Praise Foundations

Here’s How to Fix Your Eyes on Jesus

"...fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before Him He endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." ~Hebrews 12:2

One of the most difficult things you will ever do on your journey of faith is fix your eyes on Jesus when you’re walking through the darkness, searching for perspective in what you see and experience. All of humanity has a temporal, natural perspective of life, which is often in conflict with the spiritual awareness that people in the Kingdom carry within them. As a result, even Christians tend to overemphasize their personal, lived experiences as being “real” when God’s perspective of reality is entirely different. This is a fundamental reason why the people of God are called to “walk by faith” and not by experiences. (2 Cor. 5:7) But you can fix your eyes on Jesus all day long and your perspective may not line up with the Word of God.

“…And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” ~Hebrews 12:1-2 (NIV)

The eternal perspective that God has versus the perspective you have will conflict in the worst of times- times when healing is desperately needed, times when you need direction, times when you’re in pain, or afraid, or feeling depressed, times when you cannot see how the Lord will work it out. You will face the temptation to put your experiences in front of you, instead of under the blood of Jesus Christ. (Phil. 3:7-14) You will struggle with what you see and feel, instead of walking by faith. (2 Cor. 5:7) You will fight off panic and fear, instead of leaning not on your own understanding. (Prov. 3:5-6) These are normal, human responses, but if you want a supernatural outcome, you must have a supernatural perspective and you’ll only get that if you fix your eyes on Jesus- and don’t look away.

Fix Your Eyes on Jesus for the Right Perspective

“Help my unbelief!” a desperate father cried out to Jesus. Forget a “right” or “wrong” perspective – when you’re desperate, the eternal perspective of what you’re walking through is only found through handing yourself completely over Jesus Christ. It isn’t a one-time thing, or even a once-a-day thing; it’s a daily submission to Him, sometimes moment by moment, through the most intimate and the most connected means at any natural person can have with a supernatural God: WORSHIP. In 2 Corinthians 4:18 Paul wrote, “So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but on what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal.”  Where do you look for an invisible God? You go into the secret place- into His presence- and worship is what brings you there.

If you want a supernatural outcome, you must have a supernatural perspective and you’ll only get that if you fix your eyes on Jesus- and don’t look away.

~Alicia Purdy

When you fix your eyes on Jesus, it means more than just searching for some kind of change that your eyes can see, or that your spirit can perceive. The time you spend close to the presence of God is what transforms how you see things. It will “fix” your perspective of what you’re walking through right now. You need supernatural vision and only the Lord can provide that. You can and should read His Word- He speaks through it, and it is alive and powerful. (Hebrews 4:12) You can and should commune with the Lord in prayer to pour out your heart and take spiritual authority over the enemy of your soul. But worship is where the Lord dwells (Psalm 22:3, NKJV) and when you need Him to fix what you’re seeing, worship is how you fix your eyes on Jesus. Praise and worship create a supernatural strength within your faith by connecting your spirit with His and that is how the power of God becomes translated into the natural world- through you.

Thought for today: Let Jesus Fix What You See

There is only one Person who can help your situation: Jesus Christ, the Rock of Salvation that cannot be moved. If you want to hold steady through the storm, you will have to develop the spiritual discipline of spending time in the secret place of praise, where He dwells. The three ways the Lord has given you to draw near to Him are prayer, praise and the power of His Word- they are like the legs of a stool – you need all three for balance and stability in your life. It is absolutely possible to live a life fixed from pain of the past; fixed from the fear of the future; fixed from the trauma of negative words spoken against you; fixed from rejection; fixed from bitterness; fixed from unforgiveness; fixed from addiction; fixed from anger… FIXED.

While many people have the discipline to get into the Word or to get into prayer, while worship – a personal ministry to the Lord – is something left to Sundays. Ministry to the Lord is the sole purpose of worship– and His power dwells within your praise! As you minister to Him, you partner with the Lord, and empower and invite His presence to do what He knows you need. If you’re having problems with perspective – the Lord can fix that! Start to “Fix” your eyes – on Jesus!

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