Friday, July 11, 2014

+DEV+ Keep Your Eyes On Jesus

Date: July 11, 2014 1:17 AM
Topic: +DEV+  Keep Your Eyes On Jesus

Keep Your Eyes On Jesus

"When Jesus saw him lying there and learned that he had been in this condition for a long time, he asked him, Do you want to get well? Sir...I have no one to help me..." John 5:6-7

Scripture Focus: John 5:1-9

When I am hurting, I tend to focus my attention on my pain or on what I think might bring relief. However, my focus is often limited by a wrong perspective.

The man in this passage had been ill for 38 years. He sought healing at a pool known for miraculous cures. A crowd of disabled people waited at this site, watching intently for the slightest movement of the water. Each one yearned to receive a cure by being the first to enter that pool.

But in order to watch the water, they needed to keep their gaze lowered. They were limited by their physical conditions, and they were also limited by a perspective that always had them looking down. Then everything changed for one man when Jesus stepped into the picture.

How often do we focus on our problems or pursue wrong choices for relief? We compound our suffering because we do not look up. We fail to include Jesus in the equation. Looking up may not change our physical condition. But it will help us maintain an eternal perspective.

Insight: On what do you focus during your trials? Keep your eyes on Jesus. He is the one who brings eternal healing.

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