As I was getting ready to write my message, the Lord impressed upon me the idea that I had to look up Psalm 16 verse 8. I looked it up on my phone. It says “I keep my eyes on the Lord. With Him at my right hand, I will not be shaken.” I had been getting the message that I needed to keep my eyes on the Lord. When I take my eyes off Him for too long, I get in trouble. My faith shrinks and all sorts of emotions and feelings rise up inside of me. None of them are from God and none of them are good. I am shaken a lot when I don’t focus on the Lord. The enemy spends his time finding ways to distract us so we don’t keep our eyes on the Lord. From the moment we wake up until the time we go to bed and even during the night, he is working hard at separating us from God. He knows that with God on our side and the awareness of God’s presence, we can’t be defeated. It is impossible to lose the battle of faith when we are aware of who God is and we have all eyes on Him. That means our natural eyes and our eyes of faith. We should be reading His Word. Looking at His heart in His Word and keeping our hopes in Him. Today I am inviting you to keep your eyes on the Lord and to stare at Him even when danger is staring you in the face. You will not be shaken. That is what the Word of God says. Keep focusing on Jesus and nothing will shake you.
I am always looking around. I am very aware of my surroundings and I notice a lot of different details even from a distance. My eyes can go in many directions it seems. Sometimes it is good and sometimes it creates problems. When I look too closely at what is around me and I lose my focus on the Lord, things get complicated. If I look at what I don’t have more than I look at the One I have, I can get disappointed for no good reason. Have you ever been disappointed just because your mind was showing you things that you don’t have even though you know you don’t need them? When I start comparing myself to others that are in their own lane, I can get disappointed. Why waste time looking at what others have and see it as a lack in my life? I asked myself that question a lot. I don’t need to look at others to find my worth. My worth is in the Lord. I should keep my eyes on Him and my value and my worth are revealed. When I spend time contemplating the Lord, what He says and what He means, my life gets a fresh coat of paint and I am filled with joy. When you keep your eyes on the Lord, you get filled with joy. There is a renewed sense of hope and triumph. The One who conquered death gives a lot of comfort when we keep our eyes on Him. He should be who we see the most when we look at the world. Jesus first and the world should be second.
Some people say “Keep your eyes on the prize” and I say “Keep your eyes on the King of kings.” Is there a prize when we keep our eyes on Jesus? The prize is the joy of developing a relationship with the Prince of Peace and the King of love. When you stare at someone you almost get the feeling that you can see inside of their soul and the more you observe them, the better you know them. You find out how they react, how they act and how they live. You can discover all these things about the Lord when you focus on Him. Reading and studying His Word is like taking a long look at Him and learning more about His ways. Our goal as Christians is to be more like Jesus. The more we stare and the more we will learn. The Word of God speaks to us in great and amazing ways. The Word tells us about Jesus and gets inside our hearts with the truth that sets us free. Keep your eyes on Jesus and you will be set free. Keep your eyes on Jesus and you will get valuable lessons on love. Keep your eyes on Jesus and you will become intimate with hope, faith, love and more. Keep your eyes on Jesus and you will grow in your Christian walk. Keep your eyes on Jesus and fear will have no hold on you. Keep your eyes on Jesus and you will spread a word that will encourage and change people. Keep your eyes on Jesus and you will always win. Keep your eyes on Jesus and you will never see the world the same way again. Keep your eyes on Jesus and hope will never leave you. Keep your eyes on Jesus and you will walk on water with no fear and move mountains with no effort. May God bless you and protect you and remember that He will always love you!
Suggested reading: Psalm 16:8; Acts 2:25-28; Hebrews 13:5