Get the Look!
Illustrating a Truth of Beholding the True Image
The secret to keeping a positive emotional state is a strong faith connection to Jesus.[i] We all want our inner state to be characterized by peace, bright hope, and a readiness for joy, right? That's the way it was when childhood began. Not knowing the Lord and not really knowing ourselves we simply trusted--and the marvelous heart of a child came to life within us. Eventually, we learned through pain that we couldn't trust life and we couldn't trust people, so we began trusting ourselves. As long as we are able to base our confidence on ourselves, a measure of peace, bright hope and readiness for joy will arise. But have you discovered by now that you can't really trust yourself? That in terms of the spiritual life especially you are your own worst enemy?
Jesus says that unless we convert (yield our life to God in trusting faith) and become like little children we can never enter His Kingdom's reign on earth (see Keys to the Kingdom). Our loving Lord always wants us to have His peace and joy upholding us. That cannot come by looking to Self. Self cannot help us--it is the source of our undoing! To recover deep and lasting confidence for life we will have to learn the new way of looking to Jesus. The key to our confidence now is seeing in Jesus the very thing we need to see in Him in order for our trust to be restored. Do you need forgiveness, rescue, assistance, comfort, wisdom? Look to Jesus! And don't just give him a head bob. Keep looking until you reconnect with His grace. We call this "Getting the look that gives the shift."
What gets your focus will inevitably gain control over your emotional state. That's why beholding Jesus is the key to our transformation. We become more grace-filled, mercy-giving and loving whenever our inward faith-focus is upon Him. Since the enemy has proven himself all-too-adept at getting our eyes off Jesus and stuck on our own problems, our pain and other people, let's fight back by learning to refocus quickly on the One we can always trust. Let's get really good at getting our eyes back on Jesus. The rule is "Eyes off? Eyes ON!"
And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit. 2 Corinthians 3:18 ESV
"Look to me, and be you saved, all the ends of the earth; for I am God, and there is none else." Isaiah 45:22 WEB
Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith… Hebrews 12:1-2 ESV
Father, I renounce trying to change myself by my own stress-filled efforts. Your way of grace is so much better! By beholding Jesus I am actually transformed as I trust Him and follow His path of peace. Help me get established in this! Alert me when my heart turns away from beholding Him. Losing peace is a sure sign You are calling me to return, but I so often ignore it. Save me from falling back into my old patterns! Enable me to keep "getting the look that gives the shift" as often as it takes until it becomes my new way of life.
[i] John 15:5: I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing. John 15:11: These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full.
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