Monday, May 2, 2011

Looking to Jesus and Moving Forward

Message delivered at Sanjaynagar on May 1, 2011

looking to Jesus the pioneer 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

What does it mean to be looking at Jesus?

1. To Forget Ourselves and be Immersed in Him


Of course, this doesn't mean being absent minded. But, as long as we keep looking at ourselves, we'll be filled with all reasons that would keep us from moving forward. But, those who focus on Christ cannot be hindered by other things.

Have you seen some of those people who watch the TV and are so immersed in it that they become one with it? That is not good, anyway. But it is always good to be one with the Lord so that we feel with Him and are aware of His will.

2. To Be Attentive To Him


How would you feel about a person who looks somewhere else rather than at you when you're talking to him or her? Sometimes we behave like that when God wants to speak to us. And, so we fail to listen to and know His will. Let's be attentive in prayer, reading of His word, and be sensitive to the Holy Spirit at all times. When we are sensitive to the Lord, we can follow His guidance and move forward.

3. To Have Faith in Him


The Bible says "They looked to Him and were radiant, And their faces were not ashamed." (Psalms 34:5)
It means to wait on Him and be patient throughout, for patience builds character (Romans 5:4)
If our expectation is from God, He will never fail us. He is faithful and true. When we walk in faith despite all adversity, we grow in Him.

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