Where is your gaze this new month?
Look up! Happy New Month!!! This is the third month of the year, I pray for a perfect blessing for you. Three is the number of the trinity, I pray that you will encounter the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit in all that you do this month. I pray that the Lord will equip you with every tool you need for good success. May the Holy Spirit be your companion. May He guide and direct you. May He whisper sweet words into your ears. May He console you and comfort you all the days of this month!
I have a wonderful devotion to share. I’ve been sitting on this one for a while but I feel inclined to share it today. The year is coming by very quickly, so I’d like to encourage us all to fix our gazes on Jesus. Exams and projects, disappointments and sorrows, keep your eyes on Jesus. He will perfect all that concerns you.
Do we expect God to come to us with His blessings and save us? He says — “Look unto Me, and be saved.” The great difficulty spiritually is to concentrate on God, and it is His blessings that make it difficult. Troubles nearly always make us look to God; His blessings are apt to make us look elsewhere. The teaching of the Sermon on the Mount is, in effect — Narrow all your interests until the attitude of mind and heart and body is concentration on Jesus Christ.
Honestly, comments like this once scared me. I want to be blessed. I want to be empowered so that I can in turn empower those around me. I want God’s blessings in excess, so that I can bless those around me. But do I want them so that the power to empower others lies with me? Do I want them so that I have the reputation? I wonder, I wonder. At the same time, when God grants me my heart desires, will they blind my eyes towards Him?
The old me would have been very scared, torn between praying for good success and not asking for too much; torn between wanting to do more and to be more, and between wanting to have just enough to get by.
But with my new favorite person, the Holy Spirit, I am no longer worried. God will give me as He deems fit. He will bless me to His measure. There is no need to fear whether my passions and my blessings will overtake God in my life. As long as I fix my gaze on Jesus, all will be well.
Many of us have a mental conception of what a Christian should be, and the lives of the saints become a hindrance to our concentration on God. There is no salvation in this way, it is not simple enough. “Look unto Me” and — not “you will be saved,” but “you are saved.” The very thing we look for, we shall find if we will concentrate on Him.
This is another big one. There are people who are public with their faith. We see them and we admire them. We want to be like them. But we need to be careful. I say this because I too have fallen into this trap in both ways. I have had people that I have very desperately wanted to be like and on the other hand, I have had people tell me that I inspire them. I always laugh at that second one because no one would say that if they lived inside my head or in my body with me. Lol.
Anyway, we must be careful not to cast our gaze on God’s followers and forget to go to Him. We have to refrain from placing our friends, preachers, partners, or parents on such a high pedestal that we forget to cast our gaze on Jesus. It’s a very slippery slope to fall into. But as always, God will help us.
We get preoccupied and sulky with God, while all the time He is saying — “Look up and be saved.” The difficulties and trials, the casting about in our minds as to what we shall do this summer, or to-morrow, all vanish when we look to God.
Rouse yourself up and look to God. Build your hope on Him. No matter if there are a hundred and one things that press, resolutely exclude them all and look to Him. “Look unto Me,” and salvation is, the moment you look.
Looking to God could seem like an ambiguous ideology. But I suggest that when you feel overwhelmed and want to turn to a friend or partner, say a prayer. When you’re tempted to ask for help from others, ask for help from God first and foremost. Then whatever you do will be directed by God. Don’t run to the end of yourself before you run to God, you wear yourself out. Let Him be your default position. Let asking Him for help be your first point of call.
Does that make sense? Even if it doesn’t make sense right now, give it a try for one week and you’ll find yourself looking to God more and more.
Happy New Month once again and May God’s blessings follow you and overshadow you.
Also, today is Pastor Adeboye’s birthday. He’s been a great blessing to my life and I’m receiving birthday wishes on his behalf. Thanks. Hehe. On a serious note, please say a prayer for the man of God, he turns 75 today. I've been so blessed by his sermons and his teaching, I get a little emotional thinking that he's so old and that we're not related by blood. Anyway, even if I never meet him in this life, I'll stalk him in heaven and say hello.