As we grow spiritually, I believe the Lord wants to teach us to learn to look to Him and keep our eyes there. That's where we find peace. We all go through stuff, for as long as we live on this earth, we all will be going through different situations and circumstances. That's life. But each of us can choose what we will focus on in those circumstances.
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
The word "Looking" in the greek means to turn the eyes away from other things.
We are made up of spirit, soul and body. Each part has gates. The body has the physical gates of the eyes and ears, our smell, taste, touch and feel. If you were to stay in this phase, you would allow yourself to be affected always by what you see and hear. You would see a car accident and it would cause you to be distraught and distracted throughout your week. Our next phase is the soul gates which includes the will to rebel or obey, our emotions, imagination, our reason, conscience and subconscious. The subconscious is like a hard drive which stores all the past memories. Our conscience directs us to choose right from wrong. And if we stayed here and for instance were led by our imagination and emotions, and not by the Word of God, we would live our lives up and down, and soon be controlled by fear in every path. There is so much about the soul. But I just want to give you a quick overview.
But then lastly is our spirit. And the gates of our spirit are gates like worship, prayer, revelation, faith and hope, intuition and the fear of God, the reverence of God. This is where we were made to rule from. But in order to do this we renew our minds on God's Word, putting His thoughts, His Word into our minds, drenching it continually. This strengthens and grows us, bringing stability and a solid foundation to stand in any storm. We build a deep relationship with the Father God, and with our brother Jesus who is our friend and our husband, our King and our Lord. We soon come to know the Holy Spirit who comforts us, teaches us, leads us to be drawn to the Father, showing us all that the Father wants to say to us.
Things happen and disappointments will be, as long as we live here for these last days on earth. But as we look to Jesus and keep our faces turned there, He will calm us with His strength and love. And we will not need to be afraid of one thing, not one thing. Focused on His eyes, He will direct us and keep us steady.
An personal example that I can give you is some years ago when I had to go to the dentist. Like most people, it is not a favorite place to go for me at all! But I had to go, and I never expected to be in that chair for 4 hours!! With 2 root canals being done, so painful that I wanted to scream. The Lord was teaching me this exact thing I am telling you. He ministered to me so that day. I would not have been able to go through that time in the chair without Him. I saw His face in my mind and imagination. I only focused on His face so loving and so strong. He spoke to me in my spirit and encouraged me to stay on Him. What was 4 hours seemed much shorter because of looking to Jesus.
He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. John 15:5
But the person who is joined to the Lord is one spirit with him. I Cor.6:17
We become aware of His presence. He lives in us and goes wherever we go. So why not be more aware of that? A catholic monk who lived in the 1600's and lived in a Carmelite monastery in Paris, perfected this idea of living in the presence of Jesus. He had simple and one would think monotonous jobs in the monastery like washing dishes (one of my favorites) and fixing peoples shoes. People would come into his presence and right away would be in awe, for they would feel God's presence all around. When he washed the dishes, he would let every simple act give glory to God. There is a book out about His life and his quotes called "Practicing the presence of God."
I have learned and am still learning to do this. I am the dishwasher in my house, and each night there are plenty of dishes to wash and floors to mop and so on and so on. So as I come upon this each day, instead of dreading it and looking at the dirt, I look inward to Jesus. He is the one who became a servant on our behalf. I slow down and focus there, humbling myself, instead of complaining. It's not easy, and I didn't say it was. But we practice and practice makes perfect right? I encourage you to do this and to let His Spirit lead and guide you. As we do, we will see from our spirit and not through our physical eyes.
I love it when God confirms things that we are learning. For me it shows me I'm on the right track. So today is Feb. 27, 1918 and I just happened to check out today's devotion out of 'Jesus Calling". I would like to post that devotion to end this post.
Keep your eyes on me! Waves of adversity are washing over you, and you feel tempted to give up. As your circumstances consume more and more of your attention, you are losing sight of Me. Yet I am with you always, holding you by your right hand. I am fully aware of your situation, and I will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able to bear.
Your gravest danger is worrying about tomorrow. If you try to carry tomorrow's burdens today, you will stagger under the load and eventually fall flat. You must discipline yourself to live within the boundaries of today. It is in the present moment that I walk close to you, helping you carry your burdens. Keep Your focus on My Presence in the present. Jesus Calling Devotional by Sarah Young 2016
I know that is speaking to someone reading this and you are being so ministered to right now. This ministered to me as well. Keep your eyes on Jesus my friend, and you will be okay.