all. It is the lens of faith. Faith in God’s goodness enables us to see our circumstances with clarity. Faith in God’s sovereignty assures He can accomplish His good will for us. Faith in God’s faithfulness causes us to look beyond the present to focus on a future He is unfolding. Our walk as a follower of Jesus is brought into focus by this faith prescription. What we think we see is not reality. What faith in God reveals is. To see each day of 2020 clearly you must choose to see through the lens of faith. Trust in God must be your daily vision prescription. As you center your heart there, 2020 vision will lead you into the New Year.

 


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2020 Vision

I’ve worn glasses since sixth grade. The lenses are bifocals at this stage of life. They are the first thing I put on in the morning. Without them I am hampered with blurred vision. Many people will enter the New Year living with poor spiritual, relational, and circumstantial sight. They fail to view life and their circumstances through a lens that enables them to see clearly. A heart surrendered to God and informed by His Word provides the lens for negotiating each day of this New Year with clarity. Call it 2020 vision. So, put your glasses on today. Begin to see your life through the lens of faith. You will see clearly even amid the challenges and changes that are sure to come. The New Year is bright and clear when seen with the vision only God can give.


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Real Wise Men

The magi from eastern lands in the Matthew 2 portion of the Advent narrative were members of a group of royal astrologers and advisors who wielded great influence. But the wisdom of those who set out for Palestine to find and honor a greater king, far exceeded that of their contemporaries. Maybe they had been influenced by the royal advisor and prophet Daniel who followed the true God of his Jewish homeland and prophesied of a future Messiah king. In whatever way their knowledge was energized and their belief inspired, when revelation came they responded and set out on a long and uncertain journey. They proved themselves real wise men by seeking Him whom God revealed and sent. True wisdom remains the same today. Wise men still seek Him. You can join the ranks of the truly wise by seeking and serving Jesus. Make Him the goal of your plans and pursuits as you journey into the New Year.

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Impossible? Not!

A barren woman, beyond child-bearing age has a son. A young Jewish girl is pregnant without male involvement. A priest is suddenly struck voiceless and then his speech returns as quickly as it left. Angels appear and inform human participants of divine plans. The Advent narrative of Messiah’s arrival is filled with the impossible. The words of the angel to Mary underscore the power of God to act beyond human and natural means to accomplish His purposes. Impossible is not in the divine vocabulary. God’s activity regularly operates outside the realm of earthly means and methods in ways that can only be explained by divine intervention. Never doubt the power of God to do the impossible in your circumstances as He weaves and works His will. Virgin births are not the norm. The hand of God accomplishing that which is beyond your ability, aptitude, and anticipation is.


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The Responsive Heart

When God looks for someone to join Him in His unfolding plan, He identifies above all else a responsive heart. The fact that the shepherds He chose were unclean, untrained, and unimportant did not matter to God. He sought hearts that would untether themselves from earthly priorities and responsibilities and do His will. “Come on, let’s go to Bethlehem!” was their immediate heart response. Tending sheep became a secondary assignment to obeying God. Check your heart this Christmas. Are you tied too tightly to earthly pursuits causing your heart to be unable to respond to the call of God? Don’t let Christmas pass without gifting the totality of your heart to Jesus. Join those ancient shepherds in seeking Him first and most.

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