Do you ever have those voices in your head, complaining about a family member or running a conversation you’d like to have with your spouse to try and fix him? Even if you want to quit the negative thinking, you just can’t.
I have an idea that is working. God is helping me get rid of that negative chatterbox in my mind. It all started when I saw & heard the same verse four times in one day. Hey, I think God is trying to tell me something.
Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a huge crowd of witnesses to the life of faith, let us strip off every weight that slows us down, especially the sin that so easily trips us up. And let us run with endurance the race God has set before us.
We do this by keeping our eyes on Jesus, the champion who initiates and perfects our faith. Because of the joy awaiting him, he endured the cross, disregarding its shame. Now he is seated in the place of honor beside God’s throne. Hebrews 12:1-2
In my online Bible study email this morning, it was entirely about these verses.
Keeping my eyes on Jesus. Running “the” race.
God has a specific race for me to run. It includes obstacles, trials, suffering to bring beauty out of ashes. I can’t avoid suffering, but I can keep my eyes on Jesus to make it through the day.
As I was cleaning up, I opened a podcast that happened to be on shame. In the middle of the podcast, she shared Hebrews 12:1-2, giving the example of throwing off dumbbells when working out. How much lighter our load is without the extra weight, without the extra sin that easily entangles us.
One of those extra weights might be shame.
She gave a wide variety of situations that cause shame: abortion, substance abuse, divorce, prodigal child and more. God forgives freely and completely, so we can overcome any shame the enemy attacks us with.
Again, keep your eyes on Jesus to overcome shame.
I drove to the grocery store and the verse sitting on my steering wheel was Hebrews 12:1-2. In my car, I have about 5-7 index cards that I rotate as I run errands.
Generally, I pray for our family to throw off the sin that trips us up. Keep your eyes on Jesus. Follow Jesus example of focusing on joy as we endure hardships. It is only by focusing on Jesus that we overcome any sin, shame or guilt.
When I arrived home, I was cutting some roses in the sink. I glanced beyond the kitchen sink and saw … you guessed it … Hebrews 12:2. I didn’t even remember having that verse near my sink. I wrote it down for one of my Bible studies eight years ago.
Real Encouragement to
Keep Your Eyes on Jesus
Actually, I needed this encouragement because the past two days I’ve been living in a pity party of jealousy. All day long, I would say . .
“I know this is wrong. My thoughts kept going back to jealousy or trying to fix someone else. I’m thankful others pray for me because I can’t quite pray right now.”
Then, I told the enemy to leave me alone, in the name of Jesus Christ. Whether the enemy is Satan, demons, or my flesh, it doesn’t matter to me. The enemy is relentless when we keep our eyes on Jesus. He continues to attack my thoughts.
But, I have the greatest defense. I ask God to put on my helmet of salvation to protect my mind. Sure, some days are worse than others. God is greater.
And as I write this, the song, “Greater” starts playing.
Greater is the One living inside of me than than he who is living in the world.
There’ll be days I lose the battle.
Grace says that it doesn’t matter
‘Cause the cross already won the war.
He’s Greater, He’s Greater
Praise God! He is greater! He is the victor!
Since He is always the victor, I will keep my eyes on Him. Keep my eyes on Jesus!
Where is your focus today?
Are you praying daily to keep your focus on Jesus?
I believe the simple act of declaring God’s Word, His Truth, back to Him keeps me focused on Jesus. As I ask God to put on my helmet of salvation each morning …
I protect my mind from the enemy attacks.
I focus my mind above, not on the earth.
I keep my mind on Jesus.
To help you focus on Jesus, why not memorize Hebrews 12:1-2 as a family in this month? Every time you work on memorizing, pray these verses to God. Declare His Words to Him. His Words are powerful!
Free Bible Verse Printable to
Keep Your Eyes on Jesus
Grab a copy of our free verse printable by entering your name & email below. Print a copy for each person in your home and start memorizing. By the end of the month, you should have these verses memorized … and start a habit of praying them to start each day.