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Keeping My Eyes on The Lord
3/23/2015

Why are you cast down, O my soul?  And why are you disquieted within me?  Hope in God; For I shall yet praise Him,  The help of my countenance and my God. Psalms 42:11 (NKJV)

A few years ago I heard one of the Calvary Chapel Pastors speaking on the radio, and he was giving a story of his family, and a situation involving the healing of his sister.  She had become very sick when she was a young child, and had taken a turn for the worse, and was just short of dying.  Their mother was a strong believer and she knew her daughter had little hope of survival, and so she turned to God.  She picked up her daughter and brought her to the local church about a block away.  There, the Pastor of the church prayed with her, and then turned to her and told her, “Turn your eyes from your daughter and put them on the Lord.  Praise Him!”

The child’s father returned home, only to have a neighbor greet and tell him, “I think that your daughter has died, and your wife took her to the church down the street.”  He ran down the street, frustrated his wife hadn’t taken their daughter to a doctor.  When he entered the church, he saw his daughter and knew immediately there was nothing any doctor could do, and this truly was the best hope.  Again the Pastor said, “Take your eyes off of the girl and put them on the Lord.”  So the parents prayed and praised God, and as they did their daughter opened her eyes and was immediately healed.  She left the church happy, healthy and cheerful.

All too often we tend to focus a little too much upon our own problems, and needs. As we focus and dwell on what we do not have we can begin to worry and doubt—this will ultimately lead to our being filled with anxiety and fear.  I believe we can glean a valuable lesson from this testimony above, and we can turn our attention from what we don’t have, to the One who is our provider—Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith. 

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 has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Hebrews 12:2 (NKJV)

As Christians, we might have times where we wonder or even doubt if God is going to bless us with a miracle healing of our sickness, a repair to our broken relationship, or with the daily needs so seemingly out of reach.  When this happens, we need to remember we have already been a recipient of His miraculous healing power, and have received immeasurable blessings.  As we do this we will be strengthened in our faith and be able to praise Him in the midst of our storm.  

I want to encourage you to think and pray upon these things today.  Choose to have a peace, knowing God has a perfect plan for each of our lives.  Don’t allow your faith to be limited by what you think can be done.  Place your trust in Him, and let your request be known in prayer.  God is still in the business of performing miracles. 

STUDY QUESTION: How did the Psalmist deal with his sorrow and downcast countenance?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Do you find there are times when you focus on your needs too much?

PRACTICAL APPLICATION: Turn your attention to Him today, and stay focused on Him.

LET’S MAKE THIS OUR PRAYER TODAY: Father, I praise You for all You have done for me.  I cannot begin to count all the blessings You have bestowed upon me.  Lord, help me to remember what You have given to me when I am tempted to look at what I don’t have.  In Jesus precious name, amen….

Be Blessed, Pastor Scott

 

 


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